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Control Systems: Cut Cutover Concerns

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A plant with an aging control system invariably faces the need to migrate to a modern system. This article provides pointers on determining when to replace the aging system, justifying the migration project, and executing it with minimal risk.

Optimize Control System Migration

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A structured, organized approach to control system upgrades enhances the benefits of the new technology and reduces risks while preserving valuable intellectual property.

New Batch Control System Boosts Solvent Plant

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A plant making cleaning solvents for semiconductor manufacturing suffered with an outdated batch control system. A two-phase modernization resolved alarm-management issues and led to a significant boost in throughput.

Better Protect Your Control System

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Better Protect Your Control System -- "Defense in depth" is crucial, and new and maturing technologies may help

A Strategic Approach for Upgrading Process Control Systems, Part 3

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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.

Will your site upgrade its basic process control system in the next five years?

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Will your site upgrade its basic process control system in the next five years?

How Does Your Control System Measure Up?

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How Does Your Control System Measure Up? A scoring system can identify improvement opportunities

Case Study: Novel Approach Enhances Control System Upgrade

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Novel Approach Enhances Control System Upgrade -- Measures to mock-up wiring and limit project scope as well as operational improvements provided significant benefits.

Process Engineering: HART Offers Value in Plant Control Systems

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There's a myth in plants that HART offers little for Plant Control Systems and Enterprise Level Networks. But Ed Ladd from the HART Communication Foundation writes that by accessing the data in HART devices on a "full-time" routine basis increases performance, integrity, and reliability of plant ...

Distributed Control Systems: Rescue Your Plant from Alarm Overload

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Distributed control systems are susceptible to alarm management issues, in particular over-alarming. The key to using one of these systems is to focus not on the number of alarms eliminated, but the impact on operators.

Control system security: What's in your server?

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Security threats to control system networks are a fact of life. See these tips and techniques culled from end users and vendors on how you can keep the Barbarians at bay.

Control System Migration

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Reduce Costs and Risk by Following These Control System Migration Best Practices

Fieldbus improves control system reliability

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Profibus-PA and Foundation Fieldbus both reduce cabling cost by sharing wiring among several field instruments. They also save money by reducing the number of instrument interface cards required to connect field instruments to the control system. However, they all save money by being able to use ...

A Strategic Approach for Upgrading Process Control Systems, Part 1

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Part 1: Determining when to migrate to a new system and developing a process for the upgrade projects.

Report: Remote Access To Control Systems Is Cyber Security Risk

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Report: Remote Access To Control Systems Is Cyber Security Risk -- Findings show 35% of incidents were initiated through remote access.

ISA Book Covers Reactor And Control System Performance

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The International Society of Automation (ISA) published a new book designed to help all automation professionals—even those with no prior education or experience in process engineering or control theory—improve reactor and control system performance.

Control System Integrators Association Launches New Website

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Control System Integrators Association Launches New Website -- Revamped website is intended for decision-makers in the chemical industry.

The Perils of a DIY Distributed Control System

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This white paper discusses the “Top Ten” issues to consider when evaluating a DCS vs. building your own “DIY” distributed control system using a PLC-based architecture.

Exida Certifies RTP 3000 Critical Control System

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Exida Certifies RTP 3000 Critical Control System -- Certification means system meets ISA Security requirements.

No More Tears for Control System Migration

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No More Tears for Control System Migration

Invensys Expands InFusion Enterprise Control System Capabilities

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Invensys Expands InFusion Enterprise Control System Capabilities -- New offerings can easily communicate and integrate as part of a unified ECS.

Improve pH Control

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Fast, robust charge-balance models can improve control system capability, operability and reliability — and thus process performance. These models can deal with a complex mixture of ions, and can be easily set up and modified by simple changes.

Properly Control Multivariable Processes

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Most processes are multivariable, which means they need a control system with two or more loops. Sometimes, interaction among loops can render one or more of them untunable. Here are practical pointers on how to address such issues.

Automation: Carefully Consider Sidestripper Control

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When choosing the main control for sidedraw systems, there are three possible options. Here, we take a close look at each.

Heat integration steps can present control problems

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The more energy prices rise, the more heat integration saves. However, heat integration steps can present complex control problems. Slip-ups in putting control systems in place can make operations nearly impossible. That certainly was the case at one unit using heat recovery.

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