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  • Leadership Focus Podcast: Book Review -- Control System Migrations

    control system migrationsIf you're about to embark on a control system migration project, the best thing you can do is prepare. Indeed, there are many complexities to consider with any migration project. Wanting to help future generations, Daniel Roessler wrote the book, Control System Migrations: A Practical Project Management Handbook (Momentum Press, 2013).

    "As experienced engineers, we aren't doing an effective job passing along the value of our experiences to younger engineers," says Roessler. "Hopefully this book will be helpful . . .  to be a resource where they can gain experience." This handbook proves useful for seasoned engineers, too.

    Roessler tells Senior Digital Editor Traci Purdum the reasons behind his methodology and how readers should use this book. He also reveals his a-ha moments during the writing process and what an optimal migration team should look like.

    Roessler has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His career, spanning over 20 years, began as a process control engineer and project manager for an end-user company in the chemical and polymer industries. He also worked as a system integrator and later in business development and marketing positions for several process automation vendors providing hardware, software and automation service solutions to the process industries.

    He is currently a freelance writer and also principal consultant for DANR Consulting. For additional information, email him at info@danrconsulting.com.

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    11/07/2013
  • Podcast: Control System Migration

    Control system performance can significantly impact a manufacturer's bottom line. Leveraging automation capabilities through simplified, cost-effective migration to a new technology can protect investments, improve business results and even reduce risks.

    08/22/2012
  • Sight Glass Extreme Pressure Test

    See what happens when a sight glass at 3,300 psi is struck with a projectile. This video shows an actual pressure-impact test on an L.J. Star Metaglas sight window. A sight glass is the weakest link in a chemical processing system, and when it fails under pressure it is extremely dangerous. Fortunately, there is a way to give glass amazing strength.

    07/17/2012
  • Product-Focus Series: Venture Measurement at the 2011 Chem Show

    Jimmy Shoulders, Vice President of Sales at Venture Measurement, which includes Niagara Meters -- a provider of instrumentation products critical to process industries, told Traci Purdum, senior digital editor, about the company's ForceMeter.

    11/03/2011
  • Product-Focus Series: Brooks Instrument at the 2011 Chem Show

    This year's Chem Show has aisle after aisle of exhibitors displaying solutions for the chemical processing industry. Traci Purdum, senior digital editor with Chemical Processing magazine, spoke with Steve Kannengieszer, director of marketing, mass flow products at Brooks Instrument.

    11/02/2011
  • Product-Focus Series: Edwards Vacuum at the 2011 Chem Show

    Reporting from the 2011 Chem Show, Traci Purdum is joined by Dr. Don Collins -- Market Development Manager for the chemical and pharmaceutical dry pump section at global vacuum company, Edwards Limited, which is headquartered in the UK. Edwards invented the concept of the low-maintenance, cost-effective, oil-free dry vacuum pump.

    11/02/2011
  • Product-Focus Series: Fike at the 2011 Chem Show

    Traci Purdum, senior digital editor for Chemical Processing, is joined by Daniel Willis -- National Sales Manager for Industrial Protection Products at Fike. He has tremendous knowledge the changing codes and regulations within the industry.

    11/02/2011
  • Rosenzweig's Ramblings April 2011: Biofuels Development Gets a Boost

    Mark notes that moving promising biofuels technology from the lab to demonstration scale often poses a significant financial as well as technical hurdle. Now, though, developers can take advantage of an expanded government research facility.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor-in-Chief
    05/26/2011
  • Rosenzweig's Ramblings February 2011: Don't Neglect Energy Auditing

    Mark stresses that we should not ignore energy auditing. Technology and regulations will make chemical operations increasingly energy efficient. For instance, sites adopting digital fieldbuses gain access to data on equipment health that can provide early warning of performance degradation as well as diagnostic information that can lead to true predictive maintenance.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor-in-Chief
    05/25/2011
  • Rosenzweig's Ramblings January 2011: Gas Buoys U.S. Chemical Industry Outlook

    Mark hopes for the best that abundant supplies of domestic natural gas may open up more feedstock opportunities. Longer-term, the prospects may be even brighter: "With improving competitiveness resulting from developments in shale gas, the United States may once again become a favorable location for investment."

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor-in-Chief
    05/25/2011
  • Rosenzweig's Ramblings March 2011: Is Water The New Carbon?

    Mark discusses the fact that companies face increasing pressure to disclose, as well as optimize, water use. The rising cost and tighter regulation of water, coupled with concerns about adequate long-term availability in many regions, is prompting many chemical companies to treat water conservation as an imperative in their sustainability efforts.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor-in-Chief
    05/25/2011
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