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Profibus: small installation benefits (02/09/2014)
Article image The ability of Profibus to connect to an instrument remotely is generally considered to be a feature employed only in larger plants. However, this situation is now changing, according to James Powell, business developer, PI Communications at Siemens Industry Automation.
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CC-Link gains strength as end-users automate (19/08/2014)
Article image Suzanne Gill reports on the increasing demand for CC-Link enabled solutions, as more Asian end-users in the manufacturing sector turn to automated production processes to ensure better quality products, and to reduce costs.
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Industrial wireless blackout looms (19/08/2014)
Article image Andrew Evans, technical executive at GAMBICA – the UK trade body for instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology industry – is calling for the harmonisation of the new EN62657-2 industrial wireless co-existence standard, which otherwise could lead to a major industrial wireless failure.
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Industry first: In-line flowmeter employs SAW-based technology 12/08/2014
Presented for the first time at Hannover Fair this year, Bürkert is now preparing for the launch of its new FLOWave series of in-line flowmeters which, uniquely in flow applications, employ surface acoustic wave (SAW) technology. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Boiler contaminants: jeopardising power plant operation 05/08/2014
Optimum positioning of analytical instruments at key points throughout the water and steam cycle and water treatment plant on modern power stations can provide operators with a valuable insight for improving plant efficiency and cost effectiveness. Les Slocombe, of ABB Measurement Products UK, explains the benefits of balanced boiler chemistry and how key contaminants can be kept in check to ensure a safe and efficient process. Full Story...

Taking the opportunity to optimise process integration 29/07/2014
In a recent whitepaper the ODVA describes an opportunity for the optimisation of process integration (OPI) and offers an overview of its vision for a comprehensive approach to OPI. Full Story...

Look no wires! Automated monitoring solutions 08/07/2014
Automated monitoring solutions are increasingly being used to gather business critical data in process plants, to help cost-effectively meet legislative requirements and ensure plant safety as well as to increase productivity.   Full Story...

Wireless Anywhere: leading the way for wireless process solutions 01/07/2014
Following the announcement that Yokogawa’s ‘Wireless Anywhere’ concept was given the Frost & Sullivan 2014 Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award, in its wireless solution category, Suzanne Gill found out why. Full Story...

OPC: at the heart of the Internet of Things 20/06/2014
Suzanne Gill finds out more about OPC developments and the potential role it has to play in the Internet of Things in the industrial environment. Full Story...

Visualising plant floor excellence 13/06/2014
An IDC Manufacturing Insights whitepaper has identified some recent trends for manufacturing operations management across Europe. Control Engineering Europe looks at the main points to come out of the research. Full Story...

Pervasive sensing is key to increased business visibility 10/06/2014
At the recent European Emerson User Exchange, Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer at Emerson Process Management, highlighted some of the key drivers for the process industries today and identified a new role for sensing technologies in business critical applications. Full Story...

Cyber security solutions boost automation system protection 10/06/2014
With the ever-present risk of cyber threats and malware, Metso's security business solution is able to provide the necessary safeguards to protect automation systems from attack. Full Story...

Easing the squeeze on profitability 03/06/2014
Eric Petela, business consulting director at AspenTech, discusses the benefits of having effective energy management strategy and explains more about how this can be achieved. Full Story...

Building sustainable value through improved reliability 20/05/2014
The HART Plant of the Year award is presented annually by the HART Communication Foundation to end-user companies to recognise ingenuity in the application of the HART Communication Protocol. The latest winner is Dow Chemical’s Deer Park facility in the US, for its use of the smart diagnostics available through HART communication as part of a larger maintenance initiative. Full Story...

Thin clients and servers in the industrial environment 13/05/2014
Industrial thin clients and servers are now being applied in industrial applications, where their performance and robustness, combined with user-friendliness and simple maintenance is paving the way for cost-optimised infrastructures. Full Story...

Building a maintenance management program for valves 06/05/2014
Diagnostics from smart valve actuators using HART communication can save maintenance costs and improve plant reliability when used in a comprehensive maintenance management program, says Herman Storey, chief technology officer of Herman Storey Consulting. This is often the first big victory of a program. Full Story...

Understanding vibration-induced pipework failure 29/04/2014
Vibration induced fatigue of process piping systems is an important and fundamental failure mechanism. Neil Parkinson, technical director at asset integrity specialist AV Technology, explains the six phases in understanding, correcting and preventing vibration-induced pipework failure. Full Story...

Ensuring network availability in an industrial environment 22/04/2014
Loredana Coscotin, product marketing manager for Industrial Cable EMEA at Belden, explains why industrial grade cables really can make a difference to the long-term performance and reliability of industrial networks. Full Story...

In-depth safety system validation for cement plant 22/04/2014
Adhering to legislative requirements is an essential part of modern production processes, in particular corporate responsibility to ensure the provision of a safe working environment for employees. Siemens Industry worked with Lafarge Tarmac at its Tunstead Cement Plant in the UK during a modernisation project to provide independent consultancy support to the site’s in-house engineering team and help ensure compliance with the safety-led requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. Full Story...

HART Communication adapts for the Internet world 15/04/2014
SUZANNE GILL finds out more about the benefits offered by HART-IP, which is the latest enhancement to the HART Protocol Specification. Full Story...

HART Communication adapts for the Internet world 15/04/2014
SUZANNE GILL finds out more about the benefits offered by HART-IP, which is the latest enhancement to the HART Protocol Specification. Full Story...

Europe-wide drives and motors network 04/04/2014
Andy Love, service channel manager at ABB, explains the rationale behind the company’s new Authorised Value Provider programme and what this initiative means to industry across Europe. Full Story...

Uncovering hidden operational risks 02/04/2014
As long as production runs according to plan, possible risks often remain undiscovered until an unexpected event triggers an incident. HAZOP studies can help uncover these hidden risks and take preventive and systematic actions to improve safety. Rainer Semmler, TÜV SÜD Chemie Service, discusses what might happen if workflows in the process are interrupted. Full Story...



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