Beamex teams up with Mark Draghicescu Racing
Beamex has announced it will be providing the racing team with calibration equipment for the season's final race at Silverstone.
Beamex has announced it will be teaming up with young racing driver Mark Draghicescu and his Speedsport racing team for the final race of the season at Silverstone, providing calibration equipment to hopefully meet the demanding needs of automotive and auto sport technologies. As everyone gears up for the final race of the season, Mark's Speesport racing team and Beamex hope this partnership can lead to Mark reaching the highest level of the sport, and Beamex providing equipment to assure the performance gain is consistent.
Speedy delivery of calibration data
Overcoming oil & gas measurement challenges
Accuracy and Simplified Calibration in Foxboro S Series Pressure Transmitters
How to Calibrate Pressure Instruments
Spirax Sarco wins Queen's Award for innovation
South Carolina-based company honored for business success for the design and manufacture of a unique flowmeter.
Spirax Sarco, for the first time in the company's history, has won the Queen's Award for business success for the design and manufacture of a unique flowmeter in the UK.
The winning product was the Spirax Sarco TVA flowmeter, which the award recognized for providing reliable, accurate and cost-effective steam metering, combined with quick and easy installation.
Nick Anderson, Chief Executive, commenting on the award said, “We are extremely proud and honored to have received a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. This award recognizes the achievement of our R&D team and Spirax Sarco’s commitment to innovation, technical development and manufacturing excellence, and to providing our customers with…
Morgan and Lougborough University partner for next generation flow meters
Useful Flow Applications
Swirl Meters Measure More than Flow
Online help with process analyzers
Resources for learning about level sensors
References for you on the web. What you need to know is just a click away.
Beginners Guide To DP Level Transmitters
This is the top-rated item on ControlGlobal.com, with more hits than any other piece we’ve ever done. In it process control consultant Dave Spitzer walks you through the basics of differential pressure transmitters: how they work, their limitations, the basic formulas needed, when and when not to use the technique. Find the complete story here.ControlGlobal
8 Shades Of Level Sensing
This PDF walks readers through the eight most common methods of level sensing, briefly describing the advantages and disadvantages of each, their appropriate uses, economic considerations and some cautionary advice. It also includes a table outlining the appropriate type of sensor for measuring level of a variety of…
Robot pilots? Improving level detection reliability
Magnetrol announces "Just can't stop a Magnetrol" contest
Krohne Level Products Now Made in the USA
Here's How Wireless Measuring Tools Improve Tank Inventory Management Systems
Pressure transmitters meet new challenges
Pressure transmitters and their related components are rising to meet new challenges.
Dp without lines and tubes
Deltabar FMD71 level transmitter uses two pressure sensor modules—hydrostatic and head pressure—connected electronically to one transmitter. Using a Ceraphire ceramic sensor, the transmitter calculates differential pressure (DP) from both sensors, and transmits level, volume or mass via 4-20 mA with HART, eliminating DP measurement problems caused by impulse lines or capillaries. Endress+Hauser888-ENDRESS (363-7377)
Calibrator combines features
HPC40 Series handheld pressure calibrator is compact and offers deadweight tester accuracy, active temperature compensation and a non-menu interface. It delivers laboratory accuracy onsite and calibrates pressures from vacuum to 15,000 psi with an accuracy of…
Daisy Data Displays' X-Purge control gets redesigned
Blowdown percentages to consider for pressure relief valves and interface level in oil separators
Dow Chemical Uses HART to Support Plant-Wide Culture Change
How to choose a temperature measurement device
Knowing the various device options is the first step to optimizing temperature measurement.
Preventing product damage, ensuring sterilization, determining biological health, ensuring mixture blending, controlling chemical reactions (including food cooking), ensuring drying, curing and out-gassing all start with temperature measurement. It is the physical variable most often measured in industrial processes, making its optimization vital.
To provide a real world example, temperature measurement sensors play an extremely important role in heat-treatment of metals, like the structural steel used in buildings and metals used in aircrafts. In these cases, a manufacturer must be able to guarantee that the metal was heat-treated in a particular way to ensure the metal has the desired properties. Since it is not possible to simply…
What's wrong with my thermocouple? How do I know my RTD measurement is accurate?
