White Papers on Automation, Process Control & Instrumentation Topics 

Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology
November 21, 2014

Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology

By Rockwell Automation and Cisco
Design and implementation guide outlines the key requirements and design considerations to help successful deployment of IACS 802.11 wireless networking within a plant-wide architectures.

Maintaining heat transfer fluid in the food and beverage industry
November 14, 2014

Maintaining heat transfer fluid in the food and beverage industry

By Clive Jones, et al, Global Heat Transfer
A properly maintained heat transfer system employing food-grade heat transfer fluids will contribute to low cost operation and efficient production.

Bluetooth and ZigBee: a new standards war brewing?
November 12, 2014

Bluetooth and ZigBee: a new standards war brewing?

By Cees Links, GreenPeak Technologies
The recent announcement of Bluetooth Mesh is yet another attempt of Bluetooth to get into the
networking space. Will it be successful this time?

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Saving Energy & Lowering Operating Costs with AC Drives
November 10, 2014

Saving Energy & Lowering Operating Costs with AC Drives

Do you know how much money you could be saving annually with a variable frequency drive?

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DeltaV Virtualization
November 07, 2014

DeltaV Virtualization

By Emerson
This whitepaper provides an overview of Emerson’s DeltaV virtualization solutions for both on-line production systems and off-line systems for development, testing and training.

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The Internet of Secure Things
November 05, 2014

The Internet of Secure Things

By Alan Grau, Icon Labs
The Internet of Things has become a ubiquitous term to describe the tens of billions of devices that have sensing or actuation capabilities, and are connected to each other via the Internet. Until recently, security has not been a high priority for these devices. It is now time to establish The Internet of Secure Things.

White Paper: Functional Safety for Machine Controls
November 04, 2014

White Paper: Functional Safety for Machine Controls

By Chris Soranno, SICK Safety Application Specialist
When implementing technical protective measures (also referred to as “safeguards”) from the hierarchy of controls, each risk reduction measure will be associated with a safety function or combination of safety functions. In order for these safety functions to be designed and installed to a degree of reliability commensurate with the risk level of the associated hazard(s), the concepts of functional safety must be applied.

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Factory Automation, Machine Safety
SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)
October 30, 2014

SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)

By Cindy Hollenbeck, SoftPLC
SDI-12 stands for serial data interface at 1200 baud. It is a standard communications protocol to interface controllers, computers or data loggers with micro-processor based sensors, typically designed to read environmental type measurements.

Reducing Ownership Costs for Material Handling Equipment
October 15, 2014

Reducing Ownership Costs for Material Handling Equipment

By Jeffrey Cohen
Although the price to acquire equipment is important for buyers to consider, there are other long-term costs outside of the equipment purchase price that buyers should also take into account before finalizing their purchase. These costs relate to owning the equipment over time.

Benefits of a Single Source Solution Provider for Electrical Control Panels
October 10, 2014

Benefits of a Single Source Solution Provider for Electrical Control Panels

Turning to a single source solution provider for electrical control panels can help a company from many different areas. Single source solution providers can provide a variety of benefits to their customers and clients. Aside from the logistical convenience of only issuing one purchase order and all final products coming from one source, other benefits can be much more impactful to an organization’s bottom line.

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The Risk Reduction Process Utilizing a Hierarchy of Controls
October 08, 2014

The Risk Reduction Process Utilizing a Hierarchy of Controls

By Chris Soranno, SICK Safety Application Specialist
After safety risks have been identified, evaluated and analyzed, there will inevitably be some – if not many – residual risks not at an acceptable level. In these instances, it is important to take action to mitigate the risk to a level deemed tolerable for your organization. Before rushing into a knee-jerk reaction to implement possible solutions, however, it is important to consider the rational approach to risk reduction known as the “Hierarchy of Controls.”

Actuator Precision Characterization
October 03, 2014

Actuator Precision Characterization

The purpose of this paper is to describe the motion control technology used by Zaber's positioning devices, describe and quantify the inaccuracies that arise as a result, and offer some strategies to help minimize these effects.

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ICONICS’ New Industrial Mobile HMI Apps Reflect Commitment to Any Glass, Anywhere
October 02, 2014

ICONICS’ New Industrial Mobile HMI Apps Reflect Commitment to Any Glass, Anywhere

By Janice Abel and Craig Resnick, ARC Advisory Group
Industrial software developers are starting to introduce new applications designed to run on mobile devices. However, manufacturers must use extra care when selecting these software “apps,” due to the mission-critical nature of many industrial HMI/SCADA applications. Download this white paper to read more.

Logic Solvers for Tank Overfill Protection
October 02, 2014

Logic Solvers for Tank Overfill Protection

By Moore Industries
When a storage facility's tank level rises above safe limits, a logic solver that is part of a Safety Instrumented System (SIS) initiates final elements to mitigate or prevent dangerous events. This can include shutting off input feeds to the tank by isolating the pump and closing the input valve. This white paper explores the possibilities available to SIS designers of tank overfill protection systems when using a logic solver. It includes examples of system topographies and their associated safety calculations.

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Artifact Calibration and Its Use in Calibrating 8.5-Digit DMMs
September 29, 2014

Artifact Calibration and Its Use in Calibrating 8.5-Digit DMMs

By Jack Somppi, Fluke Calibration
This paper examines how the Artifact Calibration capabilities of the Fluke Calibration 5700 Series of
Precision Multifunction Calibrators can optimize the uncertainties for calibrating 8.5 digit DMMs.

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Intrinsically-Safe Fieldbus Applications for Yokogawa Control Systems
September 24, 2014

Intrinsically-Safe Fieldbus Applications for Yokogawa Control Systems

By Moore Industries
White paper addresses FISCO or Entity devices located in Class I, Division 1 or Zone 0/1 Intrinsically-Safe (I.S.) applications for Yokogawa Control Systems, and provides useful installation information and real-world examples.

OEE for the Enterprise
September 22, 2014

OEE for the Enterprise

By Salvatore Castro, SAP
The common view of OEE is the localized one of an operator trying to control the machine better during the shift. The more modern spin on OEE is trying to improve all operations to run more efficiently with the lowest overall cost back to the business.

Connectors outperform hardwiring
September 22, 2014

Connectors outperform hardwiring

By Harting
Industrial connectors or hardwiring? More and more machine builders comparing the cost of using both wiring approaches in their operations find connectors more economical and practical.

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Demystifying the Use of API 682 4th Edition from an Instrumentation Perspective
September 19, 2014

Demystifying the Use of API 682 4th Edition from an Instrumentation Perspective

By Wil Chin, United Electric Controls
After years of delays the API 682 4th edition was finally released this past May, signifying a change to transmitters instead of switches for monitoring seal support systems. As the 4th is not a mandatory requirement, which standard, 3rd or 4th edition, should you deploy? Here are a few things to consider before you decide.

Four Key Considerations When Selecting SIS Sensors
September 19, 2014

Four Key Considerations When Selecting SIS Sensors

By Rick Frauton, United Electric Controls
Without knowing the capabilities of old and new technologies, it’s highly likely that the wrong selection will be made. Understanding SIS and the pros and cons of mechanical switches, smart switches, and safety and process transmitters will help to make the appropriate choice.