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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Translate lofty financial goals

    A profit-per minute metric can really optimize operations. The chemical industry is discovering that it needs better tools to help capitalize on the products and maximize profits — to generate cash faster. It needs a new metric: profit per minute.

    Richard Batty, Maxager Technology
  • 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
  • Chemical Processing Vaaler Award 2007

    Chemical Processing is now accepting entries for its biennial Vaaler Awards. These awards honor products and services that have significantly improved the operation and economics of chemical plants. Download an a PDF document below that details eligibility requirements, award categories, entry details, winner notification and contact information.

  • Implementing an operations management system

    Things are changing at warp speed. Manufacturing companies are collecting large volumes of data from data systems but improvements are possible only if the data are analyzed and developed into useful business parameters.

    Robert Wojewodka, The Lubrizol Corp.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Vaaler Award Winners

    Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig congratulates the winners for CP's annual Vaaler awards, given to the products and services that most improve the operations and economics of plants.

    Mark Rosenzweig
  • 10 principles for securing control systems

    KEMA Consultant Jay Abshier takes an unbiased and highly detailed look at where plant security really is, and what is being done to better protect our process automation systems and infrastructure. Print page Email page 10 principles for securing control systems KEMA Consultant Jay Abshier takes an unbiased and highly detailed look at where plant security really is, and what is being done to better protect our process automation systems and infrastructure.

  • 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.

  • Efficient batch control

    Efficient batch control can be both an art and science, so act accordingly for best results, and always remember "it's survival of the fittest" out there.

  • Process Engineering: HART Offers Value in Plant Control Systems

    There's a myth in plants that HART offers little for Plant Control Systems and Enterprise Level Networks. But Ed Ladd from the HART Communication Foundation writes that by accessing the data in HART devices on a "full-time" routine basis increases performance, integrity, and reliability of plant control and enterprise level systems.

    Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
  • Process Industry Practices 9th Annual Conference

    The theme for this year’s PIP Conference was “Changing Times – The Common Denominator”. With over 140 registered attendees the conference included participants from member, subscriber, and licensee companies as well as other invited guests from the industry.

    Process Industry Practices
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