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PLCs/PACs/DCS/controllers

Gaining control through automation (28/11/2016)
Article image Barry Graham discusses the benefits that today’s control systems can offer the food and beverage industry sector and outlines the far-reaching potential of today’s control systems. 
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PC-based control holds the key! (16/10/2016)
Article image Making key and locking mechanisms requires the use of very high-precision production technology that needs to be able to compensate for temperature fluctuations, even of a few degrees. 
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PACs evolve to meet changing needs (01/03/2016)
Article image Control Engineering Europe reports on the new breed of Ethernet-enabled Process Automation Controllers (PACs) which have evolved to help the process industry meet the need for greater plant flexibility and reliability, while also addressing new industry threats.
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Control system solution for remotely operated vehicle 16/02/2016
Lewis Gear, of systems integrator TBG Solutions, discusses how the company has helped one customer to create a reliable and flexible control system for a new class of subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Full Story...

Project delivery optimisation – a new methodology 11/08/2015
Honeywell Process Solutions is suggesting a paradigm shift in the way projects are implemented is required to get the type of capital efficiency that industrial businesses need to achieve in today’s competitive, tight-margin environment. Full Story...

DCS migration – planning is key 10/03/2015
A recent white paper from US-based systems integrator, Maverick Technologies, details the best approach for DCS migration, starting with justification and ending with commissioning and startup.  Full Story...

PLC adds value to modernised rice filling machine 09/12/2014
When it needed to modernise an outdated rice-filling machine, Impasa Automation also wanted to take the opportunity to create a customised display for its customer. Full Story...

A framework for defining control project requirements 02/12/2014
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. 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...

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...



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