Control Systems

Control systems include the devices, systems, networks, and controls used to operate and/or automate industrial processes. Keeping on top of advances and best practices is paramount.


Exxon Mobil Baton Rouge

Exxon Mobil and Industrial Tech Giants on Open Automation

A look at the Open Process Automation Forum's progress and how it's impacting digitalization across the chemical industry.
Avoid Alarm Rationalization Mistakes

How To Avoid Alarm Rationalization Mistakes

This episode focuses on alarm rationalization mistakes, emphasizing the importance of addressing underlying problems rather than just managing the steady-state alarm rate.
Programmable Logic Controller

PLC Selection: Beyond IEC 61131 Magic Bullet Claims

Avoid the allure of one-size-fits-all solutions and consider standardization, support and future-proofing for programmable logic controllers.
New Episode

Podcast: Study Reveals Advanced Process Control Can Degrade Operator Skills

Findings, recommendations and interventions to maintain operator skills are explored in this latest Distilled podcast episode



Bedrock Automation Adds Martin To Advisory Board

Feb. 16, 2022
Martin, well-known throughout the industrial automation world for his pioneering applications of control theory to business profitability, will advise Bedrock in its advancement...

New Endress+Hauser Houston Campus Emphasizes Sustainability

Oct. 27, 2021
The new campus is designed with customers in mind and is equipped for training, repair and calibration services.

UT Austin Uses Endress+Hauser PTU For Training Courses

Oct. 20, 2021
Endress+Hauser and the Petroleum Extension (PETEX), a unit of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, announce collaboration efforts for training...

Open Process Automation Forum Welcomes Beckhoff

Jan. 25, 2021
Beckhoff will champion process industry standards as a member of The Open Group.

White Papers: In Depth Research


Special Report: Protect Process Control Systems

Oct. 29, 2014
In the decade before Stuxnet attacked process control systems in Iran, there were just five known supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) vulnerabilities for all control...

The Perils of a DIY Distributed Control System

July 15, 2014
The debate over the virtues of DCS vs. PLC has been ongoing since these two architectures came into existence 40 years ago. For certain industries, a distributed control system...

No More Risky Business With Virtual Patching

Sept. 21, 2012
Patching process control system software to remove security vulnerabilities is fraught with risk. System issues can be the result of installing a patch, but a system is also vulnerable...

PRALCA’s Path to Modernization

Aug. 29, 2012
With an aging installed legacy Distributed Control System (DCS), the PRALCA petrochemical plant needed advanced control strategies to improve plant efficiency. Find out how a ...

Poll Results: Software As A Service

March 14, 2022
We asked readers: How receptive is your site to buying "software as a service" rather than purchasing it outright?

ExxonMobil Selects Yokogawa For OPA Field Trial

Feb. 1, 2022
Collaboration on ExxonMobil project is designed to advance OPA system from test bed to real-world production process facility.

Module Type Package (MTP) Accelerates Automation Integration

Jan. 12, 2022
Module Type Package can reduce risks and costs

MTP Makes Modular Manufacturing Easier

Oct. 11, 2021
Time to market is expedited and costs are cut when a common, open standard is applied.