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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Celebrity cheers on U.S. manufacturers

    Editor Mark Rosenzweig discusses how an actor is drawing attention to thriving plants and the importance of manufacturing, in this month's From the Editor column.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
  • Control valve diagnostics

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

    Sheila Kennedy
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

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