Avoid startup surprises in control system migration

by Bill Fester on November 7, 2017

in DCS, Systems

Take advantage of some cutover commissioning tips and tricks You’re ready. Installation is complete. Your distributed control system (DCS) modernization project nears its end. The control loops of the distillation column have been in manual for the last four hours to allow a hot cutover to the new DCS. The project engineering team said the […]

The greatest source of process control knowledge

by Bill Fester on October 26, 2017

in DCS

A tribute to thought leader and Control Process Automation Hall of Fame member Greg Shinskey   Home / Articles / 2017 / The greatest source of process control knowledge The greatest source of process control knowledge A tribute to thought leader and Control Process Automation Hall of Fame member Greg Shinskey The teachings and writings […]

Why It’s REALLY Hard To Find The Right Expertise

by Bill Fester on October 16, 2017

in Chemical, DCS, Jobs

Below is a posting from INDEED, the jobs board, of an ad posted by Occidental Chemicals. The ad spends an extraordinary amount of space on how great it is to work for Oxy with it being such a “growing, action-oriented” company. Fact is, there’s a lot of grandiose self promoting terms which are lush and […]

Here’s an ad from BASF posted on INDEED. Extraordinary amounts of effort put into all of the right politically correct buzzwords from an HR standpoint. But instead of actual descriptions of WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING, it’s mostly just fluff. Here again, NO actual mention of which DCS you’ll be involved with.  The number of hours […]

New IIoT- and cloud-enabled digital tools and services give petroleum refiners new avenues to increase profitability and safety, but also require greater attention to cybersecurity By Scott Jenkins While several forces are creating conditions in which U.S. petroleum refiners can thrive in 2017 and beyond, success and profitability are not guaranteed (see U.S. refining outlook […]

Billion Smart Factory Market 2017 DUBLIN, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Smart Factory Market by Technology (DCS, PLC, MES, ERP, SDADA, PAM, HMI, PLM), Component (Sensors, Industrial Robots, Machine Vision Systems, Industrial 3D Printing), End-User Industry, and Region – Global Forecast to 2022” report to their […]

Experion® PKS helps customers upgrade their legacy systems with lower capital investment to boost productivity and reliability   SHANGHAI, May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions (HPS) today announced that it will upgrade four process control systems that will improve reliability and help prevent unplanned shutdown losses for one of China’s largest copper […]

Noticed this this afternoon and given the vagueness of International Paper’s post, I’m not sure they’re actually serious in hiring someone. Take a look: Process Control SME International Paper Loveland, OH 45140 II This position will report to the Manager, Process Control Group PL determination will be commensurate with experience 1. Purpose: Technology Subject Matter […]

Solvay Green River is developing a 20-year vision for the future of its process control system assets. Kevin Kelley learned the value of control system lifecycle management the hard way. Following three losses of control system power in 2012, the process control foreman at Solvay Chemical’s Green River soda ash production facility in southwestern Wyoming […]

DCS market to decline and recover: ARC Advisory Group

by Bill Fester on September 22, 2016

in DCS

After experiencing its worst year in 2015 since the great recession in 2008, the market for distributed control systems (DCS) is expected to drop again for 2016 before slowly bouncing back in the following years, according to a new study by ARC Advisory Group. The five-year market analysis, “DCS Global Market Research,” presents forecasts for […]