Int_Aug-Sep_process-automation_slider

What are the Benefits of Multiproduct Manufacturing in the Biopharmaceutical Industry?

With the historical success of blockbuster products, the biopharmaceutical industry has required large manufacturing capacity with single-product facilities built to produce large volumes of a single blockbuster drug. More recently, however, with the changing business and regulatory environment, facilities have to be more flexible and capable of producing multiple products. They need to have shorter […]

Print Friendly
Continue Reading · 0
oil valve

How to Use Valve Position Control to Optimize Process Efficiency and Capacity

There are many opportunities for process optimization by valve position control (VPC). Table 1 summarizes common examples of the use of VPC for increasing process efficiency and capacity. Efficiency is increased by reducing energy and raw material costs for a given production rate. Capacity is increased by increasing feed rates for a given efficiency. Table […]

Print Friendly
Continue Reading · 0
Int_Aug-Sep_special-section_slider

What Test Equipment Should You Use in a Hazardous Area?

What is a hazardous area? A hazardous area is an area (inside or outside) that contains, or may contain, flammable substances. The flammable substance may be a liquid, gas, vapor, or dust. The area may contain a flammable substance all of the time, most of the time, or only in specific situations, such as shutdowns […]

Print Friendly
Continue Reading · 0
The newest Internet technology.Connection.Cybersecurity

What Can We Do to Prevent Cyberattacks on Industrial Operations?

Cybersecurity is now becoming a high priority for industry and the government, but the Automation Federation (AF) and its sister organization the International Society of Automation (ISA) have been ahead of this recent industry and government activity. The partners have been working with hundreds of end user and vendor members on industrial cybersecurity best practices, […]

Print Friendly
Continue Reading · 0
What is Your Mission ?

Getting Your MES Project Right the First Time

Manufacturing Execution Systems, or MES systems, or just MES, have been around for many, many years.  The names have changed a few times and much of the technology has changed.  Unfortunately, what seems to have stayed the same over the years are the mistakes that people make in implementing MES.  The industries might change, the […]

Print Friendly
Continue Reading · 0
Int_Aug-Sep_automation-IT_slider

How Can Asset Management Strategies Improve Plant Efficiency?

For profitable operations in today’s power and process plants, it is vital to improve overall efficiency and lower costs. To accomplish these goals, operations and maintenance personnel need to respond quickly to potential problems. Operations and maintenance teams are now asked to do more than simply identify problems and fix equipment breakdowns – they are […]

Print Friendly
Continue Reading · 0
man working at programmable machine

How to Achieve Process Simulation Fidelity

The best way to classify process simulators is to look at the original intent of the simulator software when it was first released, who the software developers were, who configures the models, and how the models are used. Simulators originally designed for system acceptance testing (SAT), operator training systems (OTS), and process control improvement (PCI) […]

Print Friendly
Continue Reading · 0
Industrial workers in a factory, teamwork

How Can Advanced Calibration Strategies Improve Control Performance?

One advanced method for calibration techniques is based on the concepts of “loop tuning” or “shooting the loop.” In some cases, it is best practice to perform individual instrument calibration to achieve maximum accuracy (e.g. custody transfer metering). However, there are viable methods where a loop can be tested end-to-end and if readings are within […]

Print Friendly
Continue Reading · 0
Int_Aug-Sep_system-integration_slider

What’s the Best Way to Integrate Packaged Equipment into Plant SCADA Systems?

Integrating controls from an equipment supplier successfully within a plant supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system or distributed control system (DCS) requires communication on multiple levels. These include the process of design, mechanical fit up, and installation, as well as coordination to get the equipment to work in concert with the plant’s other control […]

Print Friendly
Continue Reading · 0