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  • Polystyrene Plant Gains Extra Output and More

    Automation upgrade also extends asset life and boosts reliability

    Adolfo Suiffet and Alberto Gorbaran, Petrobras Zarate, and Mario Blanco, Emerson Process Management Argentina
  • Improve your job security

    Professional development courses can give you an edge

    Cecil L. Smith, Cecil L. Smith, Inc.
  • 2008 Powder Show Round Up

    From the 2008 Powder Show: Mark Rosenzweig and Ken Schnepf bring you video interviews from Anhydro, Arizona Instrument, Gardner Denver, K-Tron and Readco Kurimoto

  • Build reliability in during design

    Instrumentation that promises to improve reliability may not always be what they seem. You have to consider whether a site can properly maintain sophisticated instruments.

    Dirk Willard
  • Service Plant Soon?

    EAM is different from industry to industry. Just what is enterprise asset management?

  • Pursue the perfect plant

    Look into creating the “perfect plant” by integrating product and operational management into your environment. This provides the ability to respond faster and minimize impact to the business and bottom line, driving increased yields, asset utilization and order fulfillment.

    John Harrison, SAP Canada
  • Improve control loop performance

    Specification of control valves doesn’t adequately emphasize the very basic requirement that valve position respond in a timely manner or even at all — leading to process variability.

    Gregory K. McMillan, Emerson Process Management
  • Monthly Preview: December 2007

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

  • 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
  • 10 Tips for Success

    Paying attention to the following points can ease implementing and improving critical plant procedures:

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
  • Help Your Operators

    Automating procedures within control systems can serve to make your operators more effective and more consistent. With studies showing more than 40% of all plant incidents stemming from some form of human error, it makes sense to give automation a larger role in day-to-day operations.

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
  • Politics, Appearances and Thinking Green

    The push to “green” energy is good for automation vendors everywhere, but U.S. government rhetoric may put companies on this side of the Atlantic at a competitive disadvantage.

  • 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
  • Uncertain safety

    Users seeking appropriate process safety systems aren’t getting enough help from unspecific standards and ideal-world certifications. Here’s how to gain useful safety capabilities in a buyer-beware world.

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