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.
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.