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MAY 2011 – CONTROL LOOP MONITORS HELP OPTIMIZE CONTROLLER PERFORMANCE

MAY 2011 – CONTROL LOOP MONITORS HELP OPTIMIZE CONTROLLER PERFORMANCE

Vendors of control loop performance monitoring and optimization software describe what it does and how users benefit. In a word, control loop monitoring and optimization is all about savings, saving…

FEBRUARY 2011 – PID TUNING FOR ALLEN-BRADLEY PLCS

FEBRUARY 2011 – PID TUNING FOR ALLEN-BRADLEY PLCS

A best-practices approach to understanding and tuning PID controllers. In the Forward to his “PID Tuning Guide,” Control Station’s Dr. Robert Rice notes that the proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller is here…

NOVEMBER 2010 – ROBERT RICE AMONG CONTROL ENGINEERING LEADERS UNDER 40 FOR 2010

NOVEMBER 2010 – ROBERT RICE, AMONG CONTROL ENGINEERING LEADERS UNDER 40 FOR 2010

Want to meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders? In November 2010, Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks…

NOVEMBER 2010 – BIG-TIME CONDITION MONITORING

NOVEMBER 2010 – BIG-TIME CONDITION MONITORING

FEBRUARY 2010 – CONTROL ENGINEERING 2010 ENGINEERS CHOICE AWARDS

FEBRUARY 2010 – CONTROL ENGINEERING 2010 ENGINEERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Control Engineering 2010 Engineers’ Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products introduced in 2009 as chosen by Control Engineering’s print and online subscribers. Survey…

JUNE 2010 – IMPROVING SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH INNOVATION

JUNE 2010 – IMPROVING SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH INNOVATION

Sustainability has assumed a more visceral meaning.  For many in manufacturing, just holding on and keeping production facilities afloat has become the singular focus.  Economic upheaval in 2009 has altered…

FEBRUARY 2010 – UNDERSTANDING DERIVATIVE IN PID CONTROL

FEBRUARY 2010 – UNDERSTANDING DERIVATIVE IN PID CONTROL

The third factor in PID is the least understood. Derivative action can do good things, but when used improperly, it causes headaches. You’ve probably heard the expression, “a little knowledge…

FEBRUARY 2009 – BATCH CONTROL GETS EASIER

FEBRUARY 2009 – BATCH CONTROL GETS EASIER

Loop tuning package doesn’t demand steady-state operation. The nonlinear dynamics of most exothermic and endothermic batch reactions require expert attention to assure quality production. For instance, introducing reactants often results…

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JULY 2008 – IMPLEMENTING PROCESS SIMULATION-BASED TRAINING

Training the Field Operator of the Future Simulators are widely recognized as essential to process control training as they facilitate the propagation of a company’s standard operating procedures (SOPs).  This…