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Change DCS from Single Loop Control of a Process Variable

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for information about the CCST program. This question is from the Level III […]

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How to Achieve More Value from Your Automation Projects

The industrial automation industry is largely a project-centric business. Over the past three decades automation suppliers, system integrators, engineering procurement contractors, and industrial automation users have become extremely proficient at executing automation projects. Unfortunately, in numerous interviews in which I have participated with industrial company executives, many indicated that although they believe automation should add […]

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Are Parents Out of Touch with Careers in Manufacturing?

There’s plenty of concern about the retiring generation of industrial professionals and the potential shortage of skilled workers needed to fill new jobs created by revolutionary advances in automation and manufacturing technology.  Industry leaders remain hyper-focused on the challenges of encouraging high school and college students to pursue industrial careers. But according to a new […]

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Blocked Control Valve in a Paper-Pulp Slurry Service

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional certification program. ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective assessment and confirmation of an automation professional’s skills. The CAP exam is focused on direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information […]

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Product Lifecycle Management and Automation Are Being Drawn Together

The worlds of product lifecycle management (PLM) and automation are being drawn together by a series of technological developments that are beginning to have far-reaching effects, not only in manufacturing, but across all industries. For PLM vendors, this combination is manifesting itself in an upsurge of research and development activity, acquisition, and partnering. For those […]

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Q&A with Authors of ISA Book Industrial Data Communications

Q. Why did you feel it was important to introduce/write a new edition? A. (Thompson) Data communications is not a static or necessarily “mature” technology. New concepts, applications, and data rates are continually changing. While at a somewhat slower rate, those that improve process communications filter into the industrial areas. A text must be updated, […]

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Basic Components of a Programmable Logic Controller

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for information about the CCST program. This question is from the Level III […]

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Batch Distillation Employing Cyclic Rectification

Abstract: Several strategies have been proposed to increase the operating efficiency of batch distillation. In this study, conventional batch rectification and inverted batch stripping are used cyclically to promote high product flow rates for a binary fractionation. Process controls are implemented to maintain constant product purity specifications by varying the slope of the operating line. While […]

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ISA Relies on Your Input to Continually Improve

In this month’s post, I turn my attention to the last of our four focus areas for 2016: Voice of the Customer (VOC). I hope that by taking a closer look at these priorities for the Society (the three others are Alignment, Leadership and Globalization), we can better understand their significance and collectively work to achieve […]

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ISA Training and Education Programs for June and July

Throughout the month of June, Houston will be home to an intensive educational experience designed to meet the automation and control community’s needs for comprehensive technical training in a highly condensed format. Technical Training Camp classes focus on the practical application of knowledge and skills. This is an opportunity for industry professionals to expand their […]

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