By Chad Harper, Maverick Technologies
Process manufacturing plants are famous for their tendency to keep automation systems and associated networks up and running for decades. Getting an automation system that includes multigenerational and multivendor components to work together can be a challenge.
Does one shift perform consistently better than another? Does the machine perform notably better in the summer than the winter? In the end, tracking OEE on a machine is not a tool that is going to make a machine produce more or run better, but is instead a way to determine which of your tools are working and which ones are not.
By Chuck Miller and Joanne M Salazar - Emerson Process Management
Ensuring safe operations is a critical issue facing today’s process manufacturers. Companies that do not plan and manage process operational risks face fines, production outages, equipment damage and worse. Download the workbook to gain a general understanding of existing industry standards and best practices for Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS).
By Anand Richard, Indiana State University
The only successful way to evade hacking is to constantly change the way a networked system or computing components are used. Changing network architecture, usage policies and rationing internet connectivity to an absolute minimum and to an ad-hoc formula will make a hacker’s job more difficult.
By Marty Thomas, Rotork
Today’s typical valve actuators are intelligent and can provide information regarding torque loading changes that can be used for preventive maintenance purposes, and this information can be accessed and monitored wirelessly with ease and convenience.
The challenge of modernising the instrumentation on an old utility boiler can be overwhelming, especially when the boiler was originally commissioned in 1964. This particular tangentially fired (“T-Fired”) power boiler hosts 12 Auxiliary Air dampers and 12 Fuel Air dampers, but the drives were failing in their performance and were simply worn out beyond their service life.
By Teledyne Dalsa
Line scan technology is ideally suited to applications in which large, high-resolution, or high-speed image capture is needed, such as in a continuous web application—paper, textiles, metal, or glass tape, for example. Here’s how it works.
By Heinz-Günther Spreen, Harting
White paper describes the Han HMC connector for devices, machines and systems that require connections for more than 10,000 mating cycles.
By Adam Steele
Describes the potential applications of radio-frequency identification (RFID) in industry. An in-depth analysis of the technology, the report looks at how RFID can be used in logistics and manufacturing.
By Bernard Cubizolles and Alicia Bowers, GE
Are you running your plant with serious risk? Most industrial applications lack recommended updates, which make them a target for hackers. Outdated architectures, backups and spares can also create problems. With the number of attacks rising and the critical need for system availability, take simple steps now to minimize risk.
By Moore Industries
Details how the use of a HART interface module can serve as a simple and cost-effective method for gathering HART information that can be used for monitoring instrument status, diagnostic data, alarms, calibration values and alert messages.
By Matt Signon, Maverick Technologies
As electric utilities consider replacing aging power plant control systems, there are many strategic questions to be examined early in the planning process. This white paper offers insights and actual case study examples to assist with upgrades.
With HTML5 technology, HMI-SCADA allows users to create remote viewing screens compatible with most any tablet or smartphone, while dashboard tools speed creation of summary screens.
There are conflicting opinions on the harms and benefits of oversizing motors. Does it do more harm than good? You might be surprised.
By Chris Soranno, SICK Safety Application Specialist
To ensure an acceptable level of residual risk has been achieved prior to deploying equipment for active service, it is imperative to implement one final series of steps. This stage is necessary to confirm that all risk reduction measures applied (design and build, technological, and organizational) are working together effectively to reduce the risk of all identified hazards to a tolerable level.
By Bill Sholette and Ravi Jethra, Endress+Hauser
If you’re the person tasked with controlling the level of fly ash in collection hoppers, you know how difficult the application can be. What at first looks like a simple measurement, quickly proves to be much more demanding in actual execution. Download this whitepaper to learn how capacitance level devices can help you obtain reliable measurements in fly ash applications.
By Rockwell Automation and Cisco
Design and implementation guide outlines the key requirements and design considerations to help successful deployment of IACS 802.11 wireless networking within a plant-wide architectures.
By Clive Jones, et al, Global Heat Transfer
A properly maintained heat transfer system employing food-grade heat transfer fluids will contribute to low cost operation and efficient production.
By Cees Links, GreenPeak Technologies
The recent announcement of Bluetooth Mesh is yet another attempt of Bluetooth to get into the
networking space. Will it be successful this time?
Do you know how much money you could be saving annually with a variable frequency drive?