Process industries are inherently hazardous, and maintaining safety in processes and operations has become increasingly complex and costly. With both safety and financial concerns being a high priority, those in the process industry sometimes struggle to reconcile them.
In this special report celebrating Control magazine's 25 years covering the process automation industry, the editors look back at the strides made in our ongoing quest to integrate plant-floor operations with enterprise systems.
The benefits of remote access for manufacturing operations are widely known and accepted. This article details how modern SCADA systems are providing this access in a variety of ways to all manner of fixed and portable computing platforms and other devices.
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Applications that require high availability, advanced data handling and superior communication capability are a good fit for PAC redundancy. This white paper looks at the benefits of redundancy, options, and implementation details.
This article discusses calibration in hazardous areas and what everyone needs to be aware of before entering into a hazardous area with calibration equipment. Other topics covered are the background of flammable and combustible liquids, definition of a hazardous area, the types of relevant industries, the different levels of zones, regulations, equipment classification and various other related practical issues.
This whitepaper provides five reasons why you should consider mobility in industrial settings. It discusses how plants can provide employees with cost-effective, secure, on-demand remote access to critical information resources and suggests ways in which you can begin to build out your mobile technology base for use within manufacturing.
When a storage facility's tank level rises above safe limits, a logic solver that is part of a Safety Instrumented System (SIS) initiates final elements to restore the process to a safe state. This can include shutting off input feeds to the tank by isolating the pump and closing the input valve. This white paper explores the possibilities available to SIS designers of tank overfill protection systems when using a logic solver. It includes examples of system topographies and their associated Safety Integrity Level (SIL) calculations.
Ethernet just celebrated its 30th birthday. In 1983, IEEE published the 802.3 standard as a draft and, ever since, Ethernet has come to dominate the commercial and consumer world. Every home PC comes with an Ethernet port, and virtually all communications are done via Ethernet—except in the industrial world.
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In this white paper, we analyze what factors contribute to TCO (total cost of ownership) of a drive, how to calculate the NPV (net present value), explain the inverse relationship between reliability and TCO and how longevity of product and customer service and support affect TCO.
Lambda tuning gives non-oscillatory response with the response time (Lambda) required by the plant. Seven industrial examples show the relevance and simplicity of this method. Will Lambda tuning work in your process control loop?