AutoQuiz: Models of Control to Describe a Batch Process

AutoQuiz: Models of Control to Describe a Batch Process

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certification program. ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective...
How Programming Standards Improve Automation and Controls

How Programming Standards Improve Automation and Controls

This article was written by Bill Lydon, chief editor at InTech magazine. IEC 61131-3, along with PLCopen extensions and support, provides software standards essential for efficiently achieving competitive manufacturing—including implementing Industry 4.0, Industrial...
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 describes a...
ISA-88 Marries Plant-Floor Automation with MES Supervision

ISA-88 Marries Plant-Floor Automation with MES Supervision

This guest blog post was written by Rick Slaugenhaupt, a senior engineer for MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company. This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Click this link to read Part 1.   This first part in this blog series provided some explanation...
Using ISA-88 to Enhance MES Implementation

Using ISA-88 to Enhance MES Implementation

This guest blog post was written by Rick Slaugenhaupt, a senior engineer for MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Click this link to read Part 2.   At its core, a manufacturing execution system (MES) is used...
What Is an Automation Migration Project Best Path Forward?

What Is an Automation Migration Project Best Path Forward?

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...

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