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Chemical & pharmaceutical

Automated vision solution makes reprogramming easy (08/07/2014)
Article image GlaxoSmithKline has been able to automate traceability on its production lines and in the process has greatly reduced the risk of human error. 
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Pharmaceutical leaflet inspection system (02/04/2014)
Article image An end-of-line patient leaflet inspection system has been designed by Olmec UK for use with a new decongestant product.
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Electrical solutions for the Sadara Chemical Complex (24/06/2013)
Electrical solutions and services supplied by Eaton will enhance safety and reliability for Sadara Chemical Company, one of the world’s largest integrated chemical complexes.
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Vision inspection system installed for healthcare product manufacturer 24/04/2013
Olmec-UK has installed a ‘Quality Station’ vision system at a leading healthcare product manufacturer. The system is being used to inspect a range of plastic and glass bottles and cylindrical containers. It checks for the presence, height and angle of bottle caps and to make sure that they are securely located. Fill levels are also checked for transparent bottles. Full Story...

Ammonia Technology Alliance formed 17/04/2013
Yokogawa Electric Corporation and KBR have signed a technology alliance for a fertilizer automation package (FAP) that will form part of the ammonia process technology solutions offered by KBR to its customers. Full Story...

Smart technologies achieve calibration excellence 23/11/2012
Suzanne Gill reports on a presentation given at the European Emerson Global User Exchange, which discussed an innovative advanced calibration and asset management solution, employed by GlaxoSmithKline at its Cork primary pharmaceutical production plant, which has succeeded in streamlining and automating its calibration tasks, and has offered the company significant improvements in business operations and management of its regulatory compliance requirements. Full Story...

Mobile SCADA solution monitors power distribution for chemical company 31/07/2012
Speciality chemical manufacturer, Allessa Chemie, has selected the EXTEND7000 mobile SCADA solution from SCHAD, for a manufacturing operation to more effectively monitor the consistency of energy distribution levels within its main 400V plant power supply right around the clock, seven days a week. Full Story...

High-speed vision system inspects sealed blister packs 01/06/2012
A high speed vision system has been designed by Optimal Industrial Automation for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer that inspects for seven key visual parameters relating to sealed blister packs at two per second. Full Story...

Optical gas imaging camera improves polymerization process safety 22/05/2012
Process operators at the Borealis high-pressure, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Stenungsund, Sweden have employed a FLIR GF306 optical gas imaging camera to detect potentially dangerous gas leaks. Full Story...

Making the move to a plantwide control solution 24/01/2012
According to research performed by the ARC Advisory Group, the global process industry loses approximately $20 billion annually, or about 5% of annual production, due to unscheduled downtime from aging DCS systems. Full Story...

Boosting production efficiency and reducing errors in ammonia production 12/12/2011
Five of EuroChem’s ammonia production units in Russia are to be fitted with Honeywell Process Solutions’ UniSim Operator Training Simulation (OTS) solution. Full Story...

Upgraded control systems help cut the cost of iron production 28/11/2011
Tata Steel’s Scunthorpe steel plant produces carbon steel by the basic oxygen method. The existing pressurised oxygen plant produced high pressure oxygen at 42 Bar for steel production, but the three operating blast furnaces only require an 11 Bar supply. Producing oxygen at 42 Bar and then reducing it to 11 Bar was not cost-effective which led the company to look for a more efficient solution. Full Story...

Nyrstar Hobart chooses process automation system to replace DCS 16/11/2011
Nyrstar Hobart, a leading global multi-metals company, has awarded an order to Rockwell Automation and its Global Solutions team to replace a distributed control system (DCS) at the company’s zinc smelting operation in Hobart, Tasmania. Full Story...

Wireless conductivity transmitters help prevent chemical discharge 16/11/2011
Korsnäs Gävle is using Emerson Process Management’s Smart Wireless conductivity and temperature transmitters to collect critical leak-detection monitoring data at its board and paper production unit at Gävlebukten, Sweden, enabling it to verify its compliance with environmental monitoring legislation. Full Story...

Putting the production process through its paces 19/10/2011
Dr Michael Bunk, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service and Dr Silvio Kammer, Innospec Leuna, discuss the process undertaken by the chemical company to implement a state of the art energy management system. Full Story...

Upgraded emergency shutdown systems at Lucite’s Cassel Works 04/10/2011
Hima-Sella, has started work on the upgrade of Emergency Shutdown (ESD) systems for Lucite International at its Cassel Works site in Teesside. The upgrade applies to MM7 - one of the site’s two methacrylate-based monomer plastics processing plants - and will see the gradual replacement of around 24 legacy ESD systems with a solution implemented using eight HIMA HIQuad H51q programmable electronic systems. Full Story...