AutoQuiz: Which Signal Type Indicates Direction and Velocity in a Motion Control Application?

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...

IIoT Solves Problems Previously Considered Unsolvable

This post was authored by Andrew Hird, vice president and general manager of digital transformation at Honeywell Process Solutions. At a conference I attended, the keynote speaker observed that today is the first time in history that tools in our personal lives are...

How Long Before Watson Comes to Engineering?

This post was authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. Hundreds of years ago, experienced master builders knew everything about their craft, designing and overseeing the building of pyramids, cathedrals, and bridges. Now the world is vastly more complicated, and...

AutoQuiz: What Type of Switch Is Designed to Detect the End of Travel of a Valve?

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 Are the Opportunities for Nonlinear Control in Process Industry Applications?

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...

Proportional Integral Estimator-Based Clock Synchronization Protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks [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: Clock synchronization is an issue of vital importance in applications of wireless sensor...

AutoQuiz: What Is the Benefit of Industrial RFID Tags Over Barcode Systems?

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 Does Heat Transfer Affect Operation of Your Natural Gas or Crude Oil 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...

Webinar Recording: Future-Proof Your Automation Solutions with Standards-Based Design

This ISA webinar on industrial calibration was presented by Rick Slaugenhaupt, a consultant for MAVERICK Technologies, and Nicholas P. Sands, P.E., CAP, ISA leader, author and educator who serves as senior manufacturing technology fellow at DuPont,  Capital...

AutoQuiz: When Should Operating Instructions Be Developed for an Industrial 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...

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...

Artificial Intelligence-Based Improved Classification of Two-Phase Flow Patterns [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: Flow pattern recognition is necessary to select design equations for finding operating details of...

How the Internet of Things Impacts Manufacturing

This article was written by Bill Lydon, chief editor at InTech magazine. Internet of Things (IoT) concepts and technology continue to create a great deal of interest, activity, and new industrial automation industry initiatives. The IoT concepts and technology are...

Solutions for Unstable Industrial Processes

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...

Book Excerpt + Author Q&A: Fluid Mechanics of Control Valves

This ISA author Q&A was edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager. ISA recently published Fluid Mechanics of Control Valves: How Valves Control Your Process by Hans D. Baumann, Ph.D., PE — a world-renowned expert on control valve technology who is credited with...

The Seven Key Aspects of Automation Projects for Project Managers

This post was written by Dzhamshid Safin, PhD, PMP, a building automation and control specialist at Honeywell. The art and science of project management gives us useful knowledge and powerful tools and techniques to successfully manage complex projects in various...

ISA Resources to Make You and Your Employer More Successful

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. ISA’s mission statement is: Advance technical competence by connecting the automation community to achieve operational excellence. Are you aware of all the resources ISA has at your disposal? Are you taking...

The Business Case for Operational Technology Cybersecurity

This post was written by Don Dickinson, senior business development manager for water management, Phoenix Contact USA. With the increasing prevalence of high-profile cyberattacks and security breaches, these events may seem unavoidable. The consequences, however, come...

Fault Detection in the Distillation Column Process [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: Chemical plants are complex large-scale systems which need designing robust fault detection...

Are Pipeline Leaks Deterministic or Stochastic?

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...

Webinar Recording: Practical Limits to Control Loop Performance

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....

How to Overcome the Challenges of Distillation Column Analysis

This post was written by Jennifer Dyment, a product marketing specialist with Midaxo. Jennifer earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Dartmouth College, and has specialized in column analysis for the process industries. We all want the inside story....

What ISA Can Do for You

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. ISA has both led and participated in a number of surveys over the last few years. One thing that really stood out for me is the significant differences between “active” versus “passive” (and non-) members....

What Are the Benefits and Limitations of Multivariable Control?

This post was written by Allan Kern, PE, who has more than 35 years of process control experience, and has authored numerous papers on topics ranging from field instrumentation, safety systems, and loop tuning to multivariable control, inferential control, and expert...

The Not-So-Distant Future of Industrial Automation

This post was written by William Aja, vice president of customer operations at Panacea Technologies, Inc. It sometimes feels like a common theme in the industry is to simply keep things going by implementing what was done before. If it works, why bother fixing it? New...

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