Emerson Will Acquire GE’s Intelligent Platforms
The acquisition increases Emerson’s capabilities across process, hybrid and discrete end markets.
Emerson agrees to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric. Intelligent Platforms’ programmable logic controller (PLC) technologies will reportedly enable Emerson to provide its customers broader control and management of their operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The acquisition expands opportunities for Emerson in machine control and discrete applications across process industries and target hybrid markets, such as metals and mining, life sciences, food and beverage and packaging, according to the company. By interfacing Intelligent Platforms’ PLC technology with Emerson’s distributed control systems, customers will be able to connect “islands of automation” within the plant to enhance…
ISA Appoints Mary Ramsey To Executive Director
Choose the Right Sampling System Transport Line
India's MRPL Is FieldComm Group’s Plant Of The Year
Rethink Distillation Column Pressure Measurement
FieldComm Group announces that Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemical Limited, located in Mangalore, India, is the FieldComm Group 2018 Plant of the Year.
FieldComm Group announces that Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemical Limited (MRPL), located in Mangalore, India, is the FieldComm Group 2018 Plant of the Year. The annual award is presented by FieldComm Group to recognize the people, companies and plant sites around the globe that are using the advanced capabilities of FOUNDATION Fieldbus, HART and WirelessHART technology in real-time applications for improved operations, maintenance and asset productivity. This is reportedly the first time that a process facility located in India has been awarded this prestigious award – illustrating India’s, and specifically MRPL’s, growing strength in the world market, according to FieldComm. The culture of “doing things better” is reportedly…
Get New Workers Up to Speed on Liquid Analysis
Combine Wireless With Analytics To Improve Efficiency
Emerson Gives $1.5M For Texas A&M Advanced Automation Lab
Call It Assault On Batteries
Consider a number of factors in deciding between a single line or fast loop
An analytical sampling system relies on transport lines to convey fluid from a process stream to an analyzer. The goal is to supply the fluid as efficiently as possible to avoid lengthy time delays between sampling and analysis as well as to minimize sample waste.Achieving optimum efficiency is well within your reach. However, success depends on choices you make when designing the sampling system. One of the earliest is about the type of sample transport lines to use to divert flow from the process stream to the analyzer. You can select between two basic types: single-line systems and fast-loop systems. Making an optimal choice requires some knowledge of the design challenges in each case. Table 1 lists some general guidelines for when to…
Consider Process Colorimetric/Photometric Analyzers
Infographic – Gas Analytics Study Finds ROI, Accuracy, Proof Key Factors
Don’t Get Duped By Deficient Data
FieldComm Group Launches FDI Microsite
ISA And Open Group Work Toward Cyber Security Goals
Guide Helps Users Evaluate ICS Life Cycle Costs
New ISA Book Covers SIS Lifecycle
Infographic – Chemical Processing Survey: Temperature Measurement Technology
Many survey respondents aren’t aware of some temperature measurement options.
Knowing the correct temperature measurement technology to use in your process can reduce cost and improve output and efficiency. Indeed, temperature measurement is commonplace in processing facilities. However, it’s frequently the last thing implemented in terms of process-design changes.This infographic, based on a recent survey conducted by Chemical Processing – in partnership with Emerson – to key decision makers involved in the evaluation and purchase of temperature measurement devices in the chemical industry, points out that many respondents lack of awareness about temperature measurement options.Download the entire report “Chemical Processing Survey: Temperature Measurement Technology.”
Clariant Inaugurates New Lab At Midland Facility
Grasp The Nuances Of Level Measurement
Proof Test Prudently
Understand how to effectively evaluate low-demand safety instrumented functions
The functional safety lifecycle covers a safety instrumented system (SIS) from concept to retirement. While important activities occur in each phase of the lifecycle, operation phase activities stand out because they are performed repetitively and are critical to long term reliability.An SIS is a high reliability system comprised of sensors, logic solver(s) and final elements. It includes a number of safety instrumented functions (SIFs), each designed to provide a specified risk reduction. The necessary risk reduction is assigned as a safety integrity level (SIL) that establishes the reliability requirements for the SIF. A clear understanding of the failure rate, failure mode and failure effects for devices as well as implementation of a…
TAMU Process Safety Center Releases Fall Course Schedule
Hawk Earns Safety Certification For Centurion Guided Radar
Does Your Existing SIS Get the Job Done?
