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  • 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
    10/18/2007
  • Membrane Boasts Material Benefits

    As economical separation of contaminants from natural gas becomes increasingly important, simulation eases the design of innovative module to remove carbon dioxide. Membranes offer potential advantages over other methods.

    Paul J. Rubas and Kevin R. Geurts, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
    09/11/2007
  • Succeed at Simulation

    The “Seven rules for successful simulation” need to be revisited and revised because of advancements in computers. Simulations that once took weeks to compute an answer now take mere hours.

    Cliff Knight, KnightHawk Engineering
    09/06/2007
  • What is taking so long?

    Despite its 30-plus-year history, advanced process control (APC) applications remain few and far between, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Dave Harrold, cofounder of the AFAB Group, reports.

    06/01/2007
  • Control valves for slurry service

    In this installment of Ask The Experts, noted process control authority and CONTROL Columnist Béla Lipták and his cadre of automation experts answer a reader’s question regarding control valves for slurry services.

    05/01/2007
  • Flame Modeling Provides Matchless Results

    A computer simulation helps solve a refinery combustion problem. Finding ways to limit NOx from fired heaters, especially under stringent environmental regulations, has become a major concern for the petroleum refining industry. Complying with new stricter regulations, a Texas refinery upgraded the burners in one of its large cylindrical furnaces.

    Roberto Ruiz, Ph.D., John Zink Co.
    04/13/2007
  • 10 tips for diagnosing control valve problems

    To make the most of diagnostic equipment used in chemical processing, technicians must stretch their knowledge of control valves and related diagnostic equipment that keeps tabs on valve health and safety.

    David W. Douglas
    01/22/2007
  • Understand and Control Hot Vapor Bypass

    Contributing Editor Andrew Sloley says pressure control technique works well if implemented properly, in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    01/08/2007
  • Distillation control and optimization, Part 3

    Control's Béla Lipták continues his series on control of distillation processes, this time focusing on managing reboiler flow, temperature, feed rate, loading and reflux for economy, stability and safety.

    Béla Lipták, PE, CONTROL Columnist
    01/05/2007
  • HMIs evolve in process control

    New HMI technology is putting a whole new (inter)face on how operators view control systems information, while at the same time driving human error out of systems and improving safe work practices.

    Ian Nimmo, president, User Centered Design Services LLC
    09/11/2006
  • Better Design Is No Pipe Dream

    The benefits of using pipeline simulation tools at the piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) level, rather than running simulations just on the process flow diagram, can often be overlooked.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    07/17/2006
  • Distillation control and optimization, Part 1

    Control columnist Bela Liptak describes the distillation process and PID-based controls, reviews optimization strategies, and shows how advanced controls can cut operating costs of distillation.

    Béla Lipták, PE, Control Columnist
    01/11/2006
  • Dig Deeper to Find More Capacity

    Pipeline simulation software can uncover hidden causes of capacity bottlenecks.

    Todd J. Willman, EPCON International, Reuben Gates, Shell Chemical LP, and Mark Haboian, Eastman Kodak Co.
    11/09/2005
  • The Synergy of Simulation, Experimentation and Technical Support Activities in a Research Consortium

    For the business of designing process heat exchangers, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools are still not practical for everyday use. However, in a research consortium such as HTRI, integrating advanced analysis tools like CFD with industrial-sized experimentation and then applying them to real-world technical problems provides a significant synergistic benefit to the consortium members.

    Kevin J. Farrell
    11/06/2005
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