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Six Key Steps for an Effective Industrial Business Process Change

You probably use dozens of business processes every day. When processes work well, they can significantly improve efficiency, productivity, and customer satisfaction. You have also likely realized the results of inefficient processes that cause frustration, delays, and financial loss. That is why it is so important to improve processes that are not working well. Processes […]

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Where Do Humans Fit in the Factory of the Future?

Much has been written and forecasted about the various impacts of technologies on humans: work, pleasure, productivity, and behaviors. The exponential growth of technical tools and their explosive applications to our lives have been nothing short of astounding. These have created an equally dramatic increase in new jobs with required skills. Organizations seek to fill […]

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Technical Training from ISA for October and November

ISA’s Technician Training Boot Camp comes to Houston, Tex. in October. The week of intensive hands-on training covers all the fundamentals plus the ultimate in smart technology. Learn the knowledge required by a control systems technician with five years’ experience in performing maintenance, calibration and troubleshooting tasks typical of a plant floor experiment. Review existing […]

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How Industrial Engineers Use Social Media

I have been tracking how the industrial automation community uses social media since the “early days” — back in the mid-2000s. Some companies took a “wait-and-see” approach, understandably concerned about the business prospects for social media after highly touted platforms such as MySpace, Second Life and Google Buzz fizzled. Last year, digital marketing expert and […]

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Thermal Mass Flowmeters

Thermal mass flowmeters can be a relatively inexpensive flowmeter that can handle extremely small flows (e.g., inline 1/16-inch meters) and large flows (e.g., multipoint insertion type in 60 inch ducts). Thermal flowmeters introduce heat into the flow stream and measure how much heat is absorbed using one or more temperature sensors. However, the meter requires […]

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ISA Technical Education and Training for September and October

In September, drill down on process control with ISA’s Process Automation Boot Camp. Designed for non-maintenance personnel with little or no background in process measurements and control, this hands-on course focuses on the physical measurement technologies, the communication signals, and various applications of instrument equipment to achieve common process measurements and control. An exciting mix […]

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How Does Low Flow Affect Differential Pressure Flowmeter Calibration?

For flowmeter calibration, the phenomenon of “low flow cut-off” is only associated with differential pressure transmitters with square root extraction — if the square root (flow) calculation is done in the control system (DCS/PLC), then this test approach does not apply. The graphic below illustrates the issue. Some may ask why we are testing the […]

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PID Tuning for Near and True Integrating Processes

The most important loops on vessels and columns typically have a near or true integrating response. A self-regulating process is classified as near integrating if the process time constant is larger than four times the process dead time. The composition, pH, and temperature response of continuous columns tend to have a time constant to dead […]

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Steps You Can Take to Help Close the Industrial Skills Gap

If you’re like most manufacturers, your most experienced employees are also those closest to retirement. Replacing them without creating quality gaps won’t be easy or cheap – studies show that without a proper knowledge transfer plan, the cost to replace a senior engineer is between 300 percent and 500 percent of the senior employee’s salary. […]

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What’s It Like to Work Today as an Industrial Engineer?

Here’s the bottom-line about careers in industrial automation, engineering and manufacturing technology: relatively stable employment, avenues for professional growth, plenty of opportunities to demonstrate your ability to develop innovative solutions to technical and business challenges. Engineers are working at a faster pace than ever. They are taking on more complex projects, though with less resources […]

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