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How to Leverage ISA Standards to Achieve Sustainable Benefits During Industrial Project Design

In previous posts in this series (click here and here), I’ve talked about the need and desire for companies to significantly improve their operational capability and flexibility to compete successfully in a world market, and described some likely hurdles encountered in that journey. I’ve also implied that how those improvements are implemented can be more […]

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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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Using ISA-88 to Enhance MES Implementation

At its core, a manufacturing execution system (MES) is used for managing and monitoring work-in-progress activities and data for a manufacturing process. With particular emphasis on the execution part of the name, any corresponding narrative will naturally focus on real activities involved in the production process – including all information associated with the intent, methods […]

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Simple Enhancement of PID Control

The venerable PID is assuredly the most widely used algorithm in industrial process control. Its simplicity, reliability and familiarity make it a staple for closed-loop control throughout the industrialized world. Many control engineers apply this tool to every process or system requiring closed-loop control. Despite this default status as the “go-to” solution for feedback control, […]

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Optimize Your Industrial Automation System with a Resilient Design Strategy

In a previous post regarding good automation system design concepts considered the issue of robust design at the controller and communication levels. This time we shift the focus to software best programming practices, both at the controller and the operator interface levels, which can help result in a solid automation system. Probably the No. 1 […]

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Design Automation Systems with a Focus on Diagnostics and Situational Awareness

My first post regarding good automation system design concepts approached the issue of robust design from the field level, looking at field devices and wiring practices. This time we move up the automation food chain to look at the control platform, which is made up of controllers, input/output (I/O) modules, and the networking means that […]

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