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on 'Safety Instrumented Systems'

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  • Effective Shift Handover Is No Accident

    A successful handover between shifts heavily depends on the organizational skills of management and the effective use of the communication tools available. Learn what these tools are and get the most out of your operators.

    Ian Nimmo, User Centered Design Services, LLC
    06/28/2006
  • Meet SIS “User Approval” Mandates

    No manufacturer’s claim, third-party analysis or certification report reduces the user’s responsibility for determining that a product is fit for its purpose. Make sure to properly balance analysis and testing information with field experience.

    Angela E. Summers and Susan Wiley, SIS-TECH Solutions, LP
    05/11/2006
  • Wireless wins wider role

    Wireless is poised for a big breakthrough in plant operations because of its ease of use, safety and potential for energy savings.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    03/14/2006
  • Process Hazard Analysis: Collar hazards with a Bow-Tie

    A flexible, graphical method offers many advantages for initial process hazard analyses. Read here for a detailed explanation of the Bow-Tie method.

    Jack Philley, Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc.
    01/23/2006
  • Making safety a sure thing

    Only experience can prove that safety systems will work when they have to.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    11/27/2005
  • Repair Your Mechanical Integrity Program

    The first step in creating an effective mechanical integrity program is to accurately interpret how these broadly written performance-based requirements apply at each site.

    Michael J. Hazzan, Chemetica, Inc./AcuTech Consulting Group
    11/15/2005
  • Take safety up a notch

    There’s still room to improve industry’s good safety performance, says Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig in his monthly column. Mechanical integrity programs generally need more attention.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    08/25/2005
  • Can you safely grandfather your SIS?

    Making a claim that an existing safety instrumented system satisfies a new ANSI standard should not be taken lightly. Before doing so, it is essential to assess several critical factors.

    Angela E. Summers, SIS-TECH Solutions, LP
    08/11/2005
  • Safety pros put "SIS" in systems

    While large chemical companies have engaged in rigorous safety analysis for years, the benefits of safety instrumented systems technology are becoming better known to smaller manufacturers.

    Nick Basta
    11/12/2004
  • Lights up on emissions monitoring

    This article takes a new look at optical remote sensing (ORS) technology — which has become simpler, more reliable and more accurate, yet its popularity for monitoring emissions has not grown.

    Nick Basta
    11/01/2004
  • Time to prepare for winter

    Winter can hamper delivery of process fluids, but steam tracing can assure smooth operations during cold weather. Here are guidelines for properly designing and installing such tracing.

    Dan Dvorak
    07/01/2004
  • Enhancing Seal Reliability

    Seal selection and maintenance help ensure environmental compliance and safe, reliable pump operation

    12/15/2002
  • Is Your Safety System Safe?

    A new IEC standard protects personnel and plants using safety instrumented systems from hazardous events

    09/15/2002
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