Primer on Flowmeter Calibration Techniques / M. Evans -
Flow Control Network / March 2008 - Techniques for calibrating flowmeters
to the fluids / P. Nachtwey - Intech / March 2008 - Hydraulic
of pH in Water Treatment: Part 1 / G. Horne - Process
West / April 2008 - Basics of pH control with applied to water treatment.
Watch for more in teh series next month.
Temperature Measurement / S. Hollander - Industrial Heating
/ March 2008 - A discussion of wireless technology applied to temperature
Controls Kaboom-Proof / L. Shaum - Control
Design / March 2008 - A quick look at pressurizing contol panels.
Pipeline Leak Detection & Location / M. Dingman - Flow
Control Network / Feb, 2008 - Using clamp on ultrasonic flow meters
for leak detection
the noise, not the signal / G. Feliks, (Moore Industries)
- Plant Engineering / Feb. 2008 - Applying loop isolators
batch-manufacturing alarm systems / Joseph S. Alford
- Chemical Processing/ March 6, 2008 - Hints for designing alarm
systems for your process
a vision sensor: 10 questions you must ask / J.
Lewis and N. Sheble - Intech / February, 2008 - Consideration
factors when selecting vision systems components.
Sensor Technologies / P. Welander
- Control Engineering - Theory and proper application
the most of automation upgrades
/ J. Dolenc - Chemical Processing - Avoid these common mistakes
that sabotage control upgrade projects
Design to humans: Lessons in HMI - Intech / January 2008
- Considerations for effective HMI design
WirelessHART? The Right Standard at the Right Time - Chemical
Processing / Feb. 2008 - What are it's merits?
focuses on floor, control / R.
Lounsbury - Intech/ January 2008 - Ethernet developments
for control applications.
Annual Readers' Choice Awards - Control / January 2008 -
The best manufacturers and products as voted on by equipment users.
Judy: Beware relatives' repairs
/ H. Johnson - EDN / November 2008 - Good practical suggestions
to keeping the relatives happy!
contact means ultra level measurement / D.
Gillum - Intech / December 2007 - Ultrasonic level detector details
Winning?/W. Boyes and
L. OBrien - Control Global / December, 2007 - Which
companies lead the controls industry.
in Process Temperature Measurement
/ M. Cushing (Siemens) - Flow Control Network / Nov 2007
- Excellent application considerations for applying RTDs vs. thermocouples.
on Guard / I. Brough
- Manufacturing Automation - Machine guarding techniques.
on programmable controllers /
T. Hughes - Intech - Nov 2007 - Part of the Automation Basics
Series that runs each month
for Wireless Instrumentation / P. Welander - Control Engineering
/ Nov. 1, 2007 - Practical solutions for
connecting wireless devices
data from distant facilities / Stuart A. Boyer -
Intech / October 2007 - The basics of SCADA
a Good Boss - Canadian
Consulting Engineer /October/ November 2007
- Tips on bringing out the best in your staff
More Details, Details, Details!
/ David W. Spitzer, P.E.
- Flow Control / October - David Spitzer regularly writes articles
illustrating principles and lessons learned in his many years of
High Cost of Counterfeiting - EDN/ October 11 - Be
aware of the problem so you don't get burned (Flip 4 pages ahead
into the pdf file)
HCF agree on WirelessHART, ISA100 integration path -Plant
Engineering / Oct. 24, 2007
in Fluid Flow: 6 Men that Shaped the World of Flowmetering /G.
Livelli - Flow Control / March
2007 - A short description of some of the principles of flow measurement
and the men who discovered them.
Use Temperature Transmitters?
- Process West / September 2007 - Reasons why you should
consider using a temperature transmitter
the PAC- S. Herb &
T. Walter - Intech / Sept 2007- An introduction to Programmable
Auotmation Controllers (PACs)
Fuzzy Neural Control Systems Explained /
C. Masi - Control Engineering / Sept. 2007 - A clearly
written description and advantages of control systems using neural
networks and fuzzy logic
yes, UPC no and probably not - Nicholas Sheble -
Intech / August 2007 - A brief discussion of RFID.
