Rockwell Automation Names Blake Moret CEO
Keith Nosbusch remains as chairman.
The board of directors of Rockwell Automation elects Blake D. Moret, a 30-year veteran of the company, as president and chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2016. At that time, Keith D. Nosbusch, president and chief executive officer since 2004, will transition from those roles. He will continue as chairman of the board. Moret is currently senior vice president of the company’s Control Products & Solutions segment.
Moret has 30 years of experience in sales and business management roles in product, services and solutions businesses across Rockwell Automation. He began his career in 1985 as a sales trainee and subsequently served in senior positions across the organization, including international assignments in Europe and…
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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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Spectroscopy Offers Endless Possibilities For Process Control
Manufacturers benefit from real-time updates on blend uniformity, significantly improving their production and reducing possible waste material.
Process engineers in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry are constantly seeking ways to achieve more precise control over the manufacturing process. With incredibly high quality control standards resulting from the important role that pharmaceuticals play in public health, extreme measures are often taken to ensure that products are of the highest quality and consistency possible. In contrast to traditional methods of costly and time-consuming sample monitoring, a new technology from Prozess Technologie provides closed-loop spectroscopy, which is able to provide real-time measurement on the manufacturing line itself without stopping the production process. When applied correctly, this technology yields much greater process control…
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Industrial Scientific Unveils Gas Detection App
The Gas Detection Made Easy app is a training and reference tool for gas detection information on the go.
Industrial Scientific introduces the Gas Detection Made Easy mobile application. Industrial Scientific’s training team designed the app based on the curriculum taught during basic and advanced courses.
The app is geared toward anyone who wants to learn about gas detection techniques and technologies. It is a study tool to reinforce in-person training or a quick reference for those wanting to refresh their gas detection knowledge, according to the company. It covers sensor technologies, gas hazards, gas monitoring applications and current regulations governing gas detection. Key features include the ability to take notes, send notes via email, add bookmarks to view at a later time and perform keyword searches.
“Having gas detection…
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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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Pick the Proper Valve
Consider a number of factors to match a valve to the application
Valves handle a wide variety of functions related to liquids and gases — turning flow on or off, controlling flow rate, and preventing reverse or back flow, as well as regulating and relieving pressure. Valves fall into two general classifications…
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European group honors work on particulate suspensions.
The European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE), Brussels, bestowed its Excellence Award in Mechanics of Solid Particulates to Christopher Ness of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, for four papers done in conjunction with his PhD studies on “suspension rheology and extrusion studied by discrete element simulations.” He received a certificate and €1,500 on April 20th in Nuremberg, Germany, during the International Congress on Particle Technology.
The papers cover his use of the discrete-element method of computational modeling as well as shear flow simulations and experiments to better grasp paste flow through a constriction geometry. They allow a better understanding of the flow of saturated granular solids or…
Solids Processing: Prevent Problems with Fine Particles
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Forestall Sight Glass Failure
Understand the seven common causes and what to do about them
Despite the advances in measuring flow and level electronically, a need for visual confirmation often exists in chemical processing. There is no simpler and more-reliable means to verify measurements, witness process steps or observe fluid characteristics than with a sight glass. That’s why many process vessels are ordered with sight glasses and others are retrofitted with them. However, the potential failure of sight glass windows is a real concern. In many chemical processing applications, poorly specified or installed sight glasses may pose the greatest risk of leaks and accidents in the system.
Properly specified and installed sight glasses can be incredibly pressure-, temperature- and corrosion resistant. However, when glass fails,…
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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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Energy Saver: Make Your Processes Smarter
Effectively monitor data to make your plant more energy efficient and reliable
Our process plants have been the epitome of data collection. Over the years, sensors, instruments and control technologies have fully automated our processes, making refineries and chemical plants much more manageable and reliable, as well as a safe…
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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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Missouri S&T Develops 3-D Microwave Video Camera
Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers develop a real-time, portable and 3-D microwave video camera that can be used for industrial inspection applications and security screening.
Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers have developed a real-time, portable and 3-D microwave video camera that can be used for industrial inspection applications and security screening. It may also have value to first responders one day, according to the university. Dr. Mohammad Tayeb Ghasr, assistant research professor at Missouri S&T, and Dr. Reza Zoughi, the Schlumberger Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at Missouri S&T, are the lead researchers on the project.
The real-time 3-D microwave camera prototype operates in the 20-30 gigahertz frequency range. Unlike X-ray inspection systems that could be hazardous, the microwave camera uses low-power, non-ionizing electromagnetic waves, which are…
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Industry Report Shows Mixed Sales Results For March
The April ISA Economic Indicator Report from the Industrial Supply Association shows mixed results among manufacturers and distributors in March.
The April ISA Economic Indicator Report (EIR) from the Industrial Supply Association shows mixed results among manufacturers and distributors in March. The ISA Manufacturer Index increased from 56.8% in February to 66.6% in March. Meanwhile, the ISA Distributor Index decreased from 70.3% in February to 65.3% in March.
