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TrendMiner helps Arlanxeo enhance analytics software for chemical production facilities
January 05, 2018

TrendMiner helps Arlanxeo enhance analytics software for chemical production facilities

Arlanxeo, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and LANXESS, is a chemical company that develops, manufactures and markets synthetic rubber and high-performance elastomers for use in various industries.

Honeywell to provide process control for Chinese petrochemical company
February 14, 2017

Honeywell to provide process control for Chinese petrochemical company

Honeywell UOP will supply a range of technologies in the form of license, design, key equipment, and state-of-the-art catalysts and adsorbents, while Honeywell Process Solutions will provide the process controls and automation systems.

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Czech chemical plant chooses Westermo switches for power control
October 03, 2016

Czech chemical plant chooses Westermo switches for power control

A complete new network backbone for power control and distribution as well as an upgraded network backbone for the emergency shutdown system has been built with Westermo switches to support the applications in the Ethylene unit.

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The 'Great (DCS) Migration Project' at Emerald Kalama Chemical
May 11, 2016

The 'Great (DCS) Migration Project' at Emerald Kalama Chemical

By Daniel Visser, Istec International
The EKC "Great Migration Project' was started, with the help of Istec International and Yokogawa to replace an old DCS, during online process conditions.

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May 29, 2015

Fluoropolymer plant protected by HIMA emergency shutdown system

To safeguard the plant’s depolymerization reactor, Dyneon selected a HIMatrix safety controller from HIMA as the emergency shutdown (ESD) system.

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Emerson Industrial cures drive problems in Turkey
April 29, 2015

Emerson Industrial cures drive problems in Turkey

Clariant was experiencing issues with its previous DC motor and drive system on an important extrusion machine at its Izmit facility

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Aveva software designs chemical plant in Brazil
April 14, 2015

Aveva software designs chemical plant in Brazil

The plant has 1400 piping lines, 1700 manual valves, 300 motors and 1350 field instruments.

Dust: Hidden Hazard Lurks
July 31, 2014

Dust: Hidden Hazard Lurks

Chemical Processing
By Cyrus Fisher, Eli Lilly and Company
At Eli Lilly, combustible dust became “hidden” within a dust collection system.Here’s how they developed a method for safe combustible-dust removal, as well as actions that can prevent future problems.

Emerson flow meters increase plant efficiency for CAROM in Romania
June 19, 2014

Emerson flow meters increase plant efficiency for CAROM in Romania

Vortex and Coriolis flow measurement technologies enabled accurate and reliable measurements that reduced product loss in the MTBE plant by 150 metric tons per month, and improved boiler efficiency by 3 percent.

Chemicals giant improves gas leak safety imaging technology
May 07, 2014

Chemicals giant improves gas leak safety imaging technology

Chemical Engineer
BP Chemicals is using FLIR Systems' Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras for the visualisation and documentation of gas leaks. A camera was used to detect a range of gases including methane and methanol, and a long wave (LW) version of the camera was used for detecting acetic acid, acetic anhydride and ammonia.

Know the Limits of Duplex Stainless Steels
May 07, 2014

Know the Limits of Duplex Stainless Steels

Chemical Processing
At an unidentified chemical plant, a failure occurred in a distillation column that had been in continuous operation for ten years. The column was made from robust austenitic steel (1.4571, titanium stabilized).

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January 23, 2014

Siemens process control technology used in pilot plant

MachineBuilding.net
Plaxica’s stereocomplex polylactic acid pilot plant in the UK is controlled by a small scale distributed control system (DCS) based on Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7.

Having fun with a positive lead on an integrating process
December 21, 2013

Having fun with a positive lead on an integrating process

South African Instrumentation & Control
A positive lead integrator responds to a step change with a kick followed by a typical integrator ramp. Here’s how it was applied on a reboiler control loop on a distillation column.

November 25, 2013

Plant-Wide Energy Assessment Boosts Savings

Chemical Processing
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.

