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A New and Different Direction for ISA

The classic definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things you have been doing and expecting different results.  At some point, you have to nudge things along in an attempt to affect a change and move in a positive direction. Last month, ISA’s Executive Board decided it was time to change what we […]

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How to Use the Cloud to Store and Distribute Manufacturing Data

Cloud-based human-machine interface (HMI) software, databases, and historians are ideal gateways to deliver practical and actionable machine, manufacturing, and plant information to those who need it. Harnessing cloud capabilities to harvest data from plant floor automation systems and then distributing this data to users is a powerful combination that can save money, speed implementation, enhance […]

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AutoQuiz: What Is the Length Limitation for Fast Ethernet Cable?

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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Hybrid Intelligent Method for Recognition of Common Types of Control Chart Patterns

Abstract: Automatic recognition of abnormal patterns in control charts has seen increasing demands nowadays in manufacturing processes. This paper presents a novel hybrid intelligent method (HIM) for recognition of the common types of control chart pattern (CCP). The proposed method includes two main modules: a clustering module and a classifier module. In the clustering module, the […]

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Is Your PM Program Passive, Preventative, Predictive or Proactive?

There are so many acronyms and so little understanding of what they mean. Not only do we have to interpret acronyms that are specific to our industry, the automation discipline, our companies, and what is perceived to be “common knowledge” across multiple sectors, but the expectation is that we do so consistently. These are tough […]

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AutoQuiz: How Is Fluid Velocity Affected When the Pressure Drop Across a Valve Increases?

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 comes from the Level I […]

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ISA Student Sections Spearhead Future Industrial Automation Workforce

Joining ISA back in 1989, I quickly discovered what a wonderful advocate the Society is for student workforce development activities and opportunities. During the past several years, I have witnessed the development of student sections and have attended meetings and other Society events where volunteers present opportunities for students to engage with mentors and practitioners. […]

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AutoQuiz: What Is the Most Appropriate Technique for Modeling Linear Relationships?

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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