Why Bypassing the Factory Acceptance Test at Startup Is a Bad Idea

This post was written by Michael B. Fedenyszen, II, is a senior instrumentation and controls engineer at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers The investment in a solid factory acceptance test (FAT) pays big dividends and makes a large contribution to a successful...

Process Control Strategies for Wastewater Treatment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions [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 application of control strategies is increasingly used in wastewater treatment plants with...

AutoQuiz: Technical Characteristics of the Open Systems Interconnection Model

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...

An Introduction to Operations Research in the Process Industries

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...

Mechatronics: The Evolution From Mechanical to Information-Based Industrial Automation

This post was written by Kenneth J. Ryan, MD, is director of education at BE.services GmbH and co-founder of the Center for Applied Mechatronics at Alexandria Technical and Community College. At the core of any automated system is the basic closed-loop...

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

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

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...

AutoQuiz: How Are Errors Corrected in Industrial Network Data Communications?

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...

Radiometric Level Measurement: When Other Industrial Measuring Techniques Fail

This post was written by Gene Henry, who formerly served as senior level business manager for Endress+Hauser. Radiometric or gamma level/density instruments are most often used in applications where other measuring techniques fail due to extreme...

Lessons Learned From a Forensic Analysis of the Ukrainian Power Grid Cyberattack

This post was authored by Patrice Bock, with the participation of Jean-Pierre Hauet, Romain Françoise, and Robert Foley. Three power distribution companies sustained a cyberattack in western Ukraine on 23 December 2015. As the forensic information is extensive from...

AutoQuiz: How to Calibrate a High-Range Electronic Pressure Transmitter

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...

Opportunities for ISA Member Engagement Abound

Opportunities for ISA Member Engagement Abound

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. As a member of ISA you automatically belong to a local section. Sections represent a geographical grouping of members. Some sections represent a city (e.g., Birmingham, Houston). Others are spread out enough...

How Connected Buildings and Power Grids Make Cities ‘Smart’

How Connected Buildings and Power Grids Make Cities ‘Smart’

This guest blog post was authored by Claudia Vergueiro Massei, CEO of Siemens in Oman. We are living through interesting times. Name any tech buzzword – be it artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things (IoT) – and you will see a ripple effect on...

Does IIoT Live up to the Hype?

Does IIoT Live up to the Hype?

This article was written by Eric J. Byres, a well-known industry expert in the field of industrial cybersecurity and chair of the ISA99 Security Technologies Working Group. There sure is an awful lot of hype about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)....

How Often Do Measurements Need to Be Calibrated?

How Often Do Measurements Need to Be Calibrated?

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...

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

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: 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...

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

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

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 Calculate Uptime for an Automation System

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

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...

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

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

Raw Beginnings: The Evolution of Offshore Oil Industry Pipeline Safety

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: What Is the Purpose of a Markov Model Computation?

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...

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