The argument for proactive process safety - Part 1

You can't wait for legislators and business owners to care enough to help.

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If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. This old aphorism was never more true than when applied to process safety—at least in the U.S. and other backward regions.Lip service about valuing employees' lives and health masks often insufficient safety mechanisms and scant training in many process applications, facilities and industries. Intractable corporate cultures still view safety as a drag on productivity. Toothless federal, state and local regulations provide little if any prescriptive requirements, grandfather in potentially dangerous processes and facilities, and enforce after the fact with slaps on the wrist. And, despite an unending series…

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I/O Systems

All you need to know about I/O can be found in the pages of this eBook. Selected by the editors of Control, this eBook includes technology trends, articles and tutorials. Download it here. 


New Quizzes! Test your control knowledge

Greg McMillan and Control Global test your process automation control knowledge in new ControlGlobal Quizzes. New quizzes are released every two weeks. The first two quizzes are now live, catch up now! Test your smarts.

Our latest issue: October 2018

The storm surge of digital transformation continues to transform how the Top 50 biggest worldwide and North American automation suppliers do business. Read the issue.


Live: An interactive conversation with safety experts

Join us Oct. 18 for this live, interactive panel of process safety experts exploring profitable safety, process safety and digital strategy, IIoT and process safety, and more. Register now.

Voices: Ask The Experts

Ask the Experts: Cascade reactor temperature control

How to set up and tune external heat exchanger controls for safety and stability.

By Béla Lipták

Q: I have two questions regarding a process transfer function determination. We have a semi-batch exothermic polymerization reaction, and the reactor is provided with a jacket and an external heat exchanger to control the temperature (Figure 1). The cascade master controller controls the reactor…

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