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Liptak to reveal automation irony in technical world

The automation profession’s big irony, according to consultant Bela Liptak, is this: While universities, scholars, and even technical industries themselves don’t really recognize automation as a profession, “our contribution is potentially the highest compared to any other,” Liptak said. On Thursday at Automation Week in Mobile, Alabama, Liptak will unveil the challenges this unsung industry […]

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Fig. 1. Experimental setup for control of temperature process by pulse width modulation

PID gain scheduling using fuzzy logic

Abstract: A simple, yet robust and stable alternative to proportional, integral, derivative (PID) gain scheduling is developed using fuzzy logic. This fuzzy gain scheduling allows simple online duplication of PID control and the online improvement of PID control performance. The method is demonstrated with a physical model where PID control performance is improved to levels […]

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Automation Founders Circle: Klein earns Arnold O. Beckman Award

ISA will honor Martin Klein by presenting him with its Arnold O. Beckman Founder Award on 17 October, the opening day of ISA Automation Week. Given in honor of Dr. Arnold O. Beckman, founder of Beckman Instruments, the award “recognizes a significant technological contribution to the conception and implementation of a new principle of instrument […]

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ISA99 issues security draft for committee ballot

ISA99, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems, has issued a draft standard for committee ballot. ISA-62443.03.03 (99.03.03): Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems: System Security Requirements and Security Assurance Levels, prescribes the system security requirements related to seven foundational requirements defined in ISA-99.01.01-2007 and assigns system security assurance levels to the system under […]

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Getting the Most out of an ISA Student Membership

How can students expand their technical bases and pick up the interpersonal skills hiring employers want? ISA student membership offers many opportunities for professional enhancement. Here are a few: Leadership opportunities: There are many opportunities besides being an officer. Students can set up meetings. events, or activities. This helps develop organizational, networking, and project management […]

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ISA12 Members Maintain a High Activity Level at October Meetings

More than forty ISA12 (Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Locations) Members will gather in Cape Cod, Massachusetts October 3-7 to cover topics such as intrinsic safety, gas detectors, instrument purging, and fiber optics.  ISA12 covers the work of 40 standards, including 25 adoptions of IEC standards. During the week, the group will be working on submission […]

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Young Innovators: Internship Opportunities Lead to Automation Future

InTech magazine has launched a new column called “Young Innovators.” The column will focus on “talking shop with the next generation.” The inaugural contribution comes from Michael Lopresti. Lopresti is a senior Industrial Engineering student and collegiate swimmer at the University of Missouri, dually enrolled in the Crosby MBA program. Here is an excerpt from […]

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Estimated Standard Deviation

Because an exact number for standard deviation could only be obtained by taking an infinite number of measurements, the below formula calculates the estimated standard deviation. Let’s take a set of measurements from a temperature transmitter with a range of 0-100 deg, Celsius. IDEAL VALUES     AS FOUND VALUES 0 1 10 12 20 21 30 […]

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Omer Bin Abdul Aziz

Ice Cream Castles in the Land of Automation

On a flight back home the other day, my plane passed above a thick band of monsoon clouds. With the worldly worries left thousands of feet down, I indulged myself in views out of my window seat.   I was enjoying a warm cup of tea inside the comfort of an air conditioned cabin, while the freezing temperature outside […]

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