Altair Opens Access To Model Based Development Technology
Altair releases free Basic Editions of its model-based development suite and its open matrix language (OML) source code.
Altair announces the release and immediate availability of free Basic Editions of its model-based development (MBD) suite and its open matrix language (OML) source code. To help innovators everywhere accelerate the time-to-benefits from model-based development and to make MBD more open and accessible, Altair is taking the following steps:Building upon its reputation for providing open-architecture simulation offerings by open-sourcing its open-source computational programming language, OML. Interested users and contributors can download the source code from the OpenMatrix website.
Introducing Basic Editions of its MBD suite of software products – Altair Compose, Altair Activate and Altair Embed – available to everybody at no cost, with…
Siemens Steps Further Into Model-Based Operations
Design Of Experiments Approach Halves Development Time
Simulator Training Extends Its Role
Intellectual Property: Foil Foreign Filching
Pump Troubleshooting: Size Up A Tall Order
An elevated vessel may provide a worthwhile alternative to a booster pump
Fixing pump suction head problems can cost a lot, as a recent experience illustrates. In this case, a site added a new unit to compress gas for sending via pipeline to a client. The specification stated the inlet gas would be liquid free. The…
Prevent Suction Piping Problems
Process Equipment: Improve Mixer Performance
Enhance Your Motors’ Efficiency
Clariant upgrades its facility in Midland, Texas, to strengthen R&D capabilities and expand support to oil services customers.
Clariant upgrades several key infrastructure elements at its Midland facility including a new laboratory, which is Clariant Oil Services’ fourth Regional Technical Laboratory in North America, according to the company. The laboratory is almost doubled in size and is equipped with new research and automation equipment. It will reportedly increase sample activity undertaken for regional Permian Basin oil and gas producers by up to 45% over the pre-existing test center.The new laboratory has on-site access to two inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) units and state-of-the-art solids identification equipment, including x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray fluorescence (XRF), according to Clariant. These reportedly…
Powder Handling: Deftly Deal With Wet Cakes And Pastes
Schenck Process Continues Growth Through Acquisition
Take Key Steps Against Combustible Dust Hazards
Drying Research Heats Up
Supercritical Process Reaches Critical Stage
The technology converts low-value feedstocks that would otherwise be landfilled into valuable fuels and chemicals.
Construction soon will start on the first commercial plant to use catalytic hydrothermal reactor (Cat-HTR) technology from Licella, North Sydney, Australia. The Wilton, U.K., facility will take advantage of ten years and Aus$75 million (U.S. $54…
Unusual Molecule Opens Up Opportunities
Nationwide Boiler Supplies Temporary Urea-Based SCR System
Chlorine Cathode Activity Gets a Closer Look
Is Supercritical Water The Green Future Of Chemical Processing?
Distillation: Do You Understand Partial Pressures?
Non-azeotropic mixtures can cause problems in ancillary equipment.
As we work on various refining trains and columns, we oftentimes take for granted how and where they work. Partial pressures are one of the basic facts in separations. However, what happens when a partial pressure causes poor performance in ancillary equipment? Many of us have performed binary separation column calculations and compared the saturation curves for two components to try to optimize how we design and run our columns. A third component or non-condensable gas can wreak havoc with both types of calculations.Jake’s StoryJake had been asked to assist with analyzing a new refrigerant to solve a short-term supply issue with a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) that was to be phased out. On the surface, the refrigerant looked good. The…
Desalination Membrane Boasts High Flux
Europe Targets Recycling Efforts
Treat Particulate Solids Like An Eclipse
Sandwich Structure Promises Better Gas Separation
Deftly Deal with Distillation Performance
Several issues contribute to water hammer and leakage of condensate
Jake recently had graduated college and started his first job. His new company assigned him to one of its large sites. There, Jack, a senior engineer who had been at the site his entire career, would mentor Jake.One of the areas both were responsible for was a methanol distillation or finishing process. Methanol, created in previous steps, was pumped to this final refining area to produce product for customers. Because it was a very low-pressure distillation process, the temperature of the steam and condensate in the reboiler also were low. Earlier in the process, heat recovered from the reformers generated steam. Then, the steam was let down through several stages of power generation to provide the boil-up for the distillation operation.
