Book Excerpt + Q&A: Situation Management for Process Control

This ISA author Q&A was edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager. ISA recently published Situation Management for Process Control: Decision Making for Operators in Industrial Control Rooms and Operation Centers by Douglas H. Rothenberg, Ph.D., a leading expert...

AutoQuiz: How to Measure the Resistance in a Circuit

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...

Decentralized Control Strategy vs MPC for Industrial Methanol Distillation [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: In this work we have developed a novel, robust practical control structure to regulate an...

How Long Does It Take to Detect a Leak on an Oil or Gas Pipeline?

This guest blog post was written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, industrial process expert and author of the 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 obtain a...

AutoQuiz: How to Calculate Uptime for an Automation System

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...

Webinar Recording: Uncertainty in Calibration

This ISA webinar on calibration considerations in hazardous areas was presented by Rich Kohl, global accounts team program manager at Honeywell, and Ned Espy and Roy Tomalino of Beamex. Did you know you can calculate your confidence level in a measurement? Watch this...

Process Plants Need New Approaches to Leverage Actionable Information From Big Data

This guest blog post was authored by Michael Risse, vice president at Seeq Corporation In May 2011, the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company released a research report titled Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and...

AutoQuiz: How to Troubleshoot a System Failure Due to a Bad Component

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...

What Should a Plant Manager Do During the First 90 Days on the Job?

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 operations....

Raw Beginnings: The Evolution of Offshore Oil Industry Pipeline Safety

This guest blog post was written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, industrial process expert and author of the ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. This post includes a free PDF copy of Edward Farmer’s 188-poage book, Advanced Methods in Crude Oil Volume Correction plus the...

AutoQuiz: What Is the Purpose of a Markov Model Computation?

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 Leaders Meet to Validate and Advance the Organization’s Strategic Direction

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. This past month, ISA leaders convened in North Carolina for the first of two in-person meetings. This was our Strategic Leader Meeting (SLM) and is intended for a relatively small group (around 50) of...

OPC UA and IEC 61131-3: The Integration of Control and the HMI

This post was authored by Gary L. Pratt, PE, president of ControlSphere Enginering and Timothy L. Triplett, PE, founder, chief executive officer at Sacks Parente Golf and previously president of Coherent Technologies, In the beginning…the world was flat. Or at least...

How to Prevent Cavitation in Butterfly Control Valves

This post was authored by Hans D. Baumann, Ph.D., PE, author of Fluid Mechanics of Control Valves: How Valves Control Your Process and a world-renowned expert on control valve technology. To download a free, 42-page excerpt from the book, click this link. Cavitation...

Webinar Recording: The Amazing World of ISA Standards

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....

A Roadmap to Industrial Network Convergence

This article was written by Robin Cobb, PE, PMP, industrial network and security solutions product manager for Polytron, Inc., A global beverage manufacturer was having network performance and communication disruptions between factory floor assets. These disruptions...

What AF, ASCI, ISCI, and WCI Are Doing for You

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. So what are these groups, and why should you care? Do you know why they exist, and what they’re doing to help you, your employer, and the automation industry? First off, let’s get all the acronyms out of the...

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