Balancing the supply and demand of electricity is a dynamic challenge and a mandatory requirement for electricity providers on the grid in the UK. Endeco Technologies uses TopView to monitor site power.
The Summail Gas Plant has an Integrated Control & Safety System which consists of a Process Control System, Emergency Shutdown System, Fire & Gas Detection System, SCADA server, and Alarm annunciation systems, but their PLCs couldn't talk to each other.
By Shane Novacek, Beckhoff
One Echo Hill Tactic 8 machine does the work of four centerless grinding machines, while improving gauging technology and keeping equipment cleaner, with advanced automation, EtherCAT communications and an inverted machine design.
The existing LRV train cars operated as intended, but did not provide ample feedback to the operators during operation nor to mechanics about causes of failure. National Instruments and Optimation installed a data logging, communication, and display system into the trains.
The dry dock operation has been automated using supervisory and data acquisition systems (SCADA) from PcVue, which control a network of Limitorque actuators.
Geissler wanted to accelerate cycle times for a test bench that performed the final inspection of precision turned parts. They replaced a pneumatic rotary indexing table with a directly driven TO series rotary indexing table from Weiss.
By Chris Vavra
Panduit built a process control network infrastructure for a multi-building industrial manufacturing campus environment at an unidentified metal processing company. No info on what the network was.
Pumps & Systems
By Matthias Borutta, Phoenix Contact
The Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner Piteå paper plant in northeast Sweden installed motor management, hybrid motor starters and a fieldbus gateway to detect worn sootblowers before failure.
South African Instrumentation and Control
In low pressure die casting, the casting machines are filled by pressurising the furnaces. BMW replaced the pressure control previously used for this purpose in its Landshut light metal foundry with a single sliding gate valve from Schubert & Salzer Control Systems.
i-Web in Avon, Mass. uses a Beckhoff Automation control system incorporating advanced servo drive technology and the high-speed motion capabilities of an EtherCAT industrial network in its web finishing systems for faster finishing and reductions in electrical cabinet space and electrical installation time.
By Stephanie Neil
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics uses a 2D barcode to track traceable parts as they are installed. In addition, Lockheed is building out an RFID network in its Fort Worth, Texas, factory as a way to track part kits, equipment and tooling connected to each work instruction.
BsAutomatisierung in Rosenfeld,Germany, uses Ensenso 3D vision cameras in its robotic bin-picking cells to pick individual, randomly aligned parts out of a container and pass them on to downstream production processes.
PAS-X was delivered with the entire user interface in Japanese. Werum carried out this project in cooperation with their Japanese integration partner CST Chiyoda System Technologies.
Bauer, the logistics expert, chose HIMA safety technology for its new AutoCon automated crane lines. The crane lines use the new data matrix path measurement system PCV80A, which enables safety-related crane positioning up to SIL 3/PL e. In the interview the logistics expert talks about its experiecne with the HIMA safety solution.
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Marathon Petroleum successfully implemented Foundation fieldbus instrumentation during the recently completed Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project. The Detroit refinery is continuing to work with Foundation fieldbus to realize the benefits of the available instrument diagnostics.
Control Engineering Europe
ASCO Numatics’ Actuator Control Systems (ACS) are used to drive actuators in a new power generation facility currently being built as part of Indonesia’s, East Java, Banyu Urip oilfield development. Over 100 will be used to control process valves across the power generating facility.
Control Engineering Europe
AJ and RG Barber, a farmhouse cheese producer in the UK, has two KUKA KR100-2 PA robots for packaging. The installation of the first robot enabled the plant to go from producing 35 to 65 tonnes per day – an increase of 93%.
What’s New in Process Technology
The final cruise of the Costa Concordia unexpectedly ended in disaster. A crucial role in the salvage and refloating effort was played by the sponsons, air-filled chambers that can be flooded with water and then emptied again. The water level in the chambers is measured with 278 Endress+Hauser Waterpilot level probes.
By John Parsons., PML Exploration Services
PML uses a cloud-based HMI and SCADA software system that allows for sharing real-time information about conditions at well sites with management personnel at PML headquarters, as well as with customers.
An HMI from InduSoft improves productivity through automated monitoring and tracking of operations at Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee in Fort Worth, Texas.