Beamex teams up with Mark Draghicescu Racing
Beamex has announced it will be providing the racing team with calibration equipment for the season's final race at Silverstone.
Beamex has announced it will be teaming up with young racing driver Mark Draghicescu and his Speedsport racing team for the final race of the season at Silverstone, providing calibration equipment to hopefully meet the demanding needs of automotive and auto sport technologies. As everyone gears up for the final race of the season, Mark's Speesport racing team and Beamex hope this partnership can lead to Mark reaching the highest level of the sport, and Beamex providing equipment to assure the performance gain is consistent.
Speedy delivery of calibration data
Overcoming oil & gas measurement challenges
Accuracy and Simplified Calibration in Foxboro S Series Pressure Transmitters
How to Calibrate Pressure Instruments
Here's why wastewater treatment facilities turn to anaerobic digestion for energy uses
Biogas industry trends and flow measurement technology
Many U.S. wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are beginning to use anaerobic digesters to produce biogas that can be used in their combined heat and power plants to generate electricity and heat. In addition, the plants are selling the biogas into the gas grid. The growing interest in biogas has led to more attention paid to measuring biogas flow and composition, because proper gas engine operations depends upon use of biogas with the right methane (CH4) content. New ultrasonic technology, including the OPTISONIC 7300, developed by Krohne, Inc., is being developed to provide the kind of reliable and accurate flow measurement needed to advance this important strategic energy source.
United States looks to biogas for fossil fuel alternatives…
FCI ST100 series/air gas flow meter web demo
Spirax Sarco wins Queen's Award for innovation
Morgan and Lougborough University partner for next generation flow meters
Useful Flow Applications
How to accomplish total tank management
Managing the vapor space - System integrator Novaspect's Jeff Wolendowski shows how to accomplish total tank management.
Tanks are all about the raw materials, intermediates and finished products moved into, stored, mixed, moved out of or transferred between them. Because of their typically huge volumes, even small variances in how storage, custody transfer and other…
How to use differential pressure sensors to measure hydrostatic levels
Resources for learning about level sensors
Robot pilots? Improving level detection reliability
Magnetrol announces "Just can't stop a Magnetrol" contest
Online resources to help you understand pressure instruments better
Measuring pressure or calibrating pressure instruments is not that easy. These online resources can help.
Pressure In Hazardous Areas
In controlled environments, pressure measurement is relatively straightforward. However, in the mobile equipment industry and other hazardous areas, application variables can have a huge impact on pressure measurement accuracy. The consequences for pressure measurement errors can be widespread and potentially dangerous. Fortunately, by anticipating and accommodating challenges in pressure measurement common in hazardous environments, operators and engineers can prevent misreadings, damage to equipment or personnel injury, and costly downtime. This whitepaper addresses several common and sometimes difficult application challenges that need to be considered when selecting a pressure sensor, as well as some…
Pressure transmitters meet new challenges
Daisy Data Displays' X-Purge control gets redesigned
Blowdown percentages to consider for pressure relief valves and interface level in oil separators
ISA and Beamex offer free webinar on calibrating temperature instruments
The International Society of Automation and Beamex will be co-hosting a free, web seminar September 1, 2015 on how to calibrate temperature instruments.
On September 1, 2015, the International Society of Automation (ISA) and Beamex will be co-hosting a a free web seminar on calibrating temperature instruments.
From 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST, the webinar will feature three temperature instrumentation experts: Tom Brans, Business Analyst at Honeywell; Ned Espy, Technical Director at Beamex; and Roy Tomalino, Professional Services Engineer at Beamex.
Temperature influences many physical features of matter and has a significant impact on quality, energy consumption and environmental emissions. It's no surprise then that temperature tends to be the most common and frequently measurable variable in the process industry. However, many people don't know the proper ways to calibrate temperature…
Temperature transmitters built for safety
Moore Industries TFZ programmable FOUNDATION Fieldbus temperature transmitter
How to choose a temperature measurement device
What's wrong with my thermocouple? How do I know my RTD measurement is accurate?
Devices to Help Determine the Amount of Material in a Tank, Hopper or Vessel.
