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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Expanding batch records to the enterprise

Everyone knows about electronic batch records.  They’re generated by batch execution software when a batch is made.  Instead of keeping lots and lots of paper about the batch, you keep all the information electronically. Despite all the good things about electronic batch records, they have some limitations.  First, they’re only for a single batch.  That’s […]

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Putting Big Data to Productive Use

We have all read and heard the stories in the media, including mainstream business publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, about how “big data” is transforming business, saving money for companies, and finding them new revenue opportunities, all through insights gleaned from data. So we have all heard the term big data, but what […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Tip #78: Decrease the PID Gain and Reset Time for Pipeline and Inline Control

I quickly started to appreciate pipeline and inline control from working on inline pH control where a static mixer (a baffled piece of pipe) was the only source of mixing. Static mixer manufacturers touted radial mixing, but no back mixing, that is, there was only plug flow. No back mixing meant that the components at […]

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

October kicks off the ISA TechTour program in New Mexico. ISA TechTour is the traveling technical training program that brings ISA’s expert trainers and premier instructional resources to your doorstep.  Training and education programs for the month will cover a wide range of topics including industrial security, boiler control systems, process safety, digital transmitters, SIL […]

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Asset Management Systems Increase Reliability and Efficiency

Make use of technology to overcome barriers to better maintenance practices When designing a batch system, engineers often select the control solution based on the size of a system and not the complexity of its procedures. It is traditionally thought that small batch systems require a controller-based sequencing solution, while large systems require a server-based […]

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Predictive Maintenance Embraces Analytics

What is the state of the art in asset reliability? Consider a typical production plant. The human machine interface (HMI) graphics flash like a stoplight: red, yellow, and green. Performance values consistently fluctuate up and down. The data is real-time and it is highly dynamic – professionals equate it to a plant’s vital signs. All […]

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