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Remote Monitoring April 22, 2020

How to operate manufacturing remotely

Address five areas to improve remote operations, of growing importance to keep manufacturing sites running efficiently, reliably and safely from a distance, to address COVID-19 pandemic concerns and demographic workforce pressures. Secure software and devices can improve remote access, cybersecurity and digitization.

By Jason Urso
DCS, SCADA, Controllers April 3, 2020

Know when to migrate a process control system

There’s a big difference between a phased process control system migration and just putting delaying the problem of control system obsolescence. Those who don’t plan for distributed control system (DCS) obsolescence will see options narrow.

By Satnam Bhogal
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 2, 2020

Deploy IIoT sensors and networks in remote locations

IIoT adds value within a plant, but also is a natural fit for field data gathering

By Ryan Williams
Process Instrumentation and Sensors March 4, 2020

Understand partial-stroke testing

Partial-stroke tests (PSTs) of emergency shutdown (ESD) valves improve safety instrumented system (SIS) performance; monitor these critical valves to ensure the system’s ability to shut a process down in the event of an emergency

By Sunil Doddi
Process Instrumentation and Sensors March 3, 2020

How to select, apply process sensors

When specifying process sensors, several common factors need to be considered such as the operating environment, mounting options and cable connections.

By Daniel E. Capano
Process Instrumentation and Sensors December 30, 2019

Get flow measurement right the first time

Understanding, monitoring and controlling flow rate are essential elements to the viable operation of production systems and must be done right. See five key flow considerations.

By Brendan Robson
System Integrators April 4, 2019

How to evaluate a system integrator for a project

There are many aspects to consider when evaluating a system integrator for a project, and taking the time to ask important questions up front allows a company to reap long-term benefits.

By John Loose
Process Instrumentation and Sensors December 11, 2018

Temperature measurement with RTDs, thermocouples

Process sensing: The most common process sensor measurement is temperature and resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), and thermocouples are the most widely used sensors for industrial temperature measurements. See 11 summary tips for temperature sensor selection.

By Gary Prentice
Process Instrumentation and Sensors March 4, 2018

Process control sensor types and applications

Taking accurate, reliable measurements of process parameters that matter is the first step to optimizing any control loop. You cannot improve what you do not measure. Process sensors help, including temperature sensors, pressure sensors, level sensors and flow sensors (flow meters).

By Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering
Motors and Drives January 4, 2018

Three major VFD trends

Variable frequency drive (VFD) development is shifting focus away from general-purpose motor controls that are already meeting market demands toward reduced installation costs. Consider industrial VFD installation time, VFD installation space and VFD harmonics.

By Jason Wellnitz, Yaskawa America Inc.
PID, APC March 6, 2017

The PID learning process

While there are many excellent loop tuning methods available, many practitioners prefer tweaking proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning constants or using rules-of-thumb rather than doing the required step test and data analysis. But having knowledge about how the individual PID components interact can go a long way to learning proper tuning theory and methods.

By Nic van der Mey, Gustaf Gous

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