Video Explores Stainless Steel Performance In Cooling Towers
Consider Open-Rack Seawater Heat Exchangers
Troubleshoot Heat Exchanger: Don’t Jump To Solutions
Energy Saver: Don’t Neglect Spring Cleaning Duties
Consider more than just using variable frequency drives
Chemical companies often completely overlook motor efficiency when seeking energy savings and the associated operating expenditure reductions. That’s a serious mistake.When you consider that electric motor systems account for about 60% of global…
Properly Select Vacuum Pump Motors
Baldor Electric Becomes ABB
High Motor Current Causes Concern
Energy Saver: Ponder Online Performance Testing
Avoid Problems When Problem-Solving
Rely on common sense as well as imagination.
The problem had plagued the plant since the 1970s: vessels were designed to ASME code but didn’t have code stamps. A true pedant — i.e., nitpicker — would have declared in a panic, “We must shut down the plant immediately!” Instead, the…
Honeywell Deploys Asset Performance At Plant In Japan
Motion Industries CEO Tim Breen Dies
Enable Data Focus To Achieve Quality
Economists Expect Pickup In Growth Through Remainder Of Year
NABE Outlook panelists are slightly more optimistic about the U.S. economy in 2018 than they were three months ago, especially regarding prospects for the industrial sector of the economy.
Despite concerns over trade policy, National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Outlook panelists are slightly more optimistic about the U.S. economy in 2018 than they were three months ago, especially regarding prospects for the industrial sector of the economy, according to NABE Vice President Kevin Swift, CBE, chief economist, American Chemistry Council. The October 2018 NABE Outlook presents the consensus macroeconomic forecast of a panel of 51 professional forecasters “Other indicators of real economic activity show light vehicle sales remaining elevated and housing continuing to improve,” says Scott.“Half of survey respondents have moderately increased their inflation forecasts as a result of trade policy changes. Over…
Equipment Finance Industry Reports New Business Volume Up
ACC Responds To Administration’s Announcement On Tariffs
Trade Wars Create Collateral Casualties
Chemical Activity Remains Soft In August
Interview Tips: Keep These Questions To Yourself!
EFCE Seeks Nominees for Award
2018 Salary Survey: Hiring And Salaries Steam Ahead
Compliance: CDR Rule Shows Room for Improvement
An audit recommends implementing policies for conducting data quality checks
This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report titled “EPA’s Chemical Data Reporting Rule Largely Implemented as Intended, but Opportunities for Improvement Exist.” The OIG conducted…
How would you rate your site’s concern about its water supply?
Dampen Water Woes
EPA Clarifies Chemical Review Process
Report: Harvey Triggered Large-Scale Air Pollution
The Environmental Integrity Project determines that Hurricane Harvey was responsible for 8.3 million pounds of unauthorized air pollution late last summer.
The havoc caused by Hurricane Harvey wasn’t limited to floodwater damage when the catastrophic storm slammed into Houston last summer. The Environmental Integrity Project concludes, based on state data, that Harvey was responsible for 8.3 million pounds of unauthorized air pollution, according to an article from Phys.org.The majority of the large-scale air pollution reportedly resulted from refineries and chemical plants suddenly shutting down when the storm hit – a situation that could have been averted if the companies had prepared for a planned shutdown, which releases less pollution, according to the Environmental Integrity Project report. Because pollution reporting requirements were suspended in the aftermath of the storm,…
EPA Covers Confidential Chemicals
What Happens To REACH Post-Brexit?
Partnering Promotes Environmental Progress
Honeywell Services Address Cyber Security Skills Gap
Honeywell CyberVantage helps customers identify security weaknesses.
