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Always Design in Spare Capacity to Allow for Industrial Plant Expansion

Always Design in Spare Capacity to Allow for Industrial Plant Expansion

Over my career I cannot think of a single time when I regretted running spare cables or oversizing field junction boxes. However, I can think of too many instances where I ran out of room and/or capacity much sooner than I had expected, and wished I had run MORE spares. Concept: The incremental purchase cost […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

The Value of Process in Designing or Improving an Industrial Control System

This tip seems obvious, yet some of the biggest project failures I have witnessed were a result of the team not understanding the process, and programming what they thought was correct. The folly of this approach was usually not discovered until late in the project (possibly during start-up). At that point, recovery of the schedule […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Pitfalls of Selecting Low-Cost Industrial Instrumentation

The expression “You get what you paid for” definitely applies to instrumentation. Automation is expensive, but the payback is there when it is executed correctly. Unfortunately, many engineers try to save a couple of bucks and go with the untested “bargain brand” and often pay a wicked price for it. Some instruments are cheap for […]

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