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  • Take Control Down a Level

    Sometimes you can design out the need for instrumentation.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    02/23/2009
  • Consider Cascade Control

    Such configurations sometimes offer benefits for tubular exchangers.

    Cecil L. Smith, Cecil L. Smith, Inc.
    02/01/2009
  • Look Beyond Orifice Plates

    Consider other types of elements for differential pressure measurement.

    By Greg Livelli and Steve Pagano, ABB Instrumentation
    12/29/2008
  • Upstairs, Downstairs

    Data Going Up, Data Going Down? Engineers and IT Shake Hands in the Middle as OPC Gives Way to XML, Web Services

    Bob Sperber
    10/29/2008
  • It Takes Two . . .

    Here’s How Three Users Learned the Steps to Prioritizing Process Data to Secure Useful Measures to Improve their Operations

    Jim Montague
    09/29/2008
  • Keep operations safe

    A four-phase risk reduction strategy can play a crucial role

    Angela E. Summers and William H. Hearn, SIS-TECH Solutions
    07/16/2008
  • Improve your job security

    Professional development courses can give you an edge

    Cecil L. Smith, Cecil L. Smith, Inc.
    06/01/2008
  • Loggers Keep Feeding Data-Hungry Users

    Recorders and DAQs Have Survived the Advent of PCs, Adapted to Cooperate with Software-Based Historians and Continue to Serve in Applications Where Computers Can't Go

    04/24/2008
  • Build reliability in during design

    Instrumentation that promises to improve reliability may not always be what they seem. You have to consider whether a site can properly maintain sophisticated instruments.

    Dirk Willard
    12/19/2007
  • Improve control loop performance

    Specification of control valves doesn’t adequately emphasize the very basic requirement that valve position respond in a timely manner or even at all — leading to process variability.

    Gregory K. McMillan, Emerson Process Management
    10/18/2007
  • 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
  • Monthly Preview: December 2007

    Here's a look at what will soon be featured on ChemicalProcessing.com. Be sure to check back for the latest articles, news and columns before you see it in print.

    10/02/2007
  • 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
  • Biomass fuel production gets sweeter

    Improved instrumentation and control strategies allow biofuel producers to reap the benefits of new processing techniques and advanced control strategies.

    David W. Spitzer, CONTROL Contributor
    07/01/2007
  • Achieve continuous safety improvement

    Enhancing safety performance requires diligence and unrelenting effort. The Independent Safety Review Panel’s recently released report on the safety culture and practices at BP’s U.S. refineries where a March 2005 explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas indicates similar failings are likely elsewhere in the industry. Learn what can be done to enhance continuous safety improvement.

    Angela Summers, SIS-TECH Solutions
    04/12/2007
  • Can you trust your data?

    To make sense of supply chain data requires consolidating the information into a central repository and then using tools or applications to pinpoint errors and inconsistencies. It also includes taking possible corrective actions that enhance overall quality and confidence in the raw information.

    Andrew Nelson, Matrikon Inc.
    03/14/2007
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