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Nick Denbow's European Report: Women with STEM and computing skills take the lead
October 2016, News
STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) training is receiving a lot of current attention: but this is not something that is new. As the Founder of Churchill College, Cambridge, in 1959 ...

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Nick Denbow’s European report: Sales and marketing people to admire
September 2016, News
There is a family-run DIY shop in Winchester: it does not have the attractive displays of the DIY supercentres, it is crammed with stuff in crowded aisles, and you have to ask where to look for anything. ...

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Case History 150: Mystery in distillation column temperature control.
September 2016, Michael Brown Control Engineering
The longer I work in the field of control loop optimisation, the more I learn that things often do not work the way one expects. I have spent over 30 years optimising literally thousands of feedback control ...

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Cybersecurity implications of the Industrial Internet of Things
Technews Industry Guide - Industrial Internet of Things 2016
ARC Advisory Group’s long-running research into industrial control systems (ICS) and ICS cybersecurity provides a unique vantage point for assessing the cybersecurity implications of the emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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Nick Denbow's Industrial Internet report: The future for IoT
Technews Industry Guide - Industrial Internet of Things 2016
   Richard van Hooijdonk, a ‘Trendwatcher’ For the Yokogawa European conference, their Trendwatcher was Richard van Hooijdonk, from the Netherlands. A well-known radio lecturer, Richard is also a lecturer ...

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Nick Denbow's European report: Fresh air with Brexit
August 2016
Having been a silent voter during the run up to the referendum, and appalled by the rubbish pedalled by the politicians on both sides, I was delighted to discover that despite my reservations about leaving ...

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Improving OEM service performance with remote monitoring
July 2016, IT in Manufacturing
With remote asset health monitoring using IIoT and well-crafted analytics, OEMs can obtain advance warning of a failure and provide services for minimal unplanned downtime.

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Nick Denbow’s European report: The Yokogawa User Group conference in Budapest
July 2016
The 'User Group' conferences, which provide a meeting place for automation and control managers and engineers from different companies and industries to get together and share their operational experience, ...

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When should manufacturing organisations embark on digital transformation?
July 2016, Absolute Perspectives, IT in Manufacturing
Manufacturing organisations are faced with a fast moving and evolving landscape. Increasing customer demands for speed and quality, combined with strong pressure to operate at lower margins, means little ...

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Case History 149: Classic examples of badly optimised loops.
July 2016, Michael Brown Control Engineering
Problems on a flow control loop    The first example is that of a flow control loop on a liquid flow. Figure 1 shows a closed loop test with a step change of setpoint.    Three problems immediately stand ...

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Nick Denbow's European report: Emerson shows off its latest ­instruments
June 2016, News
The Emerson ‘Global User’s Exchange’, for their customers and potential customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa, was held in Brussels in April. As with all the leading automation, control and instrumentation ...

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Nick Denbow's European report: Emerson shows off its latest ­instruments
June 2016, News
The Emerson ‘Global User’s Exchange’, for their customers and potential customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa, was held in Brussels in April. As with all the leading automation, control and instrumentation ...

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The ‘Big Picture’ on ExxonMobil’s Open System Initiative
June 2016
There were quite a few noteworthy presentations at ARC’s 20th Annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando in February. One presentation in particular stimulated considerable discussion among process control ...

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Case History 147: Why base-layer feedback control is needed
April 2016, Michael Brown Control Engineering, System Integration & Control Systems Design
A friend of mine was appointed to start an advanced control and optimisation group in a very large chemical plant and he hired a group of academically highly qualified young APC (advanced process control) ...

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How exactly does IT support ­manufacturing compliance?
March 2016, Absolute Perspectives, IT in Manufacturing
Manufacturing compliance is increasingly a concern as a result of new regulations, and globally connected supply chains where products are made and consumed across multiple jurisdictions.

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Nick Denbow’s European report: Internet of Things micro sensors are coming
March 2016, News
“Not another article talking about IoT sensors!” Maybe, like me, this is your normal reaction. Hopefully this article will show that there are clever developments going on, that are relevant industrially ...

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Dual pressure and temperature transmitter for low power systems
March 2016, Allpronix, Pressure Measurement & Control
A multi-variable transmitter from American Sensor Technologies provides both pressure and temperature outputs from a single process point. In addition to simplifying control systems, the Model AST46PT ...

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How does a Zener barrier work?
March 2016, Extech Safety Systems
For an explosion, all three of gas/dust, oxygen and source of ignition (spark or heat) need to be present. Intrinsic Safety (IS) works on the principle of removing the source of ignition. This can be ...

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Case History 146: What makes control loop optimisation worthwhile?
February 2016, Michael Brown Control Engineering, System Integration & Control Systems Design
In this article we look at three cases where great success was achieved through optimisation. The work was all done in a petro-chemical refinery.       Case study 1 The first example is of a reactor feed ...

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Optimising the value of an operator training simulator
November 2015
For example, would the simulator be used to train plant managers, engineers, and/or maintenance technicians as well as operators? Would the simulator also be used to test control strategies in a safe, ...

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