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Improving the Efficiency and Reliability of Water Systems with Variable Speed Pumps and Pressure Sensors
June 27, 2019

Improving the Efficiency and Reliability of Water Systems with Variable Speed Pumps and Pressure Sensors

By Daniel Mullen, Sensata Technologies
Distributing water on a large scale has been a challenge that the world has tackled for decades. It is a particular challenge in high-rise buildings, and with a trend for designers to build up in urban areas, rather than out, it is a challenge that has become a new focus for design engineers.

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity
June 26, 2019

How Robots Change The World: What automation really means for jobs and productivity

By Oxford Economics
The robotics revolution is rapidly accelerating, as fast-paced technological advances in automation, engineering, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning converge. The result will transform the capabilities of robots and their ability to take over tasks once carried out by humans.

Mobile Safety in Hazardous Areas
February 20, 2019

Mobile Safety in Hazardous Areas

By Pepperl+Fuchs
Mobile devices can solve many challenges in hazardous industrial environments. But a device that lacks the proper protection could seriously compromise the safety of your plant and personnel.

How to Conduct an Energy Audit to Acheive Long-Term Savings
January 23, 2019

How to Conduct an Energy Audit to Acheive Long-Term Savings

By CAS DataLoggers
The goal of an energy audit is to get accurate energy data that shows you where your facility’s energy went over the period; which equipment, circuits, buildings or divisions consumed the energy; and exactly when this usage occurred.

Understanding The Basics:  A Guide to Gas Spring Application
January 11, 2019

Understanding The Basics: A Guide to Gas Spring Application

An explanation of what a gas spring is, component parts, and how they are both constructed and operate. It gives the reader a basic understanding of the workings and terminology used when specifying gas springs.

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System
October 17, 2018

The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring System

By CAS DataLoggers
Whether you’re tasked with recommending what to buy, a purchasing agent or the ultimate end user, you can ensure that you’re getting the right system by learning a bit about the most important parts to focus on.

Data Logging 101
July 02, 2018

Data Logging 101

By CAS Dataloggers
This brief overview has been designed to help guide users through the basics of data loggers and how they can simplify data collection for an organization.

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?
June 29, 2018

What do Industrial Engineers Need to Know About Functional Safety?

By Scott Orlosky and Jean-Marc Hubsch, Sensata Technologies
Engineers designing systems for industrial and factory applications are adopting functional safety design practices to reduce the risk of system failures that could result in costly damage or injury.

Halting Harmful Harmonics:  Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation
April 24, 2018

Halting Harmful Harmonics: Active and passive filtering techniques for harmonic mitigation

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
The rise of non-linear loads in industrial environments over the last two decades has resulted in the growing problem of harmonic currents and utility-level voltage distortion. This technical article explores active and passive filtering.

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems
February 23, 2018

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges in Industrial Control Systems

By Veracity
Holistic challenges such as ICS cybersecurity can be overwhelming. Security solutions often create more challenging system-wide issues. Attacking comprehensive problems with individual statements helps us to focus on solving analysis and planning issues step by step. This paper identifies two individual problem statements that address the comprehensive issue of ICS security.

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook
February 16, 2018

Calibration Essentials: An ISA and Beamex eBook

The calibration experts at Beamex have teamed with the International Society of Automation (ISA) to provide this in-depth guide to calibration automation, complete with all the information you need to ensure a fully calibrated and reliable facility.

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring
January 03, 2018

Keeping the Lights On: The basics of machine monitoring

By Stew Thompson, CAS DataLoggers
This whitepaper discusses the basics of one of the most common data logger applications, machine monitoring and predictive maintenance, as a cost-effective way for plants and factories to help reduce process downtime.

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?
November 03, 2017

Alarm Enforcement … or Not?

By Lieven Dubois and Ian Brown, MAC Solutions
Alarm Enforcement is the process of comparing Process Control System (PCS) alarm attributes with the authorised list of alarm attributes held within a site’s Master Alarm Database (MADb), and restoring those which are found to be at variance to the values held within the MADb.
In this paper, we will discuss the pros and cons of this practice.

The Adaptive Machine: Acheiving batch size one
September 18, 2017

The Adaptive Machine: Acheiving batch size one

By B&R Industrial Automation,
Dedicated machine designs are giving way to base machine modules that are configured to production requirements, reconfigured as needed and support ‘batch of one’ operations. The result is a new category of machinery, the adaptive machine.

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.

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency
June 28, 2017

Cybersecurity: Going Beyond Protection to Boost Resiliency

By Don Dickinson, Phoenix Contact USA
The challenge of protecting sensitive data and cyber-assets becomes even more daunting as tens of billions of devices are connected globally, creating the Internet of Things (IoT). Cyber-threats take on an even greater significance when the target is critical infrastructure.

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use
June 21, 2017

Technology and Approaches to Cut Lab & Building Energy Use

By Gordon P. Sharp, Aircuity Inc.
A major research study was conducted that generated a significant amount of objective data on the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) conditions of labs and vivariums that are using dynamic control of air change rate.

