AutoQuiz: What Process Confirms That a Company Meets the Needs of Customers and Complies With Statutory and Regulatory Requirements?

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...

Alarm Management and DCS versus PLC/SCADA Systems

The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program, authored by Greg McMillan, industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior...

How to Reduce Control Valve Noise

This post was authored by Hans D. Baumann, Ph.D., PE, author of Fluid Mechanics of Control Valves: How Valves Control Your Process and a world-renowned expert on control valve technology. To read a brief author Q&A plus download a free, 42-page excerpt from the...

AutoQuiz: What is “Slip” in an AC Induction Motor?

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...

The Role of Standards and Regulations in a Pipeline Leak Detection Plan

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, ISA Fellow and author of the 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...

An Optimal Fuzzy Logic Controller for Urban Traffic Networks [technical]

This post is an excerpt from the journal ISA Transactions. All ISA Transactions articles are free to ISA members, or can be purchased from Elsevier Press. Abstract: Urban traffic network model is illustrated by state-charts and object-diagram. However, they have...

AutoQuiz: What Factors Affect the Reynolds Number for a Flowing Fluid?

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...

How to Use Passive Loopback Process Simulation for Factory Software Deployment

This post was authored by Michael Whitt, manager of integrated control systems at Mesa Associates, Inc., and author of the ISA book, Successful Instrumentation and Control Systems Design. One challenge faced by control systems integrators is the prospect of testing...

Why Are Process Automation Projects so Difficult to Manage?

This post was authored by Lee Swindler, program manager with MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company. Reflecting on my long career as a project manager, I have come to realize process automation projects have unique challenges, which make them more...

AutoQuiz: Identify Three Levels Within the Manufacturing Computer Systems Hierarchy

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...

Edge Analytics Can Help When Cloud Computing and Big Data Fall Short

This post was authored by Andrew Hopkins, managing director of Accenture Mobility, and Brian Irwin, head of Accenture’s Industrial Group in North America. Traditional industrial analytics brings gains in operating efficiency, machine uptime, and risk and hazard...

How Virtual Reality Makes Industrial Training More Immersive and Meaningful

This post was authored by Peter Richmond, portfolio director for XR and 3D visualization with AVEVA. Peter has extensive experience in the chemical as well as oil & gas industries.  Immersive technology advancements extend far beyond commercial and consumer use...
Alarm Management and DCS versus PLC/SCADA Systems

Alarm Management and DCS versus PLC/SCADA Systems

The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program, authored by Greg McMillan, industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior...

How to Reduce Control Valve Noise

How to Reduce Control Valve Noise

This post was authored by Hans D. Baumann, Ph.D., PE, author of Fluid Mechanics of Control Valves: How Valves Control Your Process and a world-renowned expert on control valve technology. To read a brief author Q&A plus download a free, 42-page excerpt from the...

AutoQuiz: What is “Slip” in an AC Induction Motor?

AutoQuiz: What is “Slip” in an AC Induction Motor?

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...

Why Are Process Automation Projects so Difficult to Manage?

Why Are Process Automation Projects so Difficult to Manage?

This post was authored by Lee Swindler, program manager with MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company. Reflecting on my long career as a project manager, I have come to realize process automation projects have unique challenges, which make them more...

Edge Analytics Can Help When Cloud Computing and Big Data Fall Short

Edge Analytics Can Help When Cloud Computing and Big Data Fall Short

This post was authored by Andrew Hopkins, managing director of Accenture Mobility, and Brian Irwin, head of Accenture’s Industrial Group in North America. Traditional industrial analytics brings gains in operating efficiency, machine uptime, and risk and hazard...

AutoQuiz: What Are the Limitations of an Analog Multimeter?

AutoQuiz: What Are the Limitations of an Analog Multimeter?

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...

How to Design and Configure Secure Industrial Networks

How to Design and Configure Secure Industrial Networks

This post was authored by Richard Wood is product marketing division manager for Moxa. In today's connected world, securing industrial control systems (ICSs) is more important than ever. Industrial control system cybersecurity standards like NERC CIP, ISA-99...

How to Manage Control Valve Response Issues in the Field

How to Manage Control Valve Response Issues in the Field

The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program, authored by Greg McMillan, industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from...

How to Prevent Impulse Line Blockages Due to Temperature Variability

How to Prevent Impulse Line Blockages Due to Temperature Variability

This post was authored by Asad Shaikh, an instrumentation and control engineer with Worley. In the glass manufacturing industry, raw materials are heated to high temperatures until they turn into liquid. At this stage the molten glass is still very viscous, but can be...

My Journey on a ‘Yellow Brick’ Path to Becoming an ISA Fellow

My Journey on a ‘Yellow Brick’ Path to Becoming an ISA Fellow

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, ISA Fellow and author of the 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...

The Ball Is in Your Court Now

The Ball Is in Your Court Now

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. I have used this blog every month to inform you of the various resources and activities going on within the society that are available to benefit you and your employer. Our standards, books, journals,...

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