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Protecting the Connected Barrels:  Cybersecurity for upstream oil and gas
July 05, 2017

Protecting the Connected Barrels: Cybersecurity for upstream oil and gas

By Anshu Mittal, Andrew Slaughter, Paul Zonneveld
This Deloitte report addresses cybersecurity concerns in the oil & gas industry, and discusses how companies can better protect themselves in an increasingly connected world.

Benefits of Intelligent Valve Actuation in Low Temperature Environments
March 17, 2017

Benefits of Intelligent Valve Actuation in Low Temperature Environments

By Rotork
With the current emphasis in the oil and gas industry on unmanned, remotely operated sites, often utilising renewable energy sources in harsh and challenging environments, capitalising on the functionality and energy saving benefits of IQ3 technology has never been more important.

Powering the Internet of Things with MQTT
January 06, 2017

Powering the Internet of Things with MQTT

By Ming Fong, Schneider-Electric Software
Even though MQTT was designed prior to this age of IoT, its characteristics meet the requirements of IoT and have full advantage of being adopted into the IoT space. This paper provides an insight into the MQTT protocol.

Siemens publishes white paper on digitalized pumping solutions for pipelines
June 08, 2016

Siemens publishes white paper on digitalized pumping solutions for pipelines

The white paper describes energy-efficient pumping solutions from Siemens designed to achieve a sustainable reduction of operating costs while helping to improve the reliability and safety of pumping stations.

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From Measurement to Management: How IoT and Cloud-Based Data is Changing the Oil & Gas Industry
April 05, 2016

From Measurement to Management: How IoT and Cloud-Based Data is Changing the Oil & Gas Industry

By Adam Chapman, Fluenta
The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to change the capability of businesses to monitor and measure an almost unlimited number of different objects. Deploying this capability will be crucial for the Oil & Gas Industry over the coming decades, particularly as it relates to flaring and cold flaring (venting).

Enabling Big Data Benefits in Upstream Systems
April 15, 2015

Enabling Big Data Benefits in Upstream Systems

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.

6 ways for energy, chemical and oil and gas companies to avert the workforce crisis
February 20, 2015

6 ways for energy, chemical and oil and gas companies to avert the workforce crisis

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.

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Integrating Multigenerational Automation Systems
January 14, 2015

Integrating Multigenerational Automation Systems

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.

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.

Facilitating ISO 14224 With EAM Software
June 20, 2014

Facilitating ISO 14224 With EAM Software

By Joachim Sahlqvist, IFS
ISO 14224 constitutes a “reliability language” that can be used to improve communication in oil & gas rig or facility operations and maintenance. This white paper shows how enterprise asset management (EAM) software that is prepackaged to support ISO 14224 can speed up compliance with the standard and ensure successful generation of valuable KPIs.

Mobile Devices White Paper
May 07, 2014

Mobile Devices White Paper

By Opto 22
Can off-the-shelf mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets be safely used in industrial automation applications? This timely white paper explores the promise and problems of this popular new trend.

Protecting our Water – Keep Chemicals in the Tank
March 25, 2014

Protecting our Water – Keep Chemicals in the Tank

By Bill Sholette and Ricardo Chavez, Endress+Hauser
Leaking or overfilled tanks can cause environmental problems, contaminate drinking water and cost a company millions of dollars. Proper instrumentation, monitoring and control can prevent these problems. This white paper explains how.

A New Distributed Architecture for Remote Communications
November 20, 2013

A New Distributed Architecture for Remote Communications

By: Tony Paine, Kepware, and Russel Treat, EnerSys
A Distributed Communications Architecture removes the problems found in the Host-Centric Model. This architecture optimizes communications requests between client applications and field devices, minimizing bandwidth usage and cost.

Measuring Viscosity for Polymer Flooding
July 15, 2013

Measuring Viscosity for Polymer Flooding

By Anton Paar
The two polymer types most often used in an enhanced oil recovery process are a synthetic material polyacrylamide and the biopolymer, Xanthan. Here’s how to measure their viscosity.

Instrumentation for Produced Water Applications
April 10, 2013

Instrumentation for Produced Water Applications

By Steven Smith, Endress+Hauser
Produced water refers to any water brought up to the surface during oil and gas production, typically as the result of drilling, exploration and hydraulic fracturing. Fracking has emphasized the need to clean up water produced from oil and gas wells, and proper measurement is vital for this effort.

Have you checked your wrinkles lately?
March 27, 2013

Have you checked your wrinkles lately?

By Hugh Davies, Optical Metrology Services
How high precision laser profile measurement tools and video inspection equipment are helping companies verify the quality of CRA-lined pipes by detecting the presence of wrinkles or buckling.

March 21, 2013

Automating wellpad operations in the oil and gas industry

By ABB
Paper describes how ABB’s Totalflow XRC RTU can be configured to measure and control virtually all the functions for a single well or an entire wellpad.

