June 2006 Issue

Articles

  • Are the wireless standards stalled?

    At one point, SP100 nearly didn't issue a true standard. Now, HART Wireless is in trouble, too. What’s it going to take to not repeat the SP50 debacle? CONTROL Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, comments.

  • Posting gains: CONTROL's 2006 Salary Survey

    Respondents to the CONTROL 2006 Salary Survey are collectively earning more money, experiencing increased job security, reporting more hiring and fewer layoffs, and even growing slightly younger.

  • The relay logic syndrome

    The coming together of nanotechnology, biology and medicine, information sciences, and cognitive sciences should give traditional automation and control devices new performance and capabilities.

  • Show me the installations

    End users are beginning to realize that it’s the maintenance and diagnostic information capabilities of devices that will provide the life cycle savings and justification for installing new fieldbus technologies.

  • Is there a Tricorder in your near future?

    Handheld technology is growing by leaps and bounds as control engineers and operators learn they can use the wireless devices. Problem is, few vendors have taken handhelds beyond simple applications.

  • How to launch a lifecycle reliability program

    This article describes and quantifies the lifecycle cost impact of typical analyzer system project issues and line items, which, if addressed early in the lifecycle of the project, can result in lifetime cost savings.

  • All around loop controllers

    Every month, CONTROL editors take a specific product area, collect all the latest, significant tools we can find, and present them here to make your job easier. This month, we take a look at loop controllers.

  • The ABCs of XML: Part I

    This three-part series for CONTROL introduces readers to the basic rules of XML, its terminology and related standards, and discusses what you’ll need to know to survive in the world of connected data.

  • Intrinsic safety versus explosion proof

    CONTROL contributing editor, Ian Verhappen, takes a look at why intrinsic safety is so popular in Europe and other areas outside the U.S., and why it has never really caught on yet here in North America.

  • Who should do your next project?

    Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes a look at ways you can make an automation contractor selection based on project size, scope, and support requirements in this installment of Technically Speaking.

  • All wound up

    Feeling a little guilty over neglecting all their motor enthusiasts, McMillan and Weiner present an interesting case of the “now you see it, now you don’t” in terms of a cycle in series pump system.

  • Connectivity that counts

    Today, much fruitful activity in the process automation realm is on the meaningful integration of applications with each other, so that true knowledge and information—and not just more data—is the outcome.

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