Review Level Measurement of Bulk Solids in Bins, Silos and Hoppers
/Joseph D. Lewis, Sr. - Control /Sept 2007 - A review of technologies
for measuring the level of solids in tanks
Flowmeter Accuracy /G. Livelli - Flow Control Network
/ August 2007 - Techniques for calibrating flow meters
Where do we stand /
R. Caro - Intech / April 2007- Fieldbus Technology &
A Field Guide to Industrial Wireless - Control
/ August 2007 - Insights and trends on wireless technology
of a Red Team Attack / W. Iversen - Automation World
/ June 2007 - What you learn from a group of "good guys"
who are paid to breach security systems may help secure your plant.
Choosing Level Sensors / P. Welander -
Control Engineering / June 2007 - How to pick the level sensor
to match the application
is this process piece of equipment/W. Brown and S. McDougall
- Intech / July 2007 - An introduction
to gas chromatography
Technology Library - ControlGlobal.com
- Descriptions of the numerous flowmeter types with technical articles,
whitepapers, and industry news regarding flowmeters.
truth about problem valves /P.
Hydraulics & Pneumatics / June 2007 -
Valuable insights on control valves applied to hydraulic control
Properly protect control systems
/ Ian Verhappen, MTL Instruments - Chemical
Processing / July 2007 - Build automation and business control
systems with safety and security in mind.
Primer on Primary Elements
Understanding a Key Aspect of DP Flow Measurement / J.
Yoder - Flow
Control Network / May 2007 - A primer on differential pressure
flow measurement primary elements including orifice plates, pitot
tubes, venturi tubes, flow nozzles, wedge elements, and others.
Who Puts the 'Industrial in Ethernet?
/ M Hoske - Control Engineering /June 2007
- Industrial strength products for your next industrial ethernet.
Fourier theory in focus / Edson da
Costa Bortoni -
Intech / May 2006 - Insights into Fourier theory.
motors / Elisabeth Eitel
- Motion System Design - July 2006
- A description of Lorenz Force Motors
on Hazardous Area Sensors
/ Jeanine Katzel - Control Engineering / May
2007 - The author sheds some light on hazardous location
classifications and the numerous international standards that address
Piping Requirements - How Much Straight Run Is Enough?
/ G. Livelli - Flow
Control Network - Minimizing flow distrubance to obtain accurate
flow meter readings.
rules for writing specs /M.
Voigtmann - Control Engineering /April 2007
- Legal wisdom for writing specs
12 Most Common Mistakes when Specifying Circuit Protection for Equipment
/ ETS - Control
Design / May 2007 - Suggestions for properly selecting
and specifying equipment circuit breakers
a place for mass or volume measurement
/ N. Sheble - Intech / April 2007 - The basics of volumetric and
mass flow. This is one of the articles in the "Automation Basics"
series regularly featured in Intech magazine
Control Vendor Directory
- Flow Control/ April - The manufacturer's directory of 450 fluid
control products and 1000 associated companies will make sourcing
your equipment easier!
ABC's of Internet Protocol
/ Contemporary Controls - Control Design / May 2007 - TCP/IP as
it applied to networks
Measurement A Solution to Type-K Virtual Junction Problems
/ D. Barberree - Industrial Heating / Jan. 2007 - A discussion of
how virtual junctions can create errors in thermocouple readings.
Please note, you may have to register (for
free) with Industrial Heating to view this article.
sensor networks / T.
Enwall - Manufacturing Automation - Questions to ask before implementing
a wireless network.
full value from partial stroking
/ P. Gruhn - Chemical Processing / March 2007 - A discussion of
partial stroking valves in safety instrumented systems
in the Broadest Sense/
K. Keong - Intech / March 2007 - Optical wireless communications
originally developed for military applications shows promising new
Clamp on Ultrasonic Flowmeters / P.
Welander - Control Engineering / January 2007 - A quick tutorial
on using clamp on ultrasonic flowmeters
the Glass Thermometer to Fiber Optics
An Overview of Leading Sensor Technologies & Applications
/ J. Yodder - Flow Control Network / Feb. 2007 - Technology &
trends in temperature measurement
weight woes / R. Titmas
(Sartorius North America) - Chemical
Processing / Jan. 2007 - How to avoid load cell inaccuracies
the Gateway to Industrial Data Transfer
/ M. Volz - The
Industrial Ethernet Book / Feb. 2007 - A very clearly
written article describing how basic components such as converters,
repeaters, switches, servers, and gateways work with respect to
the OSI 7 layer model to communicate data.
Sleuth / D. Dunn and M.
