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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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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 Is Much More Than a Membership Organization

It’s fitting, I believe, that this column is being posted in November—the month that ISA and the Automation Federation have designated as Automation Appreciation Month. Automation Appreciation Month provides ISA with an opportunity to thank its members for their strong support, active involvement, and leadership contributions. In addition, the month celebrates the value and significance […]

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The Secret to a Successful Automation Industry LinkedIn Group

You started a LinkedIn group to bring visibility to your brand or attract more customers to your automation or control industry business. Maybe your goal is to showcase an industry topic or initiative. But despite your best efforts, discussions are few and membership is flat. If you are willing to put in a little extra […]

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Does Your Industrial Automation Business Have Social Proof?

The results of a provocative industry study confirmed a fairly well-known view: Industrial automation and manufacturing is still largely sitting on the fence when it comes to leveraging inbound marketing and social media strategies for business development and customer retention. Among the findings in the report, nearly half of all websites surveyed failed to establish […]

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