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FDI Meets Plant’s Device Integration Needs

The future is digital, and digital should be intuitive and easy to use. Some users of 4–20 mA/HART, Foundation Fieldbus, and Profibus devices have to grapple with two sets of files to integrate their devices: electronic device description (EDD) files and device type manager (DTM) software drivers. Field device integration (FDI) is a new device […]

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What are the Inherent Differences in the Performance of Pure Batch, Fed-Batch and Continuous Reactors?

In pure batch operations, changes in feed conditions, disturbances, or demand show up as changes in the profile of key process variables. For a bioreactor, variability in the seed culture, indeterminacy of cell response and changes in the demand for air, substrate (e.g. glucose), and reagent cause the variation in the batch profile for dissolved […]

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ISA Training and Education Programs for February

February training and education from ISA feature special programs including the Integrator Version of the Automation Engineering Survival Training course and the Process Automation Boot Camp. ISA’s Automation Engineering Survival Training course is designed for system integrators and focuses on concepts important to automation engineers and others involved in a project design and commissioning role. […]

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Leverage New Knowledge to Avoid Being Blindsided

The idea that knowledge is power, coupled with the massive amount of information available to all of us today, should mean everyone should be powerful. Never before in human history has so much information been available. Movable type and the printing press in 15th-century Europe is generally considered the first “information revolution,” followed by the […]

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An Overview of the Control Loops for Batch, Fed-Batch and Continuous Reactors

Nearly all reactors have temperature and pressure control since these affect reaction rate. Concentration control is desirable but depends upon the feasibility, accuracy, and reliability of analyzers and inferential measurements. For at-line analyzers, there is the additional consideration of the dead time added to the loop. To date offline analyzers have only been used to […]

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Static Feedback Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems

Abstract: This paper considers a single sensor and single actuator approach to the static feedback stabilization of nonlinear systems. This is essentially a remote control problem that is present in many engineering applications. The proposed method solves this problem that is less expensive to implement and more reliable in practice. Significant results are obtained on […]

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Creating Working Information Capital Within Your Enterprise

Conversations in recent months with manufacturing professionals across a range of industries highlight a common challenge and opportunity. The most competitive professionals are looking for seamless and secure working information capital—not simply more data—to drive better decision making, expose process inefficiencies, facilitate best-practice collaboration, and uncover new business opportunities. At Rockwell Automation, we can relate. […]

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Wireless Process Instrumentation: An End-User’s Perspective

Wireless technology adoption in many industrial sectors, including process automation, has been growing during the past decade. Industry consortiums, standards organizations, vendors, and end users have been pursuing the technology with varying degrees of interest. We explored wireless solutions for suitability with the potential to bridge gaps in process automation, especially in asset management, remote […]

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Bi-Objective Redundancy Allocation Problem

Abstract: Traditionally, in the redundancy allocation problem (RAP), two general classes of optimization problems are considered; reliability optimization and availability optimization. Contrary to reliability optimization, fewer researchers have studied availability optimization to find out the optimal combination of components type and redundancy levels for each subsystem in a system for maximizing (or minimizing) the objectives. […]

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