For the business of designing process heat exchangers, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools are still not practical for everyday use. However, in a research consortium such as HTRI, integrating advanced analysis tools like CFD with industrial-sized experimentation and then applying them to real-world technical problems provides a significant synergistic benefit to the consortium members.
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
Sybron Chemicals had the right idea when it sought to properly document the procedures for its wastewater treatment plant. The first step for improving both employee and plant efficiency is to have an up-to-date plant manual.
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.