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  • Chemical Processing’s Level eHandbook: Best Practices for Level Management

    Level measurement, which is the detection of the phase split between vapor/liquid, liquid/liquid, vapor/solid and even liquid/solid, is a key parameter in the operation and control of modern industrial processes. A reliable outcome depends on the phase conditions being relatively consistent under all process conditions. Unfortunately, the importance of level control isn’t always understood. Failure to measure level reliably has resulted in some of the most serious industrial accidents, including those at the Buncefield, U.K., fuel storage depot and BP’s Texas City refinery. In this Chemical Processing Level Management eHandbook, we discuss best practices for level management including:

    How to Select the Right Liquid Level Sensor - It’s important to consider a variety of factors when choosing the type of technology

    Properly Measure Liquid/Liquid Interfaces - Follow a simple rule for location of level gauge nozzles

    Improve Reactor Vessel Measurement - Non-contact radar level meter speeds production and boosts worker safety

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Process Level Management eHandbook now.

    09/27/2013
  • Special Report: Making the Most of Migration

    Perhaps the most critical challenge facing the automation industry is that of aging control systems at or near the end of their product lifecycles. A legacy control system can suffer from technical, functional or supply obsolescence. With a well-planned and executed control system migration, however, plants can improve availability and reliability, while increasing production flexibility. In this Chemical Processing Special Report: Making the Most of Migration, we take a look at: Obsolescence planning – addressing concerns and planning for a successful evolution strategy; Restoration Possibilities – how new tools and innovative methods support and breath new life into aging distributed control systems; DCS Migration; More! Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Special Report: Making the Most of Migration now!

    08/27/2013
  • Level eHandbook: Tackle Level Management Challenges

    Level measurement, which is the detection of the phase split between vapor/liquid, liquid/liquid, vapor/solid and even liquid/solid, is a key parameter in the operation and control of modern industrial processes. A reliable outcome depends on the phase conditions being relatively consistent under all process conditions. Unfortunately, the importance of level control isn’t always understood. Failure to measure level reliably has resulted in some of the most serious industrial accidents, including those at the Buncefield, U.K., fuel storage depot and BP’s Texas City refinery. In this Chemical Processing Level Management eHandbook, we discuss best practices for level management including:

    • How to Select the Right Liquid Level Sensor - It’s important to consider a variety of factors when choosing the type of technology
    • Multivariable devices - gain operating and maintenance benefits
    • Achieving level control with dP transmitters - it appears simple but really is not

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Process Level Management eHandbook now.

    08/20/2014
  • 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
  • Maximizing Power from Biomass

    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.

    Arizona Instrument
    05/06/2011
  • Loss on Drying vs. Thermogravimetric Analysis

    Synthesized is used in a variety of applications. The construction industry uses it as the primary ingredient in drywall, and as a setting inhibitor in Portland cement. The property of Gypsum that makes it valuable as a fire retardant in construction materials is also what makes it a good candidate for Loss on Drying analysis.

    Arizona Instrument
    03/24/2014
  • Loss-On-Drying vs. Thermogravimetric Analysis

    The key components needed to provide valuable information about the composition of a producer's FGD byproducts is an instrument that has capabilities to reach temperatures sufficient to drive the reactions of interest and to separate the tests so meaningful numbers are yielded at each stage.

    Arizona Instrument LLC
    05/21/2012
  • Impact of Formula-Based ERP Applications on Chemical Manufacturers

    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
    • Traceability
    • 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.

    CDC Software
    06/07/2012
  • Applying ISA-S88 to Software Migration Engineering

    Dow Chemical maintains thousands of batch control systems world-wide built on its proprietary MOD 5 computer system. Over decades, they have been meticulous to preserve and enhance these systems. Dow intends to preserve and reap the rewards of this diligence by developing reverse engineering best practices and tools to migrate this intellectual property to next-generation platforms.

    Dow Chemical
    07/12/2006
  • Consider the Unique Requirements of Chemical Industries When Selecting ERP Software

    Support for off spec materials, formula management, changeovers, parallel operations, lot trace and trace, unlimited unit of measure conversions, is key.

    There are a host of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management applications available to chemical manufacturers—the challenge is selecting the right one that offers a baseline product with industry-specific functionality. Many ERP applications available today are not industry-specific enough for chemical manufacturers and require major modifications, or, one must select from an industry template that may or may not fit specific needs.

    There is also the chance that the software provider may not exist in two to three years (e.g., it may be acquired and the product’s future may become unknown), or the provider may not be financially secure, adding long-term risk.

    Fullscope, Inc.
    07/17/2009
  • On-Line Instrumentation Helps Lower DAF System Costs

    Many industrial plants use dissolved air flotation to remove fats, oils and grease, and suspended solids from wastewater. Chemical additions are often kept higher than necessary to account for variations in influent water quality that are characteristic of industrial facilities. Continuous monitor

    Hach
    04/02/2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Special Report: Prepare For The Economic Recovery

    Whether we are headed toward an economic rebound or continuing with the current economic downturn, specialty chemicals manufacturers should take steps now in order to get or keep a competitive edge. But what steps should specialty chemicals manufacturers take? This Special Report will discuss actionable strategies including: Reducing costs while maintaining quality and compliance; Committing not just to "lean manufacturing" but to "lean supply chain" strategies; Implementing "agile manufacturing" practices.

    Honeywell
    12/01/2009
  • Chemical Processing Special Report: Migration

    "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

    Honeywell
    08/27/2012
  • No More Tears for Control System Migration

    While upgrading process control systems is vital to maintaining a plant’s performance, the migration process often brings confusion and frustration for customers. See how Honeywell keeps control systems running at the best possible performance throughout the migration process and into the future.

    Honeywell
    08/29/2012
  • PRALCA’s Path to Modernization

    With an aging installed legacy Distributed Control System (DCS), the PRALCA petrochemical plant needed advanced control strategies to improve plant efficiency. Find out how a comprehensive migration solution extended the life of plant equipment and provided a cost-effective path forward to the latest automation technology.

    Honeywell
    08/29/2012
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