Klein - Intech/
Feb.07 - Coriolis meters sense density to separate water from oil.
flowmeters expand technology
/ David W. Spitzer - ControlGlobal.com
/ Spitzer and Boyes - Yet another type of flow meter technology
ins and outs of I/P transducers
/ M. Levine, ControlAir Inc - Control
Design - I/P transducers convert electric to pneumatic
signals. This article gives insights into principles of operations
and factors to consider when selecting one for your application.
/ P. Welander
Engineering Dec 2006 - Presure measurement terms,
gauges, transmitters, and component selection guidelines.
Readers' Choice Awards
- Which control companies did users select to be the best in the
business. Find out here!
Need Help to Enter the Cyber world
07 - A discussion of the basics of signal conditioning
/ J. Katzel and M. Hoske - Control
Engineering /December 2006 - Ethernet on the manufacturing
Ethernet du jour / D. Caro
Manufacturing Automation /Nov.-Dec. 2006. How to determine
which version of ethernet to use for your industrial applications.
Mitigation in AC Drives /R.
Hoadley, Rockwell Automation in Control
Engineering /Sept. 2006. Harmonics are common trouble
spots in industrial, commercial and institutional power systems.
Learn how to deal with them effectively
101:Make the Network(s) Fit the Application
/P. Welander in Control
Engineering / Dec. 2006 - Thinking about your first industrial
network? This article will point you in the right direction.
Skinny on Signal Conditioning
/ Sept 2006 - The Basics of Signal Conditioning
of Magnetic Flowmeters
/ J. Yoder in Flow
Control Network /Nov. 2006. How magnetic flowmeters work,
their strengths, and their limitations.
Introduction To Fieldbus
West / October 2006 - Although there is obviously some
bias to the manufacturer's products, the article gives gives excellent
insights into the operation, advantages, and limitations of both
Foundation Fieldbus H1 and Profibus PA.
Control Using Ziegler-Nichols - V.
VanDoren in Control
Engineering / Oct. 2006. Insights into traditional methods
and automatic tuning of process controllers.
the new control valve handbook
/Emerson Process Management in ControlGlobal.com
/ November 2006. Download one of the most comprehensive valve reference
guides on the web!
Measurements on the Level
/ J. Boisvert, (Siemens Energy & Automation) in Chemical
Processing / November 2006. Guidance for choosing between
six popular level sensing technologies.
Motion Control Pitfalls
/ C. Radley in Design
News / April 2006. How to avoid many common pitfalls
that snag many motion control designers!
the Right Contract / D.
Willard in Chemical
Processing . A man of experience discusses contracting
methods. Remember, financial success on a project may make or break
Up with Machine Vision
/ M. Hoske in Control
Engineering / Sept. 2006. This article discusses advantages
of using machine vision and lists many best practices for successful
implementation of vision control systems.
Control in Canadian
Consulting Engineer / August-September. Good suggestions
for handling those daunting, time consuming tasks at work. It will
help you go home sooner, with your work done!
methods for protecting industrial networks
/J. Montague in ControlGlobal.com
/ Sept. 2006. What to do about protecting networks from hackers
and other malicious characters!
of Ultrasonic Flow Measurement
/S. Yon ( Faure Herman Meter Inc.) in Flow
Control Network / August 2006. How
ultrasonic flow meters work work and how to use them.
Your Own Boss Without Quitting
/ R. Coleman in Electrical
Business / August 2006. The author provides good basic
career advise relevant to every employee!!! You have to download
the August edition and scan to page 16, but is worth the effort.
water is easy as one, two, three, four
/ D. Spitzer in ControlGlobal
/ August 2006. Strategies and instrumentation for good boiler control!
pressure gauges / N. Sheble
/August 2006. The basics of what to include in your specifications
for pressure gauges.
the Wires of Communications /
W. Boyes in Controlglobal.com
/ August, 2006. Important issues for consideration before going
Machine Vision in Focus
/ E.Diaz (Edmund Optics) in Motion
System Design. Lens selection, the most important step
in vision system design.
power in industrial applications
/ B. Trinkel in Hydraulics
& Pneumatics / August 2006. Chapter 1 in the series
describes basic pneumatic & hydraulic principles.
transmitter art not science
/ D. Willard in Chemical
Processing / July 2006. The author presents his experiences
and several tips for accurate measurement
A Story of Radar Level
/ July 2006. Advantages and disadvantages of radar level measurment.
