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Using Smart Field Devices to Improve Safety System Performance

Any process plant that handles products, feedstock, or fuels that are the least bit hazardous (flammable, toxic, or otherwise environmentally dangerous) has safety concerns. Operating in compliance with regulations and standards is a way of life for oil, gas, petrochemical, biofuel, and many commodity chemical producers. But beyond compliance, companies want and need to protect […]

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Understanding Safety Life Cycles

The international standard IEC/EN 61508 has been widely accepted as the basis for the specification, design, and operation of safety instrumented systems (SIS). In general, IEC/EN 61508 uses a formulation based on risk assessment: An assessment of the risk is undertaken and, on the basis of this assessment, the necessary safety integrity level (SIL) is […]

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Alarm Floods and Their Connection to Plant Incidents

This session is in the Safety/Environmental Performance Track: Safety Systems: Solving Today’s Toughest Applications Presented By: Mr. Dustin Beebe, ProSys Read Bio Mr. Steve Ferrer, ProSys Read Bio Mr. Darwin Logerot, ProSys Read Bio Abstract: Investigations of many catastrophic plant events have shown alarm flooding to have been significant distractions for the operators just prior to the incident. This connection […]

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Design of Emergency Steam Load Shedding System Using Dynamic Simulation

This session is in the Safety/Environmental Performance Track: Safety Systems: Solving Today’s Toughest Applications Presented By: Mr. Abhilash Nair, Invensys Operations Management Read Bio Mr. Obaid M Al-Swailmy, Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company Read Bio Mr. Anil Kewalramani, Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company Read Bio Mr. Tariq Khan, Invensys Operations Management Read Bio Abstract: Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company (SK), an affiliate of Saudi […]

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Improve Reliability with Essential Asset Monitoring

Selecting the right asset monitoring strategy is a balancing act between implementation cost and expected reliability. Reactive maintenance represents the most costly and least reliable maintenance program. For example, some essential assets may have a spare as part of a reactive maintenance program. A common practice is to run equipment to failure and then switch […]

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ISA-84: Important functional safety standard for automation in the computer age

Understanding ISA-84

Functional safety within the process sector has always been a priority. As the process sector moved into the computer age, new issues arose as manufacturing plants converted to computer control to replace electrical, pneumatic, and electronic controls. The process sector developed a variety of tools to address these problems, but safety performance did not always […]

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Are you ready for Stuxnet 2.0? More at ISA’s Safety & Security Symposium

Are you up to speed on all the latest security and safety best practices with it comes to process control automation?  ISA’s Safety and Security Symposium is coming up very soon – April 25-27th, 2012 at the Crown Plaza in Anaheim.  The symposium provides you with unbiased knowledge to assist you in your career and […]

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2012 AIChE Spring Meeting & 8th Global Congress on Process Safety

In case you missed it, the 2012 AIChE Spring Meeting & 8th Global Congress on Process Safety is being held this coming week (April 1-4, 2012) in Houston, TX.  There is some great content being presented: Event Keynote: MICHAEL J. DOLAN Senior Vice President, ExxonMobil Corporation “Process Safety and Corporate Responsibility” Other Process Safety Content: Look […]

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ISA12 Hazloc Standards Members Gather for Intensive Week of Meetings

Veteran and novice ISA12 (Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Locations) Members will gather in Orlando, Florida March 12-16 to cover topics such as intrinsic and increased safety, encapsulation, gas detectors, fiber optics, and installation, maintenance, and repair. ISA12 covers the work of 40 standards, including 25 adoptions of IEC standards. The week will include review of […]

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