Category Archive: Distributed Control Systems (DCS)

Jun
09

Wireless Control Presentation – ACC 2014

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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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Apr
14

IEC TC65 Standards Work

IEC Webstore

The international standards for industrial-process measurement, control and automation are developed through IEC TC65. As stated on the IEC web site, the standards developed by TC65 address systems and elements used for industrial-process measurement and control concerning continuous and batch processes. These standards address equipment and systems operating with electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical or other …

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Apr
07

TC65 Plenary Meeting

SC65E Meeting Hamburg Germany

Many of the international standards that we depend on in the process industry were created by working groups within IEC TC65: Industrial-process measurement, control and automation. IEC TC65 holds a plenary meeting every two years to review the status of work to develop or update international standards. The most recent plenary meeting was held March …

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Feb
03

WirelessHART – Monitoring and Control of On-Off Valves

TopWorx_4310

A number of WirelessHART devices have been introduced over the last few years to monitor the status of on/off valves. For example, the TopWorx 4310 WirelessHART Valve Position Monitor can be used detect linear and rotary movement using non-contact technology with limit switch feedback. Such devices provide a low cost way to monitor the position …

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Jan
27

WirelessHART – Level Switch

2160 WirelessHART Transmitter

In many tank level control applications, a level switch is installed and used as an interlock to help prevent overfilling the tank. For example, in many existing installations you may find a vibrating fork liquid level switch wired as an input to the control system. However, today it is possible to reduce the cost of installing a …

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Jan
20

WirelessHART – Discrete Measurement

702 Transmitter

Many manufacturers initially introduced WirelessHART field devices that were designed to support continuous process measurements such pressure, flow, temperature, and level. Also, WirelessHART transmitters are now available for analytical measurements such as pH. Recently you may have noticed that some manufacturers have introduced WirelessHART field devices for discrete measurement. For example, Rosemount has released the …

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