Voices: McMillan & Weiner

What You Need to Know about Starting Up a Plant or System

Planning, Communication and Keeping Track of the Details Are the Secret Sauce

By Greg McMillan, Stan Weiner

*Stan:* As instrument engineers for Monsanto, Greg and I got to check out and start up all of our projects. In this follow-through that was part of our job description, we learned what worked and didn’t work. Before smart instruments, we had to be smarter in order to calibrate and check out the instruments. Pneumatic controllers, transmitters and positioners were a special trip because they were frequently out of alignment and calibration just from being handled and installed.

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The best of the best — Part 2

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