Do Government Pipeline Regulations Improve Safety?

Do Government Pipeline Regulations Improve Safety?

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks in Pipelines, click here. If you would like more information on how to purchase the book,...
Can Risk Analysis Really Be Reduced to a Simple Procedure?

Can Risk Analysis Really Be Reduced to a Simple Procedure?

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. If you would like more information on how to purchase the book, click this link. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks in...
Is Theft the New Frontier for Process Control Equipment?

Is Theft the New Frontier for Process Control Equipment?

This guest blog post, the third in a series, was written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. If you would like more information on how to purchase the book, click this link. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks...
What You Can Learn About Pipeline Leaks From Government Statistics

What You Can Learn About Pipeline Leaks From Government Statistics

This guest blog post, the second in a series, was written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. If you would like more information on how to purchase the book, click this link. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks...
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 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...
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...

Use Middle Signal Selection to Improve pH Measurement Reliability

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 #88. Biopharmaceutical batches are often worth more than a million dollars. The product quality...

How to Optimize Batch End Points and Cycle Times

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 #96. When I was leaving for college, my Dad said, “Make sure you use a good grain analyzer to...

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