Rockwell Automation Hosts TechED
Annual technical education and user conference features over 170 hands-on labs, technical sessions and discussion forums.
Rockwell Automation hosts its annual technical education and user conference June 12-17 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. Known as Rockwell Automation TechED, the event features over 170 hands-on labs, technical sessions and discussion forums where attendees can learn about the latest techniques and technology to maximize their manufacturing and production operations, while earning professional development hours, according to the company.
Designed for end users, system integrators, distributors, partners and equipment builders, Rockwell Automation TechED provides attendees with an opportunity to try the latest Rockwell Automation products and technology solutions in a classroom environment and network with people from…
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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…
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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…
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SensoTech Launches Subsidiary In Shanghai
German industrial company SensoTech establishes a Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai.
German industrial company SensoTech establishes a Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai. SensoTech’s business focuses on analytical instrumentation technology for liquid concentration and density measurement in industrial and research applications. The Shanghai branch will emphasize sales of LiquiSonic inline analytical technology and work closely with SensoTech’s Chinese distribution partners, according to the company.
For more information, visit: www.sensotech.com
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Process Modeling Software: Get Real About Your Simulations
Address a variety of issues that can undermine validity and accuracy.
Process modeling software usually plays a key role in estimating operating conditions, evaluating unit and equipment performance, and designing and modifying plants. Advances in computing power and software ease-of-use have enhanced capabilities. Nevertheless, reports of improperly designed equipment and processes remain common. So, let’s look at one human factor and some technical issues that can cause simulation failures.
Perhaps the biggest human factor is a penchant to decrease design margins because of the improving capability to model processes. Yet, the overall accuracy of the model may not change. Today’s cars with anti-lock breaking systems (ABSs) provide an everyday example of the danger. ABSs have reduced accident rates —…
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Prevent Metering Pump Mayhem
Consider six key factors in liquid dosing applications
Many processing operations require accurate dosing of liquid additives. Most often, plants rely on metering pumps to deliver the precise flows needed. Generally, such pumps feature a piston (reciprocating cylinder) somewhere within them.
In concept, metering pumps include three sections: 1) a drive mechanism —a device that allows the capacity to be adjusted during operation; 2) a prime mover — a power source to drive the pump; and 3) a liquid (or wetted) end — a mechanical configuration to deliver the pumped fluid.
Manufacturers of metering pumps usually supply a complete assembly that includes the metering pump, control elements, additive storage tank and other auxiliaries. When correctly specified, the vendor package will meet…
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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…
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Water Buoys Organic Synthesis
System improves separation, is more environmentally friendly and less costly.
Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Arlington, Texas, say a water-based system for making organic compounds offers significant benefits over conventional synthesis. The system, which can produce compounds typically used in pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, plastics, textiles and household chemicals, boasts considerably higher yields of product than pure organic solvents, improves separation, is more environmentally friendly and less costly, they note.
“Using water as a solvent is ideal as it is benign, plentiful, cheap and not harmful to the environment,” says Morteza Khaledi, dean of UTA’s College of Science and co-investigator of the project.
The new medium, 80–90% water with hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP),…
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Distillation: Conquer Column Challenges
Readers suggest a variety of steps to address multiple issues
This Month’s Puzzler
We are experiencing some startup problems in our distillation train, which consists of three towers. When we start up the plant, the product from the reboiler of the second tower is hotter than desired, which delays the…
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Assess Heat Exchanger Performance
A proper evaluation can determine whether a shutdown is needed
On several occasions during plant energy assessments, people have asked me to calculate the efficiency of a particular heat exchanger. But what does that really mean? For us mechanical and chemical engineers, despite everything we studied in school, we never discussed the energy efficiency of a heat exchanger. How could we have missed something that simple?
But actually, we didn’t miss it — efficiency, as the true definition goes, is the ratio of output divided by input. For all practical purposes, other than a very small amount of heat loss (probably less than 1%), heat exchanger thermal efficiency is 100%. Hence, very little improvement is possible and so we don’t worry about it. In fact, every time we do a heat balance, we…
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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…
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5 Keys To Ensure Greater Machine Efficiency
How to monitor, measure, and control the power consumption of industrial machines and production lines.
Machine builders, OEMs, and system integrators are designing machines with energy-management best practices in mind. Atop the best-practices list is monitoring and measuring power use and then programming operation of machines, equipment, and production lines to reduce energy consumption.
