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

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: Characteristics of a Loop Diagram

AutoQuiz: Characteristics of a Loop Diagram

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...

Basic Guidelines for Control Valve Selection and Sizing

Basic Guidelines for Control Valve Selection and Sizing

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: Calibration and Inspections in Hazardous Areas

Webinar Recording: Calibration and Inspections in Hazardous Areas

This ISA webinar on calibration considerations in hazardous areas was presented by Cameron Kamrani, PE, PMP, LEED AP, and Ned Espy and Roy Tomalino of Beamex. There are many aspects to consider before you enter a hazardous (Ex) area to perform calibrations or...

AutoQuiz: Characteristics of a Fuzzy Logic Controller

AutoQuiz: Characteristics of a Fuzzy Logic Controller

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...

Why You Must Factor Maintenance Into the Cost of Any Industrial System

Why You Must Factor Maintenance Into the Cost of Any Industrial System

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...

ISA Values: Live Them

ISA Values: Live Them

This post is authored by Paul Gruhn, president of ISA 2019. In case you missed it in one of my earlier columns, ISA modified its vision and mission statements last year. I am very proud of these efforts and firmly believe these new statements will more clearly guide...

IIoT Solves Problems Previously Considered Unsolvable

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?

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...

OPC UA and IEC 61131-3: The Integration of Control and the HMI

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...

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