February 2006 Issue


CONTROL is the only magazine exclusively dedicated to the global process automation market with a readership of 65,000 plus engineering, operations and management professionals. The publication reports on developing trends, illustrates successful applications, and updates the basic skills and knowledge base that provide the profession's foundation.


  • Tips for trouble-free fieldbus

    DigitalField Insider Columnist Ian Verhappen notes that the most important measure that can be taken to prevent difficulties with a given fieldbus or digital networking project is protocol communication.

  • Cascade control tuning

    ControlGlobal.com presents "Ask the Experts," a column moderated by noted process control authority and columnist Bela Liptak. Save yourself the hefty consulting fees by getting the answer to your question from Liptak's cadre of professional automation experts.

  • Lasers come to level measurement

    Laser-level technology is expanding options in sensor applications, and CONTROL’s favorite sensor expert, David Spitzer, writes about the good and bad points of this new measurement technique.

  • 2006 Process Automation Hall of Fame

    Look, kids! Real automation heroes! Editor in Chief Walt Boyes reports on the automation stalwarts whose contributions to the art and practice of the discipline earned them a spot as inductees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame.

  • Global warming: A trillion-dollar hoax

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt comments on the hoax being foisted upon us by tree-huggers with some enlightened research that completely debunks the junk science surrounding global warming.

  • The past, present and future of PLCs

    Famous futurist and 2005 ISA Rimbach Lecturer, Jeff Harrow, contributes to the discussion of the future of process automation and how today’s PLCs will eventually feel like the TTL logic chips of older days.

  • To safety standards and beyond!

    In 2004, ISA adopted the most recent safety standard, ANSI/ISA 84.00.01. And though it’s a good start, it’s clear that S84 is just the tip of the iceberg toward management of functional safety.

  • Is FDT good for fieldbus and device networks?

    CONTROL’s Ian Verhappen, Chair of the Fieldbus Foundation User Group, looks at the latest battleground in the Fieldbus Wars. Is this Fieldbus Wars II or can FDT/DTM and EDDL work together?

  • Institutional knowledge for the future

    Knowledge earned by hard work and experience in process automation is waning at an alarming rate, but there are a few shining lights on the industrial landscape. CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes comments.

  • The MOD Squad: Process automation at Dow

    In the first of a six-part series, a team from Dow Chemical shares its perspective and techniques for developing its own process automation and safety systems, lessons learned, and why it took the path it did.

  • Standards bring order to chaos

    Implementation of the New Sampling/Sensor Initiative (NeSSI) standards will simplify sample system design, installation and operation, fundamentally changing and improving the way we do process analysis.

  • Advanced process control in practice

    Around the Loop columnist Terry McMahon takes a look at a few recently published works that are heralding the advent of advanced process control technology as a standard tool for practicing engineers.

  • Resolutions are made to be broken

    Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner provide their unique brand of commentary on process trends and dynamics, then offer up some humor with their Top 10 broken New Year’s resolutions.

  • HMI software is disappearing

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt takes a look at the HMI marketplace and finds today's software packages are getting better and cheaper, but are increasingly disappearing into control system vendors' portfolios.

  • Level indicators reach new heights

    In this installment of Field Test, CONTROL’s Jim Montague talks to end users of Magnetrol/Orion’s Eclispse and Aurora products to get the real skinny on how well they work.