Emerson And OSIsoft Introduce PI Connector For HART-IP
The software simplifies access to HART field device information and feeds it to numerous diagnostic and process optimization packages.
Emerson Process Management and OSIsoft introduce the OSIsoft PI Connector for HART-IP, a link between HART field devices and OSIsoft’s PI System enterprise software infrastructure for managing streaming sensor data in real time. The PI Connector for HART-IP automatically maps wired and WirelessHART devices to the asset structure in the PI Server.
Emerson develops and deploys diagnostic and optimization packages that analyze field device information. The PI Connector for HART-IP leverages the PI System to provide information to these application suites, according to the company.
The connector was jointly developed as an extension of OSIsoft’s capability. The PI Connector for HART-IP reportedly reduces the cost and effort needed to…
ABB And Pharmaceutical MES Supplier Werum IT Team Up
Wood Group Acquires ATG
Videos Teach Effective Process Control
Intergraph Agrees To Acquire EcoSys
Wireless Network Improves Leak Detection
Rockwell Automation And Cisco Release Wireless Design Guide
Emerson Updates DeltaV DCS
ISA100 Wireless Standard Approved By IEC
Automated Feeding Enhances Biologics Production
On-demand nutrient addition provides improved cell health, higher product titers and consistent quality
The majority of the new biopharmaceuticals and those in development today are produced in complex mammalian cell cultures — typically involving tens of biochemical species and hundreds of biochemical reactions. These biologics such as therapeutic…
Select the Most Suitable Temperature Sensor
Mettler Toledo Receives Innovation Award For TDL Analyzers
ABB Breaks Ground On Louisiana Factory
Do More with Multiparameter Analyzers
How To Optimize The Value Of An Operator Training Simulator
Endress+Hauser Releases Training Schedule
Endress+Hauser announces its fall and winter 2015 schedule of instrumentation training courses.
Endress+Hauser announces its Fall and Winter 2015 schedule of instrumentation training courses. Classes typically are a combination of classroom and hands-on training on either the Endress+Hauser PTU (Process Training Unit), a full-scale, working process skid with on-line instrumentation and controls, or live instruments in training stands, both designed to simulate operating conditions.
A-101 pH & Conductivity Measurement School
C-101 Pressure, Temperature and Calibration School
F-101 Flow School - Introductory
F-101/F-102 Flow School – Introductory/Level School - Advanced
F-102 Flow School – Advanced
F-103 Coriolis School
I-101 Basic Instrumentation School
I-102 Instrumentation Technology School
I-103 Time of…
Spectrex Acquisition Expands Emerson’s Safety Portfolio
Siemens Monitoring Service Uses Veros Technology
Mettler Toledo Releases Industrial Weighing Catalog
Mettler Toledo Report Examines Halogen Moisture Analyzers
Emerson acquires Spectrex, Inc.
Emerson acquires Spectrex, Inc., a manufacturer of flame and open path gas detectors. With this addition, Emerson Process Management expands its line of flame, gas and ultrasonic leak detector solutions used for safety monitoring. Spectrex will join the Rosemount portfolio of measurement and analytical technologies. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Spectrex and its staff are located in Cedar Grove, NJ, with sales and technical support offices in Houston, the United Kingdom and Taiwan.
For more information, visit: www.emerson.com
AIChE Honors Chemical Processing Board Member
Use Elegant Design to Bolster Inherent Safety
Take Advantage of the Minute Clinic
Safety Is No Accident
Process Changes: Mitigate A Manager’s Mayhem
Readers recommend how to restore performance after ill-advised process changes.
This Month's Puzzler:
We manufacture 97%-pure ethylnylcyclopropane (ECP, also known as cyclopropyl acetate — CAS No. 6746-94-7). The batch ECP process involves these primary steps: reaction with an alkyl lithium compound; blowing in NH4Cl with…
Prevent Simulation Meltdowns
Tiptoe Around Trouble
Honeywell Design Challenge Rewards Brazilian Students
ESI Launches Piping System Course
Mind Piping System Mechanics
Ensure your layout can handle anticipated stresses.
