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  • Distillation control and optimization, Part 1

    Control columnist Bela Liptak describes the distillation process and PID-based controls, reviews optimization strategies, and shows how advanced controls can cut operating costs of distillation.

    Béla Lipták, PE, Control Columnist
    01/11/2006
  • Flow metering gets more fluid

    There are more and more funcationalities being added to your most trusted instrumentation. These established technologies have expand their reach and performance.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/09/2006
  • Pump Start-Ups

    There are only three things we need to do to start a pump.

    Ross Mackay
    01/09/2006
  • Maintenance diagnostics get a makeover

    Plants increasingly are outsourcing these vital services, lured by larger vendors and broader capabilities.

    Alan S. Brown, contributing editor
    12/12/2005
  • Evaluate reactivity with limited resources

    The initial critical steps of reactivity risk reduction need not be expensive, time consuming and require extensive expertise.

    W. J. Rogers, C. Wei and M. S. Mannan, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center
    11/27/2005
  • Boost maintenance staff efficiency

    Many plants strive to increase the efficiency of maintenance craftspeople, but find it hard to identify where to focus efforts and how to track progress.

    Timothy J. Finigan, Fluor
    10/25/2005
  • Joint sealants a viable gasketing option

    While users can now achieve better sealing performance to meet specific needs, the gasket qualification and selection process has become more challenging.

    10/18/2005
  • Choosing motor controls and drives

    In any industrial control application, using the right drives and motor controls can make or break the project, and also can make a huge difference in how well those applications perform.

    10/18/2005
  • Fieldbus Wars continue: EDDL vs. FDT/DTM

    Fieldbus technology expert Dick Caro predicts that as Ethernet-based control networks converge into the domain of fieldbus, there will eventually be a conflict between OPC/DX, FDT/DTM, and EDDL.

    10/12/2005
  • Don't Let Phase Changes Faze You

    Phase changes in the downstream processing or handling of solids cause many process problems that have inexpensive solutions.

    Tom Blackwood, Healthsite Associates LLC
    10/04/2005
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