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  • The Invisible Threat

    Many users don’t trust an industrial wireless network solution. Some concerns are real. Most are ethereal. It’s important to know the differences.

    11/16/2007
  • Pursue the perfect plant

    Look into creating the “perfect plant” by integrating product and operational management into your environment. This provides the ability to respond faster and minimize impact to the business and bottom line, driving increased yields, asset utilization and order fulfillment.

    John Harrison, SAP Canada
    11/14/2007
  • 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
    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
  • 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.

    10/16/2007
  • Become a cyber-security pacesetter

    Today, most plants with control systems must contend with many pressures both to allow access to data and to secure those data.

    Rick Kaun, Matrikon, Inc.
    10/04/2007
  • Do some heavy thinking about light loads

    Cutting steam demand can get you into hot water, advises Contributing Editor Andrew W. Sloley, contributing editor, in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew W. Sloley, contributing editor
    10/01/2007
  • Equipment & Services: October

    Chemical Processing's Equipment & Services feature provides a variety of production equipment, supplier services and parts.

    10/01/2007
  • Biofeedstocks see real growth

    Economics as well as increasing corporate emphasis on sustainability and environmentally friendly products are spurring the use of biofeedstocks to make chemicals and fuels.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    09/27/2007
  • Exceed environmental expectations

    The chemical industry is making environmental progress but needs stretch goals, says Mark Rosenzweig, in this month's From the Editor column.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
    09/27/2007
  • Get the right cartridge or bag filter

    An inaccurately sized or improperly specified filter can undermine an entire high-performance liquid filtration system. There are a dozen key parameters to assess to determine the proper specification.

    Tim Mills, Kaydon Custom Filtration Corp.
    09/04/2007
  • Avoid blending blunders

    Selecting the correct device is crucial to successfully handling solids. It must deal with discrete pieces that have physical size, electrical properties, frictional differences and surface characteristics that can change with the environment.

    Tom Blackwood, Healthsite Associates
    09/04/2007
  • Correct those disturbing lapses

    Keeping liquid in a reflux drum still can prevent problems, says Andrew Sloley, in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    08/31/2007
  • Plug cyber-security gaps

    With the new “high risk chemical facilities” federal anti-terrorism regulations, it’s time for the chemical industry to ratchet up its cyber-security efforts. There’s a surge in interest in cyber-subjects such as security certification, defense-in-depth strategies, risk-based planning and improved policies and procedures.

    Seán Ottewell, contributing editor
    08/31/2007
  • China teems with harmful exports

    Problems with Chinese manufacturing go well beyond defective and dangerous products, Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief, notes in this month's installment of From the Editor.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
    08/28/2007
  • 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
  • Get your proper bearings

    Don’t head off in the wrong direction when replacing motors. The type of service and the orientation of the motor determine which bearings it should have. Using the wrong bearings can lead to significant problems.

    Daniel R. Snyder, SKF
    08/20/2007
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