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Confessions of a Looney Tuner
  • 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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