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AutoQuiz: Which Orifice Plate Is Used to Eliminate Damming of Material at the Top or Bottom of a Pipe?

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 comes from the Level I […]

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How to Implement Process Analytical Technology in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry has had to work within the constraints of regulation for many decades, which has inhibited a culture of continuous process improvement and caused less than optimal manufacturing practices. There is a reluctance to change a validated process that may require regulatory approval. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiative for current […]

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Flow Measurement and Instrumentation: Critical Components for Sustainable Processes

Consumers, industry, and society in general benefit from a commitment to sustainability. This concept is not purely about conservation or “being green.” Sustainability is not about using less, but about using the right or necessary amount—reducing waste in the process. The value of sustainability as a business opportunity is balanced between altruistic ideas related to […]

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AutoQuiz: Which Fuse Has the Quickest Response to Over Currents?

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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IoT Is Ready for the Process Industry

In today’s competitive business climate, process plants are looking for ways to quickly reduce costs, improve operations, and comply with regulatory requirements. Addressing these challenges with yesterday’s technologies, while practical, often has unsatisfactory results and does not yield the desired competitive advantage. But there is a technology ready for deployment right now that can address […]

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ISA is Changing

ISA recently made some big news in automation training. One of ISA’s most important and popular courses—Fundamentals of Industrial Process Measurement & Control (FG05M)—is now available in a modular format. Instead of purchasing the entire course at once, you choose only the topic or “module” of online training content that meets your specific needs, budget, […]

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AutoQuiz: Optimal Beveled Orifice Angle for Flow

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 comes from the Level I […]

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What Automation Users Need to Do RIGHT NOW: Preparing for the Inevitable Cybersecurity Incident

With the ever-increasing drumbeat of cyber-attack pounding louder and louder in the background, organizations utilizing automation systems of any kind need to take proactive, defensive steps immediately to avoid significant business disruption and lost revenue. Normally, I would be preaching the gospel of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, the foundational elements set forth in the ISA/IEC […]

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Automation Professionals Are Catalysts for Change in Manufacturing

Thinking beyond your frame of reference can provide new insights and lead to new ideas to improve manufacturing results. The manufacturing industry is being impacted by a complex and rapidly changing world. Manufacturing industries are realizing that low labor cost is not a winning strategy, and automation is fundamental to success. Automation professionals are in […]

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