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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.

Missed Opportunities in Process Control - Part 6

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Here is the Sixth part of a point blank decisive comprehensive list of what we really need to know in a detailed attempt to reduce the disparity between theory and practice. Please read, think and take to heart the opportunities to increase the performance and recognized value of our profession. ...

Siemens debuts new DCS, new organization

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Attracting more than 700 delegates, the 2019 Siemens Automation Summit announced the formation of Siemens Digital Industries, a new organization focused on automation and digitalization of processes, and the U.S. launch of the SIMATIC PCS neo distributed control system.

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, ...

Missed Opportunities in Process Control - Part 5

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Here is the Fifth part of a point blank decisive comprehensive list of what we really need to know in a detailed attempt to reduce the disparity between theory and practice. Please read, think and take to heart the opportunities to increase the performance and recognized value of our profession. ...

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.

Emerson optimistic despite digitalization

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Just as communities and industries in the U.S. have bounced back from recent hurricanes, Emerson Automation Solutions has been using innovations to turn challenges into opportunities. All of these solutions and benefits they deliver were highlighted in hundreds of conference sessions and exhibits...

10 technology touchpoints ahead for biopharma

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“The opportunity for robotics is in good-manufacturing-practice (GMP) areas. Our goal is to create awareness of collaborative robots.” Robotics is one of the 10 strategic development arenas defined by the BioPhorum Operations Group, Lonza’s Rajesh Beri reported at the Life Sciences Forum at ...

For miners, digital journey starts with business value

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A diverse crew of six experts detailed how digitalization and other forces are impacting mining worldwide during the Mining Industry Forum during Automation Fair 2018 this week in Philadelphia.

Fresenius finds solvent solution in centralized control

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“Compliance is further improved by two-factor authentication with user ID and password plus biometrics, which are required to log on and again for each parameter change.” Piyush Rao of Fresenius Kabi Oncology Ltd. on change management features of the company’s new PlantPAx automation system.

Siemens scales digital summit

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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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Modernized controls facilitate smooth recovery after wildfire

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“We came back and turned it on. It was that easy.” Iochem’s Shuhei Shimizu and colleague Craig Randolph discussed how the company’s Yokogawa’s CENTUM VP system facilitated a clean shut-down and faultless re-start in the face of a wildfire-induced evacuation.

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