How New Technology Is Enabling Wider Application of Wireless Valve Control

This post was authored by Shuji Yamamoto, wireless promotion manager in Yokogawa’s New Field Development Center It took many years, but wireless technology has become accepted by skeptical instrument engineers worldwide. When ISA100 Wireless instrumentation first...

How to Implement Secure, Remote Access to an Industrial Automation System

This post was written by Jonathan Griffith, product manager at AutomationDirect. Remote access to local programmable logic controllers (PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMIs), and other automation system components is becoming a requirement for many...

AutoQuiz: What Process Confirms That a Company Meets the Needs of Customers and Complies With Statutory and Regulatory Requirements?

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...

Alarm Management and DCS versus PLC/SCADA Systems

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 Reduce Control Valve Noise

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 read a brief author Q&A plus download a free, 42-page excerpt from the...

AutoQuiz: What is “Slip” in an AC Induction Motor?

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...

The Role of Standards and Regulations in a Pipeline Leak Detection Plan

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...

An Optimal Fuzzy Logic Controller for Urban Traffic 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: Urban traffic network model is illustrated by state-charts and object-diagram. However, they have...

AutoQuiz: What Factors Affect the Reynolds Number for a Flowing Fluid?

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 to Use Passive Loopback Process Simulation for Factory Software Deployment

This post was authored by Michael Whitt, manager of integrated control systems at Mesa Associates, Inc., and author of the ISA book, Successful Instrumentation and Control Systems Design. One challenge faced by control systems integrators is the prospect of testing...

Why Are Process Automation Projects so Difficult to Manage?

This post was authored by Lee Swindler, program manager with MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company. Reflecting on my long career as a project manager, I have come to realize process automation projects have unique challenges, which make them more...

AutoQuiz: Identify Three Levels Within the Manufacturing Computer Systems Hierarchy

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...
The Ball Is in Your Court Now

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,...

How to Use Industrial Simulation to Increase Learning and Innovation

How to Use Industrial Simulation to Increase Learning and Innovation

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 Select a Platform to Implement a Batch Automation Solution

How to Select a Platform to Implement a Batch Automation Solution

This post was written by John Parraga, a process specialist with ECS Solutions. Making a platform selection to implement a batch automation solution should start with the evaluation of the end user's short- and long-term requirements. Unfortunately, end users...

AutoQuiz: What Is the Purpose of an Instrument Location Plan?

AutoQuiz: What Is the Purpose of an Instrument Location Plan?

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 Positive Impact of the 2019 ISA Annual Leadership Conference

The Positive Impact of the 2019 ISA Annual Leadership Conference

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. The 2019 ISA annual leadership conference was our largest annual leader conference in many years. For example, there were 130 leaders registered for the event in 2014. This year there were 209. What might be...

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....

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