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Advanced Control as Operations Support

In operating plants, process engineers, also known as production or operation engineers, are usually heavily engaged in day-to-day operations support. They are more likely to be found in their hard hats, in ad hoc meetings, or working with operators than sitting at computer terminals. Their job description typically involves a good understanding of process economics, […]

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ISA Is Committed to Expanding Its Global Presence

This month, I continue my examination of what I deem to be the four priority areas of focus for the Society in 2016. After previously covering Alignment and Leadership, I turn my attention to the issue of Globalization (leaving the fourth, Voice of the Customer, for May). Globalization is a complex matter for any company […]

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ISA Training and Education Programs for May-June

In May, ISA will offer technical training in conjunction with the 16th ISA LDAR Fugitive Emissions Symposium and the 62nd International Instrumentation Symposium. Get ready for a full month of training in June, as ISA’s Houston Section hosts an intensive educational experience designed to meet the automation and control community’s needs for comprehensive technical training […]

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What are the Challenges of the Industrial Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming everyday life and promises to revolutionize industry. Forecasters view this technology for the manufacturing sector, the industrial Internet of things (IIoT), as a key impetus for growth and productivity in the coming decade, adding US$14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030. The IIoT could be the most […]

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Cybersecurity is a Vital Automation Industry Workforce Issue

One of my favorite shows is NCIS Los Angeles. Every Monday night I sit in front of the tube to see what type of threat agents Callen, Deeks, Kensi, Sam, Nell, and Eric will encounter. Usually these episodes are all about crimes being investigated, either in the U.S. or at some remote place around the globe, […]

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Basics of Continuous Level Measurement

The most common technologies available for continuous level measurement are ultrasonic, free space radar, guided wave radar, capacitance, gamma, and pressure. Let’s take a look at each technology and some typical applications. Ultrasonic An ultrasonic transducer generates a mechanical sound pulse that is directed through air to the process. When this pulse encounters the process […]

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Justifying Automation in the Era of the Connected Enterprise

According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the global middle class will surge from 1.8 billion in 2009 to 3.2 billion in 2020. This ballooning middle class will translate to greater consumer spending, placing an increased demand on manufacturing, resources, and infrastructure. Meeting this demand requires automation investments to help operations be […]

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ISA Training and Education Programs in April

April education and training programs will feature the Process Automation Boot Camp, which is designed specifically for non-maintenance personnel with little or no background in the field of process measurements and control. Also check out Automation Engineering Survival Training program for system integrators, focusing on concepts important to automation engineers and others involved in a […]

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Sustaining ISA’s Tradition of Strong Volunteer Leadership

As you recall, last month I focused my blog post on the issue of Alignment, one of four important areas of emphasis for ISA in 2016. This month, I tackle the second: Leadership. Leadership is a complex topic and incorporates several key aspects: The Search, Identification & Nomination Process; Succession Planning; Training & Education; and […]

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How to Build an Industrial Calibration System Business Case

An investment into calibration equipment and systems must be financially justified, just like any other business investment. But does a cheaper cost of purchase always mean a higher return on investment? Not necessarily. When building a business case for calibration system investment, what may seem at the outset to be cheaper may not necessarily be […]

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