Looking back; looking ahead

The December 2017 issue of AppliedAutomation highlights natural gas utility maintenance using data analysis, PID, and radar sensors for liquid level measurement.

12/03/2017


During 2017, including this issue, AppliedAutomation ran 18 articles; 10 of them were case studies—almost 56%. That's not bad for our first year of running primarily case studies and application stories because they're harder to come by. The April 2017 issue stood out because it had five articles, all of them either case studies or technical articles that included application stories. Moving forward, I encourage you to contribute more studies.

The case study in this issue focuses on a natural gas utility in the U.S. Midwest that was facing the challenge of dealing with aging infrastructure. The original system of pole-mounted mechanical paper chart recorders that monitored gas inlet and outlet pressures was antiquated and labor-intensive. In addition, the data analysis lag time did not allow adequate responses to emergency situations. The solution to the problem was to replace many of the original monitoring stations with a pole-mounted, solar-powered remote terminal unit, supported by a modem, charge controller, battery, and a pressure transmitter.

The cover story in this issue of AppliedAutomation revisits a topic that never gets old: proportional, integral, derivative (PID) control. However, this article examines different types of PID algorithms, their applicability, and the potential for confusion among them.

The third article in this issue looks at using 80 GHz radar sensors for liquid level measurement. According to the authors, "Using 80 GHz transmission frequency liquid-level measurement can improve signal focusing to allow accurate, reliable measurement in tanks with agitators, heating coils, and other internal obstructions. A narrower emitted beam makes radar a realistic option for use on ball valves, and increased transmission frequency correlates to a smaller antenna making it ideal for retrofitting and use on smaller tanks."

This article appears in the Applied Automation supplement for Control Engineering and Plant Engineering.

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Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
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The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering subscribers. Vote now (if qualified)!
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
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Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
DCS visibility, alarm management, motors and drives, robotic machining, Engineers' Choice winners
Factory automation controllers, Ethernet updates, System Integrator of the Year roundtable, Inside Process and VFDs
Robotic simulation and welding, Process building blocks, Discrete sensor advice, Virtualization advice
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) represent the logic (decision) part of the control loop of sense, decide, and actuate. As we know, PLCs aren’t the only option for making decisions in a control loop, but they are likely why you’re here.
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
This article collection contains several articles on how advancements in vision system designs, computing power, algorithms, optics, and communications are making machine vision more cost effective than ever before.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering subscribers. Vote now (if qualified)!
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
DCS visibility, alarm management, motors and drives, robotic machining, Engineers' Choice winners
Factory automation controllers, Ethernet updates, System Integrator of the Year roundtable, Inside Process and VFDs
Robotic simulation and welding, Process building blocks, Discrete sensor advice, Virtualization advice
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) represent the logic (decision) part of the control loop of sense, decide, and actuate. As we know, PLCs aren’t the only option for making decisions in a control loop, but they are likely why you’re here.
This digital report explains how plant engineers and subject matter experts (SME) need support for time series data and its many challenges.
This article collection contains several articles on how advancements in vision system designs, computing power, algorithms, optics, and communications are making machine vision more cost effective than ever before.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
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