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SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)
October 30, 2014

SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)

By Cindy Hollenbeck, SoftPLC
SDI-12 stands for serial data interface at 1200 baud. It is a standard communications protocol to interface controllers, computers or data loggers with micro-processor based sensors, typically designed to read environmental type measurements.

Reducing Ownership Costs for Material Handling Equipment
October 15, 2014

Reducing Ownership Costs for Material Handling Equipment

By Jeffrey Cohen
Although the price to acquire equipment is important for buyers to consider, there are other long-term costs outside of the equipment purchase price that buyers should also take into account before finalizing their purchase. These costs relate to owning the equipment over time.

October 10, 2014

Benefits of a Single Source Solution Provider for Electrical Control Panels

Turning to a single source solution provider for electrical control panels can help a company from many different areas. Single source solution providers can provide a variety of benefits to their customers and clients. Aside from the logistical convenience of only issuing one purchase order and all final products coming from one source, other benefits can be much more impactful to an organization’s bottom line.

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The Risk Reduction Process Utilizing a Hierarchy of Controls
October 08, 2014

The Risk Reduction Process Utilizing a Hierarchy of Controls

By Chris Soranno, SICK Safety Application Specialist
After safety risks have been identified, evaluated and analyzed, there will inevitably be some – if not many – residual risks not at an acceptable level. In these instances, it is important to take action to mitigate the risk to a level deemed tolerable for your organization. Before rushing into a knee-jerk reaction to implement possible solutions, however, it is important to consider the rational approach to risk reduction known as the “Hierarchy of Controls.”

Actuator Precision Characterization
October 03, 2014

Actuator Precision Characterization

The purpose of this paper is to describe the motion control technology used by Zaber's positioning devices, describe and quantify the inaccuracies that arise as a result, and offer some strategies to help minimize these effects.

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ICONICS’ New Industrial Mobile HMI Apps Reflect Commitment to Any Glass, Anywhere
October 02, 2014

ICONICS’ New Industrial Mobile HMI Apps Reflect Commitment to Any Glass, Anywhere

By Janice Abel and Craig Resnick, ARC Advisory Group
Industrial software developers are starting to introduce new applications designed to run on mobile devices. However, manufacturers must use extra care when selecting these software “apps,” due to the mission-critical nature of many industrial HMI/SCADA applications. Download this white paper to read more.

Logic Solvers for Tank Overfill Protection
October 02, 2014

Logic Solvers for Tank Overfill Protection

By Moore Industries
When a storage facility's tank level rises above safe limits, a logic solver that is part of a Safety Instrumented System (SIS) initiates final elements to mitigate or prevent dangerous 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.

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Artifact Calibration and Its Use in Calibrating 8.5-Digit DMMs
September 29, 2014

Artifact Calibration and Its Use in Calibrating 8.5-Digit DMMs

By Jack Somppi, Fluke Calibration
This paper examines how the Artifact Calibration capabilities of the Fluke Calibration 5700 Series of
Precision Multifunction Calibrators can optimize the uncertainties for calibrating 8.5 digit DMMs.

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Intrinsically-Safe Fieldbus Applications for Yokogawa Control Systems
September 24, 2014

Intrinsically-Safe Fieldbus Applications for Yokogawa Control Systems

By Moore Industries
White paper addresses FISCO or Entity devices located in Class I, Division 1 or Zone 0/1 Intrinsically-Safe (I.S.) applications for Yokogawa Control Systems, and provides useful installation information and real-world examples.

OEE for the Enterprise
September 22, 2014

OEE for the Enterprise

By Salvatore Castro, SAP
The common view of OEE is the localized one of an operator trying to control the machine better during the shift. The more modern spin on OEE is trying to improve all operations to run more efficiently with the lowest overall cost back to the business.

Connectors outperform hardwiring
September 22, 2014

Connectors outperform hardwiring

By Harting
Industrial connectors or hardwiring? More and more machine builders comparing the cost of using both wiring approaches in their operations find connectors more economical and practical.

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Demystifying the Use of API 682 4th Edition from an Instrumentation Perspective
September 19, 2014

Demystifying the Use of API 682 4th Edition from an Instrumentation Perspective

By Wil Chin, United Electric Controls
After years of delays the API 682 4th edition was finally released this past May, signifying a change to transmitters instead of switches for monitoring seal support systems. As the 4th is not a mandatory requirement, which standard, 3rd or 4th edition, should you deploy? Here are a few things to consider before you decide.

Four Key Considerations When Selecting SIS Sensors
September 19, 2014

Four Key Considerations When Selecting SIS Sensors

By Rick Frauton, United Electric Controls
Without knowing the capabilities of old and new technologies, it’s highly likely that the wrong selection will be made. Understanding SIS and the pros and cons of mechanical switches, smart switches, and safety and process transmitters will help to make the appropriate choice.

Electrical control valve actuators on oil and gas production separators
September 19, 2014

Electrical control valve actuators on oil and gas production separators

By Rotork
Electric control valve actuators for this type of application require certification for hazardous environments as well as a robust enclosure. They must also have the ability to constantly adjust valve position to accommodate a changing flow rate from the well.

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Using smart field devices to improve safety system performance
September 17, 2014

Using smart field devices to improve safety system performance

By Guillermo Pacanins, ACM Facility Safety
Safety monitoring software and smart field devices can improve safety system performance and operation. The white paper describes how to use safety monitoring software to distill the data from smart field devices and other sources into easily understood and actionable information that can improve the operation of the safety system.

Processor Power and Energy Efficiency
September 10, 2014

Processor Power and Energy Efficiency

By Jason Horine, AutomationDirect
More components in microprocessors eliminates the need for additional external automation components, such as data loggers, math co-processors, communication cards, PID controllers and more. White Paper explains how consolidating functionality into fewer components creates lower costs and power usage for the total system, while providing easier integration and greater reliability.

Understanding the Risk Assessment Process
September 10, 2014

Understanding the Risk Assessment Process

Chris Soranno, SICK Safety Application Specialist
When combined with a risk reduction process to eliminate, reduce, or otherwise address the risks, an organization can demonstrate that appropriate measures have been taken to suitably reduce the risk, while also ensuring that the measures applied are not grossly over dimensioned for the level of the associated hazards.

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Flue gas monitoring sensors
September 02, 2014

Flue gas monitoring sensors

By Tom Gurd, City Technology
There is a lot of focus on flue gas analyzers, but it’s also important to remember that an analyzer is only as effective as the sensors it uses. Because of the risks associated with combustion emissions, sensor safety and reliability are critical.

White paper reveals the dangers of carbon residue
September 02, 2014

White paper reveals the dangers of carbon residue

By Chris Wright, Global Heat Transfer
When heat transfer fluid (HTF) accumulates carbon residue and coke builds up on internal surfaces, it can lead to fouling, overheating, thermal cracking and choked pipes, creating a fire hazard. Here’s how to maintain thermal fluids and thermal fluid systems.

Building a Robust Industrial Ethernet Network In W&WW Treatment Plants
August 22, 2014

Building a Robust Industrial Ethernet Network In W&WW Treatment Plants

By Roger Yue, Antaira
Having a redundant Ethernet network is important to W&WW management, because many plants are still legacy, meaning they were either built with a stand-alone station or have a traditional star topology Ethernet network.

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Industrial Networks, Water & Wastewater