Thursday, July 3, 2014
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Tuning PID control loops for fast response
Tuning PID control loops for fast response

The well-known Ziegler-Nichols tuning rules work well only on processes with very long time constants relative to their dead times, and on level control loops. However, its performance is not good on flow, liquid pressure, and many other loops that require fast adjustment. In contrast, the Cohen-Coon tuning rules... Read More

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U.S. public utility suffers a compromise
U.S. public utility suffers a compromise

A public utility in the U.S. suffered a compromise after attackers took advantage of a weak password security system. The utility's control system was accessible via Internet-facing hosts and used... Read More

DCS migration: Batch or S88 style application?
DCS migration: Batch or S88 style application?

I just finished supporting a batch process startup where the client chose to not continue using the same batch application as the rest of their facility. This plant area had previously been... Read More

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Single loop controllers receive enhancement
Single loop controllers receive enhancement

Yokogawa has enhanced its YS1000 series single loop controllers. The controllers feature a new TFT LCD with improved display characteristics and a design that facilitates easy maintenance.... Read More

Safety system for PLC, operator interface, and third party control systems
Safety system for PLC, operator interface, and third party control systems

ABB's High Integrity (HI) safety system is designed for use with any ABB or 3rd party control system, PLC or operator interface. Now users of any control system can achieve their safety... Read More

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Enterprise batch records and supply chain traceability
Enterprise batch records and supply chain traceability

I’ve talked before a little bit about electronic batch records and enterprise batch records.... Read More

MES project execution: 3 mistakes to avoid
MES project execution: 3 mistakes to avoid

For those of you who have had the opportunity to work on a manufacturing execution system (MES)... Read More

Enterprise batch records: Data collection
Enterprise batch records: Data collection

I’ve talked before about enterprise batch records and I’ve received a good bit of feedback on the... Read More

Project delays: Identify the issue and keep the customer happy
Project delays: Identify the issue and keep the customer happy

If you have ever studied the newspaper business, then you have probably learned that every story... Read More

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