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  • 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
  • Get ready to comply with new security mandates

    New anti-terrorism standards require the Department of Homeland Security to identify and regulate "high-risk chemical facilities." These facilities will be subject to a security vulnerability assessment. Where does your plant fit in with these new standards?

    David A. Moore and Dorothy Kellogg, AcuTech Consulting Group
    05/29/2007
  • Plug it in?: The decision to integrate condition monitoring

    Efforts to tighten communications of condition-monitoring instrumentation and data analysis software with CMMS and automation infrastructure, combined with the proliferation of wireless sensor systems and the drive to reduce manpower skill and time requirements, are bringing implementation costs down and drawing much attention to this approach. But should you implement it?

    05/27/2007
  • Build your portfolio

    Is energy efficiency an engineering project or a management process? Contributing Editor Christopher Russell answers that question in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
    05/16/2007
  • Cut column energy consumption

    With increasing energy prices and public sensitivity to energy consumption, many plants are paying more attention to optimizing distillation. Simple and low-risk operational changes often can provide substantial savings.

    Andrew Sloley, VECO U.S.A.
    05/08/2007
  • Equipment & Services: May

    Chemical Processing's Equipment & Services feature provides a variety of production equipment, supplier services and parts.

    05/08/2007
  • More about cost estimating process analyzer projects

    Gary Nichols concludes his series on the proper design and project management of process analyzer systems, this time addressing estimate accuracy and cost by project stage and work breakdown structure.

    Gary D. Nichols, PE, Principal Control Systems Engineer, Jacobs Engineering Group
    05/01/2007
  • 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
  • Strike the Right Balance

    Make the walk-through your first line of defense, advises Dirk Willard in this month's Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    04/30/2007
  • Dow engineer wins the 3rd annual Plant Innovation Award

    This year’s award goes to Bridget Schoonover, senior improvement specialist for Dow in Freeport, Texas, who led a team that validated and implemented a solution to a source of lost revenue at the plant: a waste stream.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    04/25/2007
  • Defeat barriers to energy cost control

    Use communications and incentives to overcome “The Competitor Within", advises Christopher Russell in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
    04/24/2007
  • Final control

    What’s the latest on control valves? Here's a look at the current marketplace for the final element that all control stuff is aimed at—the control valve that produces the end result.

    Walt Boyes, Editor in Chief
    04/17/2007
  • What’s in the air for continuous emissions monitoring?

    More attention to mercury and increased acceptance of predictive approaches is emerging. Such monitoring not only can keep plants on the right side of regulators but also can help provide insights for optimizing operation of equipment.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    04/13/2007
  • 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
  • Equipment & Services: April

    Chemical Processing's Equipment & Services feature provides a variety of production equipment, supplier services and parts.

    04/13/2007
  • 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
    04/12/2007
  • 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
    04/12/2007
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