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April 25, 2008
Incuity Software, a supplier of Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) software, has been acquired by Rockwell Automation (Milton Keynes, U.K.; www.rockwellautomation.co.uk). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Rockwell Automation said that the acquisition will help it expand its FactoryTalk software suite. Incuity's products are used to monitor production operations and enterprise systems...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/asset_mgmt/Rockwell-Automation-acquires-Incuity_3830.html
March 15, 2008
The behavior of many different phenomena can be modeled by systems of ordinary differential equations (ODEs), but most ODEs cannot be solved analytically, in which case an approximation to the solution is found by applying numerical integration methods. Dutch-sponsored mathematician Valeriu Savcenco has developed new "multirate" numerical methods that can significantly reduce the CPU time and...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Chementator-New-methods-for-solving-differential-equations_3742.html
March 11, 2008
PSE Korea, the Korean subsidiary of Process Systems Enterprise (PSE; London, U.K.; www.psenterprise.com), providers of the leading gPROMS advanced-process modeling (APM) software and related services, was officially declared open on 5 March 2008 at the PSE Korea Opening Ceremony in Daejeon, Korea. Speaking at the event, attended by some 70 delegates from Korean industry, research organizations and...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/PSE-Korea-officially-open_3734.html
March 7, 2008
ABB in Norway (www.abb.com) and Metso Automation (Helsinki; www.metsoautomation.com) have reached a mutual agreement regarding joint activities and have signed a memorandum of understanding for future collaboration in the oil and gas industry. The integration of Metso Automation’s flow-control technology with ABB’s automation systems will result in improved safety, reliability...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/asset_mgmt/Metso-Automation-and-ABB-intensify-cooperation_3710.html
February 15, 2008
Asset management means different things to different people in the chemical process industries (CPI). Some take a holistic view in which equipment operations and maintenance, planning and scheduling and all other processing procedures fall under the asset management umbrella. Others focus solely on physical equipment and assets. To make it more diverse, asset management needs differ according to facility...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/asset_mgmt/Newsfront-Making-the-Most-of-What-Youve-Got_3674.html
January 28, 2008
1. How has globalization affected your customer base and what do you see on the horizon to meet those challenges? Many of our customers are adopting new ways of working to stay ahead in this competitive global market. Outsourcing, insourcing, offshoring and online workgroups all create a totally new business environment. In line with these developments, our corporate mission is now focused on taking...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/An-Interview-with-Martijn-Janmaat-President-and-CEO-BlueCielo-ECM-Solutions_3644.html
January 15, 2008
Corralling gigabytes of predictive maintenance data isn’t easy, but it’s essential for streamlining your process Plant maintenance is one of the disciplines in a chemical process environment that uses gigabytes of technical and operational data on a daily basis. Of course, managing an industrial plant involves a large amount of data, which can be acquired, stored and represented in numerous...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Feature-Report-Computerized-Maintenance-Management-Systems-For-Effective-Plant-Performance_3606.html
January 15, 2008
By utilizing efficient scheduling software, companies in the CPI can improve enterprise agility and compliance In the fast-paced and ever-changing world of chemical processing, companies are constantly trying to keep up with the latest technology, while at the same time creating detailed schedules that enable them to maximize customer service, enterprise agility and compliance, and minimize inventory...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Operations-and-Maintenance-Technology-and-Scheduling-The-Perfect-Chemistry_3610.html
January 8, 2008
Honeywell (Phoenix, Ariz.; www.honeywell.com/ps) today announced a six-year agreement with BP Exploration to provide Main Automation Contractor (MAC) services at the oil and gas leader’s new and existing facilities. Honeywell will help BP Exploration & Production (E&P) accelerate production schedules and improve efficiency in these facilities by integrating all levels of plant operations and...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Honeywell-signs-main-automation-contractor-agreement-with-BP_3590.html
December 15, 2007
Although current process simulators contain an extensive library of thermodynamic models and unit operations, they do not contain many new, complicated, or lesser known models. For many companies, particularly those in the petrochemical refining industry, it is very important to have access to new models that are not yet available in common process simulators like AspenPlus or Hysys. For that reason, an...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Engineering-Practice-CAPE-Open-An-International-Standard-for-Process-Simulation_3561.html
