White Papers

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  • Maintaining Installations In Hazardous Areas

    Flameproof enclosure (Ex d) and intrinsic safety (Ex i) are very common equipment protection methods in Process Automation. One reason to use Ex d is the amount of energy which could not be provided via Ex i. This disadvantage has gone with the introduction of intrinsically safe, dynamic methods of arc prevention such as DART or Power-i. This white paper shows that when using intrinsic safety, installation, maintenance and inspection costs will be reduced.

    This paper addresses decision makers and professionals responsible for automation systems in hazardous areas. A good understanding of the principles of explosion protection is required.

    Thomas Klatt, Pepperl+Fuchs
  • Operator Effectiveness: The Next Frontier of Process Automation

    Clearly the need - and potential payoff - for more effective operators is enormous and intuitively understood. But rather than reversing course and simplifying operators' tasks, industry is only increasing the pressure. Learn how to transform your people into strategic assets.

  • How to Make 20th-Century Control Systems Work for a 21st-Century Manufacturing Enterprise

    Pundits have been predicting the death of manufacturing in North America and western Europe for decades. It hasn't happened yet, and it probably won't happen at all. The markets and the manufacturing capacity are so large it seems certain that manufacturing in North America and western Europe will continue.

    While it may be true that manufacturing in the First World is becoming more competitive, this isn't a passive phenomenon. Companies that offer innovative product development, manufacturing operations and business practices are more able to respond to changes in business conditions on a global basis than companies that believe they are world-class and thus don't have to change.

    To stay competitive in the global market, all your systems must be integrated to produce the least possible friction as materials become products and move to distribution. Friction occurs when systems don't talk to one another easily or simply don't interface well at all - and it costs money. It's time to take a fresh look at your manufacturing operations, from supply chain to distribution channels, and make sure they are all integrated, both horizontally with each other as well as vertically to the business systems of the enterprise. And during that fresh look, you need to look at your existing manufacturing assets.

    In the First World, it is simply not possible to knock down existing plants and build new ones from a green field. When you develop your strategic agility plan, a big part of it is going to be making all your existing assets work together in an integrated fashion.

    Are you going to be "quick" or "dead"? Download this white paper to learn how you can take your manufacturing processes to the next level

    Maverick Technologies
  • How to Choose the Right Bus for Your Measurement System

    When you have hundreds of different data acquisition (DAQ) devices to choose from on a wide variety of buses, it can be difficult to select the right bus for your application needs. Each bus has different advantages and is optimized for throughput, latency, portability or distance from a host. This white paper examines the most common PC bus options and outlines the technical considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right bus for your measurement application.

    National Instruments
  • The 10 Essential Elements of a Successful DCS Migration

    Need to upgrade your DCS soon? You're not alone. A recent study shows that 68% of control engineers plan to upgrade within the next six months. And it's safe to say that most of them experience fear, uncertainty and doubt about how to move forward. That's why we've developed this list of what it takes to guarantee success for your DCS migration.

    Maverick Technologies
  • A Reality Check on European Manufacturers and Their Sustainability Efforts

    IDC interviewed 100 manufacturers in the U.K., France and Italy to get more insights into their sustainability approaches. What was asked ranged from how sustainability was linked to business performance and how operational risk management and energy management can be improved to how product safety and compliance costs could be reduced. Download this white paper to find out more about how European manufacturers are tackling their sustainability efforts.

  • Downloadable Gas Analysis Kit

    This gas analysis kit allows accurate measurement of highly reactive components such as NH3, HF, HCI or water, as well as O2, CO and CO2, directly in extremely dusty or corrosive samples, where an extractive sampling system would quickly fail or require constant maintenance.

  • Fault Lines In APC and ReMaking of APC

    This white paper offers a critique of the state of advanced process control using model-predictive control, reviewing the developments over the last 25 years since the debut of dynamic matrix control in early 1980 and also the state of technology, both old and new, available now.

    Unified Control Technology
  • Directional Protection and Directional Zone Selectivity and Safety

    This white paper describes the potential and the use of directional protection and directional zone selectivity functions. Take an in-depth look at everything you need to know, from basic definitions and applications to a thorough practical guide.