Four Common Sources of Inaccuracy in Sensor Measurements
March 21, 2017

Four Common Sources of Inaccuracy in Sensor Measurements

By CAS Dataloggers
This White Paper from CAS DataLoggers addresses four measurement accuracy issues in the order of most to least common.

Safety Instrumentation Simplified: The case for a hybrid safety transmitter
February 28, 2017

Safety Instrumentation Simplified: The case for a hybrid safety transmitter

By Wil Chin and Rick Frauton, United Electric Controls
While there remains considerable variation in the quality of the sub-system infrastructure, there is increasing awareness of the risk, cost of ownership and sustainability of the Safety Instrumented System (SIS).

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage
January 12, 2017

The Safety of AC Power Supplies Fed with DC Voltage

By Dr. Qin Wang, PULS
This whitepaper is an assessment of the safety situation with AC and DC power supplies and what organizations can do to ensure safe power supplies in their facilities

Meeting Emission Control Through Improved Actuation
January 10, 2017

Meeting Emission Control Through Improved Actuation

By Rotork
Pressure is mounting on the global oil and gas industry to reduce its environmental footprint while, at the same time, the industry is under significant pressure to reduce costs. This whitepaper shares what companies can do make this easier

Protecting Industrial Control Systems: An Integrated Approach
October 20, 2016

Protecting Industrial Control Systems: An Integrated Approach

By RKNeal, Inc.
The purpose of this whitepaper is to present a novel cybersecurity framework for deploying and managing cyberthreat management products across multiple OEM vendors.

Infinity QS releases whitepaper on automated food safety guidelines
October 17, 2016

Infinity QS releases whitepaper on automated food safety guidelines

The increasing availability of the tools that facilitate higher levels of manufacturing productivity and quality creates an opportunity for manufacturers to embrace a fresh mindset and leverage prevention and traceability regulations to improve safety, increase revenue, and elevate brand reputation.

Increasing the Lifespan of Electrical Components in Hazardous Environments
June 16, 2016

Increasing the Lifespan of Electrical Components in Hazardous Environments

If an enclosure is properly cooled, the components within can have a long and useful life. Without proper cooling however, the components in these enclosures can be subject to damaging heat, shortening their longevity and reliability.

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Associated Apparatus: The Safe and Most Affordable IS Solution
February 24, 2016

Associated Apparatus: The Safe and Most Affordable IS Solution

By Tina Todd, Moore Industries
The paper outlines how significant savings, both initial installation and ongoing maintenance costs, for intrinsically-safe (IS) facilities or projects can be achieved by selecting associated apparatus as the IS barrier in your system.

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AutomationDirect releases white paper on electrical arcs
October 13, 2015

AutomationDirect releases white paper on electrical arcs

By Brian S. Elliott, AutomationDirect
“Electrical Arcs” explains how arcing develops, the dangers of electrical arcs and various means of arc suppression.

A Practical Guide to Improving Temperature Measurement Accuracy
June 26, 2015

A Practical Guide to Improving Temperature Measurement Accuracy

By Gary Prentice, Moore Industries
White paper shows how to select the best sensor for a particular application and ways to improve the accuracy of the sensor you choose. In particular, it details the reasons why 4-wire RTD sensors are almost always the best choice for high-accuracy temperature applications.

Logic Solver for Tank Overfill Protection
March 29, 2015

Logic Solver for Tank Overfill Protection

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.

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Effective Compliance with IEC 61508 When Selecting Solenoid Valves for Safety Systems
February 05, 2015

Effective Compliance with IEC 61508 When Selecting Solenoid Valves for Safety Systems

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.

Safety Lifecycle Management Workbook
December 24, 2014

Safety Lifecycle Management Workbook

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).

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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.”

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

When to use Multi-Function Safety Relays
July 22, 2014

When to use Multi-Function Safety Relays

By Lenny Filipkowski, AutomationDirect
White Paper describes how one or more multi-function safety relays can often be used to replace many basic single-function safety relays, simplifying installations and saving money. In many cases, multi-function safety relays can be used instead of a safety-rated PLC, resulting in substantial savings while streamlining implementation and maintenance.

Understanding Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) and its Effects for Field Instruments
June 24, 2014

Understanding Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) and its Effects for Field Instruments

By Gaurav Mathur
Companies have a moral and legal obligation to limit risk posed by their operations. To accomplish this, safety practitioners look to equipment specifically designed and approved for use in Safety Instrumented Systems that utilize Electrical and/or Electronic and/or Programmable (E/E/PE) technologies.

Removal of Hardware ESD, Independent of Safety Logic Solver
June 05, 2014

Removal of Hardware ESD, Independent of Safety Logic Solver

By Sam Roy, Schneider Electric
White paper discusses how to remove independent hardware based Emergency Shutdown for logic Solver as identified in ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2001, IEC 61511-1 Section 11.2.8. Is it practical to implement and maintain an ESD switch/Master Trip Relay setup that is more safely available than the Logic Solver, and can be used effectively?

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