43rd Honeywell Users Group Americas Showcases New Technologies
More Than 1,300 attend Honeywell Users Group Americas.
Honeywell kicks off its largest annual gathering of industrial customers this week with a focus on showing manufacturers how digital transformation can help them achieve new levels of consistently high performance. The 43rd Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas symposium runs through Friday and features displays of the newest technologies along with dozens of Honeywell- and customer-led sessions and technical discussions.Throughout the conference, Honeywell will showcase how turning data into actionable insight requires more than just upgrading technology; it requires a system for capturing, retaining and sharing knowledge that allows both the plant and its workers to perform at their best every day, according to the company. “Digital…
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SAP and Endress+Hauser will reportedly intensify their cooperation in the development of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications for the process industry. The companies made the announcement during ACHEMA in Frankfurt, Germany, a global trade fair for the process industry. In the future, both companies intend to work closer together in the development of joint offerings, sales and customer implementation, according to Endress+Hauser.The goal is to fully integrate the Endress+Hauser field instruments as digital twins into the SAP cloud platform. Both companies reportedly want to take advantage of the services and smart apps from SAP’s Leonardo system as well as Endress+Hauser’s IIoT offering. The idea is to tightly integrate…
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Hexagon Acquires Online Design Training Service
Hexagon acquires PipingDesignOnline.com, which offers training options for CADWorx, CAESAR II and PV Elite.
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Spraying Systems Co.’s Spray Technology Forum will feature a wide variety of demonstrations addressing performance optimization in typical petrochemical and refinery operations, according to the company. Attendees can experience how gas flow affects injector and quill performance inside a pipe using virtual reality; see new technology demonstrations for torch oil and neutralizing amine injection; learn how to achieve uniform mixing and blending in storage tanks; and see ways to prevent fouling and freezing in shell-and-tube heat exchangers. The complimentary event is June 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Spraying Systems Co. Spray Technology Center in Concord, CA.In addition to the demonstrations, attendees can view 3-D simulations…
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Group awards prize for computer-aided process engineering
The European Federation of Chemical Engineering has bestowed its 2018 Excellence Award for an outstanding thesis in computer-aided process engineering to Mirko Skiborowski, research group leader at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. His thesis addressed optimization-based methods for the conceptual design of hybrid processes for the separation of non-ideal, multi-component liquid mixtures.The award includes a cash prize of €1, 500 (≈$1,770) plus a travel grant to attend the 28th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE-28) now taking place (June 10–13) in Graz, Austria.More details can be found here.
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Mid-year report foresees growth in output and exports due to global economic expansion and shale gas dynamics.
Following a mixed year in 2017, the foundation is set for better performance by the U.S. chemical industry in 2018, according to the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Mid-Year 2018 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook. Strong global growth prospects, rising exports, an upswing in manufacturing, balanced chemical inventories, healthy demand from end-use markets and favorable shale gas economics are among the factors suggesting positive growth for this year. All data related to chemical production and the business of chemistry exclude pharmaceuticals.Housing is set to extend its steady recovery in 2018. Despite a pull back from record-high vehicle sales, the automotive sector is expected to remain at relatively elevated levels. Both…
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Clarke’s Shutter Valve is reportedly the first control valve to achieve API 641 certification of low fugitive-emission performance.
Clarke Valve announces the API 641 certification of its proprietary shutter valve design, reportedly the first control valve to achieve this certification of low fugitive-emission performance.The API 641 standard applies to all stem seal materials and requires a stringent maximum allowable leakage of 100 parts per million by volume (PPMv), according to Clarke Valve. The API test standard calls for 610 cycles of the valve under extreme temperature fluctuations to evaluate emissions performance over an accelerated life cycle. Fugitive emissions from legacy valve designs in industrial facilities are a major contributor to air pollution and global warming, according to the company. Kyle Daniels, president & CEO says, “Most people…
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