November 15, 2007
The globalization of the economy is making the world a smaller place and leading businesses — the chemical process industries (CPI) included — to source, produce and sell material in foreign lands. Politics aside, the trend has the potential to wreak havoc on the supply chain, logistics and transportation operations of chemical corporations unless strategies that increase collaboration and...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Its-a-Small-World_3493.html
November 15, 2007
As the chemical process industries (CPI) make the transition from communication protocols and systems that are cable-ready to those that are wireless, the conversation is changing. On the plant floor and in the executive suite, terms such as mesh network and interoperability bring new meaning to the manufacturing environment. But what does it all mean? How can companies truly begin to decode this new...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Going-Wireless_3495.html
November 15, 2007
Liquid density is important to engineers throughout the chemical process industries (CPI). Knowledge of liquid density is required in the design of storage vessels. In hazard analysis, knowledge of liquid density is required in the design of the relief valves to protect the system. In vapor-liquid operations, such as distillation, knowledge of liquid density is required to determine column diameter. For...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Liquid-Density-Of-the-Elements_3497.html
November 15, 2007
Although some CPI management may not realize it, PLCs (programmable logic controllers) are the brains behind many operations in the chemical process industries (CPI). A malfunctioning PLC can cause lines, plants and even operations such as city bridges and water stations to shut down. Thousands to millions of dollars could be lost in association with one PLC that maintenance personnel may not even know...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/PLC-Maintenance-Management_3498.html
November 15, 2007
To ensure the health and safety of workers, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 1983. Initially designed to protect workers in the manufacturing sector, the HCS was expanded in 1987 to cover all industries where workers could be exposed to hazardous chemicals. This article gives an overview of the OSHA requirements for material...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Managing-Material-Safety-Data-Sheets-in-the-Workplace_3499.html
November 15, 2007
Make a leak-free seal, even for irregular flanges The proprietary Multi-Swell gasket material (photo) is said to be the world’s first self-loading, general-service gasket. The material creates its own load when it comes into contact with oil or water, which virtually eliminates the most common cause of gasket failure — insufficient load. The material performs equally well in water or oil, does...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Focus-On-Pipes-and-Fittings_3522.html
October 1, 2007
Click here for full pdf version of this article - includes all graphs, charts, tables, and author information The use of safety standards, particularly IEC 61508 [1] and IEC 61511 [2], has increased rapidly in the past several years. Along with the adoption of these standards has come an increase in the need for accurate reliability data for devices used in safety instrumented systems (SIS), both...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Mechanical-Failure-Rate-Data-for-Low-Demand-Applications_3390.html
September 1, 2007
    ISA Expo, the largest automation and control exhibition in North America, will return to Houston’s Reliant Center on October 2–4. The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA, Research Triangle Park, N.C.) hosts this exhibition of automation and control solution providers, featuring the latest products and services in the area. Over 500 exhibitors will be featured at...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/ISA-Show-Preview_3367.html
August 1, 2007
    Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all engineering software packages. Today, solution providers offer versions with improved integration for advanced data sharing and simplified user interfaces with the ability to multitask between the design house and the plant floor, bringing the power of engineering software to everyone from trained experts to software novices who just want to run a few...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Engineering-Software-Makes-the-Leap-From-the-Masters-to-the-Masses_3330.html
August 1, 2007
    In multicomponent systems, equation-of-state (EOS) methods generally do a good job of determining vapor-phase properties. But accurate determination of properties for the liquid phase is much more difficult, especially when the liquid contains dissimilar molecules, polar molecules such as alcohols and glycols, or acid gasses such as H2S and CO2.   In this article, a multicomponent system...
http://www.che.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/VLE-Calculations-in-Multicomponent-Systems_3138.html
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