August 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.
Users want wireless, vendors want to sell wireless, so whats the problem? Our August cover story tackles one of the most discussed topics: the use of wireless communications in process automation.
CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes prepares for another round of User Group Madness meetings and says hed like to see creation of an unbiased user group run by end users of many different products.
Security researchers at Wurldtech Analytics are partnering with ISA to establish procedures and an operations model for the security testing and certification of products used for control.
We have a new contributing editor, John Rezabek, taking over the On the Bus column on ControlGlobal.com. Rezabek is a well-known fieldbus expert and process control specialist at ISP Corp. in Lima, Ohio.
Executive Editor Jim Montague finds that even if theres nothing new under the sun, whats truly new may be a deeper understanding and appreciation of what we thought was so familiar.
New HMI technology is putting a whole new (inter)face on how operators view control systems information, while at the same time driving human error out of systems and improving safe work practices.
Theres more to boiler level control than measuring level and adjusting a feedwater valve. Improved measurements and inverse response are just a few of the influences on operating boilers in a reliable manner.
The new sampling/sensor initiative (NeSSI) is moving steadily to fulfill its original promise of increased efficiencies, costs-savings, and micro-analytic capabilities despite recent growing pains related to fieldbus.
This article provides more of what you need to know to survive in the world of connected data by introducing XMLs fundamental concepts to those who have managed to avoid this important technology.
The most prudent and cost-effective strategy for dealing with power-quality events is to protect against relatively frequent, short-term voltage sags as opposed to much rarer power outages.
This months roundup on I/O and terminal blocks demonstrates that the industry seems to be recuperating, product development money is flowing, and companies are getting competitive again.
Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner describe the period of time between when you first take a drink and when you first recognize the effect and bypass the next round for coffee as dead time.
Joining end-user companies such as Shell and ExxonMobil and automation vendors like Emerson and Honeywell, and Control magazine, ISA's new "Automation Federation" will participate in the formative study being conducted by Wurldtech Analytics toward forming a Control Systems Security Foundation.
A new survey by Larry O'Brien, process automation research director at ARC Advisory Group, shows "a clear shift away from purchasing automation services from large engineering and construction firms toward purchasing services from suppliers or independent third-party system integrators.
ISA's website is allowing users to preview ISA standards. Overviews, tables of contents, scopes, definitions, and other informative sections of the standards are now available to visitors.
The companies will exchange technology and engineering support to add the interfaces that extend their systems and software to offer customers expanded global interoperability and greater functionality.
Canon Communications reports its implementing a co-location strategy for six of the eight specialty manufacturing tradeshows it acquired from Reed Elsevier in June 2006.