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Setting the Standard for Automation
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A newly published ISA security standard in the ISA/IEC 62443 series specifies process requirements for the secure development of products used in industrial automation and control systems. It defines a secure development lifecycle for developing and maintaining secure products. http://bit.ly/2vprZlI via Control Global #cybersecurity
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Webinar Replay: Temperature is perhaps the most important common measurement critical for process efficiency and capacity. It not only affects energy use but also production rate and quality. Watch the ISA webinar recording featuring industry expert Greg McMillan, and learn how to get the most accurate and responsive measurements and the best control for key unit operations. http://bit.ly/2vDzwxn #pauto
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Industrial organizations are constantly under pressure to improve reliability and increase uptime. And although Distributed Control Systems (DCS) offer significant advantages for modern industrial operations, they can be too large, complicated, and costly for some users. An eBook from Honeywell identifies five key features of a perfect fit DCS and guides you in your decision process when choosing a DCS solution that fits your operation's needs. http://bit.ly/2HTI2L6
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Several different on/off actuator designs are available today. Some employ a scotch yoke mechanism, others use a rack and pinion, Plant experience suggests that the diminutive piston o-ring design can be a very good indicator of how well a particular actuator will hold up in service. Learn more in this technical discussion by industry expert Greg McMillan. http://bit.ly/2HeS9gB #pauto
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Friday Quiz time! Test your process industries technical knowledge with this question from ISA's CCST certification program.

In the diagram in the post image, which (A, B, C or D) is the standard wiring color for a Type K thermocouple in the U.S. and Canada? (click the image to enlarge)

Check your answer, and view ISA reference sources that can help you learn more about the topic. Click this link: http://bit.ly/2HNgkQd #pauto
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One key challenge: The number of experienced industrial control system engineers is declining rapidly as fewer young people go into this career. #cybersecurity
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ISA Tech Tip: For managing pH, use linear reagent demand control when going from a flatter part to a steeper part of a titration curve for tighter control and less wear and tear on the valves and the operators. http://bit.ly/2He2lpH
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Proper calibration of instruments for the process industries is essential. Yet calibration tends to be one of the most overlooked processes in today’s plants and factories. So how do you know that you’re taking the most efficient path towards calibrated, automated production? Calibration experts at ISA teamed with Beamex to publish an in-depth guide to calibration automation, delivering the information you need to ensure a fully calibrated and reliable facility. http://bit.ly/2HdbSsO #calibration #pauto
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Impulse-line Purging & Close Coupling. One solution to problems of impulse line-blockage, gas bubbles in liquid lines and liquids in gas lines is to maintain a continuous purge flow through the lines. http://bit.ly/2JQg6bP via Automation Forum
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Glass manufacturing is one of the most energy-intensive industries -- energy costs representing roughly 14 percent of the total production costs. The bulk of energy consumed comes from natural gas combustion for heating furnaces to melt raw materials, which are then transformed into glass. The efficiency of the furnace can be optimized, which can significantly reduce energy consumption and provide substantial savings. Learn more in this ISA blog post on advances in gas chromatography by Bonnie Crossland of Emerson Process Management. http://bit.ly/2J0eiLS
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