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  • Energy Savings Pick up Steam

    More attention to steam systems and trap monitoring provides big benefits. At most chemical plants, plant management and operators face increasing pressures to improve the energy efficiency of their processes, so they should see how they can save on steam.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/30/2007
  • 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
  • Remember the basics of maintenance

    Despite the “buzz” about asset management systems don’t forget the “oilers”, advises Mike Spear, in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    03/01/2007
  • What’s in the air for continuous emissions monitoring?

    More attention to mercury and increased acceptance of predictive approaches is emerging. Such monitoring not only can keep plants on the right side of regulators but also can help provide insights for optimizing operation of equipment.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    04/13/2007
  • Dow aims to gas up methane conversion efforts

    Mike Spear, editor at large discusses how researchers can submit simple proposals but must forego royalties in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    04/24/2007
  • 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
  • New seals get their turn

    As pressure rises on plants to improve productivity and equipment reliability levels, seals and gaskets are being called upon to provide even better performance. Their challenge no longer is simply to prevent leaks but also to play an important role in the life-cycle management of the plant.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    07/24/2007
  • Get your message across very fast

    Blink and you might miss it, but sponsoring an IndyCar makes sound sense, says Mike Spear, in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    07/24/2007
  • Know where to go for know-how

    Live auctions can liven up the buying and selling of intellectual property, says Mike Spears, in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/20/2007
  • 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
  • It’s a slow road to alternative energy

    Government delays force BP to pull plug on a carbon dioxide project, reports Mike Spears, editor at large, in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    10/01/2007
  • 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
  • Engineers should talk up the profession

    A recent poll provides an industrial perspective and points up its troubling implications. As many universities are discovering, science and technology aren’t as popular as they once were. It's your job to spread the word, however small.

    Mike Spear, editor at large, Hertfordshire, U.K.
    05/26/2006
  • Contaminants Cause Complications on Gas Turbines

    Use of fuels outside the advised specifications can result in increased maintenance requirements or premature component failure.

    Mike Welch and Brian Igoe, Siemens, for our sister publication Plant Services
    08/08/2014
  • Squeeze More from Your Motors

    By integrating smart motor control centers that will monitor energy consumption a plant can remove wasteful energy expenditure, prevent unplanned downtime, and improve overall operational efficiency. Recent tax code amendments make these improvements inviting.

    Moin Shaikh, Siemens
    06/07/2007
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