AutoQuiz: How Are the Maintainability and Maintenance of Automation Systems Related?

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 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

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...

AutoQuiz: How to Use the Parity System to Detect Data Transmission Errors

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...

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...

Embedded Intelligent Adaptive PID Controller for an Electromechanical System [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: In this study, an intelligent adaptive controller approach using the interval type-2 fuzzy neural...

AutoQuiz: What Electrical Event Can Occur With a 24 VDC Open-Collector Output Sinking Configuration?

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 Visual Data Analytics Software Improves Natural Gas Well Site Efficiency and Reliability

This post was authored by Andy Young, a research reactor controls engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Previously he was the director of operations at Pioneer Energy.  Pioneer Energy in Lakewood, Colo., is a service provider and original equipment...

Primer: Essential Guide to Industrial Wireless Network Configuration and Layout Options

This post was authored by Shuji Yamamoto, wireless promotion manager in Yokogawa’s New Field Development Center One of the first steps when creating a new wireless instrumentation network using ISA100 Wireless, or any other industrial wireless network, is a site...

AutoQuiz: What Device Is Used to Convert an Analog Signal From a Transmitter to the Signal Required by a Digital Controller?

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 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,...

Will Blockchain Technology Disrupt the Industrial Control System World?

This post was authored by Steve Mustard, an industrial control system and cybersecurity consultant, and author of the ISA book Mission Critical Operations Primer, and Mark Davison, is a software engineer with more than 30 years of experience. Currently he is an...
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,...

How to Use Industrial Simulation to Increase Learning and Innovation

How to Use Industrial Simulation to Increase Learning and Innovation

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 Select a Platform to Implement a Batch Automation Solution

How to Select a Platform to Implement a Batch Automation Solution

This post was written by John Parraga, a process specialist with ECS Solutions. Making a platform selection to implement a batch automation solution should start with the evaluation of the end user's short- and long-term requirements. Unfortunately, end users...

AutoQuiz: What Is the Purpose of an Instrument Location Plan?

AutoQuiz: What Is the Purpose of an Instrument Location Plan?

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 Positive Impact of the 2019 ISA Annual Leadership Conference

The Positive Impact of the 2019 ISA Annual Leadership Conference

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. The 2019 ISA annual leadership conference was our largest annual leader conference in many years. For example, there were 130 leaders registered for the event in 2014. This year there were 209. What might be...

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