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  • Control valve diagnostics

    Health monitoring leaves fewer reasons to live with stiction, wrong-sizing and excessive wear.

    Sheila Kennedy
  • Improve control loop performance

    Specification of control valves doesn’t adequately emphasize the very basic requirement that valve position respond in a timely manner or even at all — leading to process variability.

    Gregory K. McMillan, Emerson Process Management
  • Magmeter helps water company keep-up with demands

    Latin America is experiencing an unprecedented population boom, thus requiring increased investments in water and wastewater facilities to keep up with the growth.

    Linda Meyers, Signet Product Manager, GF Piping Systems
  • Blind Transmitters: A return to the basics

    Analog transmitters easily send process measurements from different areas in a plant to a central PLC where process control decisions can be made based on transmitter feedback. Analog transmitters are great cost-saving alternatives to single-point controllers. In situations where multiple sensing locations are required, single point controllers’ costs can add up quickly.

  • Signet 8900 multi-parameter controller features modular design

    The Signet 8900 Multi-Parameter Controller takes the concept of modularity to the extreme. Each 8900 is field commissioned with the users specified combination of inputs, outputs, and relays using simple-to-install modular boards into the base unit.

  • Ethanol plant boosts output and saves energy

    Implementation of advanced process control for distillation and dehydration steps allowed a Wisconsin plant to meet competing goals.

    Jacob Duke, Badger State Ethanol, and Lina Rueda, Pavilion Technologies
  • Ethanol processing

    Click on the image to view John Caupert's, director, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC), presentation on ethanol use. Download the audiocast version.

  • Learning foreign languages can make your job easier

    Don’t build walls, by ignoring foreign languages, says Contributing Editor Dirk Willard, in this month's Field Notes column. Learning foreign languages can make your job easier.

    Dirk Willard, contributing editor
  • Disposable equipment earns lasting role

    Improvements in materials and processing know-how have led to a steady increase in the use of single-use or disposable equipment.

    Seán Ottewell, contributing editor
  • 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.

  • Do some heavy thinking about light loads

    Cutting steam demand can get you into hot water, advises Contributing Editor Andrew W. Sloley, contributing editor, in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew W. Sloley, contributing editor
  • Say farewell to the old energy paradigm

    Controlling costs in today’s market requires a different approach, says Christopher Russell, contributing editor, in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
  • EPA assesses link to greenhouse gases

    Steps taken during manufacturing can significantly impact landfill emissions, advises Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor, in this month's Compliance Advisor column.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
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