AD Converters Quiz: convert an analog signal to a digital one

AD Converters are necessary to convert an analog signal to a digital one that our computers can understand. The output of an AD Converter is a binary number. Digital instruments most commonly use 12, 14 and 16-bit converters, although there are much higher bit converters available. The following is a practice question from one of […]

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ISA honors authors at awards ceremony

Each year, the ISA Publications Department and the Standards & Practices Department recognize and thank all authors/contributors who help review, develop, and deliver technical resources to the automation profession via an award ceremony and reception. Held in the Mardi Gras Theater on Tuesday evening, 18 October at ISA Automation Week 2011, several authors received awards for […]

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Developing Manufacturing Skills for Economic Growth

Developing Manufacturing Skills for Economic Growth

Recent reports from two of the biggest consulting firms in the world, Boston Consulting Group and Accenture, looked at what is euphemistically being called on-shoring. What their research shows is manufacturers are discovering China is not as cheap as everyone thought. When you factor in everything from the shipping of goods to the availability of […]

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Using Social Media to Your Advantage

Presented by Jon DiPietro at ISA Automation Week 2011 Your resume can be hundreds of pages long but weigh nothing. You can speak to several thousand people every day without ever opening your mouth. You can read hundreds of important news stories every day without searching for them. Dozens of people can make your acquaintance […]

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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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