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  • 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
  • Plant to enterprise – Putting the pieces together

    While improved technology has narrowed the gap, the pressure now is on to complete the plant-floor-to-top-floor link. But the path is a twisty one dogged by complex technical and cultural issues.

    Nancy Bartels, Managing Editor
    03/30/2007
  • Get To The Root Of Accidents

    Systems thinking can provide insights on underlying issues not just their symptoms

    Nancy Leveson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Sidney Dekker, Griffith University
    02/27/2014
  • 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
  • Questions about gloves link to work safety

    The proper hand protection plays a tremendous role in keeping plant workers safe. This article answers questions often posed by workers and managers about hand protection products, their applications and limitations.

    Nelson Schlatter, Ansell
    04/20/2006
  • Avoid the Domino Effect

    Take advantage of a new standard to improve alarm management and enhance plant safety and productivity.

    Nicholas P. Sands, DuPont, and Todd Stauffer, exida
    02/03/2010
  • Assessing risk in risky times

    Risk assessment has been part of the chemical engineering scope for years. The possibilities of an attack might have changed, but the consequences — a runaway reaction, a spill, etc. — are the same.

    Nick Basta
    10/15/2003
  • Safety pros put "SIS" in systems

    While large chemical companies have engaged in rigorous safety analysis for years, the benefits of safety instrumented systems technology are becoming better known to smaller manufacturers.

    Nick Basta
    11/12/2004
  • Lights up on emissions monitoring

    This article takes a new look at optical remote sensing (ORS) technology — which has become simpler, more reliable and more accurate, yet its popularity for monitoring emissions has not grown.

    Nick Basta
    11/01/2004
  • Sealless pumps get their turn

    Cost and design improvements are spurring increasing use, particularly for handling hazardous fluids.

    Nick Basta
    09/16/2004
  • Collaboration extends Its reach

    The step change occurring in engineering technology is being driven by the latest capabilities of design and operating software to exchange these data.

    Nick Basta
    03/31/2004
  • Sites summon specialists

    The recent painful downturn and high energy costs are pushing corporate managers in the chemical industry to do whatever they can to improve company margins.

    Nick Basta
    06/01/2004
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