Better temperature sensing and data gathering
HART Plant of the Year Facilities Keep Building on Success
Devices to Help Determine the Amount of Material in a Tank, Hopper or Vessel.
VIBRATION LIMIT SWITCHLVL-B Series vibration limit switches sense levels of bulk solids. They have no mechanical moving parts. The switches are FM- and CSA-certified as dust ignition proof (DIP) for Class II and Class III, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups E-G. They feature a 250 mm (10 in.) vibrating rod, and are available with 500 mm (20 in.), 1,000 mm (40 in.) and 1,500 mm (60 in.) extension pipes.Pepperl+Fuchs 330-486-
JUST ADD 4-20 MAJupiter magnetostrictive transmitter provides a 4-20 mA output, and is easily attached to the company's magnetic level indicators or directly inserted into vessels. The dual compartment enclosure separates wiring and electronics to facilitate installation and set-up. Features include an LCD and pushbutton…
Compressor Control Comes Out of the Black Box
Predicting Equipment Failures in the Process Plant
Vibration of Valves and Piping
Vibration Monitoring Prevents $250,000 Incident at Braskem
Quickly Test Load Cell Systems
BLH Nobel Introduced a System That Quickly and Easily Checks Weighing Systems for Wiring and Mechanical Faults
Load cell weighing systems solve some of the knottiest problems in batch and level control by directly measuring masses of solids and liquids as they're accumulated, dispensed or conveyed. But the load cells must be installed and wired properly, and the load structure must be engineered and constructed correctly to distribute the measured load as axial forces on the cells. What appear on the surface to be simple wiring and construction tasks have caused more than a few problems during commissioning and maintenance due to miswired or poorly made connections, distorted or binding structures, incorrectly installed load cells or rigid connections to adjacent equipment.
Such problems often are not found until a new installation is being…
The Care and Feeding of your Weigh Cells
Industrial Safety Disasters: Not Again-Again and Again
Making Accurate Batches
Just the Right Amount of Starch
pH Sensor Sensibility
Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner Speak with Electrochemical Measurements Expert Jim Gray About the pH Electrode and Its Full Potential as a Measuring Tool
Stan: A measurement is only as good as its calibration. The pH electrode has by far the greatest sensitivity and rangeability of any measurement in the process industry. The electrode can function well in a wide spectrum of process fluids and…
Inferential Analysis Can Save Process Analzyer Costs
Product Roundup: Process Analyzers
Yokogawa EPC Team Assists Contractors and Customers
Analyze These: Process Analyzer Sites for You
Online Resources: Loop Control Systems
This month, the editors of Control browse the web to get you the latest online resources on loop control. Here's how you can stay in the loop!
This System Is Closed
This is a basic tutorial on closed-loop control systems. It covers the basic definitions and descriptions of how closed-loop systems work, a discussion of closed-loop summing points and how to use them, transfer functions, multi-loop closed-loop systems and closed-loop motor control. The direct link is www.electronics-tutorials.ws/systems/closed-loop-system.html.Electronics Tutorials www.electronics-tutorials.ws
VeriCal in-situ calibration verification This is a basic discussion, with illustrations, of the principles of Proportional, Integral, Derivative (PID) and how it is used with controllers. It also covers tuning rules and starting settingf for common control loops. The direct link is at…
Modeling the Weather, Measuring Bulk Solids with Radar and Benchmarks for Loop Checking Productivity
Controller Action and Positioner Rules
DCS brings power to optimize unit operations
GE's Nexus control system is a fully configurable DCS that improves overall unit availability and provides simplified expansion capabilities for steam turbines and balance of plant equipment.
Across North America, thousands of turbine power plants, paper mills and other unit operations are still controlled by antiquated systems that prevent them from improving efficiency, avoiding downtime and meeting regulatory requirements.
"There's a large installed base of turbines that may be using mechanical controls and need the opportunity to do optimization," says John Emery, product line leader, Control Solutions, GE Measurement and Control. "Some are 50-year-old mechanical controls; some are Mark I or Mark II systems from the 1960s and 1970s; some are old analog systems where it's hard to find spare parts.
