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Predictive Maintenance Embraces Analytics

What is the state of the art in asset reliability? Consider a typical production plant. The human machine interface (HMI) graphics flash like a stoplight: red, yellow, and green. Performance values consistently fluctuate up and down. The data is real-time and it is highly dynamic – professionals equate it to a plant’s vital signs. All […]

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A novel sliding-mode control of induction motor using space vector modulation technique

Abstract: This paper presents a novel sliding-mode control method for torque control of induction motors. The control principle is based on sliding-mode control combined with space vector modulation technique. The sliding-mode control contributes to the robustness of induction motor drives, and the space vector modulation improves the torque, flux, and current steady-state performance by reducing […]

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What is the future of the pulp & paper industry?

It’s no secret that the paper industry has experienced considerable change over the past 15 to 20 years.  As I look back, several positive and negative reasons for the change come to mind, including: advancements in digital technologies, environmental factors, rising energy costs, international demand for tissue and fluff pulp.  However, the biggest change was […]

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Focus on quantifiable metrics for managing supplier relationships

In the world of industry and infrastructure, the wheels of technology turn more slowly, and strategic choices generally live on for decades.  ARC Advisory Group has ascertained that the lifecycle cost for many technology solutions can exceed the initial cost of acquisition and installation many folds.  Yet the emphasis for strategic selection often tends to […]

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Automation Week 2013: most thought-provoking and far-reaching technical program ever

In slightly less than two months, ISA will conduct its premier international conference for automation and control professionals: the 2013 ISA Automation Week Technology and Solutions Event.  I am convinced that the technical program for this year’s event, to be held 5-7 November in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is the most thought-provoking, far-reaching, and meaningful ever. […]

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New Standards and Technologies Streamline Safety Systems

Machine builders and end users can now enjoy the benefits of new machine guarding technologies endorsed by international safety standards. From the most sophisticated manufacturing operation to the simplest relay-based system, economical and effective choices are now available to enhance machine safety. In the 1970s, machine builders began to change the way they wired machines […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Tip #66: Seek First Principles for a Deeper Understanding

The automation profession requires knowledge of thousands of details on hardware, software, interfaces, and process applications. The diversity of the industries served and the natural inclination of people to think their case is special often lead to the conclusion that each plant and application is unique. Automation engineers are particularly vulnerable because of overwhelming details […]

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