Power consumption measuring and monitoring helps optimize facilities, production lines, and machine control – and knowing just where and when power is being used will help you identify where improvements are needed. Here are five keys to getting greater efficiency from your assets.
1. Commit to keeping track of your power use
The best way to determine power use is to monitor power consumption in real time, as it provides a means to measure actual,…
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STEM Graduates Earn Healthy Paychecks
Engineering specialties dominate top mid-career salaries.
Engineers take home the largest paychecks, but STEM graduates across the board can look forward to healthy earnings upon graduation, according to an article from U.S. News & World Report. The article examines the top ten majors with the highest mid-career salaries based on a Georgetown University report, “Economic Impact of College Majors."
Petroleum engineering majors reportedly earn the highest mid-career salaries, coming in at $136,000 annually, and will earn around $4.8 million over the course of their careers. The unemployment rate for engineers is also relatively lower than other fields at 3.8%, compared with 8.1% for the general population, according to the article. Pharmaceutical sciences, metallurgical engineering, mining…
Women In STEM Earn Less One Year After Graduation
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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 —…
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Refinery Tackles Water Issues
Skid-mounted treatment unit improves water quality and cuts costs
The oil and gas (O&G) industry requires massive amounts of water — the water/oil ratio averages 8:1. Currently, American O&G operations consume 82 billion bbl of water (1,300 times San Francisco’s annual use) and produce more than 2.5…
EPA Readies Drinking Water Health Advisory
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Energy Department Seeks Proposals For New Manufacturing Institute
Solar Stills Make Small Scale Desalination Affordable
The Energy Department is requesting proposals for a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute as part of the Administration’s broader National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, which drives collaboration between small- and medium-sized companies, academic institutions, industrial research organizations and national laboratories.
The Energy Department requests proposals for a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute as part of the Administration’s broader National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which drives collaboration between small- and medium-sized companies, academic institutions, industrial research organizations and national laboratories.
The Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute — the fourth led by the Energy Department within the NNMI — represents a critical step in the Administration’s effort to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030, according to the Department. It will focus on developing breakthrough technologies to increase the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes used across an array of U.S.
Chemists Will Contribute To Paris Agreement Progress
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EY and GE Digital form alliance in Industrial Internet of Things.
EY and GE Digital announce a new strategic alliance to develop and provide Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) services to help industrial companies achieve increased productivity from capital assets and processes linked in the cloud. EY and GE Digital will develop and deliver industry-specific services based on GE's Predix cloud-based operating system. The services can help companies reduce operating expenses and increase revenue through improved machine uptime and streamlined industrial workflows, according to EY.
EY, which has been working with GE for more than 10 years, joins GE's ecosystem of global alliance partners, which gives members access to digital tools and domain expertise from across GE. EY will provide its experience in…
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Chemical Safety Board Opens Up
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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…
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Corporate Misdeeds? You Must Blow the Whistle!
Readers cite failings in procedures and design that prompt problems
This Month’s Puzzler
OSHA is investigating us after an incident involving our phosgene reactor. We make a ketone in it by adding phosgene to dimethyl aniline (DMA) using ZnCl2 as catalyst and toluene as solvent. The process consists of a reactor,…
Air Liquide Acquisition Of Airgas Is Complete
The combined businesses will employ approximately 68,000 people around the world and serve over three million customers and patients.
Air Liquide completes the acquisition of Airgas, Inc., a supplier of industrial gases and associated products and services in the U.S. According to Air Liquide, the combined businesses will generate annual sales of more than €20 billion, employ approximately 68,000 people around the world and serve over three million customers and patients.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, first announced and unanimously approved by each company's board of directors in November 2015, Airgas shareholders receive $143 in cash for each share of common stock of Airgas. In connection with the merger, the Airgas common stock has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, according to Air Liquide. Airgas will operate as a subsidiary of Air Liquide…
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A simple equation suffices in many situations involving batch reactors
Batches often have a step in which a reagent chemical is added to a mixture being stirred and reacts immediately (with little accumulation) — with the rate of addition controlled by the ability to remove heat. A maximum temperature is specified with full cooling applied to the reactor’s jacket. If the reagent chemical is dilute enough to cause a significant level change, then the wetted area for heat transfer will not remain constant.
When the reaction rate is much faster than the feed rate, the added reagent is immediately converted to product by spontaneous reaction with the substrate previously charged to the reactor. A negligible buildup of the reagent occurs in the reactor during the addition. The heat production rate is directly…
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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…
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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…
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