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  • Put energy into people issues

    It’s time for a little industrial energy waste amnesty, says Christopher Russell, contributing editor, in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
    10/30/2007
  • 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
  • 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
    10/16/2007
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Membrane Boasts Material Benefits

    As economical separation of contaminants from natural gas becomes increasingly important, simulation eases the design of innovative module to remove carbon dioxide. Membranes offer potential advantages over other methods.

    Paul J. Rubas and Kevin R. Geurts, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
    09/11/2007
  • 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
  • Chill out about cooling costs

    Plastic towers can offer economic and operational advantages, and now come in modular designs suitable for bigger loads. Converting to a plastic cooling tower can yield substantial savings.

    Dave Jurgensen, Delta Cooling Tower
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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