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.

The material and information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. ISA blog posts may be authored by ISA staff and guest authors from the automation community. Views and opinions expressed by a guest author are solely their own, and do not necessarily represent those of ISA. Posts made by guest authors have been subject to peer review.

Why Are Process Automation Projects So Difficult to Manage?

Reflecting on my long career as a project manager, I have come to realize process automation project...
Lee Swindler Feb 3, 2020 7:42:13 AM

Webinar Recording: 10 Essentials of a Successful Upgrade or DCS Migration

This post was written in conjunction with an ISA co-hosted webinar.
Charles Toth Jan 29, 2020 9:58:27 AM

Why Most Modern Process Plants Fail to Take Full Advantage of Automation System Capabilities

The way we have started automobiles through the years is a simple analogy to the progress, or lack t...
Paul Darnbrough Dec 23, 2019 9:00:46 AM

AutoQuiz: What Are the NPV and IRR Methods for Evaluating Industrial Automation System Capital Investments?

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA's social media community manager.
Joel Don Dec 20, 2019 9:00:32 AM

Industry 4.0 Concepts for Discrete Manufacturing Applied to Process Automation

This article was written by Bill Lydon, automation industry authority, journalist and former chief e...
Bill Lydon Dec 2, 2019 9:00:00 AM

How to Solve the Biggest Maintenance Challenges in the Oil & Gas Industry

Oil and gas businesses operate in an industry that is subject to complex global and national constra...
Bryan Christiansen Nov 25, 2019 9:00:21 AM

The Enigma of Process Knowledge

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, ISA Fellow and author of t...
Edward J. Farmer Nov 11, 2019 9:00:27 AM

Why Automation Professionals Need to Go Beyond the Obvious and Create Elegant Solutions

This article was written by Bill Lydon, automation industry authority, journalist and former chief e...
Bill Lydon Oct 30, 2019 9:00:27 AM

How to Achieve Pilot-Scale Process Control Flexibility and Agility

Pilot-scale process control has posed some of the biggest automation challenges I have faced working...
Chris Marinucci Oct 21, 2019 9:00:29 AM

Why Bypassing the Factory Acceptance Test at Startup Is a Bad Idea

The investment in a solid factory acceptance test (FAT) pays big dividends and makes a large contrib...
Michael B. Fedenyszen, II Oct 16, 2019 9:00:24 AM

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