The Enigma of Process Knowledge

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, ISA Fellow and author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks in Pipelines, click here. If you would like more information on how to...

How to Achieve Pilot-Scale Industrial Process Control Flexibility and Agility

This post was written by Chris Marinucci, director of advanced manufacturing at O’Brien & Gere. Pilot-scale process control has posed some of the biggest automation challenges I have faced working in an advanced manufacturing environment. Extreme...

AutoQuiz: What Are the Benefits of Self-Study Workbooks for Operator Training?

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certification program. ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective...

How to Design Industrial Control Panels for Hazardous Locations

This post was written by Jim Dunn, product manager at Carlo Gavazzi. Certain areas in industrial settings are classified as hazardous due to the presence of flammable gases, vapors, dusts, or fibers. This blog describes various ways to design panels so...

Does Industrial Control System Cybersecurity Need to Be Complicated?

This post was authored by Lee Neitzel, senior engineer at Wurldtech Security Technologies, a GE company, and Gabe Faifman, global cybersecurity architect & innovation manager at Schneider Electric. Industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity can be...

AutoQuiz: How are Pressure Changes Measured in Industrial Applications?

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and...

Why Automation Professionals Need to Go Beyond the Obvious and Create Elegant Solutions

This article was written by Bill Lydon, automation industry authority, journalist and former chief editor at InTech magazine. I once attended a valuable and thought-provoking presentation by Matthew E. May, "The Elegant Solution" based upon lessons learned...

What Is Your Executive Board Doing for You?

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. In mid-September, your incoming 2020 Executive Board met for two and a half days in Raleigh, NC. This summit meeting consisted of board orientation training, strategy and visioning discussions and planning,...

AutoQuiz: What Are the Cybersecurity Risks to a Geothermal Plant?

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certification program. ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective...

IIoT is Approaching the Network Edge for Almost Every Industrial Application

This post was written by Peter Fuhr, PhD, Marissa Morales-Rodriguez, PhD, Sterling Rooke, PhD, and Penny Chen, PhD. Industrial instrumentation and sensors are purpose-built for applications. Rugged and proven for field applications in harsh environments,...

How to Optimize Closed-Loop Control Through a Better Understanding of the PID Equation

This post was written by Bill Dehner, technical marketing engineer at AutomationDirect. Machines and processes are controlled using many strategies, from simple ladder logic to custom algorithms for specialized process control, but...

AutoQuiz: How to Measure Fluid Velocity Through a Pipe

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and...
The Enigma of Process Knowledge

The Enigma of Process Knowledge

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, ISA Fellow and author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks in Pipelines, click here. If you would like more information on how to...

How to Design Industrial Control Panels for Hazardous Locations

How to Design Industrial Control Panels for Hazardous Locations

This post was written by Jim Dunn, product manager at Carlo Gavazzi. Certain areas in industrial settings are classified as hazardous due to the presence of flammable gases, vapors, dusts, or fibers. This blog describes various ways to design panels so...

Does Industrial Control System Cybersecurity Need to Be Complicated?

Does Industrial Control System Cybersecurity Need to Be Complicated?

This post was authored by Lee Neitzel, senior engineer at Wurldtech Security Technologies, a GE company, and Gabe Faifman, global cybersecurity architect & innovation manager at Schneider Electric. Industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity can be intimidating....

What Is Your Executive Board Doing for You?

What Is Your Executive Board Doing for You?

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. In mid-September, your incoming 2020 Executive Board met for two and a half days in Raleigh, NC. This summit meeting consisted of board orientation training, strategy and visioning discussions and planning, a...

AutoQuiz: What Are the Cybersecurity Risks to a Geothermal Plant?

AutoQuiz: What Are the Cybersecurity Risks to a Geothermal Plant?

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certification program. ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective...

AutoQuiz: How to Measure Fluid Velocity Through a Pipe

AutoQuiz: How to Measure Fluid Velocity Through a Pipe

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and...

Why Bypassing the Factory Acceptance Test at Startup Is a Bad Idea

Why Bypassing the Factory Acceptance Test at Startup Is a Bad Idea

This post was written by Michael B. Fedenyszen, II, is a senior instrumentation and controls engineer at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers The investment in a solid factory acceptance test (FAT) pays big dividends and makes a large contribution to a successful...

An Introduction to Operations Research in the Process Industries

An Introduction to Operations Research in the Process Industries

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, ISA Fellow and author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks in Pipelines, click here. If you would like more information on how to...

AutoQuiz: How to Install Thermocouple Extension Wires

AutoQuiz: How to Install Thermocouple Extension Wires

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and...

Webinar Recording: Lessons Learned During the Migration to a New DCS

Webinar Recording: Lessons Learned During the Migration to a New DCS

This educational ISA webinar was presented by Greg McMillan. Greg is an industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc. (now Eastman Chemical). This ISA...

Licensure, ISA Turning 75, and the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference

Licensure, ISA Turning 75, and the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. On 14-16 August, I attended the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) meeting in Washington, D.C. Over 550 people from licensing boards and various participating organizations...

PIC 2019: Shedding Light on Critical Process Industry Issues

PIC 2019: Shedding Light on Critical Process Industry Issues

This post was authored by Carlos Melgarejo, a member of the ISA marketing team. Stars will shine brightly in the Lone Star State 4-6 November as experts in the energy and process manufacturing industries descend upon the Westin Houston, Memorial City. ISA’s 2019...

AutoQuiz: What Is Receipt Verification in Industrial Processes?

AutoQuiz: What Is Receipt Verification in Industrial Processes?

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certification program. ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective...

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