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ISA Education and Technical Training in June

June features a comprehensive program of education and training opportunities, including on-site training, webinars and exam preparation courses. You also have a special opportunity to register for one or more of the five consecutive weeks of ISA’s most popular automation engineering, safety and security courses in Houston, Tex. ISA’s Houston Section is sponsoring Technical Training […]

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AutoQuiz: In Liquid Flow, What is the Collapse or Implosion of Bubbles Called?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from ISA’s new course, Control Valve Mechanics and Operations from Analog to Digital. The class, which is offered June 22-26, takes a deep dive into the control valve’s mechanical composition, actuation and positioning accessories, including a detailed study of digital valve controllers. The class is hands-on and lab intensive, and is […]

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Simple Strategies for Optimizing Ethanol Plants

Corn is the highest cost factor in ethanol production. The addition of three PID controllers in an ethanol plant can improve yield and the ability to match front end production to back end purification. These controllers can make the most out of online and off-line analyzers providing recognition and reduction of the sources of variability. […]

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Optimal Control in Microgrid Using Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning

Abstract: This paper presents an improved reinforcement learning method to minimize electricity costs on the premise of satisfying the power balance and generation limit of units in a microgrid with grid-connected mode. Firstly, the microgrid control requirements are analyzed and the objective function of optimal control for microgrid is proposed. Then, a state variable ‘‘Average […]

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AutoQuiz: Which Type of Flowmeter Measures Flow By Measuring Volume Directly?

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. For information about the CCST program, click this link. Which Type of Flowmeter Measures Flow by […]

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Six Emerging Trends in the World of Industrial Robotics

Over the past several decades robots have gone from incredibly expensive machines with limited functionality to modern industrial robots that are flexible and can be applied in a broad range of applications to do amazing things, offering a high return on investment (ROI). It is always hard to look into the future, but if one […]

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How to Cut New Construction Project Costs Using Smart Transmitter Technology

Polarity, modularity…and texting? There are many steps involved in new construction projects and plant startups, and each of these steps has its own set of variables and risks. The unanticipated problems resulting from these uncertainties can create new costs, reduce the ROI of the overall automation investment, and increase the time to startup. For example, […]

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AutoQuiz: How Do You Calculate the Pressure Measurement of an Open Tube Manometer

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. This question is from the Level I study guide, Domain 1, Calibration. Level I represents a […]

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Reaching the Next Industrial Level with Packaging Machine Communication Standards

As U.S. manufacturing and production moves toward what is generally considered the fourth Industrial Revolution, popularized as “Industry 4.0,” many of the necessary technological components are already in place. However, there is some additional ground that must be covered. A consensus is forming around the notion that the primary component preventing the revolution from reaching […]

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