ARC Advisory Group
16th Annual ARC World Industry Forum
February 6-9, 2012
Winning clearly demands flexibility, agility, and continuous innovation. New technology fuels today's dynamic environment by enabling continuous improvements in asset management, production efficiency, product quality, safety, sustainability, and supply chain efficiency.
Learn more at ARC's World Industry Forum, "Transforming Technology through New Processes and Technologies," February 6-9 in Orlando.
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Centralized or distributed process safety
By Dr. Angela Summers for InTech
Process plant safety systems can either be centralized, distributed, or a combination of both. Each approach has its advantages and challenges, with selection of the best option dependent on a variety of factors. This article will examine various safety system architectures and will show process plant users how to pick the best solution to fit their specific needs.
Case study: Integrator develops automated endurance test system for cargo bikes
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A global nonprofit organization that designs and distributes bicycles used for transportation in poor, rural regions approached DMC, a Chicago-based control system integrator, about creating an automated bicycle clutch testing platform.
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COOPER Crouse-Hinds supplies connectors for Oil Platform
CCH supplied 240 explosion-protected eXLink connectors to Weatherford Production Optimisation for use on two wellhead control panels for the West Chirag Oil Platform.
Aegis software controls Spectrum Assembly operations
Aegis iLaunch and iView Manufacturing Operation Software modules provide SAI with a distributed, paperless environment to replace paper-based manufacturing process instructions.
Laser sensor key to making keys
Aumat is using high precision laser displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon to measure the surface profile of key blanks prior to the production process.
Metso controls renewable diesel plant
Metso supplied two DNA automation systems with HART for the Neste Oil renewable diesel plant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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Automation Applications in Bio-Pharmaceuticals - $99.00
This book is a guide for engineers and designers new to the field of bio-pharmaceutical process control. For the experienced automation professional, this book outlines the unique design and application issues for the bio-pharmaceutical industry. For those already familiar with this industry, the book provides specific advice for automating these processes.
Calculator Provides ROI for Safety Automation
Rockwell's free Safety Return on Investment (ROI) Tool relies on a basic calculation: benefits divided by costs equals ROI.
OMEGA publishes automation catalog
Catalog contains 100 full color pages of products from Omega's automation line: PLCs, smart relays, enclosures, process measurement and control devices, motion control sensors, HMIs and more.
FCI publishes Flare Gas Flow Measurement Applications Brochure
Brochure explains how the precision metering of flare gases and feed lines optimizes the disposal of waste gases in oil/gas land-based and offshore production fields as well as refineries.
igus puts product details on EPLAN
igus provides device data and linking CAE and production configurations on EPLAN.
Harmonization of Pump Schemas with ISO 15926
Fiatech has published "Harmonization of Pump Schemas with the ISO 15926 Reference Data Library." The report provides an exploratory analysis of the work required to harmonize three technical activities.
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Software Toolbox TOP Server 5.7 Achieves OPC Certification
TOP Server Version 5.7 passed the OPC Server Certification tests administered by the OPC Foundation's Independent Certification Test Lab.
ABB releases PMC Large robot controller
PMC Large brings smaller footprint functionality and simplified internal cabling benefits to robot models from the IRB 2400 up to the IRB 7600.
AutomationDirect announces Stride managed Ethernet switches
Stride industrial-grade managed Ethernet switches have redundant power inputs with surge and spike protection and auto-crossover.
Posital adds DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP to rotary encoders
OPTOCODE absolute rotary encoders can be readily integrated into control systems based on Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley and Schneider PLCs.
igus cuts radius on Chainflex continuous-flex data cables
Chainflex CF11 and CF211 continuous-flex data cables now have a 25-32% smaller bending radius for demanding, flexing applications on all types of automated machinery.
ABB announces EDP300 series digital valve positioner
The pneumatic output control stage of the EDP300 provides up to 23 scfm air capacity for fast valve travel, eliminating the need for volume boosters.
Unitronics introduces V200-18-E46B Snap-In I/O
V200-18-E46B Snap-in module supports a total combination of 46 analog and digital inputs and outputs.
MYNAH Introduces FMC772 Ethernet Driver for Subsea Integration
This product provides an interface between Emerson's and FMC Technologies Subsea control systems used in Floating Production and Storage Operation (FPSO) Oil and Gas Production Facilities.
Yaskawa Releases Z1000 Drives
Z1000 Variable Speed Drive is designed for building automation applications such as fans, pumps, and cooling towers through 500 HP.
Dwyer introduces Series MVB Mini Brass Ball Valve
The Series MVB Mini Brass Ball Valve is an economical yet durable brass ball valve, with a working pressure of up to 450 psi (31 bar).
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Invensys Signs Technology Agreement with Shell
Invensys will provide SimSci-Esscor simulation solutions to improve Shell's global upstream, downstream and petrochemicals production.
ISA Announces Building Automation Systems Division
The Building Automation Systems Division is for building automation professionals who design, build, install, troubleshoot, operate and manage building automation systems.
Mustang acquires ISI Solutions
ISI Solutions is a Latin American provider of automation and control engineering and consulting services to the oil & gas, power and pipeline industries.
igus supports FIRST robotics competition
For the seventh consecutive year, the company has signed on as a diamond supplier for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).
Haydon Kerk and Pittman Motors Combine Products
Products include DC brush and brushless motors, linear actuators, precision lead screws, motorized and non-motorized linear rail and guide systems, drives, and controllers.
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Rockwell Automation to replace DCS at Warwick Chemicals
Rockwell will replace the DCS, installed in 1994, with a PlantPAx process automation system.
Honeywell to upgrade Los Angeles wastewater system
Honeywell will allow the city to link its four main treatment plants with geographically dispersed pumping stations to give operators the ability to control the entire system from a central location.
ABB to power Facebook's first datacenter outside the U.S.
ABB will build two high- and medium-voltage air- and gas-insulated switchgear substations that will supply power to a datacenter being built in Luleå, a coastal town in northern Sweden.
IFS to supply ERP to Meggitt
Meggitt will implement IFS Business Performance, Financials, Distribution, Manufacturing, Engineering/Product Design, Maintenance, Sales and Support, and Human Resources.
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ARC World Industry Forum - Transforming Industry through New Processes and Technologies
February 6, 2012 - February 9, 2012
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
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