White Papers

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  • Applied Alarm Management Using Six Sigma

    The Control article "Six Sigma Alarm Management" highlights an end user's experience applying Six Sigma practices to his alarm management effort. This white paper by TiPS, explores why Six Sigma is such a good companion for an alarm management program and outlines various ways Six Sigma can be incorporated into the alarm management workflow.

  • Preventing Dust Explosions

    Find out how you can prevent dust explosions for almost nothing.

    Joseph A. Kaulfersch Market Analyst, Pepperl+Fuchs Inc.
  • Performance Comparison of Flexible Detector Designs

    The purpose of this paper is to present test results of recent measurements on a scintillating fill fluid (i.e., liquid scintillator filled) detector and a scintillating fiber bundle detector designs, and explain the observed differences in efficiency. In our measurements we observe an improvement of factor of 2.4 in light output for a fill fluid detector compared to scintillating fiber bundle detector of the same diameter and length.

    Ronan Measurements
  • Alarm Management for Pipelines

    This paper looks at the pipeline industry in the broader context of process industry alarm management and how the best practices of the process industry apply to the pipeline industry.

  • Raising Automation to the Business Level

    Walt Boyes Answers the Following Questions: How Are Automation Professionals Going to Survive and Prosper in a Changing World, and how Will They Raise Automation to the Business Level?

    Walt Boyes
  • Measurement Automation Strategy Key to Bio-Ethanol Refinery Efficiency

    Ethanol production holds great promise for our country’s energy future and also provides an excellent opportunity to support our domestic agricultural economy and communities. Read this whitepaper and learn how measurement automation strategies are key to efficiency in bio-ethanol refinery.

  • Transient Surges and Surge Suppressor Technologies: Comparing Apples to Oranges

    The suppressor to protect a specific point upon an electrical distribution system must be selected accordingly to its physical location.

    The sole function of a quality surge suppressor is to protect sensitive electronic equipment from transient overvoltages that are present on AC power circuits. It is irrelevant whether these overvoltages are generated by lightning activity or are induced upon the AC power lines by utility grid switching, power factor correction actions, power cycling of inductive loads, or from other sources. A quality surge suppressor must limit transient overvoltages to values that do not surpass the AC sine wave peak by more than 30% as it initially absorbs intense amounts of transient energy. The suppressor must immediately respond to transients before they reach their uppermost voltage values. Suppressor performance should not deviate or degrade with use when called upon to divert extreme levels of transient current.

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  • Internet Access in a Process Control Environment

    Industrial automation is no longer limited by the walls of a production facility. More and more automation is being handled via remote communication, whether it's from the office or from the comfort of your own home. Today's PLCs give you the ability to access your control system to handle such tasks as monitoring via a website to determine the condition of a machine or check other statistics. With the latest PLC technology, almost anything that can be accomplished next to the machine can be accomplished wherever there is an Internet connection.

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  • Industrial Ethernet… more than just another fieldbus system

    This whitepaper talks about how today Ethernet-based fieldbus systems perform basic task and so much more.

    As Ethernet continues to gain momentum in the industrial automation market, it's changing the way control engineers utilize their fieldbus systems. In the past, fieldbus networks were considered one-dimensional - they performed one task and did it very well - transferring process data between networked devices in a fast and deterministic manner. Usually these devices were on a local segment, isolated from higher-level networks. Nowadays, Ethernet-based fieldbus systems perform this basic task and so much more. With industrial protocols like Modbus/TCP, EtherNet/IP, and PROFInet process data is sent over standard, off-the-shelf Ethernet hardware. No longer are users forced to buy proprietary fieldbus components from a handful of vendors.

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  • Increased plant safety puts focus on tank gauging

    The demand for safety technology in bulk liquid storage plants is increasing world wide. This market trend can clearly be seen in tank gauging projects where Safety Integrity Level (SIL) requirements are now being incorporated.

    Christian Skaug, TankRadar Rex, Emerson Process
  • Process Control Network Security

    Here, Invensys describes the reference architecture of best practices for a process control system network and its interfaces to a corporate network.

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