Why You Should Scrutinize Technical Articles for Bias

Why You Should Scrutinize Technical Articles for Bias

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #2.   Of all of the engineering fields, I have to think that our field of automation has one of...
What are the Benefits of Identifying Deadtime and Ramp Rate?

What are the Benefits of Identifying Deadtime and Ramp Rate?

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #89.   In Tip #70, we learned that deadtime was the key to loop performance. The Control Talk...
How to Determine the Health of an Industrial pH Glass Electrode

How to Determine the Health of an Industrial pH Glass Electrode

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #86.   There is not a whole lot of current information on the response time of pH electrodes....
How to Build Communications Skills as an Engineer

How to Build Communications Skills as an Engineer

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is  Tip #40.   Consider the stereotype of the engineer. He (or she) is shy, socially inept, and rarely...
How to Use External-Reset Feedback for Cascade Control

How to Use External-Reset Feedback for Cascade Control

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #95.   The value of the external-reset feedback feature in PID controllers is becoming...
Consider Intangible Costs When Calculating an Industrial Project

Consider Intangible Costs When Calculating an Industrial Project

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #42. If you are the optimistic sort who always sees the good in your fellow man and always...
Why You Should Avoid Scripted Control System Demonstrations

Why You Should Avoid Scripted Control System Demonstrations

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #38.   We have all been there. The sales person stands before the crowd demonstrating a control...
Treat Every Industrial Automation Professional with Respect

Treat Every Industrial Automation Professional with Respect

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #48.   I was born in a very small town in southern Mississippi. From the earliest age, I was...
How to Achieve Process Simulation Fidelity

How to Achieve Process Simulation Fidelity

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #98.   The best way to classify process simulators is to look at the original intent of the...
Why Engineers Should Foster Relationships with Vendors

Why Engineers Should Foster Relationships with Vendors

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #44. Automation engineers spend a lot of money. Instruments and control systems are expensive...
Why Is Instrumentation Critical for the Automation Professional?

Why Is Instrumentation Critical for the Automation Professional?

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #34. This tip is actually a compilation of Tip #1 “Never Stop Learning” and Greg’s tip on “Seek...

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