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At one time, alarm management programs were developed and handed down to operators. At the Husky PG Oil Refinery in Prince George, B.C., for example, alarm management came from the engineering side, and operators just became involved afterward, says Yuqin Ying. “If they think a setting is too high or too low, they request changes and we can go through and...
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Teledyne Dalsa: Vision System with Touchscreen

Expanding the GEVA family of multi-camera vision systems for industrial inspection, the GEVA-312T is a stand-alone system with a built-in touchscreen display that delivers flexibility and easy migrati
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Prototype Internet Of Things Apps for $20?
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Prototype Internet Of Things Apps for $20?

A new microcontroller from Texas Instruments enables engineers to prototype Internet of Things connectivity ranging from sensor gateways to control networks.
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Weidmuller: Temperature Input Modules

New ACT20M signal isolation and conversion models provide thermocouple and RTD signal conversions, where either auxiliary power or output-loop power is available, and where range setting by DIP-switch
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ABB Robotics: Vision System for Robots

Integrated Vision makes vision-guided robotics applications faster and easier to deploy.
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Who's On Your Alarm Management Team?

To ensure success with your alarm management upgrade, make sure operators are at least on, if not leading, your team.
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Acromag: Frequency/Pulse Input Transmitter

The TT339 frequency transmitter uses software configuration to accurately set input/output options.
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New Pump Profiles Enhance Wastewater Treatment Plant Controls Upgrade

The challenge: replace the entire control system without shutting down some critical parts of the treatment plant for longer than four hours.
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Dataforth: New Software for Data Acquisition & Control System

The MAQ20 is now available with IPEmotion data acquisition/test and measurement software.
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Matrox: Industrial Imaging Computers

Supersight Solo lets users integrate a system host board with multiple GPUs (graphics processing units), FPGAs and frame grabbers in a single chassis.
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Turck: Block I/O for Industrial Ethernet

The BL compact on-machine, flexible block I/O for Industrial Ethernet makes it possible to collect a variety of signals in a single, rugged node on a network.
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Streamlining the OMAC Standard
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OMAC Committees Focus On Streamlining Standard

A recent meeting of the OMAC Packaging Working Group’s PackML and PackSpec committees concentrated on clarifying and simplifying its standard to bolster increased acceptance and use of the standard by
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New Columnist Greg McMillan on PID Control

A unified approach to advanced control can make utilizing the full power of PID less of an art and more of a documented, fast and straightforward procedure.
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Mining Site Upgrades to DCS with Integrated Safety

Expansion plans at Areva's remote uranium mining site in Saskatchewan, Canada, calls for an upgrade of the facility's distributed control system (DCS) to one with integrated, intrinsically s
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New Virtualization Features for DeltaV Coming in 2013

At this point in the 2012 Emerson Exchange, attendees are bound to have heard quite a bit about the newest version of DeltaV (v12), including Electronic Marshalling with Integrated Safety and Batch An
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Got Valve Alignment Issues? Now You Can Automate Manual Valves Easily

The 4320, a WirelessHART valve automation solution, changes the economics of automating discrete valves and is an alternative to solenoids and limit switches.
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Terry Blevins is Named ISA Fellow

Terrence L. Blevins will be elevated to the distinguished grade of Fellow at the 50th Annual ISA Honors and Awards Gala, held 24 September 2012 at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando Florida, USA.
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GE Energy Expands Industrial Sensor Offering through Acquisition

Presens is an Oslo, Norway based provider of pressure, temperature and flow measurement solutions for extreme conditions.
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Energy Harvesting Lessons from the Mars Curiosity Rover

The same energy harvesting technologies used onboard the Mars Curiosity Rover hold a wealth of potential for the manufacturing industries in their efforts to become more energy efficient and cut unnec
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Remote Monitoring: Water District Welcomes SCADA Upgrade

Southern California-based Western Municipal Water District (WMWD) recently upgraded five water treatment plants and 80 satellite sites with new SCADA software that offers out-of-the box remote monitor
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I/O module synchronously reads encoder values via high-precision EtherCAT Distributed Clocks
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