Make Processes Better, Faster and Safer Via Procedural Automation
Learn how manual process control tasks are getting automated.
When Savannah River Tritium Enterprise (SRTE) built its new tritium gas extraction facility in the years around 2004, project and controls engineer Laura Sheets reports she and her colleagues knew they needed to automate more of their meticulously documented and compliant processes and procedures.
"Disciplined operations is a way of life at my site, including performing actions in a stepwise manner per the instructions specified in paper procedures, a practice that originated in the nuclear U.S. Navy," says Sheets, who is lead engineer for the DeltaV DCS on the project side of the tritium process control groups at SRTE, which is part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy's (DoE) Savannah River Site. "The operations team is considered the owner of…
Operations: Field Instruments Flower
Rockwell Automation Tackles Global Workforce Availability
South Korean Refining Company Deploys Schneider Electric Software
Pepperl+Fuchs Breaks Ground On Texas Engineering Center
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…
Wireless Network Improves Leak Detection
Rockwell Automation And Cisco Release Wireless Design Guide
Emerson Updates DeltaV DCS
ISA100 Wireless Standard Approved By IEC
Emerson Analyzer Is Certified For Use In Explosive Dust Areas
CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer provides an early indication of defects before they lead to machine outages.
Emerson’s CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer has been certified for Class II, Division 2, Groups (F, G), reportedly making it the only portable vibration analyzer on the market that can be used in hazardous combustible dust environments.
Emerson’s CSI 2140, which is ATEX and IECEx Zone 2, and Class I, Division 2 Groups (A, B, C, D) certified, is approved for use in most industrial hazardous areas in the U.S. and Canada. The CSI 2140 provides an early indication of bearing and gearbox defects before they can lead to machine outages, according to the company. Its PeakVue signal processing methodology provides an indication of equipment health.
Class II, Division 2 certification covers a range of industries from grain processing, food…
Spectroscopy Offers Endless Possibilities For Process Control
ABB Brochure Features In-Situ Analyzers
How would you characterize your site's interest in using in-process analyzers?
Automated Feeding Enhances Biologics Production
Safety Specialist Names Horch Head Of Development
The new 110,000-square-foot facility, expected to be complete by summer of 2017, replaces an existing 20,000-square-foot space.
Pepperl+Fuchs, a provider of process automation applications for the oil and gas industry, breaks ground today on a new engineering center in Katy, Texas. The 110,000-square-foot facility, expected to be complete by summer of 2017, replaces an existing 20,000-square-foot space. It will house an expanded Solutions Engineering Center, a customer training area, automated warehouse space and expanded distribution facilities. The development signifies Pepperl+Fuchs’ long-term investment and commitment to Houston’s oil and gas industry, according to the company.
Pepperl+Fuchs’ Solutions Engineering Center is staffed with a team of engineers who design, build and certify customized solutions on site for process automation in hazardous…
Magnetrol Report Examines Advantages Of Range Spring/LVDT Technology
SensoTech Launches Subsidiary In Shanghai
Fieldvue Software Now Includes PROFIBUS Protocol
Industrial Scientific Unveils Gas Detection App
Safety Instrumented Systems: Bridge the Gap
Understand how to effectively incorporate all process safety requirements into a functional design
Many companies today are striving for sustainable safe manufacturing. The challenge to successfully achieving this goal is to understand how to optimize profitability while still fully meeting process safety management (PSM) obligations — i.e.,…
How Safety System Fundamentals Save Lives
Poll Question: Does staff complacency affect process safety efforts?
Process Puzzler: How To Cope With Glue-Processing and Staff-Conflict Problems
Safety Symposium Extends Deadline For Papers
Engineering: Stupidity Endures
Engineers continue to make a wide variety of dumb mistakes
I’ve seen a lot of idiotic things during my career. Sadly, it never ends. Fools still come up with ways to show their stupidity.
Let’s start with chemistry. Some engineers clearly didn’t pay adequate attention during chemistry class. Here’re…
World Economic Forum Urges Innovation
Don’t Trust Data Sheets
Process Modeling Software: Get Real About Your Simulations
CPFD Software Names Favier President
Solar-Powered Manufacturer Observes Milestone
NewAge Industries obtains all its electricity from renewable resources.
Plastic tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries observes the fifth anniversary of its rooftop solar panel array and green power system this month. The array, consisting of over 4,000 solar panels, generates one megawatt of electricity annually, according to the company.
