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  • Build reliability in during design

    Instrumentation that promises to improve reliability may not always be what they seem. You have to consider whether a site can properly maintain sophisticated instruments.

    Dirk Willard
    12/19/2007
  • Service Plant Soon?

    EAM is different from industry to industry. Just what is enterprise asset management?

    12/19/2007
  • Take equipment diagnostics to a new level

    Many of the effects of machine degradation are avoidable, so being able to identify struggling equipment at an early stage is essential to renewing its productivity. Advances in performance monitoring can provide critical insights.

    Todd Anderson
    12/03/2007
  • 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
  • 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
  • Control valve diagnostics

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

    Sheila Kennedy
    10/19/2007
  • Become a cyber-security pacesetter

    Today, most plants with control systems must contend with many pressures both to allow access to data and to secure those data.

    Rick Kaun, Matrikon, Inc.
    10/04/2007
  • Plug cyber-security gaps

    With the new “high risk chemical facilities” federal anti-terrorism regulations, it’s time for the chemical industry to ratchet up its cyber-security efforts. There’s a surge in interest in cyber-subjects such as security certification, defense-in-depth strategies, risk-based planning and improved policies and procedures.

    Seán Ottewell, contributing editor
    08/31/2007
  • Diagnostics dig deeper

    Today’s plants come ready equipped with their own team of doctors in the shape of the many diagnostic and monitoring systems incorporated into instrumentation and other process equipment. And, like any good doctor, today’s plant diagnostics can look beyond the symptoms of poorly performing instruments and provide insights into the health of the process itself.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/20/2007
  • 10 Tips for Success

    Paying attention to the following points can ease implementing and improving critical plant procedures:

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
    08/01/2007
  • Help Your Operators

    Automating procedures within control systems can serve to make your operators more effective and more consistent. With studies showing more than 40% of all plant incidents stemming from some form of human error, it makes sense to give automation a larger role in day-to-day operations.

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
    08/01/2007
  • Politics, Appearances and Thinking Green

    The push to “green” energy is good for automation vendors everywhere, but U.S. government rhetoric may put companies on this side of the Atlantic at a competitive disadvantage.

    08/01/2007
  • Protect your electronics

    Ignoring exposed electrical boxes can cost you a bundle, says Contributer Dirk Willard, in this month's Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard, contributer
    06/06/2007
  • Uncertain safety

    Users seeking appropriate process safety systems aren’t getting enough help from unspecific standards and ideal-world certifications. Here’s how to gain useful safety capabilities in a buyer-beware world.

    06/01/2007
  • The evolution of plant automation

    Understanding the purpose of control and safety systems helps users ensure each is appropriately optimized. The duties of the SIS are to protect the people, environment and assets against unsafe conditions.

    Angela Summers, PhD, PE, founder of SIS-TECH Solutions
    03/03/2007
  • Plants get help in boosting reliability

    More and more companies are placing greater emphasis on maintenance and seeking help from vendors to boost the effectiveness of their efforts, as some recent major investment decisions demonstrate. Many automation companies now are benefiting by building up asset management services alongside process control capabilities.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    02/26/2007
  • How hydraulic modeling can improve the efficiency of your pump systems

    In spite of their large operating cost, most pump systems are inefficient by design. Among the common design problems are non-optimal pipe sizing, control valve utilization and, perhaps most common, incorrectly sized pumps. How a pump operates depends on the system, so improvements must focus on the system as a whole.

    Tom Glassen
    02/20/2007
  • Debunk plant myths about diagnostics

    Your current control system can probably do more than you think. Everybody can agree that diagnostics are a good thing — they can identify problems early, and keep the plant running at peak performance. Learn how your existing control systems and analog instruments can deliver diagnostic capabilities, at a fraction of the cost of system or instrument replacements.

    George Buckbee, ExperTune, Inc.
    02/08/2007
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