Articles & News on Process Automation and Control

Introduction to Strain & Strain Measurement

  • by Bruce Cyburt
  • Feature

Strain gauges are widely employed in sensors that detect and measure force and force-related parameters, such as torque, acceleration, pressure, and vibration.  The strain gauge is the building block for strain sensors that often employ multiple strain gauges in their construction. 

Automation Cartoons - May 11, 2011

  • by Otto Mation
  • Opinion

Otto puts a profile on LinkedIn.

Automation Cartoons - May 4, 2011

  • by Otto Mation
  • Opinion

"Bring Your Child to Work Day"

Automation Cartoons - April 27, 2011

  • by Otto Mation
  • Opinion

"How's an engineer supposed to design an energy optimization control system with all these different energy data standards?"

Honeywell Users Group - Heroes Gather in Phoenix

  • by Bill Lydon
  • Feature

The 33rd annual Honeywell Users Group Conference was held June 15 - 19, 2008 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, AZ with over 700 customers in attendance.

The Future of Information in Intelligent Devices

  • by Matthew Miller
  • Opinion

Manufacturers need to change their concept of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) from one that effectively ends with the sale to one that promotes an ongoing involvement with the customer and builds on continued service to develop valuable, revenue-generating relationships. In addition, manufacturers will need to re-evaluate their corporate governance and decision-making control in this new environment and their supply chain strategies given the increased high-technology content in their products.


The PLC: New Technology, Greater Data Sharing

  • by Robert (Bob) Holman
  • News

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) continue to evolve as new technologies are added to their capabilities. The PLC started out as a replacement for banks of relays. Gradually, various math and logic manipulation functions were added.

IEEE 1394 and Industrial Automation: A Perfect Blend

  • by Gaurav Sareen
  • Feature

The industrial can benefit in many ways by taking a close look at how 1394 has benefited the world of consumer electronic devices. The impact of 1394 on the industrial control field is likely to be as disruptive and revolutionary and will enable new applications to be developed due to the flexibility and improved economics of this new control architecture.

How to Control a Process With Long Dead Time

  • by John Gerry, P.E.
  • Feature

A process with a large dead time presents a special challenge for a controller - any controller. Find out how to get the best control of large dead time processes.

New Improvements to Magnetic Level Gauge Technology Yield Increased Control, Accuracy, Safety and Reliability for Plants that Process and Store Fluids

  • by Carl Kull
  • Opinion

A brief examination of the latest improvements to magnetic level gauge (MLG) systems will help bring any engineer up-to-date on the hardware that is now available to help improve plant operations.