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Webinar: A Better Way for Large Industrial Project Execution

Driven by a desire to reduce risk with large projects, many owner organizations utilize a strategy where an EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) company is sole-sourced to manage and execute the entire scope. While EPCs are well-suited to execute the civil and mechanical scopes that make up most of the cost in a large project, they […]

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Automation Competency Model Helps Guide Future Technical Workforce

In 2007, the Automation Federation (AF) delegation told an audience at the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) about the people practicing automation careers in industry. Not long before our visit, the ETA, part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), had worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a “competency […]

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Industrial Pervasive Sensing Reduces Costs and Prevents Downtime

There has never been a greater need for plant reliability and energy efficiency. Both depend upon actionable information: plant operators need to know what is happening everywhere in the plant, often in close to real time. This was seldom done in the past, mainly for cost reasons. However, the availability of innovative sensors (many of […]

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Webinar Recording: Model-Predictive Controllers for Cost Optimization

Having two small model-predictive controllers (MPCs) available as a standard option in a distributed control system (DCS) shows much better performance than the previous PID for product pH and assay control, reducing off-spec product and raw material use. The MPC effectively deals with a recycle stream and a level override scheme that can change production […]

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Webinar Recording: Beginner’s Guide to Vacuum Ramping

Understanding the fundamental principles and the limitations of process equipment and instrumentation is seen to be essential to developing the proper control system for separation of multiple batch components by vacuum stripping. Danaca Jordan, ISA Mentor Program protégée, presents the results of alternate strategies along with their limitations. A proposed solution is given at the […]

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Webinar Recording: How Machine Learning is Advancing Predictive Maintenance in Manufacturing

In 2014, I made a decision to walk away from manufacturing after more than 32 years of immersion in the space. My manufacturing experience started as a controls engineer way back 1982, when the Allen-Brady PL2 and GE Series Six were the hot technologies. Over the years I rode the technology wave starting with PC […]

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The Autonomous Workplace: Robotics Developers Focus on Safety

A new wave of automation is building, and it will affect (almost) everything. Robotic technology was once limited to operating behind light curtains, cages, and doors. Now, mobile robots are breaking away from these traditional confines to appear in dynamic, peopled environments like offices, health-care facilities, classrooms, factory floors, agriculture, and distribution centers. The convergence […]

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