The post Unintended Consequences of Cutting Technical Headcount first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site.
In the automation community, we routinely hear that reducing head count is one of the better ways to cut operational costs in a manufacturing plant. From some perspectives, this assertion makes sense, especially if management is looking for short-term cost reductions to bolster the plant’s net operating profits, meet their performance goals, and receive their […]
The post Explaining Automation: Keep It Simple, Relevant, Relatable first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site.
This is a question that all of us, as automation professionals, need to be able to answer—clearly and simply. Outside of our own ranks, the vast majority of people do not have a clear understanding of what automation is and why it is important. Add the fact that we, as technical people by nature, aren’t […]
Héctor Torres, a protégé of the ISA Mentor Program from its inception, provides a detailed view of how to use key PID features that can greatly expand what you can achieve. The setting of anti-reset windup ARW limits, dynamic reset limit, eight different structures, integral dead band, and set-point filter. Feedforward and rate limiting are […]
The post AutoQuiz: How to Install an Electromagnetic Flowmeter first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site.
Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for information about the CCST program. This question comes from the Level I […]
The post Q&A with Author of Calibration Handbook of Measuring Instruments first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site.
Q. Why were you inspired/motivated to write this book? A. I wrote this book to help and direct industrial and laboratory operators involved in verifying and calibrating measuring instruments used in ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems, ISO 14001Environmental Management Systems, ISO 16949 Automotive Quality Management Systems and AS/EN 9100 Aviation Series Quality Management Systems, according […]
The post An Efficient Decentralized Iterative Learning Tracker first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site.
Abstract: In this paper, an efficient decentralized iterative learning tracker is proposed to improve the dynamic performance of the unknown controllable and observable sampled-data interconnected large-scale state-delay system, which consists of NN multi-input multi-output (MIMO) subsystems, with the closed-loop decoupling property. The off-line observer/Kalman filter identification (OKID) method is used to obtain the decentralized linear models […]