Terry Blevins

Author's details

Date registered: April 19, 2011

Biography

Terry Blevins has been actively involved in the application and design of process control systems throughout his career. For more than 15 years, he worked as a systems engineer and group manager in the design and startup of advanced control solutions for the pulp and paper industry. Terry was instrumental in the establishment of Emerson Process Management's Advanced Control Program. From 1998-2005, Terry was the team lead for the development of DeltaV advanced control products. He is the Fieldbus Foundation™ team lead for the development and maintenance of the Function Block Specification and editor of the SIS Architecture and Model Specifications. In this capacity, Terry is involved in the movement of Fieldbus Foundation function block work into international standards. Terry is the U.S. expert to the IEC SC65E WG7 function block committee that is responsible for the IEC 61804 function block standards. He is a voting member and chairman of ISA104-EDDL (Electronic Device Description Language) committee and is the technical advisor to the United States Technical Advisory Group (USTAG) for the IEC65E subcommittee. He is also a member of the USNC TAG (IEC/SC65 and IEC/TC65). Terry authored "An Overview of the ISA/IEC Fieldbus," Section 11, Standards Overview, Fifth Edition of the Process/Industrial Instruments and Controls Handbook and coauthored four sections in the Fourth Edition of the Instrumentation Engineer's Handbook, Process Control and Optimization. He coauthored the ISA bestselling book Advanced Control Unleashed. He has 36 patents and has written over 65 papers on process control system design and applications. Terry received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville in 1971 and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1973. In 2004, he was inducted into Control Magazine's Process Automation Hall of Fame. Presently, Terry is a principal technologist in the future architecture team of DeltaV Product Engineering at Emerson Process Management.

Latest posts

  1. Wireless for Control — December 15, 2014
  2. Using Wireless Throttling Valves in Column Control — December 8, 2014
  3. Wireless Model Predictive Control — December 1, 2014
  4. Migration of Existing Control System Tools to FDI — November 24, 2014
  5. Emerson Exchange 2014 — September 22, 2014

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Dec
15

Wireless for Control

At Emerson Exchange, 2014 I participated in technology forum panel discussion on control using wireless measurements and valves . The panelists were: Terry Blevins, Principal Technologist, Emerson Process Management Scott Broadley, President, Broadley-James Corporation Mitch Panther, Senior Design Engineer, Fisher Controls Bailee Roach, PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin Eric Rotvold, Distinguished Technologist, Rosemount …

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Dec
08

Using Wireless Throttling Valves in Column Control

At Emerson Exchange 2014 I worked with Stephen Briggs, University Of Texas, Austin and Kurtis Jensen, Emerson Process Management, to co-host a workshop on control using a wireless throttling valve. As addressed in this presentation, we have tested in a flow lab the control performance that may be achieved using PIDPlus with a wireless throttling …

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Dec
01

Wireless Model Predictive Control

Wirelss MPC Workshop

At Emerson Exchange – 2014, Orlando, FL. I worked with Bailee Roach, University Of Texas, Austin and Willy Wojsznis, Emerson Process Management to co-host a workshop of Wireless Model Predictive Control (MPC). In this workshop we addressed how wireless measurements may be used in model predictive. Information was provided on a field trail of this …

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Nov
24

Migration of Existing Control System Tools to FDI

Since the announcement of the Field Device Integration effort at the Interkama/Hannover trade fair in 2007, many companies have contributed to the development of the Field Device Integration (FDI) standard, IEC 62769. This standard is scheduled to be released in 2015. One of the objectives of the ISA104 committee, Device Integration, is to adopt and …

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Sep
22

Emerson Exchange 2014

Gaylord Photo

This year Emerson Exchange will be held October 6 – 10, 2014 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. More than 400 Workshops and Short Courses are planned this year. I am a presenter in the following workshops that focus on control using wireless field devices. 4-1892 Using Wireless Throttling Valves in …

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Jun
09

Wireless Control Presentation – ACC 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This last week I gave a paper presentation at the American Control Conference, Portland, OR. The topic of this paper was PID Control Using Wireless Measurements. I co-authored the paper with Mark Nixon and Willy Wojsznis. Below is a picture taken during the presentation. This paper presents a wireless PID controller, known as PIDPlus. The …

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May
19

Update – Providing 24VDC to Field Devices

3 Wire Terminal Block

In a blog posted late last month I addressed how to provide a 24VDC source of power to a three wire field device. In the past I have used a 24VDC High Side Discrete output to provide  24VDC to these types of devices. This solution can be  implemented in most DCS and PLC systems. If …

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May
05

Control Loop Foundation Reprint

Manual Tuning Integrating Process

A book goes through many reviews and edits before it can be published. Still, it is very difficult for the authors and reviewers to catch all the typo’s in the original text and those that are introduced during the type setting process (formatting for publication). ISA recently notified me that the book that Mark Nixon …

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Apr
28

Providing 24VDC to Field Devices

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Some field devices such as an inductive proximity switch may be designed as three wire devices that require a 24VDC source of power. In such cases it is possible to tap into the 24 volt bulk power supply in the rack room and run twisted pair to the device. However, to protect against a short …

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Apr
21

IEC 61987 – List of Properties (LOP)

IEC List of Properties Standard 61987

During the TC65 Plenary meeting each working group gives an activity report that summarizes the status of standards that are being developed or updated. At the Hamburg meeting, March 31- April 4th I was a delegate to the SC65B and SC65C meeting and lead the US delegation in the SC65E meeting. The reports by Peer …

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