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Top 10 Alarming Blunders

American comedian Sam Levenson once said, “You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” When it comes to alarm management, Levenson is correct. Ineffective alarm systems pose a serious risk to safety, the environment, and plant profitability. Too often, alarm system effectiveness is unknowingly […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Tip #60: Write and Present Papers

In Monsanto Engineering Technology (ET), where I spent most of my career, I had the privilege of working with the world’s best in modeling and control. The ET director, the late Dr. Jim Fair (Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas) encouraged us to document our research and development and to advance the technology of […]

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Taking the lead on the development of the cybersecurity framework

This is an exciting − and highly significant − time for the Automation Federation and its founding organization, ISA, in helping America take steps to combat the mounting threats of cyberattack. The development of a national cybersecurity framework for the U.S. is well underway. Last month, a draft outline of the framework was released to […]

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Gaining control of effluent residual (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this post,  I explained the difference between being “in control” versus being “out of control” of effluent residual, and indicated that unless the process has long and variable dead time advance process control technology is not a requirement for gaining control of effluent residual. The consequences of being “in” or “out” […]

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ISA Training and Education in August: Learn, Advance, Succeed

In August, ISA’s training and education programs cover a wide range of subjects including industrial security, advanced safety integrity level selection, operation of digital transmitters and valve controllers, and modern flow measurement systems. Can you survive in the world of process automation? Consider taking ISA’s engineering survival training class, a unique process automation engineering experience […]

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Digital redesign of analog Smith predictor for systems with input time delays

Abstract: This paper presents a new methodology for digitally redesigning an existing analog Smith predictor control system, such that the cascaded analog controller with input delay can be implemented with a digital controller. A traditional analog Smith predictor system is reformulated into an augmented system, which is then digitally redesigned using the predicted intersampling states. […]

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Nine Technologies to Watch for the Automation Industry

ARC Advisory Group analysts track a broad range of emerging technologies related to manufacturing, infrastructure, industrial automation and IT, and enterprise applications.  I’ve created this post, excerpting from a report our analysts compiled for our clients.  The report highlights selected technologies that we believe will have significant impact over the next several years, if not […]

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