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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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Knowledge is the key to success

ISA Career Advancement and Technical Learning Opportunities for May

Educational classes, online courses and exam preparation for May cover a wide range of topics including control systems documentation, advanced system programming languages, cybersecurity and flow measurement engineering. Special training in the field of leak detection and repair (LDAR) will be held in conjunction with the 14th ISA LDAR-Fugitive Emissions Symposium from 19-21 May in […]

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How Can Employees and Employers Partner to Close the Skills Gap In Manufacturing?

Manufacturing is growing, so why isn’t there more interest in entering this workforce?  I think the perception that manufacturing is not “cool” or “sexy” is outdated.  In reality, manufacturing isn’t just an assembly line any more.  It is an industry full of intelligence and creativity.  It’s a chance to present innovative solutions that impact our […]

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Get involved in promoting STEM education

In last month’s ISA Insights article I mentioned I will complete a series of articles reviewing the 10 trends impacting ISA. Last month we looked at Cybersecurity and this month we’ll take a closer look at the STEM education initiative. Virtually all ISA members and automation professionals have benefited from their education in science, technology, […]

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The Many Reasons and Ways for Calibrating Switches

    For most technicians, calibrating switches becomes somewhat of an afterthought.  This might be due to the fact that switches are commonly viewed as an over simplistic device.  A technician may see a switch and think, “What is there to calibrate?”  The fact of the matter is there are significant reasons to calibrate switches […]

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ISA Automation Week Revisited Comes to Canada

Plant managers, engineers and technicians all work hard to lower operating costs, reduce or eliminate downtime, optimize processes, and safeguard data and networks from cyber-intruders – all the while keeping personnel safety as a top priority.  Whew!  That’s a tall order, and the solutions are often complex and overlapping.  The daunting task of simultaneously keeping […]

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The Top Four Criteria for Manufacturing Software Comparison

By now many companies understand the potential benefits that can stem from implementing manufacturing operations management (MOM) software applications. The space is maturing; technology is advancing; and the benefits will only increase as solution integration capabilities, mobility, user interfaces, and other aspects progress. Although automating, centralizing, and standardizing processes can improve performance, the reality is […]

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