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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Tip #26: Document Your Code

One of the toughest jobs is to work on a program that involves thousands of lines of complex, undocumented code. Concept: Documenting software code does not take a great deal of effort, but most programmers are loath to do it. Despite how they may feel, insist that all code include at least a minimum of documentation. […]

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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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Is the process control system documentation at your plant in order?

The process manufacturing industries are undergoing constant change as a result of the introduction of new systems or corporate mergers and acquisitions. Technical staff and project management can often smooth out the rough spots resulting from corporate and technological flux through the development of a common set of documents for instrumentation and control systems. Investment […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

The Value of Process in Designing or Improving an Industrial Control System

This tip seems obvious, yet some of the biggest project failures I have witnessed were a result of the team not understanding the process, and programming what they thought was correct. The folly of this approach was usually not discovered until late in the project (possibly during start-up). At that point, recovery of the schedule […]

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What goes on a P&ID?

In the ISA Automation Week Mentor Program, I am providing guidance for extremely talented individuals from Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. We will be sharing a question and the answers each week. If you would like to provide additional answers, please send them to Susan Colwell at ISA. The seventeenth question […]

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Instrumentation and Control Systems Documentation: Two generations of knowledge

When you read a book, do you ever consider the years of knowledge that lie behind the words? Collectively, the co-authors of Instrumentation and Control Systems Documentation, Second Edition bring 80-plus years’ worth of experience to each page. What’s even more unique is they are father and son. A dedicated ISA member for more than […]

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