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  • Choose the right fluid for your pressure test

    Compressed gas often makes the most sense for checking a process, according to Senior Editor Dirk Willard, in this month's Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pressure tests can spur successful start-up

    Push it: if it breaks it probably needed to be replaced, says Dirk Williard, in this month's Field Notes column. Doing so can help improve your processes.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
  • Take the pressure off pressure control

    Linkage of other variables can stymie hot vapor bypass schemes, according to Andrew Sloley's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
  • 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
  • Outsourcing innovation development

    A new development method may allow breaking away from the pack as companies continue to employ outsource facilities that offer flexibility and foster innovation.

    Chuck Kenney, Pressure Chemical Company
  • Energy savings are often disguised as problems

    Carefully managing compressed air can save money. Compressed air is often overlooked in energy studies because many people do not fully understand compressed air equipment, their own system, or what it costs to produce compressed air power.

    Scott Van Ormer and Don Van Ormer, senior application engineers, Air Power USA
  • How to select control valves, Part 1

    When it comes to selecting and sizing control valves, the non-commercial chart in this article not only helps you pick the right one for the job, but also serves as a reference tool you can download.

    Béla Lipták, PE, CONTROL Columnist
  • Today’s China Syndrome

    The country boasts not just booming exports but a strong desire for the best technology.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
  • Process manufacturing: No transfer required

    As the pharmaceutical industry has matured, concerns about the safe handling of drug compounds during the manufacturing process have increased. To meet exposure limits and protect batches from any kind of contamination, the industry’s need for improved containment has increased.

    Diane Dierking
  • Process engineering: Dryer provides a concrete lesson in control

    Removing water or moisture from a liquid stream is a critical operation in many processes. Liquid stream dryers commonly contain either molecular sieves or adsorbents; during the last 20 years, the use of molecular sieves has become much more common.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor, and Richard Readshaw, senior staff process engineer for VECO USA Inc.
  • Process engineering: Doing your level best

    Plant engineers who find it is difficult to get good level measurements have plenty of company. A recent poll shows that it is considered to be one of the two most vexing problems by process automation professionals.

  • Chemical research gets a new look

    Editor at large Nick Basta looks at what the chemical industry can do to re-invigorate its technological research. He says technology pioneered in the pharmaceutical industry promises broad benefits.

  • 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.

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