2011

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  • Flow Instrumentation Research Report

    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.

    11/08/2011
  • Distributed Safety Podcast

    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 safety’s recent evolution, types of applications where it’s emerging, and how it’s now being included at the design stage of many projects.

    Control/ARC Advisory Group
    05/10/2011
  • Design Tools Help Water/Wastewater Equipment Manufacturer Enhance Machine Performance and Reduce Engineering Costs

    Since 1978, Meurer Research Inc. in Golden, Colo., has researched, developed and manufactured water and wastewater treatment systems used by municipalities around the world. Among MRI's most successful products are plate settlers, which are used in water and wastewater treatment plants as a method of pretreatment before the water enters the membrane filtration system. By separating and removing heavy solids that can clog filters, the plate settlers help extend membrane life, minimize cleaning requirements and reduce operating costs. To help ensure these systems deliver maximum reliability, MRI sought to redesign and upgrade the control equipment on one of its 10 pilot units. The control system previously employed on the pilot unit included a mix of control products from multiple vendors, which hindered interoperability and limited connectivity between all of the automation equipment on a given machine. MRI worked with Rockwell Automation to ease the integration of components by working with a single-source supplier that could provide a control system easily integrated as a unified and more reliable system. In addition to improving reliability, performance and ease of use, MRI also wanted to equip the system with remote-monitoring capabilities. This would allow MRI to evaluate system performance and troubleshoot problems without traveling to the test site.

    Rockwell Automation
    04/12/2011
  • Decoding 49 CFR parts 195 and 192 for Pipeline SCADA

    New DOT regulations demand significant changes to the way pipeline operators approach supervisory control and data acquisition. Invensys, a global leader in SCADA automation solutions, has assembled some of the company's best knowledge resources in this archive to help you through your planning and decision process.

    Invensys
    04/26/2011
  • Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) Standardizes All Plant Operations on Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture

    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.

    Rockwell Automation
    07/13/2011
  • Burner Management Specification Tutorial Webcast

    Learn how to properly specify a PLC–based 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 what’s new and relevant.

    Siemens
    05/23/2011
  • Back to Basics: ph, ORP, Conductivity and Density Analyzers

    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.

    10/20/2011
  • Back to Basics: Flow Measurement (Coriolis)

    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.

    06/21/2011
  • Back to Basics: Flow Measurement

    Editor in chief Walt Boyes talks about flow measurement in the automation field. Watch this video to learn more about turbine flowmeters and electromagnetic flowmeters.

    04/26/2011
  • Asset Reliability:A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Frito-Lay

    Featured speaker Ed Michel, Reliability Manager at Frito-Lay, offers a unique look at how Frito-Lay is discovering new ways to improve productivity and sustainability by focusing on asset reliability. Ed explains how efforts have led to reduced downtime and less packaging material scrap.

    Invensys
    03/22/2011
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