"In the United States, state and federal regulators are raising demands for emissions and efficiency. The old systems can't do…
Don't overlook the virtues of PID when optimizing processes
Is Modbus a cure for fieldbus woes?
Chemical plants streamline distributed controls
Béla Lipták defines 5 levels of process control
Advances in model predictive control
Advances in processors and memory make it possible to embed MPC in the DCS
When digital distributed control systems (DCS) were introduced in the late 1970s, control functionality was just a digital implementation of techniques that were common in an electronic, panel-based control system. So it caused quite a stir when…
Programmable control confidential
How did the PLC originate?
Build your architectures with the new SCADA
Industrial organizations need SCADA software that can expand with them without overwhelming their budget.
A growing number of industrial organizations are choosing to build their architectures with a SCADA platform that is modular, web-launched, and server-centric. Why? Because they can deploy this new SCADA platform effectively anywhere, whether they run it at one site, use it to connect many sites all over the map, or use it in the Cloud.
Explore some of the architectures that users and system integrators are building with Ignition at the next webinar in Inductive Automation's "Build Anything" series. As you'll see, Ignition helps industrial organizations of all sizes find the right balance between scalability and affordability.
In this webinar, you'll learn how to log and visualize data on the same server, how to manage SCADA…
3 ways SCADA system attacks are becoming more sophisticated
Schneider Electric announces new software for remote SCADA applications
5 ways to improve SCADA security for oil and gas companies
SCADA systems: Easier to deploy and operate than before
Real-Time Control for Optimization Goes Beyond Energy Saving
Control Engineering Branches Out to Manage Critical Business Variables Such as Profitability, Risk, Asset Management and Cybersecurity
Most process engineers I talk to look back on the 1970s and 1980s as the heyday of control engineering, and in many ways it was. More engineers were focused on the applications of real-time control theory then than now. And when you look at how far…
Questions about Multivariable Control, Flow, Valves or PLC Schematics?
How to Connect Real-Time Optimization to a Predictive Multivariable Controller
Software that Reduces Maintenance of Multivariable Predictive Controllers
Multivariable Testing: Getting the Measurements Right
Demo room awash in innovations at HUG 2015
Solutions for every stage of the process sensing, instrumentation, analysis, interface, networking and control experience light up exhibition space at Honeywell User Group America 2015.
Some user group meetings have so much good content that it starts to slosh over the sides of that metaphorical bucket. That's definitely the case at Honeywell User Group Americas 2015, where a brief Sunday afternoon preview of the demo room featured…
'Continuous evolution' to the Industrial IoT
HUG 2015 opens with clear vision for tough times
Industrial mobility: The new normal
What does it take to get connected?
Flying with a robot at the controls could be a tough sell; How many level gauges do you need for an accurate measurement?
Q: Pilots or robots in the cockpit?
You have written many times about the potentials of automation in improving air transportation safety and efficiency. Besides writing your columns, have you done anything about that? Is ISA, NASA or anybody else…
Motors and drives: Driving forces
Robotic Tending Boosts Machine Performance
Motors and Drives: Process Automation Driving Forces
Flexibility Fuels Strong Motors
Save energy in fluid systems
How to specify valves and pumps to maximize efficiency and control
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, misapplications of control valves in pumping systems offer a significant opportunity to save energy.(5) This article explains how the pump and control valve should be selected to save pumping energy and…
Conval updates engineering binder
Endress+Hauser Opens Process Training Units to Give Users a Real Feel for the Job
Webinar: Finding and Fixing Control Valves
Linear or Equal Percentage Valves: When Should I Use Which?
Reader feedback: How large does an actuator have to be to handle actual process conditions?
A reader asks our experts how he can prove that the actuator is large enough to handle actual process conditions. Our experts answer.
Re the February 2015 Control Talk column on the commissioning of control valves (How to Avoid Problems in Electrical and Instrument Installations): How does one go about proving that the actuator is sized large enough to handle actual process…
New Valve Actuators Address Both Ends of Torque Spectrum
All About Actuators, Positioners
Valves, Actuators, Positioners - the Good Stuff
Valves, Actuators and Positioners, Oh My!
