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  • 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
  • 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
  • Say farewell to the old energy paradigm

    Controlling costs in today’s market requires a different approach, says Christopher Russell, contributing editor, in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
    10/01/2007
  • Wireless proponents take HART

    More chemical plants are expected to go wireless with the introduction of the new wireless protocol for HART devices.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    09/06/2007
  • Tackle organizational obstacles

    For energy cost control, aptitude plus operational style equals results, advises Contributing Editor Christopher Russell, in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
    08/28/2007
  • Equipment & Services: August

    Chemical Processing's Equipment & Services feature provides a variety of production equipment, supplier services and parts.

    08/22/2007
  • SP100 Committee Listens to WirelessHART

    The ISA SP100 standards committee was presented with WirelessHART specificationas that were voted on by the HART Communications Foundation’s membership in June 2007.

    08/01/2007
  • Face energy challenges like a frontiersman

    Be both a hunter and a farmer of energy management, advises Contributing Editor Christopher Russell, in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
    07/24/2007
  • Properly protect control systems

    Integrated digital field networks are increasingly popular but pose particular safety and security risks. Fortunately, a number of parallel activities are underway to make integration between automation and business systems effective, safe and secure.

    Ian Verhappen, MTL Instruments
    06/14/2007
  • Wireless: Ready or not

    A lively discussion of the current role of wireless in online condition monitoring.

    06/01/2007
  • Wireless finds its calling

    For maintenance and condition-monitoring, wireless technology offers much more than just reducing or eliminating costs. However, wireless also requires an integrated infrastructure approach rather than independent, proprietary point solutions.

    05/27/2007
  • Plug it in?: The decision to integrate condition monitoring

    Efforts to tighten communications of condition-monitoring instrumentation and data analysis software with CMMS and automation infrastructure, combined with the proliferation of wireless sensor systems and the drive to reduce manpower skill and time requirements, are bringing implementation costs down and drawing much attention to this approach. But should you implement it?

    05/27/2007
  • What Works: Wireless PCs streamline warehouse operations

    The basic principles of Lean Manufacturing date back at least to the 18th century. In Poor Richard's Almanack, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “He that idly loses 5s. [shillings] worth of time, loses 5s., and might as prudently throw 5s. into the river. He that loses 5s not only loses that sum, but all the other advantages that might be made by turning it in dealing, which, by the time a young man becomes old, amounts to a comfortable bag of money.”

    05/27/2007
  • Build your portfolio

    Is energy efficiency an engineering project or a management process? Contributing Editor Christopher Russell answers that question in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
    05/16/2007
  • Gamma scanning seeks an inside edge

    Many companies decide not to build up certain capabilities in-house mainly because they don’t have sufficient regular demand for them. Gamma scanning of distillation columns is a case in point, but on-site scanning specialists may be the wave of the future.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    05/08/2007
  • Cut column energy consumption

    With increasing energy prices and public sensitivity to energy consumption, many plants are paying more attention to optimizing distillation. Simple and low-risk operational changes often can provide substantial savings.

    Andrew Sloley, VECO U.S.A.
    05/08/2007
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