VIBRATION LIMIT SWITCHLVL-B Series vibration limit switches sense levels of bulk solids. They have no mechanical moving parts. The switches are FM- and CSA-certified as dust ignition proof (DIP) for Class II and Class III, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups E-G. They feature a 250 mm (10 in.) vibrating rod, and are available with 500 mm (20 in.), 1,000 mm (40 in.) and 1,500 mm (60 in.) extension pipes.Pepperl+Fuchs 330-486-
JUST ADD 4-20 MAJupiter magnetostrictive transmitter provides a 4-20 mA output, and is easily attached to the company's magnetic level indicators or directly inserted into vessels. The dual compartment enclosure separates wiring and electronics to facilitate installation and set-up. Features include an LCD and pushbutton…
Compressor Control Comes Out of the Black Box
Predicting Equipment Failures in the Process Plant
Vibration of Valves and Piping
Vibration Monitoring Prevents $250,000 Incident at Braskem
Quickly Test Load Cell Systems
BLH Nobel Introduced a System That Quickly and Easily Checks Weighing Systems for Wiring and Mechanical Faults
Load cell weighing systems solve some of the knottiest problems in batch and level control by directly measuring masses of solids and liquids as they're accumulated, dispensed or conveyed. But the load cells must be installed and wired properly, and the load structure must be engineered and constructed correctly to distribute the measured load as axial forces on the cells. What appear on the surface to be simple wiring and construction tasks have caused more than a few problems during commissioning and maintenance due to miswired or poorly made connections, distorted or binding structures, incorrectly installed load cells or rigid connections to adjacent equipment.
Such problems often are not found until a new installation is being…
The Care and Feeding of your Weigh Cells
Industrial Safety Disasters: Not Again-Again and Again
Making Accurate Batches
Just the Right Amount of Starch
pH Sensor Sensibility
Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner Speak with Electrochemical Measurements Expert Jim Gray About the pH Electrode and Its Full Potential as a Measuring Tool
Stan: A measurement is only as good as its calibration. The pH electrode has by far the greatest sensitivity and rangeability of any measurement in the process industry. The electrode can function well in a wide spectrum of process fluids and…
Inferential Analysis Can Save Process Analzyer Costs
Product Roundup: Process Analyzers
Yokogawa EPC Team Assists Contractors and Customers
Analyze These: Process Analyzer Sites for You
Online Resources: Loop Control Systems
This month, the editors of Control browse the web to get you the latest online resources on loop control. Here's how you can stay in the loop!
This System Is Closed
This is a basic tutorial on closed-loop control systems. It covers the basic definitions and descriptions of how closed-loop systems work, a discussion of closed-loop summing points and how to use them, transfer functions, multi-loop closed-loop systems and closed-loop motor control. The direct link is www.electronics-tutorials.ws/systems/closed-loop-system.html.Electronics Tutorials www.electronics-tutorials.ws
VeriCal in-situ calibration verification This is a basic discussion, with illustrations, of the principles of Proportional, Integral, Derivative (PID) and how it is used with controllers. It also covers tuning rules and starting settingf for common control loops. The direct link is at…
Modeling the Weather, Measuring Bulk Solids with Radar and Benchmarks for Loop Checking Productivity
HART Plant of the Year Facilities Keep Building on Success
Controller Action and Positioner Rules
Why all the hatin' on advanced process control?
Is it too hard, too complicated, too expensive, or does it just have a bad rap? Maybe all it needs is better marketing.
Stan: I have gotten the distinct impression from a number of users that the term "Advanced Control" is viewed negatively. I was wondering in general who feels this way (e.g., plant management, process design, operators) and why (e.g., support,…
Can improved usability shift the image that "Fieldbus is too hard?"
DCS brings power to optimize unit operations
Don't overlook the virtues of PID when optimizing processes
Is Modbus a cure for fieldbus woes?
PLC creator explains the difference between PC-based control and PLCs
Father of the PLC Dick Morley sets the record straight on PC-based control and what differentiates it from PLCs.
Dick Morley is considered by many to be the father of the programmable logic controller (PLC). His involvement with the creation of the first Modicon PLC for General Motors in 1968 was a historic step in the development of industrial controls.
