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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Add Control Loops to Eliminate Manual Actions and Sequences in Process Control

I taught a course in process control to junior and senior chemical engineering students as an adjunct professor. Students were generally in the class not because they thought process control was important, but because the course was required to get a degree. One student asked me why you needed a control loop when all you […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

The Importance of I/O Cards When Performing a DCS Retrofit

This is a tip I simply cannot stress enough. If a team does not understand the intricate electrical details of the old control system and the new, really REALLY bad things can happen. Concept: Performing a control system retrofit without completely understanding the electrical characteristics of the old and replacement system I/O cards is a […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Automation Industry Career Advice: Seek Conversations with Knowledgeable People

I earned a degree in engineering physics, a now-defunct program at Kansas University created for nuclear submarine captains. Doing double duty, I took the required courses for a physics degree, plus 32 hours of engineering electives. With job offers from aerospace, chemical, and communication companies, I chose the chemical company because the campus was impressive, […]

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Greg-McMillan

ISA Author Spotlight: Greg McMillan Career Is an Open Book

Winner of ISA’s prestigious ISA Life Achievement Award in 2010 and many times recognized and awarded for his achievements during the course of his career, Greg McMillan is ISA’s most prolific author. Greg cranks out at least one book—sometimes two—a year, has written several articles for InTech and other magazines, and just completed the third […]

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