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Artificial Intelligence is proving it's worth in process and in practice in plants nationwide. Meanwhile the costs, in time and money, of adding AI capability to a plant keep falling.
Process control guru and columnist Béla Lipták, PE, provides a powerful vision of our energy future and a challenge to the process control and instrumentation industry to lead the effort to solve our energy problems.
Fieldbus technology improces flow measurement
You think process engineers are in the forefront of automation? Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt says that when it comes to improving process efficiency, you ain't seen nothin' 'til you been down on the farm!
Digital-based protocols, such as those used by fieldbus technology, are finding their way into a wider range of plant automation technologies. Can they be implemented at your process plant?
Distributed control system technology and its pioneers have had a profound effect on our profession and should be recognized, according to Around the Loop columnist Terrence K. McMahon.
Find out how you can improve the effectiveness of your distributed control alarm systems by better managing the techniques, tools, standards, and procedures you use in your process plant.
The workers are unwitting casualties of what we commonly know as globalization. Within this global business framework, which we're reminded daily, is a natural and wholly irresistible evolution. Nations are instructed to concentrate on producing only those goods and services which they are ...
With Ethernet on its way to becoming a dominant industrial network, new switches and routers are being developed with not only a traditional focus on environmental hardening, but also security-enablement.
Preventing windup requires reconfiguration of the controller, according to process control consultant, F. Greg Shinskey, and external-reset feedback is the most satisfactory method of accomplishing it.
As the boundaries defining traditional industrial PCs used in manufacturing disappear, theyre morphing into new, fanless, diskless forms, and taking on tasks once reserved for PLCs and other plant-floor devices.
Data acquisition devices and systems are taking on as many new forms, functions and capabilities as the industrial PCs and software in whose technological gravity well theyre being pulled along.
Once again, the end users have spoken. Process control professionals assess the best technologies and vote on who best meets their needs in the 15th annual CONTROL Readers Choice Awards.
Among high-tech industries, surveys show that end users of process automation equipment and systems trust their vendors more than trade magazines, industry analysts and others.
Understanding the purpose of control and safety systems helps users ensure each is appropriately optimized. The duties of the SIS are to protect the people, environment and assets against unsafe conditions.
RoHS-type initiatives in the EU adhere to regulations that say control vendors must design products for environmentally safe end-of-life disposal. But who is jumping on this train in North American, and when?
The process of developing a strategic automation plan isnt terribly complicated, and despite the number of different available models, each one uses similar techniques and yields similar results.
Whats the latest on control valves? Editor in Chief Walt Boyes takes a look at the current marketplace for the final element that all control stuff is aimed atthe control valve that produces the end result.
This article addresses cost estimating for capital projects on which an analyzer system is installed, through start-up and commissioning of the project, to the resultant lifetime cost savings that can be gained.
The changing energy landscape promises to keep process automation professionals quite busy for many years to come. Now, if we can just get that potential through to a few more idealistic adolescents
In the third installment of this series, Control Talk columnists Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner, PE, continue their interviews with the big names in process control. This time they talk with ISA Fellow Vernon Trevathan.
WBFs Director of Strategic Industry Alliances, Rodger Jeffery, is excited about the new challenges our industry faces and suggests we regroup, reorganize, and commit to a stronger working alliance in regards to standards.
CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes is scheduled to speak at several upcoming industry events over the the next few months. Catch up with our roving editor at a conference or symposium near you!
Control in the field is becoming mainstream once again just as the ISA SP50 fieldbus committee predicted it would be. CONTROL's regular contributor Dave Harrold looks at the integrity of the control loop.
The company's new Proficy Process Systems offering includes global namespace and available redundancy, along with integrated analysis, execution and ERP connectivity.