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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

A College Degree May Not Be a Reliable Indicator of an Engineer’s Level of Knowledge

A college degree is not a reliable indicator of a person’s level of knowledge. I have seen young engineers who expected (and even demanded) respect and deference even though they had done nothing to earn it other than graduating. I can also say that some of the brightest and most knowledgeable mentors I have known […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Why You Should Document the Benefits of Process Control Improvements

The process control improvement program described in the June 2012 Control Talk column “The Human Factor” was a success at the company I worked for because of one person, Glenn Mertz. Glenn was able to get agreement from plant management on the benefits achieved – no easy task. Process efficiency and capacity vary with maintenance, […]

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Why You Should Use the Best Automation Technology, Even if the Price Tag Is Higher

The biggest mistakes I have seen in the process industry came from trying to cut costs by not using the best technology instrumentation and systems. We tend to forget that measurements are the only windows into the process and controllers and final control elements (e.g., control valves) are the only means of affecting the process. […]

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