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Simulation breeds innovation

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To give us insights into how we can maximize the synergy for creativity, we ask Chris Stuart, a software engineer in R&D/Simulation for Emerson Automation Solutions. Chris has an incredibly open mind and talent for seeing through the complexity of an opportunity to develop an elegant, flexible ...

Instrument specification: Where we are and where we should be

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If you can’t measure it, you can’t control it. Not as well recognized is the fact that if you cannot precisely set a flow, you can’t do what the measurement and control system says is needed. It all starts with the specification. Mike Laspisa offers his insights as to where we are now and where ...

Take a lifecycle view to optimize asset value

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Can data take a shift?

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Given recent advances in data acquisition and analytics, some users and developers are investigating whether better, closer-at-hand information can patch some of the know-how and experience gaps created as veterans are replaced by rookies. Here's how some are using new data streams and ...

Digitalization, IIoT demand current process industry personnel be retrained

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Future professionals are still desperately needed to replace their rapidly retiring counterparts. However, the well-known brain drain is being compounded by technical changes like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0, cybersecurity and other forms of digitalization, which are ...

The two rules for work

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It might seem that procrastinators have the right idea, but the concept is not to delay because of fear, distraction or sloth. The concept is to be most intelligent and efficient about your effort or your reputation, to postpone commitment. However, waiting to the last minute means that any plan,...

Are there more practical solutions than simulation?

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Instilling the sensibility or awareness to “see” the way the veteran sees complex integrated processes and systems is a growing challenge, as all industries struggle to replace retiring experienced operators with relatively new recruits. But increasingly, industry is seeking simulation tools to ...

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 ...

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