Honeywell adds new cybersecurity consulting services designed to help industrial and critical infrastructure customers identify and eliminate dangerous security weaknesses. The Honeywell CyberVantage Security Consulting Services portfolio now includes Penetration Testing, providing active “white-hat” hackers who exploit customer defenses in order to fix them. It also offers System Hardening to reduce software vulnerabilities and assist customers in safely complying with global Center for Internet Security (CIS) industry benchmarks.Delivered by consultants with expertise in both operational technology (OT) and industrial cybersecurity, the services help organizations lower the risk and possible impact of security incidents and improve…
Introductory E-Learning Programs Focus On Safety, Compliance
Aveva Partnership Aims To Strengthen Cyber Security
Process Safety Suite Creates Real-Time View Of Risk
Having a sound mechanical integrity program in place is crucial
Effectively Managing fire and explosion hazards posed by combustible dust can be a challenging task. After all, this requires not only a detailed understanding of the fuel/combustible material (dust) but also an understanding of the process…
CSB Takes On A New Meaning
Quick Poll: Management-Of-Change Procedures
New Publication Defines Risk Management for Overpressure
Deftly Diagnose a Dust Collector
Agency that investigates accidents faces formidable issues
Most safety professionals in the American chemical industry likely support the work of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board or Chemical Safety Board — CSB — as it calls itself. After all, the mission of the small, independent…
Attack Physical Security Threats
Survey: Production Takes Priority Over Safety In Some Cases
Is Process Safety Stuck In A Rut?
Address Wireless Network Vulnerabilities
You can’t probe into certain crucial points during an employment interview
A horrible experience — that’s what this trip to a plant to interview for a job turned out to be. The plane was stranded at the gate in Minneapolis for an hour and a half while the airline looked for a pilot and mechanic. Then, when I finally…
Disaster Planning: Weather The Extremes
Path for Process Safety Emerges
Make Hazard Analyses Better
Successfully Reduce Process Safety Events — Part 2
Detect Compressed Air Leaks Via Ultrasound
An ultrasonic compressed-air leak survey can show tremendous payback and energy savings without a significant capital expenditure.
Contrary to what some might think, compressed air is not free. In fact, for the energy it takes to produce it to what is generated as a result, it is often considered the most expensive utility in a typical manufacturing facility. To add to the problem, the U.S. DOE notes that more than 50% of all compressed air systems have energy-efficiency problems. Air compressor experts have also estimated that as much as 30% of compressed air generated is lost via leaks in the compressed air system.Often, when a compressed air system struggles to meet current demands on the system, spare compressors are rented and used as backups or an additional compressor is installed. Both strategies are expensive, and depending on the size of the compressors…
5 Compressed Air Innovations Save Money
Deter Difficulties with Instrument Air Dryers
Utilities: Maximize Your Air Supply
AkzoNobel, Partners Study Renewable Energy Opportunities In Sweden
Energy Harvester: Temperature Swings Power Sensors
Researchers Declare “Carbon Neutral” Wood Worse Than Coal
Energy Saver: Is Online Performance Testing Accurate?
Energy Hog Restricts Plant Production Rates
A seemingly minor change causes a major problem
The plant was operating at less than 30% production, but the refrigeration system still was at capacity and barely keeping up. What was going on?When product demand dropped, the East Plant was shut down and the West Plant began operating at reduced rates. Yet, the massive refrigeration plant was having a hard time meeting the lower refrigeration demand, partially due to equipment failures; however, there was more to it than that. Jake had been called to the plant to help with troubleshooting the situation.Jake met with Joe, the staff engineer responsible for the refrigeration plant. Its available capacity was more than required but still the plant couldn’t keep up with production demands. The refrigeration system consisted of a batch…
43rd Honeywell Users Group Americas Showcases New Technologies
Refrigerants: What Kind of Fouling is That?
Crane Releases Updated Flow Of Fluids Technical Guide
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Plants Zero In On Wastewater Discharges
Wastewater Work Wins Membrane Award
Poll Results: Steam-Trap Monitoring And Maintenance
Go beyond rated power to find the real energy consumption
Plant designers frequently opt for the lowest possible rated power of drive motors, e.g., when selecting vacuum pumps. However, the kilowatt specification on the nameplate doesn’t tell very much about the real energy consumption of the device in…
Continuous Vacuum Filtration Enhances Zinc Oxide Process
HEI Releases Updated Standards For Air Cooled Condensers
Dashboards Improve Energy Efficiency
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