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Rapidly Deploy a Well Optimization System with Accutech
October 04, 2012

Rapidly Deploy a Well Optimization System with Accutech

By Denis Rutherford, Schneider Electric

Accutech instrumentation from Schneider Electric, Telemetry and Remote SCADA Solutions is self-powered, wireless technology that facilitates dramatic increases in productivity by completing the operational data picture. Designed for fast deployment in hard to reach areas, it is a cost effective solution for industrial applications where traditional instrumentation has previously failed.

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Using DNP3 to Solve Oil & Gas and Water Remote SCADA Communication Challenges
June 06, 2012

Using DNP3 to Solve Oil & Gas and Water Remote SCADA Communication Challenges

By Philip Aubin, Schneider Electric

The DNP3 protocol has evolved over the last two decades to provide significant advantages for SCADA operations that require communication with remote devices over large distances. This white paper highlights the functionality that has made DNP3 such a powerful tool in the O&G and W/WW industries.

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Long-Term Instrument Control and Connectivity Solutions
May 03, 2012

Long-Term Instrument Control and Connectivity Solutions

By National Instruments

The key to developing long-term instrument control applications is software and hardware that enable seamless connectivity to any instrument in an application and offer built-in capabilities for advanced data analysis and presentation. The two decisions, the instrument and the software, should be independent of each other.

A Critical Shift: How Adding Structure Can Make Shift Handovers More Effective
March 12, 2012

A Critical Shift: How Adding Structure Can Make Shift Handovers More Effective

Automation.com, March 2012

By Tom Plocher of Honeywell, et al.

Shift logs are the mechanisms that help coordinate activities across shifts or teams. Industrial research has repeatedly argued for the benefits of imposing structure on shift handovers in the form of structured logs, checklists, and displays.

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February 27, 2012

Endress+Hauser Releases White Paper Showing How to Maintain pH Sensors

Automation.com, March 2012

By Fred Kohlmann, Endress+Hauser

White paper describes when and how to inspect, clean and calibrate pH sensors-including a complete decision tree diagram that outlines all necessary steps.

February 25, 2012

Rupture Pin or rupture disk: which is the clear choice for pressure relief?

Valve World, February 2012

By Julian Taylor, Rupture Pin Technology

The fundamentals of pressure relief applications are safety, efficiency, maintenance level, downtime duration, operating costs and environmental friendliness. Does the Rupture Pin alleviate the issues that go with such applications, or is the rupture disk a more sensible option?

February 09, 2012

Using Guided Wave Radar in Steam loops

Automation.com, March 2012

By Keith Riley and Ravi Jethra, Endress+Hauser

White paper addresses the application of Guided Wave Radar to measure level in steam loops, including discussions of how this technology functions and differs from more traditional forms of level indication.

Innovative New Air / Gas Thermal Flow Meter Changes the Rules
February 08, 2012

Innovative New Air / Gas Thermal Flow Meter Changes the Rules

Automation.com, February 2012

By Randy Brown, Fluid Components International

Upgrading a plant’s gas flow meters can improve process efficiency, reduce energy costs and save on maintenance expenses. Here’s how FCI’s newest line of thermal mass flow meters can help when replacing old meters.

FDI: Field Device Integration Technology
February 07, 2012

FDI: Field Device Integration Technology

Automation.com, February 2012

By FDI Cooperation

FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, are supporting and driving forward the development of FDI Technology. Here’s how FDI works.

How to Choose the Right Application Software for Your Measurement System
February 04, 2012

How to Choose the Right Application Software for Your Measurement System

By National Instruments

Application software lies at the core of modern data acquisition (DAQ) systems, making it imperative that you select a software tool that fits the needs of your application today and easily scales as your system matures. This paper walks through five questions to consider when choosing application software.

Energy Harvesters reduce wiring and battery costs for wireless sensors
January 23, 2012

Energy Harvesters reduce wiring and battery costs for wireless sensors

Automation.com, January 2012

By Roy Freeland, Perpetuum

Energy Harvesters are now readily available to power most low power wireless installations.

December 27, 2011

Wireless technology in industrial automation

By Johan van der Westhuizen,Yokogawa

The use of wireless technology in industrial automation systems offers a number of potential benefits. Here’s what Yokogawa thinks about wireless.

December 21, 2011

Signal Conditioning: Getting the most for your money

Automation.com, December 2011

By Acromag

This paper reviews signal conditioning features such as accuracy, adjustability, isolation, surge withstand capability, RFI/EMI protection, packaging, and repairability.

December 21, 2011

Improving Safety in Oil and Gas Production

Automation.com, December 2011

By United Electric Controls

This white paper examines the changing oil and gas production safety environment, explores solutions, and outlines the advantagesthat can result.

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December 21, 2011

Simplifying Plant Safety Instrumentation

Automation.com, December 2011

By United Electric Controls

For point safety applications, a properly designed and implemented digital switch with self-diagnostics can be an important part of the solution.

Building Distributed Monitoring and Control Systems With LabVIEW
November 08, 2011

Building Distributed Monitoring and Control Systems With LabVIEW

By National Instruments
November 2011
This paper examines the benefits of creating distributed monitoring and control systems as well as the fundamentals of building these systems. Engineers can use the concepts presented in this paper to design reliable, high-performance systems that can easily integrate with future technologies.