HVAC and Process Systems
/ A. Kugi in Plant
Services / July 2006. A brief survey of flow measurement
technologies for HVAC and process control applications
servomotors / C. Lewin
(Performance Motion Devices Inc.) in Motion
System Design / June, 2006. Tuning methods for PID servo
for Instrumentation /P.
Cleaveland in Control
Engineering / June, 2006. Expert advice for keeping process
instrumentation operating effectively! It starts with making the
correct initial equipment choice.
Temperature Sensors: What You Need to Know Up Front
/ R. Peacock in Sensors
Online/April 2006. Tips for selecting and using non-contact
Organize Thyself / G. Sierra,
D. Carlson, B. Karschnia, B. Robinson in Intech.
Essential issues of wireless networks.
the Complexities of Level Detection
/ Turck Inc. in Controlglobal.com.
A brief discussion of different level sensing techniques.
Tips for Simplifying your DPI Installation
/ M. Lueck in Flow
Control / May 2006. 10 practical suggestions for ensuring
your next differential pressure instrument installation is trouble
Motion Control Pitfalls
/C. Radley, (Danaher Motion) in Design
News / Apr. 10,2006. For a successful motion
control project, be sure to avoid these pitfalls.
the right temperature sensor
/ C. Swanson (Watlow Mfg.) in Chemical
Processing. One of the best articles we have seen describing
the application of thermocouples, RTDs, and thermistors to temperature
Eyes of Motion / G.Hollows
& G. Archer in Motion
System Design. How vision systems operate and how to
select vision system components
flowmeters expand technology
/ D. Spitzer in ControlGlobal.com
/April 2006. A "new" type of flow meter technology!
Case-in-points of Common Control Myths
/ G. McMillan & S. Weiner in ControlGlobal
/ April 2006. Modern control myths from two industry experts.
A review of design fundamentals
/J. Katzel in Control
Engineering / March 2006. Points to consider when considering
your next Human Machine Interface (HMI).
Measurement in Bridles
/K.Martyn in Process
West / Summer. Understanding principles essential for
accurate level measurements.
many phases are enough?
/ N. Johantgen & C. Ludwick/Oriental Motor in Motion
System Design / March 2006. A discussion of 2 and 5 phase
lessons from the U.S. Navy
/ R. Merritt in ControlGlobal.com
/ March 2006. Profitable management concepts!
Discovery from Sensor Data
/ Dr. Pang-Ning Tan, Michigan State University in Sensors
Online /March 2006. Data mining valuable information from data
you already collect.
Meter Focus in Chemical
Processing/ March 2006. Numerous articles (reprinted) regarding
flow meter topics including coriolis, mag meters, pitot tubes, parshall
flumes and others.
Frequency Motor Drives - Pitfalls and application considerations/G.
Horne (Camenex Control Systems). Process
West/Winter 2005. A simple straight forward article covering
VFD application pitfalls and considerations.
encoders / S. Riffe (Encoder
Products, Co.) in Motion
System Design / Jan. 2006. A short concise article discussing
encoder application issues
come to level measurement
/ D. Spitzer, (Spitzer & Boyes LLC) in ControlGlobal
/ Feb. 2006. Considerations for using laser level measurement
of Lost Companies /W. Boyes,
with S. Edvi in ControlGlobal.com
/ Feb. 2006. A listing of old familiar control company names that
evolved into new names in todays marketplace.
Unequal Ground Comparing Flowmeter Performance
/ D. Spitzer in Flow
Control Network / Jan. 2006. Help comparing flowmeter accuracy
an Optical Filter for Vision Systems
/ J. Dougherty (Midwest Optical Systems) in Vision
Systems Design. Understand when and how to utilize filters
in machine vision systems
Control Network Security - Reference Architecture /Invensys
Processing. Best practices to provide network security
To Assess Risk / M. Hoske
Engineering. Applying safety integrity levels at manufacturing
Tips for Selecting Sensing Probes
by Delta Controls in Chemical
Processing. How to select and install the correct sensing
probe for level applications
motors / E. Eitel in Motion
System Design / Dec. 2005. Design techniques and application
tips to maximize service life.
of basic bridge circuit performance
/ P. McCurdy and D. Mathews in Control
Design / Dec. 2005. Excitation and performance of bridge
Temperature Detectors /
D. Cigoy in Control
Engineering. Pros and cons of RTD's.
Management Blunders ...12 costly mistakes to avoid /M.
