Process Engineering White Papers

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  • Successful Process Communications’ Best Kept Secret

    Sure, the process engineer is proud of his HMI (human machine interface) and the operations manager is pleased with his KPI (key performance indicators) dashboard and how effectively the system is running with the implementation of his new MES/MIS solution. The historian and analytic solution get all the credit when a field equipment crisis is averted. Does anyone ever think to thank the lowly driver? Without data, the HMI is just a pretty picture, and the best analytics in the world are only ideas without any basis in fact. Plus, tens or hundreds of thousand dollars are spent on that, while the driver budget isn't even a line item on the spec sheet. The communication arteries and veins reach out to all areas of the field equipment, sending and receiving data, efficiently and tirelessly ensuring the ability to acquire, analyze and adapt to the situations at hand.

    Roy Kok, Kepware Technologies
    02/10/2009
  • Dust Explosion Protection using Flameless Venting

    This 18-page white paper explores a new option – flameless venting – which has recently been developed for dust explosions and is being actively marketed as an alternative to vent ducting.

    Fike Corporation
    11/03/2008
  • Using Operator Interfaces to Optimize Performance of Industrial Wireless Networks

    The performance of wireless networks can change over time due to increased performance demands, changes in the radio frequency (RF) environment and changes in the physical environment. This article will explore the use of a wireless diagnostic OLE for Process Control (OPC) server technology to embed diagnostic information in human machine interfaces (HMIs), thus optimizing industrial wireless network performance.

    Jim Ralston, Wireless Sales Engineer, ProSoft Technology
    09/30/2008
  • Intelligent Rotary Control Valve

    NELES rotary control valves with Q-Trim have greater capacity than comparable globe-style linear valves with noise reduction trims widening rangeability, reducing weight and valve dimensions, and a 50% cost reduction compared to linear valves of comparable Cv. NELES rotary control valves from Metso Automation. Intelligent Reliability leads to Intelligent Results.

    06/16/2008
  • IT Security for Process Control Using Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7

    Ensuring the security of industrial control systems is hardly a new topic. The earliest users of modern control systems in power stations and chemical plants saw the need to protect access to vital control functions from unauthorized use. Similarly, in industries such as fine chemical or pharmaceutical where “the process is the product”, manufacturers have always sought to protect the secrets of their unique processes from the prying eyes of industrial spies. This white paper by ARC describes how the Siemens AG PCS7 Security Concept bundles key security measures in seveal specific areas to create a deep hierarchy of security known as “defense in depth”.

    ARC Advisory Group
    02/25/2008
  • Why WirelessHART? The Right Standard at the Right Time

    The WirelessHART standard provides a robust wireless protocol for the full range of process measurement, control and asset management applications. Based on the proven and familiar HART protocol, it enables users to quickly and easily gain the benefits of wireless technology while maintaining compatibility with existing devices, tools and systems.

    HART Communication Foundation
    11/16/2007
  • Design Considerations for High Liquid Rate Tray Applications

    Except for a few odd services, high liquid rate applications are typically the domain of either trays or random packings. Aside from the distributors, random packing designs are rather straightforward with the designer choosing the proper size to accommodate the fluid flow rates and achieve the desired efficiency. Trays, on the other hand, have a large variety of adjustable parameters and can be especially complex, especially when designed for high liquid rate applications.

    Sulzer Chemtech USA, Inc.
    09/17/2007
  • Implementing Foundation fieldbus

    This white paper provides some insight into the process for safely implementing Foundation fieldbus in an area of your facility that has a hazardous classification.

    Moore Hawke Fieldbus
    06/14/2007
  • Managing Complex Equipment Status in a GMP Environment

    Batch manufacturing systems must maintain the status of equipment, including which are available, dirty, out of service, etc. In industries that enforce Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), additional status types and values for process equipment must be maintained. Rules associated with the equipment status can be complex and involve the equipment class, current equipment state and time in the current state. This paper covers the operator interface used to review the equipment status and the interlocking requirements between the recipe and batch phases based on multiple status types.

    Honeywell
    06/13/2006
  • Securing Batch Control Systems

    Batch process control security is becoming a critical concern for the process control domain, IT technology infrastructure and the business enterprise. This paper explores several key security concerns in batch control system architectures and methods for addressing these issues.

    Honeywell
    05/11/2006
  • White Paper: Internet Access in a Process Control Environment

    Industrial automation is no longer limited by the walls of a production facility. More and more automation is being handled via remote communication, whether it’s from the office or from the comfort of your own home. Today’s PLCs give you the ability to access your control system to handle such tasks as monitoring via a website to determine the condition of a machine or check other statistics.

    Wago Innovative Connections
    04/24/2006
  • Fieldbus and remote I/O system comparison

    Nine manufacturers participated in the FuRIOS study, which was conduced under the lead of an end user company that compared its use of fieldbus and remote I/O in full detail.

    Aventis, Infraserv GmbH
    02/10/2006
  • Process Control Network Security - Reference Architecture

    This document describes best practices for the reference architecture for a process control system network and its interfaces to a corporate network. The paper’s objective is to give the reader an understanding of the techniques utilized to securely connect these networks.

    Invensys
    01/11/2006
  • Design Tips for Sensing Probes

    This application note from Delta Controls outlines selection and installation criteria for using admittance probes to monitor the level of powders, liquids and other materials. Dielectric constants of more than 200 materials are included.

    Delta Controls
    01/05/2006
  • Specifying industrial fieldbus networks for automation

    Automation designers face many challenges and tradeoffs in the development of a successful network solution. This white paper discusses the necessary choices in selecting a network technology appropriate for various specific applications.

    Texas Instruments
    10/12/2005
  • Securing Process Control Network External Communications

    In the real world, sharing PCN data with external systems and accessing PCN systems from external sources is fast becoming a business necessity. This paper provides some generic guidelines for enabling secure connectivity between PCNs and external systems.

    Honeywell
    09/16/2005
  • PACs for industrial control: The future of control

    With a number of vendors producing Programmable Automation Controllers that combine the functionality of a PC and reliability of a PLC, PACs today are increasingly being incorporated into control systems. This white paper explores the origins of the PAC, how PACs differ from PLCs and PCs, and the future direction of industrial control with PACs.

    National Instruments
    09/14/2005
  • How to control a process with long dead time

    A process with a large dead time presents a special challenge for a controller --  any controller. This short paper explains how to get the best control of large dead time processes.

    ExperTune
    01/11/2005
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