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Integrating Multigenerational Automation Systems
January 14, 2015

Integrating Multigenerational Automation Systems

By Chad Harper, Maverick Technologies
Process manufacturing plants are famous for their tendency to keep automation systems and associated networks up and running for decades. Getting an automation system that includes multigenerational and multivendor components to work together can be a challenge.

Using smart field devices to improve safety system performance
September 17, 2014

Using smart field devices to improve safety system performance

By Guillermo Pacanins, ACM Facility Safety
Safety monitoring software and smart field devices can improve safety system performance and operation. The white paper describes how to use safety monitoring software to distill the data from smart field devices and other sources into easily understood and actionable information that can improve the operation of the safety system.

Mobile Devices White Paper
May 07, 2014

Mobile Devices White Paper

By Opto 22
Can off-the-shelf mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets be safely used in industrial automation applications? This timely white paper explores the promise and problems of this popular new trend.

Protecting our Water – Keep Chemicals in the Tank
March 25, 2014

Protecting our Water – Keep Chemicals in the Tank

By Bill Sholette and Ricardo Chavez, Endress+Hauser
Leaking or overfilled tanks can cause environmental problems, contaminate drinking water and cost a company millions of dollars. Proper instrumentation, monitoring and control can prevent these problems. This white paper explains how.

Have you checked your wrinkles lately?
March 27, 2013

Have you checked your wrinkles lately?

By Hugh Davies, Optical Metrology Services
How high precision laser profile measurement tools and video inspection equipment are helping companies verify the quality of CRA-lined pipes by detecting the presence of wrinkles or buckling.

Long-Term Instrument Control and Connectivity Solutions
May 03, 2012

Long-Term Instrument Control and Connectivity Solutions

By National Instruments

The key to developing long-term instrument control applications is software and hardware that enable seamless connectivity to any instrument in an application and offer built-in capabilities for advanced data analysis and presentation. The two decisions, the instrument and the software, should be independent of each other.

A Critical Shift: How Adding Structure Can Make Shift Handovers More Effective
March 12, 2012

A Critical Shift: How Adding Structure Can Make Shift Handovers More Effective

Automation.com, March 2012

By Tom Plocher of Honeywell, et al.

Shift logs are the mechanisms that help coordinate activities across shifts or teams. Industrial research has repeatedly argued for the benefits of imposing structure on shift handovers in the form of structured logs, checklists, and displays.

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February 27, 2012

Endress+Hauser Releases White Paper Showing How to Maintain pH Sensors

Automation.com, March 2012

By Fred Kohlmann, Endress+Hauser

White paper describes when and how to inspect, clean and calibrate pH sensors-including a complete decision tree diagram that outlines all necessary steps.

February 25, 2012

Rupture Pin or rupture disk: which is the clear choice for pressure relief?

Valve World, February 2012

By Julian Taylor, Rupture Pin Technology

The fundamentals of pressure relief applications are safety, efficiency, maintenance level, downtime duration, operating costs and environmental friendliness. Does the Rupture Pin alleviate the issues that go with such applications, or is the rupture disk a more sensible option?

February 09, 2012

Using Guided Wave Radar in Steam loops

Automation.com, March 2012

By Keith Riley and Ravi Jethra, Endress+Hauser

White paper addresses the application of Guided Wave Radar to measure level in steam loops, including discussions of how this technology functions and differs from more traditional forms of level indication.

Innovative New Air / Gas Thermal Flow Meter Changes the Rules
February 08, 2012

Innovative New Air / Gas Thermal Flow Meter Changes the Rules

Automation.com, February 2012

By Randy Brown, Fluid Components International

Upgrading a plant’s gas flow meters can improve process efficiency, reduce energy costs and save on maintenance expenses. Here’s how FCI’s newest line of thermal mass flow meters can help when replacing old meters.

FDI: Field Device Integration Technology
February 07, 2012

FDI: Field Device Integration Technology

Automation.com, February 2012

By FDI Cooperation

FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, are supporting and driving forward the development of FDI Technology. Here’s how FDI works.

Energy Harvesters reduce wiring and battery costs for wireless sensors
January 23, 2012

Energy Harvesters reduce wiring and battery costs for wireless sensors

Automation.com, January 2012

By Roy Freeland, Perpetuum

Energy Harvesters are now readily available to power most low power wireless installations.

December 27, 2011

Wireless technology in industrial automation

By Johan van der Westhuizen,Yokogawa

The use of wireless technology in industrial automation systems offers a number of potential benefits. Here’s what Yokogawa thinks about wireless.

December 21, 2011

Signal Conditioning: Getting the most for your money

Automation.com, December 2011

By Acromag

This paper reviews signal conditioning features such as accuracy, adjustability, isolation, surge withstand capability, RFI/EMI protection, packaging, and repairability.

December 21, 2011

Simplifying Plant Safety Instrumentation

Automation.com, December 2011

By United Electric Controls

For point safety applications, a properly designed and implemented digital switch with self-diagnostics can be an important part of the solution.

Building Distributed Monitoring and Control Systems With LabVIEW
November 08, 2011

Building Distributed Monitoring and Control Systems With LabVIEW

By National Instruments
November 2011
This paper examines the benefits of creating distributed monitoring and control systems as well as the fundamentals of building these systems. Engineers can use the concepts presented in this paper to design reliable, high-performance systems that can easily integrate with future technologies.