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Future Engineers Benefit from ISA Student Sections

In a prior blog post, I talked about how ISA student sections present opportunities for members to shape future generations of automation professionals. This article focuses on the benefits students receive from active participation in section activities. Given the difference in levels of education, one might conclude that the student sections at Francis Tuttle Technology […]

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AutoQuiz: Level Reading with a Differential Pressure Cell

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for more information about the CCST program.   A differential pressure (d/p) cell […]

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Leadership Transition Is a Process Not a Transaction

The conclusion of ISA’s annual Fall Leader’s Meeting tends to signal that the end of the year is approaching and it’s time to begin preparing for a new one. At ISA, an important part of preparing for a new year is preparing for leadership transition. Each year, numerous Society leaders fulfill their leadership obligations and […]

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Q&A with Author of New Edition of Condensed Handbook of Measurement and Control

Q. Why were you compelled to publish an updated edition? A. There have been many changes in technology over the past 10 years or so (since the publication of the third edition), particularly in the areas relating to control equipment symbology, sensors, and safety instrumented systems—among other topics. I also received some comments from my students, […]

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How to Use 4G LTE Wireless Technology to Secure Industrial Automation and Control Systems

Supporting business needs by improving defense-in-depth cybersecurity for industrial automation and control systems (IACSs) is a key challenge today. For example, oil, gas, and water plants need to access scattered and remote areas and wells, but cybersecurity can be a major challenge, which may require physical security and cybersecurity protections and controls. Therefore, wireless technology, […]

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AutoQuiz: Which Control Valve Style Is More Likely to Develop a Blockage?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional certification program. ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective assessment and confirmation of an automation professional’s skills. The CAP exam is focused on direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information […]

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Optimal PID Controller for Standard Second-Order Plus Time Delay Systems

Abstract: An improved tuning methodology of PID controller for standard second order plus time delay systems (SOPTD) is developed using the approach of Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR) and pole placement technique to obtain the desired performance measures. The pole placement method together with LQR is ingeniously used for SOPTD systems where the time delay part is […]

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AutoQuiz: How to Calibrate a Magnetic Flowmeter

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for more information about the CCST program. This question comes from the Level […]

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Flowmeter Primer: Two-Wire Coriolis and Electromagnetic Transmitters

Two-wire transmitter technology came about from an agreement among various instrument suppliers in the 1950s to standardize on 4–20 mA current loops as a means of sending a flow, temperature, pressure, or similar process signal back to control and monitoring systems. In the 1980s, HART was added to the 4–20 mA signal, providing additional calibration […]

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