ISA Appoints Mary Ramsey To Executive Director
The International Society of Automation appoints automation industry veteran Mary Ramsey as its new executive director.
The International Society of Automation (ISA) appoints automation industry veteran Mary Ramsey as its new executive director. Ramsey, who has been serving as ISA’s interim executive director since January, has more than 25 years of industrial automation experience. She specializes in leadership, change management and strategy development/execution. She previously served as senior vice president of process automation, Americas region, at Schneider Electric, where she was reportedly responsible for a $550 million profit/loss statement and 1,200 employees. She has also served as senior vice president of industry business USA and senior vice president of industry business Europe within Schneider. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Ramsey…
Choose the Right Sampling System Transport Line
India's MRPL Is FieldComm Group’s Plant Of The Year
Rethink Distillation Column Pressure Measurement
Grasp The Nuances Of Level 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
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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
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Don’t Get Duped By Deficient Data
FieldComm Group Launches FDI Microsite
FieldComm Group announces that ABB, Emerson and Schneider Electric have successfully completed the requirements for registration of an FDI device package for a field instrument.
FieldComm Group announces that ABB, Emerson and Schneider Electric have successfully completed the requirements for registration of an FDI device package for a field instrument. FieldComm Group also launches the (www.Ask4FDI.com) microsite to provide education on the benefits of FDI and assist users in specifying FDI for upcoming projects. The first wave of registered products represents just the beginning of broad support and adoption of FDI integration technology, according to FieldComm Group. ABB registered their TZIDC digital positioner with HART protocol. Their package includes a user manual and registration diploma. Micro Motion registered their 5700 Configurable I/O Coriolis Flowmeter with HART Protocol. Their package includes a…
ISA And Open Group Work Toward Cyber Security Goals
Guide Helps Users Evaluate ICS Life Cycle Costs
New ISA Book Covers SIS Lifecycle
ABB Wraps Up GE Acquisition
Inadequate sensor systems can undermine efforts to optimize tower performance.
Process requirements dictate the desired pressure profile within a distillation column. Not maintaining the correct pressure at all points can lead to energy waste, inefficient operation that can cause product loss and quality problems and, in some…
ABB Releases Verification Software For Measurement Devices
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
The differences in the way devices work can profoundly affect readings
To truly understand what your process is doing, you must understand how you are measuring its performance. Process instruments provide readings on a variety of physical characteristics, including integer measurements (e.g., batches run, items made, bales processed), continuous measurements (e.g., temperature, pressure, flow, level) and discrete measurements (e.g., weight of product in a container). In all cases, the accuracy of the measurement depends upon the device used. Potential production and safety problems from inaccurate measurements and how the device responds to unusual process events also varies with the type of instrument. To illustrate these points, let’s look at three common methods for measuring liquid level: differential…
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Process Equipment: Improve Mixer Performance
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CPV Manufacturing Adds Key Executives
Take a Key Step Against Combustible Dust Hazards
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…
Drying Research Heats Up
Vortex Acquires Kasa Fab
Treat Particulate Solids Like An Eclipse
Powder Handling: Develop Drying Curves
Nationwide Boiler Supplies Temporary Urea-Based SCR System
Nationwide Boiler recently supplied a temporary selective catalytic reduction system utilizing a 32.5% liquid urea solution as the reagent.
Nationwide Boiler Inc., supplier of CataStak selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems for ultra-low NOx emissions on package boilers, recently supplied a temporary SCR system utilizing a 32.5% liquid urea solution, commonly known as DEF (diesel exhaust fluid), as the reagent. Although the company has provided urea-based systems for stationary equipment for nearly eight years, this was reportedly an industry-first for a temporary rental application. Anhydrous ammonia, a chemical with stringent HAZMAT handling requirements, has been the standard reagent for rentals.“This is a big step in our industry,” says Sean McMenamin, Nationwide Boiler’s director of environmental solutions. “Until now, ammonia was the common reagent utilized…
Chlorine Cathode Activity Gets a Closer Look
Is Supercritical Water The Green Future Of Chemical Processing?
Online Monitoring Optimizes Polymerization Processes
DOE Grants $30M For “Ultrafast” Science Research
Desalination Membrane Boasts High Flux
A newly developed nanoporous carbon composite membrane provides 3–20 times higher freshwater flux than existing polymeric membranes.