We had the chance to sit down with Morley and ask him a variety of questions. In this third installment of our series, Morley explains the difference between the PLC and PC-based control.
Watch the previous two installments here:
The father of the PLC talks about the Internet of Things
The father of the PLC explains its birth
PLC creator explains the difference between PLCs and PACs
Advances in model predictive control
Chemical plants streamline distributed controls
Global SCADA market to reach $32.7 billion by 2020
The worldwide supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) market is projected to grow at a 5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and increase from $23.2 billion in 2013 to $32.70 billion by 2020
The worldwide supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) market is projected to grow at a 5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and increase from $23.2 billion in 2013 to $32.70 billion by 2020, according to a new market report, "SCADA Market—Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 – 2020," by Transparency Market Research.
The report adds that demand for reliable power distribution and transmission among different industries, increasing need for SCADA systems in the oil and gas industry and growing infrastructure investments in efficient oil extraction in the Asia-Pacific region are likely to accelerate the growth of the SCADA market during the 2014-2020 forecast period.
PRISM SCADA awarded LAPEM certification
Make sure your SCADA system is cloud secure
Build your architectures with the new SCADA
3 ways SCADA system attacks are becoming more sophisticated
Real-Time Control for Optimization Goes Beyond Energy Saving
Control Engineering Branches Out to Manage Critical Business Variables Such as Profitability, Risk, Asset Management and Cybersecurity
Most process engineers I talk to look back on the 1970s and 1980s as the heyday of control engineering, and in many ways it was. More engineers were focused on the applications of real-time control theory then than now. And when you look at how far…
Questions about Multivariable Control, Flow, Valves or PLC Schematics?
How to Connect Real-Time Optimization to a Predictive Multivariable Controller
Software that Reduces Maintenance of Multivariable Predictive Controllers
Multivariable Testing: Getting the Measurements Right
Public cloud computing to reach nearly $70 billion in 2015
The report, "Cloud Computing: The Essential Foundation of Industry Digital Transformation—Worldwide and U.S. Cloud Forecast by Vertical, 2015–2019," predicts the number of new cloud-based solutions will triple in the next four to five years.
Public cloud computing will reach almost $70 billion worth of deployments worldwide in 2015, with the top five vertical industries of discrete manufacturing, banking, professional services, process manufacturing and retail accounting for approximately 45% of the total spend for the market, according to new research by International Data Corp.
The report, "Cloud Computing: The Essential Foundation of Industry Digital Transformation—Worldwide and U.S. Cloud Forecast by Vertical, 2015–2019," is the first of four by IDC, which predicts the number of new cloud-based solutions will triple in the next four to five years. The new study provides a vertical forecast by 20 industries for the U.S. and worldwide for three public cloud computing…
NEXCOM unveils panel PC for hazardous locations
Demo room awash in innovations at HUG 2015
'Continuous evolution' to the Industrial IoT
HUG 2015 opens with clear vision for tough times
Flying with a robot at the controls could be a tough sell; How many level gauges do you need for an accurate measurement?
Q: Pilots or robots in the cockpit?
You have written many times about the potentials of automation in improving air transportation safety and efficiency. Besides writing your columns, have you done anything about that? Is ISA, NASA or anybody else…
Motors and drives: Driving forces
Robotic Tending Boosts Machine Performance
Motors and Drives: Process Automation Driving Forces
Flexibility Fuels Strong Motors
Wellheads and Christmas trees: Is there a difference?
Both are vital to oil production, but they're not the same, and the 45-second valve close rule is there for a reason.
Q: I work as an instrumentation design engineer on an offshore platform and have some questions.
According to API RP14C, the response time for closing all the valves in the Christmas tree should not exceed 45 sec. What is the basis of this…
Save energy in fluid systems
Conval updates engineering binder
Endress+Hauser Opens Process Training Units to Give Users a Real Feel for the Job
Webinar: Finding and Fixing Control Valves
Reader feedback: How large does an actuator have to be to handle actual process conditions?
A reader asks our experts how he can prove that the actuator is large enough to handle actual process conditions. Our experts answer.
