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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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How ISA and Automation Federation Leadership Helped Secure Industrial Control Systems

Technical leaders had the foresight to create the ISA99 standards committee back in 2002. They recognized the need for cybersecurity standards in areas outside of the traditional information technology (IT), national security, and critical infrastructure areas of concentration at the time. In the following years, a number of ISA99 committee members spent time and effort […]

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Electromechanical vs Digital: Time to Make the Switch?

A typical process plant might have anywhere from 100 to 1,000 mechanical switches installed, performing functions ranging from controlling hard alarms, permissive and interlock circuits, blowers, and fans to emergency shutdown. Some of these switches, however, may be nearing the end of their useful lives or taking up operating space that might be filled by […]

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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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