This years conference will feature 18 speakers, as well as panel discussions covering a wide range of topics of interest to automation users and suppliers, including ISA88 and ISA95. Keynote speakers will be Dave Beckmann and Ian Nimmo, both long-time veterans of the process control industry.
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.
Pneumatic conveying has long been a popular choice for moving bulk materials. However, the technology hasn't been standing still, and this can influence the choice between several types of pneumatic systems.
Improper startup can result in excessive temperature and radial loading, both of which can lead to lower pump reliability from problems such as seal and bearing failure. Consultant Ross Mackay describes the three steps that should be followed during pump startup.
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.
A thorough inspection of plant equipment following tiny installations can prevent a lot of future problems. Go beyond just checking for compliance with drawings when looking at hardware and physically look at the equipment itself.
The key to the long-term vitality of a chemical corporation does not lie in its business acumen, but in its ability to continue to make innovative chemicals. Editor in chief Mark Rosenzweig says executives should show more enthusiasm for this process.