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How Can ISA Best Meet My Needs?

How can ISA help me?  This is a question we hear from automation professionals, members, and volunteer leaders.  As a section leader, it is a question that I have also asked in the hope of helping me better perform my volunteer role.  There is no simple one-line answer, but let me provide a few common […]

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Increasing Diversity in the Automation Profession

There have been many articles written on how and why we should increase the number of individuals from minority groups in the field of automation. Most reflect the opinions of diversity experts or human resources professionals, and some are politically motivated. This article is different because it gives the opinions of minority participants actively working […]

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Industrial Education and Training Opportunities for August and September

Join your professional colleagues in August in the Mile High City to attend hands-on training at ISA’s Technical Training Camp in Colorado. Sponsored by the ISA Denver Section, this technical training event features ISA’s respected subject-matter experts delivering real-world experience and skills that can be applied immediately at your plant or facility. In September, take […]

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Simultaneous Gains Tuning in Boiler-Turbine PID-based Controller Clusters

Abstract: Tuning a complex multi-loop PID based control system requires considerable experience. In today’s power industry the number of available qualified tuners is dwindling and there is a great need for better tuning tools to maintain and improve the performance of complex multivariable processes. Multi-loop PID tuning is the procedure for the online tuning of […]

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How to Improve Industrial Automation Security

The history of industrial automation fascinates me. Continuous innovation and new technologies have taken manufacturing processes that originated in the Industrial Age and catapulted them straight into the information age. Just as productivity seemed to be topping out, the Internet helped boost productivity and efficiency to previously unimaginable levels. Unfortunately, as industrial automation roared into […]

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How to Overcome Challenges of the Industrial Content Marketing Production Line

By a sizeable majority (74 percent), manufacturers said they plan to produce more content in 2016 over the previous year, according to the 2016 B2B Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends research report. But despite the stated commitment to greater productivity, 62 percent said it’s a struggle to produce content consistently and a near equal number fear […]

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Opto-Isolator Based Linearization Solution for a Thyristor-Driven Pump

Abstract: A thyristor driven pump is operated by varying the DC input signal in the firing circuit of thyristor drive. This operation suffers from difficulties due to the nonlinear relation between thyristor output and DC input. In the present paper, an opto-isolator based linearization technique of a typical thyristor driven pump has been proposed.   The […]

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ISA Members Develop Key Standards That Advance the Industrial Automation Industry

In my discussions with users, they express the desire for automation and control systems with useful, consistent features and interfaces that satisfy real-world needs. Automation professionals have the opportunity to influence and improve automation industry directions when they are active members of ISA, participating in the development of high-quality, unbiased automation information, standards, and technical […]

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Why Do Automation Professionals Join ISA?

Now that we have discussed our five strategic goals (Content, Data, Coolest Delivery, Cybersecurity, and Advocacy) and our additional focus areas for 2016 (Alignment, Leadership , Globalization and Voice of the Customer), our front line volunteer leaders and collective members are all thinking the same thing:  What’s in it for me (WIFM)?  Depending on the answer, you […]

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Improved Correlation Analysis and Visualization of Industrial Alarm Data

Abstract: The problem of multivariate alarm analysis and rationalization is complex and important in the area of smart alarm management due to the interrelationships between variables. The technique of capturing and visualizing the correlation information, especially from historical alarm data directly, is beneficial for further analysis. In this paper, the Gaussian kernel method is applied to […]

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