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  • EDDL enhancements gain momentum

    Several major vendors have now announced plans to fully support enhancements to the electronic device description language (EDDL) used by HART devices, reports Ed Ladd of the HART Communication Foundation. These enhancements will allow users to interact with their intelligent devices in new ways. They ease configuration, even of complex instruments, and support storage of historical data for troubleshooting and diagnostics.

    Ed Ladd
  • Can you safely grandfather your SIS?

    Making a claim that an existing safety instrumented system satisfies a new ANSI standard should not be taken lightly. Before doing so, it is essential to assess several critical factors.

    Angela E. Summers, SIS-TECH Solutions, LP
  • Make the most of HART-enabled field devices

    HART-enabled field devices offer many benefits and not just for process control. They can lead to productivity gains, maintenance savings and more efficient and accurate recordkeeping.

    Dan Prugar, Meriam Process Technologies
  • Readers’ Choice Awards 2005

    Want to know which suppliers of products and services your peers think are the best? Readers pick the top technology providers in more than forty categories of products and services employed at chemical plants.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
  • Getting batch material transfers under control

    Batch material transfer control seems an easy task to carry out, but the reality is that many functions are necessary if the system is to accomplish accurate batch material transfer control. Weighing systems with device-level controls can help.

  • Don'’t Get Mixed Up By Scale-Up

    Use this systematic approach to successfully scale-up mixing processes even without geometric similarity.

    David S. Dickey, MixTech, Inc.
  • Tap into Tollers

    Many chemical companies, prompted by factors such as a lack of in house expertise, equipment and permits for making certain materials, are moving production outside. Tollers, in turn, are seeking to become their partners, not just contract manufacturers.

    Mike Spear
  • Determining the best hardware quote

    Keep a few pointers in mind when sorting through proposals for distillation column internals. They will make it easier to equitably compare the quotes, including assessing performance claims and even alternative hardware recommendations.

    John G. Kunesh, consultant, and Raymond M. Sowiak, Sunoco
  • Get a handle on random errors

    This second article from Dr. Gooddata explains how to estimate the magnitude and effects of random errors in data.

    Ronald H. Dieck, Ron Dieck Associates
  • Onward from 2nd US Annual CAPE-OPEN meeting

    The 2005 meeting gathered 50 participants for two days of presentations and discussions. The agenda covered basic information about CAPE-OPEN and CO-LaN, reports on recent implementation and interoperability successes.

    Dr. Michel Pons
  • What is the CAPE-OPEN Laboratories Network (CO-LaN)?

    The primary purpose of CO-LaN is to promote the use and the development of the CAPE-OPEN standards in Computer-Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) software, and more generally to encourage all actions aimed at facilitating the use of CAPE software tools in industry, government agencies and academia.

    Dr. Michel Pons
  • Become a PSAT Qualified Pump Specialist

    The Hydraulic Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy have partnered to offer a two-day PSAT Qualification Workshop to be held September 7-8 in Dallas, Texas.

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