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The Right (and Wrong) Way to Market Your Brand on Linkedin Groups

Some might consider it social media heresy to use LinkedIn groups to promote a business or sell products. After all, LinkedIn established groups as a place for members to post business questions and industry viewpoints, discuss news and group-related topics, seek career guidance, make valued professional connections and learn about new job opportunities. So can […]

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Your New Robot Colleague is Coming Out of its Cage

When asked how they envision a robot, most people either think of huge, unwieldy robots working in fenced-off areas in large factories, or they think of futuristic cyberbots mimicking human behavior. But somewhere between these two scenarios lies an emerging reality: a new class of robots, dubbed collaborative robots due to their ability to work […]

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Operator Training Simulators in the Modern Plant

With as much as 40 percent of the current workforce in some industries retiring in the next five years and increasing difficulty in attracting new talent, innovative training and certification solutions are essential. Keeping plants operating safely, with optimal performance and reliability, requires companies to find new ways to improve the competency of their operators. […]

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ISA Training and Education Programs in July

Summer is a great time to update your skills and knowledge. ISA automation training and education offerings for July cover a wide range of topics including safety instrumented systems design, burner management systems, fire and gas safety, process safety fundamentals, smart transmitters and cybersecurity. The safety instrumented system course also will be offered en español. […]

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Temperature Calibration – Using a Dry Block to Calculate Total Uncertainty

The most common and most frequently measurable variable in the process industry is temperature. When performing a temperature calibration, it is important to remember that the uncertainty of calibration is not the same as the accuracy of the device. Many factors influence the total uncertainty, and performing a calibration is not the least influencing factor. […]

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How to Use Plant-Wide Feedforward for More Flexible and Efficient Production

The pressure to reduce inventories, coupled with changing market demands and fluctuations in raw material and energy prices, requires a process plant to be able to respond quickly to maintain optimum operation. To most efficiently support changes in production rate or product grade, flows must change in unison throughout the plant. Feedback loops cannot do […]

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Piecewise Controller Design for Affine Fuzzy Systems

Abstract: This paper studies the problem of state feedback controller design for a class of nonlinear systems, which are described by continuous-time affine fuzzy models. A convex piecewise affine controller design method is proposed based on a new dilated linear matrix inequality (LMI) characterization, where the system matrix is separated from Lyapunov matrix such that […]

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