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ISA Training and Education Opportunities in October

Make plans now to attend one or more of the four consecutive weeks of ISA’s most popular, world-class technician, automation engineering and safety courses in Cerritos, Calif. ISA’s Los Angeles Section is sponsoring this technical training event that includes ISA’s world-renowned subject-matter experts. Enhance the value of attending this year’s 2014 Process Control & Safety […]

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Key Questions to Ask Before Migrating to High-Performance Graphics

Waves of processing facilities and operating companies are in the process of adopting high-performance graphics for the first time. These projects can be extremely daunting due to both conflicting information about what constitutes high-performance graphics and the vast number of individual design decisions that will be made over the course of the project. Developing a […]

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What is “Coolest Delivery”?

For the past several months I have been focusing my articles on ISA’s five game-changing strategic goals. One of those goals – using the coolest delivery to connect people and knowledge—is of particular interest to me. What does it mean to have “cool” delivery of our content? And why is cool delivery important? To be […]

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Eliminating Black Boxes in Safety Applications

In the past, many safety controllers were typically procured and supplied as mysterious black boxes with few or no links to other safety and automation systems, the antithesis of an open system. Instead of a black box, process automation professionals can design their own safety system that integrates with other automation systems and has superior […]

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How to Select the Optimal Temperature Sensor

In industrial environments, high process temperatures, pressures, and vibration make it necessary to have a robust temperature sensor. Fast response time, accuracy, and stability are also needed. While several types of temperature sensors are available, such as thermistors, infrared pyrometers, fiber optic, and others, the two most commonly used in the process measurement industry are […]

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Robust Fault Detection for Switched Positive Linear Systems with Time-Varying Delays

Abstract: This paper investigates the problem of robust fault detection for a class of switched positive linear systems with time-varying delays. The fault detection filter is used as the residual generator, in which the filter parameters are dependent on the system mode. Attention is focused on designing the positive filter such that, for model uncertainties, […]

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Developing a Career Pathway for a Mission-Critical Workforce

Technology advances have allowed us to expand our horizons and create complex systems to automate the supporting fabric and functions of our daily lives. These are systems that we have come to depend on and, in some cases, take for granted. We reach for the light switch without thinking that the light might not come […]

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Recurrent Fuzzy Neural Network Backstepping Control for the Prescribed Output Tracking Performance of Nonlinear Dynamic Systems

Abstract: This paper proposes a backstepping control system that uses a tracking error constraint and recurrent fuzzy neural networks (RFNNs) to achieve a prescribed tracking performance for a strict-feedback nonlinear dynamic system. A new constraint variable was defined to generate the virtual control that forces the tracking error to fall within prescribed boundaries. An adaptive RFNN […]

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How Do You Make an Automation Buying Decision?

For many people in the controls systems industry the word that seems to get thrown around a lot is value. What is value? It is defined differently to the various stakeholders in any project (engineering, maintenance, project manager, management, purchasing, EH&S and the vendor), which often leads to misalignment of the desired outcome vs. actual […]

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A Closer Look at Process Instrument Commissioning

Process instrument commissioning is an essential part of an overall plant’s commissioning program and is necessary for ideal plant performance. It requires an allocated budget, time, and trained personnel, and must be considered within the scope of the overall program. Typically the most common activities that affect time and cost in a conventional process instrument […]

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