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A study from Flow Research projects the worldwide flowmeter market will grow to almost $9 billion by 2023. Courtesy: Flow Research Inc.
Sensors, Actuators November 2, 2019

Flowmeter market growth expected thanks to oil and gas industry recovery

A study from Flow Research projects the worldwide flowmeter market will grow from $7 billion to almost $9 billion by 2023 as the oil and gas industry continues recovering. Flow measurement technologies advance.

By Mark T. Hoske and Chris Vavra
Mobile HMIs may be hand-held, or on a cart as shown here, but can serve to widen the area where control and information tasks can be performed, from the central control room to the plant floor. Courtesy: Emerson
Sensors, Actuators October 29, 2019

HMIs enable operations and maintenance collaboration

Mobile interfaces facilitate convergence of operations and maintenance.

By Rich Carpenter
Sensors, Actuators October 29, 2019

How information ascends to the cloud for greater utilization

Modern instrumentation delivers data, but too often it serves no purpose.

By Ryan Williams
A new type of lightweight, inexpensive hyperspectral camera could enable precision agriculture. This graphic shows how different pixels can be tuned to specific frequencies of light that indicate the various needs of a crop field. Courtesy: Maiken Mikkelsen and Jon Stewart, Duke University
Sensors, Actuators October 27, 2019

Hyperspectral cameras designed to improve agricultural practices

A Duke University researcher is working on developing a small, inexpensive hyperspectral camera to enable worldwide precision agricultural practices thanks to a recently-awarded fellowship.

By Ken Kingery
Factory automation and process control tag-naming matters for consistency, understanding, and troubleshooting. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Consulting, Automation Primer
Sensors, Actuators October 21, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 14-20

Articles about PLC tag and address naming conventions, the Engineers' Choice Finalists, digital engineering practices, control engineering terms, and level instrumentation improvements were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 14-20. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Researchers at University of Michigan and University of Louisiana at Lafayette demonstrated that temperature control systems can be remotely manipulated using electromagnetic waves. Courtesy: University of Michigan
Sensors, Actuators October 17, 2019

Temperature sensors can be remotely targeted and hacked

Researchers at the University of Michigan and University of Louisiana at Lafayette demonstrated an adversary could remotely manipulate the temperature sensor measurements without tampering with the targeted system or triggering automatic temperature alarms.

By Steve Crang
Shown are three panels used for a fire, gas detection and releasing panel. The three networked panels are for a large application. Image courtesy: Honeywell Industrial Fire
Sensors, Actuators October 10, 2019

Industrial fire systems: Defining the key players

A team is made up of skilled individuals.

By Edward Doherty
Wireless sensors are easy to install, even on assets in dangerous or hard-to-reach places. Once installed, maintenance team members can avoid repeated trips to such assets to take regular measurements. Courtesy: Fluke Corp.
Sensors, Actuators October 1, 2019

Choose the right industrial wireless technologies for condition monitoring

Wireless sensors can help discover maintenance issues with machines before they happen and give users access to real-time information. See four methods and four steps.

By John Bernet
Sensors, Actuators September 30, 2019

API 18.2 recommendations improve level instrumentation

Updates to safety standards call for capable instrumentation to address safety and accuracy concerns.

By Lydia Miller
Project execution with a new generation control system: Honeywell Experion PKS Honeywell Integrated Virtual Environment (HIVE) uses Lean project execution principles (the Honeywell LEAP process introduced in 2014), software and networking to decouple control applications from physical equipment, and controllers from physical input/output (I/O) devices. Modular designs allow multiple controllers to form one virtual controller. PKS stands for process knowledge system. Courtesy: Honeywell Process Solutions
Sensors, Actuators September 30, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 23-29

Articles about control system design, HMI and SCADA web browsers, SCCR safety, water/wastewater applications, and process control and instrumentation productivity were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 23-29. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra