Today, process data are readily available at many levels, from instrumentation to higher-level data historians and OPC servers. Choosing the right platform can be key to successfully implementing robust and maintainable process calculations at your company.
Understanding the fundamentals of fluid agitation can help meet the customers requirement and the processors need for efficiency. While portable mixers have been around for years, they often arent used to their full potential. Knowing the basics of mixing and flow patterns can help you get more out of your mixer.
Author: David Dickey, MixTech, Inc. and Lydia Booth Fenley, Illes Seasonings & Flavors
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.
ControlGlobal.com contributor David W. Spitzer provides a look from a process automation perspective at how magmeters and Venturi meters are vying with ultrasonics for clean and dirty water applications.
Properly accounting for how bulk solids actually will flow in a vessel or overall process can be crucial for successful operations. Learning some simple parameters can often provide a good sense of flowability.
Author: Don McGlinchey, Glasgow Caledonian University
Changes in liquid densities can throw off readings. Plants commonly rely on differential pressure (DP) cells to measure level. Read this month's Plant InSites for advice on how to solve these level problems.
ABB designed software for its ACS800 drive so Curtis-Toledo could improve the operation of its rotary-screw compressors. The customized software can control the system pressure, air delivery, oil temperature and duty cycle directly from the drive.
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.
Plant engineers who find it is difficult to get good level measurements have plenty of company. A recent poll shows that it is considered to be one of the two most vexing problems by process automation professionals.