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Plant Historians Deliver Insight and Improve Operations

Plant historians became popular in process plants in the 1980s. More recently they are being used broadly throughout industry to improve operations, identify problems, and find opportunities for enhancement. An early forerunner of historians were electromechanical pen-and-paper chart recorders. They produced a graph of one or more measured values over a period of time for […]

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Remotely Managed Industrial Automation Cybersecurity

Epic Turla, Regin, and BlackEnergy are the names of just a few in a series of recent malware discoveries that target industrial automation control systems (IACS). The increasing volume and sophistication of these types of threats has driven the topic of operational technology security all the way up to the corporate boardroom. Unfortunately, the attack […]

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Plant-Wide Control: Eco-Efficiency and Control Loop Configuration

Abstract: Since the eco-efficiency of all industrial processes/plants has become increasingly important, engineers need to find a way to integrate the control loop configuration and the measurements of eco-efficiency. A new measure of eco-efficiency, the exergy eco-efficiency factor, for control loop configuration, is proposed in this paper. The exergy eco-efficiency factor is based on the thermodynamic […]

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Setting ISA’s Priorities for 2016 and Beyond

I am really excited and honored to become the President of ISA in 2016. I’ve been an active member of the Society for more than 30 years and have served in numerous leadership positions. I feel confident that my experience and exposure with various operations of ISA have prepared me for this position. I’m looking […]

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Successful Outsourcing Depends on Understanding Your Culture

Most companies outsource some portion of their project or engineering service needs, because fewer and fewer are fully self-sufficient. Invariably a manufacturer has to decide which elements of the business are critical enough to require internal execution, against those either generic enough to pass to someone else or specialized to a degree that require outside […]

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Vibration Sensor Monitoring and Calibration Protects Vital Plant Machinery

Seismic velocity measurements provide ideal resolution at typical rotating equipment running speeds. Vibration is always transmitted through the bearings used on rotating equipment. It has been proven time and time again that measuring vibration on rotating equipment is the most universally effective predictive maintenance practice for critical pumps, motors, compressors, fans, cooling towers and rollers. […]

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The Automation Professional as Change Agent

To create the greatest value for their employers, automation professionals need to be change agents. In my experience a change agent is a person with specialized knowledge and know-how who facilitates positive change to improve operations efficiency. Industry today is in great need of automation change agents skilled and knowledgeable in a wide range of technologies. Today […]

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ISA-88 Marries Plant-Floor Automation with MES Supervision

This first part in this blog series provided some explanation of MES and its symbiosis with ISA-88, and made the case for better integration between MES and plant-floor automation systems. This follow-up post will delve into more details about designing an automation system according to ISA-88 principles and the corresponding benefits to an MES implementation. […]

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How to Achieve Success in Your Automation Career

From primary education through graduate learning, workforce development is vital to our growth as a profession. ISA has formed a partnership with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and the Automation Federation has developed the Automation Competency Model and is working with various learning institutions to develop automation-specific curriculum. With all of […]

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