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The Autonomous Workplace: Robotics Developers Focus on Safety

A new wave of automation is building, and it will affect (almost) everything. Robotic technology was once limited to operating behind light curtains, cages, and doors. Now, mobile robots are breaking away from these traditional confines to appear in dynamic, peopled environments like offices, health-care facilities, classrooms, factory floors, agriculture, and distribution centers. The convergence […]

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How to Solve Common Problems with Industrial Alarm Systems

If you work in a plant that processes oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, power, water, wastewater, or food, you probably have problems with alarms on the automation system. In fact, you probably have the same problems that most other users have. The bad news is that it turns out that the common problems of alarm management are […]

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How ISA and Automation Federation Leadership Helped Secure Industrial Control Systems

Technical leaders had the foresight to create the ISA99 standards committee back in 2002. They recognized the need for cybersecurity standards in areas outside of the traditional information technology (IT), national security, and critical infrastructure areas of concentration at the time. In the following years, a number of ISA99 committee members spent time and effort […]

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Electromechanical vs Digital: Time to Make the Switch?

A typical process plant might have anywhere from 100 to 1,000 mechanical switches installed, performing functions ranging from controlling hard alarms, permissive and interlock circuits, blowers, and fans to emergency shutdown. Some of these switches, however, may be nearing the end of their useful lives or taking up operating space that might be filled by […]

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Simple Robust Auto-Tuning Rules for 2-DoF PID Controllers

  Abstract: This paper addresses the problem of providing simple tuning rules for a two-degree-of-freedom (2-DoF) PID controller (PI2) with robustness considerations. The introduction of robustness as a matter of primary concern is by now well established among the control community. Among the different ways of introducing a robustness constraint into the design stage, the purpose […]

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How to Leverage Profibus and Profinet for Troubleshooting and Preventing Downtime

One of the strengths of fieldbuses and industrial Ethernet protocols in general, and Profibus and Profinet in particular, is the diagnostic information. This diagnostic information can prevent downtime and accelerate troubleshooting. First, an explanation of the technologies: Profibus and Profinet International (PI) created, support, and maintain the Profibus and Profinet standards. Both specifications are part […]

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Is the Internet of Things Creating Unfocused Urgency to Monitor Everything?

Business analysts, industry consultants, venture capitalists, and major vendors are forecasting enormous Internet of Things (IoT) growth with estimates of massive numbers of sensors being deployed to instrument everything. Executive management at companies are being bombarded with an overwhelming message: if they do not invest in the adoption of IoT technologies, their competitors will dramatically […]

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How to Use HMIs to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Power Consumption

Machine and process skid builders can use human-machine interface (HMI) software to improve energy efficiency by measuring and monitoring energy usage, and by then using this data to reduce energy consumption through analysis and optimization. Through their connection to a variety of monitoring devices and controllers, HMIs provide measurement and monitoring and save the data […]

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How to Select Specialized Instrumentation for Temperature Measurement

Many temperature applications in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and other industries involve demanding process conditions, hazardous media, elevated corrosion rates, turbulence, vibration, and high pressures and temperatures. In these instances, specialized instrumentation, such as multipoint thermometers, skin-point thermometers, or high-temperature/harsh-environment devices, are available to make the required measurements. For temperature profiling, multipoint thermometers allow […]

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How to Succeed with the Industrial Internet of Things

More than just hype, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers significant potential value for manufacturers and other industrial organizations. The key is to create a long-term vision with an associated value proposition, identify the right applications to target initially, and employ the appropriate operational and information technologies, much of which is likely either already […]

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