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What is the future of the pulp & paper industry?

It’s no secret that the paper industry has experienced considerable change over the past 15 to 20 years.  As I look back, several positive and negative reasons for the change come to mind, including: advancements in digital technologies, environmental factors, rising energy costs, international demand for tissue and fluff pulp.  However, the biggest change was […]

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Focus on quantifiable metrics for managing supplier relationships

In the world of industry and infrastructure, the wheels of technology turn more slowly, and strategic choices generally live on for decades.  ARC Advisory Group has ascertained that the lifecycle cost for many technology solutions can exceed the initial cost of acquisition and installation many folds.  Yet the emphasis for strategic selection often tends to […]

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Automation Week 2013: most thought-provoking and far-reaching technical program ever

In slightly less than two months, ISA will conduct its premier international conference for automation and control professionals: the 2013 ISA Automation Week Technology and Solutions Event.  I am convinced that the technical program for this year’s event, to be held 5-7 November in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is the most thought-provoking, far-reaching, and meaningful ever. […]

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New Standards and Technologies Streamline Safety Systems

Machine builders and end users can now enjoy the benefits of new machine guarding technologies endorsed by international safety standards. From the most sophisticated manufacturing operation to the simplest relay-based system, economical and effective choices are now available to enhance machine safety. In the 1970s, machine builders began to change the way they wired machines […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Tip #66: Seek First Principles for a Deeper Understanding

The automation profession requires knowledge of thousands of details on hardware, software, interfaces, and process applications. The diversity of the industries served and the natural inclination of people to think their case is special often lead to the conclusion that each plant and application is unique. Automation engineers are particularly vulnerable because of overwhelming details […]

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Leveraging DoD Wireless Security Standards for Automation and Control

Over the last several years, the use of wireless networks in control systems has yielded a number of benefits to critical infrastructure while revolutionizing operations in key areas of industry, such as energy and transportation. Apart from the benefits of eliminating signal and power wiring, wireless sensor networks can enable measurement applications in sites that […]

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

In September, ISA’s training and education programs cover a wide range of subjects including tuning control loops, cybersecurity, PLC/PAC automation, troubleshooting control systems, industrial flow systems and electrical principles and components used in industrial instrumentation. Also in September, Colorado will host ISA TechTour, the traveling technical training program that brings ISA’s expert trainers and premier […]

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