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How to Improve Industrial Productivity with Loop Calibration

The typical approach to calibration has been to regularly test instrumentation that affects successful control, safe operation, quality, or other relevant criteria. In most cases, scheduling is conservative, and methods at a particular site have evolved over time. Instrument technicians follow practices that were set up many years ago. It is not uncommon to hear, […]

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What Is the Next Generation of Process Automation Wireless Technology?

Wireless technology is an essential business enabler for the automation world. It has gained rapid acceptance in many industrial sectors because of its cost effectiveness, reliability, fast deployment, and flexibility. Over the past four decades, ultrahigh frequency (UHF) radios have been widely used for long-range supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) connectivity in the oil […]

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Automation Competency Model Helps Guide Future Technical Workforce

In 2007, the Automation Federation (AF) delegation told an audience at the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) about the people practicing automation careers in industry. Not long before our visit, the ETA, part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), had worked with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a “competency […]

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Industrial Pervasive Sensing Reduces Costs and Prevents Downtime

There has never been a greater need for plant reliability and energy efficiency. Both depend upon actionable information: plant operators need to know what is happening everywhere in the plant, often in close to real time. This was seldom done in the past, mainly for cost reasons. However, the availability of innovative sensors (many of […]

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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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