What’s New in Process Technology
ABB has implemented its own robots to streamline the designing, developing and manufacturing of low-voltage circuit-breakers at ABB SACE’s Frosinone plant in Italy.
Process & Control Engineering
The Thompson & Redwood plant in Australia uses a S7-300 PLC with integrated Ethernet port connected to WinCC SCADA and a field programming unit over Profinet to control the grinding and mixing plant.
Process and Control Today
The factory was using a label verification system where one element of the previous system could only read ladder barcodes and another read picket fence barcodes, but the readers could not cope with the speed of production. Heinz installed DataMan 302X image-based barcode readers which would allow all images to be seen in real time.
GlaxoSmithKline has a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Cork, Ireland, with more than 4000 control loops with HART and Foundation fieldbus. Streamlining regular calibration procedures is based on optimizing the plant's periodic calibration schedules using documenting calibrators and synchronizing instrument data between Beamex's CMX CMS and Emerson's AMS Suite.
The monitoring project, which ran for five months, was aimed at investigating unexplained causes of moisture damage, wood decay and fungal growth found behind cladding and sheathing in ground-floor walls throughout the unnamed complex.
Nuclear Engineering International
By Alf Ove Braseth
A new approach to human-machine interfaces has produced a radically different design of control room displays. The first of these has now been installed at the Halden research reactor in Norway.
The safety PLC provided the platform for Sandvik Materials Technology to add zoned safety guarding to a large cold rolling mill at its Sandviken plant in Sweden.
Maintenance On Line
The Open Loop Mitsubishi based Heat Pump system is the first installation of its kind anywhere in the UK that harvests naturally stored energy from the River Thames to provide thermal energy for an entire development of homes, apartments and a 145-bedroom hotel.
Maintenance On Line
By Akilu Yunusa-Kaltungo and Jyoti K Sinha, University of Manchester
This case study at AshakaCem demonstrates the use of simple analysis of vibration spectra to detect an ID fan unbalance. Visual inspection and cleaning of the fan impeller was then conducted, which immediately enhanced fan operation, and cement production rate, by approximately 11%.
By Jim Petrusich
Technology today now allows companies to analyze the data in real time without copying the data into yet another database. A project at Dow Chemical set up and cultivated a powerful real-time analytics system that produced impressive results.
Initec Plantas Industriales has successfully deployed AVEVA Electrical software on all of its Oil & Gas projects for a 40% reduction in time.
QA Graphics provide all of the system graphics to New England Energy Controls for an 18,000 square foot residential project.
Two laser line displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon are mounted to a purpose-built handling and processing machine manufactured by Behr Systems.
By installing condition monitoring systems from Schaeffler on 56 wind turbines, Spanish renewable energy provider Geolica is making significant annual cost savings.
Goya Foods in New York connected their ID30 terminals, eight random sampling stations, and three checkweigher and PBA429 platforms to Mettler-Toledo’s FreeWeigh. Net statistical process and quality control software to cut overfilling costs.
Inter RAO-Engineering, a Russian engineering contractor (EPC) in the power industry, will use AVEVA solutions as a platform to perform engineering and design work on complex projects.
Singapore-based port equipment engineering solutions provider Portek Systems & Equipment, has gone live with the Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.
An multi-axis motion controller and high level software development environment from ABB is helping Rollem - a specialist print machinery manufacturer - to rapidly evolve its modular finishing system.
Pipeline & Gas Journal
By Julio Mercados and Alejandro Villalba, Promigas
Promigas is a natural gas transportation company in Colombia. It developed an online indicator that showed at the end of the day what has been the system’s uptime per node, concentrator (influence area) and, even better, the entire SCADA system.
Oil and Gas Engineer
By Adam Walker, Inspectahire Instrument Company
The Inspectahire team is using the Flir GF320 optical gas imaging camera for maintenance inspections and for all its hydrocarbon detection jobs, in hydrocarbon production plants or for the inspection of any material that uses hydrocarbon as a fuel.