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FDT offers device setpoint confidence
November 06, 2013

FDT offers device setpoint confidence

Control Engineering Europe
SI Group, a manufacturer of chemical intermediates, phenol resins, alkylphenol resins, and alkylated phenols, relies on FDT (Field Device Tool) Technology used in the Endress+Hauser Frame Application FieldCare plant asset management tool. FieldCare provides this site access to the majority of its field measurement devices, providing diagnostic data from a central location.

ABB level transmitter helps keep the lid on explosive chemical
August 16, 2013

ABB level transmitter helps keep the lid on explosive chemical

Process and Control Today
A magnetostrictive level transmitter from ABB is enabling Robinson Brothers to meet strict safety standards regarding the storage of highly reactive carbon disulphide (CS2). CS2 is so reactive that it has to be stored under a layer of water to prevent it from igniting, and the level of the interface between the water and CS2 requires constant monitoring.

CENTUM VP Batch Replaces Legacy System at Acrylic Plant
July 13, 2013

CENTUM VP Batch Replaces Legacy System at Acrylic Plant

Process and Control Today
Lucite International’s plant in Darwen, England, replaced a Honeywell PlantScape control system with a Yokogawa Centum VP system.

Empowering Users to Create Information Dashboards
June 10, 2013

Empowering Users to Create Information Dashboards

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Over the last two years, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) UK Petrochemicals has empowered users to create custom dashboards based on Excel spreadsheet data and calculations using software from Sabisu. The software enables people to organize their data around "Communities" related to areas of interest.

Fieldbus Device Couplers Simplify Upgrade at Chemical Plant
May 09, 2013

Fieldbus Device Couplers Simplify Upgrade at Chemical Plant

Ashland upgraded the Foundation fieldbus system at their 1,4-butanediol (BDO) plant. The upgrade replaced a system of quick-disconnect connectors and disconnect switches that were inefficient and had become corroded over time.

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SIS upgrade is fail-safe and future-proof
May 05, 2013

SIS upgrade is fail-safe and future-proof

Process & Control
A site-wide Safety Instrumented System upgrade has been carried out by Hima-Sella at MMA-based bulk chemicals producer Lucite.

Software helps SABIC conform to European emission limits
February 26, 2013

Software helps SABIC conform to European emission limits

Industrial Thinking’s Chronicle software connects to flowmeters using redundant Modbus and OPC protocols to report on Hydrocarbon and Co2 emissions from all facilities, including steam boilers, superheaters, furnaces and purge to flares.

February 13, 2013

Plan Ahead for Wireless Success

Control Magazine
By Ian Verhappen
BASF in Freeport, Texas, defined success and determined exactly what they wanted by finding out what they had, what they needed, and how they would get from A to B using a planned approach from the beginning.

February 13, 2013

Integrated approach puts safety first

Process & Control
Syngenta’s Huddersfield agribusiness site is using a safety instrumented system (SIS) from Siemens that is based on the site’s existing PCS7 process control technology. This means common engineering tools can be used, reducing training and spares-holding and simplifying maintenance.

November 20, 2012

Virtual plant planning, retrofitting and maintenance

What’s New in Process Technology, November 2012

By Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Process plants have useful lives of 30 to 50 years, during which time they are routinely retrofitted. BASF is using virtual reality software to help keep track of retrofit planning and testing.

Emerson replaces valve positioners at Chinese chemical plant
November 15, 2012

Emerson replaces valve positioners at Chinese chemical plant

After Emerson Process Management replaced existing valve positioners with Fisher digital valve controllers, the plant gained $40,000 in annual maintenance savings.

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All-Fill uses Tolomatic electric actuators for container-lifting
September 25, 2012

All-Fill uses Tolomatic electric actuators for container-lifting

While the original pneumatic actuator worked well once set up, adjusting its force and speed to accommodate a different size container was complicated.

