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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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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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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Wireless Control Presentation – ACC 2014


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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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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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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Providing 24VDC to Field Devices


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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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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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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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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