ISA Interchange

Welcome to the official blog of the International Society of Automation (ISA).

This blog covers numerous topics on industrial automation such as operations & management, continuous & batch processing, connectivity, manufacturing & machine control, and Industry 4.0.

ISA Celebrates 75 Years: A Practical History

A Practical History of Measurement, Communication, Standards, Automation, and Control 
James W. Harris Dec 24, 2020 5:30:00 AM

How to Quickly Identify Tuning Mistakes

The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program...
Greg McMillan Oct 2, 2020 5:30:00 AM

State of the Mining and Metals Industry in 2020

As the world is getting used to the new normal, mining and metals companies are trying to move on an...
Bas Mutsaers Sep 4, 2020 5:00:00 AM

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...
Edward J. 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...
Edward J. 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...
Tom Seubert 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...
Brad S. Carlberg 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...
Edward J. Farmer May 5, 2020 5:00:00 AM

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