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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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Increasing Diversity in the Automation Profession

There have been many articles written on how and why we should increase the number of individuals from minority groups in the field of automation. Most reflect the opinions of diversity experts or human resources professionals, and some are politically motivated. This article is different because it gives the opinions of minority participants actively working […]

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Industrial Education and Training Opportunities for August and September

Join your professional colleagues in August in the Mile High City to attend hands-on training at ISA’s Technical Training Camp in Colorado. Sponsored by the ISA Denver Section, this technical training event features ISA’s respected subject-matter experts delivering real-world experience and skills that can be applied immediately at your plant or facility. In September, take […]

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How to Improve Industrial Automation Security

The history of industrial automation fascinates me. Continuous innovation and new technologies have taken manufacturing processes that originated in the Industrial Age and catapulted them straight into the information age. Just as productivity seemed to be topping out, the Internet helped boost productivity and efficiency to previously unimaginable levels. Unfortunately, as industrial automation roared into […]

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How to Overcome Challenges of the Industrial Content Marketing Production Line

By a sizeable majority (74 percent), manufacturers said they plan to produce more content in 2016 over the previous year, according to the 2016 B2B Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends research report. But despite the stated commitment to greater productivity, 62 percent said it’s a struggle to produce content consistently and a near equal number fear […]

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ISA Members Develop Key Standards That Advance the Industrial Automation Industry

In my discussions with users, they express the desire for automation and control systems with useful, consistent features and interfaces that satisfy real-world needs. Automation professionals have the opportunity to influence and improve automation industry directions when they are active members of ISA, participating in the development of high-quality, unbiased automation information, standards, and technical […]

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