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The Unsung Hero of Eliminating Unplanned Downtime: HMI/SCADA

We are in the midst of a massive paradigm shift in the manufacturing industry. The explosion of data and the expansion of connected systems are forcing organizations to take a proactive role in managing their operations. In turn, the HMI/SCADA landscape is changing as well. Organizations must increase their operator effectiveness by mobilizing to improve […]

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Key Considerations When Designing a Burner Management System

Fired equipment is the core of oil and gas, petrochemical, refining, manufacturing and numerous other industries. Although safety is a hot topic, it is only one of many considerations when designing a burner management system (BMS). So what do you need to pay attention to? What are priorities? This post offers a basic understanding of […]

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AutoQuiz: What Standard Applies to Programming a PLC?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from ISA’s new course, PLC Fundamentals for the Technical Professional. The next class starts Nov. 9. 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 […]

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Figure 2. Many procedures are not well documented, and different operators may practice them differently. Part of automating such procedures is determining the best practices and incorporating those approaches, so they will be followed consistently.

Batch Process Automation Can Make Continuous Processes Run Better

I have many years of experience in process control engineering, starting with continuous processes and later with automating batch processes. I find batch automation to be largely about sequential operations and states. To a lesser extent, sequential operations and changing states exist in many continuous processes as well. Extending the lessons learned in automating batch […]

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AutoQuiz: What is Topology in an Industrial Setting?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from ISA’s course, Advanced Operation of Digital (Smart) Transmitters. The next class starts Oct. 12. This course offers a hands-on, working knowledge of smart field devices with an emphasis on measurement accuracy, advanced information gathering, decreased maintenance time, ease-of-configuration and calibration, and diagnostic capabilities. You will cover uses in conventional […]

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The Importance of Auditing the Alarm Management System

Alarm management practices have been in place in the process industries for many decades. With the ongoing developments in the various international standards, such as ANSI/ISA-18.2-2009, and recommended practices such as American Petroleum Institute (API) RP 1167, alarm management has gained greater importance. The alarm management process life cycle consists of the alarm philosophy, design […]

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AutoQuiz: What is the HART Protocol?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from ISA’s course, Advanced Operation of Digital (Smart) Transmitters. The next class starts Oct. 12. This course offers a hands-on, working knowledge of smart field devices with an emphasis on measurement accuracy, advanced information gathering, decreased maintenance time, ease-of-configuration and calibration, and diagnostic capabilities. You will cover uses in conventional […]

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ISA Training and Education Opportunities in October

Advance your career and technical knowledge through industrial automation and control systems training offered by expert ISA instructors who bring a wealth of insights and years of industry experience. In October, ISA Technical Training Camp returns to Texas. Make plans now to attend one or more of five consecutive weeks of ISA’s most popular, world-class […]

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