Piping systems — pipes, fittings, valves and other items — not only must convey fluids (liquids and gases) from one location to another but also must cope with mechanical stresses. So, it is essential to check a system’s mechanical behavior…
Effectively Control PD Pumps
Hydro Is First HI-Approved Pump Test Lab
HI Releases Rotodynamic Pump Guideline
Cashco Web Platform Features 3-D Product Imaging
Volkmann Opens New Test Facility
Volkmann, Inc. expands its U.S. headquarters, located in Bristol, PA, to include a 750-square-foot dedicated test facility.
Volkmann, Inc. expands its U.S. headquarters in Bristol, PA to include a 750-square-foot dedicated test facility. The laboratory incorporates a range of the company’s VS Series of vacuum conveyors, including the 200, 250, 350 and 450 receiver models, as well as a variety of feed hoppers and the company’s RNT rip and tip hopper. Two 150 foot runs of 1 ½” and 2 ½” conveying lines are available to simulate real world applications in product transfer, and a 20 foot vertical lift can be added where necessary.
The VS series can simulate conveying conditions for powders, granules, particles, tablets and capsules for customers in the food, pharmaceutical, chemical and coatings industries. A PPCVS 170 unit, built specifically for the…
KSU Opens Bulk Solids Innovation Center
EFCE Calls for Nominations
ASTM Standard Features Freeman Technology Rheometer
Vac-U-Max Shows Cleaning Advances At 2015 Fuel Ethanol
Biopolymer Gets a Boost
Researchers say a single-step process outperforms the current two-step route for making lactide, a key precursor of polylactic acid, a popular biodegradable polymer.
A single-step process outperforms the current two-step route for making lactide, a key precursor of polylactic acid (PLA), a popular biodegradable polymer, say researchers at the Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, KU Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium. The zeolite-catalyzed method not only eliminates the cost and complexity of a second step but also reduces byproduct formation, they add. “Products made of PLA now can become cheaper and greener,” enthuses Bert Sels, a professor at the Center and head of the team that developed the process.
In the route, aqueous lactic acid produced via fermentation goes to a stirred-tank reactor where a highly selective zeolite catalyst converts it into lactide at yields of up to 85% in a single pass…
Catalyst Enhances Carbon Capture
Biocatalyst Boosts Sustainable Production
Particle Technology Researcher Wins Award
Platinum Nanocages Cut Catalyst Cost
Filtration: Crumples Boost Separation
Shaped nanofilms filter substances with high efficiency
A “crumpled” membrane less than 10-nm thick that filters liquids and gases potentially can cut energy consumption in industry, say researchers at Imperial College London. They believe their composite membrane ultimately could improve or replace…
Membranes Simplify Water Treatment
Preclude Packed-Column Problems
Fluid-Filled Gate Provides Precise Separation
Europe Seeks Better Membrane Performance
Make the Most of Your First Turnaround
Equipment inspection will teach things never learned in college
Many process plants now operate for long periods of time between scheduled maintenance. It was routine 50 years ago for facilities to shut down annually or even more often for scheduled maintenance. Today, however, an increasing emphasis on…
Cast a Cold-Eye on Cooling System
Process Puzzler: Tackle Exchanger Flaws
Exchanger Technology Heats Up
Heat Exchangers: Prevent Tube Pullout
Varying of flow requires a different approach than that for centrifugal pumps
Positive displacement (PD) pumps aren’t as common as centrifugal pumps at most plants. So, engineers typically are less familiar with how to control the flow of these pumps. Yet, many applications of PD pumps may benefit from flow control — e.g., direct control to meet process objectives or a cascade from level, temperature or other control loops.
Flow control on most centrifugal pumps involves varying the discharge pressure to alter the pump flow rate. A control valve supplies the variable pressure drop for the system. As long as the pump has a continuously rising head to zero flow, this system usually works dependably.
