What does good control room design look like?

BAW Architecture employs user-centric, human-factor principles such as ISO 11064 to design control centers from the operator out.

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“Of course I know what good control room design looks like.” Anyone who’s ever spent time in an operations center for a large refinery or chemical plant knows a good control room when they see one. Or do they? In our experience, having been in many 24/7 mission-critical control rooms in continuous process industries, finding examples of “good control room design” isn’t easy. Think about your own experience. How many control rooms have you actually been in where the spaces were crowded, messy, disorganized, even perhaps mildly depressing? Did the room feel something like a dark, subterranean dungeon? Perhaps the image below recalls your own experience with…

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New trends in level instrumentation

control july state of technologyTHThis State of Technology collection of coverage from Control magazine and ControlGlobal.com delivers the most recent trends and developments in level instrumentation. Read the ebook

Béla Lipták on safety in oil & gas

bela liptak on safetyBéla Lipták discusses emerging industries aimed at exploiting unconventional fossil fuel deposits. Lipták’s critical view of the oil & gas industry explores the dangers inherent in its processes. Read the ebook

Voices: Ask The Experts

Correcting butterfly valve operation

Control's panel of experts explore why a butterfly steam valve suddenly opens fully.

Control's Ask The Experts column is moderated by Béla Lipták, automation and safety consultant, who is also the editor of the Instrument and Automation Engineers’ Handbook (IAEH). If you have automation related questions send them to: liptakbela@aol.com. Q: We have a 3-in. Samson 3310-07 AT…

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    JUSTIFY INVESTMENT WITH ROI The 29-page whitepaper, “Your next automation or information system upgrade: define ROI to win approval” by Eric Mayer, analyzes different return on investment scenarios, delivers real-world examples of ROI benefits by automation and information systems, and provides…

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  • Correcting butterfly valve operation

    Control's Ask The Experts column is moderated by Béla Lipták, automation and safety consultant, who is also the editor of the Instrument and Automation Engineers’ Handbook (IAEH). If you have automation related questions send them to: liptakbela@aol.com. Q: We have a 3-in. Samson 3310-07 AT…

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  • Detection of oil in or on water

    By Béla Lipták

    The properties of oil and water are sufficiently different to make distinguishing them relatively easy. This article describes some of the state-of-the-art sensors used for oil in and on water detection, including interfaces. Oil on water Outfalls from ships and municipal or industrial waste…

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  • Capacity control of reciprocating compressors

    By Varun Chadha, Anusuya Gohain Baruah and Sunil Bhandari

    Large reciprocating compressors have high power requirements, sometimes running in the range of megawatts. Integrating them into complex processes with side streams or multi-stream compression requires precise control and operational flexibility. Advanced technologies for compressor capacity…

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  • The dynamic world of alarms

    By Greg McMillan & Stan Weiner

    Stan: Last month, Nick Sands, co-chair of the ANSI/ISA-18.2-2016, “Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industry” standard and DuPont’s global alarm management leader, gave us an insightful perspective on what’s really needed. Here we benefit from examples and an accounting of what…

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  • Béla Lipták on safety: Oil and Gas

    In this Special Report, process control guru and author of the “Instrument and Auto-mation Engineers’ Handbook” Béla Lipták discusses emerging industries aimed at exploiting unconventional fossil fuel deposits. These include drilling for oil and gas deposits under deep oceans, in Alaska or…

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