“Sales results for distributors and manufacturers were mixed this month,” says Bryon Shafer, general manager of ASG Industrial and chair of ISA’s Strategic Information Committee. “One factor influencing sales among ISA members is how much their businesses are dependent upon the oil and gas industry. As one member commented, ‘Activity is beginning to increase. Our mining and coal fired power business is dragging…
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10 Tips To Succeed In Commissioning
Take advantage of this expert advice to make a project go smoothly.
I had four days to commission my first million-dollar project. The undertaking included two-dozen new instruments, programming a new distributed control system and then migrating to it, and new equipment. The project encompassed numerous new ideas…
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Water Reuse Projects Increase In U.S.
Water reuse gains momentum in U.S. amid drought and water scarcity.
Water scarcity and drought continue to reshape the water landscape, as demonstrated by the recent increase in wastewater reuse projects in the U.S. Four states — Florida, California, Texas and Colorado – now account for 95% of the development pipeline that has surpassed 480 planned projects, according to a new market update from Bluefield Research.
More than 400 of these systems are slated for completion by 2030, accounting for over 6.7 million m3/d of reuse capacity, or $13 billion in infrastructure investment, according to Bluefield’s latest analysis. In the last six months, Bluefield has identified 42 newly commissioned reuse systems.
“Support for water reuse, or water recycling, is increasingly evident at both the state and…
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Chemists Will Contribute To Paris Agreement Progress
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The agreement will make taking steps to tackle climate change a universal issue.
Coinciding with Earth Day (April 22nd), countries pledging their allegiance to fight global warming will be able to sign the Paris Agreement. The U.S. is expected to sign alongside 120 other countries at a United Nations' ceremony in New York. The agreement will make taking steps to tackle climate change a universal issue. While the initiatives will pose challenges to chemical makers they also will open up opportunities.
“The Society appreciates that the delegates at the Paris climate summit have taken the science seriously and appear to have reached agreement on the critical elements of an accord to address climate change,” says Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., ACS executive director and CEO in a statement released shortly after the Paris…
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Chemical Safety Board Opens Up
The federal agency aims to increase its productivity, resources for industry and advocacy.
February 11, 2016, marked my six-month anniversary as chairperson and CEO of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) — the independent federal agency responsible for investigating chemical accidents to prevent similar incidents in the future. Despite its small size — just 40 people with an $11-million annual budget — the CSB has been at the forefront of determining the technical causes of chemical accidents and highlighting opportunities for improvement (see sidebar).
My goal is to ensure the CSB is both productive and collegial, firmly establishing the Board as a preferred resource for chemical data or research, investigative findings and safety-related videos. Performing and releasing the results of incident investigations in a…
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Following this process will result in the lowest overall cost of ownership and will help prevent buyer’s remorse.
When considering an air compressor purchase, the primary concern should be receiving the right amount of compressed air for the lowest overall cost. Far too often, only the purchase price of the new machines is considered, and this is a small fraction of the total lifecycle cost. Energy costs are the real driver of a compressor’s total cost of ownership, and in many cases energy costs in the first year of use will total more than the purchase price of a new air compressor.
As a user, it is critically important to understand the performance of the air compressors that any engineering group or company will be providing and to choose the most energy-efficient solution to save on long-term energy costs. That’s why, when researching and…
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Industry Harnesses Solar Energy
With limited availability of fossil fuels, solar energy will need to cover an increasing share of the industrial heat demand.
Industry consumes around one-third of the total primary energy demand. From that, around two-thirds of this industrial energy demand is used for process heating. Thus, sustainable solutions for industrial heat supply - like solar process heating - are needed for a transition toward manufacturing without carbon emissions.
At present, solar thermal energy isn’t typically applied in industry, for a variety of reasons. First, the legislative framework for renewable energies in most countries can be seen as somewhat biased toward power generation. Second, industry is often not aware of the opportunities of solar thermal technology and tends to invest its innovative capacities more on its products than its energy supply. Third, there is a lack…
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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Nationwide Boiler Embarks On Massive Mobile Unit
Nationwide Boiler begins production on high capacity saturated steam mobile boiler.
Nationwide Boiler Inc. begins production on what it deems the “world’s largest mobile boiler.” The 125,000 lb/hr low NOx O type boiler is being built by Babcock & Wilcox and will be mounted on a custom 6-axle low boy trailer. Designed at 750 psig, the boiler will provide a range of operating pressures for saturated steam applications from 250 psig to 675 psig. The boiler will be equipped with a low NOx natural gas/future oil burner, FD fan and TEFC motor with VFD, fully metered combustion controls, a NEMA 4X panel, EconoStak economizer, stub stack and all flues, ducts and valving. An optional CataStak SCR will be available for down to 2.5 ppm NOx requirements. The boiler system is scheduled for service this fall, according to…
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