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  • The Invisible Threat

    Many users don’t trust an industrial wireless network solution. Some concerns are real. Most are ethereal. It’s important to know the differences.

    11/16/2007
  • Pursue the perfect plant

    Look into creating the “perfect plant” by integrating product and operational management into your environment. This provides the ability to respond faster and minimize impact to the business and bottom line, driving increased yields, asset utilization and order fulfillment.

    John Harrison, SAP Canada
    11/14/2007
  • Carefully check vendor references

    Determine the differences between a cited installation and yours, Andrew Sloley, contributing editor, says in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    10/30/2007
  • PAT isn’t standing pat

    Traditional laboratory-based analytical techniques more and more are moving online and even being replaced by the virtual analysis offered by soft sensors and inferential measurements.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    10/30/2007
  • Portable conveyor speeds paint production

    Unit ensures a consistent flow of soft acrylic powder without lumps or sticking, improving the production of thermoplastic paint.

    Michel Podevyn, Spiroflow Systems, Inc.
    10/30/2007
  • Control valve diagnostics

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

    Sheila Kennedy
    10/19/2007
  • Go beyond condition monitoring

    Despite condition monitoring, unplanned outages continue to be an issue, significantly impacting financial performance through lost production and extra repair costs.

    Neil Cooper, Invensys Process Systems
    10/18/2007
  • 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
    10/18/2007
  • 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
    10/16/2007
  • 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.

    10/16/2007
  • 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.

    10/16/2007
  • 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
    10/16/2007
  • 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.

    10/08/2007
  • 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
    10/04/2007
  • 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
    10/04/2007
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