Category: Process

Processing, batching

Sensors 102: Signal Conditioning

Today’s post is about what goes on between an actual detection device and the input of a control system. In many control applications you don’t need to think about what goes on inside of a device. The signal is converted

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My Little Factory – April 2017

This post is the first in a series I am writing about a project I am working on, hence the “April 2017” designation. As most of my regular readers know, I have spent much of the past several years teaching

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Miami Adventures

Last March I wrote a post on working in New England on a consulting project. Much of the post was about the travels during my days off from the project, describing what the area was like in the Winter. I

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Device Labeling Poll Results

A couple of weeks ago I started a poll on device numbering methods, here are the results. Responses came from comments on this site and five different Linked In forums. Method 1: Labeling the device based on the I/O point

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Device Numbering Methods: A Poll

Recently I was involved in a discussion on the best method of numbering and labeling devices for systems and machinery. I have used several different methods in the past, depending on customer preference and the type of application; these methods

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Web and Converting Terms

The picture above is from a project I worked on back in 2007. I haven’t worked on a web project since then, but I thought I’d share a section of my book that discusses some of the terms used in

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PID Control

Well, I’m back from another automation training adventure, this time just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. After my previous trip to Denver, I thought it might be a good idea to discuss PID control, since that is what I spent

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Denver and the World of Water Treatment

Last week I mentioned that I would be traveling to Denver to do some work in a field I am not so familiar with. Well, I returned yesterday after what I would consider a very successful and interesting trip. The

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Things vs. Stuff: The World of Process Control

Next weekend I am flying out to Denver for another adventure in the automation world. This time I will be a little out of my element as I will be at a water plant, which brings up the topic of

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Process Types

Processes may take various forms in automated production. They may be continuous as with the mixing of chemicals, synchronous where operations are performed in unison or asynchronous where operations are performed independently. Manual and automated tasks may be mixed to

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