As pressure rises on plants to improve productivity and equipment reliability levels, seals and gaskets are being called upon to provide even better performance. Their challenge no longer is simply to prevent leaks but also to play an important role in the life-cycle management of the plant.
For maintenance and condition-monitoring, wireless technology offers much more than just reducing or eliminating costs. However, wireless also requires an integrated infrastructure approach rather than independent, proprietary point solutions.
Gary Nichols concludes his series on the proper design and project management of process analyzer systems, this time addressing estimate accuracy and cost by project stage and work breakdown structure.
Author: Gary D. Nichols, PE, Principal Control Systems Engineer, Jacobs Engineering Group
This years award goes to Bridget Schoonover, senior improvement specialist for Dow in Freeport, Texas, who led a team that validated and implemented a solution to a source of lost revenue at the plant: a waste stream.
Consider the impact of slope, fittings and valves. Plants can lose sizable amounts of money each year because of contamination caused in process lines. Owners and contractors alike can take steps in the design and construction phase to enhance the drainability and cleanability of a system.
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.
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.
Author: Ian Nimmo, User Centered Design Services, LLC
A profit-per minute metric can really optimize operations. The chemical industry is discovering that it needs better tools to help capitalize on the products and maximize profits to generate cash faster. It needs a new metric: profit per minute.
Ignoring climate change could eventually damage economic growth, according to an authoritative report, says Mike Spear, editor at large, in this month's End Point column. Read more on the economics of climate change.
Last months ISA Expo in Houston clearly showed how much attention wireless technology is attracting. However, concern about the reliability and life of batteries remains an issue. Thats why harvested or scavenged power is attracting interest.