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December 15, 2014


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Automation news and technical content from ISA
  • “Please don’t talk to me about technologies that can improve my plant’s performance. I can’t stand the idea of disrupting my current situation with anything new, even if it’s better.” “So, how is the plant running these days?” “Just fine.” Unfortunately, this imagined dialogue isn’t all that imaginary. Despite the great progress we’ve made in [...]

  • It seems like just yesterday that we were all very much engaged in the ISA 2014 Fall Leaders Meeting. In case you missed it, this year’s event was held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Marriott downtown. And I personally felt like I was in the midst of what author Gary Harpst calls the Six [...]

  • Simple online inferential measurements of cell growth rate, crystal growth rate, and chemical reaction rate are possible using conventional online measurements of flow and temperature. These inferential measurements enable the monitoring and control of process efficiency and capacity. For continuous operations, the indication of product formation rate can be used for maximizing yield at an [...]

  • In the January/February 2013 issue of InTech, Donald Gillum wrote an excellent article titled Level Measurement: Determining Interface Position Between Two Media. In that article, Gillum discussed the various types of level instrumentation used by industry today and described how they work and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each. This article is a follow-up [...]

  • I moved with my family to America from Russia in the early 2000s. Upon entering college in 2003, I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted from my education. After taking classes at Louisiana State University and the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering technology [...]

  • Abstract: This paper presents a method to model and design servo controllers for flexible ball screw drives with dynamic variations. A mathematical model describing the structural flexibility of the ball screw drive containing time-varying uncertainties and disturbances with unknown bounds is proposed. A mode-compensating adaptive backstepping sliding mode controller is designed to suppress the vibration. [...]

  • December features ISA’s last Technician Training Boot Camp for 2014. The course focuses on the knowledge required by a control systems technician with five years experience in performing maintenance, calibration and troubleshooting tasks typical of a plant floor environment. Other educational opportunities include CCST and CMRT exam preparation courses plus ISA’s class on  Safety Instrumented [...]

  • After you have made the decision to get out of your calibration rut, the next step is to outline a system implementation process. Remember that implementing a fully integrated, automated calibration solution is a process. It simply won’t happen overnight, and needs to be done in steps. Before talking about the steps, let’s review a [...]

  • Project meetings and startups can be stressful times to say the least. Here we gain insights by looking at the more laughable things we hear and see as automation engineers. The more ridiculous the statements and actions, the funnier they are. Humor makes the experience more memorable and can enable one to deal with the [...]


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Best practices in PID tuning tips, tricks and case For over 14 years, IPCOS has been very successful in tuning PID Control loops in the Chemical, Hydrocarbon Processing and Manufacturing industry. IPCOS techniques and methods used to achieve this level of success with a combination of theory, practical...
07 May 2014 21:14
Big Process Data Analysis to Improve Plant Availab yoko.jpg Brief description of topic: Process data has been continuously stored in a historian through a plant lifecycle, delivering a variety of reports to help production management activities. Furthermore, the process data can be regarded as a precious...
24 Feb 2014 19:13
Online Sampling and Analysis of steam and Cond. “Online Sampling and Analysis of steam and Condensates in Boiler” Dr.Thiedig.JPG Topic Summary: Sampling and analyzing systems for the water steam cycle are relevant for the quality and performance of the turbine and the whole power plant....
21 Jan 2014 19:29
Outage Management 6 step Process Still have question or point to make post Dinner meeting? Ask or Discuss here. Outage Management 6 step Process sixstepsoutage_Emerson.JPG Topic Summary: Process plants and production facilities are being squeezed with tighter budgets and...
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The “logic” of Single Loop Logic Solvers Brief description of topic: Until recently, the thought of a Safety System conjured up images of Triple Modular Redundant (TMR) systems that represent enormous capital expenditures. Today, however, manufacturers offer a wide range of safety certified...
29 Sep 2013 20:38
HIPPS Challenges & Solutions Sept 16 Dinner Meeting. Still have question or point to make post Dinner meeting? Ask or Discuss here. Sponsor: Yokogawa Middle East. Topic summary: This presentation will describe the key issues involved in specifying and realizing High Integrity...
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