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The Most Empowering 4 Letter Word

A couple of weeks ago I gave a presentation, entitled “Are we there yet?”,  to a group of attendees – a mixed bag of engineering students, a few employees, and employers – at the National Society of Black Engineers 42nd Annual Conference in Boston. The session was  focused on diversity & inclusion or D&I. I […]

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Standard for Embedded Software for SIL 3 Certified Safety System

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional certification program.  ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective assessment and confirmation of an automation professional’s skills. The CAP exam is focused on direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information […]

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Advanced Control as Operations Support

In operating plants, process engineers, also known as production or operation engineers, are usually heavily engaged in day-to-day operations support. They are more likely to be found in their hard hats, in ad hoc meetings, or working with operators than sitting at computer terminals. Their job description typically involves a good understanding of process economics, […]

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Coordinated MIMO Control Design for a Power Plant

Abstract: For the participation of the steam power plants in regulating the network frequency, boilers and turbines should be co-ordinately controlled in addition to the base load productions. Lack of coordinated control over boiler–turbine may lead to instability; oscillation in producing power and boiler parameters; reduction in the reliability of the unit; and inflicting thermodynamic tension […]

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Electrical Standards for Industrial Machinery Emergencies

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional certification program. ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective assessment and confirmation of an automation professional’s skills. The CAP exam is focused on direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information […]

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ISA Is Committed to Expanding Its Global Presence

This month, I continue my examination of what I deem to be the four priority areas of focus for the Society in 2016. After previously covering Alignment and Leadership, I turn my attention to the issue of Globalization (leaving the fourth, Voice of the Customer, for May). Globalization is a complex matter for any company […]

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ISA Training and Education Programs for May-June

In May, ISA will offer technical training in conjunction with the 16th ISA LDAR Fugitive Emissions Symposium and the 62nd International Instrumentation Symposium. Get ready for a full month of training in June, as ISA’s Houston Section hosts an intensive educational experience designed to meet the automation and control community’s needs for comprehensive technical training […]

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How Veterans Successfully Transition to Industrial Automation Careers

Automation jobs require a combination of technical know-how combined with interpersonal skills, making them a great fit for veterans. It’s always difficult to find suitable candidates for openings in industrial automation as most of these jobs require both technical and interpersonal skills, often with a bit of management expertise added to the mix. Universities graduate […]

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Measuring Tank Levels with Differential Pressure Transmitters

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for information about the CCST program. This question is from the Level I […]

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