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March 28, 2011
Emerson Process Management Machinery protection and prediction of critical mechanical equipment has been integrated into the DeltaV digital automation system (photo). This new capability directly supports users’ goals...
March 28, 2011
Recently launched, the PumpMeter is composed of pressure sensors and an analyzing and display unit, which is attached to the pump. The system measures suction pressure, discharge pressure, differential...
March 28, 2011
Last month, a new, physically smaller version of the CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor was introduced. The system — only 19 cm wide by 27 cm high — allows predictive condition...
March 28, 2011
Dresser Masoneilan The ValScope-Pro (photo) control-valve diagnostic tool helps operators identify problems by providing a scientific evaluation of valves in...
March 28, 2011
The CSI 9420 is a smart, wireless vibration transmitter that delivers detailed information for machinery analysis to vibration experts, such as direct alerts on high vibration caused by cavitation or...
March 28, 2011
As part of its wide range of control valves, this firm offers a range of electro-pneumatic positioners that allow stroke tests to be performed without disrupting the process line. For example, the...
March 28, 2011
R. Stahl Extensive capabilities for physical-layer diagnostics are now a standard integrated feature for all ISbus Series Fieldbus Power Supplies (photo). This integrated functionality enables complete...
March 28, 2011
This firm has enhanced its metsoDNA Turbine Control by integrating in fast turbine control and other features to improve its cost efficiency and ease of maintenance. The fast, redundant control handles control...
March 28, 2011
With Comos PDMS Integration, this firm (formerly innotec GmbH) offers a tool for seamless integration of Comos planning in the PDMS model for the planning of chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and other complex plants in the process industries. The PDMS...
March 2, 2011
Bentley Systems, Inc. (Exton, Pa., announced today that it has acquired the SACS business from Engineering Dynamics, Inc. SACS is an integrated finite-element, structural-analysis suite of programs that provides for the design, fabrication, installation, operations and maintenance of offshore structures, including oil platforms and wind farms. Virtually all of the world’s energy...
March 1, 2011
Maximizing quality, minimizing cost and meeting schedule milestones are ever-present challenges in large projects. While significant progress has been made in certain areas of facility construction, the management of project-related information continues to struggle. Information received by operators tends to be incomplete and inaccurate, while the cost of producing it remains high. Common reasons for...
December 1, 2010
Reciprocating compressors — the most commonly used type of compressor throughout the chemical process industries (CPI) — are flexible and efficient, and they can generate high head (from several bar to several thousand bar) independent of gas density. Worldwide, the installed reciprocating compressor horsepower is approximately two times that of centrifugal compressors. However, the maintenance...
November 1, 2010
One of the best ways to realize value from your process data is to use those data — both real-time and historical — in a process simulator. The many applications for doing so are generally categorized into offline and online categories. Offline applications, where the simulator is not directly connected to the control system, use process data to validate dynamic simulations of the process, or...
October 26, 2010
Ansys, Inc. (Canonsburg, Pa.; has launched ANSYS 13.0, the newest release of its engineering simulation technology suite designed to optimize product development processes — reducing the time and cost needed to foster product innovations. The advanced technology behind ANSYS 13.0 includes hundreds of new features that make it easier, faster and cheaper for users to bring new products...
August 24, 2010
Aveva Inc. (Houston; has released AVEVA NET Portal 4.5, a highly configurable user interface designed specifically to improve the accessibility of objects and documents used in complex engineering projects and throughout the long-term operation of such assets. The powerful new interface allows both plant and marine companies to monitor and improve the quality of their engineering...
August 1, 2010
When it comes to managing regulatory documents such as product labels, bills of lading, and certificates of analysis (COA), virtually all manufacturers in the chemical process industries (CPI) face the same challenge — getting the right information into the right document formats for every shipment. This challenge becomes more complicated when you ship to customers with unique labeling and reporting...
July 1, 2010
Pinch analysis emerged as a systematic design tool during the energy crisis of the late 1970s, particularly for the optimization of heat-exchanger networks and other heat-recovery systems [ 1 ]. Since then, ongoing breakthroughs in the use of pinch analysis have helped to establish mass- and property-integration techniques to assist with waste-minimization efforts [ 2, 3 ]. More recently, pinch analysis...
June 25, 2010
Process Systems Enterprise Ltd. (PSE; London, U.K.;, providers of the world-leading gPROMS advanced process modeling (APM) software and related services, today released gPROMS version 3.3. gPROMS v3.3 continues PSE’s philosophy of advancing the frontiers of high-fidelity predictive process modeling while simultaneously making powerful tools more and more accessible to process...
June 1, 2010
This software allows data exchange for 3-D modeling Aveva Solutions The Mechanical Equipment Interface product (photo) is designed to allow integration of modeling information between otherwise incompatible three-dimensional (3-D) design systems. In particular, plant piping designers often have to integrate suppliers’ equipment models that have been created in a mechanical computer-assisted design...
February 1, 2010
As chemical production shifts to growth regions such as China and India, and moves closer to areas like the Middle East, where there are less expensive sources of feedstocks, North American and European chemical processors are under global pressure to run their plants more efficiently. Throw in the trials and tribulations associated with a poor economy, and it creates an environment where management in...
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