Top 5 Upfront Project Considerations for Effective Risk Management

Top 5 Upfront Project Considerations for Effective Risk Management

This post was written by Diane Trentini, vice president of marketing and sales for COMET Informatics LLC. Diane serves on the board of directors for the Control System Integrators Association.   When a system integrator finds a new opportunity to provide services—a...
How Much Risk Can Safety Alarms Reduce?

How Much Risk Can Safety Alarms Reduce?

This post was written by Charles Fialkowski, CFSE, a safety systems specialist for Siemens; Luis Garcia, CFSE, senior process safety consultant for Siemens and chair of ISA’s tank farm committee for the ISA84 Safety and Security Group; and Nicholas P. Sands,...
How to Tune PID Controllers on Self-Regulating Processes

How to Tune PID Controllers on Self-Regulating Processes

This guest blog post was written by James Beall, a principal process control consultant at Emerson Process Management with 34 years of experience in process control. Beall is a member of AIChE and ISA, and chair of ISA committee ISA75.25, Control Valve Dynamic...
Powering the Next Generation of HART-Enabled Devices

Powering the Next Generation of HART-Enabled Devices

This guest blog post was written by Sol Jacobs, vice president and general manager of Tadiran Batteries, has more than 30 years of experience in developing solutions for powering remote devices. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in...
The Arts Must Be Factored Into the STEM Equation

The Arts Must Be Factored Into the STEM Equation

This guest blog post was written by Stephen R. Huffman, vice president, marketing and business development, Mead O’Brien, Inc.   This blog began as a coy reply to Bill Lydon’s interesting post about Leonardo da Vinci’s accomplishments as an artist applying engineering...
New Integration Architectures for Federated Systems

New Integration Architectures for Federated Systems

This guest blog post was written by Dennis Brandl, chief consultant for BR&L Consulting, specializing in manufacturing IT and flexible manufacturing solutions.   Most manufacturing environments are federated systems. In manufacturing, the term federation...
Design Principles for Complex Process Control

Design Principles for Complex Process Control

This guest blog post was written by Jean Vieille, an industrial system control expert who started his career in 1976 operating and maintaining a power station in the French sub-Antarctic archipelago Crozet. As an active ISA society member, Vieille was France section...
DCS Upgrade: How to Reduce Stress During Execution

DCS Upgrade: How to Reduce Stress During Execution

This guest blog post was written by Sunny R. Desai, an engineer in the DCS/PLC/SCADA department at Reliance Industries Ltd.   The Reliance Industries Hazira complex, which manufactures a wide range of polymers, polyesters, fiber intermediates, and petrochemicals,...
Managing the Cybersecurity Threat to Hazardous Process Plants

Managing the Cybersecurity Threat to Hazardous Process Plants

This guest blog post was written by Edward M. Marszal, president and CEO of Kenexis, and co-author of the ISA book Safety Integrity Level Selection.   Managing the risk of hazardous process plants is a difficult and resource-intensive activity. In order to reduce...

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