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  • Take safety up a notch

    There’s still room to improve industry’s good safety performance, says Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig in his monthly column. Mechanical integrity programs generally need more attention.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    08/25/2005
  • EDDL enhancements gain momentum

    Several major vendors have now announced plans to fully support enhancements to the electronic device description language (EDDL) used by HART devices, reports Ed Ladd of the HART Communication Foundation. These enhancements will allow users to interact with their intelligent devices in new ways. They ease configuration, even of complex instruments, and support storage of historical data for troubleshooting and diagnostics.

    Ed Ladd
    08/16/2005
  • Can you safely grandfather your SIS?

    Making a claim that an existing safety instrumented system satisfies a new ANSI standard should not be taken lightly. Before doing so, it is essential to assess several critical factors.

    Angela E. Summers, SIS-TECH Solutions, LP
    08/11/2005
  • Make the most of HART-enabled field devices

    HART-enabled field devices offer many benefits and not just for process control. They can lead to productivity gains, maintenance savings and more efficient and accurate recordkeeping.

    Dan Prugar, Meriam Process Technologies
    08/11/2005
  • Getting batch material transfers under control

    Batch material transfer control seems an easy task to carry out, but the reality is that many functions are necessary if the system is to accomplish accurate batch material transfer control. Weighing systems with device-level controls can help.

    08/10/2005
  • HART has staying power

    Despite the appearance of digital fieldbus technology in plants, well-proven HART technology still has a viable long-term role, notes Ed Ladd of the HART Communication Foundation. He adds that industry consultants predict that HART easily will be supported and remain a significant communications technology for the next 20+ years.

    Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
    07/13/2005
  • Efficient batch control

    Efficient batch control can be both an art and science, so act accordingly for best results, and always remember "it's survival of the fittest" out there.

    07/13/2005
  • 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
    06/16/2005
  • Use operators to boost pump reliability

    Preventing pump problems before they happen is the best way to save costs, and it is the operators who are the key to your pump maintenance.

    Ross Mackay
    06/15/2005
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