The editors of Control search the world wide web to find the latest online resources on motors and drives.
GROWN-UP MOTOR DRIVES
Motors and drives have been moving up to variable-speed control for better accuracy, but now they're also increasing power density and efficiency, and even coordinating more closely with PLCs and intelligent systems, according to Control executive editor Jim Montague. Learn how process operations as diverse a cement suppliers, iron ore mines, refineries and natural gas producers are using the latest drive technology in increase efficiency, reduce power usage and improve reliability. Read "Motors and Drives Grow Up and Graduate."Controlwww.controlglobal.com
A THREE-STEP PROGRAM
This three-minute video from ABB explains the basics of motor and drive sizing. Learn the three steps around application requirements, sizing…
The Beautiful Engineering of the Keystone Pipeline
User Input Drives Rockwell Automation Process Roadmap
Smart Technology to Drive Smarter Process Plants
The end of an era: DuPont's last panel board
6 ways remote HMI/SCADA users can protect plant operations and save money
3 smart, new tools for designing smart machines
Modern HMI puts 'human' front and center
Rockwell showcases on-the-go HMI access with MobileView Tethered Operator Interface
Rockwell Automation introduces new operator interface for mobile HMI access.
Rockwell Automation introduces its new Allen Bradley MobileView tethered operator interface. The mobile terminal gives plant and industrial personnel the freedom to take a machine’s human-machine interface (HMI) with them to make real-time adjustments to out-of-view applications.The inclusion of a hardwired e-stop button and three-position enabling switch also supports applications that require local safety functionality.
“Between making an adjustment on the terminal and viewing the results on the machine, fixed operator terminals can require a lot of back and forth for personnel, for certain applications,” said Matt Hansen, senior product manager atRockwell Automation. “The MobileView tethered operator interface puts the…
ABB integrates Kepware communications platform across thousands of well sites
Wanted: Better designed systems for operators
Operators responding to abnormal situations need better designed systems. The challenge is not inundating the operator while being sure to wake them up.
Consultants focusing on operator effectiveness have been known to draw some inspiration from military aircraft designs, which incorporate a lot of graphical depictions of flight and combat variables on their cockpit "heads-up" displays. The present…
Connecting All Instruments to IIoT Seems Ideal, Smart and Practical, but Is It Really?
Siemens Brings Automation Education Event to Los Angeles
Do We Need a Separate System for Safety?
Reader Feedback: Why Is Alarm Management Such a Problem?
How Smart Can You Get? The Newest in Data Recorders
The GX and GP Products Are the First of a New SmartDAC+ Product Family
Yokogawa has released the GX and GP Series of digital data acquisition systems, products that go far beyond functionality of the original paperless recorder. Complementing Yokogawa's DXA Advanced R4 series, the GX and GP bring some features that are…
Data Acquisition Must-Haves
The Latest Data Acquisition Tools
Loggers Keep Feeding Data-Hungry Users
Web-based DAQs spread access, information
Situational awareness focuses on undoing decades of data overload that's potentially costing billions of dollars in lost profitability
Studies show that poorly performing alarm systems and poorly designed human machine interfaces (HMIs) are contributing factors to major accidents and poor operating performance. Speaking this week at the Schneider Electric 2015 Global Automation…
FLEX methodology to keep automation off critical project path
Big Data Is No Big Deal
Model-Predictive Control Without the Lab Coats
Expanding Your Process Automation Plant Requires Bigger Data Too
Closing the loop on process safety
Process safety metrics based on leading indicators can help head off incident and injury
Industry puts substantial effort into ensuring that plants are designed and built to run safely. By their very nature, however, the safety instrumented systems (SIS) that often carry a lion's share of the plant's risk reduction measures are seldom…
The Best Way to Automate a Hazardous Area
Optimation opts for dual protection in hazardous areas
Maintenance and engineering considerations in hazardous areas
State of Technology Report: I/O Systems
FieldComm Group to Debut at ACHEMA 2015 in Germany
The FieldComm Group is dedicated to advancing intelligent integration in process control and instrumentation, and its official introduction to the global process industry is planned for the 2015 ACHEMA Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, June 15-19.
