Project justification is critical to driving corporate competitiveness Clearly, any new automation project requires economic justification. Although this often involves hard “dollars and cents” quantification of cost savings from increased production, reduced raw material costs, or increased uptime, it is also about “soft” benefits, such as reducing risks and improving agility. All contribute to making […]

Distributed Control Systems (DCSs) Are Gaining New Capabilities, Such as Integrating with Safety Systems, to Match the Unique Needs of Their Process Applications You can’t just waltz into a refinery’s process control system with mainstream, IT-based computers and expect to be successful. Big process applications are unique environments—even from one to another—so they need the […]

With over 20 years of experience in all aspects of I/A systems, from their earliest versions to the most recent software revisions, this individual can handle basically all aspects (including hardware). He is well versed in applications for a variety of industries.  In addition to his comprehensive Foxboro DCS knowledge, he is also extremely familiar […]

Schneider Electric SA (SU) agreed to buy the U.K.’s Invensys Plc (ISYS) for 3.4 billion pounds ($5.2 billion) to add software and control systems used by chemicals makers, oil refineries, and mining companies. The world’s biggest maker of low- and medium-voltage power gear is offering the equivalent of 502 pence a share, with shareholders able […]

from: The Industrial Ethernet Book. Highly public lapses in the guarding of industrial networks have led to a new awareness. Security is an essential element of network design and management in today’s industrial enterprise. Guidelines produced by the ODVA, and abridged here in two parts by James Hunt, introduce the concept of cyber-security for Industrial […]

AkzoNobel expands La Porte facility

by Bill Fester on September 28, 2012

in Chemical, Industries, Jobs, People

Molly Ryan Reporter- Houston Business Journal Email  | Twitter AkzoNobel NV, a Netherlands-based paints and specialty chemicals giant, said Friday that it is investing millions of dollars expanding capacity at its La Porte facility. In order to meet increased demand from the semiconductor industry, especially for the production of LEDs, AkzoNobel will extend its tri-methyl-aluminum (TMAL) […]

Continuous Data Analytics

by Bill Fester on September 28, 2012

in Chemical, DCS, Emerson DeltaV, Industries, People, Systems

by Terry Blevins From: Modeling And Control   One of the areas addressed by the DeltaV future architecture team over the last two years has been the research and development of on-line continuous data analytics for fault detection quality parameter prediction. This year a prototype of this capability is being tested at two plants in […]

The Principles of Batch Automation Are Being Used in Continuous Process to Improve Process Safety and Quality, and to Compensate for Losing Older, Highly Experienced Operators from: by: Walt Noye The ISA S88 Standard Committee, whose work resulted in the ISA-88 Batch Standard, may never have foreseen that the principles and best practices it […]

From: MaverickIdeas, a blog by the people at Maverick Technologies By Chad Harper A perfect storm is brewing in the automation world, and it has nothing to do with hardware or software. It’s about resources, which are fast becoming a bottleneck in the industry. Why? Well, there are several factors at play. I’ll address some […]

from   The United States lost 28% of its high-technology manufacturing jobs over the last decade, as the nation’s rapidly shrinking lead in science and technology in the global marketplace was accompanied by a toll on U.S. high-tech jobs, according to a new study released today by the National Science Board (NSB), the policy […]