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Comical Processing: You Write The Cartoon Caption

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2014 Salary Survey Yields A Mixed Bag

Annual survey shows salaries are up but job satisfaction remains unchanged

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Powder Handling: Make the Most of Flow Additives

Optimization requires understanding their impact on overall powder behavior.

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Chemicals CEOs' Optimism Grows

New survey shows executives' outlook has become even rosier.

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Consider VFDs for Centrifugal Pumps

Such drives may provide energy savings and avoid operating problems.

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CP Talks to Head of New Safety Center

Trish Kerin shared her thoughts about what the ISC aims to do.

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Plant Safety: Leaks Don't Lie

Treat them as calls for action against the underlying problem.

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Get Ready for The Internet of Things

Industry has an opportunity to lead the revolution.

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  2. There’s no such thing as too large a compressed air line.  A common error in compressed air systems is line sizes too small for the desired air flow.

  3. Otherwise you risk using the wrong value for density in calculations.

  4. Treat them as calls for action against the underlying problem.

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  • control system migrationsIf you're about to embark on a control system migration project, the best thing you can do is prepare. Indeed, there are many complexities to consider with any migration project. Wanting to help future generations, Daniel Roessler wrote the book, Control System Migrations: A Practical Project Management Handbook (Momentum Press, 2013).

    "As experienced engineers, we aren't doing an effective job passing along the value of our experiences to younger engineers," says Roessler. "Hopefully this book will be helpful . . .  to be a resource where they can gain experience." This handbook proves useful for seasoned engineers, too.

    Roessler tells Senior Digital Editor Traci Purdum the reasons behind his methodology and how readers should use this book. He also reveals his a-ha moments during the writing process and what an optimal migration team should look like.

    Roessler has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His career, spanning over 20 years, began as a process control engineer and project manager for an end-user company in the chemical and polymer industries. He also worked as a system integrator and later in business development and marketing positions for several process automation vendors providing hardware, software and automation service solutions to the process industries.

    He is currently a freelance writer and also principal consultant for DANR Consulting. For additional information, email him at

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  • Control system performance can significantly impact a manufacturer's bottom line. Leveraging automation capabilities through simplified, cost-effective migration to a new technology can protect investments, improve business results and even reduce risks.

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