Tips and traps
Following some partial stroke testing tips can make the process easier. Read on for more tips.
Tiny particles are drawing big interest
Regulatory Editor Lynn Bergeson discusses how a voluntary program aims at responsible development of nanotechnology in this month's Compliance Advisor column.
The Invisible Threat
Many users dont trust an industrial wireless network solution. Some concerns are real. Most are ethereal. Its important to know the differences.
The intrinsically safe fieldbus has arrived
Fieldbus has proven its merit in bringing projects online more efficiently, allowing better diagnostics, and control, and reducing maintenance costs and inventories. However, it has been limited in intrinsically safe services. At last, technology has come through once again with a solution. The capacity barrier of FISCO has now been significantly surpassed by a novel split architecture design that has already proven itself in the field.
The evolution of plant automation
Understanding the purpose of control and safety systems helps users ensure each is appropriately optimized. The duties of the SIS are to protect the people, environment and assets against unsafe conditions.
The DCS spirit lives on everywhere
Classic distributed control systems typically remain only in high-availability refining and power applications, but their strategies and capabilities persist in descendants and todays sophisticated networks.
The chemical industry needs fresh eyes
Team looking at BPs safety failings benefited from its diverse membership. Editor Mark Rosenzweig interviews panel member Dennis Hendershot for an insider's perspective.
Thanks for the memories...
As the end of the year approaches it's always tempting to look back and review whats happened over the past 12 months. For Mike Spear though, he's about to head off into the welcoming arms of retirement.
Take equipment diagnostics to a new level
Many of the effects of machine degradation are avoidable, so being able to identify struggling equipment at an early stage is essential to renewing its productivity. Advances in performance monitoring can provide critical insights.
Tackle organizational obstacles
For energy cost control, aptitude plus operational style equals results, advises Contributing Editor Christopher Russell, in this month's Energy Saver column.
Sulzer Chemtech relocates to new, expanded facility
Recognized throughout the world for decades as an innovator in the field of mass transfer products, Sulzer Chemtech opened its first Houston facility in 1998. That was the first step in a series of moves designed to position the company in the U.S. market.
Succeed at Simulation
The Seven rules for successful simulation need to be revisited and revised because of advancements in computers. Simulations that once took weeks to compute an answer now take mere hours.
Strike the Right Balance
Make the walk-through your first line of defense, advises Dirk Willard in this month's Field Notes column.
Streamline your product search
SpecSearch creates customized process equipment searches. Of the more than 3 million users registered to GlobalSpec, 1.4 million are engineers. Are you one of them?
Still pondering whither fieldbus?
In this month's installment of On the Bus, Contributing Editor John Rezabek predicts HART devices will work so well that your career may be over before you can justify the cost to replace them with fieldbus.
Squeeze More from Your Motors
By integrating smart motor control centers that will monitor energy consumption a plant can remove wasteful energy expenditure, prevent unplanned downtime, and improve overall operational efficiency. Recent tax code amendments make these improvements inviting.