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Demystifying Fluid Turbulence, Velocity and Flow Measurement
October 26, 2018

Demystifying Fluid Turbulence, Velocity and Flow Measurement

By Dan Cychosz, Emerson Automation Solutions
One of the long-standing philosophical questions of life is whether the light goes off in a refrigerator when the door is closed. For process engineers, an even deeper question relates to knowing what happens inside pipes.

Obsoleting the Absence of Voltage Test?
January 08, 2018

Obsoleting the Absence of Voltage Test?

By Philip Allen, Grace Engineered Products
Without question, the highest risk task for qualified electrical workers is creating an electrically safe work condition. Validated installation procedures for PESDs combined with LOTO procedures significantly reduces the likelihood that workers will be exposed to voltage when creating that electrically safe work condition.

SABIC turns to Yokogawa TDLS analyzers to enhance safety function and production
October 11, 2017

SABIC turns to Yokogawa TDLS analyzers to enhance safety function and production

By Jon Moscovic, Lead Reliability Engineer, SABIC
SABIC’s situation proved to be harder than most typical applications due to a mix of specific conditions. For many years operators struggled while working with paramagnetic and electrochemical cell sensors.

OCC helps Tampa water treatment company upgrade fiber optic cabling
July 21, 2017

OCC helps Tampa water treatment company upgrade fiber optic cabling

By Jeff Miller, Optical Cable Corporation (OCC)
Fiber optic cabling upgrade helps fend off lightning strikes, gnawing animals, environmental toxins, and other threats that can interrupt critical communications and control. Concerns of this kind recently drove the Tampa Bay Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant to upgrade from PE-89 outdoor direct burial copper cable to fiber optic cable.

Remote Monitoring of Pumps with WirelessHART Transmitters
July 19, 2017

Remote Monitoring of Pumps with WirelessHART Transmitters

By Tom Bass, Emerson Automation Solutions
Pumps in remote locations can be monitored with wireless transmitters in a cost-effective manner to improve uptime, avoid incidents and increase reliability.

Improving Worker Safety with Automatic Tank Gauging
February 17, 2017

Improving Worker Safety with Automatic Tank Gauging

By Christoffer Widahl, Emerson Automation Solutions
Manual tank gauging at oil and gas extraction sites is a dangerous and potentially fatal operation. The new API MPMS 18.2 standard, which allows automatic tank gauging to be used for custody transfer on production tanks, will help to prevent injuries.

Effective Leak Testing: Are you testing the part or the seal?
February 02, 2017

Effective Leak Testing: Are you testing the part or the seal?

By Robert Plumridge, Sciemetric Instruments
Based on Scimetric's experience with customers in industries such as automotive, off-highway and medical, this article discusses the top considerations to ensure operators are in fact testing the part and not the seal.

How Smart Instruments Enable Improved Pumping
January 17, 2017

How Smart Instruments Enable Improved Pumping

By Nathan Hedrick, Endress+Hauser
Several instrument manufacturers offer various types of “smart instruments,” and their approaches vary. This article covers how Endress+Hauser flow sensors with Heartbeat Technology provide the kind of information needed to implement smart pumping.

Are You Paying Too Much Tax for your Gas Flaring?
December 16, 2016

Are You Paying Too Much Tax for your Gas Flaring?

By Lana Ginns, Fluenta
With tighter emission regulations, and increased taxation soon to follow, enhanced density monitoring (EDM) can become a vital process to ensure companies are taxed correctly for the gas they are releasing.

Flowserve Collaborates with NI, HP and PTC to Enable Predictive Maintenance for Process Control
August 29, 2016

Flowserve Collaborates with NI, HP and PTC to Enable Predictive Maintenance for Process Control

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
Efficient predictive maintenance has been a goal of the process industry for ages. This article discusses the efforts of Flowserve, with NI, HP and PTC, to create a effective solution for the process control industry

December 24, 2015

System Vibration Monitoring Is Essential to Predictive Maintenance

Pumps & Systems
By Mike Pemberton and William Livoti
In today's industrial landscape, remote monitoring of rotating assets is critical for reliable operation. Specifically, vibration data from pump bearings and other monitored points allows users to analyze the data spectrum and identify problems, such as shaft misalignment and pump cavitation.

Actuator system integration and functional safety
December 09, 2015

Actuator system integration and functional safety

InTech
By Heike Schmeding
Host system integration and functional safety are two highly significant topics that are currently affecting a wide range of valve control applications. However, every installation is different, and adopters of actuation technology should work in partnership with their suppliers to obtain expert advice to achieve the most practical solution.

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Selecting Valves to Improve Process Cooling in Winemaking
November 05, 2015

Selecting Valves to Improve Process Cooling in Winemaking

By Scott Cameron, ASCO Numatics
Several types of valves are used to control cooling in the fermentation stage of industrial winemaking. The wine cooling process itself is fairly straightforward. But examining that process may highlight how valves can function as surprisingly important ingredients in improving a wide variety of cooling applications.

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System integration and functional safety: key issues impacting the actuation industry
October 05, 2015

System integration and functional safety: key issues impacting the actuation industry

By Heike Schmeding, AUMA
This article provides an update on two key issues currently impacting the actuation industry: host system integration and functional safety. It is a key requirement in any plant installation that the actuators used for opening or closing valves can be smoothly integrated with the plant’s automation system.

Piezo technology in pneumatic valves
September 23, 2015

Piezo technology in pneumatic valves

What’s New in Process Technology
By Hannes Wirtl and Ulrich Sixt
Piezo valves are often a better alternative to conventional solenoid valves, especially in the areas of flow and pressure control and as directly controlled proportional valves.

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Valve Operation With Digital Technology
September 18, 2015

Valve Operation With Digital Technology

By C.Sailaja and A.Gugharaja, TATA Consulting Engineers Ltd, Chennai
Valves commonly used in process Industry are either pneumatically operated or electrically operated depending on the availability of Instrument air / power at that location and its application. With the advancement in technology, valve operation on Digital communication system has been introduced.

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Save energy in fluid systems
July 18, 2015

Save energy in fluid systems

Control
By Satish Mathur, Bechtel India
This article explains how the pump and control valve should be selected to save pumping energy and reduce lifecycle cost.

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Safety-critical valves in the nuclear sector
June 23, 2015

Safety-critical valves in the nuclear sector

HazardEx
By Josh Leuenberger, IMI Critical Engineering
The ever more stringent demands on safety-critical valves in the nuclear sector and how the sector’s leading players are responding with new solutions and technologies.

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Part II: An Insider’s Guide to Control Valves & Process Variability
April 23, 2015

Part II: An Insider’s Guide to Control Valves & Process Variability

Flow Control
By John Monsen
For good control, a valve is required that has its flow characteristic selected to match the process, is properly sized, and has good static and dynamic performance

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Head Off Hassles During Startup
March 22, 2015

Head Off Hassles During Startup

Chemical Processing
By Amin Almasi
Commissioning and startup involve very special types of work that require very specific skills. This expertise normally resides within operating companies, specialized commissioning/startup agencies and, often, equipment vendors.