In contrast, changing flow resistance on a PD pump doesn’t vary the flow rate. In an ideal PD pump with…
Count On Steam Turbines
GWT Announces Factory School Training Schedule
Atlas Copco Leads Industrial Sector In Newsweek’s Sustainability Ranking
LCE And Woodhouse Partnership Form Alliance
Life Cycle Engineering and The Woodhouse Partnership form an alliance to promote asset management best practices.
Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) and The Woodhouse Partnership (TWPL) form an alliance to promote optimizing the value of physical assets through the application of international standards and best practices in risk-based management systems.
The two firms have complementary core competencies focused on applying risk-based asset management practices across the asset lifecycle, according to LCE. TWPL applies the ISO 55000 asset management standard and PAS 55, using its proprietary models, diagnostic and software tools to conduct asset management assessments and develop implementation roadmaps. LCE provides technical knowledge of reliability engineering, maintenance best practices and holistic implementation of asset management systems.
Life Cycle Institute And KU Offer REC
Process Puzzler: See the Light After a Brownout
Equipment Care Delivers Improved Reliability, Quality and Safety
LCE Launches SAP EAM Optimization Services
Career Advice: Avoid Financial Blunders
An independent contractor must think carefully about money-related issues
The recruiter offered me an hourly rate that, he said, included a bit extra to cover expenses while on location. That’s a bad idea. Demand a split-off per diem. It will reduce your tax liability. Say you’re hired at $60/h. If you work a typical year, i.e., 49 weeks, that’s $117,600. But, if your per diem is $20/h, your taxable income drops to $78,400 — a big difference.
This recruiter also offered bad tax advice: “Don’t worry about paying taxes in Ohio, you’ll be working in Texas, which doesn’t have a state tax.” That’s completely wrong. The recruiter either deceived himself or was deceiving me.
You must understand such issues to avoid financial blunders when doing contract work or consulting.
I am a one-engineer shop…
Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot Ending July 2015
Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot Ending June 2015
ACC Reports Stable Specialty Chemicals Market
Recession Gets Credit For Reduced CO2 Emissions
Check Out “Science at Play”
Exhibit traces development and historical context of chemistry sets
Admit it, you wish you still had the chemistry set you played with while growing up. For many chemical engineers and chemists, the sets piqued interest in the field in which they would pursue careers. Indeed, that’s how some makers marketed their…
GE’s Water Business Will Acquire IMT
Acquisition will expand GE’s ultrafiltration membrane wastewater treatment offerings.
GE agrees to acquire IMT Solutions, a private Netherlands-based manufacturer of ultrafiltration and microfiltration membranes for water treatment. With IMT’s ultrafiltration membrane technology, GE will expand and complement its existing ZeeWeed advanced ultrafiltration hollow-fiber membrane portfolio, according to the company. IMT’s products, including its SevenBore ultrafiltration membranes, are suitable for high-pressure applications and for use in upstream offshore oil and gas operations.
Ultrafiltration membranes are utilized for drinking water, wastewater, tertiary and water reuse applications as well as industrial feedwater and reverse osmosis pretreatment. The technology is operational in thousands of municipal, industrial and…
GWT Releases Factory School Fourth Quarter Training Schedule
Poll: How has the amount of water recycled changed?
Hazardous Waste Rules Get a Rethink
Chemical Makers Transform their Water Sourcing
BASF Consolidates Catalyst Operations
BASF consolidates its chemical catalysts recycling and refining operations to the company’s Seneca, South Carolina production facility.
BASF will consolidate its spent chemical catalysts refining and recycling operations at the company’s Seneca, S.C., operating facility by the end of 2015. As a result, BASF will shut down the incineration and refining of used chemical catalysts at its operating site in Rome, Italy, during the fourth quarter of this year, according to the company. The Rome site will be recalibrated to focus on process catalysts manufacturing, platinum group metals (PGM) salts and solutions production, and assay laboratory testing and analytics.
