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    • 15 May 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: What Are the Opportunities for Nonlinear Control in Process Industry Applications?

    The post What Are the Opportunities for Nonlinear Control in Process Industry Applications? first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior...
    • 13 May 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: Building IIoT-Powered Condition Monitoring Business Case

    The costs and difficulties associated with wiring and terminations have historically limited the sensors used in manufacturing and production processes to only the most essential measurements. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) -based wireless devices have fundamentally changed this reality. Mike Boudreaux However, more data from these sensors does not automatically translate into better business performance. It...
    • 7 May 2019

    Implement & Build Blog: Driving Capital Project Success

    The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is in full swing this week over in Houston. While onshore oil & gas production has been getting all the attention with the Permian Basin here in Texas, offshore production is making big strides around the globe. A Forbes article, Don’t Look Now, But There’s An Oil Boom Going On Outside The Permian Basin , highlights a recent Rystad Energy report which found: …the pace of new...
    • 1 May 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Missed Opportunities in Process Control - Part 4

    The post, Missed Opportunities in Process Control - Part 4 , first appeared on the ControlGlobal.com Control Talk blog. Here is the Fourth part of a point blank decisive comprehensive list of what we really need to know in a detailed attempt to reduce the disparity between theory and practice. Please read, think and take to heart the opportunities to increase the performance and recognized value of our profession....
    • 15 Apr 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: How to Implement Effective Safety Instrumented Systems for Process Automation Applications

    The post How to Implement Effective Safety Instrumented Systems for Process Automation Applications first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired...
    • 8 Apr 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Webinar Recording: The Amazing World of ISA Standards

    The post Webinar Recording: The Amazing World of ISA Standards first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. This educational ISA webinar was presented by  Greg McMillan  in conjunction with the  ISA Mentor Program . Greg is an industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc. (now  Eastman...
    • 27 Mar 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Missed Opportunities in Process Control - Part 3

    Here is the third part of a point blank decisive comprehensive list of what we really need to know in a detailed attempt to reduce the disparity between theory and practice. Please read, think and take to heart the opportunities to increase the performance and recognized value of our profession. The list is necessarily concise in detail. If you want more information on these opportunities, please join the ISA Mentor...
    • 13 Mar 2019

    Emerson Automation Experts: Digital Skills and the Workforce

    Organizational change involves managing change for people, processes and technologies. Emerson executive president, Mike Train , joined a CERAWeek 2019 panel, Digital Skills & the Workforce to look at the people part of this change management process. Panel moderator Susan Kish opened the panel describing the change in the workforce from the early 1900s through what it’s expected to be by 2030. The shift continues...
    • 13 Mar 2019

    Emerson Automation Experts: Digital Skills and the Workforce

    Organizational change involves managing change for people, processes and technologies. Emerson executive president, Mike Train , joined a CERAWeek 2019 panel, Digital Skills & the Workforce to look at the people part of this change management process. Panel moderator Susan Kish opened the panel describing the change in the workforce from the early 1900s through what it’s expected to be by 2030. The shift continues...
    • 13 Mar 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Solutions for Unstable Industrial Processes

    The post Solutions for Unstable Industrial Processes first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc. (now Eastman...
    • 24 Feb 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Missed Opportunities in Process Control - Part 2

    The post, Missed Opportunities in Process Control - Part 2 , first appeared on the ControlGlobal.com Control Talk blog. Here is the second part of a point blank decisive comprehensive list of what we really need to know in a detailed attempt to reduce the disparity between theory and practice. Please read, think and take to heart the opportunities to increase the performance and recognized value of our profession....
    • 20 Feb 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: What Skill Sets Do You Need to Excel at IIoT Applications in an Automation Industry Career?

    The post What Skill Sets Do You Need to Excel at IIoT Applications in an Automation Industry Career? first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired...
    • 18 Feb 2019

    Implement & Build Blog: Minimizing Project Execution Risks for Complex Analytical Systems

    Many manufacturers and producers require high-resolution analysis of liquid and process gas streams as an integral part of their production processes. A big challenge is in designing, engineering, installing, commissioning and supporting these complex analytical systems over their lifespans. This 3-minute YouTube video, Rosemount Analytical Systems and Integration Services , highlights considerations to reduce project...
    • 18 Feb 2019

    Implement & Build Blog: Minimizing Project Execution Risks for Complex Analytical Systems

    Many manufacturers and producers require high-resolution analysis of liquid and process gas streams as an integral part of their production processes. A big challenge is in designing, engineering, installing, commissioning and supporting these complex analytical systems over their lifespans. This 3-minute YouTube video, Rosemount Analytical Systems and Integration Services , highlights considerations to reduce project...
    • 14 Feb 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: Overcoming Self-Imposed Barriers to Operational Performance

