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What Is a Meaningful Sample for a Statistical Analysis?

We wonder about conditions on our processes and we try to assess them by sampled data. Every so ofte...
Ed Farmer Aug 11, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Why Are Engineers So Against Derivative Action?

The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program...
Greg McMillan Jul 28, 2020 5:15:00 AM

Searching for the Next Big Thing for a Career in Industrial Automation

My great-grandfather found his way to Western Colorado toward the end of the 19th century because of...
Ed Farmer Jul 17, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Understanding OEE in Manufacturing Operations Management [Book Excerpt]

Recently, there has been renewed interest in monitoring manufacturing production efficiencies in rea...
Contributing Author Jul 7, 2020 5:30:00 AM

Here's Why You Should Consider Getting Your FE

So, a few years ago, you decided you wanted to go to engineering school. You did your research and f...
Contributing Author Jul 3, 2020 5:00:00 AM

What Factors Affect Dead Time Identification for a PID Loop?

The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program...
Greg McMillan Jun 19, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Can You Diagnose Problems in an Industrial System with No Observability?

I spent part of a summer on top of a little place in northern Idaho called Moose Mountain. It came w...
Ed Farmer May 5, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The Role of Standards in Functional Safety

Internationally recognized functional safety standards have been developed and adopted to increase e...
Jennifer Infantino Halsey Apr 14, 2020 5:00:00 AM

What Is Functional Safety?

Functional safety focuses on the detection of a potentially dangerous condition and depends on autom...
Jennifer Infantino Halsey Apr 7, 2020 5:15:00 AM

Companies Ramp Up Production of N95 Masks in Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has exponentially increased the need for N95 disposable masks in hospitals and medical faci...
Kara Phelps Apr 3, 2020 5:15:00 AM

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