Before implementing the system, NewAge had reportedly taken other steps toward greening its carbon footprint including replacing all windows, adding screens to dock doors for natural ventilation, upgrading lighting, replacing manufacturing equipment motors with energy-efficient versions and properly recycling e-waste. It is estimated that the solar panel system will pay for itself in electricity savings in about four more years, according to the company.
Prevent Metering Pump Mayhem
Pick The Proper Flow Meter
EnPro Will Acquire Rubber Fab Gasket & Molding
Pick the Proper Valve
Powder Handling: Stop What You’re Doing
Challenging existing practices may spur significant improvements
An old adage says, “To get what you want, stop doing what isn’t working.” In industry, we often fall into a routine set by operational procedures aimed at ensuring a safe workplace and cost effectiveness. We rarely question the current practice and review alternatives. In solids processing, many myths and superstitions get perpetuated because we don’t fully understand the way nature works or the person who developed the procedure failed to explain it completely.
For instance, in planning an expansion, the choice of dryer came up for review. The existing operation used rotary dryers that often over-dried the product or even melted it on the lifters, requiring a significant amount of downtime. The product was very cohesive even when…
Kason Expands Test Lab
Rheology Researcher Wins Award
Solids Processing: Prevent Problems with Fine Particles
Swiss Manufacturer Gericke Expands U.S. Operations
Electricity Boosts Allylic Oxidations
Method relies on inexpensive, safe chemicals and is innately scalable, operationally simple and environmentally friendly.
Electrochemistry provides a better way to perform allylic oxidation reactions, contend researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), La Jolla, Calif. The method relies on inexpensive, safe chemicals instead of the toxic or expensive metal…
Eco-Friendly Ethylene Production Beckons
Water Buoys Organic Synthesis
Biocatalyst Boasts Benefits
Process Puzzler: Preclude Phosgene Perils
Linde Plans Large-Scale ASU In Southeast U.S.
The company will invest $40 million in a separation unit to manufacture products in Georgia and Florida.
Linde plans to invest $40 million towards building a large-scale air separation unit (ASU) to manufacture products in Southern Georgia/Northern Florida for hospitals and healthcare providers, food processors, glass manufacturers, metal fabricators and independent welding and gases distributors. At its 23 plants and other facilities located in Florida and Georgia, Linde reportedly employs over 2,000 people.
In the 2015 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of $19.7 bn (EUR 17.944 bn), according to the company. The company reports approximately 65,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide.
For more information, visit: www.linde.com
Distillation: Conquer Column Challenges
Metamaterial Promises to Enhance Separations
Blog Explains Level And Flow Solutions For Skids
Bridge Batch and Continuous Operations Better
Ease Burner Management System Upgrades
Brownfield installations can reap significant savings from a templatized approach.
Many plants must contend with outdated burner management systems (BMSs) on all sorts of equipment — boilers, process heaters, thermal oxidizers, incinerators, reformers, vaporizers, dryers, ovens, sulfur recovery units, kilns, calciners, furnaces,…
Assess Heat Exchanger Performance
Energy Saver: Make Your Processes Smarter
Make the Most of Your First Turnaround
What The Industrial Internet of Things Means For Compressed Air
Adding compressed air systems within the context of the Smart Factory promises major efficiency gains.
Visit any manufacturing trade show or check out any engineering blog and you won’t be able to miss those three little words seemingly on everyone’s mind and on the tip of everyone’s tongue lately: Internet of Things. The potential application of IoT technology appears limitless, and for compressed air systems, the energy-saving impact could truly be game-changing. Here’s a look at how the Internet of Things will affect compressed air systems, and of equal importance, how end users should start preparing today for this new technology revolution.
The concept behind the IoT – connecting critical equipment with data communications and transmitting the data via the Internet – certainly is not new. As consumers, we’ve been enjoying…
Emerson Releases Energy Savings Advisor
2016 Supplier Source Guide Directory
Buying Used Equipment Is A Smart Move
A majority of plants in the chemical industry purchase used equipment – what’s stopping you?
Years ago anything used got a bad rap. Used cars were lemons, used clothing wasn’t hip and used equipment wasn’t the first option for manufacturers in the chemical industry. Fast forward to now and used equipment is a viable option for cost savings, time savings, market agility, competitive pricing, upgrades and environmental sustainability.
