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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Tip #22 Details Matter

I was working on a large automation retrofit project of a chemical plant that had numerous thermocouples scattered throughout the structures. A vendor suggested a particular thermocouple card that I had never used, and I was about to proceed with that card when I decided to quickly scan the specs on the card. There was […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Tip #20: Spend the Money to Individually Fuse I/O with Indicating Fuse Blocks

I recently encountered a control cabinet on a client’s site that had 50 valve-limit switches wired to a single breaker. If any of the 50 shorted, the entire group tripped off line. Between this installation and several others like it, the technicians often spent hours and even days trying to track down a single field […]

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