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  • Get your proper bearings

    Don’t head off in the wrong direction when replacing motors. The type of service and the orientation of the motor determine which bearings it should have. Using the wrong bearings can lead to significant problems.

    Daniel R. Snyder, SKF
    08/20/2007
  • 10 Tips for Success

    Paying attention to the following points can ease implementing and improving critical plant procedures:

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
    08/01/2007
  • Help Your Operators

    Automating procedures within control systems can serve to make your operators more effective and more consistent. With studies showing more than 40% of all plant incidents stemming from some form of human error, it makes sense to give automation a larger role in day-to-day operations.

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
    08/01/2007
  • Politics, Appearances and Thinking Green

    The push to “green” energy is good for automation vendors everywhere, but U.S. government rhetoric may put companies on this side of the Atlantic at a competitive disadvantage.

    08/01/2007
  • Sleep with the enemy

    Stop fighting environmentalists and embrace them because it’s good for the planet and business. The challenge for the chemical industry is to win support in the court of public opinion before building or expansion plans run into trouble. And the key to that lies in a company’s willingness to understand the complex and sometimes conflicting motives of opposition groups and to communicate effectively to all constituencies.

    Alan Metrick, Alan Metrick Communications
    07/24/2007
  • Two bulk conveyors prove better than one

    Engineers at EaglePicher Corp. in Quapak, Okla., faced some unique problems in manufacturing high-purity isotopic chemicals and wound up addressing them via a unique solution.

    David Boger, Flexicon Corp.
    07/11/2007
  • Get safety under control

    Check out a different approach to safety analysis and a valuable new reference in this month's column from Editor Mark Rosenzweig.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
    07/06/2007
  • DHS aims to lock down security rules

    Expect a final ruling this summer on chemicals covered and some other key issues, warns Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    07/06/2007
  • Properly protect control systems

    Integrated digital field networks are increasingly popular but pose particular safety and security risks. Fortunately, a number of parallel activities are underway to make integration between automation and business systems effective, safe and secure.

    Ian Verhappen, MTL Instruments
    06/14/2007
  • Hardening plants is hard work

    Industry should welcome the new, first-ever federal security rules, advises Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig in this month's From the Editor column.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
    06/06/2007
  • Uncertain safety

    Users seeking appropriate process safety systems aren’t getting enough help from unspecific standards and ideal-world certifications. Here’s how to gain useful safety capabilities in a buyer-beware world.

    06/01/2007
  • Get ready to comply with new security mandates

    New anti-terrorism standards require the Department of Homeland Security to identify and regulate "high-risk chemical facilities." These facilities will be subject to a security vulnerability assessment. Where does your plant fit in with these new standards?

    David A. Moore and Dorothy Kellogg, AcuTech Consulting Group
    05/29/2007
  • Plug it in?: The decision to integrate condition monitoring

    Efforts to tighten communications of condition-monitoring instrumentation and data analysis software with CMMS and automation infrastructure, combined with the proliferation of wireless sensor systems and the drive to reduce manpower skill and time requirements, are bringing implementation costs down and drawing much attention to this approach. But should you implement it?

    05/27/2007
  • What’s in the air for continuous emissions monitoring?

    More attention to mercury and increased acceptance of predictive approaches is emerging. Such monitoring not only can keep plants on the right side of regulators but also can help provide insights for optimizing operation of equipment.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    04/13/2007
  • Cost estimating for process analyzer projects

    This article addresses cost estimating for capital projects on which an analyzer system is installed, through start-up and commissioning of the project, to the resultant lifetime cost savings that can be gained.

    Gary D. Nichols, PE, Principal Control Systems Engineer, Jacobs Engineering Group
    03/30/2007
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