ISA Technical Report Presents Wireless User Requirements for Factory Automation

The ISA100 committee has completed a new technical report that presents user and market-related requirements for the design, operation and maintenance of wireless systems throughout their life cycles in factory automation. Factory automation applications involve specific technology, control and information systems that are characterized by discrete operations with possible extensions into batch process control. Examples […]

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Power in Security

The power industry has a white elephant in the room — the NERC and CIP regulatory requirements for all the power fossil hydro transmission distribution within the U.S. and North America in general. So says Bryan Singer of Kenexis Security Corp. while gleening input from power industry gurus at the latest POWID Symposium this past […]

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ISA Announces Advanced Process Control Techniques Track at ISA Automation Week 2011

ISA announces the offerings of its Advanced Process Control Techniques Track at ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event, which will take place in Mobile, Alabama, USA, 17-20 October 2011, at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center. The Advanced Process Control Techniques Track offers in-depth sessions focused on techniques and applications of advanced control, […]

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ISA Mentor Program: A Guide to Success

Automation and control systems expert, Greg McMillan, principal consultant, Emerson Process Management, wants to share his knowledge. What better way to do this than through the ISA Mentor program. McMillan’s career spans more than 40 years with deep roots at Monsanto Co. where he learned early on from some of the best minds in process […]

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Power, control two different issues

Advanced control applications are not in widespread use in the power industry. Why? Successful applications exist, but it takes work and education. You’ll need to study the technology and published experiences, work closely with and rely on technology vendors, and plan properly for success, short and long term. At the last ISA Power Industry (POWID) […]

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Wireless Systems and Gas Turbine Engines

Peter Fuhr, a distinguished scientist with Oak Ridge National Laboratories comments on the ISA Communication Division’s participation in ISA Symposia.  The 57th International Instrumentation Symposia was held in St. Louis, Missouri on 20-24 June 2011 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.   Dr. Fuhr shares his comments on Wireless Standard 107.4 and technical presentations that covered […]

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Spreadsheets are tools

In trying to decided on a blog topic, I thought of the spreadsheet we did in our Applying Motor Controls and Drives class last week for showing the voltage and hertz relationship. We then used the chart wizard and selected a scatter point type of chart. I then started thinking about the calibration sheet we do […]

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