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Ways to improve split-range control

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Split-ranged control valve applications are particularly challenging. Here, we look at the many sources of the problems and the innovative solutions possible using the functionality of today’s PID with George Buckbee and Nicholas Sands.

Procedure automation: Another role for automation

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It might be challenging from the standpoint of the sensors available to aid validating the progress of the task, which is one of the aspects of procedure automation that can be most beneficial. But thinking through how such a rudimentary procedure might be automated can provide valuable practice ...

Getting the project right

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Common methods, best practices for IIoT solidify

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As soon as software, microprocessors and wired/wireless Ethernet touched the plant floor, it was inevitable the Internet would support and take over from fieldbuses and their protocols—just as they previously supported and took over from hardwiring. The only question now is how make it simple, ...

Data analytics isn't as difficult as it used to be

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Times have changed, and many of today's data analytics tools and software are simpler and easier to use on a regular basis, and generate more useful information and decisions. Curiously, the main hurdle appears to be convincing potential users that data analytics isn't as difficult as it used to be.

Product roundup: Flow innovations don't ebb

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The latest flow measurement and control devices.

OPAF expands membership, releases O-PAS Version 1.0

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Beyond expanding to 133 members during the past year, including end users, system integrators, suppliers and supporting organizations, OPAF and the Open Group also took the major step of publishing their preliminary O-PAS, Version 1.0. This five-part document addresses emerging technologies, and ...

Understanding the rationale behind the academic-practice gap

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There is a common complaint from the practice community that college courses in process control don’t teach the right topics. It’s often called the gap. Industry has often tried to relay to academe the body of knowledge that is important for process control, but something makes engineering ...

At the IIoT crossroads

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Yogi Berra famously said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” When it comes to IIoT, we will, and there may be no looking back if we continue on what seems to be the more appealing path. Here, we try to address some of the practical issues of IIoT, digitalization, big data and ...

Resource guide: Skids and modular systems

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Control's monthly guide brings you invaluable industry information to stay up to date on the latest trends and developments. This month focuses on skids and modular systems.

How to handle the deluge of data

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Possessing multiple avenues between plant-floor and enterprise-level systems is only useful if you can take an available shortcut by knowing what data you need and what to do with it. Until recently, the challenge was establishing a connection between sensors, I/O, PLCs and DCSs at the operations...

Live from Emerson Global Users Exchange 2018

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Mobile process automation monitoring and control evolves

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Mobile process control lets users get closer to their pipelines, tanks and equipment, but it also frees them to understand and optimize their applications in new ways, which they couldn't see until they got out of their traditional control rooms and began to look around. Surprisingly, gaining ...

How to design effective HMIs

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Designing the best HMI requires designers to find the correct knowledge base to use. For existing processes, this is the operations team (including support personnel). For new processes, this is the design team (including operations and maintenance). Once the correct knowledge base is identified,...

Controlling steam: What you don't know can hurt you

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Greg McMillan talks to Steve Huffman, vice president of marketing and business development for Mead O’Brien, Inc. and chairman of Government Relations for the Automation Federation, to give us inside knowledge about steam systems and explain why steam systems are so pervasive and how to best ...

iBio builds facility with maximum automation

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iBio's new facility boasts meticulous design considerations, ranging from concepts as simple as locating parking lights across the street to avoid insect infestation to the sophistication of an automated, multilevel growing environment that uses proprietary LED lighting.

Knowledge on demand - Part 1

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Many developers and integrators are whittling down obstacles until it's quick and easy to get data and know-how where it can do the most good. In fact, technical advances in single-pane displays, Internet-based networks, and mobility enabled by tablet PCs and smart phones have progressed so much ...

In memoriam: Stan Weiner

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Greg McMillian and John Berra reflect back on their years with late Control Contributor Stain Weiner. Weiner was a mentor and friend to many engineers.

Product roundup: fierce flow measurement, control

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The latest flow measurement, control and support solutions aren't shy about serving in difficult setting. This roundup features products from Endress+Hauser, Siemens, Emerson Automation Solutions, Honeywell Process Solutions, and more.

Sometimes operators sense changes missed by managers and engineers

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When a batches of product are not meeting the supplier's or their customer's expectations, analysis of the process generally is undertaken. Although adding more measurement parameters, like additional sensors, might seem to be the solution, it can be hard to tell. In these instances, ...

Resource guide: Awareness and ergonomics

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March's monthly resource guide highlights references that focus on awareness and ergonomics. This month features resources from Control, ABB, Purdue College of Engineering and more.

Solids scanner adds analytics

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Measuring center of gravity (COG) and material profile improves safety and inventory management.

Resource guide: Mixing up a batch—maybe even golden

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This month's slate of white papers, articles and videos come from ISA, Lund Institute of Technology, Sartorius Stedim Biotech, Rockwell Automation, and others.

Virtual sensors validate vital data

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You may already have instruments you can use to cross-check critical measurements.

Food & Beverage Forum: Modern controls, more French fries

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F&B Forum: Modern controls, more French fries

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