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  • Podcast: 25 Years of Fieldbus

    In this podcast, Larry O'Brien at ARC Advisory Group talks with Jim Montague, Control’s executive editor, about the 25-year evolution of fieldbus networking technologies in the process control industries, the struggle and failure to find a single fieldbus standard, and the more recent emergence of Ethernet and wireless technologies.

    James Montague
    07/01/2014
  • Podcast: IT Improves Process Automation

    In this podcast, Peter Reynolds at ARC Advisory Group talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about how IT and data center technologies have been moving into process control and automation.

    Control/ARC Advisory Group
    04/23/2013
  • Benefits of Having Control in the Field

    In this video, Chuck Carter with Lee College shows off the benefits of having Control in the Field. He demonstrates how control is maintained in the system despite a complete loss of the host system. Adjustments are made to demonstrate control is still being maintained in the system. He also talks about how control within a device itself has been shown to improve set point response for tighter control. Tighter control means higher quality product and ultimately dollars to an end user.

    Fieldbus Foundation
    04/16/2013
  • How Control in the Field (CIF) Works

    In this video, Chuck Carter with Lee College introduces how Control in the Field (CIF) works, some basic setup concepts, making changes in the host system and parameters, and how a control engineer puts all of those into action to use CIF. CIF has proven to be a major advantage of FOUNDATION fieldbus over other fieldbuses.

    Fieldbus Foundation
    04/16/2013
  • Podcast: Control Top 50 and Readers' Choice Awards 2013

    In this podcast, Craig Resnick at ARC Advisory Group talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about some of the economic trends swirling around the Control/ARC Top 50 Companies and the 21st annual Readers' Choice Awards, and how those trends will likely affect both control and automation suppliers and readers.

    Control/ARC Advisory Group
    01/24/2013
  • Golden Triangle Energy Cooperative Replaces Outdated DCS in Favor of PlantPAx Process Automation System from Rockwell Automation

    Most people think of ethanol as an alternative fuel designed only for specialized flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs). While this is partly true -- the more than six million FFVs on the road today are designed to run on E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline -- in reality, ethanol is a much more commonly used product. Seventy percent of the gasoline sold in America contains some amount of ethanol. Most ethanol production facilities, such as Golden Triangle Energy Cooperative (GTEC) in Craig, Mo., generate little to no waste throughout the manufacturing process. With $50 million in gross annual revenue, GTEC operates on a continuous basis, manufacturing approximately 20 million gallons of ethanol and over 160,000 tons of wet livestock feed every year. The entire production process is run by just three operators, and until a few years ago, controlled using a distributed control system (DCS) that was installed when the plant was built in 2001. However, just a few years after the plant opened, Roger Hill, General Manager at GTEC, and his colleagues learned from the DCS manufacturer that their system was obsolete. The DCS manufacturer would no longer manufacture replacement parts and GTEC needed to find a replacement provider. They contracted Bachelor Controls Inc. (BCI) of Sabetha, Kan., a Rockwell Automation Solution Provider to replace their now obsolete systems. BCI is a best-in-class systems integrators who provide industry and applications expertise in delivering automation and information solutions to manufacturing companies globally, to replace their now obsolete systems.

    Rockwell Automation
    05/03/2011
  • Market Intelligence Report: Process Control Software

    Control Global surveyed its audience on process control software and Editor-in-chief Walt Boyes presents the survey results in this video report. Watch this report to learn more about our recent survey.

    01/26/2010
  • Upgrading Control Systems

    Find out why people upgrade control systems and what the best ways are to do a system migration.

    ABB
    01/05/2010
  • Machine Automation

    * LED Die Bonding
    * Automatic Winding Machine
    * Auto-Feeding Cutting Plotter Machine
    * 3D CNC Tube Bending Machine
    * Vulcanization & Curing Process for Tire Production

    Advantech
    12/07/2009
  • Webcast: Elimination of Common Cause Failures in Integrated Control & Safety Systems

    Many process automation systems (DCS and PLC alike) incorporate Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) as an integral part of the system. These systems are Safety Integrity Level (SIL)-certified, exactly like older, separate systems. In order to illustrate the undiminished safety integrity of these fully integrated automation systems, they are described as "integrated, but separate."

    Proponents of these systems say that they not only maintain undiminished safety integrity, but they also enhance operation by addressing additional sources of risk and providing a comprehensive platform for process safety management, including safety engineering tools, operation management tools alarm management and maintenance.

    The challenge for the user is to assess how these Integrated Safety Systems can still act as a completely independent layer of protection.

    ABB
    09/24/2009
  • Back to Basics: SCADA

    What's a SCADA? Editor Walt Boyes takes you Back to Basics with Supervisory Control and Data Aquisition systems.

    08/17/2009
  • Back to Basics: Basics of Data Acquisition

    Data, data, it's all about the data. Nothing makes a control system fail faster than a failure of the data acquisition system. Walt Boyes, Control's editor in chief, takes you back to the basics on data acquisition systems and software.

    01/20/2009
  • Operational and Business Readiness

    Matt Willmott discusses the top business issues process manufacturers are facing today and how an integrated main automation contractor approach can help overcome those challenges and ensure a smooth transition from project into operations.

    Honeywell
    10/24/2008
  • Process Analytical Technology

    In this edition of the monthly Control/ARC Podcast Series, Editor in Chief, Walt Boyes, and Executive Editor, Jim Montague, speak to ARC’s John Blanchard about market forces and technology trends affecting process analytical technology (PAT). Is it just the FDA, or are there real, valid reasons to use PAT?

    06/17/2008
  • Waterford Township Water Treatmeant

    Alexi Beck Gray Visits Waterford Township Department of Public Works and Learns How They Treat and Transport Water to Its Over Seventy-Four Thousand Residents

    Opto22
    04/28/2008
  • Early Education

    The process control and automation industries are loosing practical knowledge to retirement and outsourcing, and veteran engineers aren't being replaced quickly enough. Why is the U.S. not encouraging, attracting, and training the engineers it will need in the future, and what can be done about it? Control's executive editor, Jim Montague, says the magazine will explore this issue during 2008, and asks users to share their experiences and efforts to inspire junior high and elementary school students to get bitten by the engineering bug.

    03/10/2008
  • Having A Career in Process Automation

    Editor in Chief Walt Boyes talks with the 2008 inductees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame Vernon Trevathan, William M. Hawkins and Dale E Seborg. They talk about what it takes to have career in process automation.

    02/03/2008
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