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IoT Is Ready for the Process Industry

In today’s competitive business climate, process plants are looking for ways to quickly reduce costs, improve operations, and comply with regulatory requirements. Addressing these challenges with yesterday’s technologies, while practical, often has unsatisfactory results and does not yield the desired competitive advantage. But there is a technology ready for deployment right now that can address […]

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ISA is Changing

ISA recently made some big news in automation training. One of ISA’s most important and popular courses—Fundamentals of Industrial Process Measurement & Control (FG05M)—is now available in a modular format. Instead of purchasing the entire course at once, you choose only the topic or “module” of online training content that meets your specific needs, budget, […]

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What Automation Users Need to Do RIGHT NOW: Preparing for the Inevitable Cybersecurity Incident

With the ever-increasing drumbeat of cyber-attack pounding louder and louder in the background, organizations utilizing automation systems of any kind need to take proactive, defensive steps immediately to avoid significant business disruption and lost revenue. Normally, I would be preaching the gospel of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the foundational elements set forth in the ISA/IEC […]

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Automation Professionals Are Catalysts for Change in Manufacturing

Thinking beyond your frame of reference can provide new insights and lead to new ideas to improve manufacturing results. The manufacturing industry is being impacted by a complex and rapidly changing world. Manufacturing industries are realizing that low labor cost is not a winning strategy, and automation is fundamental to success. Automation professionals are in […]

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New Applications for Pressure Measurement Technologies

Accurately measuring liquid, gas, and steam pressure is a basic requirement for many industrial processes to operate safely, efficiently, and with optimum quality control. In addition to directly measuring pressure values, pressure measurements can be used to determine or infer flow rates, fluid levels, product density, and other parameters. As a result, many plants rely […]

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The Challenges of Attracting Millennials to Industrial Careers

There has been considerable discussion of late about the mass retirements of baby boomers from the industrial workforce and the lack of appropriate talent to fill the gap. Many baby boomers believe that the younger generation—the millennial generation—is not up to the task and that young people have no interest in taking on the challenges. […]

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Webinar Recording: How to Get the Most out of Control Valves

The data that is really needed when selecting and sizing a control valve is rarely understood and specified, which leads to excessive variability originating from the valve. In this presentation, ISA mentor Greg McMillan discusses pervasive problems and rampant misconceptions. He then provides guidance—supported by test results—on how to select a good throttling control valve. […]

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