Wireless devices may get a shake up
Last months ISA Expo in Houston clearly showed how much attention wireless technology is attracting. However, concern about the reliability and life of batteries remains an issue. Thats why harvested or scavenged power is attracting interest.
Why do you need performance supervision?
One way to unlock control system secrets is to implement PSS, a smart performance reporting system that can dramatically help save time, money, and prevent problems with your processes.
Who Will Manage Your Industrial Energy Costs?
Energy cost control is not a one-time event, and it takes more than one tool to make progress. A number of people, both internal and external to an industrial facility, can contribute to effective energy management.
What does EPA have in store?
Dont expect any major changes in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations during 2006. Heres a summary of trends and developments anticipated this year.
Welcome to the Bus Wars, Part Tres
You may not be aware, but a new bus war is being waged in your plant the battle of the motion networks. Control Global's Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, provides analysis and commentary on the newest battle over fieldbus.
Washington targets plant security
Federal actions undoubtedly will markedly impact the chemical industry. Nevertheless, we dont know at this point whether federal chemical security legislation will happen in 2006.
Wal-Mart applies clout
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., previously committed to reduce by 5% the packaging used by its 60,000 suppliers by 2013. Now, a new initiative uses a scorecard to tackle wasteful packaging.
Valve innovation helps with nuclear waste
Valves and actuators designed for handling radioactive waste must meet strict government requirements. This sometimes requires unconventional solutions. Such was the case at the Hanford Waste Treatment Project (WTP), Hanford, Wash.
Use leading KPIs to spot trouble
Does your plant have reliability issues and a hard time meeting production targets? Metrics such as key performance indicators (KPIs), when identified and aligned properly, can save your plant, your job and your career. So grab a pen, open your mind and get ready to learn.
Try before you buy
There is another side to toll processing. It involves the companies that arguably have the best possible know-how and hardware for the simple reason that they are the equipment manufacturers themselves, offering toll processing services that utilize their own products.
Tiny reactors aim for big role
Process Intensification (PI) has promised many things but has it fulfilled its promises? When looking at reactor technology, the answer is a definite Yes.
The rise and fall of modulation
Why have reciprocating designs fallen out of favor relative to the rotary compressor that is so predominant today? Read about the evolution of efficient controls for compressed air systems.
The impact of the European Union's directives on the U.S.
The Restrictions of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the RoHS Directive) is part of a growing wave of European Union product-based regulations that will profoundly impact global and United States product standards and thus the chemical industry.