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ISA publishes third edition of A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina USA (9 May 2018) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces the third edition release of A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, a comprehensive, yet practical overview of the essential concepts and processes in industrial automation and the skills required to master them.   (read more...)
DCS Migration, Issue 3 Upgrading Your DCS: 5 Reasons Why You May Need to Do it Sooner Than You Think
rocess plant operators looking at their existing automation systems are facing pressures from two directions. First, the distributed control system (DCS) pl   (read more...)
Is Theft the New Frontier for Process Control Equipment?
In the mid-1980s, I demonstrated an early-stage leak detection product to a Latin American company before extensive field testing had been completed.   (read more...)
Industrial Internet of Things in safety applications
The Internet of Things (IoT) leverages low-cost, low-power microprocessors and radios with the Internet to improve the usability, safety,   (read more...)
Simulation helps reduce time to plan and test plants by over 60%
With every DCS project comes pressure to meet strict deadlines. Read how this manufacturer significantly reduced commissioning time for a new control system installation by using simulation to virtually test the DCS and correct errors before arriving onsite   (read more...)
Logic Solver for Tank Overfill Protection
A growing level of attention has recently been given to the automated control of potentially hazardous processes such as the overpressure or containment of dangerous substances.   (read more...)
Use model predictive control to achieve real-time management of a DWC
A dividing-wall column (DWC) can provide significant savings in energy and capital cost compared to a conventional distillation column design.   (read more...)
Directory of Automation
Directory of Automation - Search for Suppliers and Integrators   (read more...)
The lost art of proportional band, and the accidental art of performance monitoring
Most control engineers know that proportional band and controller gain are largely interchangeable terms—both terms refer to the proportional setting of a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller   (read more...)
Automation Strategies: Navigating automation in oil and gas—Lessons learned from other industries
In today’s economy, industrial automation has become absolutely essential for refiners, petrochemical producers and pipeline owners looking to maintain profitability and competitive advantage as market pressures bear down on them.   (read more...)
CORYS and RSI join forces to become a key player in dynamic simulation
Two major players in global industrial simulation, CORYS SAS (a common subsidiary of AREVA NP 66 % – and EDF – 34 %) and RSI (a 100% subsidiary of IFP Training), have announced a merger of the companies.   (read more...)
Gazprom Neft implementing advanced process control systems at Moscow refinery
An advanced process control (APC) system is being implemented at the Gazprom Neft Moscow Refinery, directed at increasing effectiveness and optimizing   (read more...)
ISA’s 2016 Process Control and Safety Symposium and Exhibition draws more than 300 attendees
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (23 November 2016) - The 2016 ISA Process Control and Safety Symposium and Exhibition, held 7-10 November in Houston, Texas, drew more than 300 attendees to explore solutions to the varied   (read more...)
Programming standards improve automation and controls
EC 61131-3, along with PLCopen extensions and support, provides software standards essential for efficiently achieving competitive manufacturing—including implementing Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, and Internet of Things systems.   (read more...)
Process analysis needs paradigm shift Process analysis needs paradigm shift
Process analyzers are just a means to an end, but they have great potential for improving operations if plants can justify,   (read more...)

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