Indeed, a recent poll on ChemicalProcessing.com asked “What is your site's attitude to the purchase of used or surplus equipment?” Only 6% of respondents stated they would not consider purchasing used or surplus equipment. The rest found it to be a practical choice for certain types of equipment or business conditions.
Used does not mean defective, damaged or unsafe. Most capital equipment is…
5 Steps To A Stellar Reliability Strategy
Asset Management: Assemble An IIoT Recon Team
Dirty Tanks And Totes? Clean ’Em Up
Dow Plans To Eliminate 2,500 Jobs
Dow will cut 2,500 jobs after Dow Corning takeover.
Dow Chemical plans to eliminate 2,500 jobs and close plants in North Carolina and Japan in the aftermath of its Dow Corning silicone venture takeover, according to an article from Bloomberg. The job cuts reportedly represent 4% of Dow’s workforce.
According to the article, Dow raised its goal for cost savings from the takeover by $100 million. The company reportedly paid $4.8 billion for Corning’s 50% share in the 72-year-old joint venture. The deal was completed earlier this month.
Read the entire article here.
ACC Issues Economic Profile Of American Chemistry
Environmental Concerns Drive Global Soy-Based Chemicals Market
ACC Notes Soft Start To Second Quarter
Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot Ending March 2016
Knowledge Sharing: Umbrella Groups Reign
Organizations foster collaboration to tackle industry challenges
Third parties can provide an effective means to pool the knowledge and insights of multiple chemical companies or jointly fund projects to address areas of mutual interest. Many engineers undoubtedly know of several such umbrella organizations —…
Achieve Better Safety Training
Should You Work as a Contractor?
Poll: How effective is your site in training new engineers?
10 Tips To Succeed In Commissioning
Miox Acquisition Rounds Out Johnson Matthey Water Purification Business
Johnson Matthey acquires Miox.
Johnson Matthey acquires Miox within its Water Technologies business. The acquisition of the Miox electrochemical generation business broadens Johnson Matthey’s portfolio of water purification products and services, according to the company. Miox makes electrochemical technology used for water treatment in the industrial, food and beverage, oil and gas and municipal sectors. The company reportedly develops and builds systems that produce chemistries on-site for customers seeking to deploy sustainable water treatment technologies.
The acquisition of Miox complements Johnson Matthey’s experience in advanced materials, precious metals coatings and electrode development, according to the company. Access to Johnson Matthey’s global…
Chesterton Presents Water And Wastewater Webinars
Chemical Industry Backs UK Fracking Decision
California Brewery Taps Recycled Wastewater
Use of Safer Chemicals Gets New Scrutiny
MilliporeSigma Extends Risk Assessment Program
Company expands Emprove program to include filtration and single-use products.
MilliporeSigma expands its Emprove risk assessment program to include products for filtration and single-use processing. The program provides documentation and regulatory information on materials used in the manufacture of drug products. The information is designed to enhance transparency and facilitate manufacturers' risk assessment workflows and supplier qualification, according to the company.
The Emprove program now includes Millipore Express filters, Pureflex and Pureflex Plus bags, Viresolve Pro filtration devices and Durapore filters. Customers can access online regulatory and technical information including details on extractables, residual solvents and elemental impurities for these products. In addition, customers will find…
How To Master Regulatory Inspections
EPA Seeks to Revise Risk Management Program
Energy Department Seeks Proposals For New Manufacturing Institute
Inaugural survey aims to provide a benchmark for tracking specific companies’ progress
In May, the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP), Somerville, Mass., issued the first of what it expects to become annual reports that provide a quantitative assessment of the performance of companies in dealing with hazardous chemicals in their…
Test Checks For Groundwater Contamination From Fracking
Chemists Will Contribute To Paris Agreement Progress
Plant-Floor Operators Tap IT For Cyber-Security Strategy
10-step methodology improves cyber security.
Just as kids in the higher grades know more than their younger classmates, business and mainstream computing have been digitized, networked and subject to cyber-threats longer than their plant-floor and industrial counterparts. Because they have more experience dealing with cyber security, information technology (IT) departments also have more knowledge than their operations technology (OT) counterparts about how to protect against probes, intrusions and attacks—even though compromised credit card numbers or stolen intellectual property aren't as serious as hijacked, damaged or destroyed process systems and injured or killed personnel. The good news is that OT is catching up by using more IT-style tools.
