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  • Plants smarten up

    Smart field devices can be a smart investment to better manage assets and thus boost competitiveness. These devices are increasingly being relied for analysis as well as data collection.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
  • Outsourcing moves up the maintenance ladder

    Outsourcing of non-core operations within a company, large or small, is now a well established corporate strategy. By entrusting services such as IT support, accounting, human resources and other “back office” activities to specialist firms prepared to do the job at an acceptable price, chemical companies can concentrate on their main business — where they are the specialists. That's the theory, at least.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
  • Wireless wins wider role

    Wireless is poised for a big breakthrough in plant operations because of its ease of use, safety and potential for energy savings.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
  • Flow metering gets more fluid

    There are more and more funcationalities being added to your most trusted instrumentation. These established technologies have expand their reach and performance.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
  • Drive up energy efficiency

    The constant-speed approach to AC motors made a lot of sense when energy was cheap and drives technology was in its infancy. With their latest advances, adjustable speed drives can provide one of the best energy efficiency options for a plant.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
  • 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
  • Process integration extends its reach

    Thousands of successful applications worldwide testify to the value of process integration technology in reducing energy costs and increasing capacity through debottlenecking.

    Robin Smith
  • Wireless | The brave new world of RFID | Chemical Processing

    Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, writes Agnes Shanley, is not only being evaluated or implemented by more companies for supply-chain management and security, it lets companies spy on employees or customers.

    Agnes Shanley
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