AutoQuiz: What Should an Engineer Include in a Final Automation Project Report to Senior Management?

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 to Select a Platform to Implement a Batch Automation Solution

This post was written by John Parraga, a process specialist with ECS Solutions. Making a platform selection to implement a batch automation solution should start with the evaluation of the end user's short- and long-term requirements. Unfortunately, end...

Industry 4.0 Concepts for Discrete Manufacturing Applied to Process Automation

This article was written by Bill Lydon, automation industry authority, journalist and former chief editor at InTech magazine. Industry 4.0 initially focused on discrete manufacturing, and now there is a growing focus on applying Industry 4.0 concepts to...

AutoQuiz: What Is the Purpose of an Instrument Location Plan?

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and...

The Positive Impact of the 2019 ISA Annual Leadership Conference

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. The 2019 ISA annual leadership conference was our largest annual leader conference in many years. For example, there were 130 leaders registered for the event in 2014. This year there were 209. What might be...

Drones in Industrial Automation: Vital Mobile Platforms for Sensor Delivery

This post was written by Peter Fuhr, PhD, Marissa Morales-Rodriguez, PhD, Sterling Rooke, PhD, and Penny Chen, PhD. Factories, refineries, utilities (water/wastewater, electric), and related industrial sites are complex systems and structures with...

How to Solve the Biggest Maintenance Challenges in the Oil & Gas Industry

This guest blog post was written by Bryan Christiansen, founder and CEO at Limble CMMS. Limble is a mobile first, modern computerized maintenance management system application, designed to help managers organize, automate and streamline their maintenance...

AutoQuiz: What Is the Significance of the Fieldbus Intrinsic Safety Concept?

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...

PID Controller Tracking of Industrial Robotic Manipulators [technical]

This post is an excerpt from the journal ISA Transactions. All ISA Transactions articles are free to ISA members, or can be purchased from Elsevier Press. Abstract: This paper presents the tracking control for a robotic manipulator type delta employing fractional...

How to Avoid Using Multivariable Flow Transmitters

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...

AutoQuiz: Which Valve Actuation Method Is Best for a Very Large Force and a Small Actuator?

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and...

The Enigma of Process Knowledge

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, ISA Fellow and author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks in Pipelines, click here. If you would like more information on how to...
AutoQuiz: How to Install Thermocouple Extension Wires

AutoQuiz: How to Install Thermocouple Extension Wires

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and...

Webinar Recording: Lessons Learned During the Migration to a New DCS

Webinar Recording: Lessons Learned During the Migration to a New DCS

This educational ISA webinar was presented by Greg McMillan. Greg is an industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc. (now Eastman Chemical). This ISA...

Licensure, ISA Turning 75, and the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference

Licensure, ISA Turning 75, and the 2019 Annual Leadership Conference

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. On 14-16 August, I attended the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) meeting in Washington, D.C. Over 550 people from licensing boards and various participating organizations...

PIC 2019: Shedding Light on Critical Process Industry Issues

PIC 2019: Shedding Light on Critical Process Industry Issues

This post was authored by Carlos Melgarejo, a member of the ISA marketing team. Stars will shine brightly in the Lone Star State 4-6 November as experts in the energy and process manufacturing industries descend upon the Westin Houston, Memorial City. ISA’s 2019...

AutoQuiz: What Is Receipt Verification in Industrial Processes?

AutoQuiz: What Is Receipt Verification in Industrial Processes?

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...

Pipeline Leak Size: If We Can’t See It, We Can’t Detect It

Pipeline Leak Size: If We Can’t See It, We Can’t Detect It

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, ISA Fellow and author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks in Pipelines, click here. If you would like more information on how to...

Webinar Recording: Small Batch Manufacturing

Webinar Recording: Small Batch Manufacturing

This educational ISA webinar was presented by Greg McMillan in conjunction with the ISA Mentor Program. Greg is an industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc....

AutoQuiz: What is a Database Record?

AutoQuiz: What is a Database Record?

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...

ISA Extends Reach Through Organization Partnerships

ISA Extends Reach Through Organization Partnerships

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. In their heyday, ISA conferences drew 30,000 attendees. Many changes have occurred since then, resulting in smaller conference sizes. In a concerted effort to reach a broader audience, ISA is actively...

How to Leverage Process Data to Improve Industrial Operations

How to Leverage Process Data to Improve Industrial Operations

This post was authored by Greg Olsen, Ph.D., senior vice president of products at Falkonry. One certainty is that manufacturing processes continue to get better at producing data, primarily due to rapid cost reductions and improvements in data collection,...

AutoQuiz: Characteristics of an Industrial Controller

AutoQuiz: Characteristics of an Industrial Controller

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager. This automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and...

AutoQuiz: When Does Cavitation Occur in Liquid Flow?

AutoQuiz: When Does Cavitation Occur in Liquid Flow?

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...

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