FMC Minera del Altiplano, a leader in the mining of lithium ores and brines, wanted to automate its production processes but lacked sufficient capacity to keep pace with continuous operational improvements. See how FMC expanded processing capacity while minimizing risks to critical plant information.08/29/2012
"Migration could be the biggest single issue facing automation end-users today," stresses a report from the ARC Advisory Group. ARC estimates that installed automation systems worth about $65 billion are reaching the end of their useful lives. Distributed control systems (DCSs) more than 20 years old will need replacement within the next ten years. In this Chemical Processing Special Report: Migration we cover:
- Updating process control systems – understanding the challenges and missteps to avoid
- Case Study: FMC Corporation – we look at the production processes, operational challenges and automated solutions this diversified global chemical company chose when migrating their DCS
- Case Study: PRALCA – control systems migration for a petrochemicals facility
- The business case for control systems migration - strategies for protecting investments, improving business results and reducing risks
The purpose of installing a flowmeter system is to accurately measure flow in a reliable manner. Issues related to physical properties, process parameters, electronic features and interconnections are often given much consideration. Relatively little emphasis, however, is given as to how well the flowmeter will perform its intended purpose. Adding to the confusion are the differences in how performance is expressed and the incomplete nature of the available information. Nevertheless, the quality of flow measurement should be a concern. This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at technologies and solutions affecting flow including: * Coriolis meters - steps you can take optimize performance when faced with entrained gas * Magmeters -- why you should consider using them * How to achieve effective flow control with centrifugal pumps07/17/2012
By understanding the key functions and architecture of a process-oriented, formula based ERP application, you will have a better foundation for choosing a solution that best suits your company and type of manufacturing.
This practical guide and checklist ties the unique operations of chemical manufacturers to specific ERP functionality and architecture. Topics include:
- Formula Specifications
- Variability and Quality
- Product Accountability and Costing
- IT Maintenance
Don't settle for a "one size fits all" ERP solution. With the "right fit" ERP solution, you will be able to streamline operations, reduce costs and scale production, while complying with federal regulations -- all with minimum customization.
Dependable pH determination in chlor-alkali brine is notoriously difficult. Process conditions and high impedance signals from pH sensors mean maintaining measurement accuracy has been a headache for instrumentation engineers - until now.03/26/2012
Market activity shows that manufacturing in North America and Western Europe won't die soon, but some manufacturers will. The future belongs to the agile, and this white paper is your survival guide. Learn how to implement change, achieve real sustainability and boost profitability for the long run.03/26/2012
The past two years have been a real wakeup call for the industrial automation industry. For the first time ever it has been the target of sophisticated cyber attacks like Stuxnet, Night Dragon and Duqu.
In addition, an unprecedented number of security vulnerabilities have been exposed in industrial control products and regulatory agencies are demanding compliance to complex and confusing regulations. Cyber security has quickly become a serious issue for professionals in the process and critical infrastructure industries.
If you are a process control engineer, an IT professional in a company with an automation division, or a business manager responsible for safety or security, you may be wondering how your organization can get moving on more robust cyber security practices.
In order to provide you with guidance in this area, Tofino Security and exida Consulting LLC have condensed material from numerous industry standards and best practice documents. They also combined experience in assessing the security of dozens of industrial control systems.
The result is an easy-to-follow 7-step process.02/28/2012
Avoid Instrument Failure: Ensure Proper Filtration and Delivery of Samples to On Line Process Analyzers
Precise process control strategies have accelerated the use of on-line chemical composition analyzers in plant applications. Contaminants in plant samples are the most frequent cause of problems with on-line analyzers. Trace contaminants can rapidly build up and cause instrument failure.01/20/2012
Rock stars get parties, limousines, fame, and dates with supermodels. What do Demand Planners get? Hopefully they may get fewer forecast errors. Learn how you can minimize production schedule changes, eliminate expedited transfers and shipments, reduce stock-outs, and more. Be a star at your company!09/06/2011
Implementation of rapid loss on drying and ash analyzers significantly reduces testing times associated with traditional methods, allowing companies to bring products to market faster, increasing production. These features will aide biomass material manufacturers in maximizing control of the market.05/06/2011
Automation systems today have become warehouses of knowledge and information. Beyond system configuration, years of effort is inevitably invested in them. This paper will discuss a few factors contributing to the automation knowledge crisis, present industry examples, and provide an optimal solution02/15/2011
Chemical Processing Special Report: Beyond Condition Monitoring: Prevent Failures through Condition Management
For years chemicals makers have tracked the health of key equipment yet they still grapple with unplanned outages that can significantly impact financial performance through lost production and extra repair costs. In this Special Report, we'll explore underlying condition monitoring challenges and introduce the concept of condition management -- an enhanced approach that helps companies reap the full benefit from their condition monitoring investments; we'll also discuss how CMMS tools can help to provide a clear understanding of maintenance operations performance as well as provide some guidance on what you can expect from a CMMS vendor. Lastly, listen to the lively discussion between Chemical Processing's Senior Digital Editor,Traci Purdum, and Edgewater Fullscope's Senior Vice President, Russell Smith, as they converse on how ERP can help manage the supply chain.12/16/2010
A complete alarm philosophy document (APD) covers all elements, including design principles, KPIs and escalation policies. Creating an APD to outline these elements is the first step in a successful alarm management project. This paper provides an overview for the essential parts of a complete APD.10/13/2010
In this white paper, we review the new possibilities offered by measurement systems based on polarographic technology. Unlike other systems, polarographic sensors are built directly into the process gas stream, eliminating the need for cumbersome gas sampling and conditioning systems. Further, polarographic sensors require very little maintenance.10/12/2010
Employ key "green" business technologies to reduce paper consumption, as well as comply with key regulations. Discover how Business Process Management and Document Management solutions can significantly slash material costs, while improving user productivity.08/30/2010
Positioned at the core of most supply chains, chemical firms must deal with many challenges to growing profitably -- flat demand, deflationary prices, and emerging competitors to name a few. Both chemicals firms large and small must develop the insight to change and win in today's ever-morphing competitive landscape. This white paper identifies and discusses how chemicals companies can combine data from many sources -- multiple ERP systems, multiple divisions and multiple applications -- maintenance, human capital, CRM, and supply chain to name just a few -- to create a complete or holistic view for critical decisions. Download now.06/01/2010
This white paper outlines how the chemicals industry's leading operators are successfully transforming their operations to achieve a competitive advantage for decades to come. Learn what chemicals operators are doing to: improve integration and collaboration with supply-chain partners both upstream and downstream; Establish business processes and use management systems to better identify and manage both customer demand and volatile supply channels; Innovate both new products and feedstock sources and, Upgrade operations and optimize processes with improvement methodologies such as Lean.05/06/2010
Companies can gain great insight into how their process operates, find problems, and improve quality by using process analytical software.
Process Analytics and Intelligencesometimes called Manufacturing Intelligencehas transformed the way companies produce goods, understand their manufacturing processes, and ensure a quality product in ways we could not have foreseen ten years ago.08/12/2009
State Based Control is a plant automation control design based on the principle that all process facilities operate in recognized, definable Process States that represent a variety of normal and abnormal conditions of the process. State Based Control, implemented with the latest developments in object-based technologies, delivers direct benefits to its adopters in a variety of Operational Excellence categories. It results in productivity increases, higher asset utilization of both people and process, automated responses and recovery for abnormal conditions and provides an environment for knowledge capture directly into the control design.05/14/2009
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.02/10/2009