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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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Biofuels: Good, But How Good?

Plant matter can be converted into liquid fuel that can serve as a replacement for oil-based fuel. But how does it work and how much production is feasible? Plants convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar via photosynthesis using energy from the sun. The sugar undergoes further transformations within the plant. Carbohydrates, compounds composed entirely […]

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Safety and environmental integrity have always been critically important aspects of industrial operations. In recent years with increased regulatory and business pressures, the importance of effectively controlling safety and environmental concerns is much higher. Safety and environmental limits can impose tight constraints in the profitability of industrial operations.

This track covers approaches and technologies that ensure safe, environmentally sound operations as well as how holistic measurement and control of safety, the environment, and profitability can lead to new levels of operational and business performance.

Automation Week: Safety/Environmental Performance Track

Safety and environmental integrity have always been critically important aspects of industrial operations. In recent years with increased regulatory and business pressures, the importance of effectively controlling safety and environmental concerns is much higher. Safety and environmental limits can impose tight constraints in the profitability of industrial operations. This track covers approaches and technologies that […]

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ISA and Automation Federation Drive Engineering Agenda Forward

In mid-April, a core team of executives and volunteer leaders from ISA and Automation Federation (AF) took a seat at the table with several  engineering societies to discuss the future of the engineering profession.  More than 30 engineering groups participated in multiple events including: The National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Annual Convocation of Engineering Societies […]

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Ramping Up for the 55th Annual Power Industry Symposium (POWID)

  55th Annual ISA Power Industry (POWID) Symposium 3–8 June 2012 Austin, Texas Each year, the ISA POWID Symposium brings together the best and brightest engineering minds in power generation and energy markets.  Hundreds attend this annual event to dive deep into automation problems and solutions as it relates to managing power and energy plants.  […]

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Is Smart Grid Avoiding Real Challenges?

In my opinion, there is too much hype about the Smart Grid without looking at the core problems from an engineering and business point of view. There is a constant flow of information, presentations, and discussions about the Smart Grid, but I wonder if this simply makes people feel good and avoids facing the real […]

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Brains vs Brawn: Towards a Comprehensive Asset Management

Check out what’s going on in the Power Industry. 54th ISA POWID Symposium presenter talk about the latest technologies covered at the ISA POWID Symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina in June 2011. ABSTRACT From the boots on the ground at the plant to the executive suite, asset management means different things to different people. All […]

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Liptak to reveal automation irony in technical world

The automation profession’s big irony, according to consultant Bela Liptak, is this: While universities, scholars, and even technical industries themselves don’t really recognize automation as a profession, “our contribution is potentially the highest compared to any other,” Liptak said. On Thursday at Automation Week in Mobile, Alabama, Liptak will unveil the challenges this unsung industry […]

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ISA Announces Energy Track at ISA Automation Week 2011

ISA announced today the sessions of its Energy Track at ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event. The conference will take place in Mobile, Alabama, USA, 17-20 October 2011, at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center. The Energy Track offers a spectrum of presentations on recent advances in automation for buildings, industrial plants and […]

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