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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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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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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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Submersible pH Sensor Platform
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Submersible pH Sensor Platform

The platform is for municipal or industrial plant water/wastewater treatment.
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Enhanced Thermal Mass Flow Meter

The ST100 Series is now available with VeriCal in-situ calibration verification system.
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Versatile Vision Sensor

The IV Vision Sensor combines some of the functionality of machine vision and traditional sensors in a single system that can be used on a wide range of presence detection applications.
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Ammonium Analytical Sensors

Aimed at municipal and industrial water, potable water and wastewater, these ammonium analytical sensors consist of two universal sensors and replaceable electrode cartridges.
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Advantech Corporation: Series of Embedded Automation Computers

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduces a new series of Class I, Division 2 certified automation computers, the UNO-1100H series.
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Beckhoff Automation: PC-based Control Software Gets Object-Oriented Extensions

Called “the most significant upgrade since 1996,” TwinCAT PC-based control software now has object-oriented IEC 61131-3 extensions and support for C and C++ programming languages.
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24 VDC Temperature Controllers

24 VDC powered Solo process/temperature controllers are available in four standard DIN sizes.
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Re-engineered Arc-Resistant Motor Control Centers

A re-engineered family of motor control centers (MCCs) are arc-resistance, compliant with ANSI/IEEE C37.20.7 standards and filled with features designed to serve water and wastewater, oil and gas, a
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Parallel Programming: Soon the Only Game in Town

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Wireless Keyboard Eliminates Protrusion

The vendor’s DW-860 rugged wireless keyboard has been redesigned into a sleeker, more compact case with no protruding battery pack. 
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Hands-Free Wireless Scanner

The Bluetooth Cordless Ring Scanner (CRS) Series 9 is a hands-free solution equipped with a small bar code scanner designed to sit on the user’s finger, with the battery and transmitter worn on the wr
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Factory Applications: Turn Up the Wi-Fi

Wireless Fidelity, or Wi-Fi, technology is proliferating in the factory, but it’s not the best answer for everything. Will Wi-Fi take over the industrial world?
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Versatile, Portable Data Logger

The OM-SQ2010 is a versatile, general purpose data logger with 4 differential or 8 single-ended analog input channels to measure current, voltage, resistance and temperature, plus 8 digital channels
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Containing Wireless Cyber Security Threats

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EDDL & FDT, Competing or Complementary?

Device intelligence technologies are being deployed in tandem and may blend one day.
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EMI Down Under

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How a Crisis Can Lead to Success

Originally, I meant to write this column about state-of-the art factories, where everything is automated and controlled from a distance, thus saving a lot of labor costs.
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Regulatory Tug-of-War Rages in Calibration

The calibration trend Ed Shuler sees now is the push for reduced manpower in instrumentation and electrical (I&E) shops on unnecessary calibration.
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