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.
The slick, convenient, user-friendly tablets and smart phones that are so popular on the home front are making inroads into the workplace. In this podcast, Ralph Rio of ARC Advisory Group and Control's managing editor, Nancy Bartels, discuss the trend, the vision of real-time process information on demand everywhere all the time, and the reality of making it happen in the process environment.
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.
Serving customers in a variety of plastics industries, including consumer packaged goods, chemical, automotive and dairy, R&B Plastics Machinery in Saline, Mich., provides customers with solutions for machine, mold, trimming and tooling systems. This machine builder focuses on continuous extrusion blow-molding and offers a wide selection of custom options that help its customers secure a competitive advantage.
R&B Plastics sought flexibility for its blow-molding machines via programmable automation controllers to accommodate quick product changeovers, ease of use -- from a single integrated control and information platform, and reliable and ongoing support from global distributors to help customers reduce the risk of downtime. R&B Plastics also works with Rockwell Automation to offer users scalable solutions for parison-control retrofits. This approach leaves all other machine control systems in place.
Executive editor Jim Montague presents the results of Control's 2011 survey on level measurement technologies, compares this year's results with responses to the same survey in 2009, and then examines some of the up and downs over the past two years -- such as the emergence of WirelessHART.
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.
More process control engineers are recognizing that operational errors cause most process slowdowns and shutdowns. The March 2011 cover article explores how some innovative users are preventing these user-based problems. Executive editor Jim Montague interviews ARC's senior process analyst Dave Woll to comment on the users' preventative measures.
SCADA software has gotten out of control. What if there was a better way to manage control systems? See how web-based software, open standards technology, and unlimited usage licensing are being used to transform the SCADA / control system software landscape. Ignition by Inductive Automation is being used around the world to create HMI, SCADA and MES applications.