OSHA requires a safe workplace, which is achieved through compliance with NFPA 70E. Schneider Electric Field Services has created a "Guided Tour" video that addresses the five steps required by NFPA 70E for Electrical Workplace Safety. In addition, valuable information is provided on arc flash mitigation strategies; all in less than five minutes! Watch this video to learn more.
Variable-speed drives aren't new technology, but are getting attention now in the process industries because of their potential to save energy. In this podcast, Control ME Nancy Bartels talks with Ivan Spronk of Schneider Electric about VSDs, how they work and how they can save energy in process operations.
Walt Boyes talks with ABB's Dave Huffman about the value, safety and security of state-based control. Don't know what state-based control is? Then you should listen to this three part podcast and find out...
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.
Embedded vision is everywhere around us. It's in our phones, cars, medical devices, grocery stores, gaming systems, factories and more. At the rate vision is being added to embedded systems, chances are you will need to have some knowledge of vision within the next few years. There are an enormous amount of applications that can benefit from adding vision because it enables machines or products to know more about their physical surroundings and how to interact with them. Embedded vision can also enhance safety by detecting danger and preventing accidents, boosting efficiency by improving the throughput and quality of manufacturing, simplifying usability, and fueling innovation by enabling designers to do things previously thought impossible. This video will explain how FPGAs can be used to accelerate the incorporation and use of embedded vision applications in your machines.
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.
Systems upgrades can be painful and costly. Invensys knows this, so it has smart guys like Graham Bennett, senior principal migration consultant, whose job is to help users of competitive systems to migrate to Invensys as painlessly as possible. Similarly, he helps existing Invensys customers move forward while keeping as much of their asset investments as possible. Filmed at the 2013 Foxboro & Triconex Global Client Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Bennett demonstrates different ways he handles migration with old or competitive equipment where there's no reengineering or intellectual property changes required.
Safety is your number one priority. Unexpected risk to your operation is always just around the corner -- whether it be cyber security breaches, natural disasters, or disruptions to safe and smooth production. You need a tried and true platform you can trust to keep your plant running and intelligent tools to help you quickly remedy any situation, or better yet, help you prevent an incident before it even happens.In this video, Steve Elliott, director of product management for the Triconex brand discusses the benefits of having an integrated control and safety system. This video was filmed at the 2013 Foxboro and Triconex Global Client Conference in San Antonio, TX.
End users, analysts and competitors alike want to know: Who's the biggest of them all? Walt Boyes, editor of Control, and Larry O'Brien, research director for ARC Advisory Group, have the scoop. Watch this video to find out.
Alarm management seems to be harder than it looks. Steve Apple, from TiPS, provides some simple, yet effective guidance to alarm management in this podcast interview with Control's Editor in Chief Walt Boyes.
To help users identify counterfeit devices, the alliance between U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American Council of Independent Labs (ACIL) has drafted several recommendations. These tips include looking for and inspecting certification marks, checking for inferior packaging and/or missing parts or product information, and only buying from suppliers who are well known to you.
The Obama administration has begun a number of new initiatives around energy sustainability that seem aimed directly at manufacturers. Walt Boyes talks with John Nesi and Angel Sustaeta of Rockwell Automation about the implication of these initiatives for process manufacturing operations.
Stuxnet, the scary new virus in town, may make you want to rethink your control system security. Control's managing editor, Nancy Bartels, and ARC's Bob Mick sort out the hype, hysteria and hoop-la and get to the nitty gritty of what this computer worm, aimed directly at control systems, means for your cybersecurity plans.