PSUG Highlights - Live from Rockwell Automation Automation Fair

Our Editors Are in Houston Covering Rockwell Automation Automation Fair 2013. Here Are Event Highlights

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Rockwell Automation Showcases Oil & Gas Capabilities
It always helps to have a guide who can show you around—especially when you're one of more than 10,000 visitors trying to navigate all the innovative solutions being shown by close to 150 exhibitors at Automation Fair, presented by Rockwell Automation this week in Houston. This mission was successfully accomplished by the event's Oil and Gas pavilion, centrally located in the exhibit hall and serving as a vital clearinghouse for oil and gas industry professionals here to learn about Rockwell Automation's process control abilities and technologies. The booth provided an overview of the company's process know-how and experience. Read more »

Time Is Crucial for Oil & Gas Producers
For energy companies presenting at today's Oil & Gas Industry Forum at the Automation Fair, presented by Rockwell Automation this week in Houston, saving time is of the essence. Forum attendees learned how Petrobras is halving delivery time for its floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) ships; how SINCI is helping speed decision-making on offshore rigs; and how ConocoPhillips is compressing small projects schedules using FEED methodologies normally reserved only for large-scale efforts. Petrobras, the Brazilian energy company, is planning on spending USD$106.9 billion on development from now until 2017 and much of that will be spent on the Santos Pre-Salt region, offshore. Read more »

Connectivity Helps Automakers Pick Up the Pace
With rapid economic growth in many developing countries and recovery of Western economies, automakers everywhere are pressured to build more vehicles using less materials, energy and resources. Average model lifespan between refreshes is down to 2.2 years, and a given model is being built in an average of six to eight plants around the world, leading to an environment of constant retooling and recommissioning. "Manufacturing velocity is pressuring automakers and their suppliers to design, deploy and optimize more rapidly and efficiently than ever before," said Todd Montpas. Plants are expected to remain in production for 20 to 40 years. Read more »

Industry Challenged by Air Quality Regs
The Energy & Power Management Industry Forum this week at Automation Fair presented by Rockwell Automation began with an overview of how environmental regulations are affecting industrial energy management strategies presented by Diane Fischer, air quality control services area leader, Black & Veatch. Fischer's expertise is air quality control, advising industry on compliance. "There are any number of regulations we could discuss," she said, "but since our time is limited, we'll focus on new boiler MACT and pending greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions regulations." Fischer readily acknowledged that regulations are not a pleasant topic in industrial circles. Read more »


Headlines from November 13, 2013

What's Your Company's Safety Maturity Index?
This week at the 2013 Automation Fair in Houston, Rockwell Automation introduced its Safety Maturity Index (SMI), a self-guided assessment tool drawn from studies, extensive private research, collaboration with cultural development experts, input from leading manufacturers and a wealth of its own experience as a provider of safety systems. The SMI tool is touted as a comprehensive measurement of performance. Read more »


Food Processors Tackle Manufacturing Risk
"This is the first time in 200 years that emerging market countries will contribute more economic growth than the developed ones," began Rockwell Automation's Kris Dornan as he kicked off the Food and Beverage Industry Forum at this week's Automation Fair in Houston. Food companies in particular face opportunities and daunting challenges as more and more of the world's still growing population emerge from poverty and swell the ranks of the middle class. Read more »


Kleenex Runs Better with PlantPAx
We had a real problem," said Kimberly-Clark engineering and technical leader Bob Kilas. "Our DCS systems were at the far edge of their lifecycle, with many obsolete parts that were expensive and hard to find. We knew we couldn't continue with them, but we believed that migrating to the latest platform upgrade would be costly and not necessarily give us better performance."

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