Case Studies & Application Stories 

Rotork valve actuators control coal mine degassing
July 27, 2015

Rotork valve actuators control coal mine degassing

Salcan Process Technology uses the Rotork actuated control valve to control the flow of gas while maintaining back pressure in the coal seam.

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Moxa networks Bonfiglioli solar systems
July 23, 2015

Moxa networks Bonfiglioli solar systems

Bonfiglioli is deploying Moxa Modbus gateways, network switches, Ethernet I/O, and serial-to-Ethernet controllers in its turnkey solar solutions.

Vision system controls and sorts metal and plastic parts
July 22, 2015

Vision system controls and sorts metal and plastic parts

Twelve Manta G-223B cameras from Allied Vision are being used by GEFRA to inspect screw joints for the brake lines of vehicles.

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Case Studies
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Factory Automation, Vision
Ammonia plant simulation shortens ramp up, improves training
July 18, 2015

Ammonia plant simulation shortens ramp up, improves training

Control
By Dylan Charles and Todd Jaco
Austin Powder's U.S. Nitrogen uses Mynah's Mimic simulation software to speed up implementation and training, and improve process optimization.

Clever application story
July 18, 2015

Clever application story

Process and Control Today
In Altavilla Vicentina, Italy, a Clever Sleever Machine places and shrink-wraps bottles at a rate of 18,000 pieces per hour. That’s five pieces per second. A CompactLogix communicates to the Point I/O through ProSoft Technology’s radios.

Industrial WLAN enables mobile monitoring
July 18, 2015

Industrial WLAN enables mobile monitoring

Control Engineering Europe
CP Kelco in Lille Skensved, Denmark, a producer of pectin, is striving toward a production environment in which each operator moves around freely with an iPad, monitoring and managing machines quickly and efficiently – without the need for a stationary computer and IP addresses instead of stationary operator stations and push buttons.

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Stahlin Enclosures prevent corrosion in Detroit water treatment plant
July 17, 2015

Stahlin Enclosures prevent corrosion in Detroit water treatment plant

Commerce Controls installed Stahlin non-metallic enclosures on filter control panels and a phosphoric chemical dosing panel at the City of Detroit, Springwells Facility

Emerson Industrial supplies Unidrive M drives to Render Technology
July 16, 2015

Emerson Industrial supplies Unidrive M drives to Render Technology

Before the implementation of Unidrive M, Render’s machines were able to deliver 25 or 26 cycles per minute. Since adopting Unidrive M, the business has seen returns of 30 cycles per minute.

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M-Bus sensors connect apartment building in Sweden
July 09, 2015

M-Bus sensors connect apartment building in Sweden

Processcomponent in Sweden used the Anybus M-Bus to Modbus-TCP gateway to quickly connect M-Bus sensors to the OptoEMU Energy Monitoring System.

Rotork CMA actuators enable shale gas well compliance
July 02, 2015

Rotork CMA actuators enable shale gas well compliance

An unnamed shale gas company in Louisiana installed Rotork CMA actuators run by solar panels to replace existing actuation equipment and control a variety of fluids at line pressures up to 6000 psig.

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Process Automation, Valves & Pumps
How to link machine controls to IT systems
June 24, 2015

How to link machine controls to IT systems

Control Design
Connecting machines to IT systems provides a number of benefits for machine builders and their customers. Here are several examples.

How OPC aids integration
June 24, 2015

How OPC aids integration

Control Design
The Owens Design 300 mm wafer platform is designed for semiconductor metrology equipment applications and is linked to IT systems via OPC.

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Modular design shrinks big machine problems
June 24, 2015

Modular design shrinks big machine problems

Control Design
By Hank Hogan
Modular machines can save wiring and installation costs, as compared to a completely custom design. They also add flexibility and allow a greater variety of product to be produced in a smaller footprint compared to a one-of-a-kind approach. Here are several examples.

Panel building advances OEM’s delivery times
June 24, 2015

Panel building advances OEM’s delivery times

Control Design
By Dave Perkon
Northwind Air Systems, manufacturer of the DuroVac brand of industrial vacuums, collaborated with engineers at Eaton over about four months to create a proprietary software application that helps expedite the design, engineering, drawings and delivery of the control cabinet.

BP - Using drones to monitor safety
June 23, 2015

BP - Using drones to monitor safety

HazardEx
Until recently, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – was mainly associated with the military. These days, however, they are increasingly being used for civilian and commercial purposes. BP is now using unmanned aerial vehicles at its Prudhoe Bay operations in Alaska, to help carry out safety checks in difficult terrain and temperatures.

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Eliminate Cabling Costs Through Proprietary Wireless Networking
June 23, 2015

Eliminate Cabling Costs Through Proprietary Wireless Networking

Pumps & Systems
Public water utility employees in Lage, Germany, chose a wireless system with a stand-alone solar power system to provide an independent power supply. By selecting both a wireless I/O signal radio system and a stand-alone solar power system, employees were able to eliminate the need to lay any cable. This saved between $25 and $35 per foot for digging trenches and routing cables.

OPC UA in the Large Hadron Collider
June 22, 2015

OPC UA in the Large Hadron Collider

The Detector Control System (DCS), part of the LHS, uses more than 5000 CANopen nodes. The link between the Scada layer and CANopen is realized by means of OPC UA.

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OPC & OPC UA Interoperability
Water Corporation of Australia Implements Change Management software
June 19, 2015

Water Corporation of Australia Implements Change Management software

The software from MDT manages changes to 16,000 programmable devices in remote areas across the continent and reduces safety risks to employees associated with unmanaged control system changes.

How to incorporate mobility into your maintenance practices
June 16, 2015

How to incorporate mobility into your maintenance practices

Plant Services
By Sheila Kennedy
Portable asset management information puts knowledge where it’s needed. Here‘s how Northwestern Power and Loram Maintenance of Way, use mobile technology.

Controls, safety and management systems help meet demand for renewable packaging board
June 16, 2015

Controls, safety and management systems help meet demand for renewable packaging board

Control Engineering Europe
Europe’s largest pulp, board and paper manufacturer, Stora Enso, migrating the plant from its previous control system to Honeywell’s Experion PKS (Process Knowledge System), which offers a unified architecture for process control, safety systems and automation software.