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.
Theory and practice of pH measurement
This 43-page guide covers the basic mechanism of pH measurement, the structure of the sensor and its fundamental limitations, and also provides installation, maintenance and troubleshooting guidance.
Level measurement of bulk solids and powders
This 26-page white paper from Monitor Technologies discusses the difficulties in measuring bulk solids and powders in bins, silos and hoppers. Download this document to learn which technologies are out there that can make this job easier.
Tracing the accuracy of calibration gases
Calibrating your instruments using specialty gas will only yield results as accurate as your gas mixture. This three-page white paper discusses analytic traceability and how it relates to gas mixture accuracy.
Security Vulnerability Analysis
Plant security is a key priority at many plants. This 10-page paper provides background what the methodology for a plant vulnerability analysis involves. It covers topics such as how to get started, available tools, and risk assessment.
Ziegler-Nichols Tuning Rules And Limitations
The standard reference for PID tuning seems to be the Ziegler-Nichols tuning rules developed in 1942 on a pneumatic controller. Here is how to tune a controller using these rules.
RFID in Manufacturing
In the wake of a Wal-Mart mandate requiring top suppliers to put Radio Frequency Indentification (RFID) tags on cases and pallets of consumer goods by January 2005, Rockwell Automation offers this white paper to help educate manufacturers on how to maximize their investment in RFID technology throughout their enterprise and supply chains. The paper provides a practical guide to extracting measurable value from RFID implementations in plant and warehousing operations.
Layered Security in Plant Control Environments
Process control vendors are migrating plant control technologies to more open network and operating environments. This White Paper explains how layered security can be accomplished by adopting a "best practices" model, developing and implementing an access control plan, and compartmentalizing the network.
Accurate Steam Mass Measurement
Vortex meters are ideal for measuring saturated steam flow, and now can be used to measure mass flow with integrated temperature sensor and controller software. These meters can also be integrated into a Foundation Fieldbus industrial network system.
Application of Fingerprints to Increase Security
This 9-page paper summarizes the various applications and benefits of the use of fingerprints to restrict access to information and transactions. It covers access via the Internet and other networks as well as physical access.
Control System Security: Interacting with IT
Operations staff and plant engineers also have a keen interest in the security of control networks. They are responsible for the reliability, availability, safety and integrity of the process. Their facilities are the ones producing products and earning revenues, so their concerns, priorities and knowledge must also be considered when determining security options.
Achieve 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance
This technical white paper discusses Yokogawas CENTUM CS 3000 R3 DCS (Distributed Control System) product and the extent of its compliance with Part 11 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR Part 11), the Electronic Records/Electronic Signatures Rule.
Understand Heat-Transfer-Fluid Maximum Temperature Rating
Manufacturers of heat transfer fluids assign a maximum temperature rating to each fluid. This rating must be considered to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the fluid. This paper explains the basis of the rating, how fluids degrade, and how the temperature profile in a heat transfer system affects fluid performance and life.
Succeed at Alarm Management
Today's control system make it easy to add alarms. The result has been a proliferation of alarms that can overwhelm an operator and actually obscure situations that really require immediate attention. This paper provides practical guidance on effective procedures that can significantly reduce nuisance alarms and improve operator effectiveness.
D. Shook, PhD, P.Eng., Matrikon, Inc.
Properly Clean Organic Heat Transfer Fluid Systems
Maintaining peak performance of organic heat transfer fluids can require removal of dirt and pipe scale, oxidation, thermal degradation, and process contamination. This paper describes the appropriate cleaning techniques for dealing with solids; sludge, high-viscosity fluid and residues; process contamination; and hard coke.
Selecting Transmitters for Safety Instrumented Systems
This paper presents best practices that allow the user to quantify the impact of real-world failure causes and to take credit for improvements in system design. Besides selection, it also covers installation and maintenance.