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The Autonomous Workplace: Robotics Developers Focus on Safety

A new wave of automation is building, and it will affect (almost) everything. Robotic technology was once limited to operating behind light curtains, cages, and doors. Now, mobile robots are breaking away from these traditional confines to appear in dynamic, peopled environments like offices, health-care facilities, classrooms, factory floors, agriculture, and distribution centers. The convergence […]

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How to Solve Common Problems with Industrial Alarm Systems

If you work in a plant that processes oil, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, power, water, wastewater, or food, you probably have problems with alarms on the automation system. In fact, you probably have the same problems that most other users have. The bad news is that it turns out that the common problems of alarm management are […]

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Simple Robust Auto-Tuning Rules for 2-DoF PID Controllers

  Abstract: This paper addresses the problem of providing simple tuning rules for a two-degree-of-freedom (2-DoF) PID controller (PI2) with robustness considerations. The introduction of robustness as a matter of primary concern is by now well established among the control community. Among the different ways of introducing a robustness constraint into the design stage, the purpose […]

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Building on ISA’s Financial and Operational Success

I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as ISA President for 2017. ISA is an organization with a long and distinguished history of providing value to our members and to the automation community at large. I’ve benefitted greatly through my ISA membership and leadership experiences. In large part, that’s why I sought this opportunity. […]

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ISA Training and Education: First Quarter 2017

This education and training roundup covers the first quarter of 2017 and includes new courses offered by ISA Europe. Automation and control training from ISA is developed and taught by industry experts with real-world experience. Students receive comprehensive and practical instruction designed to deliver knowledge and skills that can be immediately applied in the workplace. […]

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Is the Internet of Things Creating Unfocused Urgency to Monitor Everything?

Business analysts, industry consultants, venture capitalists, and major vendors are forecasting enormous Internet of Things (IoT) growth with estimates of massive numbers of sensors being deployed to instrument everything. Executive management at companies are being bombarded with an overwhelming message: if they do not invest in the adoption of IoT technologies, their competitors will dramatically […]

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New Missile Guidance Law for Moving Targets

Abstract: A novel nonlinear missile guidance law against maneuvering targets is designed based on the principles of partial stability. It is demonstrated that in a real approach which is adopted with actual situations, each state of the guidance system must have a special behavior and asymptotic stability or exponential stability of all states is not realistic. […]

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Putting the Pedal to the Metal

Since this will be my last column as Society President, I want to start by thanking you for all of your contributions to our profession and ISA as well as for your support over the past year. I also want to thank our volunteer leaders for their passion and dedication.  It is our volunteers who […]

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Design of a Self-Tuning Regulator for Temperature Control of a Polymerization Reactor

Abstract: The temperature control of a polymerization reactor described by Chylla and Haase, a control engineering benchmark problem, is used to illustrate the potential of adaptive control design by employing a self-tuning regulator concept. In the benchmark scenario, the operation of the reactor must be guaranteed under various disturbing influences, e.g., changing ambient temperatures or impurity […]

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