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Endress+Hauser's commitment to community generates many benefits

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One of the best examples of Greenwood and Endress+Hauser's neighborliness is the company's four-year-old Community Career+Education Forum (CCEF) for Students. This year's edition was held Sept. 20 on the Endress+Hauser campus and drew 750-800 local students, parents and families, who were hosted ...

Factoring life cycle variables helps make intelligent motor-drive purchases

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The largest potential for electric motor energy savings lies in system- and process-level optimization. Many different measures can be taken to improve the performance of processes and systems, but AC drives have the most important role to play. System-level optimization is possible thanks to ...

HART PSK achieves practicality

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With the rise of computerized asset management, cloud connectivity and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), many more applications have come looking for HART data, and SES, an early pioneer of software-based HART modems, offers its HART 7.0 stack, which can run on the same microcontroller, ...

High-pressure mass spectometers offer robust, real-time, in-situ analysis.

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Industrial process control is facing one of its greatest challenges, and current solutions for molecular gas analysis applications have significant shortcomings. Atonarp recently introduced a molecular sensor (quadrupole mass spec) solution that delivers on basic production requirements.

HMIs on tablets, smart phones need to comply with intrinsic safety standards

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Protection on the job is essential, especially for the human-machine interfaces (HMI) on tablet PCs and smart phones that are flooding onto plant floors and field applications. Despite their numbers, they must also comply with the same intrinsic safety (IS) and other standards as earlier ...

How process control can get the most out of IIoT

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It's always good to have more people and devices linked up and talking, whether it's over party lines, instant messaging, or the always-on Ethernet, wireless, cloud and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Simpler networking and the Internet in all its forms and formats are penetrating into ...

How to handle the deluge of data

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Possessing multiple avenues between plant-floor and enterprise-level systems is only useful if you can take an available shortcut by knowing what data you need and what to do with it. Until recently, the challenge was establishing a connection between sensors, I/O, PLCs and DCSs at the operations...

How to implement and achieve ROI from process safety - Part 2

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Here's how engineers and operators are using standards and software to achieve process safety for themselves—with a boost from insurers. Digitalization and other tech innovations race ahead with useful solutions for avoiding accidents and injuries

iBio builds facility with maximum automation

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iBio's new facility boasts meticulous design considerations, ranging from concepts as simple as locating parking lights across the street to avoid insect infestation to the sophistication of an automated, multilevel growing environment that uses proprietary LED lighting.

Making mobile process automation control devices safe

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Because process facilities and applications typically include difficult and dangerous environments, going mobile means bringing along added protections for people and devices alike. Though there are many useful tools for aiding mobility, they must be adapted to the specific needs of each user and...

Mobile process automation monitoring and control evolves

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Mobile process control lets users get closer to their pipelines, tanks and equipment, but it also frees them to understand and optimize their applications in new ways, which they couldn't see until they got out of their traditional control rooms and began to look around. Surprisingly, gaining ...

New NovaTech controller helps control systems modernize, provides ...

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NovaTech launched its D/3 distributed control software, Version 16, which adds new features and is delivered with the new Process Control Module 5 process controller. This software/controller combination gives NovaTech's users the capabilities they'll need in an increasingly digitalized future, ...

Reimagine the advanced process control paradigm

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In the wake of robust advanced process control (APC) activity for several decades, industry now finds itself with an APC paradigm that is largely obsolete, often unhelpful and sometimes misleading. The time is opportune to rethink APC to shape an updated, more accurate, realistic and useful ...

Repsol upgrades SIS, gains reliability and productivity

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Operations at Repsol's two exploration and production (E&P) plants in eastern Ecuador began in 1994 and 1997, respectively. However, after running productively for almost 20 years, the company needed to update their safety instrumented systems (SIS) to bring them into compliance with its new ...

Saudi Aramco handles increasing digitalization in the processing

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Abdullah Alkhalifah, senior engineering consultant in Saudi Aramco's Engineering Services, Process and Control Systems Department, reports that the company has sought to alleviate increasing obsolescence in its automation systems and networks since 2010. In fact, Saudi Aramco started building an ...

SCADA upgrade provides quick compliance for wastewater treatment facility

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System integrator Sensible Automation Solutions quickly upgrades a wastewater treatment system to meet a local municipality's demand for confirmation that the wastewater released by an agricultural component manufacturer was within county standards. SCADA technology from AutomationDirect ...

Successful cybersecurity depends on up-to-date intelligence

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Continually updated intelligence makes it easier to discern, aim for and hit industrial control system cybersecurity goals, and gain the best odds for protecting applications and facilities. It all starts with asking a few good questions.

The argument for proactive process safety - Part 1

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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 ...

Water-in-oil analysis uses controlled vortices

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A new SMAS, SmartMix brings rapid return on investment in process crude stream quality measurement, gives accurate and efficient performance over very large process flow turndowns, causes no system pressure drop, and provides accurate, single-pass sampling through its compact fast-loop design. It...

Wireless expands availability through innovation, simplification and acceptance

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Wireless may not get all the recent attention lavished on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), virtualization, cloud computing and other forms of digitalization, but none of these Johnny-come-lately phenomena would be as powerful without wireless technologies supporting them 24/7/365 from ...

Common methods, best practices for IIoT solidify

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As soon as software, microprocessors and wired/wireless Ethernet touched the plant floor, it was inevitable the Internet would support and take over from fieldbuses and their protocols—just as they previously supported and took over from hardwiring. The only question now is how make it simple, ...

Computing power at the device level is transforming process applications

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For awhile, it appeared that all production information was on its way to the cloud, but those services and their developers and users have since realized there was far too much data for them to handle, while many networks still face hurdles. Fortunately, edge computing is enabling routine data ...

Data analytics isn't as difficult as it used to be

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Times have changed, and many of today's data analytics tools and software are simpler and easier to use on a regular basis, and generate more useful information and decisions. Curiously, the main hurdle appears to be convincing potential users that data analytics isn't as difficult as it used to be.

Emerson Introduces Digital Level Controllers for Hassle-free Calibration and ...

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Emerson has introduced the Fisher™ FIELDVUE™ DLC3100 and DLC3100 SIS digital level controllers (DLCs) for hassle-free calibration and safety integrity level 2 (SIL2) capabilities.

Emerson’s WirelessHART Radar Level Device Meets API 18.2 Standard

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Emerson’s new high-performance version of its Rosemount™ 3308 Guided Wave Radar (GWR) Wireless Level Transmitter is the first standalone WirelessHART radar level device to comply with the API 18.2 custody transfer standard.

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