White Papers

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  • The Future of Automation is Now!

    This paper looks at variables and measurements that illuminate the financial impact of process decisions.

    Invensys
    07/26/2013
  • Improve Operationw with Five Key Areas to Remote Management

    Manufacturing firms have used remote management of automation tasks for a number of years and for a variety of reasons. But due to recent changes in technology and strategy, remote management has recently jumped to the forefront.

    ISA
    07/22/2013
  • Types of Pressure: When and Why Are They Used

    Without measurement there is no control. As with any type of measurement, results need to be expressed in a defined and clear way to allow everyone to interpret and apply those results correctly. Accurate measurements and good measurement practices are essential in industrial automation and process environments, as they have a direct effect on the success of the desired outcome. Pressure, the measure of a force on a specified area, is a straightforward concept, however, depending on the application, there are many different ways of interpreting the force measurement. This white paper will identify the various units of pressure measurement, while discussing when and why certain pressure measurements are used in specific applications.

    Turck
    07/10/2013
  • ExperTune's Best Practices for Controller Tuning

    Controller tuning can be accomplished quickly and accurately using proven techniques. While many engineers and technicians resort to "tune by feel," most will admit that this approach yields inconsistent results. These best practices help to ensure that controller tuning changes from "part art, part science," to a very consistent scientific approach.

    ExperTune
    07/09/2013
  • Emerson Introduces New Temperature Guide

    Find answers to 30 common temperature measurement questions

    The Engineer's Guide to Industrial Temperature Measurement is now available at no cost from Emerson Process Management at www.rosemount.com/tempguide.

    This Temperature Guide is packed full of valuable and executable information, including: Frequently asked questions, temperature measurement basics, engineering & design, maintenance & calibration, conversion tables and more.

    It also offers valuable insights with over 100 Proven Results/Case Histories based upon customers' actual experiences in a variety of industries and applications.

    Visitors can order the printed book, view an interactive version 24/7 or downloaded a PDF. Don't delay; order your complimentary copy of the Temperature Guide today!

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    Emerson
    07/08/2013
  • HMI and Industrial PC Solutions

    This e-catalog offers multiple solutions that help with the creation of HMI applications and the ability to monitor and control operator interfaces remotely on an enterprise-wide data collecting and sharing solution.

    Pro-face
    07/08/2013
  • Five Ways to Extract Value from Your Data Historian

    The data historian has long been seen as a venerable workhorse for engineers and technicians in the process industries, but changing economic conditions are forcing managers and executives to realize not only its importance but that it is a critical component to any process industry operation.

    Aspentech
    07/03/2013
  • Migration is Key to Support & Transform Legacy Industrial Infrastructure (Local & Distributed) to IP-Based Networks

    Many industrial networks are based on the EIA-485 or RS-485 communication standard. As industrial systems and products rapidly move to IP-based Ethernet networks, RS-485 network operators face complex and expensive obstacles in the transition from RS-485 serial communication to Ethernet communication infrastructure. In this white paper, PCN introduces IP-485, an open standard approach to modernization of RS-485-based industrial automation and distributed control infrastructure, allowing instant connectivity to the Cloud, without impacting security and reliability. With IP-485, users can keep their RS-485 network and get Ethernet networks on the same cabling already installed!

    PCN
    06/25/2013
  • Leveraging KEPServerEX and Kepware's New Security Policies Plug-In to Meet Your Security Requirements

    The ability to securely move information between software applications and hardware appliances is critical to any automated process. To make this possible, an interoperable communications platform must be layered into the control system. This "defense-in-depth" approach ensures that critical information will not be deciphered by non-authorized applications for malicious use. This approach also limits the scope of activities that each authorized user is allowed to do and/or access in the system in order to minimize unintentional mistakes that may cause downtime or impact safety. With KEPServerEX V5.12 and the new Security Policies Plug-In, Kepware now provides a complete solution to this market need. Read the full Application Note from Kepware's President and CEO, Tony Paine, to learn more.

    Kepware
    06/25/2013
  • Essentials of Flow Measurement

    The basis of good flowmeter selection is a clear understanding of the requirements of the particular application. Therefore, time should be invested in fully evaluating the nature of the process fluid and of the overall installation. The development of specifications that state the application requirements should be a systematic, step-by-step process.

    In this Essentials guide, the editors of Control walk through the alternatives, explain how to narrow your choices and uncover the latest application trends.

    Control Global
    06/17/2013
  • New FDT2 Specification Provides Enhanced Security and Improved Performance

    FDT Technology is an international standard developed to standardize the communication and configuration interface between smart field devices and their host systems. The enhancements and development from FDT to FDT2 were driven by changing technology and user requirements. The challenges were to maintain all existing features and benefits, add new capabilities based on real-world applications and enhance areas of identified improvements, all this done against a backdrop of maintaining backward compatibility. The following overview of the enhancements included in FDT2 identifies how the specification has addressed the needs of users and suppliers.

    FDT
    06/17/2013
  • Finding, Measuring and Closing Safety Integrity Gaps

    Plant safety is at or very near the top of almost every manufacturer's operating priority list, often with a stated goal of zero incidents or accidents.

    Steve J. Elliott, Product Director, Invensys Triconex
    06/13/2013
  • Migration Is Key to Support and Transform Legacy

    The installed base of industrial networks has been engineered to operate reliably in the specific applications and environments for which they were designed, closed and are operated, using a myriad of physical layer communications and language protocols. Product obsolescence, limitations in scalability of the infrastructure and potential loss of highly skilled support all have become high-Pareto challenges to managers. In this white paper, we introduce a new approach to the modernization of industrial automation and distributed control networks, and describe how they can be deployed to easily, rapidly, securely, reliably and cost-effectively transform existing legacy industrial network infrastructures into those that can support IP-enabled devices that are connected to the Cloud.

    PCN
    05/28/2013
  • Successfully Executing a System Integration Project

    For process manufacturers today, having a reliable, seamlessly integrated set of IT systems across the plant, or across multiple sites, is critical to business efficiency, profitability and growth. Beamex has introduced the Business Bridge mdash; a standardized, but configurable software solution for connecting Beamex CMX calibration management system to an enterprise resource planning (ERP) or computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).

    Beamex
    05/25/2013
  • System 800xA: Fully Automated ESD System for Major Gas Plant Increases Safety

    DONG Energy trusts ABB's System 800xA High Integrity to protect critical gas treatment facilities such as its Nybro gas treatment plant on the west coast of Jutland, Denmark. DONG Energy uses ABB's System 800xA to handle 16 to 25 million cubic meters of natural gas at this plant on a daily basis. Safety is a priority and setting up a fully automated ESD system increases DONG Energy's plant safety levels. Read the full report and learn how DONG Energy integrates ABB's System 8000xA to process natural gas safely.

    ABB
    05/21/2013
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