    Chris Hamlin This FIRSTHAND: Operational Certainty in Pod podcast with Emerson’s Chris Hamlin is a follow up to our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert with Chris. In this podcast, we explore Chris’ thoughts on a presentation he gave recently at a conference in the Netherlands. The presentation highlighted the massive technological shifts occurring that are affecting the very way we organize our businesses and drive...
    • 14 Feb 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: Overcoming Self-Imposed Barriers to Operational Performance

    Chris Hamlin This FIRSTHAND: Operational Certainty in Pod podcast with Emerson’s Chris Hamlin is a follow up to our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert with Chris. In this podcast, we explore Chris’ thoughts on a presentation he gave recently at a conference in the Netherlands. The presentation highlighted the massive technological shifts occurring that are affecting the very way we organize our businesses and drive...
    • 11 Feb 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Webinar Recording: Practical Limits to Control Loop Performance

    The post Webinar Recording: Practical Limits to Control Loop Performance first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. This educational ISA webinar was presented by  Greg McMillan  in conjunction with the  ISA Mentor Program . Greg is an industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc. (now...
    • 11 Feb 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Webinar Recording: Simple Loop Tuning Methods and PID Features to Prevent Oscillations

    The post Webinar Recording: Simple Loop Tuning Methods and PID Features to Prevent Oscillations first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. This educational ISA webinar was presented by  Greg McMillan  in conjunction with the  ISA Mentor Program . Greg is an industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow...
    • 8 Feb 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: Reflections on Digital Transformation

    I’ve been giving thought to everything I heard this week at the 2019 ARC Industry Forum now that I’m back in Austin. I think what stands out the most is how to prioritize steps on a digital transformation journey. I captured it in this tweet: Advice for #DigitalTransformation at #ARCForum : anchor yourself with value to customer. Meet them where they’re at. — Jim Cahill (@JimCahill) February 5, 2019 Advice...
    • 8 Feb 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: Reflections on Digital Transformation

    I’ve been giving thought to everything I heard this week at the 2019 ARC Industry Forum now that I’m back in Austin. I think what stands out the most is how to prioritize steps on a digital transformation journey. I captured it in this tweet: Advice for #DigitalTransformation at #ARCForum : anchor yourself with value to customer. Meet them where they’re at. — Jim Cahill (@JimCahill) February 5, 2019 Advice...
    • 1 Feb 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: 5 Questions for Operational Certainty Consultant Director Chris Hamlin

    Emerson’s Chris Hamlin joins our continuing podcast series, 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert . Chris works with our Operational Certainty Consulting team in their role to help manufacturers and producers improve operational performance and drive toward top quartile performance . We’ll have an in-depth podcast in the coming weeks with Chris describing this new area of virtually unlimited information flow and what...
    • 1 Feb 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: 5 Questions for Operational Certainty Consultant Director Chris Hamlin

    Emerson’s Chris Hamlin joins our continuing podcast series, 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert . Chris works with our Operational Certainty Consulting team in their role to help manufacturers and producers improve operational performance and drive toward top quartile performance . We’ll have an in-depth podcast in the coming weeks with Chris describing this new area of virtually unlimited information flow and what...
    • 30 Jan 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: Improving Jacket Heating and Cooling Temperature Control

    In many specialty chemical and pharmaceutical batch processes, you’ll find classic cascade and split-range control strategies used on vessel jacket heating and cooling. I caught up with Emerson’s Mark Coughran on a recent visit that he and Guillermo Bravo had taken to a plastics manufacturing facility. They were having issues with the jacket temperature control that used this classic cascade & split-range control...
    • 30 Jan 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: Improving Jacket Heating and Cooling Temperature Control

    In many specialty chemical and pharmaceutical batch processes, you’ll find classic cascade and split-range control strategies used on vessel jacket heating and cooling. I caught up with Emerson’s Mark Coughran on a recent visit that he and Guillermo Bravo had taken to a plastics manufacturing facility. They were having issues with the jacket temperature control that used this classic cascade & split-range control...
    • 22 Jan 2019

    Emerson Automation Experts: Knowledge Sharing with ISA Mentor Program

    I’m lucky enough to be on the email distribution list for the ISA Mentor Program where automation hall of fame legend, Greg McMillan , shares some of the work he continues to offer well into his golden years. Greg and Hunter Vegas started this program in 2011 with the intent to transfer knowledge between seasoned automation veterans and engineers newer in their careers. I bring all this up because there was a great...