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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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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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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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What are the Challenges of the Industrial Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming everyday life and promises to revolutionize industry. Forecasters view this technology for the manufacturing sector, the industrial Internet of things (IIoT), as a key impetus for growth and productivity in the coming decade, adding US$14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030. The IIoT could be the most […]

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Cybersecurity is a Vital Automation Industry Workforce Issue

One of my favorite shows is NCIS Los Angeles. Every Monday night I sit in front of the tube to see what type of threat agents Callen, Deeks, Kensi, Sam, Nell, and Eric will encounter. Usually these episodes are all about crimes being investigated, either in the U.S. or at some remote place around the globe, […]

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Basics of Continuous Level Measurement

The most common technologies available for continuous level measurement are ultrasonic, free space radar, guided wave radar, capacitance, gamma, and pressure. Let’s take a look at each technology and some typical applications. Ultrasonic An ultrasonic transducer generates a mechanical sound pulse that is directed through air to the process. When this pulse encounters the process […]

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Justifying Automation in the Era of the Connected Enterprise

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the global middle class will surge from 1.8 billion in 2009 to 3.2 billion in 2020. This ballooning middle class will translate to greater consumer spending, placing an increased demand on manufacturing, resources, and infrastructure. Meeting this demand requires automation investments to help operations be […]

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What are Best Practices for Alarm Response?

      Alarms are a critical part of every production process — but not all of them are created equal. An alarm could indicate an immediate source of pressing concern. It could flag a potentially damaging machine or process issue that could derail production and cause serious safety concerns. However, with alarms sounding all […]

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How to Choose Wired vs. Wireless for New Industrial Installations

Fieldbus technology has been available for more than 20 years. Initially, FOUNDATION Fieldbus and other digital fieldbus technologies were developed in the 1990s as a replacement for the 4–20 mA standard. Today, virtually every manufacturer of flowmeters, pressure transmitters, and similar instrumentation offers FOUNDATION Fieldbus and other popular fieldbus interfaces, and every major automation system vendor supports […]

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