• July 2018

    InTech Plus

    Welcome to InTech Plus, the International Society of Automation’s online eNewsletter that connects automation professionals to all things automation.

     Data filtering in process automation systems

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       By Joseph. S. Alford, PhD, Brian M. Hrankowsky, and R. Russell Rhinehart

    This article focuses on techniques that are typically programmed or configured into process control or data historian computers for which users have significant discretion for their use and configuration. Read more

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    Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

    The next big controversy: Who owns the data?

    By Michael Kanellos  

    Manufacturers, end users, and others already know their information is valuable, and they are not going to relinquish it freely. No more IBM giving Microsoft free rights to resell DOS, or Intel getting the blueprints to the microprocessor back as an afterthought. Read More

    Wireless pressure tracking propels brewer's success

    By Michael KoppelmanAuto Basics Jan-Feb main

    Some may find it daunting to take risks and experiment with the new IoT and wireless automation technologies, but it is possible to start small and succeed. The sensors and transmitters gathering operational data are the starting point. Read more

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    Inside ISA

      NCDA LEGISLATIVE AWARD

    Michael Marlowe earns NCDA legislative award


    The National Career Development Association (NCDA)-a non-profit organization that provides professional development expertise and resources to practitioners and educators-presented a Legislative Award to Michael Marlowe, the past Executive Director of the Automation Federation. The award was presented on 22 June 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the NCDA Global Conference. Read more

     SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION

    Register today for the 2018 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium


    Prominent industry speakers, 34 technical presentations, updates from industry groups, a facility tour, a vendor showcase, and certified ISA training opportunities highlight the agenda. Read more

    Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review

    CCST Quiz

    There are approximately ________time constants from the point at which the process reaction curve begins to change and reaching its maximum value.

    A. 1

    B. 3

    C. 5

    D. 7

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     Want more practice? For more sample questions, check out the ISA Certification Review archives.

    CAP Quiz

    In tuning an axis for point-to-point moves, what would the automation professional look for?

    A. equipment or system audits.

    B. service level agreements (SLAs).

    C. system utilization services.

    D. preventative maintenance.

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    Optimizing related process variables to improve profitability

    By Yasunori KobayashiProcess Automation May-Jun Main img

    In today’s competitive environment, process industry companies are focused on two key objectives: profitability and delivering value to customers. However, these objectives are often disparate goals not aligned across departments, plants, or enterprise boundaries. Read more

    Cool Tools

    Mobile apps are handy tools when you’re on the go. We have compiled a list of apps that are recommended by our members as being time- and effort-saving resources for automation professionals. Included in the list are engineering calculators and apps for reviewing AutoCAD drawings, as well as apps for specialized tasks, such as heat transfer calculation and decoding a Rockwell programmable logic controller (PLC) status light meaning. Click here for cool tools