Process Engineering White Papers

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  • 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
  • How To Use Projects to Master Asset Management

    Learn why project management functionality that is tightly integrated with Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools is essential to executives of asset-intensive industries. Without such integration, data needed for both strategic decision-making and tactical maintenance of plant assets is at risk.

  • 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.

  • Installing Fieldbus

    Many automation engineers are coming face to face with real fieldbus applications for the first time. Fieldbus offers many benefits, but installation requires some additional considerations over and above normal 4-20mA projects. This whitepaper discusses some of those issues, and shows you how to deal with them.

    Mike O’Neill, Director of MooreHawke
  • Special Report: Chemical Industry Sees Green

    For years the industry has been “talking green.” But what real strides have been made? Will a Presidential Executive Order compel the industry to speed up efforts to actually go green? While pollution prevention was the original goal of green chemistry, today’s efforts promise to have a substantial economic impact. This Special Report will bring you up to speed on fruitful efforts to “go green” including an update on the growing interest in bio-based feedstocks.

  • 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
  • Anticipating and Resolving Resource Overloads

    This white paper by Project Success Incorporated focuses on the resource that is of greatest concern to most organizations – personnel. In a project management system, personnel resources may be identified as individuals by name or as functional groups, such as computer programmers.

    Project Success Incorporated
  • Passive techniques for reducing input current harmonics

    Harmonics can have a detrimental effect on power generators and other sensitive electrical equipment for the user and utility alike. The number of adjustable speed drives (ASDs) has increased significantly in the past decade. Their contribution to the total electrical load of a power system is significant and cannot be neglected. This white paper discusses various passive techniques for reducing input current harmonics.

    Yaskawa Electric America, Inc.
  • Rectifier design for fuel ethanol plants reduces energy

    Plants have traditionally used trays in the distillation columns to produce fuels grade ethanol. Trays of various configurations have been adequate in this service and their technology is well founded. The ever-present desire to reduce the energy needed to produce a gallon of ethanol has opened the doors to structured packings being used in the rectification sections of ethanol distillation columns.

    Sulzer Chemtech USA
  • Biodiesel Fuel From Palm Oil – Too Good to be Used as Fuel?

    The high prices for oil and gas have spotlighted other sources of fuel for internal combustion engines. Biofuel, a fuel derived from ethanol, and biodiesel fuel, a dieselequivalent derived from biological sources, are two possible substitutes for petrochemical fuel.

    Sulzer Chemtech USA, Inc.
  • 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.

  • De-bottlenecking A De-iso-butanizer With VG-Plus High Performance Trays

    To maximize a plant’s performance, it is critical to fully understand the equipment being used, their mechanisms of operation, limitations and capabilities. This includes furnaces, exchangers, pumps, and mass transfer devices for distillation columns: fractionation trays, random and structured packing and associated liquid and vapor distributors. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the key factors to successfully revamp with the goal of maximizing capacity without compromising efficiency.

  • Chemical Hazard Communication

    Under the provisions of the Hazard Communication Standard, employers are responsible for informing employees of the hazards and the identities of workplace chemicals to which they are exposed.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Monitor Technologies
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