PID-Based Bioreactor Control for Ethanol Production [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 article presents the development of inferential control scheme based on adaptive linear neural...

Webinar Recording: How to Use Modern Process Control to Maintain Batch-To-Batch Quality

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)....

AutoQuiz: How to Measure the Temperature Between Two Dissimilar, Joined Metals

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...

October’s Annual Leaders Conference: An Opportunity for Face-To-Face Engagement and Celebration of Society Contributions

This post is authored by Brian Curtis, president of ISA 2018. What a great event ISA recently conducted in Montreal, Canada! We held our Annual Leaders Conference (ALC), previously known as the Fall Leaders Meeting (FLM). It was so exciting and fulfilling spending...

Does Instrument Placement Matter in Dynamic Process Control?

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, 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 purchase the...

Why Companies on Analog Networks are Missing Out on the Benefits of Cloud Computing and IIoT

This post was written by Philip Marshall, CEO of Hilscher North America. It has been more than 30 years since automation went “digital.” Digital networks were around for some time before that, but the networking of “smart” field devices really began around 1987. HART,...

AutoQuiz: How to Measure Fluid Velocity Through a Pipe

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...

Industrial Automation Workers Need a Wider Array of Technical Skills and Knowledge

This post was written by industrial security expert and ISA99 Committee Co-Chair Eric Cosman. The disciplines related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) continue to evolve in response to new technology, economic and societal trends, and...

What Types of Process Control Models are Best?

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: Design Specifications for Building Automation 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,...

Load Speed Regulation in Mechanical Transmission Systems Using Feedback and Feedforward Control [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: The problem of controlling the load speed of a mechanical transmission system consisting of a...

How to Select the Best Sensor for an Industrial High-Temperature Measurement System

This post was written by Natalie Strehlke, product manager for transmitters at Yokogawa Corporation of America. Temperature is the most widely measured variable in the process industries, and it is often a critical factor in industrial processing. If a temperature...

The Three Most Desirable MRP Software Features for Manufacturers

This guest blog post was written by David Budiac, a managing partner at Software Connect. For manufacturers, material requirements planning (MRP) software is one of the key elements to running a smooth manufacturing operation. From start to finish, MRP...

How to Calibrate a Thermocouple

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...

Three Decades of Life with Pipeline Leak Detection

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, 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 purchase the...

Redefine and Transform How You Execute Automation Projects

This article was written by Bill Lydon, chief editor at InTech magazine. At an industry event, I had the opportunity to again hear Sandy Vasser, a retired IC&E manager at ExxonMobil with more than 40 years of experience, discuss how his team...

Key Insights to Control System Dynamics

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...

How to Measure pH in Ultra-Pure Water 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...

Webinar Recording: Learn Advanced Techniques in Field Calibration

This ISA webinar on industrial calibration was presented by Hunter Vegas, ISA author and engineering manager at Wunderlich-Malec Engineering, and Ned Espy and Roy Tomalino of Beamex. This is the second webinar in a two-part series on field calibration. To watch the...

What Observations Improve Specificity in Pipeline Leak Detection?

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, 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 purchase the...

The Past and the Future of Industrial Maintenance Management

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....

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