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  • Plants get help in boosting reliability

    More and more companies are placing greater emphasis on maintenance and seeking help from vendors to boost the effectiveness of their efforts, as some recent major investment decisions demonstrate. Many automation companies now are benefiting by building up asset management services alongside process control capabilities.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    02/26/2007
  • Chemical security rules edge forward

    Advance rulemaking was recently issued on anti-terrorism standards. Lynn Bergeson provides a summary in monthly Compliance Advisor column.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    02/12/2007
  • The intrinsically safe fieldbus has arrived

    Fieldbus has proven its merit in bringing projects online more efficiently, allowing better diagnostics, and control, and reducing maintenance costs and inventories. However, it has been limited in intrinsically safe services. At last, technology has come through once again with a solution. The capacity barrier of FISCO has now been significantly surpassed by a novel split architecture design that has already proven itself in the field.

    Dr. Dave Rizzo, Power PR
    02/09/2007
  • The DCS spirit lives on everywhere

    Classic distributed control systems typically remain only in high-availability refining and power applications, but their strategies and capabilities persist in descendants and today’s sophisticated networks.

    Jim Montague, Executive Editor
    02/09/2007
  • Debunk plant myths about diagnostics

    Your current control system can probably do more than you think. Everybody can agree that diagnostics are a good thing — they can identify problems early, and keep the plant running at peak performance. Learn how your existing control systems and analog instruments can deliver diagnostic capabilities, at a fraction of the cost of system or instrument replacements.

    George Buckbee, ExperTune, Inc.
    02/08/2007
  • Making the most of diagnostics

    Make the most of your diagnostics with this helpul summary from George Buckbee of ExperTune, Inc.

    George Buckbee, ExperTune, Inc.
    02/08/2007
  • Energy Savings Pick up Steam

    More attention to steam systems and trap monitoring provides big benefits. At most chemical plants, plant management and operators face increasing pressures to improve the energy efficiency of their processes, so they should see how they can save on steam.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/30/2007
  • Where is wireless going?

    Increasing interest will translate into far more monitoring applications. The worldwide market for wireless technology will grow 26% annually over the next few years, forecasts the ARC Advisory Group. Vendors are responding and key concerns are being addressed.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/11/2007
  • pH sensor stands up to tough conditions

    Design provides improved reliability in a polymer-precursor batch reactor. Sensors must respond quickly and survive a harsh environment. Poor probe reliability can make the difference between a process that makes money and one that doesn’t.

    Kyle Becker, Polychemie
    01/08/2007
  • Make jacketing your strong suit

    Small details in jacketed-pipe configuration can have a big impact, according to Chemical Processing's Contributing Editor Andrew Sloley.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    12/05/2006
  • NeSSI’s success should be a lock

    The New Sampling/Sensor Initiative or NeSSI that replaces tubing, fittings and other hardware in a sampling system with miniature modular components makes sense. Enhancements now in the works should assure its success.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    11/29/2006
  • Data validation: Jewel in the fieldbus crown?

    Many users and most suppliers to the industry see process availability as the big payout benefit of Foundation Fieldbus (FF) diagnostics — a good portion of it realized through data validation.

    John Rezabek, Contributing Editor
    11/09/2006
  • Avoid trouble with slurries

    Handling slurries (a mix of solids and liquids), should be based on experience and experiments, not theory. Much of the knowledge obtained from pneumatic conveyors and fluidization systems can be used in understanding slurries.

    Thomas R. Blackwood, Healthsite Associates
    11/01/2006
  • Keep measurements on the level

    This article looks at six technologies — mechanical floats and displacers, differential pressure, capacitance, ultrasonic, radar, and guided wave radar — that are used most often for automated control, and provides practical guidance for choosing among them.

    Jerry Boisvert, Siemens Energy & Automation
    11/01/2006
  • Wireless devices may get a shake up

    Last month’s ISA Expo in Houston clearly showed how much attention wireless technology is attracting. However, concern about the reliability and life of batteries remains an issue. That’s why harvested or scavenged power is attracting interest.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    10/31/2006
  • Check for human errors

    You may be making an error if you don’t find time to double-check your own and other’s work. Making time to check human work can prevent costly mistakes and save time.

    Trevor A. Kletz, Loughborough University
    10/31/2006
  • Get answers to your biomonitoring questions

    Guidance for chemical manufacturers, processors, and distributors about Section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances control act was issued on September 14, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Chemical Processing's Regulatory Editor Lynn Bergeson discusses the new regulation.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    10/24/2006
  • Industry tackles a grave issue

    End-of-life and other product stewardship initiatives will impact chemical plants. An agreement to lessen the environmental impact of chemicals production will have global ramifications. Meanwhile, European end-of-life directives on electrical and electronic equipment already are having a worldwide effect.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    10/24/2006
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