AutoQuiz: How Are the Maintainability and Maintenance of Automation Systems Related?

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 Manage Control Valve Response Issues in the Field

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...

How to Prevent Impulse Line Blockages Due to Temperature Variability

This post was authored by Asad Shaikh, an instrumentation and control engineer with Worley. In the glass manufacturing industry, raw materials are heated to high temperatures until they turn into liquid. At this stage the molten glass is still very viscous, but can be...

AutoQuiz: How to Use the Parity System to Detect Data Transmission Errors

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...

My Journey on a ‘Yellow Brick’ Path to Becoming an ISA Fellow

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

Embedded Intelligent Adaptive PID Controller for an Electromechanical System [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 study, an intelligent adaptive controller approach using the interval type-2 fuzzy neural...

AutoQuiz: What Electrical Event Can Occur With a 24 VDC Open-Collector Output Sinking Configuration?

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 Visual Data Analytics Software Improves Natural Gas Well Site Efficiency and Reliability

This post was authored by Andy Young, a research reactor controls engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Previously he was the director of operations at Pioneer Energy.  Pioneer Energy in Lakewood, Colo., is a service provider and original equipment...

Primer: Essential Guide to Industrial Wireless Network Configuration and Layout Options

This post was authored by Shuji Yamamoto, wireless promotion manager in Yokogawa’s New Field Development Center One of the first steps when creating a new wireless instrumentation network using ISA100 Wireless, or any other industrial wireless network, is a site...

AutoQuiz: What Device Is Used to Convert an Analog Signal From a Transmitter to the Signal Required by a Digital 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...

The Ball Is in Your Court Now

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. I have used this blog every month to inform you of the various resources and activities going on within the society that are available to benefit you and your employer. Our standards, books, journals,...

Will Blockchain Technology Disrupt the Industrial Control System World?

This post was authored by Steve Mustard, an industrial control system and cybersecurity consultant, and author of the ISA book Mission Critical Operations Primer, and Mark Davison, is a software engineer with more than 30 years of experience. Currently he is an...
PID Controller Tracking of Industrial Robotic Manipulators [technical]

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

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...

The Enigma of Process Knowledge

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...

How to Design Industrial Control Panels for Hazardous Locations

How to Design Industrial Control Panels for Hazardous Locations

This post was written by Jim Dunn, product manager at Carlo Gavazzi. Certain areas in industrial settings are classified as hazardous due to the presence of flammable gases, vapors, dusts, or fibers. This blog describes various ways to design panels so...

Does Industrial Control System Cybersecurity Need to Be Complicated?

Does Industrial Control System Cybersecurity Need to Be Complicated?

This post was authored by Lee Neitzel, senior engineer at Wurldtech Security Technologies, a GE company, and Gabe Faifman, global cybersecurity architect & innovation manager at Schneider Electric. Industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity can be intimidating....

What Is Your Executive Board Doing for You?

What Is Your Executive Board Doing for You?

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. In mid-September, your incoming 2020 Executive Board met for two and a half days in Raleigh, NC. This summit meeting consisted of board orientation training, strategy and visioning discussions and planning, a...

AutoQuiz: What Are the Cybersecurity Risks to a Geothermal Plant?

AutoQuiz: What Are the Cybersecurity Risks to a Geothermal Plant?

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...

AutoQuiz: How to Measure Fluid Velocity Through a Pipe

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...

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

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...

An Introduction to Operations Research in the Process Industries

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...

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...

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