The FieldComm Group was founded in January 2015 with the combining of two leading automation industry consortiums — the Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation. The new organization is dedicated to advancing intelligent integration in process control and instrumentation, and its official introduction to the global process industry is planned for the 2015 ACHEMA Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, June 15-19.
With 170,000 attendees from more than 100 countries and 3,800 exhibitors, ACHEMA is the most comprehensive event for process manufacturing. By creating a larger-than-life "Technology Wall" in Hall 11.0, Booth E43, the FieldComm Group will show attendees how it is "connecting the world of process automation’" through solutions…
FieldComm Group Delivers FDI Tools to the Automation Market
Moore Industries partners with PACTware to produce new DTM for THZ3/TDZ3
Can Improved Physical Layer Diagnostics Save Your Next Dinner Party?
Energy Research Center Expands, Networks, Automates
NI acquires wireless company BEEcube
Use one protocol for everything
ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute to host live demos at ACHEMA 2015
Fieldbus plays the field
Low-power networking circuits and protocols are the glue allowing process applications to communicate and optimize. Here are some of the components they run on and enable.
PFC200 features multiple fieldbus ports; high-speed, 600-MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor; 256 MB of onboard, 32 GB removable memory; and an integrated web server supporting Wago’s Web-Visu mobile application. PFC200 acts as a fieldbus gateway to communicate between Modbus TCP/UD/RTU, CAN, Profibus, Smart Grid and RS-232/RS-485, eliminating third-party converters.Wago800-DIN-RAIL (346-7245)
Power To Radar Level
Micropilot FMR5X free-space, radar-level transmitters have software with multi-echo tracking algorithms and echo interference suppression, which enables accuracy up to ±0.078 in. (2 mm) for level measurement of liquids and bulk solids. FMR5X can be loop powered by 4-20mA in a two-wire arrangement, a four-wire…
Reader feedback: Alarm management and the IIoT
This is the dawning of the 'Age of IIoT'
Evolving response beats mutating cyber threats
IIC releases Industrial Internet Reference Architecture
ExxonMobil takes on electrical integration
The end of system integration
OSA: Open Secure Automation
Mobile expands into more products, plus a vision of the future
Industry has gone mobile first
"Mobility is a philosophy about enabling users and improving productivity," said Kyle Reissner, Integrated Architecture mobility platform leader, Rockwell Automation. "Here at TechED, we're focusing on how mobility is being incorporated across all…
Portable Access First Step in Mobility Journey
The Mobile Worker -- There Are 100 Apps for That!
Mobility, Agility in the Hands of Tomorrow's Workers
Advantages and disadvantages of using ac line reactors and dc link reactors
The pros and cons of ac line and dc link reactors
Prior to selecting an ac line reactor or a dc link reactor for mitigating the impact of harmonics in variable frequency drive (VFD) applications, it is prudent to carefully review the advantages and shortcomings of both and select the one that is better for that particular application.
Our sister publication Control Design, published the article "When to use an ac or dc choke and why" to help visitors determine the pros and cons of ac line and dc link reactors.
Check the table below to see the pros an cons and read the full article to learn more.
Reader Feedback: NERC CIP Does Make the Grid Safer
How to Avoid Problems in Electrical and Instrument Installations
Reliance drives culture change with a digital revolution
The huge Indian textile, refining and soon-to-be telecom provider streamlines from 500 legacy systems at 120 plants to just 35 standardized applications—and transforms its workplace environment at the same time.
Everyone knows to keep it simple, but it's rare that any simplification project is as gigantic as Reliance Industries Ltd.'s recent effort to update and standardize many of the legacy process automation and other systems at six major sites…
Virtualization key enabler of Kao modernization
Freeport LNG Chooses Honeywell for Expansion
What users want from system integrators in the future
Peer groups give system integrators common wisdom
Manage plant paperwork for efficiency, knowledge transfer and profit
New tools are available to help mine the vast quantities of useful plant information that have accumulated over the years
It takes a lot of drawings and documents to run a process plant. Unfortunately, much of this information is stored in different and seemingly incompatible ways, such as on paper, in photographs, in proprietary CAD and other databases, and in legacy…
Oceania Dairy implements ERPortal for enterprise asset and materials management
Predictive Asset Management Webinar
Essential Asset Monitoring
Why should OEMs care about The Connected Enterprise?
