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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Why You Should Use an Enhanced PID for At-Line and Off-Line Analyzers

I have always favored online analyzers because they offer a continuous measurement with minimal deadtime. These analyzers usually have sensors in a pipeline or vessel to directly measure a property of the process, such as capacitance, conductivity, color, density, oxidation reduction potential, particle size, pH, turbidity, and viscosity. Expensive analyzers such as mass spectrometers that […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

Add Control Loops to Eliminate Manual Actions and Sequences in Process Control

I taught a course in process control to junior and senior chemical engineering students as an adjunct professor. Students were generally in the class not because they thought process control was important, but because the course was required to get a degree. One student asked me why you needed a control loop when all you […]

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101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career

The Importance of I/O Cards When Performing a DCS Retrofit

This is a tip I simply cannot stress enough. If a team does not understand the intricate electrical details of the old control system and the new, really REALLY bad things can happen. Concept: Performing a control system retrofit without completely understanding the electrical characteristics of the old and replacement system I/O cards is a […]

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