A complete alarm philosophy document (APD) covers all the elements, including design principles, KPIs and escalation policies. Creating an APD to outline these elements is the first step in a successful alarm management project. This paper provides an overview for the essential elements for a complete APD.06/09/2010
Despite the heightened concern for energy infrastructure security-influenced in part by growing threats from international terrorism and piracy-mitigating physical security risks in the world's energy producing regions is a challenge that governments and companies have grappled with for decades. The paper discusses key requirements for an effective platform security strategy, and describes the latest technology enabling an integrated security management system.04/20/2010
Alarm management affects the bottom line. A well-functioning alarm system can help a process run closer to its ideal operating point - leading to higher yields, reduced production costs, increased throughput and higher quality, all of which add up to higher profits. Poor alarm management, on the other hand, is one of the leading causes of unplanned downtime and has been a major contributor to some of the worst industrial accidents on record. Changing the practices and procedures used in the plant has become easier and more important with the release of a new ISA standard on alarm management. The ISA-18.2 standard, which provides a blueprint for creating a safer and more productive plant, is expected to be adopted by OSHA and insurance agencies as "good engineering practice." Download this white paper to see an overview of the new standard, examples of how to follow it and more.03/22/2010
Customers in all industries are coming more and more under pressure to measure the cost of their utilities. Important drivers for this pressure are the rising cost of energy and various certifications according to EMAS and the ISO 14000 series. Measuring utilities has been neglected in the past and using calibrated technology is necessary for this process. However, many companies only measure their utility consumption at the custody transfer point, and these few measuring occurrences leave room for inaccuracy and poor energy management. By investing money in efficient measuring tools, is possible to set up energy monitoring systems that measure the consumption of each respective utility close to the point of use. This white paper reviews processes that can help you attain better energy management. Download now to learn more.12/14/2009
Reducing the carbon footprint brought on by plant inefficiencies, with the goals of reducing plant costs, achieving energy efficiency and security, and abating greenhouse gases (GHGs) are challenges faced today. Download paper now for energy efficiency solutions. Or, visit TheOptimizedPlant.com Knowledge Center for more white papers and case studies on reducing costs and increasing efficiency.10/14/2009
Automation systems today have become remarkable warehouses of knowledge and information. Beyond just system configuration, many years of effort is inevitably invested in these systems by not only control engineers, but operations, process, maintenance, business and management personnel as well. In fact, over the life of an automation system the total intellectual investment will come to exceed the initial hardware and software cost many times over.
This paper will discuss some of the factors contributing to the impending process industry automation knowledge crisis, present reallife industry examples and provide a proven solution to mitigate the problems.09/17/2009
Waste and rework in batch manufacturing cost serious money and impact time to market. Standards-based recipe management can improve quality, reduce cost and improve profit and time to market. Read this white paper and improve your bottom line.09/03/2009
The plant operator has an extremely valuable and important responsibility: being the force and energy managing a capital enterprise easily worth hundreds of millions of dollars to produce or impact a daily revenue stream of millions, give or take. We ask him to be ever mindful of what the plant might be doing. We ask him to be capable of finding every little problem before it grows into a big one. We ask him to shoulder the burden of everything that goes wrong during his watch, all without any recognition when nothing does, and precious little (if not actual blame) when it goes wrong and he manages to manage. Within his area of responsibility and authority he must be able to view every control loop, most sensors, most pieces of equipment, and much of the supporting utilities, and then adjust as appropriate.
The failure to maintain situational awareness has been present in almost every disaster event that was not the result of spontaneous complete surprise. Start with the assumption that no one wants an accident. That no one would chose disaster over success. But accidents and disasters happen. We now know to a high degree of certainty that they happen because those in charge of ensuring that they do not happen, aren't aware that they are happening. They fail to know the situation. They are unaware of what is really going on, what is likely to happen, or what isn't happening that they think is. As explained in my book Alarm Management for Process Control, the solution is facilitated by effective operator interface design. Let's follow the path of interface design that can lead to better situation awareness.07/08/2009
One of the primary challenges of providing remote services to external entities is the ability to adhere to that entitys corporate security policies while protecting Honeywell assets. This white paper addresses the challenges of providing businesstobusiness network interconnections and also provides remoteservice and problem solutions for Honeywell HPS customers.05/29/2009
Public Service Electric and Gas implemented the SAP PM (Plant Maintenance) system in 2000 to enhance the efficiency of its transmission and distribution equipment maintenance. While this application did improve maintenance systems, it did not provide the proactive, predictive approach to T&D maintenance that the company wanted.
A special project was begun in 2001 to design and implement a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) that would allow PSE&G to monitor equipment status and handle maintenance procedures using a condition-based approach rather than a calendar-based system. The PI System from OSIsoft in San Leandro, Calif., is the foundation on which PSE&Gs engineering and IT staffs created their CMMS solution. The system proposal called for a full ROI by 2005, but the system was launched in early 2002 and began delivering cost savings in its first year. It also is extending the life of aging equipment through more efficient monitoring of performance.05/22/2009
This interactive and educational PDF, written by the editorial staff of Control, includes conference highlights from the ABB Automation and Power World 2009. Download now for videos and articles covering topics such as how to weather the economic storm, laying the groundwork for sustainable energy management, and green instrumentation practices.05/15/2009
In the last few years, the cost of energy has increased many fold. This has made the measurement and management of energy a key area of activity in the industry. As the demand of energy increases world wide, the pressure on resources increases and this leads to the increase in costs. It is a simple issue of demand and supply.
