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May 27, 2022 @ 10:21 am

Ethernet switching for the OT world

Full featured managed switches from the IT world feature an impressive array of options and functionality—perhaps too many for operational technologists. Unmanaged switches, on the other hand, are relatively unsophisticated devices that cost less, but lack security and redundancy features. In this episode of Control Amplified: The Process Automation Podcast, Keith Larson talks to Charlie Norz, product manager for I/O systems, WAGO USA, about a network switch option designed specifically for the needs of OT applications—and the priorities and skillsets of the engineers and technicians that work with them.

Learn more about WAGO: https://www.wago.com/ 

Read the transcript: https://www.controlglobal.com/podcasts/control-amplified/ethernet-switching-for-the-ot-world 

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May 6, 2022 @ 10:31 am

FDT for the Industry 4.0 era

The FDT integration standard first came into being as a means to deal with all aspects of multivendor device configuration and diagnostic data generated by smart process instruments. Over the years, it has evolved in both scope and functionality, and in its current iteration as FDT UE, it provides a platform-independent, web-enabled environment for managing and monitoring instrumentation and all manner of Industrial IoT devices across process, hybrid and discrete manufacturing domains. In this episode of Control Amplified: The Process Automation Podcast, Control magazine editor in chief Keith Larson discusses the ongoing evolution of FDT and its increased relevance in the age of Industry 4.0 with Steve Biegacki, FDT Group managing director.

Read the transcript: https://www.controlglobal.com/podcasts/control-amplified/fdt-for-the-industry-4-0-era 

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March 14, 2022 @ 10:24 am

Coriolis technology fueling chemical industry transformation

It's been 45 years since Micro Motion debuted its first Coriolis meter, and back then, the chemical lab industry was the first to recognize the advantages of direct mass flow measurement. But over the years, Coriolis technology and complementary instrumentation that Emerson has assembled has proved the worth of this technology in many other dimensions. In this episode of Control Amplified: The Process Automation Podcast, editor in chief Keith Larson is joined by Don Fregelette, chemical industry vice president for Emerson's Automation Solutions Business, to discuss the range of applications and benefits Emerson's chemical manufacturing clients are realizing through this technology.

Read the transcript: https://www.controlglobal.com/podcasts/control-amplified/coriolis-technology-fueling-chemical-industry-transformation 

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January 24, 2022 @ 12:24 pm

Ethernet-APL: Implications for the field devices of tomorrow

Ethernet-APL products are due to hit the marketplace this year. With this, process industries will be able to boast a unified Ethernet architecture that reaches from intrinsically safe field devices to the cloud. While bandwidth will be much faster, Ethernet-APL will also deliver substantially more electrical power to those field devices, bringing unprecedented capabilities to the digital field. In this episode, editor in chief Keith Larson speaks with Jonas Berge, senior director of applied technology for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business, about the new field device capabilities Ethernet-APL will make possible.

Learn more about Emerson: https://www.emerson.com/en-us

Read the transcript: https://www.controlglobal.com/podcasts/control-amplified/ethernet-apl-implications-for-the-field-devices-of-tomorrow

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November 23, 2021 @ 12:56 pm

How HART transcends physical layer constraints

Ethernet-APL technology is an important technology milestone, enabling a new high performance paradigm of digital field communications for the process industries. But from a practical perspective, there are millions of analog 4-20 mA instruments installed around the world, and growing. No one will be tearing them out anytime soon. Further these analog devices are joined by a growing number of wireless monitoring instruments that are helping to realize the industrial IoT ambitions of process manufacturers around the world. So. how can all these devices coexist and work together tomorrow and for decades to come? Peter Zornio, chief technology officer for Emerson's Automation Solutions business, joins Keith Larson to discuss the role that HART will play.

Learn more about Emerson: https://www.emerson.com/global

Read the transcript: https://www.controlglobal.com/podcasts/control-amplified/how-hart-transcends-physical-layer-constraints 

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November 9, 2021 @ 3:10 pm

Flexibility redefining I/O expectations

The process industry’s packaging, paper, plastics and textile manufacturing applications are among its most challenging. Conveyors, continuous sheets and webs are moving faster than ever, even as the volume of real-time data needed to feed industry’s digital transformation ambitions continues to mount. So, how can a maker of the industrial networks and input/output (I/O) systems that make all this happen continue to keep pace with the mounting demands of end users and machine builders? Keith Larson chat with Charlie Norz, product manager for I/O systems with WAGO USA, to find out.

Read the transcript: https://www.controlglobal.com/podcasts/control-amplified/flexibility-redefining-io-expectations 

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October 19, 2021 @ 12:53 pm

Driving sustainable operations with advanced analytics

Many industrial organizations today list increased sustainability as one of their main corporate objectives. But it's not just altruism, they understand that advancing sustainability also offers significant competitive advantage, from both an image perspective and a business bottom line. In this podcast, Control's editor in chief Keith Larson discusses how advanced analytics are being used by process industries to advance the sustainability of their operations with Lindsey Wilcox, customer success manager with Seeq.

Learn more about Seeq: https://www.seeq.com/

Read the transcript: https://www.controlglobal.com/podcasts/control-amplified/driving-sustainable-operations-with-advanced-analytics/ 

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October 12, 2021 @ 10:28 am

The forces reshaping tomorrow’s distributed control system

Since its introduction more than four decades ago, the distributed control system, or DCS, has made enormous contributions to the safe, efficient and reliable operation of innumerable industrial processes around the world. In this episode of Control Amplified, editor in chief Keith Larson talks about the forces reshaping the distributed control system (DCS) landscape and how ABB is responding to them is Mark Taft, ABB group vice president responsible for the company's process control systems offerings worldwide.

Read the transcript: https://www.controlglobal.com/podcasts/control-amplified/the-forces-reshaping-tomorrows-distributed-control-system 

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October 5, 2021 @ 9:10 am

How instrumentation is addressing food & beverage industry needs

Food and beverage producers are being asked to do more with fewer people, to anticipate and prevent potential disruptions to production, and to advance the overall sustainability of their operations. And the COVID-19 pandemic has only brought added pressures to bear. But suppliers of instruments and controls are once again answering the call. In this episode, Keith Larson talks about how instrumentation controls are addressing the changing landscape of food and beverage industry needs with Ola Wesstrom, food and beverage industry marketing manager for Endress+Hauser USA.

Learn more about Endress+Hauser: https://www.us.endress.com/en

Read the transcript: https://www.controlglobal.com/podcasts/control-amplified/how-instrumentation-is-addressing-food-and-beverage-industry-needs 

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September 28, 2021 @ 9:42 am

Reimagining maintenance through connected systems

Once you know what to fix, how do you ensure that your maintenance team has ready access to the information it needs to execute the necessary repairs both quickly and effectively? In this episode, Control editor Keith Larson talks about Emerson’s efforts to help reimagine maintenance workflows through the use of connected systems with Brad Budde, vice president, digital customer experience for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business.

Learn more about Emerson: https://www.emerson.com/en-us

Read the transcript: https://www.controlglobal.com/podcasts/control-amplified/reimagining-maintenance-through-connected-systems 

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