Several major vendors have now announced plans to fully support enhancements to the electronic device description language (EDDL) used by HART devices, reports Ed Ladd of the HART Communication Foundation. These enhancements will allow users to interact with their intelligent devices in new ways. They ease configuration, even of complex instruments, and support storage of historical data for troubleshooting and diagnostics.
The Alliance to Save Energy conducts ongoing research of the competitor within, a.k.a. organizational barriers to energy efficiency. The barriers to energy management are rooted in the very complexity of modern organizations. Communications and incentives are the key to overcoming these barriers.
The theme for this years PIP Conference was Changing Times The Common Denominator. With over 140 registered attendees the conference included participants from member, subscriber, and licensee companies as well as other invited guests from the industry.
The key to the long-term vitality of a chemical corporation does not lie in its business acumen, but in its ability to continue to make innovative chemicals. Editor in chief Mark Rosenzweig says executives should show more enthusiasm for this process.
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.
A Chemical Processing reader was looking for a solution to a cable hanger problem. At his plant, a 200-lb. cable bundle supported by cable hangers fell and injured one man. Read what advice our readers had for him and take a look at next months' question.
The global chemicals business is changing as Asian countries, particularly China, are experiencing an explosive growth in economy. What can American chemical businesses do to compete with this new giant in the industry?
This article is the first in a series of web-exclusive items designed to increase your knowledge about the HART Field Communications Protocol. Read here to find out the benefits of using HART Communication.
Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
Accidents and deaths have not been enough to spur regulatory change under the Bush administration. There have been 167 accidents in the past two decades, and 108 people were killed in 48 of the incidents.
It has been nearly a decade since the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) introduced S88, its first standard for batch control systems. Its still integral in optimizing operations today.