Getting the Most From Your HART Handheld

Getting the Most From Your HART Handheld

This guest blog post was authored by Heikki Laurila, product marketing manager at Beamex.   A HART handheld is an essential tool in plants deploying HART instrumentation. But what exactly is a HART handheld? What are the differences between various handheld...
Are Smart Devices in a Plant Your Most Valuable Assets?

Are Smart Devices in a Plant Your Most Valuable Assets?

This guest blog post is authored by Ian Verhappen, an automation industry consultant and chairman of the ISA103 Standards Committee for the FDT Group. Think of the usefulness of the diagnostics in your automobile: Few of us know or even care about the hundreds of...

10 Pitfalls of DIY Control Systems

This guest post is authored by Bill Stevens, global product marketing manager for Honeywell Process Solutions. The debate over the virtues of the distributed control system (DCS) vs. the programmable logic controller (PLC) has been ongoing since these two...
How Do You Balance Connectivity with Security on the Plant Floor?

How Do You Balance Connectivity with Security on the Plant Floor?

This guest post is authored by Jim Flagg, systems architect for Polytron.   Manufacturing facilities increasingly are becoming reliant on network connectivity to improve operational efficiency.  Getting an internet connection on the plant floor without running it...
Do “Smart” Instruments Need to be Calibrated?

Do “Smart” Instruments Need to be Calibrated?

This post was authored by Roy Tomalino, professional services engineer at Beamex. Modern transmitters often are promoted as being smart and extremely accurate.  Sometimes you hear they don’t need to be calibrated because they are so “smart.” So why would you calibrate...

Selecting Continuous Improvement as a New Year’s Resolution

This guest post is authored by Roy Kok, vice president of sales and marketing for Ocean Data Systems.   No, this post isn’t about weight loss, cigarette smoking or exercise.  It’s about “continuous improvement” from a corporate point of view.  But they all have...

What is your plan for DCS migration?

Recently I watched the movie Apollo 13 again, this time including my four children who had never seen the cinematic classic. I’ve personally seen it too many times to count; it’s one of my favorites—partly because it’s based on a true story that I never tire of reflecting on and remembering

Consider the Big Picture When Justifying an Automation Project

Consider the Big Picture When Justifying an Automation Project

This guest post was written by Roy Kok, vice president of sales and marketing at Ocean Data Systems..   Clearly, any new automation project requires economic justification.  While this often involves hard “dollars and cents” quantification of cost savings from...
Getting real about pressure transmitter accuracy

Getting real about pressure transmitter accuracy

This guest post is authored by Ted Dimm, field instrumentation marketing leader for Honeywell Process Solutions. Specifying the right pressure transmitter for replacement of non-working units to install in a plant-wide upgrade or for use in a start-up facility is...

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