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August 1, 2014
New software tools address common issues, such as disorganized data and a streamlined workforce, through the use of simplified methods of presenting information, alerts and suggested actions. These tools are designed to increase human reliability and make chemical processing facilities safer and more reliable and more efficient.   Improving safety “One of the biggest issues for processors is...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Software-for-the-Human-Element_12006.html
August 1, 2014
Several market conditions, including availability of light crude oilds in the U.S., low natural-gas prices and improving macroeconomics, are driving debottlenecking projects related to columns in both petroleum refining and chemical settings. Fortunately, the process-simulation tools that can be used to perform the front-end of these projects have advanced significantly in the past several years...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Distillation-Column-Thermal-Optimization-Employing-Simulation-Software_12028.html
July 30, 2014
Aveva (Cambridge, U.K.; www.aveva.com) has launched AVEVA Information Standards Manager (AVEVA ISM), a software product that enables both EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractors and asset owner operators to achieve greater control over critical engineering information across their projects and enterprises. It does this by rationalizing existing class libraries and imposing consistent...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Aveva-launches-a-new-application-for-governing-asset-information_12051.html
July 1, 2014
Honeywell Process Solutions Ergonomic design, improved display reduces operator fatigue The Experion Orion Console is an advanced display technology that builds on this company’s flagship Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) control platform. The console features a large flexible, ultra-high definition display that provides clear status assessments of process operations in a single glance for...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/Focus-on-Automation-and-Control_11908.html
June 1, 2014
Ensuring the security of industrial control systems (ICS) can be a daunting and complex task, requiring expertise and experience in several areas from a variety of contributors. The rapid pace of improvements to both technology and practice adds to the challenge. Finally, the amount and complexity of information, guidance and advice that is available can easily become overwhelming. Rather than focusing on...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/Industrial-Control-Systems-Security-The-Owner-Operators-Challenge_11834.html
June 1, 2014
Electro-Chemical Devices An all-in-one sulfide analyzer helps control odor The new SMS-22 Sulfide Ion Measurement System (photo) can be quickly installed with no special tools, features user-selectable automated sequential sampling of sulfide ions in water and lowers plant technician and supply maintenance costs. The SMS-22 saves time and labor costs for municipal water operations by completing all the...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/analyzers_gages_and_indicators/Focus-on-Analyzers_11813.html
June 1, 2014
The SC-System (photo) is a new family of signal conditioners, which was launched at the Hannover Trade Fair (April 7–11; Hannover, Germany). The SC-System uses high-quality three-way isolation between input, output and...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/data_recording_and_transmission/Introducing-a-new-family-of-signal-conditioners_11819.html
June 1, 2014
This company has developed a new IO-Link master for its Simatic S7-1200 controller, based on the current IO-Link specification V1.1. The IO-Link master connects field devices to the controller via IO-Link. The field device parameters are...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/data_recording_and_transmission/A-new-IO-Link-master-for-the-Simatic-controller_11830.html
June 1, 2014
The new FLOWave flowmeter uses a new technology based on surface acoustic waves (SAW). One of the outstanding features of SAW for inline flow measurement of liquids is that it operates without any components or constrictions inside the measuring tube. The interior surface can be manufactured with the same surface finish applied to the rest of the pipeline...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/flow_measurement_and_control/A-new-spin-on-flow-metering_11818.html
June 1, 2014
This company’s line of LevelBest smart transmitters for application-specific level sensors feature onboard diagnostics and completely configurable alarms, providing an accurate inventory of stored products, reduced-cost support for startup and commissioning and ongoing...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/level_measurement_and_control/Smart-transmitters-for-a-variety-of-level-sensing-applications_11820.html
June 1, 2014
Pressure-relief solutions are commonly used in the chemical process industries (CPI) to ensure safe working environments for personnel and to protect equipment and assets. Relief valves (RV) and rupture discs (RD) are the most commonly used pressure-safety devices and are generally specified and selected according to application-specific requirements. For pressure-system designers looking for viable...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/pressure_measurement_and_control/Combining-the-use-of-Rupture-Discs-with-Relief-Valves_11833.html
June 1, 2014
Premature wear of cardan shaft joints is one of the most common causes of machine downtimes. But cardan shaft misalignment is no longer a fatality. With patented brackets and new measurement methods, this company says it has reinvented cardan shaft...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/predictive_and_preventive_maintenance/Machine-alignment-with-cardan-shaft-in-place_11824.html
May 16, 2014
Intergraph Corp. (Huntsville, Ala.; www.intergraph.com) has released SmartPlant Fusion 2014, the latest version of its breakthrough solution for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and plant operators to rapidly find, capture, organize, link and visualize large volumes of information through a simple web portal. Trustworthy engineering data and documentation is essential to effective...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Intergraph-releases-SmartPlant-Fusion-2014_11790.html
May 1, 2014
Existing chemical process industries (CPI) facilities possess years, if not decades, of legacy engineering information. The data exist in a myriad of formats and are typically siloed across multiple systems and locations. In cases where the engineering data are either lost or damaged, undocumented, or limited to the institutional knowledge of the local operations team, control documents related to piping...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Three-Insights-for-Managing-Legacy-Data_11738.html
May 1, 2014
In the past, words such as “unproven,” “risky” and “expensive” may have come to mind when chemical processors considered wireless technology. However, today’s wireless solutions address these previously perceived limitations. In fact, wireless solutions are quickly becoming a must-have technology in the chemical processing environment because they provide a...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/wireless_instrumentation_and_accessories/Wireless-technologies-get-better_11721.html
April 1, 2014
A dual-sensor temperature transmitter with HART protocols Invensys Foxboro The RTT80 temperature transmitter (photo) offers signal reliability, longterm stability, high precision and advanced diagnostics. The RTT80 is a mid-tier, two-wire temperature transmitter available with HART (and soon to be released Foundation Fieldbus) protocols, dual-sensor inputs, universal housing, diagnostics, alarms...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/temperature_measurement_and_control/Focus-on-Temperature-Measurement-And-Control_11636.html
April 1, 2014
The piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) is often considered to be the gold standard for the proper design, operation and maintenance of plants in the chemical process industries (CPI), including chemical, oil-and-gas facilities, mining operations, food-processing plants, and water- and wastewater-treatment plants. The P&ID provides important information for manufacturing and installing...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/project_mgmt/Principles-of-P-and-ID-Development_11592.html
March 1, 2014
The Allen-Bradley Armor GuardLogix programmable automation controller (PAC) can be installed directly on-machine, simplifying wiring layouts and decreasing maintenance requirements. This controller has four megabytes of...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/This-programmable-controller-is-installed-directly-on-machine_11516.html
March 1, 2014
Dilute-phase pneumatic conveying systems must be operated in a certain sequence and have sufficient instrumentation and operating controls to assure reliable operation and prevent problems. This article discusses two subjects that are important for successful dilute-phase conveying. Discussed below are design guidelines for instrumentation and controls that can prevent operating problems, such as pipeline...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/Dilute-phase-Pneumatic-Conveying-Instrumentation-and-Conveying-Velocity_11537.html
March 1, 2014
The chemical processing industries (CPI) rely heavily upon the use of sensors to measure everything from weight to temperature to pH to pressure. Because sensors are used for measurements that affect critical processing elements, such as quality, efficiency and safety, it is important that sensors be placed almost everywhere in the facility, including in highly corrosive environments. Also, sensor readings...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/instrumentation_automation_and_control/analyzers_gages_and_indicators/Sensors-Save-the-Day_11514.html
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