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  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Process Engineering: Batch control sets the standard

    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.

    01/19/2005
  • Expert Advice Maximizes Optimizer Value

    A combination closed-loop optimizer and G2 expert system allowed a largy chemical company to save more than a million dollars in reduced overall energy demand.

    James F. Sturnfield, Union Carbide Corp.
    12/21/2004
  • Models Take off

    Process simulation historically has taken place within proprietary modeling environments. However, the ability of simulators to more accurately handle demanding tasks continues to evolve.

    Mark Rosenzweig
    12/21/2004
  • Put Your Column on the Map

    Residue curve maps (RCMs) can be employed in a variety of ways, including system visualization, evluation of data, and process synthesis, modeling and troubleshooting

    Scott Barnicki
    09/16/2004
  • Collaboration extends Its reach

    The step change occurring in engineering technology is being driven by the latest capabilities of design and operating software to exchange these data.

    Nick Basta
    03/31/2004
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