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Ice Cream Castles in the Land of Automation

On a flight back home the other day, my plane passed above a thick band of monsoon clouds. With the worldly worries left thousands of feet down, I indulged myself in views out of my window seat.   I was enjoying a warm cup of tea inside the comfort of an air conditioned cabin, while the freezing temperature outside […]

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Viewpoint on ISA TR84.0.02 Simplified Methods and Fault Tree Analysis

Abstract: ANSI/ISA-S84.01-1996 and IEC 61508 require the establishment of a safety integrity level for any safety instrumented system or safety related system used to mitigate risk. Each stage of design, operation, maintenance, and testing is judged against this safety integrity level. Quantitative techniques can be used to verify whether the safety integrity level is met. […]

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Virtualization allows one computer to take the place of multiple computers, resulting in greater efficiency.

Virtualization Simplifies Computer Maintenance and Delivers High Performance

The process of virtualization works by inserting a thin layer of software called the hypervisor directly into the computer hardware. The hypervisor layer presents multiple sets of “virtual hardware,” which contain the same components as a regular machine (e.g., motherboard, chipset, etc.). To an operating system, virtual hardware is indistinguishable from a regular machine. … […]

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Establishing a Successful Water/Wastewater Commissioning Program

“I recommend the paper “Establishing a Successful Commissioning Program” by Richard Birdsell and Mike Puccio of the Orange County Sanitation District (Orange County, California, USA). This was one of the papers presented at the 2011 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri (June 22-23, 2011).” — Graham Nasby – General Symposium chair […]

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Instrumentation and Control Systems Documentation: Two generations of knowledge

When you read a book, do you ever consider the years of knowledge that lie behind the words? Collectively, the co-authors of Instrumentation and Control Systems Documentation, Second Edition bring 80-plus years’ worth of experience to each page. What’s even more unique is they are father and son. A dedicated ISA member for more than […]

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ISA Announces Energy Track at ISA Automation Week 2011

ISA announced today the sessions of its Energy Track at ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event. The conference will take place in Mobile, Alabama, USA, 17-20 October 2011, at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center. The Energy Track offers a spectrum of presentations on recent advances in automation for buildings, industrial plants and […]

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Livestream Schedule: Marketing & Sales Summit

The Marketing & Sales Summit is proud to be streaming live content for the third year in a row. You can watch a number of tremendous keynote presentations on ISA Interchange’s Livestream channel. We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to get a small sample of the valuable content offered by the M&SS every […]

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The Century’s Greatest Contributions to Control Practice

Introduction: Flowing with the tide of reflection and forecasting as the century changes, I took the liberty to conduct a survey of the century’s most important contributions to the practice of “control.’  I quite enjoyed considering the importance of the past events, and forecasting which contributions will be important in this new century. So did […]

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