Author Archive | Joel Don

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AutoQuiz: In What Position Does a Control Valve with a Direct Acting Actuator Fail?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for information about the CCST program. This question is from the Level I […]

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AutoQuiz: How to Optimize HMI Screen Design

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional certification program. ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective assessment and confirmation of an automation professional’s skills. The CAP exam is focused on direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information […]

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AutoQuiz: What Is the Final Control Element in a Process Control System?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for information about the CCST program. This question is from the Level I […]

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Technical Training from ISA for October and November

ISA’s Technician Training Boot Camp comes to Houston, Tex. in October. The week of intensive hands-on training covers all the fundamentals plus the ultimate in smart technology. Learn the knowledge required by a control systems technician with five years’ experience in performing maintenance, calibration and troubleshooting tasks typical of a plant floor experiment. Review existing […]

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AutoQuiz: What Part of an Industrial Test Procedure Should Be Performed First?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for information about the CCST program. This question is from the Level III […]

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Q&A with Author of ISA Book Automation Network Selection

Q. Could you tell me what makes this third edition different than the previous edition? What areas have been expanded or improved? A. Many of the networks previously described are now covered in greater detail. This is especially true of Foundation Fieldbus H1 and HSE networks. Many new networks based on use of Ethernet at […]

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AutoQuiz: What Does a Solid Line with 3 Marks Represent on a P&ID?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for information about the CCST program. This question is from the Level III […]

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How Industrial Engineers Use Social Media

I have been tracking how the industrial automation community uses social media since the “early days” — back in the mid-2000s. Some companies took a “wait-and-see” approach, understandably concerned about the business prospects for social media after highly touted platforms such as MySpace, Second Life and Google Buzz fizzled. Last year, digital marketing expert and […]

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AutoQuiz: What Is the Value of Data Sheets for Instrumentation?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for information about the CCST program. This question is from the Level III […]

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