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Wireless industrial standard begins to take shape

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CONTROL contributor Dick Caro, a member of the ISA committee developing a set of wireless industrial networking standards, reports to us the latest progress on SP100 activity from Karlsruhe, Germany.

Flowmeters get around

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The lowly flowmeter ends up in some of the most interesting places. CONTROL columnist and flow expert David W. Spitzer shares some odd and interesting flow measurement applications.

Users driving the bus

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Contributing Editor John Rezabek provides commentary on end-user participation in councils and committees, formulating directions and priorities as a valuable service to the supplier community.

Why calibration measurement software?

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Field calibration is faster and more accurate with digital calibrators and a CMS, but there’s a catch. Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, reports on the state of the art in calibration systems for the operator.

Can Foundation fieldbus (FF) stay hungry?

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FF may be facing unexpected challenges in its task to remain useful as it integrates ever more closely with EDDL, COTS Ethernet, and Internet-bsed and/or wireless networking. Executive Editor Jim Montague reports.

What’s next for process analyzers?

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In this month's installmnet of Product Roundup, we focus on process analyzers and instrumentation that might just help you solve a process problem or two.

More about cost estimating process analyzer projects

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Gary Nichols concludes his series on the proper design and project management of process analyzer systems, this time addressing estimate accuracy and cost by project stage and work breakdown structure.

Beware straight-line projections

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Market analyst research reports often predict growth rates or adoption curves in a straight-line extrapolation of the recent past, but in the real world, things are seldom so predictable or comfortable.

Best of the best, Part 4

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Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner continue their interviews with the big names in process control. This time they talk with Bob Heider, adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Rick’s Picks of the Web: This month on ControlGlobal.com

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CONTROL’s Rick Pedraza offers his picks of what’s best on the web. Here’s what's happening this month, April 2007, on ControlGlobal.com, the online resource of CONTROL magazine.

Buildings, bureaucrats, and brutes

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CONTROL columnist Béla Lipták, PE, describes a design project for a pretty efficient building: one that heats itself and does not need to pay energy, even when the outside temperature is near freezing.

Envelope optimization

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Using envelope optimization as a tool, the next generation of process control engineers will be able to convert today's technology into a force that will turn a profit and improve the quality of our lives.

Finally playing nice

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Editor in Chief Walt Boyes congratulates the members of the SP100 Industrial Wireless Standard committee for their willingness to compromise in the name of service to the end-user community.

Uncertain safety

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Users seeking appropriate process safety systems aren’t getting enough help from unspecific standards and ideal-world certifications. Here’s how to gain useful safety capabilities in a buyer-beware world.

What is taking so long?

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Despite its 30-plus-year history, advanced process control (APC) applications remain few and far between, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Dave Harrold, cofounder of the AFAB Group, reports.

The skinny on PC-based control systems

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In this column, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes a look at why a process skid manufacturer thinks PC-based control makes sense for its—and other—process applications.

Controlling distributed processes

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The distributed process—while undeniably complex—can be defined by only two parameters and is relatively easy to control. Our very own guru, Greg Shinskey, provides a detailed tutorial on advanced control.

One bus for all?

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When it comes to applications that allow our basic controls to function, system lock-ups are intolerable, so it pays to examine the heritage of fieldbus and carefully analyze the market that shaped it.

Can we Talk?

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There is some major-league wriggling going on as participants try to avoid simply discussing whether many U.S. oil and gas producers and their supporting industries are doing their best on process safety.

Rick’s Picks of the Web: This month on ControlGlobal.com

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CONTROL’s Rick Pedraza offers his picks of what’s best on the web. Here’s what's happening this month, May 2007, on ControlGlobal.com, the online resource of CONTROL magazine.

Independent protection layer issues offer second front

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Excerpts from the April 2007 issue of Industrial Automation Insider newsletter, Andrew Bond, editor. For more information, go to www.iainsider.co.uk. Reused with permission.

Foundation fieldbus in hazardous areas

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Implementing Foundation fieldbus can seem like a daunting task, and when coupled with hazardous-area considerations, may approach information overload; however, it doesn't have to be an explosive concept.

ABB thriving in global sweet spot

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ABB today faces a perfect storm of a different type. Its focus on power and productivity puts it squarely in the frenzied center of global industrial and infrastructure investment.

The best level technology for you

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In this month's installmnet of Product Roundup, we focus on level measurement methods in control systems and instrumentation that might just help you solve a process problem or two.

The best of the best, Part 5

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Control Talk columnists McMillan and Weiner continue their multipart series of talks with some of the Great Minds in Process Control. This month it’s Sheldon Lloyd, past VP of technology for Fisher Controls.

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