September 19, 2012

M2M Remote Monitoring, Process Performance and Reliable Operations

Automation.com, September 2012

By Marlee Rosen

Implementing secure remote maintenance monitoring and real-time diagnostics reporting can contribute to improved device performance and the reduction of maintenance cost.

Emerson integrates gauging system and wireless for tank farm automation
September 17, 2012

Emerson integrates gauging system and wireless for tank farm automation

System installation costs can be reduced up to 50% by wirelessly connecting the tank farm to the control room, with the added benefit of reducing implementation time as much as 60%.

Polymer manufacturer uses Rotork electric control valve actuators
August 13, 2012

Polymer manufacturer uses Rotork electric control valve actuators

Era Polymers in Australia uses Rotork actuators to automate the temperature control of water supplied to the condenser for the water/glycol separation process during the manufacture of polyurethane elastomer.

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August 12, 2012

Mobile SCADA solution monitors power distribution for chemical company

Control Engineering Europe, August 2012

Specialty chemical manufacturer, Allessa Chemie uses EXTEND7000 mobile SCADA solution from SCHAD for a manufacturing operation to more effectively monitor the consistency of energy distribution levels within its main 400V plant power supply.

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July 08, 2012

Mixing is critical to process success

Asian Engineer, July 2012

By Sean Ottewell

Mixing is a fundamental process operation, but how it is done has a critical effect on production - as the examples here highlight.

July 08, 2012

Chemical plant avoids fugitive emissions with wireless valve monitoring

What’s New in Process Technology, July 2012

Harcros Chemicals added a Fisher 4320 Wireless Position Monitor to a manual valve in its propylene oxide production unit. This enabled Harcros personnel to identify valve issues and prevent chemical leaks before they could result in fines, production delays or clean-up costs.

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June 15, 2012

OEE Reveals the ‘Hidden Factory’ at PGT Industries

Automation World, June 2012

By Greg Farnum

PGT used Iconics software on the 12 most critical production assets to analyze the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) of the North Venice, FL, plant. The software’s drill down and correlation capabilities were used to zero in on sources of loss.

June 08, 2012

Optical gas imaging camera improves polymerization process safety

Control Engineering Europe, June 2012

Process operators at the Borealis high-pressure, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Stenungsund, Sweden have employed a FLIR GF306 optical gas imaging camera to detect potentially dangerous gas leaks.

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June 08, 2012

Virtual plant retrofitting and maintenance

Process & Control Engineering, June 2012

By Kevin Gomez

BASF uses virtual technologies to make information and data on every plant on the premises available digitally to planning engineers, process engineers, assembly coordinators, safety experts and asset managers.

May 21, 2012

New applications for positive displacement pumps

Asian Engineer, May 2012

By Eugene McCarthy

The process industry is finding uses for positive displacement pumps that are very different from traditional applications.

May 21, 2012

Controllers tackle all aspects of plant operation

Process Engineer, May 2012

La Vichimica in Italy specialises in the reprocessing of solvents from different process industries, notably pharmaceuticals. ControlCare Field-based Control System (FCS) from Endress+Hauser controls the process.

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May 13, 2012

Chemical manufacturer implements mobile SCADA solution

Process & Control, April 2012

Allessa Chemie uses EXTEND7000 Mobile SCADA at its Frankfurt-Fechenheim manufacturing operation. The solution was purchased in order to more effectively monitor the consistency of energy distribution levels within its main 400V plant power supply.

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Robinson tests ABB energy harvesting wireless temperature transmitter
May 02, 2012

Robinson tests ABB energy harvesting wireless temperature transmitter

A manufacturer of speciality chemicals in the UK, Robinson Brothers is conducting a trial of the transmitter on a steam main supplying its chemical manufacturing plant.

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April 26, 2012

Optimise planning of piping systems using CAE

European Chemical Engineer, April 2012

By Ulrich Feldhaus

Lurgi GmbH in Germany uses Fl,owmaster CAE software for the system simulation of mile-long and branched piping systems.