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Six Key Steps for an Effective Industrial Business Process Change

You probably use dozens of business processes every day. When processes work well, they can significantly improve efficiency, productivity, and customer satisfaction. You have also likely realized the results of inefficient processes that cause frustration, delays, and financial loss. That is why it is so important to improve processes that are not working well. Processes […]

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Where Do Humans Fit in the Factory of the Future?

Much has been written and forecasted about the various impacts of technologies on humans: work, pleasure, productivity, and behaviors. The exponential growth of technical tools and their explosive applications to our lives have been nothing short of astounding. These have created an equally dramatic increase in new jobs with required skills. Organizations seek to fill […]

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How to Integrate Industrial and Information Networks

The benefits of converging industrial and information networks with a validated secure architecture based on standard Internet Protocol (IP) technologies are well established. The benefits include greater connectivity and integration across plants, easier data sharing across the enterprise, and better visibility into real-time operations. Bringing together information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) networks is […]

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How Does Low Flow Affect Differential Pressure Flowmeter Calibration?

For flowmeter calibration, the phenomenon of “low flow cut-off” is only associated with differential pressure transmitters with square root extraction — if the square root (flow) calculation is done in the control system (DCS/PLC), then this test approach does not apply. The graphic below illustrates the issue. Some may ask why we are testing the […]

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Steps You Can Take to Help Close the Industrial Skills Gap

If you’re like most manufacturers, your most experienced employees are also those closest to retirement. Replacing them without creating quality gaps won’t be easy or cheap – studies show that without a proper knowledge transfer plan, the cost to replace a senior engineer is between 300 percent and 500 percent of the senior employee’s salary. […]

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Increasing Diversity in the Automation Profession

There have been many articles written on how and why we should increase the number of individuals from minority groups in the field of automation. Most reflect the opinions of diversity experts or human resources professionals, and some are politically motivated. This article is different because it gives the opinions of minority participants actively working […]

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How to Improve Industrial Automation Security

The history of industrial automation fascinates me. Continuous innovation and new technologies have taken manufacturing processes that originated in the Industrial Age and catapulted them straight into the information age. Just as productivity seemed to be topping out, the Internet helped boost productivity and efficiency to previously unimaginable levels. Unfortunately, as industrial automation roared into […]

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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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