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  • Today’s China Syndrome

    The country boasts not just booming exports but a strong desire for the best technology.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    09/27/2005
  • Software Drives OEM Toward Efficiency and Energy Savings

    ABB designed software for its ACS800 drive so Curtis-Toledo could improve the operation of its rotary-screw compressors. The customized software can control the system pressure, air delivery, oil temperature and duty cycle directly from the drive.

    John Wilmes, ABB Inc.
    06/23/2005
  • Process Engineering: HART Offers Value in Plant Control Systems

    There's a myth in plants that HART offers little for Plant Control Systems and Enterprise Level Networks. But Ed Ladd from the HART Communication Foundation writes that by accessing the data in HART devices on a "full-time" routine basis increases performance, integrity, and reliability of plant control and enterprise level systems.

    Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
    05/11/2005
  • Process engineering: Dryer provides a concrete lesson in control

    Removing water or moisture from a liquid stream is a critical operation in many processes. Liquid stream dryers commonly contain either molecular sieves or adsorbents; during the last 20 years, the use of molecular sieves has become much more common.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor, and Richard Readshaw, senior staff process engineer for VECO USA Inc.
    05/03/2005
  • Process engineering: Doing your level best

    Plant engineers who find it is difficult to get good level measurements have plenty of company. A recent poll shows that it is considered to be one of the two most vexing problems by process automation professionals.

    04/08/2005
  • Process Manufacturing Workforce: Don't Be Thrown for a Loop

    When processing chemicals, it has become increasingly important to isolate the process from the work environment. The agitated filter dryer accomplishes this by providing a high degree of containment.

    Ian Nimmo and John Moscatelli, User Centered Design Services LLC
    04/08/2005
  • How Do You Train a Process Manufacturing Plant Operator?

    Sybron Chemicals had the right idea when it sought to properly document the procedures for its wastewater treatment plant. The first step for improving both employee and plant efficiency is to have an up-to-date plant manual.

    William Biach, Biach Information Arts
    03/11/2005
  • Chemical research gets a new look

    Editor at large Nick Basta looks at what the chemical industry can do to re-invigorate its technological research. He says technology pioneered in the pharmaceutical industry promises broad benefits.

    03/11/2005
  • Process engineering: In the trenches of Fieldbus War II

    Like the 20th Century’s Great Conflict, the first Fieldbus War never really ended. But what will the outcome be this time? This article from CONTROL makes an educated prediction on how the battle may turn out.

    03/10/2005
  • Process Engineering: Measure problems on a higher level

    A reader has a level measurement problem with a differential pressure level transmitter. The transmitter does not track the level properly. Check out the question and the in-depth answer in this contribution from ControlGlobal.com.

    03/03/2005
  • Process Engineering: Looking for good data?

    Are you experiencing problems with measurement uncertainty and are often left with poor data? Let Dr. Gooddata help you develop objective numerical tests for good data.

    Ronald H. Dieck, Ron Dieck Associates Inc.
    02/04/2005
  • Process engineering: Doing your level best

    Level measurement can be a simple issue with numerous solutions.  Measuring the height of the material in a vessel is merely an interface issue that can be resolved in a variety of ways.

    01/21/2005
  • Make a new plan, Stan

    Senior Editor Diane Dierking suggests that you should look into taking a class in the new year.  Many employers offer tuition reimbursement and often these classes are very helpful.

    Diane Dierking, Senior Editor
    01/19/2005
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