Instruments and Controls

11/01/2003


Fieldbus favor

Fieldbus adoption is increasing among users worldwide, according to ARC Advisory Group. Fieldbus-based control systems are being implemented on both large and small projects in a wide range of mission-critical applications, with FOUNDATION fieldbus being the preferred technology in the process industries. "FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 leads other technologies in the process industries in terms of current installations and plans to install," the report stated.

According to the ARC survey, fieldbus compatibility is a decisive factor for control system selection. ARC speculates that fieldbus is transitioning to mission-critical applications, and that users are specifying the technology universally across the enterprise.

Online sensors store

Online store web site is designed to support users in search of low-cost magnetostrictive position sensors. The site includes information on magnetostrictive technology, glossary of technical terms, product specifications, product drawings, operating instructions, and installation/application notes.

MTS Systems Corp. , mtssensorsstore.com , Write 300 on PE card

Dilbert updated

The Book of Books Update is an updated version containing more than 200 p with 100 Dilbert cartoons. The updated handbook includes a comprehensive selection of scientific and technical books, CD-ROMs, videos, and software. Categories include aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, process, quality, safety, and software engineering; general interest; mathematics/physics; petroleum; plastics; technical society; temperature; and training videos, as well as numerous subcategories.

Omega Engineering, Inc. , omega.com , Write 301 on PE card

Training catalog

ISA Training Institute catalog details more than 300 instructor-led, CD-ROM, online, web-based, and video courses and includes the schedule of instructor-led courses and live web-based seminars through March 2004. The catalog has been reorganized to reflect the 13 technical communities of practice. For more information about ISA Training Institute or to download a PDF file of the catalog, visit the ISA web site.

Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society , isa.org/training , Write 302 on PE card





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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

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