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Design Principles for Complex Process Control

  I recently surveyed the on-site development of the control system for a large concentrated solar power station. This “first of a kind” facility offered many control challenges, such as balancing heat in 600-meter-long vaporizers, setting the dry-out point, and adjusting the mirrors’ position at centimeter precision on a 50-meter distant target. In this “research-oriented” […]

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DCS Upgrade: How to Reduce Stress During Execution

  The Reliance Industries Hazira complex, which manufactures a wide range of polymers, polyesters, fiber intermediates, and petrochemicals, needed to determine the best way to update the industrial automation system. The complex commissioned a naphtha cracker plant in March 1997 using then state-of-the-art technology, including a UNIX-based control system. Over the years, there had been […]

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Connectivity, Productivity and Efficiency Benefits of IIoT Depend on Integrated Cybersecurity

  I had a discussion with Gary Freburger, president of Schneider Electric’s process automation business, about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He framed the discussion by introducing a new concept, “intelligize.” Simply put, intelligize means establishing a method to sort, prioritize, and refine your data, to connect bits of data so they become meaningful […]

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Managing the Cybersecurity Threat to Hazardous Process Plants

  Managing the risk of hazardous process plants is a difficult and resource-intensive activity. In order to reduce costs and improve productivity as technology evolves, process plants employ new equipment and techniques that introduce new hazards. Over the past few decades, the process industries have almost entirely shifted from control systems that were either analog […]

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How to Monitor and Control Quality in Process Manufacturing

  In nearly all regions and industries, markets for products reflect the impact of globalization. The tactic of competing on price is increasingly giving way to a wider range of factors—including product quality. The idea of improving the quality attributes of products is not new, but it has become far more scientific in its approach. […]

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New Industrial Automation Strategies for Shale Gas Operators

  Global trends in the demand and supply of energy require constant improvement of technologies and services, exploration, and production. In this environment, shale gas has emerged as a key unconventional resource. With current operating challenges, the shale gas industry requires access to real-time data and improved process control capabilities to continually optimize the performance […]

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Future Engineers Benefit from ISA Student Sections

In a prior blog post, I talked about how ISA student sections present opportunities for members to shape future generations of automation professionals. This article focuses on the benefits students receive from active participation in section activities. Given the difference in levels of education, one might conclude that the student sections at Francis Tuttle Technology […]

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