This paper comments on possible ways to manage energy in a processing plant. More specifically it concentrates on better energy measurements and how to increase efficiency through benchmarking and information management. The paper offers practical ways to reduce operational costs with small capital expenditure and thus a fast ROI.05/13/2009
If you are an industrial automation control engineer or technician embarking upon the design and installation of an industrial network, you will quickly confront a bewildering array of standards written by a host of international, regional, national and trade organizations.
This white paper will give you some historical perspective on what has caused such a proliferation of standards. It presents an overview of the primary standards organizations you should be familiar with and how they relate to one another (if at all). It looks at the key standards these organizations write, the current status of those standards, and what the future may hold. This white paper will also guide you as you ferret out the particular sections in the standards that apply to your Ethernet network and where you can turn for help as you plan, install and maintain it.05/13/2009
In the last few years, the cost of energy has increased many fold. This has made the measurement and management of energy a key area of activity in the industry. In the modern competitive world, tangible costs must be reduced and efficiency optimized to be competitive. It is amazing how we can achieve both goals of lower costs through better efficiency and lower emissions through better energy management. This paper comments on possible ways to manage energy in a processing plant, concentrating on better energy measurement and increasing efficiency through benchmarking and information management.05/05/2009
Business leaders in todays manufacturing industries are facing a key issue, lack of visibility into plant business performance in real-time. Thus, real-time information for plant costs, production value, and contribution margin are generally not available to key decision-makers within the operation. Energy management is a key area where the lack of real-time information has a significant impact. Most companies still do not have a clear understanding of the relationship between energy consumption and the impact on real-time costs. This lack of critical information makes it difficult to make informed decisions as energy-related pricing and costs change frequently, affecting manufacturing business performance. Energy prices comprise a large percentage of variable costs in most operations. The dynamic nature of their impact on the business further confounds the situation owing to factors such as:
- New green energy sources
- Complex and fast changing energy market rates and metering dynamics
- Multiple fuel-burning choices
- New and changing environmental requirements
During these difficult economic times, this problem is magnified and presents a significant challenge to improving efficiencies and managing environmental responsibilities. Todays business world requires better business information of the manufacturing environment, propagated to all relevant people within the organization to enable and empower better decision-making to improve business performance. Invensys Process Systems (IPS) Real-Time Energy Measurement and Real-Time Energy Empowerment are an effective solution to this problem.
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Learn how real-time energy management can reduce energy costs and consumption.04/28/2009
How Wireless Remote Monitoring Enables Low-Cost Data Logging and Control
Economically meeting requirements for monitoring of mobile assets and remote processes always presents project engineers a considerable challenge. While the initial requirements are reasonable, complexityinvariably emerges when the needs of all interested parties are assessed.
This is particularly the case when the asset or process consists of a small number of monitoring points. The requirements can be regulatory or economically-driven. For example, monitoring of combined sewage overflow (CSO) by water utilities meets a regulatory requirement. Compliance with mandates from agencies such as the EPA calls for monitoring of remote locations in which only a single measurement, flow or level, is taken per site.
Monitoring of vendor-managed inventory, such as a chemical level in a tank, is an economically-driven example. Again, only a single measurement, tank level or pressure, is required. Economic goals include customer satisfaction and operation of the delivery/service fleet in the most efficient manner.
Leased generators and pumps exemplify mobile assets in which, at minimum, one or two measurements are recorded. In those cases, however, requirements could grow to dozens of measurements. Customer satisfaction and optimal management and maintenance of the asset inventory are the goals.04/06/2009
In the last few years, the cost of energy has increased many fold, this has made the measurement and management of energy a key area of activity in the industry. As the demand of energy increases world wide, the pressure on resources increases and this leads to the increase in costs. It is a simple issue of demand and supply. Even the environment is under threat due to increased release of greenhouse gasses. In the modern competitive world, tangible costs must be reduced and efficiency optimized to be competitive. Even at the recently G8, targets were set at reducing the emissions released through burning of fuels. It is amazing how we can achieve both goals of lower costs through better efficiency and lower emissions through better energy management.
This paper comments on possible ways to manage energy in a processing plant. More specifically we will concentrate on better energy measurement and increasing efficiency through benchmarking and information management. The author will also offer practical ways to reduce operational costs with small capital expenditure and thus a fast ROI.03/30/2009
Todays businesses are struggling to find new channels for growth, improve operational efficiency, reduce the cost of energy, and provide a structure for timely decision-making. This paper proposes a framework from which management can develop an energy management strategy.03/24/2009
State Based Control is a plant automation control design based on the principle that all process facilities operate in recognized, definable Process States that represent a variety of normal and abnormal conditions of the process. State Based Control, implemented with the latest developments in object-based technologies, delivers direct benefits to its adopters in a variety of Operational Excellence categories. It results in productivity increases, higher asset utilization of both people and process, automated responses and recovery for abnormal conditions and provides an environment for knowledge capture directly into the control design.03/23/2009
KPIs are an excellent performance measurement tool that businesses in many different sectors employ to improve performance. The key to KPIs is finding a way to quickly gather and simply distribute the key business information without becoming beholden to large, complex databases and applications. The problem is that somewhere along the line the burden imparted by gathering and compiling month-end KPIs has become greater than the value these sometimes outdated numbers represent. How much effort, custom coding, and cost must go into compiling and communicating these measures?03/12/2009