DCS, SCADA, Controllers

Figure 1: Long-life lithium batteries serve to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) by enabling some low-power devices to operate maintenance-free for up to 40 years. Courtesy: Tadiran Batteries
DCS, SCADA, Controllers August 9, 2019

Achieving long battery life with remote wireless devices

A lower self-discharge rate leads to longer operating life for batteries and a lower cost of ownership for remote wireless devices.

By Sol Jacobs
Courtesy: CFE Media
DCS, SCADA, Controllers August 7, 2019

Next-generation control room technologies

Technology and demographics are changing control room design as companies try to lower risk and create appealing environments visually and operationally for the next generation of operators. See eight tips for control room design.

By Matko Papic
Figure 4: A parsing instruction, such as this JSONPARSE block in an AutomationDirect BRX PLC, is needed so the PLC can drill into the layers of objects within a JSON data payload and extract the desired information. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
DCS, SCADA, Controllers August 5, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 29 to August 4

Articles about managing an engineering career, PLCs on the internet, controller options for industrial applications, HMI safety, and computer integration were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 29 to August 4. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 5: Top factors for job satisfaction are feeling of accomplishment, technical challenge, and financial compensation. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
DCS, SCADA, Controllers July 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, June 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in June 2019 included stories about the Career and Salary Survey, alarm management and process safety, choosing the right HMI, retrofitting Industrie 4.0, DCS migration, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Companies reliant on DCS technology realize migration is difficult and the process delicate, but it's worth it because the costs of losing control of a process is much higher. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
DCS, SCADA, Controllers June 24, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 17-23

Articles about DCS migration, industrial automation and mobile technology, the Career and Salary Survey, monitoring assets, and alarm management and process safety were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 17-23. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Figure: Comparison of transactional data extraction to the more sophisticated requirements of industrial data extraction across a number of factors. Courtesy: HighByte
DCS, SCADA, Controllers June 12, 2019

Improve industrial data integration with ETL software

Extract, transform, load (ETL) software can help improve data gathering for operations technology (OT) applications, but there are major challenges with data integration that companies need to overcome.

By John Harrington
Edward Watkins is project engineer, automation solutions at Maverick Technologies, a Control Engineering content partner. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
DCS, SCADA, Controllers June 9, 2019

Control system integration projects: Petrochemical

See five lessons learned for a boiler control system upgrades, based on a system integrator’s experiences in the petrochemical industry.

By Edward Watkins
Sponsored White Paper DCS, SCADA, Controllers April 30, 2019

Meet the Future: Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers

This white paper explains a programmable industrial controller designed to reduce project costs.

By Opto 22
Companies reliant on DCS technology realize migration is difficult and the process delicate, but it's worth it because the costs of losing control of a process is much higher. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
DCS, SCADA, Controllers April 29, 2019

Some best practices recommended for DCS migration

A proven process control solution enters the 21st century.

By Jake Henn
Helping with hybrid operational technology implementations, Stratus’ ztC Edge is a zero-touch, fully virtualized and self-protecting computing platform, specifically designed for industrial edge environments. Courtesy: Stratus Technologies
DCS, SCADA, Controllers March 8, 2019

10 best practices for edge computing

When choosing, installing, and using an edge computing device for a manufacturing or process facility application, these 10 best practices can help.

By Mark T. Hoske