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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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AutoQuiz: What Is the Appropriate P&ID Symbology for an Electric Signal?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from ISA’s new course, Extreme Instrumentality: Electrical to Instrumentation Cross Training Boot Camp. The class focuses on the knowledge and skill sets required to function as an instrument maintenance technician. Process measurement techniques, measurement and control equipment, calibrations techniques and calibration equipment will be discussed and utilized in numerous hands-on […]

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Using ISA-88 to Enhance MES Implementation

At its core, a manufacturing execution system (MES) is used for managing and monitoring work-in-progress activities and data for a manufacturing process. With particular emphasis on the execution part of the name, any corresponding narrative will naturally focus on real activities involved in the production process – including all information associated with the intent, methods […]

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AutoQuiz: What Is the Difference Between a Digital Transmitter and an Analog Transmitter?

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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Taking Denitrification to the Next Level

In 2006, one of the largest water reclamation facilities in northern Virginia needed to expand the facility from 18 to 24 million gallons per day (mgd) to support future growth in Prince William County, Va. At the same time, new regulations necessitated an upgrade to improve the nutrient removal capabilities of the plant. The new […]

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The Basics of Distillation Column Loop Tuning

Controlling distillation columns is a tough assignment due to the interacting nature of the process and the upstream/downstream effects of loop tuning. In this example, the column bottoms level control had stability problems (cycling), causing manual operation and the operators’ constant attention. The bottoms level needed to be controlled to a set point that minimized […]

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AutoQuiz: How Do Thermal Level Elements Infer Level Measuring?

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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