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Webinar: A Better Way for Large Industrial Project Execution

Driven by a desire to reduce risk with large projects, many owner organizations utilize a strategy where an EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) company is sole-sourced to manage and execute the entire scope. While EPCs are well-suited to execute the civil and mechanical scopes that make up most of the cost in a large project, they […]

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PID Tuning Rules

Nearly every automation system supplier, consultant, control theory professor, and user has a favorite set of PID tuning rules. Many of these experts are convinced their set is the best. A handbook devoted to tuning has over 500 pages of rules. The enthusiasm and sheer number of rules is a testament to the importance of […]

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Webinar Recording: How Machine Learning is Advancing Predictive Maintenance in Manufacturing

In 2014, I made a decision to walk away from manufacturing after more than 32 years of immersion in the space. My manufacturing experience started as a controls engineer way back 1982, when the Allen-Brady PL2 and GE Series Six were the hot technologies. Over the years I rode the technology wave starting with PC […]

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How to Close the Operator Competency Gap in Process Industries

Developing and maintaining competent process operators is critical to business performance in the process industries. This blog post, the second part in a two part series, looks at operator competency. In the first post I focused on four signal classes that are leading and lagging indicators of potential competency gaps in process operators. In this […]

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What Are Indicators of Potential Competency Gaps in Industrial Process Operators?

Developing and maintaining competent process operators is critical to business performance in the process industries. This blog post focuses on four signal classes that are leading and lagging indicators of competency gaps in process operators. The evidence of history is that if not addressed, these gaps increase the risk of non-optimal outcomes leading to reduced […]

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Webinar Recording: How to Calibrate Differential Pressure Flowmeters

In this webinar, experts examine the complexity of testing popular multivariable differential pressure cells that provide a compensated flowmeter output based on differential inches of water (inH2O), static (psia) and temperature (RTD) variables. While this smart instrument can make a very accurate measurement, it is often a “mystery” as to how to properly check and […]

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What Are the Benefits of Guided Wave Radar for Level Measurement in Process Industries?

Level is among the most frequently measured process variables in industrial plants. Level readings are used for local indication, process automation and visualization in control systems. Additionally, they are crucial for managing inventory and enforcing safety limits for overfill, leak detection or dry-run protection of pumps. Other applications range from automated ordering systems, to communicating […]

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Webinar Recording: Benefits of Integrating IIoT-Ready PLC and DCS Platforms

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has the potential to be the most significant development in automation systems since the introduction of distributed control systems. It offers a wide range of potential uses and benefits.  Specifically, PLCs with IIoT capability can provide a broad range of advantages: Reducing the time and effort for configuration and […]

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How to Avoid Common Tuning Mistakes

The proportional, integral, derivative (PID) controller is the common key component of all control loops. Basic control systems depend upon the PID to translate the measurement signals into set points of secondary loop controllers, digital valve controllers, and speed controllers for variable frequency drives. The success of advanced control, such as model predictive control, depends […]

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