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    October 2nd Edition 2019

    InTech Plus

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

     Setting up an instrument calibration plan

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       By Kyle Shipps and Nathan Hedrick

    Failure to calibrate instrumentation can negatively affect performance, while calibrating too frequently can result in excessive costs without providing any benefits. The question is, how do you determine if calibration is needed? Read more

     Leveraging IIoT to Reduce Unplanned Downtime

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    In the process industry, one of the most important, yet often overlooked assets, are control valves. Without reliable control valve operation, most processes quickly become uncontrollable leading to unplanned downtime.
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     Energy Company Transforms Data into Insights

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    Oil and Gas exploration and production companies generate huge volumes of data. Learn how Devon Energy implemented advanced data historian and analytics technologies to transform all this data into actionable insights that support data-driven decisions.
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    Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

    Military veterans in industrial automation

    By Renee Bassett
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    When organizations and individuals translate and apply military skills to businesses of any kind, they immediately produce results and are cost effective. Here are three reasons why military veterans might find success in industrial automation. Read More

    Is your automation asset management out of sync?

    By Bill Lydon 
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    Automation asset management should be part of the business strategy for a manufacturing company to remain competitive, and automation professionals need to help their organization properly plan investments. Read more

     Advanced Analytics for the Chemical Industry

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    Challenge: Chemical-production facilities know that evolution and agility are the keys to success. Change requires collaborative, rapid insights into the data and systems that impact production efficiency and, therefore, bottom-line results.
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    Finally, Analytics Dedicated to Process Data

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    In the current hype around predictive analytics, machine learning, and data science, what’s missing are solutions to the real challenges to an analytics-driven organization. Address the challenges of continuous and batch process manufacturing analytics.
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    Inside ISA


    ISA’s 2019 Process Industry Conference to focus on the latest automation and manufacturing technologies

    The best and brightest minds in the process industries will return to Houston in November to present solutions to the most pressing challenges in energy processing and process manufacturing. Read more


    ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance Accelerates Education, Readiness, and Knowledge Sharing

    The International Society of Automation (ISA), developer of ANSI/ISA 62443 series of automation and control systems cybersecurity standards (adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission and endorsed by the United Nations), has created an open, collaborative forum to advance cybersecurity awareness, readiness, and knowledge sharing. Read more

    Test Your Knowledge! ISA Certification Review

    CCST Quiz

    In an analog electronic single loop controller, a _________________ op-amp is used to compare the process variable to the set point, which creates the error signal in the controller.

    A. integrating

    B. differential

    C. summing

    D. inverting

    Click here to get the answer 

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

    CAP Quiz

    Electromagnetic coupling problems in the electrical installation of a programmable electronic device can be reduced by:

    A. separation of signals by voltage level.

    B. mounting to eliminate vibration and ground currents.

    C. a cone of protection for all PE devices and related wiring.

    D. wireless electrical distribution metering.

    Click here to get the answer

    How to measure liquid level in vessels
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    By Lydia Miller

    In most applications, level measurements need to be quantified and sent electronically to an automation system, which requires some type of instrument. Sorting through the instrument selection process begins by determining what data is needed for the application and how it can be obtained as simply as possible. Read more

    ISA Training

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    With all the advances in automation technology and the rise of digitalization, it’s important for automation professionals to remain on the cutting edge of these innovations. ISA continues to offer the latest courses and training opportunities, on everything from process instrumentation and cybersecurity best practices, in order to help professionals advance in their career while providing continued value to their employers and facilities. Click here to browse ISA training opportunities.