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  • 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
  • Process analysis gains greater online role

    Faster. Smaller. Smarter. Modular. All express the future of process analytics. And un-stoppable describes the ongoing migration of process analytical instruments to continuous, online, field-mounted use at chemical plants.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    09/11/2006
  • 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
    08/18/2006
  • 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
  • Choose the right temperature sensor

    There’s no simple solution to achieving accurate temperature measurement. It’s a combination of knowing the inherent accuracy of particular sensor types, and how environmental factors can create further measurement uncertainty and the sensor calibration techniques available to reduce this uncertainty.

    Cal Swanson, Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co.
    04/24/2006
  • 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
  • Saving energy with fluid handling

    This article from Ross Mackay, an exclusive contributor to ChemicalProcessing.com and author of The Practical Pumping Handbook, discusses how you can save energy in your plant with proper pump selection.

    Ross Mackay
    09/20/2005
  • Process Engineering: HART – Dealing with device description

    There is a myth surrounding HART devices that you'll need a device description to communicate with a HART device. Learn why this isn't true and what you do need to know in operating a HART communication device.

    Ed T. Ladd, Jr.
    04/12/2005
  • 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.

    04/08/2005
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