Dont shackle yourself to the wrong platform
Today, process data are readily available at many levels, from instrumentation to higher-level data historians and OPC servers. Choosing the right platform can be key to successfully implementing robust and maintainable process calculations at your company.
Make your portable mixer work for you
Understanding the fundamentals of fluid agitation can help meet the customers requirement and the processors need for efficiency. While portable mixers have been around for years, they often arent used to their full potential. Knowing the basics of mixing and flow patterns can help you get more out of your mixer.
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.
First the application, then the product
CONTROL Editor in Chief Walt Boyes defines a range of applications and types of level measurement devices and techniques used for figuring out even the most complex level measurement problems.
NeSSI taxis for takeoff
Though acceptance and networking hurdles remain, the New Sampling/Sensor Initiative (NeSSI) is starting to emerge in real-world, standardized, modular process control applications.
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.
Pressure control optimization
Floating pressure control means that, at minimum pressure, the heat required at the reboiler is minimized, its capacity is increased, and fouling is reduced.
Plants get help in boosting reliability
More and more companies are placing greater emphasis on maintenance and seeking help from vendors to boost the effectiveness of their efforts, as some recent major investment decisions demonstrate. Many automation companies now are benefiting by building up asset management services alongside process control capabilities.
How hydraulic modeling can improve the efficiency of your pump systems
In spite of their large operating cost, most pump systems are inefficient by design. Among the common design problems are non-optimal pipe sizing, control valve utilization and, perhaps most common, incorrectly sized pumps. How a pump operates depends on the system, so improvements must focus on the system as a whole.
Equipment & Services: February
Chemical Processing's Equipment & Services feature provides a variety of production equipment, supplier services and parts.
Properly install column internals
Good installation is crucial for trouble-free startups and optimum tower performance. Experienced installers share their practical knowledge to help you make sure that your tower will work as expected. The advice also applies to absorbers and strippers.
Pacify the Fear of a Changing Work Environment
Understanding how changing a work environment affects people can reduce accidents. Management of Change (MOC) has been one of the hardest of the PSM requirements for industry to master. Making matters worse, its rarely applied to people and organization changes. But there are proven approaches.