Case Studies & Application Stories 

August 26, 2014

TopView software monitors power use in the UK

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.

eWON connects HIMA and Allen Bradley PLCs at gas plant
August 26, 2014

eWON connects HIMA and Allen Bradley PLCs at gas plant

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.

Upside-down design and automation resolve age-old precision grinding challenges
August 25, 2014

Upside-down design and automation resolve age-old precision grinding challenges

Control Engineering
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.

New communication system keeps Denver’s commuter trains rolling
August 25, 2014

New communication system keeps Denver’s commuter trains rolling

InTech
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.

PcVue SCADA Automates Dry Docks in Pearl Harbor
August 22, 2014

PcVue SCADA Automates Dry Docks in Pearl Harbor

The dry dock operation has been automated using supervisory and data acquisition systems (SCADA) from PcVue, which control a network of Limitorque actuators.

Weiss rotary indexing table cuts test time for parts
August 19, 2014

Weiss rotary indexing table cuts test time for parts

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.

Deploying a reliable physical infrastructure for process
August 17, 2014

Deploying a reliable physical infrastructure for process

Plant Engineering
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.

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Streamlined Motor Management System Boosts Biomass Power Generation
August 16, 2014

Streamlined Motor Management System Boosts Biomass Power Generation

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.

Schubert & Salzer boost efficiency at BMW
August 16, 2014

Schubert & Salzer boost efficiency at BMW

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.

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Faster Finishing
August 16, 2014

Faster Finishing

Automation World
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.

Track Parts and Materials on the Fly
August 16, 2014

Track Parts and Materials on the Fly

Automation World
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.

Stereo 3D machine vision cameras help robot bin picker
August 15, 2014

Stereo 3D machine vision cameras help robot bin picker

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.

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UNIGEN starts up Werum's PAS-X MES in only four months
August 14, 2014

UNIGEN starts up Werum's PAS-X MES in only four months

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.

Interview with Bauer Logistik
August 14, 2014

Interview with Bauer Logistik

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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Case Studies
Refinery Expansion Runs on Fieldbus
August 12, 2014

Refinery Expansion Runs on Fieldbus

Control
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.

Actuator control system reduces installation time and costs at power generation plants
August 12, 2014

Actuator control system reduces installation time and costs at power generation plants

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.

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Robotic solution increases cheese packing productivity
August 12, 2014

Robotic solution increases cheese packing productivity

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%.

Level instruments aid a spectacular recovery
August 12, 2014

Level instruments aid a spectacular recovery

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.

Real-time oil and gas data in the cloud
August 12, 2014

Real-time oil and gas data in the cloud

Control Engineering
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.

Better Data Analysis Increases Efficiency at Coffee Plant
August 07, 2014

Better Data Analysis Increases Efficiency at Coffee Plant

An HMI from InduSoft improves productivity through automated monitoring and tracking of operations at Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee in Fort Worth, Texas.