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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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May Technical Training and Education Opportunities from ISA

ISA will present two major events in May with opportunities for technical training. If you are planning to attend the 61st International Instrumentation (IIS) Symposium (May 11-14, Huntsville, Ala.), you’ll have an opportunity to sign up for courses on industrial wireless and industrial automation security/ ANSI/ISA-62443 standards. IIS is sponsored jointly by the aerospace industries, […]

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AutoQuiz: What is the Integral Action, Which is Part of a PID Algorithm, Often Called?

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 4, start-up. Level I represents a […]

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Optimizing Multiphase Reactors with a Single Phase Product

For both batch and continuous reactors, completion control seeks to provide a complete conversion of all the reactants and consequently no excess accumulation of a reactant in a particular phase. If the reactants are in different phases and the product is a single phase, inventory control can be used for reaction completion control. The product […]

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Figure 1. Alarm management is not a static process, and it needs to be adjusted to match changes in the process and other new operational practices. Regular audits coupled with change management procedures help avoid undocumented modifications made by operators that can have potentially serious consequences.

Effective Alarm Management Planning Using ANSI/ISA-18.2

Although distributed control system (DCS) selection is one of the most important steps in the design of a new or upgraded process plant, some users now consider such a system a commodity and give its selection far less thought than it merits. The result is a generic control system that provides little more than the […]

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AutoQuiz: What Does a Symbol Depicting a Circle Inside a Box Represent?

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 reflects those in the Level I study guide, Domain 2, loop checking. Level I […]

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Set Your Sights on ISA’s 2015 Division Symposia

Each year, ISA organizes technical division symposia and conference events at different locations throughout the U.S. These events are dynamic, and provide opportunities for members and leaders to interact with their peers in controlled settings where they can learn about the latest trends in their industries. Over the years, I have attended many different symposiums […]

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