How to Obtain Accurate Industrial Project Cost Estimates

How to Obtain Accurate Industrial Project Cost Estimates

This article was written by Brian Batts, proposal and estimating group manager at MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company. Brian has more than 20 years of experience in automation, and has served in roles including systems engineering, lead engineering,...
Best ISA Webinars of 2017

Best ISA Webinars of 2017

This 2017 webinar roundup was edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager.   As 2017 comes to a close, we surveyed the year’s lineup of educational webinars to select five of the most popular presentations co-hosted with ISA’s partners. Scroll down...
When and How to Use Derivative Action in a PID Controller

When and How to Use Derivative Action in a PID Controller

The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program, authored by Greg McMillan, industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from...
How to Manage Pipeline Valve Positioner and PID Tuning

How to Manage Pipeline Valve Positioner and PID Tuning

The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program, authored by Greg McMillan, industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from...
Portrait of the Automation Engineer as a Young Professional

Portrait of the Automation Engineer as a Young Professional

This post was adapted from an article published in the new edition of InTech Plus, ISA’s mobile magazine app for Apple and Android tablets. The article was written by Jim Garrison, PE, CAP, CFSE, senior specialist with aeSolutions in Greenville, S.C., and VP-Elect for...

Automation Engineering Design Must Protect Against the Unexpected

This guest blog post was written by Paul Darnbrough, P.E., CAP, a principal engineer for  MAVERICK Technologies.  This is the first part in a three-part series. Click this link to read Part 2. Click this link to read Part 3. Anyone can drive down a wide-open, well...
How to Achieve a Successful Automation Project Outcome

How to Achieve a Successful Automation Project Outcome

This guest post was authored by Tim Green, U.S. operations manager for the field services division at MAVERICK Technologies. To read Tim’s prior post on the challenges of process plant upgrades, click this link. In my previous post, I talked about project...
What are the Challenges of Process Plant Upgrade Projects?

What are the Challenges of Process Plant Upgrade Projects?

This guest post is authored by Tim Green, U.S. operations manager for the field services division at MAVERICK Technologies. To read the second part of this post, click this link. If you aren’t aware of the pitfalls, you might fall into a hole. Here’s how new...
How Do You Make an Automation Buying Decision?

How Do You Make an Automation Buying Decision?

This guest post is authored by Paul Dunn, vice president of sales at MAVERICK Technologies. For many people in the controls systems industry the word that seems to get thrown around a lot is value. What is value? It is defined differently to the various stakeholders...
The Road to High Performance Graphics

The Road to High Performance Graphics

This guest post is authored by Michel Ho, a consultant in the operational consulting group of MAVERICK Technologies. Are you considering implementing high-performance graphics (HPG) or abnormal situation management graphics? If so then you are part of a fast growing...
The Top Four Criteria for Manufacturing Software Comparison

The Top Four Criteria for Manufacturing Software Comparison

This post was authored by Mark Davidson, a principal research analyst at LNS Research. By now many companies understand the potential benefits that can stem from implementing manufacturing operations management (MOM) software applications. The space is maturing;...
Consider Intangible Costs When Calculating an Industrial Project

Consider Intangible Costs When Calculating an Industrial Project

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 #42. If you are the optimistic sort who always sees the good in your fellow man and always...
Why Is Instrumentation Critical for the Automation Professional?

Why Is Instrumentation Critical for the Automation Professional?

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 #34. This tip is actually a compilation of Tip #1 “Never Stop Learning” and Greg’s tip on “Seek...

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