"In the age of pneumatics, there…
EY And GE Digital Align For IIoT
National Security Prevents EPA From Disclosing Dangerous Chemical Plants
Schneider Electric Attains Cybersecurity Certification
Chemical Safety Board Opens Up
Revamp Operations Now!
An explosion at an ammonia plant exposes serious safety-management flaws
This Month’s Puzzler
At our ammonia plant, a carbon-steel CO2 pipeline exploded during a shutdown. The CO2 gas typically contains 1–3% H2. Our two H2 analyzers, which rely on thermal conductivity, are used to trip valves on the transfer line…
Intentional Fire Caused West Fertilizer Blast
Avoid Issues in Process Safety Management Compliance
New series of interactive videos puts participants in the midst of an event
Two problems frequently afflict plant safety efforts. First, engineers repeat mistakes that caused serious accidents at other sites because they never learned or have forgotten the lessons the initial mishap taught, warned the late safety guru…
CP Poll: Would you actually whistleblow?
Corporate Misdeeds? You Must Blow the Whistle!
Proposed amendments to the Risk Management Program include three core changes
On March 14, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed much-anticipated amendments to the Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations. This column summarizes the proposed amendments and industry’s response to them.
Poll: Are details of safety incident near-misses shared among staff?
Grillo Converts Methane To MSA
Grillo-Werke AG achieves breakthrough in the activation of methane.
German chemical company Grillo-Werke AG successfully converts methane into methanesulfonic acid (MSA) after years of research, according to the company. Grillo’s process reportedly leads to high purity MSA by direct sulfonation of methane with sulfur trioxide. The company says large-scale production is planned for 2019.
The industry has been searching intensively for a material utilization of methane, according to Grillo. In addition to direct sulfonation, research focuses on direct oxidation of methane to methanol and oxidative coupling to ethylene. Grillo’s Chemicals Division responds to the challenge of methane’s limited reactivity through a tailored reaction environment and specific activators. The process has been continuously…
Air Liquide Acquisition Of Airgas Is Complete
The Connection Between CFM Demand & Energy Efficiency
Energy Saver: Understand Impact Analysis
Scientists Pull Uranium From Seawater
The U.S. Department of Energy is funding a project to extract uranium from the Earth's oceans.
The U.S. Department of Energy is funding scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in their quest to extract uranium from the Earth’s oceans, according to an article from Scientific American. Building on the work of Japanese researchers, the scientists have reportedly developed a material that can effectively pull uranium from seawater.
According to the article, the Earth’s seawater holds 4 billion tons of uranium, enough to power all the world’s cities for hundreds of years. Stephen Kung of the DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy is cited as saying finding alternatives to uranium ore mining is a necessary step in the future of nuclear energy. Thus far, the process reportedly remains…
Pump Out Energy Inefficiencies
Industry Harnesses Solar Energy
How often does your site check the condition of its heat-transfer fluids?
Take our quick poll now.
Reaction & Synthesis: Quickly Estimate Reagent Addition Time
Mind Your Refrigeration Systems, Part II
Improve Sustainability on a Shoestring
Biological Wastewater Treatment: Really Get Bugged
Biological treatment can handle many industrial wastewater streams.
BP management had its doubts. John Eastman’s proposal was to eliminate NH3 from wastewater at the firm’s chemical plant in Lima, Ohio, using a two-stage bioreactor. It started with aerobic nitrosomonas bacteria converting NH3 to nitrites in…
Water Treatment Market Is Set For Strong Growth
Nationwide Boiler Embarks On Massive Mobile Unit
Wastewater Treatment Device Blows Up, Kills Two
Focusing on an implementation’s true consequences can lead to more cost-effective results
Undertaking an energy assessment can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be if the energy expert can understand and follow an “impact analysis.” So, this column will cover this methodology and cite a few examples of how to undertake an impact analysis while doing energy assessments.
Published ASME standards for energy assessments provide a good starting point and offer guidelines for conducting these assessments. Nevertheless, our resources — budgets, human resources, and time — are always limited. Hence, there’s a strong need to undertake energy assessments from an impact-level perspective and increase the cost-effectiveness of these efforts. We are still talking about a systems approach; I’m not suggesting cutting…
Control's Role in Managing Energy Efficiency
Succeed at Vacuum System Troubleshooting
Gain Energy Efficiency Using Free Tools