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AutoQuiz: What Does a Symbol Depicting a Circle Inside a Box Represent?

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. This question reflects those in the Level I study guide, Domain 2, loop checking. Level I […]

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Set Your Sights on ISA’s 2015 Division Symposia

Each year, ISA organizes technical division symposia and conference events at different locations throughout the U.S. These events are dynamic, and provide opportunities for members and leaders to interact with their peers in controlled settings where they can learn about the latest trends in their industries. Over the years, I have attended many different symposiums […]

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Getting the Most Out of Fluidized Bed Reactors

Fluidized bed reactors are extensively used in the petrochemical business. Often these are high volume plants with multiple lines of reactors. Even a small percentage improvement in yield and production rate can translate to millions of dollars a year in additional profit. Fortunately, the product rate can be inherently maximized by a straight forward temperature […]

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AutoQuiz: What is the Most Cost-Effective Way to Measure the Level of a Highly Corrosive Media?

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. Which of the following measurement methods is most cost-effective for measuring the level of a highly […]

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How to Select the Right Industrial Network Ethernet Cable for Reliability and Performance

In 2013, the Ethernet cable celebrated its 40th birthday. The once simple cable has evolved into the foundation of modern Internet and global connectivity. Ethernet networking has gained momentum and popularity, penetrating lots of industrial applications, such as manufacturing, power utilities, oil and gas, and transportation. This includes energy-exhaustive machines, such as motor control centers, […]

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Managing Industrial Control System Cybersecurity

The purpose of industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity is to ensure that the industrial process performs safely and as expected. It should only perform at the right time, for the right people, and for the purposes for which it was designed. Anything outside those conditions is often considered a cybersecurity incident. Small improvements to the […]

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