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Consider the Big Picture When Justifying an Automation Project

Clearly, any new automation project requires economic justification.  While this often involves hard “dollars and cents” quantification of cost savings from increased production, reduced raw material costs, or increased uptime; it is also about “soft” benefits, such as reducing risks and improving agility.  All contribute to making your company more competitive.  This article will focus […]

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Understanding Safety Life Cycles

The international standard IEC/EN 61508 has been widely accepted as the basis for the specification, design, and operation of safety instrumented systems (SIS). In general, IEC/EN 61508 uses a formulation based on risk assessment: An assessment of the risk is undertaken and, on the basis of this assessment, the necessary safety integrity level (SIL) is […]

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How the Right Automation Can Turn Your Electricity Bills into a Competitive Advantage

Most energy-intensive businesses think of electrical bills as a cost that must be borne, rather than one that can be managed. Efforts to improve business sustainability are changing this, but they tend to focus only on part of the equation: improving energy efficiency. With advanced demand management automation technology, businesses can do much more than […]

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

ISA TechTour, the traveling technical training program, comes to Las Vegas, Nev. in November. TechTour brings ISA’s expert trainers and premier instructional resources to your doorstep to help you strengthen your career skills and expand your job prospects.  Training and education programs for the month also will cover topics such as safety instrumented systems, cybersecurity, […]

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Automation offers a competitive advantage in the dairy industry

The dairy processing industry has completely transformed since I began my career 20 years ago. We used to only care about two things: unloading raw product, and shipping final product out the door. But now, of course, things are much different. Everything that happens throughout the process has value. For example, we used to dump […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Tip #33: High Pay Is Great but Life Is Too Short to Stay in a Job You Dislike

Around the middle of my career, I was becoming disenchanted with the reorganization of my plant and decided to pursue another job. I found what appeared to be an excellent opportunity – big raise, generous relocation package, awesome benefits, and a lucrative bonus. It sounded like a “can’t lose” opportunity and I jumped at the […]

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Great things to come: ISA’s new website

Did you know that ISA’s website attracts more than 1.2 million unique visitors every year? It’s true – and how many of those people can actually find what they’re looking for on our current site? Not very many – we have so much information, and we’ve packed it into a website platform that is more […]

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