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Successful Outsourcing Depends on Understanding Your Culture

Most companies outsource some portion of their project or engineering service needs, because fewer and fewer are fully self-sufficient. Invariably a manufacturer has to decide which elements of the business are critical enough to require internal execution, against those either generic enough to pass to someone else or specialized to a degree that require outside […]

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What Type of Circuit Break Protection Should Be Used for Motor Control?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from ISA’s course, Electrical Controls for the Control Systems Technician (TI23). This course focuses on electrical controls that are frequently overlooked in a formal training program. It is geared toward any level technician who wants a thorough review of electrical process concepts to reinforce their knowledge of basic electricity […]

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Vibration Sensor Monitoring and Calibration Protects Vital Plant Machinery

Seismic velocity measurements provide ideal resolution at typical rotating equipment running speeds. Vibration is always transmitted through the bearings used on rotating equipment. It has been proven time and time again that measuring vibration on rotating equipment is the most universally effective predictive maintenance practice for critical pumps, motors, compressors, fans, cooling towers and rollers. […]

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What Ladder Logic Symbol Represents a Logically False Condition for a Discrete PLC Input?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from ISA’s new course, PLC Fundamentals for the Technical Professional. This course focuses on the role the programmable logic controller plays in the design of a control system and how proper selection, installation and maintenance can reduce operating costs and improve performance. It provides the technical expertise necessary to […]

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The Automation Professional as Change Agent

To create the greatest value for their employers, automation professionals need to be change agents. In my experience a change agent is a person with specialized knowledge and know-how who facilitates positive change to improve operations efficiency. Industry today is in great need of automation change agents skilled and knowledgeable in a wide range of technologies. Today […]

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ISA-88 Marries Plant-Floor Automation with MES Supervision

This first part in this blog series provided some explanation of MES and its symbiosis with ISA-88, and made the case for better integration between MES and plant-floor automation systems. This follow-up post will delve into more details about designing an automation system according to ISA-88 principles and the corresponding benefits to an MES implementation. […]

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How Do Differential Pressure Transmitters Measure Level?

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 I […]

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10 Tools for Quick Content Manufacturing in 2016

In digital marketing, a lot of effort is rightfully spent on tracking click metrics, analyzing website visitor trends and assessing responses to marketing campaigns. To be sure, crunching the numbers to determine the ROI of your industrial company’s digital marketing program is important. And there certainly are plenty of applications to help you parse the […]

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How to Achieve Success in Your Automation Career

From primary education through graduate learning, workforce development is vital to our growth as a profession. ISA has formed a partnership with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and the Automation Federation has developed the Automation Competency Model and is working with various learning institutions to develop automation-specific curriculum. With all of […]

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