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IEC 6-1131-3

The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) 6-1131-3 Standard is a widely recognized international standard for the programming of a PLC. How many ‘Graphical languages’ are there in the IEC  6-1131-3  ? a.  2 b.  3 c.  4 d.  5 The correct answer is A. They are Ladder Diagram (LD) and  Function Block Diagram (FBD). Ladder Diagram […]

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TUNE YOUR LOOP: Using RFID/RTLS to Track Industrial Assets

TUNE YOUR LOOP: Using RFID/RTLS to Track Industrial Assets

1. Identify which frequency band is being used in many wireless network systems. 2. Which RFID frequency results in the shortest tag antenna length? 3. Which technology provides the highest data rate (but at a short distance)? 4. For reliable and accurate spatial determination, how many GPS satellites should the handheld unit have “visibility” to? […]

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Fig. 1. Block diagram of a typical PID control system.

How Do You Know When Feedforward Is Needed?

In the ISA Automation Week Mentor Program I am providing guidance for extremely talented individuals from Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. We will be sharing a question and the answers each week. If you would like to provide additional answers, please send them to Susan Colwell at ISA. The third question […]

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Is Smart Grid Avoiding Real Challenges?

In my opinion, there is too much hype about the Smart Grid without looking at the core problems from an engineering and business point of view. There is a constant flow of information, presentations, and discussions about the Smart Grid, but I wonder if this simply makes people feel good and avoids facing the real […]

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MPC, Fuzzy or PID?

In the ISA Automation Week Mentor Program I am providing guidance for extremely talented individuals from Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. We will be sharing a question and the answers each week. If you would like to provide additional answers, please send them to Susan Colwell at ISA. This question is […]

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Steve Prettyman

Knowing Your Blind Spots with Your Manager

There’s nothing worse in one’s work life than when the relationship with one’s manager is not working correctly.   No matter what the reason, it causes stress during the work day, and it can affect one’s career path in the organization when the relationship is not working as well as it could be.   At the same […]

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Andy Chatha Awarded ISA Honorary Membership

The 2011 Annual ISA Honors and Awards Gala was held on 17 October in Mobile, Alabama. The Honors and Awards program provides an opportunity for ISA to recognize outstanding individuals for the contributions they have made to the Society and/or the automation industry. Society and industry leaders from across the world gathered to celebrate and […]

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