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  • 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: HART – Dealing with device description

    There is a myth surrounding HART devices that you'll need a device description to communicate with a HART device. Learn why this isn't true and what you do need to know in operating a HART communication device.

    Ed T. Ladd, Jr.
    04/12/2005
  • Process engineering: In the trenches of Fieldbus War II

    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.

    03/10/2005
  • Fieldbus technology: Cut through the confusion

    Fieldbus technology offers many benefits to a chemical processor if used correctly. The key is to focus on front-end design to achieve the full benefits of fieldbus technology.

    Ian Verhappen, P.Eng., ICE-Pros
    03/10/2005
  • 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 industry: Competing with the "China price"

    Chinese producers are consistently offering materials that are cheaper than most American and European producers. This influx of lower cost supplies is threatening the welfare of some domestic plants. How are these American plants dealing with the issue? Voice your opinion on how you'd deal with it with our online poll inside the story.

    Bernie Price, Polaris Veritas Inc.
    02/18/2005
  • Become a more efficient chemical plant employee

    Plant employees aren't all that different from plant equipment. Both need to be efficient without being over-worked. This article details the things you can do to be more effective at your job.

    Sandy Baker, P.E., Exceedance
    02/15/2005
  • Gaskets: meeting the acid test in sealing

    Dow Corning Corp. was experiencing difficulties sealing a large hydrochloric acid column. GORE-TEX Series 600 gasket tape proved it could seal tightly for an extended period of time.

    Steve Beach, Dow Corning Corp., and Rob Haywood, W.L. Gore & Associates
    02/15/2005
  • Process engineering: Fieldbus is here - are you ready?

    Digital-based protocols, such as those used by fieldbus technology, are finding their way into a wider range of plant automation technologies. Read about the Fieldbus Foundation and how its technology can be implemented at your plant.

    Joe Conklin, Fieldbus Foundation
    02/10/2005
  • Achieve total productive maintenance

    In order to achieve all the benefits of a total productive maintenance program, you have to start with autonomous maintenance and a CMMS.  This can lead to maximum equipment effectiveness through the elimination of defects, downtime, slowdown, and so on.

    01/28/2005
  • 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
  • Process manufacturing: Practical steps to reduce particle segregation

    Particle segregation is a common problem in many bulk storage systems and its presence creates serious quality control problems. This exclusive contribution from Diamondback Technology discusses the do's and dont's of particle segregation.

    Diamondback Technology
    01/19/2005
  • Ph Sensor Neutralizes Gas Scrubber Operation

    There seems to always be a better way to meet regulatory requirements, enhance productivity and lower costs. A new pH sensor may help meet all three goals.

    Paul Aloia, Summit Controls Inc.
    01/18/2005
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