Today, process industry professionals face difficult challenges. How can we adhere to increasingly tighter compliance requirements while competing for market share in today’s globalized economy? How can we meet the continuous demand for new sources of productivity and margin growth while using the same automation approach and control system strategy we have been using for decades? A modern Distributed Control System (DCS) is designed to help you address these challenges.
By Geralyn Miller, Teledyne Dalsa
Machine vision systems are built for visual inspection and control under demanding industrial applications that require high-speed, high-magnification, 24-hour operation, and/or repeatable measurements. Learn about the important differences between vision systems that make one more suitable than another for any given application.
Proportional valve technology is an interesting alternative for closed-loop control of inert gases in process automation. It achieves the same accuracy as the existing technology, but the level of installation and investment required is lower.
By Frederick J. Kohlmann and Kareem Key, Endress+Hauser
Maybe you have heard past pH horror stories throughout chemical, food and water treatment plants. And yes, the stories are mostly true. If you haven’t heard any of these stories, maybe this white paper will keep you from adding your own story to the already toppling heap. Whether a novice to the world of pH or a seasoned veteran, this is intended to be a helpful roadmap to a successful journey.
Paper describes machine tool apps and the 29 apps available in Okuma’s App Store, ranging from CAD/CAM software, measurement and gaging to security and tooling.
By Steve Sponseller, Kepware
Big Data applications change the focus from reaction and response to anticipation and prevention. By incorporating Big Data technologies in their operating and business systems, upstream Oil & Gas companies can leverage information to anticipate problems, reduce costs, and coordinate resources in one effective process.
How Vision Systems play an increasingly important role in food safety, traceability and record keeping requirements
By Laura Studwell, Omron
Companies are increasingly using vision systems as a critical component of their traceability and recordkeeping protocols. This whitepaper outlines new industry regulations, the impact of traceability and recordkeeping on the supply chain and the use of vision systems to minimize product liability.
By Moore Industries
When Tank Farm facilities are facing capacity limits, that translates into greater safety risks, and need for better systems to ensure safe tank filling. A logic solver that is part of a Safety Instrumented System (SIS) initiates final elements that can mitigate or prevent dangerous tank filling events. This can include shutting off input feeds to the tank by isolating the pump and closing the input valve. This white paper explores the possibilities available to SIS designers of tank overfill protection systems when using a logic solver. It includes examples of system topographies and their associated safety calculations.
Only the combination of functional safety and cybersecurity ensures the overall safety of industrial plants. Properly setting up the safe controller is the last line of defense against cyber attacks.
The implementation of the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) has forced all large UK businesses to make energy efficiency a priority in the long term. Here’s a short and clear guide of what companies could do to reduce their energy usage in the long run.
The gateway in an industrial controller or higher-end system can convert from OPC-UA to a backend system, in a controller-to-enterprise scenario. Java-based gateways run real-time analytics that connect multitudes of devices and sensors via the varying protocols used in industrial automation. The gateway software may execute on the same physical controller as the OPC-UA server or in another slot of the industrial controller.
By Don Lundberg, FCI
Nothing damages a pump faster than the build-up of heat from dry running conditions. When there’s no liquid to provide cooling, heat destroys a pump’s bearings. This Pump Protection White Paper explains how installing a point flow/level switch in your pump’s process loop can prevent the problem.
There are several benefits of using IEI Smart Lighting Solution: longer usage life, energy efficiency, ecologically friendly, supporting up to 10 group IDs, easy to adjust brightness and color temperature, and live status reports.
By John Lewis, Cognex
Vision-guided robotics (VGR) is not without its pitfalls. In order to realize all the benefits of VGR you need to know the right questions to ask and how to get started. Using Vision Systems for Robot Guidance provides you with the information you need to get the most out of VGR.
By Aron Semle, KEPServerEX
This whitepaper discusses scheduling needs and how the Scheduler Plug-In for KEPServerEX addresses them.
As many as half of the skilled workers in energy, chemical and oil & gas industries are quickly heading towards retirement — but not nearly enough new hires are available to replace them. This Trend Report takes a deep dive into the six things you can do to ensure that your company doesn’t crumble under the pressure — from establishing ongoing training programs, to investing in new technologies.
Modifications in IEC 61508 regulations mean that industrial automation system designers and users must give new consideration to topics such as SIL levels and the transition from 1H to 2H methodologies. This paper reviews how these issues can impact the choice of solenoid valves and prepackaged redundant control systems (RCS) for implementation in a safety instrumented system (SIS), particularly in the oil, gas, chemical, and power industries. It also explains how making the right choices in planning and valve selection can affect design time, costs, and effort.
By Ian McGregor, Emulate3D
Compared with the traditional methods of testing, the benefits of virtual controls testing are both numerous and compelling.. A 3D environment creates the replica of the machine or material handling system being controlled, functionality to create realistic loads within the system, and connectivity to a wide range of types of control systems under test. This paper identifies ten major advantages to adopting a virtual approach for this phase of your next automation project
By Kat Dornian, Phidgets
When prototyping an idea, it’s important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from the costly, proprietary packages to low-cost and open source options.
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.