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  • Monthly Preview: December 2007

    Here's a look at what will soon be featured on ChemicalProcessing.com. Be sure to check back for the latest articles, news and columns before you see it in print.

    10/02/2007
  • Wireless proponents take HART

    More chemical plants are expected to go wireless with the introduction of the new wireless protocol for HART devices.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    09/06/2007
  • Diagnostics dig deeper

    Today’s plants come ready equipped with their own team of doctors in the shape of the many diagnostic and monitoring systems incorporated into instrumentation and other process equipment. And, like any good doctor, today’s plant diagnostics can look beyond the symptoms of poorly performing instruments and provide insights into the health of the process itself.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/20/2007
  • SP100 Committee Listens to WirelessHART

    The ISA SP100 standards committee was presented with WirelessHART specificationas that were voted on by the HART Communications Foundation’s membership in June 2007.

    08/01/2007
  • Biomass fuel production gets sweeter

    Improved instrumentation and control strategies allow biofuel producers to reap the benefits of new processing techniques and advanced control strategies.

    David W. Spitzer, CONTROL Contributor
    07/01/2007
  • Properly protect control systems

    Integrated digital field networks are increasingly popular but pose particular safety and security risks. Fortunately, a number of parallel activities are underway to make integration between automation and business systems effective, safe and secure.

    Ian Verhappen, MTL Instruments
    06/14/2007
  • Achieve continuous safety improvement

    Enhancing safety performance requires diligence and unrelenting effort. The Independent Safety Review Panel’s recently released report on the safety culture and practices at BP’s U.S. refineries where a March 2005 explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas indicates similar failings are likely elsewhere in the industry. Learn what can be done to enhance continuous safety improvement.

    Angela Summers, SIS-TECH Solutions
    04/12/2007
  • Come together

    Integration of plant-floor, building, physical security, and enterprise network means more changes for unathorized access and more need for intelligent security, cooperation, and training.

    Jim Montague, Executive Editor
    03/30/2007
  • Don’t shackle yourself to the wrong platform

    Today, process data are readily available at many levels, from instrumentation to higher-level data historians and OPC servers. Choosing the right platform can be key to successfully implementing robust and maintainable process calculations at your company.

    Dane Overfield, Exele Information Systems
    03/14/2007
  • Still pondering whither fieldbus?

    In this month's installment of On the Bus, Contributing Editor John Rezabek predicts HART devices will work so well that your career may be over before you can justify the cost to replace them with fieldbus.

    John Rezabek, Contributing Editor
    03/03/2007
  • Keep measurements on the level

    This article looks at six technologies — mechanical floats and displacers, differential pressure, capacitance, ultrasonic, radar, and guided wave radar — that are used most often for automated control, and provides practical guidance for choosing among them.

    Jerry Boisvert, Siemens Energy & Automation
    11/01/2006
  • Wireless devices may get a shake up

    Last month’s 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. That’s why harvested or scavenged power is attracting interest.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    10/31/2006
  • Welcome to the Bus Wars, Part Tres

    You may not be aware, but a new bus war is being waged in your plant — the battle of the motion networks. Control Global's Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, provides analysis and commentary on the newest battle over fieldbus.

    Dan Hebert, PE, Senior Technical Editor
    10/17/2006
  • Sasol plant benefits from reliability improvements

    Sasol Solvents reduced operating costs by more than $2 million dollars at it’s plants in Sasolburg, South Africa. The efforts earned the facility the 2005 HART Plant of the Year Award.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    09/14/2006
  • Cutting the wires of communications

    Users want wireless, vendors want to sell wireless, so what’s the problem? This article tackles one of the most discussed topics: the use of wireless communications in process automation.

    Walt Boyes, Editor in Chief
    08/15/2006
  • Plants smarten up

    Smart field devices can be a smart investment to better manage assets and thus boost competitiveness. These devices are increasingly being relied for analysis as well as data collection.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    06/13/2006
  • 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
  • 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
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