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  • 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
  • 10 Tips for Success

    Paying attention to the following points can ease implementing and improving critical plant procedures:

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
    08/01/2007
  • Help Your Operators

    Automating procedures within control systems can serve to make your operators more effective and more consistent. With studies showing more than 40% of all plant incidents stemming from some form of human error, it makes sense to give automation a larger role in day-to-day operations.

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
    08/01/2007
  • SP100 Committee Listens to WirelessHART

    The ISA SP100 standards committee was presented with WirelessHART specificationas that were voted on by the HART Communications Foundation’s membership in June 2007.

    08/01/2007
  • 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
  • Sleep with the enemy

    Stop fighting environmentalists and embrace them because it’s good for the planet and business. The challenge for the chemical industry is to win support in the court of public opinion before building or expansion plans run into trouble. And the key to that lies in a company’s willingness to understand the complex and sometimes conflicting motives of opposition groups and to communicate effectively to all constituencies.

    Alan Metrick, Alan Metrick Communications
    07/24/2007
  • Two bulk conveyors prove better than one

    Engineers at EaglePicher Corp. in Quapak, Okla., faced some unique problems in manufacturing high-purity isotopic chemicals and wound up addressing them via a unique solution.

    David Boger, Flexicon Corp.
    07/11/2007
  • Get safety under control

    Check out a different approach to safety analysis and a valuable new reference in this month's column from Editor Mark Rosenzweig.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
    07/06/2007
  • DHS aims to lock down security rules

    Expect a final ruling this summer on chemicals covered and some other key issues, warns Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    07/06/2007
  • Properly protect control systems

    Integrated digital field networks are increasingly popular but pose particular safety and security risks. Fortunately, a number of parallel activities are underway to make integration between automation and business systems effective, safe and secure.

    Ian Verhappen, MTL Instruments
    06/14/2007
  • 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
  • Hardening plants is hard work

    Industry should welcome the new, first-ever federal security rules, advises Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig in this month's From the Editor column.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
    06/06/2007
  • Uncertain safety

    Users seeking appropriate process safety systems aren’t getting enough help from unspecific standards and ideal-world certifications. Here’s how to gain useful safety capabilities in a buyer-beware world.

    06/01/2007
  • What is taking so long?

    Despite its 30-plus-year history, advanced process control (APC) applications remain few and far between, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Dave Harrold, cofounder of the AFAB Group, reports.

    06/01/2007
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