Re the February 2015 Control Talk column on the commissioning of control valves (How to Avoid Problems in Electrical and Instrument Installations): How does one go about proving that the actuator is sized large enough to handle actual process…
New Valve Actuators Address Both Ends of Torque Spectrum
All About Actuators, Positioners
Valves, Actuators, Positioners - the Good Stuff
Valves, Actuators and Positioners, Oh My!
The editors of Control search the world wide web to find the latest online resources on motors and drives.
GROWN-UP MOTOR DRIVES
Motors and drives have been moving up to variable-speed control for better accuracy, but now they're also increasing power density and efficiency, and even coordinating more closely with PLCs and intelligent systems, according to Control executive editor Jim Montague. Learn how process operations as diverse a cement suppliers, iron ore mines, refineries and natural gas producers are using the latest drive technology in increase efficiency, reduce power usage and improve reliability. Read "Motors and Drives Grow Up and Graduate."Controlwww.controlglobal.com
A THREE-STEP PROGRAM
This three-minute video from ABB explains the basics of motor and drive sizing. Learn the three steps around application requirements, sizing…
The Beautiful Engineering of the Keystone Pipeline
User Input Drives Rockwell Automation Process Roadmap
Smart Technology to Drive Smarter Process Plants
Solutions for every stage of the process sensing, instrumentation, analysis, interface, networking and control experience light up exhibition space at Honeywell User Group America 2015.
Some user group meetings have so much good content that it starts to slosh over the sides of that metaphorical bucket. That's definitely the case at Honeywell User Group Americas 2015, where a brief Sunday afternoon preview of the demo room featured…
The end of an era: DuPont's last panel board
6 ways remote HMI/SCADA users can protect plant operations and save money
3 smart, new tools for designing smart machines
Modern HMI puts 'human' front and center
Military training strategy improves operator performance
The technique puts trainee at key decision points to prioritize actions, objectives, or information requirements.
In a project funded by the Center for Operator Performance (COP), Joseph Borders and Dr. Gary Klein recently tested the Shadowbox Training technique, developed in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA), on a high fidelity ethylene plant simulator. The technique puts trainee at key decision points to prioritize actions, objectives, or information requirements. Their responses are compared to those of experts recorded earlier. A counter-balanced experimental design showed that exposure to the Shadowbox approach resulted in the operators completing the scenarios in less time and produced a 26% improvement in identification of the root cause of the problem.
The next phase of the study is to develop and…
ABB becomes sole shareholder of CGM
Rockwell showcases on-the-go HMI access with MobileView Tethered Operator Interface
Industrial mobility: The new normal
A lasting plan for managing alarms
A well-written alarm philosophy defines procedures that allow your team to get alarms under control now and for the long haul.
Alarm management seems to be a never-ending task: company X hires consultant Y to repair their badly designed and overloaded alarm management system for $1 million, and then 18 months later the same company is searching for a different vendor to…
Wanted: Better designed systems for operators
Connecting All Instruments to IIoT Seems Ideal, Smart and Practical, but Is It Really?
Siemens Brings Automation Education Event to Los Angeles
Do We Need a Separate System for Safety?
How Smart Can You Get? The Newest in Data Recorders
The GX and GP Products Are the First of a New SmartDAC+ Product Family
Yokogawa has released the GX and GP Series of digital data acquisition systems, products that go far beyond functionality of the original paperless recorder. Complementing Yokogawa's DXA Advanced R4 series, the GX and GP bring some features that are…
Data Acquisition Must-Haves
The Latest Data Acquisition Tools
Loggers Keep Feeding Data-Hungry Users
Web-based DAQs spread access, information
Situational awareness focuses on undoing decades of data overload that's potentially costing billions of dollars in lost profitability
Studies show that poorly performing alarm systems and poorly designed human machine interfaces (HMIs) are contributing factors to major accidents and poor operating performance. Speaking this week at the Schneider Electric 2015 Global Automation…
FLEX methodology to keep automation off critical project path
Big Data Is No Big Deal
Model-Predictive Control Without the Lab Coats
Expanding Your Process Automation Plant Requires Bigger Data Too
How to do wireless for safety systems
ISA TR 84.00.08 offers some important guidelines for making it work
Continuing last month's discussion on wireless standards, there's another recently developed standard from ISA related to the use of wireless systems from ISA-84 Working Group 8. The technical report (TR) developed by Gary Laframboise and the team…
Closing the loop on process safety
The Best Way to Automate a Hazardous Area
Optimation opts for dual protection in hazardous areas
Maintenance and engineering considerations in hazardous areas
FieldComm Group to Debut at ACHEMA 2015 in Germany
The FieldComm Group is dedicated to advancing intelligent integration in process control and instrumentation, and its official introduction to the global process industry is planned for the 2015 ACHEMA Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, June 15-19.