A newly developed nanoporous carbon composite membrane provides 3–20 times higher freshwater flux than existing polymeric membranes, report researchers in Saudi Arabia. Moreover, the membrane is applicable to reverse osmosis (RO), membrane…
Europe Targets Recycling Efforts
Sandwich Structure Promises Better Gas Separation
EFCE Honors Work On Complex 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.
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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
Honeywell Deploys Asset Performance At Plant In Japan
This is the first deployment of the cloud-based technology in Asia.
Honeywell implements Connected Plant Asset Performance at its Kodama turbocharger plant located in Saitama, Japan. The newly-deployed cloud-based technology allows Honeywell’s Transportation Systems business to remotely identify, analyze and optimize energy consumption of the overall plant as well as all connected field devices. This is the first deployment of the technology in Asia, according to the company.
Asset Performance connects assets and equipment to the cloud and applies analytical models from Honeywell and its partners to monitor and predict future asset performance, reportedly helping customers avoid critical asset failures and unplanned shutdowns. The Connected Plant technology is vendor-neutral, and can be tailored and…
Motion Industries CEO Tim Breen Dies
Enable Data Focus To Achieve Quality
Processing Equipment: Cure A Hiccupping Column
Trade Wars Create Collateral Casualties
The U.S. chemical industry may suffer substantial and sustained harm
Convincing China to engage in fair trade practices is both laudable and necessary. However, imposing hefty tariffs on Chinese products is an ill-advised strategy, warns a major trade group, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Washington, D.C. These tariffs and the predictable retaliation in kind by Beijing threatens the well-being of the U.S. chemical industry, stresses the ACC.
In July, the Trump Administration slapped 25% tariffs on a wide variety of Chinese goods. In August, Washington extended these 25% tariffs to additional products, with more than half coming from the chemicals and plastics sector, notes Emily Sanchez, ACC’s director of economics and data analysis. Most are plastics and plastics products, she explains, adding…
Chemical Activity Remains Soft In August
Equipment Finance Sector Remains Steady
Trade And Fiscal Policy Prompt Concern Among Economists
Interview Tips: Keep These Questions To Yourself!
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…
EFCE Seeks Nominees for Award
2018 Salary Survey: Hiring And Salaries Steam Ahead
Watch Chemical Processing Webinars Whenever You Want
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
Aveva Partnership Aims To Strengthen Cyber Security
Aveva partners with Virsec to strengthen defense against targeted cyberattacks.
Aveva, maker of engineering and industrial software, signs a partnership agreement with cyber security company Virsec. Through the partnership, Aveva customers gain access to in-memory cyber protection for industrial control (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. Virsec’s technology reportedly reduces risks posed by targeted cyberattacks across IT and OT systems.Digital transformation at industrial and engineering organizations has prompted a renewed focus on securing digital assets, according to Aveva. As information technology (IT) systems and operations technology (OT) converge, an increase in high-profile attacks targeting critical infrastructure has raised security concerns. Virsec Trusted Execution…
Process Safety Suite Creates Real-Time View Of Risk
EEMUA Extends E-Learning Program To Industry
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
Disaster Planning: Weather The Extremes
Path for Process Safety Emerges
Make Hazard Analyses Better
Successfully Reduce Process Safety Events — Part 2
SPX Cooling Technologies releases an informational video that examines the differences between Grade 301L and Grade 304 stainless steel for cooling tower applications.
SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., manufacturer of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, releases an informational video that examines the differences between Grade 301L and Grade 304 stainless steel for cooling tower applications. In the video, SPX Cooling Technologies Materials Engineer Joe Evans discusses the science behind the material attributes of 301L and 304 stainless steel and why 301L is the preferred material for Marley cooling towers when stainless steel components are specified. While nearly identical in their chromium and nickel content and ability to resist chemical attack and corrosion in typical cooling tower environments, the low-carbon content of Grade 301L offers superior corrosion resistance at welds…
Deter Difficulties with Instrument Air Dryers
Utilities: Maximize Your Air Supply
Upgrade Compressed Air Systems
Appalachia Gas Storage Hub Clears Hurdle
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
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HEI Releases Updated Standards For Air Cooled Condensers
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