Bruce Brandt

Articles

System Integrators March 24, 2015

Why team communications fail

Communications issues between team members or customers delay projects and increase frustration levels. See tips on how to address popular miscommunications and avoid them in the future.

By Bruce Brandt
PLM, Control Design September 9, 2014

Migration projects: Incorporating the ‘old’ into the ‘new’

Most distributed control systems migration projects revolve around ensuring that the new system can meet production targets of the old system immediately, but this isn’t always the case.

By Bruce Brandt
Process Instrumentation and Sensors July 1, 2014

Project delays: Identify the issue and keep the customer happy

Every person working on a project should be able to answer these five questions: Who? What? When? Where? and Why?

By Bruce Brandt
PID, APC June 3, 2014

Growing recent graduates into controls engineers

Too many recent engineering graduates have never set foot inside a process plant before, or they have very little experience with process control systems.

By Bruce Brandt
DCS, SCADA, Controllers May 6, 2014

DCS migration: Batch or S88 style application?

Deciding between a dedicated batch application and building an S88 style application really comes down to the level of sophistication required to make the system user-friendly and supportable by the plant.

By Bruce Brandt
Process Safety February 11, 2014

‘Best practices,’ according to who?

While many best practices are based off of decades of experience there are many who don’t follow them for their own reasons.

By Bruce Brandt
Wireless January 14, 2014

Configuring control systems through wireless devices, remote I/O: With great power comes great responsibility

In the new world of wireless devices and remote I/O we have the power to create control configurations that use I/O and that are not physically connected to the controller running the control loops.

By Bruce Brandt
System Integrators December 3, 2013

Penny wise and pound foolish

A few appropriate costs early in a project can create major savings down the road and avoid a whole lot of aggravation in the process.

By Bruce Brandt
System Integrators November 18, 2013

Science, it just works

Some operational myths seem to live on even in the face of evidence to the contrary. How many of them are changing the way you work?

By Bruce Brandt
System Integrators August 19, 2013

Managing chaos

When too many alarms turn our control rooms chaotic, the problem is often of our own making, but so is the solution. Here are practical tips on launching an alarm management program.

By Bruce Brandt
Process Safety November 6, 2012

When worlds collide

Does a meeting of the IT group and the controls group always have to result in a collision? Can we avoid the broken glass?

By Bruce Brandt
Control Systems September 18, 2012

Are you solving the wrong problem?

How to ask the right questions to uncover the real issue at the core of a project.

By Bruce Brandt
Process Instrumentation and Sensors September 4, 2012

The danger of what you don’t know you don’t know

Think of an engineering degree as a license to learn rather than an end in itself.

By Bruce Brandt
System Integrators August 10, 2012

Keeping Your Documentation Current

If you’re planning any kind of control system upgrade or migration, make sure your plant documentation is in order.

By Bruce Brandt
Industrial Networking June 19, 2012

Why Aren’t More People Getting on the Fieldbus Bus?

Migration projects often ignore opportunities to add new functional capabilities with field devices.

By Bruce Brandt
System Integration June 5, 2012

Fine-tuning your alarm management system

Sometimes the biggest obstacles to effective alarm management are cultural, not technical.

By Bruce Brandt