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PLCs/PACs/DCS/controllers

PLC adds value to modernised rice filling machine (09/12/2014)
Article image When it needed to modernise an outdated rice-filling machine, Impasa Automation also wanted to take the opportunity to create a customised display for its customer.
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A framework for defining control project requirements (02/12/2014)
Article image Ryan Hildebrandt, a self-employed UK-based controls engineer and project manager considers a six-point framework for defining requirements for a controls project helps save time and effort, while ensuring the project stays on track. He argues the importance of understanding control project requirements, tie them to business goals, and stay true to the design to improve project success.
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Thin clients and servers in the industrial environment (13/05/2014)
Article image 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.
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PAC and DCS advances 25/02/2014
Suzanne Gill reports on some of the most recent industrial control solutions to come to market, and looks at their main features and benefits. Full Story...

Linking existing machine control with SAP system 25/09/2013
The aerosol generator of a nebulizer produced by PARI Pharma GmbH is used in the treatment of cystic fibrosis. The company made the decision to update its control systems to optimise automation of its production equipment. Full Story...

HUG highlights – Trends and technology developments 14/08/2013
This year’s US Honeywell User Group (HUG) event took place in June. Darius Adamczyk reflected on his first 12 months as president and CEO at Honeywell Process Solutions while Jason Urso talked about technology developments. Full Story...

Trends in control technology: is there a future for the PLC? 02/04/2013
Automation is changing and future trends in control technology would suggest that the role of control technology will change. Total solutions in which tasks are distributed according to free capacity are growing in importance. The individual components are irrelevant to the customer. Added to this is the debate pitching PLC against PC. Experts at Mitsubishi Electric believe in the coexistence of both systems. Full Story...

The next generation of the TIA Portal engineering framework 02/04/2013
When Siemens introduced the TIA Portal in 2010, it was described as being ‘its next evolutionary step’ in terms of totally integrated automation’. At a recent London press event, Simon Keogh, business manager – Factory Automation at Siemens Industry, explained more about the technology... Full Story...

PC or PLC based control – take your pick 26/03/2013
Automation suppliers may never agree on whether PC or PLC-based control offers the best solution – in reality it really depends on the application and user preference. However, with most PLC-based systems now offering the same ‘openness’ as PCs, they look like they will be around for some time. Full Story...

Process automation – looking into the future 16/10/2012
What awaits process industry companies in the coming years? Thomas Lantermann, senior business development manager at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, presents an integrated analysis of process automation in the year 2020. Full Story...

Automation renewal project for Rauhalahti power plant 07/08/2012
Jyväskylän Energiantuotanto Oy has signed an agreement with Metso for an automation renewal project at its Rauhalahti power plant in Jyväskylä, Finland. Full Story...

Reverse engineering of DCS, PLC, SCADA and MES systems solves legacy problems 19/04/2012
An increasing number of control systems are becoming obsolete, which presents a major replacement problem for many manufacturers. These legacy control systems can prove difficult to maintain and support. Spare parts can be a problem and finding skilled personnel to provide system support for both hardware and software, becomes increasingly difficult. Full Story...

Shipbuilder employs Integrated Automation Systems on new vessels 17/04/2012
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and STX Offshore & Shipbuilding have announced that they will use Honeywell’s Integrated Automation Systems (IAS) in five vessels commissioned by ship owners in Norway, Russia and the United States. Full Story...

Control solution for Deepsea Challenger 10/04/2012
Opto 22 has provided the primary control system for a record-setting dive to the Mariana Trench, by filmmaker and National Geographic explorer-in-residence, James Cameron, as part of the Deepsea Challenge expedition. Full Story...

Don’t underestimate the feeling of being in control 20/03/2012
Hannu Paunonen and Jaakko Oksanen of Metso Automation, discuss the importance of usability in the overall design of a process control system. Full Story...

Maximising operational efficiency 16/01/2012
Maximising throughput, availability and product quality, while minimising operating, maintenance and energy costs, helps to get more out of a process plant. Simon Ellam, of Siemens Industry Automation, outlines some of the areas that can have a big impact on maximising a process plant’s operational efficiency. Full Story...

Addressing the perils of DIY DCS 20/12/2011
Tim Sweet, of Honeywell Process Solutions, discusses the ‘top seven’ issues to consider when evaluating a DCS, versus building a DIY distributed control system using a PLC-based architecture. Full Story...

ABB retains leading distributed control system market share worldwide for 2010 01/11/2011
An ARC study into DCS states that new projects in heavy process industries, power generation contributed to overall market growth. Full Story...

Rugged computer based on new Intel Atom processor 19/09/2011
A new PCI-104 single board computer from Advantech uses an Intel Atom N455/D525 processor, supporting 1 GB of soldered DDRIII 800MHz SDRAM. The design of this processor is said to allow for power reductions, smaller systems, and performance improvements. Full Story...

Live demo of cutting edge process automation solution at Offshore Europe 19/09/2011
Rockwell Automation ran live demonstrations of its PlantPAx process control solution for the oil and gas industry at the recent Offshore Europe 2011 event. Full Story...

Upgraded control systems help cut the cost of iron production 13/09/2011
Tata Steel has succeeded in cutting the cost of iron production at its Scunthorp plant. Full Story...

Digital plant architecture provides flexibility and reliability for complex laboratory processes 06/09/2011
The Gran Sasso National Laboratories in the Abruzzo region of central Italy are situated around 1400 m below the summit of the Gran Sasso mountain. Owned by the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), the laboratories have been created to carry out experiments in a setting with a low radioactivity level. The rocks above the laboratories act as a shield against cosmic radiations and make it possible to measure very weak radioactive signals from materials being tested. Full Story...

Auto tuning of PID control loops 06/09/2011
Many PID control loops are still operated manually. CEE looks at an auto tune solution which offers the benefit of having a clear view of the information on a large-screen HMI. Full Story...



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