As a result of the consolidation, staff will be reduced at the Rome site, primarily positions involved in incineration and refining and related support functions, according to the company. BASF says it will…
Sunlight Activates Urban Grime
EPA Continues Chemical Screening Tests
White House Targets Biotechnology
Proposed revisions could improve disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.
On August 31, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed an important rule under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) that would ease the standards for healthcare facilities that dispose of hazardous waste…
Woody Biomass Yields BTX
OSHA Clarifies GHS Compliance Efforts
Contractors Get More Scrutiny
More-stringent background checks address training, security and other issues
Many chemical makers increasingly rely on contractors to supplement their in-house workforces. Indeed, at some sites, contractors likely make up a majority of the workforce. Pointing up the general trend, “Safety Performance Indicators — 2014…
ISASecure Lab Certifies Honeywell Controller
Flaws Undermine CFATS Monitoring
Properly Tackle Your Cyber-Security Vulnerabilities
HPS And Intel Security Tackle Protection Of IIoT
Worker Safety: Stimulate a Sense of Vulnerability
Take seven steps to combat complacency that can compromise process safety.
Plants with good safety performance often face a problem just because they haven’t suffered significant incidents for a long time. Complacency can develop, undermining the discipline required to maintain safety. We always must remember that safety…
Blast Kills 114, Exposes Lapse in Hazmat Regs
Chemical Safety Board Gets New Leader
Plant Security Is Now Up in the Air
Chemical Safety Board Makes PSM a Top Priority
The 3-D product drawings include a cut-away view of each valve, regulator or actuator.
Cashco, Inc. introduces 3-D illustration as part of its website redesign. According to Clint Rogers, president of Cashco, Inc., the 3-D product drawings include a cut-away view of each valve, regulator or actuator listed under the website product banner. Visitors simply click on the product listings to select the desired line of products and then click on the desired product to view a photo of the item, along with specifications and the tech bulletin. By selecting the 3-D image option, viewers are directed to a new page that loads a three-dimensional, cut-away view of the valve or regulator. The drawing can also be rotated or tilted, using the mouse, to view the top, bottom and internal view of the valve, as well as the valve body itself.
Armstrong Reveals New Website
Gain Energy Efficiency Using Free Tools
Industrial Energy Efficiency Gets Spotlight
AirLiquide And ExxonMobil Debut Gas-To-Gasoline Technology
Energy Saver: Understand Cogeneration, Part 2
Get more power out of your gas turbine generator while saving energy using waste heat
Last month, in Part 1 we talked about generating incremental steam using duct burners at extremely high thermal efficiencies for improved combined heat and power (CHP) systems. Now, let’s talk about trying to maximize power out of the gas turbine…
Understand Cogeneration, Part 1
Finland Mulls 100% Renewable Energy
Consider installing duct burners to produce incremental steam.
All process plants need electrical power and thermal energy and almost always there is a concurrent demand for both of these energy streams. The ability to use one form of primary fuel (typically, natural gas) to simultaneously provide two forms of energy (thermal and power) is known as combined heat and power (CHP) or cogeneration. One of the most common forms of CHP is use of a natural-gas-fired gas turbine generator (GTG) operating in conjunction with a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG). The GTG provides electrical power and the HRSG provides steam at the required pressure.
Plants also have natural- or fuel-gas-fired boilers that generate steam at required pressure. The energy efficiency of boilers depends on several factors but…
Utilities: Don’t Get Steamed
Avoid plant downtime and potential injuries by addressing steam-generation chemistry issues
High purity water and the steam produced from it constitute the lifeblood of most process plants. Equipment failures and curtailed production due to water/steam issues can cost a site hundreds of thousands of dollars or more annually. Much worse,…
Wastewater Treatment Method Saves Energy
Succeed at Vacuum System Troubleshooting
Understand the causes of common problems and how to address them.
When the desired vacuum condition isn’t provided at a process plant, production often comes to a halt and all eyes become focused on the vacuum pump as the root cause of the problem. However, the vacuum pump usually isn’t culprit. In almost all…
Evaluate Energy-Related Utilities
Sustain Energy Costs through Simple Changes
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