The Importance of Using Tuned Positioners on All Control Valves

The Importance of Using Tuned Positioners on All Control Valves

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 #82, and was written by Greg. I was encouraged to omit positioners in one of my first projects...
How to Select the Best Control Valve Location

How to Select the Best Control Valve Location

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 #68, and was written by Greg. When I am in an instrument and valve repair shop, I see many more...
Use Field Analyzers to Measure Key Component Concentrations

Use Field Analyzers to Measure Key Component Concentrations

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 #63 When we did process control improvements in the 1980s and 1990s, the major limitation was...
How to Use Simulation and Virtual Plants for Process Improvement

How to Use Simulation and Virtual Plants for Process Improvement

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 #62, and was written by Greg. During my career, modeling has been an essential part of...
How to Improve Setpoints in Industrial Processes

How to Improve Setpoints in Industrial Processes

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 #64, and was written by Greg. The classic case for process control improvement uses a figure...
Benefits and Shortcomings of Vortex Flowmeters

Benefits and Shortcomings of Vortex Flowmeters

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 #11, and was written by Hunter. Every instrument is well suited for some applications and...
How Equipment and Operating Conditions Affect Process Dynamics

How Equipment and Operating Conditions Affect Process Dynamics

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 #79, and was written by Greg. Do you lie awake at night wondering what the source of process...
Why a Virtual Plant Is Crucial for Process Control Improvement

Why a Virtual Plant Is Crucial for Process Control Improvement

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 #99, and was written by Greg. Simulators for system acceptance testing (SAT), operator training...
How to Specify a Capillary Seal Assembly

How to Specify a Capillary Seal Assembly

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 #14, and was written by Hunter. To master engineering design, you must master the art of...
How to Maximize Loop Coordination and Optimization

How to Maximize Loop Coordination and Optimization

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 #72, and was written by Greg. As a modeling and control specialist in the engineering...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Magmeters

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. Today’s Tip #12 is by Hunter Vegas. Early in my career, I was asked to specify a meter to measure the...
How to Eliminate Split Range Oscillations in Process Control

How to Eliminate Split Range Oscillations in Process 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 #74, and was written by Greg. Just as split personalities cause mental instability, split...
Why You Should Not Use On-Off Valves as Control Valves

Why You Should Not Use On-Off Valves as Control Valves

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 #83, and was written by Greg. Prior to the 1970s, you were not in much danger of getting a...

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