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.
Author: Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
Companies, already having outsourced a lot of back office functions such as information technology (IT) and human resources management, now are targeting more central business functions, such as accounting and even R&D.
The theme for this years 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.
As the pharmaceutical industry has matured, concerns about the safe handling of drug compounds during the manufacturing process have increased. To meet exposure limits and protect batches from any kind of contamination, the industrys need for improved containment has increased.
Removing water or moisture from a liquid stream is a critical operation in many processes. Liquid stream dryers commonly contain either molecular sieves or adsorbents; during the last 20 years, the use of molecular sieves has become much more common.
Author: Andrew Sloley, contributing editor, and Richard Readshaw, senior staff process engineer for VECO USA Inc.
Distillation has always been a critical and costly step in the manufacture of products in the petroleum, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. Fractionation Research reveals how companies can pool their efforts to obtain experimental distillation data.
This years conference will feature 18 speakers, as well as panel discussions covering a wide range of topics of interest to automation users and suppliers, including ISA88 and ISA95. Keynote speakers will be Dave Beckmann and Ian Nimmo, both long-time veterans of the process control industry.
Pneumatic conveying has long been a popular choice for moving bulk materials. However, the technology hasn't been standing still, and this can influence the choice between several types of pneumatic systems.
Improper startup can result in excessive temperature and radial loading, both of which can lead to lower pump reliability from problems such as seal and bearing failure. Consultant Ross Mackay describes the three steps that should be followed during pump startup.
Like the 20th Century’s Great Conflict, the first Fieldbus War never really ended. But what will the outcome be this time? This article from CONTROL makes an educated prediction on how the battle may turn out.