  • e-book: How to Improve Safety at Your Plant

    In chaotic situations robust communication is the only thing that can improve safety and reduce injuries and fatalities. Enter wireless technology. Wireless can reliably help you deliver the safe, efficient working environment you need for your employees and the community — while helping you get the most from your budget. This e-Book, sponsored by Apprion, discusses how wireless safety applications mean less risk, more rewards, at lower costs.

  • Volumetric & Totalizer Devices

    ABB's Flow Measurement Handbook has helped generations of instrumentation practitioners navigate the application ins and outs of industrial flow measurement devices. Its latest edition entitled "Industrial Flow Measurement -- Basics and Practice," is available here in manageable chapters, downloadable as PDFs; this week we feature "Operating principles and application of flow instrumentation based on positive displacement, turbine, vortex and swirl phenomena."

  • Plant Gains Power With Asset Management

    Gainsville Regional Utility Leverages Limited Maintenance Resources By Adding an Asset Management System as Part of a Repowering Project.

    To meet growing power demans in the area, the John R. Kelly Generating Station in Gainsville, Fla., repowered an existing 48 MW steam unit by constructing a combined cycle facility. It uses a General Electric gas turbine and an ATS heat recovery steam generator to drive the existing steam turbine.

    Asset Management

    Terry Gordon and Donny Thompson
  • How Mitsubishi Electric's Visualization Solutions Increase Productivity and Profitability

    The worldwide Human Machine Interface platform (HMI) market continues to evolve to meet the needs of manufacturers, processors, and OEM users, especially during periods of economic turbulence. This white paper will serve to educate you on the market drivers on through the solution phase. Rest assured this white paper will teach you how to use an HMI to increase productivity and profitability.

    Mitsubishi Electric Automation, ARC Advisory Group
  • Upgrading Your DCS: Why You Might Need to Do It Sooner Than You Think

    As the next generation of distributed control systems (DCS) becomes firmly established in the marketplace, each manufacturer must face the issue of upgrading. DCS vendors already have plans to phase out support of many current platforms, so it's critical that you develop your own plan for moving forward. The most proactive plants already have a plan in place, while others might continue scavenging for spare parts to keep their existing controllers alive for as long as possible. Of course, every control system has a limited lifespan and must be upgraded eventually. The big question is when. Download this white paper to learn when you should upgrade your DCS.

    Maverick Technologies
  • Process Solutions White Paper and Literature Downloads

    Learn about scalable technologies that can provide high availability and a significant return on investment. Download content on these topics:
    • Achieving High Availability in Process Applications — Process industries don't have to accept one-size-fits-all solutions that do – and cost – more than necessary.
    • Clean in Place Made Simple — This paper discusses an approach that makes CIP automation a straightforward task and provides ample modularity and flexibility through the use and application of ANSI/ISA-88 (S-88) concepts.
    • Process eTalk — This quarterly eNewsletter will help you stay up to date on the latest trends and topics within the process industries.

    Rockwell Automation
  • Seven Best Practices for Automation System Cybersecurity and Compliance

    With cyber attacks against industrial and infrastructure automation systems becoming common, new tools and practices are essential to maintain security and compliance. This field report reviews the seven major cybersecurity issues that appear most frequently and explores the best practices required.

    Industrial Defender
  • Is Your Current Safety System Compliant With Today's Safety Standards?

    It is estimated that about 66% of the programmable electronic systems (PES) running in the process industry were installed before the publication of today's commonly used safety standards (IEC 61508 and IEC 61511/ISA 84). This paper covers changes brought about by adoption of these standards and what it means to the installed base.

  • Don't Tune These Four Loops

    Some control loops cannot be improved by tuning. In fact, you might even make matters worse by tuning them. This white paper discusses four types of PID control loops that you absolutely should NOT tune. Download the white paper to discover how you can save time and get better results by NOT tuning.

  • Three Effective Visual Management Solutions

    Strategic philosophies or practices such as Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management and Continuous Improvement are used by many organizations to help improve processes, drive productivity and maintain a competitive edge in today's ever-increasing global economy. Despite varying concepts, each practice uses key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess, analyze and track business manufacturing processes. Even if an organization does not employ formal continuous improvement initiatives, efficiency gains can still be realized by borrowing lessons learned through the visual management techniques of those processes. This white paper discusses three common visual management solutions for displaying KPIs and andon messages in order to drive productivity and improve profitability.

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