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Meanwhile, back at the Technology Pavilion...

During the break between main presentations, Matrikon wisely has located the refreshments in the Technology Pavilion (exhibitors' palace) and has scheduled mini-sessions there from vendors. During the morning break, Mark McTavish from Matrikon talked about Matrikon Alarm Manager, and Roy Tanner from ABB talked about Using Alarm Insight to Improve...

Matrikon Summit 2007

"Matrikon is growing," says CEO Amin Rawji, "and this is reflected in the number of countries attending this event this year. We are truly a global company." "Our vision," he said, "is to be the key company to help you reach your operational excellence goals by helping manage all operational data.

The Virtues of Simplicity, Habibi style

I received this email from Eddie Habibi, CEO and founder of PAS: Hello Walt,I hope you're doing well and enjoying the Spring in Illinois. All is well at this end.I saw your editor's note in the April issue of CONTROL, "The Virtues of Simplicity." As always, it was hard to...

EEMUA Strikes Again! And About Time, Too!

If you don't know that EEMUA is not a large flightless bird, you have, as Ricky Riccardo used to say, "some larnin' to do, Lucy!" This long awaited announcement just came in. Better Alarms Handling: EEMUA holds special event to launch new edition of industry's guidelines on alarm management EEMUA,...

Ian Nimmo on the changing DCS

Ian Nimmo is the expert on HMI and Abnormal Situation Management in the world. His talk this afternoon at the Expertune/TiPS User Group meeting is sure to cause some serious waves, as he predicts the demise of the major automation vendors: ------------------------------------------------------- The Rise and Fall of the DCS The...

Following me...

Lothar Lang, from Lyondell Chemical Company gave a second keynote this morning on Critical Condition Management. What made his talk very different from most is that he's talking about doing it on a corporate scale. "It is very important that the top management is aware and supportive of critical condition...

Remote Diagnostics with PlantTriage Enterprise Edition

Chris McAnarney of Imerys is a Chemical Engineer from Colorado School of Mines, with experience in magnesium production, carbon black and ground calcium carbonate, as an operations Manager. In his case study, remote diagnostics were used to leverage plant and corporate engineering experts to solve problems quickly and efficiently.

Creating an Operator Advisory System

Jules Oudmans, of UReason, talked about the use of OASYS-AM with LogMate to provide valuable advisories which enable operators to quickly focus on important alarms. As a result, control rooms can be geared up for the next logical step in alarm management predicting process upsets or equipment failure, thereby preventing...

Top 10 Signs that you might have an alarm management problem...

...from Bobby Weidel's opening speech this morning at the Expertune/TiPS User Group Meeting: I would like to give credit to Greg McMillan and his blog at http://www.modelingandcontrol.com for inspiring this list and providing a light-hearted way to look at our complicated industry.......

More from Expertune/TiPS...

One of the problems I have with multiple tracks is that I haven't invented a cloning process yet... Of course, if I ever do figure out how to clone myself, I won't be working here any more (grin).