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This week hundreds of educators and professionals from government and public and private industry sectors converged on Washington, DC to attend the US News STEM Solutions National Conference. The sessions covered an array of topics related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math); I had the honor of participating on a panel entitled “Customized Credentials […]

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How Can Front-End Loading Streamline the Control System Migration Process?

    Your control system wasn’t designed for the plant you have today − it was created specifically for the plant that was built long ago. Think of all the changes that have been made in that time, all the improvements in quality, throughput and enterprise integration you’ve made − or would like to make − […]

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Make Smart Assets Your Reliability Specialist

    According to industry estimates, most installed measurement instruments are “smart.” Smart devices provide more than just the process variable measurement using the 4-20mA signal. In order to maximize your investment in smart measurement devices, better manage your operations, lower your operating costs and improve plant reliability, intelligent information from those devices should be […]

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Cascade Control of Superheated Steam Temperature with Neuro-PID controller

Abstract: Superheated steam temperature plays an important role in the security and economy of power plants. Control of superheated steam temperature is not only economically essential in terms of improving lifetime and efficiency, but also technically challenging because of the complex superheater process characterized by nonlinearity, uncertainty and load disturbance. In this paper, an improved […]

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Automation Project Justification: Just About the Math?

Clearly, any new automation project requires economic justification. Although this often involves hard “dollars and cents” quantification of cost savings from increased production, reduced raw material costs, or increased uptime, it is also about “soft” benefits, such as reducing risks and improving agility. All contribute to making your company more competitive. This article will focus […]

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OPC Foundation Open Standards: Automation and Business Interoperability Improves Efficiency

Is the concept of open standards all myth and magic? Is there a real business and technical value proposition for open standards like OPC that justifies the end users demanding the suppliers to deliver? How does OPC provide timeless durability and deliver specifications and technology that the suppliers build into their product portfolios? This article […]

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How to Use an Adjustable Flow Ratio and Feedforward Summer to Optimize Flow Measurement

If you look at a process flow diagram, you quickly realize that the flows are designed to move up and down in unison. The ratios of the flows are maintained. If you double production rate, you can double the process flows as a first approximation. The utility flows for heating and boilup will probably double […]

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