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Confessions of a Looney Tuner
  • July 3, 2019
    Meet the Expert
    Lewis Van Kamp
    Now we have diagnostics within everything, and we can get better access to information to see what went wrong with the equipment. We have real time insights on ...
  • April 16, 2019
    Meet the Expert
    Paddy Finnegan
    While Lakeside is not new to the food and beverage space, over the last few years it has made concerted investments, both in human resources and technology...
  • September 19, 2018
    Meet the Expert
    Ed Pittens
    Ed talks about instruments and valves are intelligent devices with rich diagnostic capability, but the control system needs to not only read the process variabl...
  • July 17, 2018
    Meet the Expert
    Blair Fraser
    Blair Fraser | Leader, Operational Certainty (Digital Transformation). "Even if you haven’t implemented all of Industry 3.0, you could apply and make huge gains...
  • May 22, 2018
    102 Uses for Duct Tape
    How a simple tuning/training exercise discovers a record setting amount of backlash in an operating control valve. I always emphasize that tuning is the last th...
  • March 21, 2018
    Switching to Manual Captain
    In this issue, I will talk about control valves purchased for a paper mill site. I was part of the instrumentation and controls commissioning team, working for ...
  • January 11, 2018
    Size Matters.
    Essentially, oversized valves "amplify" problems unto the process. For example, a seemingly small 1% stiction problem on a valve will translate into a 3% proble...
  • November 28, 2017
    See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil
    Uncovering a mechanical design fault in the stock preparation area of a paper mill.
  • November 7, 2017
    Dare to Question the Obvious
    Last minute Paper Machine Control Problem Solved.

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