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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.

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.

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.

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.

Take one for the team!

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Organizations that only serve declining memberships are missing the point. The number of automation professionals isn’t declining; it is the number of them who feel the need to be included that’s declining.

Living control systems?

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Self-reconfiguring and assembling devices may have some surprising unintended consequences. We’re talking the potential for almost unlimited versatility that could change the international balance of trade.

Complacent with compliance?

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OPC Certification creates a solid quality baseline for interoperability that separates the wheat from the chaff, according to OPC specialist Eric Murphy, and serious end-users will demand nothing less.

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, June 2007, on ControlGlobal.com, the online resource of CONTROL magazine.

Get up, out and about

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Though some engineers say their industries and job prospects have recovered recently, many say that their administrators’ main mission is to wring as much short-term cash as possible from their operations.

Anyone watching your assets?

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Every system benefits from having properly trained individuals examining diagnostics and error messages, but fieldbus has the power to free those savvy techs from tedious hours watching screens.

Analyze this!

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Measurement and control of physical properties such as level and flow are the heart of process control. But measurement and control of the molecular composition of a process stream are also of vital importance.

Payback time

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The best-paid engineers and technical professionals answering our 2007 Salary Survey are growing more numerous and collecting bigger bonuses, while their lower-paid colleagues are decreasing.

The ladies of the club

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The few. The proud. The women on your engineering team. CONTROL Managing Editor Nancy Bartels interviews successful women engineers working as CEOs, entrepreneurs, team leaders and industry authors.

A work/life balancing act

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The few. The proud. The women on your engineering team. CONTROL Managing Editor Nancy Bartels interviews successful women engineers working as CEOs, entrepreneurs, team leaders and industry authors.

There's No Crying in Engineering

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The few. The proud. The women on your engineering team. CONTROL Managing Editor Nancy Bartels interviews successful women engineers working as CEOs, entrepreneurs, team leaders and industry authors.

What women engineers want

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The few. The proud. The women on your engineering team. CONTROL Managing Editor Nancy Bartels interviews successful women engineers working as CEOs, entrepreneurs, team leaders and industry authors.

More about the ladies of the club

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The few. The proud. The women on your engineering team. CONTROL Managing Editor Nancy Bartels interviews successful women engineers working as CEOs, entrepreneurs, team leaders and industry authors.

Process news from across the pond

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Here are excerpts from the May 2007 issue of Andrew Bond’s Industrial Automation Insider, a monthly newsletter covering the important industrial automation news and issues as seen from the U.K.

The ABCs of XML, Part 4

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This article provides more of what you need to know to survive in the world of connected data by identifying a few common problems you are likely to encounter transforming XML into other formats.

Controlling the Whole Column

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In the next installment of this series, CONTROL Columnist Béla Lipták, PE, discusses the overall control strategies for optimizing the distillation column to maximize production and minimize operating costs.

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