The FieldComm Group was founded in January 2015 with the combining of two leading automation industry consortiums — the Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation. The new organization is dedicated to advancing intelligent integration in process control and instrumentation, and its official introduction to the global process industry is planned for the 2015 ACHEMA Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, June 15-19.
With 170,000 attendees from more than 100 countries and 3,800 exhibitors, ACHEMA is the most comprehensive event for process manufacturing. By creating a larger-than-life "Technology Wall" in Hall 11.0, Booth E43, the FieldComm Group will show attendees how it is "connecting the world of process automation’" through solutions…
FieldComm Group Delivers FDI Tools to the Automation Market
Moore Industries partners with PACTware to produce new DTM for THZ3/TDZ3
Can Improved Physical Layer Diagnostics Save Your Next Dinner Party?
Energy Research Center Expands, Networks, Automates
Prioritize the IoT tsunami
How can you stem the IoT tidal wave, or at least find the few useful nuggets in it? Employ the traditional engineering skills of organization, prioritization and project management.
Whether it's due to thunderstorms, flashfloods or rising rivers, water runs downhill more at some times than others. At present, references to the "Internet of Things" (IoT) are flowing in faster than presidential candidates or Midwestern…
Help with your I/O and terminal blocks
Bedrock joins ISA Security Compliance Institute
Free Introduction to ISA100 Wireless webinar
GE's Predix Cloud - A Cloud service built for industrial data and analytics
NIWeek 2015 focuses on role of wireless connectivity in the IIoT
Smart Industry conference promises real-life approach to IIoT
Three-day Industrial Internet of Things conference, Oct. 5-7 in Chicago, will show attendees how to use IIoT to achieve practical competitive advantages
Despite the buzz around the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), many potential users don't understand IIoT's basic concepts or how to implement the IIoT to secure new efficiencies and achieve competitive advantages in their daily work and…
ExxonMobil takes on electrical integration
The end of system integration
State of Technology Report: I/O Systems
Mobile trends in industrial automation
What's the new normal when it comes to mobility in an industrial automation setting?
Smart devices are now enabled to display data, fine tune variances on conveyors, commission machines, aid in the diagnosis of maintenance issues and more. But there seems to be a divide between those who are weary of mobile technology and those who…
Mobile expands into more products, plus a vision of the future
Portable Access First Step in Mobility Journey
Advantages and disadvantages of using ac line reactors and dc link reactors
The pros and cons of ac line and dc link reactors
Prior to selecting an ac line reactor or a dc link reactor for mitigating the impact of harmonics in variable frequency drive (VFD) applications, it is prudent to carefully review the advantages and shortcomings of both and select the one that is better for that particular application.
Our sister publication Control Design, published the article "When to use an ac or dc choke and why" to help visitors determine the pros and cons of ac line and dc link reactors.
Check the table below to see the pros an cons and read the full article to learn more.
Reader Feedback: NERC CIP Does Make the Grid Safer
How to Avoid Problems in Electrical and Instrument Installations
Reliance drives culture change with a digital revolution
The huge Indian textile, refining and soon-to-be telecom provider streamlines from 500 legacy systems at 120 plants to just 35 standardized applications—and transforms its workplace environment at the same time.
