End users have struggled with different forms of device integration technology over the years, but the FDI effort aims to rationalize the worlds' leading technologies for managing information from intelligent field devices.04/09/2013
Today's pressure sensors are called on to work within the harshest of environments - with the most hostile and corrosive media - or sometimes to take the simplest of pressure readings.04/08/2013
Piezoelectric multilayer actuators are the driving force behind the most challenging nanopositioning applications.04/08/2013
Process engineers are turning to virtualization to extend the lifecycle of their control systems. Virtualization provides hardware independence, which helps to improve system longevity, and increase system flexibility, scalability and uptime. This white paper will describe how to build and deploy a virtual process automation system using VMware virtualization software.04/05/2013
Everywhere we turn, wireless technology has a meaningful impact in our lives, and now Pepperl+Fuchs has taken full advantage of this technology by developing WirelessHART solutions for industrial applications. The WirelessHART solution is flexible and efficient -- especially in remote locations. It reduces cost and time by integrating field devices into wireless structures, and it prevents workers from going into potentially hazardous locations.03/27/2013
So you think you cut down your cost? The decision to purchase a calibration service is often based on price alone. This price-only approach to purchasing can be a Trojan horse, hiding unexpected costs and a multitude of problems. This overview presents information to help you evaluate your calibration service provider's calibration offerings and why the lowest cost calibration may not offer the best value.03/27/2013
The task of determining just how much material is in a tank, reactor or other container really doesn't seem like it ought to be such a difficult task. But when faced with the question, the instrumentation engineer has at his disposal a surprising range of sensor technology options. In this Essentials guide, the editors of Control walk through the alternatives, explain how to narrow your choices and uncover the latest application trends. Register to download this document.03/26/2013
New technology is being deployed into control rooms every day; technology that brings significant increases in productivity as well as the ability to troubleshoot and do root cause analysis. Download this white paper to learn more about how the application of 3-D technology at SCA's pulp and paper plant in Sweden enables operators and managers alike to visualize data in a way that is relevant to their job function.03/11/2013
The approach that both government and business has taken to ICS cybersecurity of critical infrastructure assets over the last 10 years is systemically flawed and doomed to failure03/04/2013
A new concept for an Electronic Flow Control Valve (EFCV) with pressure compensation capability is introduced. Based on its embedded sensors and micro controller, the EFCV can provide flow control without the need of load/displacement/speed information from the power elements, like hydraulic cylinders or hydraulic motors.02/26/2013
Amidst the continued heated discussion on the pros and cons of integrated safety systems market demand -- driven by the pursuit of reduced cost, operational excellence and engineering efficiencies -- continue to fuel the inevitable integration efforts. This white paper will discuss integrated safety system solutions.02/26/2013
The emergence of new technologies, new ergonomic standards and increased public awareness of workplace health issues have combined to inspire a dramatic shift in console design. Today's control workstations are smaller, more functional and more aesthetically appealing than earlier generations. Download this informational package to learn more.02/22/2013
The Use of Surge Protective Devices in Mitigating the Effects of Lightning Strikes in Offshore Oil Applications
Recognizing the prevalence of lightning strikes in the Gulf of Mexico region, several system specifications and practices written for lightning mitigation have been applied and implemented in offshore applications over the last decade.02/18/2013
This paper covers the importance of securing automation devices for access internally on an Intranet, or externally over the Internet. Choosing an Ethernet Fieldbus offers the competitive advantage of speed, flexibility and accessibility though steps should be taken to secure automation devices and any associated programming workstations and servers. This paper seeks to educate the Controls Engineer on security strategies, technologies and options available.02/13/2013
Globalization is forcing companies to constantly become more efficient. To drive efficiencies, many companies are implementing Lean Manufacturing to stay competitive in this ever shrinking world.02/04/2013
Making the decision to migrate your legacy DCS is a significant one. But increased productivity, greater efficiencies, lower maintenance costs and less downtime can't be ignored. Our tools can help. Learn more about DCS migration special edition IPDF, whitepapers, videos and more.02/01/2013
No doubt everyone who has a DCS has encountered alarm management issues and User Interface overload. Why is that you may ask?01/28/2013
This Control Essentials Guide is the first in a continuing series of interactive PDFs by the editors of Control. Essentials of Safety Instrumented Systems is designed to provide process industry professionals with an up-to-date, top-level understanding of the most important SIS issues. From fundamental concepts and terminology to the ongoing debate over integrated vs. stand-alone safety systems, get up to speed quickly on the key technology and marketplace drivers.01/28/2013
In this whitepaper learn how to build scalability into all systems and processes to ensure long-term success.01/21/2013
Understanding the accuracy of a given flowmeter is an important field but it can also be misleading as different specifications are used to explain how accurate a flowmeter measurement actually measures. This paper discusses the different specifications and interprets the impact of them.
Why deal with accuracy?
The reasons for dealing with flowmeter accuracy specifications are many-folded. One important reason is from an economical point of view. The more accurate a flowmeter can measure, the more money you will save as the medium is measured with only very little inaccurately.
Another reason is in terms of dosing, where a given amount of a medium is added. This must be done with a high level of precision and the accuracy is thus important in order to dose correctly. This is critical in certain industries such as in pharma or chemical.
A third reason is in terms of billing purposes. By performing with good accuracy, you know exactly how much fluid flows into the process. Thereby, you are able to determine the right price of the product and thereby bill the customers correctly.
Therefore, knowing how much that flows through your system is paramount in order to make a profitable and solid business. You need to rely on a precise measurement with good accuracy. However, good accuracy must be obtained not only in one measurement, but in all measurements independent of the time.01/21/2013