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Asset management

Improving asset performance in refineries (10/05/2016)
Article image The high density of rotating equipment used in refineries means that effective asset management of pumps, turbines, compressors, motors and generators, can play a vital role in maintaining plant up-time and achieving OEE targets, in addition to ensuring high safety levels and profitability. Harald Großmann looks at the maintenance challenges facing petrochemical refineries and how to improve asset performance and reliability.
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‘Data-grabbing’ conditioning monitoring tactics may hamper operational efficiency improvement work (10/05/2016)
Article image An over-reliance on condition monitoring data could be hampering maintenance teams in their task of improving plant operational efficiency, according to ERIKS UK.
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Secure data connection for remote maintenance (26/01/2016)
Article image The specialist brewery system supplier, GEA, employs remote maintenance as part of its solution, to ensure a high level of plant availability and efficient plant operation. Security of data connections plays an important role in the process.
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When operations and maintenance see eye-to-eye 02/06/2015
Operations and maintenance staff can work more effectively together if they use the same plant data, says Will Leonard, Oil, Gas & Petrochemical UK marketing manager for ABB.  Full Story...

Change management systems - safeguarding plant automation assets 28/03/2014
The increased use of plant floor automation to achieve production goals has created a dependency on PLCs, PC-based control systems, SCADA systems, robotic controllers and HMIs. It is therefore vital that companies ensure that proper safeguards are in place to protect and manage any changes made to control logic across the plant, says Andy Thorogood, product manager at MAC Solutions. Full Story...

Reap the rewards of an integrated maintenance solution 18/06/2013
Managers of maintenance systems continually strive for leaner, more optimised work flows for asset repair and maintenance services. Gaining access to, and harnessing information, is key to achieving this goal. Suzanne Gill reports on one solution. Full Story...

An economic case for reliability 19/04/2012
Ron Stallworth, global business manager, Asset Management at Honeywell Process Solutions, believes that a facility can now only be considered to be ‘world-class’ if they can create competitive advantage, for example, through the use of reliability and asset management programmes. Full Story...

First working prototype of FDI 14/11/2011
A Field Device Integration (FDI) host system prototype and the use of FDI device packages for Foundation Fieldbus, HART, and PROFIBUS device integration was presented at the NAMUR AGM, based on a multi-vendor system. Full Story...

Wireless transformation in global industrial facilities 01/11/2011
IMS Research reports that worldwide shipments of industrial products that are wireless-enabled are set to grow from an estimated 1.2 million in 2009 to more than 3 million in 2015, at an average annual growth rate of 18%. Since WirelessHART was approved in 2010 as the first international wireless communication standard, it has been validated and accepted globally by industry. Full Story...

RFID system for manufacturing and process applications 13/09/2011
A new RFID technology, based on Ethernet/IP and open standards, delivers flexibility and ruggedness to demanding industrial applications. Full Story...

Directly connecting the plant floor to the business level 07/06/2011
Today’s manufacturing processes rely as much on physical automation as they do on communications protocols to seamlessly integrate all areas of the production process. Full Story...