The San Jacinto Tizate geothermal project in Nicaragua is using Foundation Fieldbus connected to pressure and temperature transmitters and control valves to move the actual control function from the control room to the field devices.
A Russian–based metal works needed to replace an old and increasingly obsolete rail straightening machine. It needed a new, more flexible and robust computer-controlled system to aid increased efficiencies and specification for new higher grades of rail.
By Ven V. Venkatesa
Formosa Plastics partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to assess the energy efficiency of the company's linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant in Point Comfort, Texas. The assessment revealed five projects that could save energy, increase productivity, and reduce waste and environmental emissions.
By Shamai Cylich, PE, RPA Engineering
An unnamed 18-year-old biopharmaceutical plant evaluated existing process conditions and devised a solution to replace its outdated globe valves with ball valves.
By Walt Boyes
Festo provided a complete valve automation system for the Fypasa industrial wastewater treatment plant in Mexico.
By Nancy Bartels
Potash Corp. in Canada uses a “champion concept” to reap the full benefits of its new control and asset management systems, not only in valve maintenance, but also in boiler control, DCS management, even in the mundane business of documentation and information access.
South African Instrumentation and Control
Since conventional differential pressure measurements are prone to wear and tear, the OMV refinery in the Bavarian town of Burghausen switched the measurement of its coker feed quantities to clamp-on ultrasonic technology.
In this video case study, Dynagen, a Canadian control panel manufacturer, explains how they use Netbiter to remotely monitor gensets, pumps, compressors etc. in the field.
In this video case study, Carl Steffen, Engineering Services Manager at VRTX Technologies, San Antonio, TX, explains how they use Netbiter to remotely monitor their water treatment systems.
Free chlorine monitors from Analytical Technology overcome the traditional issues associated with buffered amperometric monitors, such as manhandling 25 litre containers of buffer around sites.
QA Graphics provided floor plan graphics and custom 3D images that realistically represent the plant, chilled water system, condenser water system and chiller in place at a university.
The Ripon Cogeneration Plant in Ripon, California, upgraded its existing proprietary Westinghouse WDPF BOP control system to a PlantPAx system without any scheduled outage of the facility.
International Power Engineer
By Chad Dozier
The IO data centre in Phoenix, Arizona, is served by a dedicated, on-site substation expandable to 120MW. The generator sets feed into Cat paralleling switchgear. Upon completion, full build-out will consist of additional paralleled Cat generator sets, as well as additional Cat flywheel UPS systems.
Nuclear Engineering International
By Caroline Peachey
The UK nuclear power industry should take an integrated approach to site security, cyber security and personnel security. Thales UK just opened its Cyber Integration and Innovation Centre in Basingstoke. The £2 million facility is essentially a battle lab, designed to improve the cyber security for critical national infrastructure, governments and companies.
By Dave Geswein
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant is the site of a pilot program using a wireless, automated, remote diagnostic system to monitor generation-critical equipment. The early fault detection provided by such systems could save nuclear plants staff time, trouble, and expensive repairs.
Kansas City Power & Light installed Siemens combustion optimization technology at its LaCygne Unit 2 Power Plant and achieved significant NOx reductions while improving the overall combustion and unit heat rate.
Transmission & Distribution World
By Michael J. Milligan, Snapping Shoals Electric Membership
SSEMC installed an automatic source transfer (AST) scheme. IntelliTeam senses an outage on its primary feeder and automatically switches the critical load to a backup feeder. It requires no human intervention and even returns service back to the primary feeder after power is restored.
Transmission & Distribution World
By Jon Allen and Anthony J. Picagli, United Illuminating
United Illuminating addresses oil leak repair with a proactive and ongoing maintenance program to seal oil leaks in its transformers and circuit breakers.
Holcim’s Cement plant in El Salvador uses the ETAP Real-Time Intelligent Load Shedding (ILS) system to reduce power outages.
These systems include the largest low-speed dual pinion mill drives in the world. The first line has been in operation since January, the second since February and commercial production was reached by mid-August 2013.