High availability implementation already proving critical in midst of multi-year, multi-phase project.
Several years ago, Kao Specialties Americas' batch chemicals plant in High Point, N.C., had reached that inevitable point in any highly automated manufacturing facility's life. Its aging distributed control system (DCS) and associated production…
How FactoryTalk software provided the vision Scotts Company needed to grow
Visible Data Means Operations Excellence
DNV GL's Joint Industry Project (JIP) to Deliver Effective and Cost-Efficient BOP Maintenance
Definitions Evolve to Improve All of Process Control
Brazilian students win UniSim challenge
ExxonMobil automates procedures, reaps benefits
Technology transforming process automation
HIMA equips world's first fluoropolymer Up-Cycling plant with emergency shutdown system
HIMA safeguards plant’s depolymerization reactor with ESD system
In March, Dyneon GmbH opened and began operating the world’s first pilot plant to recycle end-of-life fluoropolymer materials in Burgkirchen, Germany. Dyneon selected a HIMatrix safety controller from safety specialist HIMA as the emergency shutdown (ESD) system in order to safeguard the plant's depolymerization reactor. The safety system transitions the plant to a safe status in the event of excess temperatures being reached to exclude the possibility of risks for people and the environment.
The compact, modular HIMatrix safety controller was developed especially for applications that require from just a few I/Os to several hundred I/Os. Its efficiency, compactness and simple assembly of the various control and remote I/O modules…
Machine safety: Your alternative to complete shutdown
ODVA expands conformance testing for CIP Safety in Germany
How to secure your industrial networks
Honeywell and Intel team up to secure critical infrastructure
First offerings include Application Whitelisting, Enterprise Security Manager and Next Generation Firewall.
The growing threat of cyber attacks against industrial targets is a major global concern, according to a global survey on cybersecurity conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs in September 2014 on behalf of Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS). Two-thirds of…
Belden and Securicon partner on cybersecurity
Cybersecurity expert Doug Wylie joins NexDefense executive team
Genpak plant roof collapses as staff evacuate building
Part of building expected to fall completely as firefighters scramble for a plan.
Panic struck Peterborough, Ontario, Canada last month when the Genpak plant's roof collapse and emergency services staff were forced to evacuate.
The gas feed to the building was shut off and firefighters evacuated everyone from the building, but shingles continued to fall and the roof continued to dip slowly. Firefighters were scrambling to develop a plan in case the roof collapsed completely.
Witnesses say new shingles were loaded on the roof yesterday, in preparation for repairs.The City's chief building official went into the plant shortly after 10 a.m. to take a look at the structure.
Located at 25 Aylmer St. North, Genpak has 61 employees. It specializes in process packaging for a wide range of products.
Physical safety, cybersecurity can't be separated
Airport Kabuki and Functional Security
Defending Your Plant
Electromagnetically transparent GRP enclosures see spike in demand
Equipment housings to contain wireless process monitoring equipment in outdoor environments are on the rise - here's why.
Intertec is seeing increased customer demand for equipment housings to contain wireless process monitoring equipment in outdoor environments. The company attributes this partly to increased use of industrial wireless sensor network (WSN) technology, but mainly to the growing industry awareness that the glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) composite material it uses for all of its protective enclosures is electromagnetically transparent.
Until recently, process industry take-up of WSN technology has been relatively slow, possibly because competing wireless standards have made systems designers wary of making the wrong choice. However, for mainstream industrial process applications, the field has now narrowed to just two standards –…
A New Fashion in Industrial Enclosures?
Industrial Computers, Part 2. Data Processing Escapes the Enclosure
Enclosure Options Grow
Adalet Offers Atex Control Panel Assembly Certification