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ISA Training and Education Programs for April

Educational events, online courses, webinars and exam preparation offerings for April feature a variety of choices including classes on instrumentation for hazardous environments, burner management, process control valves, MES user requirements, electronic equipment maintenance and tuning control loops. Special programs for April feature the ISA Technician Training Boot Camp and a new, online review course […]

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What are the Benefits of Multiproduct Manufacturing in the Biopharmaceutical Industry?

With the historical success of blockbuster products, the biopharmaceutical industry has required large manufacturing capacity with single-product facilities built to produce large volumes of a single blockbuster drug. More recently, however, with the changing business and regulatory environment, facilities have to be more flexible and capable of producing multiple products. They need to have shorter […]

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Tip #97: Use Valve Position Control to Optimize Process Efficiency and Capacity

There are many opportunities for process optimization by valve position control (VPC). Table 1 summarizes common examples of the use of VPC for increasing process efficiency and capacity. Efficiency is increased by reducing energy and raw material costs for a given production rate. Capacity is increased by increasing feed rates for a given efficiency. Table […]

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What Test Equipment Should You Use in a Hazardous Area?

What is a hazardous area? A hazardous area is an area (inside or outside) that contains, or may contain, flammable substances. The flammable substance may be a liquid, gas, vapor, or dust. The area may contain a flammable substance all of the time, most of the time, or only in specific situations, such as shutdowns […]

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What Can We Do to Prevent Cyberattacks on Industrial Operations?

Cybersecurity is now becoming a high priority for industry and the government, but the Automation Federation (AF) and its sister organization the International Society of Automation (ISA) have been ahead of this recent industry and government activity. The partners have been working with hundreds of end user and vendor members on industrial cybersecurity best practices, […]

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Getting Your MES Project Right the First Time

Manufacturing Execution Systems, or MES systems, or just MES, have been around for many, many years.  The names have changed a few times and much of the technology has changed.  Unfortunately, what seems to have stayed the same over the years are the mistakes that people make in implementing MES.  The industries might change, the […]

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How Can Asset Management Strategies Improve Plant Efficiency?

For profitable operations in today’s power and process plants, it is vital to improve overall efficiency and lower costs. To accomplish these goals, operations and maintenance personnel need to respond quickly to potential problems. Operations and maintenance teams are now asked to do more than simply identify problems and fix equipment breakdowns – they are […]

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How to Achieve Process Simulation Fidelity

The best way to classify process simulators is to look at the original intent of the simulator software when it was first released, who the software developers were, who configures the models, and how the models are used. Simulators originally designed for system acceptance testing (SAT), operator training systems (OTS), and process control improvement (PCI) […]

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How Can Advanced Calibration Strategies Improve Control Performance?

One advanced method for calibration techniques is based on the concepts of “loop tuning” or “shooting the loop.” In some cases, it is best practice to perform individual instrument calibration to achieve maximum accuracy (e.g. custody transfer metering). However, there are viable methods where a loop can be tested end-to-end and if readings are within […]

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