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BioPhorum pursues life sciences plug and play

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"It helps to think of OPC-UA communications as the road, NAMUR as the car, and our data model as what's inside the car." Rockwell Automation’s Bruce Kane explained the life science industry movement to develop process automation system components that readily plug-and-play, or interoperate, with ...

Mondelēz automates juice plant with FactoryTalk

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"The juice plant's production lines are more flexible and adaptable than ever, while keeping their regulatory records automatically." Pedro Ollier of LC Tech Group discussed a recent project for Mondelēz to upgrade automation using PlantPAx and FactoryTalk.

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 ...

Digital pilots move to production at 3M

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“The assessment, building the foundation and defining the roadmap are critical first steps to move forward with your digital transformation.” Robert Sentz, FMRD manufacturing technology engineer at 3M, provided digital transformation advice based on 3M’s experience implementing Emerson ...

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.

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.

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