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  • Distillation control and optimization, Part 1

    Control columnist Bela Liptak describes the distillation process and PID-based controls, reviews optimization strategies, and shows how advanced controls can cut operating costs of distillation.

    Béla Lipták, PE, Control Columnist
    01/11/2006
  • 10 principles for securing control systems

    KEMA Consultant Jay Abshier takes an unbiased and highly detailed look at where plant security really is, and what is being done to better protect our process automation systems and infrastructure. Print page Email page 10 principles for securing control systems KEMA Consultant Jay Abshier takes an unbiased and highly detailed look at where plant security really is, and what is being done to better protect our process automation systems and infrastructure.

    10/25/2005
  • Getting batch material transfers under control

    Batch material transfer control seems an easy task to carry out, but the reality is that many functions are necessary if the system is to accomplish accurate batch material transfer control. Weighing systems with device-level controls can help.

    08/10/2005
  • Efficient batch control

    Efficient batch control can be both an art and science, so act accordingly for best results, and always remember "it's survival of the fittest" out there.

    07/13/2005
  • Process Engineering: HART Offers Value in Plant Control Systems

    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.

    Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
    05/11/2005
  • Process Industry Practices 9th Annual Conference

    The theme for this year’s 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.

    Process Industry Practices
    05/10/2005
  • Process engineering: Dryer provides a concrete lesson in control

    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.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor, and Richard Readshaw, senior staff process engineer for VECO USA Inc.
    05/03/2005
  • HART Devices - Dispelling the Myths

    Myths and misconceptions surround the HART Communication technology despite being in use for as many as 15 years in some places. This article dispels those myths and highlights the benefits of HART.

    Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
    03/10/2005
  • Chemical plant site security enters the next phase

    With the last of mandated security deadlines now approaching, plants ponder future steps.  Read about all of the improvements and procedural changes that have already occurred and find out what might be next for your plant's security plan.

    Nick Basta, editor at large
    02/10/2005
  • Process management: Raise an alarm about alarms

    Sure, having more alarms is a plus if they contribute to better plant operation.  But nowadays, more and more plants have numerous alarms that are causing more trouble than they are worth.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor-in-Chief
    01/19/2005
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