|How integrated are your maintenance, controls, and instrumentation systems?|
|The Control Engineering 2013 salary survey said these factors have the most impact on job satisfaction. Which is most important to you?|
Feeling of accomplishment
Relationship with colleagues
|For a robotic application, what return on investment is required to justify?|
Other benefits trump ROI
More than 24 months
Less than 6 months
|Would you consider buying or integrating robots for your facility with return on investment less than one year that could work side-by-side with operators and other workers, without an enclosure?|
|How many robots do you expect to augment the safety and efficiency of your facility during 2013, ultimately preserving and adding jobs?|
More than 50
|In your applications, what is the most important function or feature of an Ethernet router? (please choose one)|
Ethernet routers are not used in my applications
Virtual private network (VPN)
Rugged environmental specifications, designed for reliability
Network address translation (NAT) port forwarding
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
Another feature or function not mentioned
|Many criteria influence communication protocol selection. Of this small sample, which would you say is most important?|
Open source protocol.
Standard by corporate or plant-wide mandate, or primary control device.
Common media, such as Ethernet.
Meets a standard, such as IEC 61850 for substations.
Most familiar to maintenance or engineering team.
|What is the biggest barrier to adding wireless connectivity to your industrial automation infrastructure?|
Not sure how to do it
No barriers at all; already in place or being implemented
Lack of confidence in the technology
Technology limitations in our facility
Lack of funding
|When evaluating Touch Panel Computers for an application, beside the usual desire for increased power and performance, of the definite purpose characteristics listed, which is typically most important to you?|
Environmental certifications like; C1D2, ATEX, etc.
Mechanical characteristics like; ease of mounting, easy access ports, etc.
Rugged design like high operating temperature or shock resistance
Screen characteristics like; sunlight readable, wide screen, etc.
Touch input characteristics like; resistive, capacitive, etc.
Circuit protection on I/O connection like serial port isolation, etc.
|Do you plan to upgrade your DCS soon?|
Yes, within 6 months
No, I don't plan to upgrade
Yes, within 12 months
Yes, within 24 months
Yes, within 18 months
|Is RS-485 dead? If not, of the first four choices below, which one would you choose as the most significant reason RS-485 is still an important technology?|
RS-485 is dead.
Existing automation applications still use a lot of RS-485.
RS-485 supports up to 4,000 feet between modules.
Some component manufacturers still only support RS-485.
Costly and viable RS-485 cable is already in place.
|Where do you anticipate the challenge in upgrading the safety system? |
Following applicable safety standards
Design and implementation
Following of Functional Safety Management System
Replacing the product
|If a system was certified according to IEC61508 Ed 1 as Proven in Use, can it be certified according to IEC61508 Ed 2?|
I don’t care, I’ll continue to use the same system regardless of certification
Provided they have documented all of the design performed according to IEC61508 Ed 1
|When was the last time you performed a Hazard and Risk Analysis on your site?|
I have a safety system, why should I do that?
5 years ago
10 years ago
|Please check the answer that better represents you. I normally recommend or select a safety system because:|
I follow the Safety Requirement Specification (SIL based)
I’m following the corporate standard
Nobody is going to challenge my decision to buy TMR
I’ve always used that architecture in my plant
|Why would you use isolated signal conditioners to connect your analog I/O signals?|
Isolate ground loops
Input short-circuit protection to your system
Add over-range protection to your system
Reject AC and DC common-mode voltages
Tolerate very high common-mode voltages
|How important is energy management to your company?|
We monitor and work to control energy use in all parts of our plant/process.
We are exploring how we can monitor energy use.
We haven’t started the process.
We monitor and work to control energy use in some areas that are large consumers.
We are already implementing some monitoring efforts in key areas.
|Which of these PLC programming languages does your company’s controls engineering team utilize most frequently?|
Ladder diagram (LD)
Function block diagram (FBD)
Structured text (ST)
Sequential function chart (SFC)
Instruction list (IL)
|What areas of control and automation education are most useful? (See our online video training area.)|
Switches, Circuits, PLC Basics
Sensors and I/O Modules
Motors and Drives
Variable Frequency Drives
|This month, are you attending or did you attend...|
More than one of these
Siemens Automation Summit
Rockwell Automation RSTechEd
Local or traveling seminar
Honeywell Users Group Americas
Embedded System Conference Chicago
Other industry show or conference
|May ISM numbers show slower manufacturing growth from Japan quake supply chain disruption. How’s your Q2 2011 so far?|
Low single-digit growth
High double-digit growth
High single-digit growth
Low double-digit growth
|Which Industrial Ethernet system do you currently use or plan to use as your primary machine/plant networking protocol within the next 6 – 12 months?|
Other Industrial Ethernet protocol
|Which PLC communication protocol do you use?|
|When selecting a wireless vendor what do you consider most important?|
criteria is most
selecting the best
product? Also see
Service to the industry
|I would consider
submitting a Tips
and Tricks entry
under the events
and awards area at
because it might:|
All of these reasons
Provide fame & glory
Help my resume
|I would consider a medium-voltage drive (600 V to 15 kV) because ... ?|
A through D
A. Higher supply voltages decrease losses, increase drive efficiency, save energy and money compared to lower voltage drives
None of the above, but I'll read the Aug.'10 MV drives cover story.
D. Less complexity, size, and weight without transformer
B. Harmonics mitigation
C. Cable and conduit savings
|In your experience, which main problem area do you find most troublesome in your plant?
Equipment malfunctions and maintenance problems
Process design and control strategy issues
Incorrect hardware selection and sizing
Variability in feedstocks and internal systems
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