Optimize Process Control System Upgrades
When migrating an existing control system to a different supplier’s platform, it’s important to “look under the covers.” Part 3 in a three-part series.
ARC recommends you treat a major control system upgrade or migration project as you would any strategic business opportunity. By following the process outlined in this three-part series, you will greatly enhance your project’s successful outcome. (read Part 1 and Part 2)
Once your decision criteria are in place, the rationale for evaluating the supplier approaches should be to look at anticipated performance and reliability. Standard products are best, and this is what many migration products have become. They are designed for purpose, tested and warranted, and can be expected to have the right performance and reliability characteristics. You should be cautious of migration solutions that do not use a standard, productized approach.
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Go here for more details on the award, including how to enter.
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An explosion at BASF’s Ludwigshafen, Germany, site occurred on a supply line connecting a harbor and a tank depot.
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According to a press release from Reuters, BASF said it turned off 14 facilities near the blast site for safety reasons, including its two steam crackers, large units that make important basic chemical components.
The Ludwigshafen site, 50 miles south of Frankfurt, covers an area of four square miles and employs 39,000 workers, according to BASF.
Read the Reuters story here.
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Water consumption is increasing all around the world. According to Waterless Co. Inc., the impetus for this increase is due primarily to:
Worldwide population growth.
The "urbanization" of countries around the globe.
Increased water consumption as the quality of life improves in many countries.
So where is water used the most around the world?
According to published reports attributed to National Water Footprint Accounts, UNESCO-IHE 2011 by Waterless Co., the annual water "footprint" stats for the top 10 water-using countries around the world are:
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* United States: 300 million people, 216 trillion gallons
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