Everyone knows to keep it simple, but it's rare that any simplification project is as gigantic as Reliance Industries Ltd.'s recent effort to update and standardize many of the legacy process automation and other systems at six major sites…
Virtualization key enabler of Kao modernization
Freeport LNG Chooses Honeywell for Expansion
What users want from system integrators in the future
Peer groups give system integrators common wisdom
Manage plant paperwork for efficiency, knowledge transfer and profit
Oceania Dairy implements ERPortal for enterprise asset and materials management
Predictive Asset Management Webinar
Batch control blasts off
Fueled by the transferable ANSI/ISA-88 standard and streamlined by software, batch control is reaching escape velocity in its traditional processes, and migrating to new worlds of applications.
Julius Caesar usually gets the credit for "divide and conquer," but there's evidence he was just the most famous in a long line of ancient rulers to use it. That's the way with any great idea—everybody wants to make it work for them. Of course,…
How FactoryTalk software provided the vision Scotts Company needed to grow
Visible Data Means Operations Excellence
DNV GL's Joint Industry Project (JIP) to Deliver Effective and Cost-Efficient BOP Maintenance
Automation suppliers can now download FDI Tools and Components version 1.1
Oil distiller problems hike up gas prices
Technology trends in process energy efficiency
Ammonia plant simulation shortens ramp up, improves training
Progress in Process Safety
A holistic perspective of process safety requires more comprehensive hazard and risk assessment methods such as process hazards analysis, mechanical integrity, safety integrity systems and emerging technologies.
Process safety has made substantial progress in the past 40 years in improving the safety of our chemical plants, refineries and other applications. However, as our plants have grown larger and more complex, bottom-line thinking has caused us to…
HIMA equips world's first fluoropolymer Up-Cycling plant with emergency shutdown system
Machine safety: Your alternative to complete shutdown
ODVA expands conformance testing for CIP Safety in Germany
Private sector gets new cybersecurity tools
EY and Los Alamos National Laboratory make new cybersecurity tools available to the private sector
Ernst & Young LLP (EY) and Los Alamos National Laboratory have come together to deliver cybersecurity tools available to the commercial market.
According to Duncan McBranch, Chief Technology Officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, cybersecurity attacks are more frequent and more sophisticated now and they destroy the trust needed to conduct business.
A recent EY Global Information Security Survey, found that more than half (56%) of executives surveyed said their company would be unlikely to detect a sophisticated cyber attack.
"Every organization must improve its ability to detect and stop attacks as they occur, and before secure data is compromised," said McBranch. " relationship with EY will improve our ability to develop and…
How to protect industrial environments against cyber threats
Researchers set to drop 32 zero-day vulnerabilities at Black Hat 2015
Energy sector cybersecurity report
Genpak plant roof collapses as staff evacuate building
Part of building expected to fall completely as firefighters scramble for a plan.
Panic struck Peterborough, Ontario, Canada last month when the Genpak plant's roof collapse and emergency services staff were forced to evacuate.
The gas feed to the building was shut off and firefighters evacuated everyone from the building, but shingles continued to fall and the roof continued to dip slowly. Firefighters were scrambling to develop a plan in case the roof collapsed completely.
Witnesses say new shingles were loaded on the roof yesterday, in preparation for repairs.The City's chief building official went into the plant shortly after 10 a.m. to take a look at the structure.
Located at 25 Aylmer St. North, Genpak has 61 employees. It specializes in process packaging for a wide range of products.
How to secure your industrial networks
Physical safety, cybersecurity can't be separated
Airport Kabuki and Functional Security
Defending Your Plant
Electromagnetically transparent GRP enclosures see spike in demand
Equipment housings to contain wireless process monitoring equipment in outdoor environments are on the rise - here's why.
Intertec is seeing increased customer demand for equipment housings to contain wireless process monitoring equipment in outdoor environments. The company attributes this partly to increased use of industrial wireless sensor network (WSN) technology, but mainly to the growing industry awareness that the glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) composite material it uses for all of its protective enclosures is electromagnetically transparent.
Until recently, process industry take-up of WSN technology has been relatively slow, possibly because competing wireless standards have made systems designers wary of making the wrong choice. However, for mainstream industrial process applications, the field has now narrowed to just two standards –…
A New Fashion in Industrial Enclosures?
Industrial Computers, Part 2. Data Processing Escapes the Enclosure
Enclosure Options Grow
Adalet Offers Atex Control Panel Assembly Certification