Marvan in Process
West / Dec. 2005. Sound advice for implementing an effective
alarm management strategy
Technologies for Sensing Voltage and Current
by K. Lefebvre in Sensors
Online / Dec. 2005. Principles enabling optical fibers to sense
voltage and current
Flowmeter Performance by
D. Spitzer in Flow
Control Network/ Nov. 2005. How to compare differeing
flowmeter accuracy specifications.
selection 101:Optimal temperature sensor selection
by C. Swanson in Control
Engineering / Nov. 2005. Hints for applying thermocouples,
thermistors, and RTD's to maximize accuracy.
Blow to Overflow by Dr. C.
Rompf from Endress+Hauser in Intech. Vibronic point level measurement
advantages when applied to overfill protection.
process fluid flow: an exacting task
/D. Johnson in Control
Engineering/ June 1, 2005. Industry trends in Flowmeter selection
solvers in signal conditioning/
P.McCurdy & D. Mathews in InTech
/ Sept 2005. Why is signal conditioning essential? This is part
of the series of monthly (almost) control
system fundamentals articles
Industrial Fieldbus Networks for Automation/C.
Kinnaird in ControlGlobal.com
& TI /Sept. 2005. A comparison of some common field buses and
their constraints to help choose which one is right for your application
the Motion Control Loop -- How-To for Techies
/ P. Nachtwey in Design
News & Delta
Computer Systems / Sept. 2005. Good practical advice
(In a good practical magazine!) for setting gains in PID loops.
safety in mind when designing control panels
/ L. Berke in Machine
Design. Practical advice for designing control panels
Venture Capitalists Won't Tell You About Wireless
/ M. Fahrion & J. Werb in The
Industrial Wireless Book. A sobering look at cost and compatibility.
of Servoamps / J. Woodward
Design / Sept. 2005. Choosing the correct power supply for optimal
system design / P. Nachtwey
Processing, Aug. 2005. Selecting hydraulic system components
and tuning the controler for best results
Temperature Sensor Selection/C.
Swanson in ControlGlobal Aug.
2005 - Solutions for achieving accurate temperature measurments
using thermocouples, thermistors, and RTDs
Meets PLC - S. Neil in
Automation. The article investigates developments and distinctions
between PLC's and distributed control systems
Get Physical - I. Verhappen
June 2005 - Ian Verhappen consistently writes relevant timely controls
related articles in a very clear and concise manner. Make a point
of checking out his column called Columnbus in every edition!
Tips for Selecting Sensing Probes
Processing/Delta Controls - July 2005
it Flow - Intech/ISA
and Ethernet: Partners for Building Automation
Industrial Ethernet Book - J.Butler - Issue 12 Supplement
skills could be key to career advancement
Processing.com - D. Dierking - July 2005 - As we strive for
technical excellence, we must remember to hone our non-technical
skills for the benefit of our peers, company, and self.
data node to node - Intech
- E. Policastro - June 2005 - A discussion of industrial wireless
2005 Buyers Guide - Control
Precision - Intech
- E. Fussell - May 2005
to read P&IDs - Control
Engineering - Aug 2000 - D. Harrold. While this isn't
a new release, it explains fundamental principles essential to understand
process control systems. It was also one of Control Engineering's
most read articles.
of Motion Control and Motion Controllers
Design/Penton Media - May 2005. A collection of well
written articles addressing basic technical motion control issues.
Weakest Link ...in the control system chain - Process
West - May 2005 - For maximum reliability, remember to
consider terminal block selection when designing and installing
your next control system.
Calisthenics - Intech/ISA
- M. Cable - May 2005
Websites - Vision
Systems Design - A. Wilson - April 2005. This
is a set of links to vision related web resources that includes
tutorials, technical articles, associations, and products
Your Level Best - Chemical
Magazine - W. Boyes - April 2005
Protection: Protecting Communications Equipment in Substations
Automation and Engineering/Positron Inc. - K. Siciliano
- April 2005
Vision: Look to the Network for a New Production View
Online Industrial Ethernet Book - S. Winchester - Issue
is on the Level - Intech/ISA
- N. Sheble - March 2005
to help you select fieldbus sensors - Manufacturing
Automation - I. Verhappen, Mar/Apr. 2005.
for industrial control: The future of control - ControlGlobal.com
- Mar. 2005
Control System Design - Motion
System Design/Penton, Feb. 2005 - Lesson 3: Multi-Axis Coordinated
it time to replace PID? - Intech/ISA
- Mar. 2005 - Advantages of Model Predictive Control