"Sustainability" may be the Buzz Word of the Year. But it turns out that it also has great potential to be a real money saver for your operation, especially if you focus on the energy potential savings that accrue from using asset management and maintenance best practices. In this podcast, Ralph Rio, Research Director, Enterprise Software, at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Nancy Bartels, Control's managing editor, about the sustainability/enterprise asset management (EAM) connection and how it can impact both your operations and your maintenance departments -- and your bottom line.
Executive Editor Jim Montague talks about flowmeters and flow-related instruments. In September 2011, Control Global surveyed its audience to find out how end users are currently using or specifying flowmeters. This market intelligence video report summarizes the survey's findings. Watch this video and learn if the overall number of flowmeters bought or specified by your peers has shifted.
Editor in chief Walt Boyes takes a look at the wet chemistry measurements. Density. ph, ORP and conductivity are deceptively simple and similar. Watch this video report to learn more about these three measurements, how to differentiate them and understand them. Also watch to learn more about density analyzers.
With all the news about looming computer viruses and possible cyber attacks, it's no wonder so many process engineers are concerned their applications and facilities may be exposed to unauthorized probes and potential intrusion. In this podcast, Barry Young, principal analyst at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about the state of process security, how the U.S. government, standards organizations and suppliers are responding, and what end users can do to improve their own process security.
Process control and automation can control process plants and cut lifecycle costs. In this podcast, Paula Hollywood, senior analyst at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about how end users and systems integrators are becoming more aware of how automation can help reduce expenses over the lifetime of their application and equipment. Find out how others can do it too.
In this podcast, Harry Forbes, senior Analyst at ARC Advisory Group, talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about how some of the struggles over wireless networking methods and protocols are shaking out, and how end users can benefit from using wireless technologies.
In this podcast Executive Editor Jim Montague talks with ARC's vice president of consulting and senior processing analyst, Dave Wolf, about staffing and knowledge management. Montague asks what a process automation system should be. Listen to this podcast to hear Wolf's answer.
Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) provides water, wastewater, gas, and electric services to customers in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado. CSU was experiencing failures with a distributed control system and needed a new solution that would provide enhanced reliability, efficiency and sustainability. Unexpected plant outages were becoming a costly problem. The CSU water department had already migrated its legacy DCS system to a Rockwell Automation control system, so the utility decided to standardize all plant operations on Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture because they needed a single vendor capable of providing integrated hardware, software, and networking.
The new solution allowed CSU to remotely operate multiple gas, hydroelectric and power plants from a single central location. Operators can now perform maintenance and troubleshooting tasks at a plant onsite or online from a central facility to better meet customer demands, save time and reduce labor costs.
Editor-in-chief Walt Boyes talks about the Coriolis mass flowmeter and how these have changed over time. The earliest flowmeters were volumetric in nature. They measured the volume of the liquid or the gas flowing inside them, but if the temperature, density, or viscosity changed, the flow reading would be less accurate. Watch this video report to learn how Coriolis flowmeters have changed over time.
There's a lot more to truly going green than efficiency, which is why experienced end users are scrambling to master process sustainability. In this podcast, Wil Chin of ARC Advisory Group and Control's executive editor, Jim Montague, discuss how process sustainability is evolving, types of applications where it's emerging, and where its going in the future.
Don't take Siemens word for it, watch and listen to what Ryan Ashley, Four Roses Distillery, has to say about his distillery's migration from APACS+ to PCS 7. You may not laugh or cry, but you'll be impressed with how easy it was for him to upgrade using his existing I/O and field wiring.
Learn how to properly specify a PLCbased burner management system (BMS) compliant to today's industry safety standards (NFPA, API, ISA) as Siemens' Certified Functional Safety Expert Charles Fialkowski and Control Global's Editor in Chief Walt Boyes discuss whats new and relevant.
Temperature is one of the Big 4 control parameters that any process plant must monitor. However, it is sometimes a forgotten measurement because it often isn't as hard to do as the other three. Editor in chief Walt Boyes reviews the 2009 survey on temperature instrumentation and compares it to the 2011 survey findings. There are significant differences between the two surveys. Watch this report to find out.
Just like distributed control, distributed safety is coming soon to a process plan near you--maybe your own. In this podcast, Barry Young of ARC Advisory Group and Control's executive editor, Jim Montague, discuss the reasons for distributed safetys recent evolution, types of applications where its emerging, and how its now being included at the design stage of many projects.
Most people think of ethanol as an alternative fuel designed only for specialized flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs). While this is partly true -- the more than six million FFVs on the road today are designed to run on E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline -- in reality, ethanol is a much more commonly used product. Seventy percent of the gasoline sold in America contains some amount of ethanol. Most ethanol production facilities, such as Golden Triangle Energy Cooperative (GTEC) in Craig, Mo., generate little to no waste throughout the manufacturing process. With $50 million in gross annual revenue, GTEC operates on a continuous basis, manufacturing approximately 20 million gallons of ethanol and over 160,000 tons of wet livestock feed every year. The entire production process is run by just three operators, and until a few years ago, controlled using a distributed control system (DCS) that was installed when the plant was built in 2001. However, just a few years after the plant opened, Roger Hill, General Manager at GTEC, and his colleagues learned from the DCS manufacturer that their system was obsolete. The DCS manufacturer would no longer manufacture replacement parts and GTEC needed to find a replacement provider. They contracted Bachelor Controls Inc. (BCI) of Sabetha, Kan., a Rockwell Automation Solution Provider to replace their now obsolete systems. BCI is a best-in-class systems integrators who provide industry and applications expertise in delivering automation and information solutions to manufacturing companies globally, to replace their now obsolete systems.
Utilities Kingston, owned by the City of Kingston, Ontario, is an international leader in the wastewater treatment field. The $103 million CDN expansion of the Ravensview Wastewater Treatment Plant, located on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, uses state-of-the-art equipment and best practices that serve as a model to municipalities world-wide. By making the plant as efficient as possible, Utilities Kingston (UK) and the City of Kingston help protect the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Basin and communities downstream. The goals for the Ravensview plant were to increase effluent capacity, improve effluent, air and water quality, reduce noise and provide superior bio-solids handling, energy savings and efficiency. Utilities Kingston partnered with J.L. Richards (JLR), an engineering architect and planning company, to design the control system. They chose Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System solution which included programmable automation controllers (PACs), intelligent motor control centers (MCCs) and variable frequency drives, as well as field services including Protection Plus Startup Services, Factory Acceptance Testing and TechConnectSM phone and online support, meeting the specified criteria needed for this project and delivering the best long-term value.