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ISA Members Develop Key Standards That Advance the Industrial Automation Industry

In my discussions with users, they express the desire for automation and control systems with useful, consistent features and interfaces that satisfy real-world needs. Automation professionals have the opportunity to influence and improve automation industry directions when they are active members of ISA, participating in the development of high-quality, unbiased automation information, standards, and technical […]

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New Industrial Standards for Robotic Safety

The past few years have been marked by significant changes in industrial safety standards in the U.S. Safety managers, plant managers, and others who are not carefully monitoring these developments may not be keeping pace with the latest codes and regulations. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “machine guarding” that pertains to […]

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Modular Systems Speed and Simplify New Plant Programming

Getting out the cake and candles may have been overdoing it, but ISA-88’s 20th birthday was 28 February 2015. Since 1995, it has served countless manufacturers, primarily in batch process industries, while growing and evolving to cover new areas, and even spawning other standards. The first batch control standard in the ISA-88 series was approved […]

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How to Achieve More Value from Your Automation Projects

The industrial automation industry is largely a project-centric business. Over the past three decades automation suppliers, system integrators, engineering procurement contractors, and industrial automation users have become extremely proficient at executing automation projects. Unfortunately, in numerous interviews in which I have participated with industrial company executives, many indicated that although they believe automation should add […]

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Product Lifecycle Management and Automation Are Being Drawn Together

The worlds of product lifecycle management (PLM) and automation are being drawn together by a series of technological developments that are beginning to have far-reaching effects, not only in manufacturing, but across all industries. For PLM vendors, this combination is manifesting itself in an upsurge of research and development activity, acquisition, and partnering. For those […]

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Design Tips to Create a More Effective HMI

There are many ways to develop human-machine interface (HMI) screens for machine and process automation applications. Effective implementation requires discipline in design. The look, feel, and ease of use of an HMI can vary widely given all the tools, object libraries, animations, and colors available with modern HMI software—but there are guidelines to improve HMI […]

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How to Choose the Right Industrial Control System

Finding the right control system for an industrial operation is a huge challenge. The longevity, expense and fundamental role the system plays in the plant’s productivity and profitability guarantee this. Industrial organizations must maximize uptime, achieve high levels of reliability while controlling maintenance costs, and respond to challenges in terms of energy efficiency, regulatory compliance, […]

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Steps to Navigate the Industrial Internet Journey

In today’s connected world, machines can communicate and coordinate with each other in ways that were not possible before. These brilliant machines are changing the way businesses work, enabling them to optimize efficiencies, boost productivity, reduce costs, and bring products and services to market faster. This major transformation is powered by the industrial Internet—which combines […]

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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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