Research June 4, 2002

Control Engineering’s Process Control Newsletter for July 2000

In this issue: Open system promises: reality or hype? EPA Clean Air Act guidelines Intellectual property symposium Microsoft non-disclosure technology briefing Free e-mail virus protection software Software tools What’s in the July issue of Control Engineering Dave’s public service announcement Open system promises: reality or hype? Open-, hybrid-, transparent-, scalable-systems, call them what you want–they have been around for about five years now and I’m thinking that’s long enough to find out what users like and don’t like about these control and automation systems. Are they living up to the hype? Are they as open and easy to connect as users hoped? Are they easier or harder to configure, program, and maintain? Have they really reduced life-cycle cost? What’s been their biggest benefit and greatest disappointment? What capabilities are still missing? Users (no vendors please) send your thoughts, opinions, and war-stories to . Back to top EPA Clean Air Act guidelines Developed to assist inspectors, auditors, and investigators, EPA guidelines have been developed around the general duty clause in Section 112(r)(1) of the Clean Air Act. The guidelines provide examples of means to conduct and evaluate accident prevention programs and suggest ways to increase compliance.

By Dave Harrold
Research June 4, 2002

Control Engineering’s Process Control Newsletter for May 2001

In this issue: Comprehensive safety systems report released On-line S88 batch process tutorial World Wide Web Consortium releases XML schema language ExperTune enhances connectivity Pipe-Flo software receives enhancementsS CimWorks enhances VisualSPC to help address FDA compliance Request for controller comparison criteria LinuxPLC project and open control Conferences, seminars, and exhibitions May in Control Engineering Comprehensive safety systems report released During 2000, Control Engineering added a process safety system channel to its web site, and we posted a considerable amount of ‘how-to’ information related to programmable electronic safety systems. Contributors to our safety system information include Dr. Angela Summers, president of SIS-Tech (Houston, Tex.), Paul Gruhn with Siemens Moore, and Dr. William Goble, president of (Sellersville, Pa.).

By Dave Harrold
Research June 4, 2002

Control Engineering’s Process Control Newsletter for April 2001

In this issue: ABB listed on New York Stock Exchange Happy birthday to World Batch Forum meeting in Orlando The Power of Six Sigma ISA standards are easier to obtain Leveraging the work of others Easier legacy system retrofits 3,000+ industrial automation ActiveX objects Conferences, seminars, and exhibitions April in Control Engineering ABB listed on New York Stock Exchange Friday, April 6th marked a big day for Zurich, Switzerland based ABB Ltd. when ceo Jorgen Centerman rang the opening bell and celebrated ABB’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ABB. Click here to learn more Back to top Happy birthday to March 26th marked the first anniversary of; the online community where control engineers share technical issues and help one another (and sometimes editors) get answer to questions and solve real-life control problems. Features of’s web site include: Real-time Q&A; Automation tutorials; The Automation List discussion group; The PLCArchive of contributed PLC programming examples; and The PuffinPLC Project for Linux-based open source control. Click here to learn more Back to top World Batch Forum meeting in Orlando It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to go to Orlando, Florida in early April. Unfortunately, no one at the World Batch Forum (WBF, Chandler, Ariz.) ask me what hours the conference sessions should be held, so I didn’t get much sun.

By Dave Harrold
Research June 4, 2002

Control Engineering’s Process Control Newsletter for March 2001

In this issue: Control & Automation Support Services Survey Controller tuning problem Pushing the limits with advanced process control Learning opportunities Fieldbus news Conferences, seminars, and exhibitions March in Control Engineering Dave’s public service announcement Landmark Control & Automation Support Services Survey Time is running out. If you haven’t participated in this survey please take a few minutes to speak out. There is a link from the home page at or click on the link below. Control Engineering will report the results in the June issue and online. When you complete the survey, you may enter a drawing for one of five $200 e-gift certificates.

By Dave Harrold
Research January 2, 2002

IEEE salary survey: experienced women in high-tech jobs earn more than men

Washington, D.C. - Professional women with 20-29 years of experience in electronic technology and information technology fields have higher median incomes than men with similar levels of experience, according to the IEEE-USA's 2001 Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey released Dec. 28, 2001.

By Jim Montague, news editor
Research January 1, 2002

Look out, 2002

Categorizing automation, control, and instrumentation technologies has become increasingly difficult. Products fit into more than one area. Systems and devices incorporate multiple technologies. Discrete, process, and batch applications each contain elements of the others. Software and networks connect it all.

By Mark T. Hoske
Research August 1, 2001 launches open controls lab Inc. opened on July 16 its Open Controls Laboratory, an independent testing facility dedicated to advancing interoperability in industrial controls. Located at's headquarters, the lab will test, characterize, and integrate open control products from suppliers to assess their ability to operate together in an open control environment.

By Saff
Research December 1, 2000

MCAA salary, benefits survey shows pay, incentive increases

Salaries rose only slightly, but increased almost across the board. Incentive pay shot up in a few job categories, but spiraled down in others—indicating that area's comparatively greater volatility. These were two primary results of the "2000 Salary Survey" of 4,527 employees at 57 process measurement and control firms published by the Measurement, Control & Automation Associat...

By Staff
Research June 1, 2000

Real-time measurement, control aids clutch, converter manufacturing

Testing requirements that include control of multiple test stands and real-time data acquisition are integral to manufacturing clutches and torque converters for the automotive and trucking industries at LuK Inc. (Wooster, O.). Clutch materials and designs are evaluated during product research, development, and production, where speed and torque readings are used to calculate friction coe...

By Jeff Johnson, LuK Inc.
Research August 1, 1999

Getting down and dirty: Product research about discrete sensor trends

Control Engineering product research shows discrete sensors are getting smaller and easier to setup, and they can include short-circuit protection. Sensors need to detect transparent objects, differentiate between the object and background, detect flaws in microcomponents, automatically adjust to changing conditions. See charts.

By Michael Drakulich, assistant editor