Although this encompasses a range of facilities with varying plants, respondents seem to be unified in taking a less severe, yet cautious attitude when looking ahead to 2009 purchases.
While the processing marketplace is not immune to cutbacks, the pharmaceuticals segment offers more promise than most.
The most significant issues for this sector seem to stem from fewer capital equipment purchases being made over one year ago, and as a result, maintenance costs have increased, thereby impacting operational efficiency.
As could be expected with the changes in its business climate, this segment will not be among the most dynamic when it comes to purchasing in 2009.
While at a slower pace than last year, survey respondents show that a strong interest in purchasing new equipment and implementing new technology still persists.
UNiGY pump-modeling hydraulic drive technology
FactoryTalk ViewPoint visualization software
iVMIT intelligent vendor-managed inventory solutions
From the onset of the civilian nuclear era (marked by President Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech to the United Nations in 1953) there has been a strong awareness of the importance of safety within the nuclear energy industry.
Emerson's Smart Wireless technology is helping E.ON UK accurately monitor and measure treated water usage, thus allowing trending and analysis to formulate target values at the company's Kingsnorth dual-fired power station.
The statistics-both staggering and sobering-are sounding the alarm for a radical transformation in the energy efficiency of pumping systems.
By Christine Pagcatipunan Process improvement and cost reduction are key motivators for any plant. As a result, automated tank cleaning is increasing in popularity.
OMEGA Engineering says its OM-CONV-USB Series RS-232-to-USB interface converters are easy to install.
According to HMS Industrial Networks, its Anybus RemoteCom remote automation management and control device integrates: A secure central internal Web server to collect and store logged data, including trend graphs, in 1 location.
National Instruments recently launched an instrument driver that gives NI LabVIEW graphical
SAFER Systems’ Real-Time® chemical emergency management system, Version10, equips organizations that deal with hazardous materials with vital information that enables better emergency planning, decision-making and response.
Dassault Systèmes has announced that the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), an organization that sets standards for the international marine and offshore industry, has selected the analysis capability of Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA) software from SIMULIA to assist in the evaluation of the structural strength of offshore drilling and production units.
Several hot tanks at the refinery are fitted with wireless temperature transmitters as a cost-effective means of keeping control room operators informed of internal tank conditions. This enables them to maintain temperature uniformity in the tanks, thereby preventing the formation of cold spots in which trapped moisture can lead to extensive damage-with repairs costing up to $200,000 per tank, according to the company.
The OM-EL-USB-TC thermocouple data logger from OMEGA Engineering features:
According to OMEGA Engineering, its CN740 Series temperature controller offers accurate temperature measurement and control in a 1/16 DIN package, in addition to continue
Bullet List 1. The Manual Method. A worker physically cleans a tank and may actually enter it to do so. This raises safety concerns and often results in inconsistent cleaning, as well as the use of more cleaning chemicals and water than is really necessary.
IOtech has supplemented its vibration measurement portfolio with 2 new products; the 600 Series dynamic signal acquisition product portfolio was expanded with the addition of the 652u 10-channel, 24-bit simultaneous sampling USB 2.0 device, while the eZ-suite of software has broadened its capability to include remote machine monitoring and control with the addition of the eZ-TOMAS remote package.
Tharo Systems presents the newest version of its EASYLABEL® software, which includes XML support for SAP enterprise management systems
Bullet List The provision of an off-line, scalable and customizable solution for automation system testing and operator training, which allows a newly hired worker to get acclimated to operations before being introduced to the plant floor. This can improve efficiency, reduce the chance for a mistake leading to downtime, and aid in improving worker safety.
By Dave StaplesI t used to be a relatively common practice for plants to wait for equipment to fail, and then repair it.