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A Watchful Eye With Smarts For Hot Tanks

November 5, 2008 4:32 am | Articles | Comments

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.

Gathering The Perfect Storm For Soaring Electricity Costs

September 25, 2008 11:10 am | Articles | Comments

By Bob Zak Industrial manufacturers consume roughly one-third of the power utilized in the US. This fact is not lost on utilities and energy service providers.

Cutting The Cord

July 17, 2008 11:47 am | Articles | Comments

While less glamorous than its consumer counterpart, wireless capabilities in the industrial sector continue to grow in importance.


Predictive Maintenance: Diagnosis For Machinery Health

June 18, 2008 6:20 am | Articles | Comments

By Dave StaplesI t used to be a relatively common practice for plants to wait for equipment to fail, and then repair it.

6 Key Mobile Adoption Drivers for the Chem Processing Industry

May 5, 2008 6:30 am | Articles | Comments

Leading-edge organizations that have adopted mobile technology as a best practice are realizing a new level of efficiency, which is reflected in their operations and on their bottom line.

Q&A With Enterasys: Secure Networks in Focus

April 3, 2008 1:49 pm | Articles | Comments

The goal of Enterasys Networks, a company based in Andover, MA, with more than 3,500 customers, is to deliver secure networks that ensure the integrity of IT services

Wireless Network

December 10, 2007 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SureCross wireless network offers radio frequency design, advanced power management features and robust communications integrity.

Chem Show Takes Over Big Apple

October 5, 2007 5:41 am | Articles | Comments

For more than five decades, the Chemical Process Industries Exposition has been the key trade show for professionals, providing a unique venue to see, touch, and discuss new products. This year's edition of the Chem Show boasts approximately 600 exhibitors from around the world and is expected to draw more than 10,000 visitors.



October 1, 2007 6:09 am | Articles | Comments

Omega Engineering Inc., Stamford, CT, has more than 190 pages of information and product data for the DAS market featured in a new catalog.

10 More Technologies You Shouldn't Miss

September 10, 2007 5:02 am | Articles | Comments

Don't stop reading even if you're getting a feeling of déjà vu! We presented a special report in the July issue titled "10 Technologies You Shouldn't Miss," but this is different. This article highlights 10 more technologies that we believe you'll want to know about. Each one has an important feature in common with all the others — innovation.

ISA Expo Highlights: New Products and Pavilions

September 4, 2007 5:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Solution providers from around the world will meet in Houston, TX, Oct. 2-4, for ISA Expo, where they will unveil their latest automation and control products.

Plant Efficiency Ideas: Saving Energy

August 1, 2007 6:20 am | Articles | Comments

Saving energy is an important issue from both an environmental and energy cost perspective. The key question is: How can a substantial and sustainable reduction of energy consumption be achieved? The most credible solution is to establish an understanding of how users consume their energy and make them responsible for it.

Digital Dosing: New Metering Pump Platform

July 5, 2007 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The last couple of years have seen the introduction of an entirely new generation of diaphragm metering pumps. These pumps incorporate digital robotic-like technology to improve accuracy and process control, saving money by lowering the amount of chemicals used and reducing the number of pump sizes required by large users of dosing pumps.


Something New at ISA EXPO 2007

July 5, 2007 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Solution providers from around the world will come together in Houston, TX, Oct. 2-4 for ISA EXPO, considered to be North America's largest automation and control exhibition.

Gaging Device for Rail Cars

May 3, 2007 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LevelSure is an electronic wireless gaging device consisting of an electronic probe that travels with a rail car. When the probe is activated, it continuously senses product temperature and level and then recalculates the maximum load level based on product-specific gravity and temperature.

How to Build a Digital Foundation for Enterprise O&M Management

May 3, 2007 8:33 am | Articles | Comments

The pressures to reduce costs and increase productivity in process manufacturing industries are unrelenting and are often labeled the top two enterprise-wide priorities for companies today. A seemingly logical consequence of the cost-cutting priority is the on-going practice of trimming operations and maintenance (O&M) staff allocations.

Two Thumbs Up: New Videos Offer Insight into Vibration

April 5, 2007 10:23 am | Articles | Comments

Ludeca Inc., Doral, FL, is offering two new videos on alignment, vibration, and balancing. The first video examines the features and benefits of the Rotalign Ultra shaft alignment system with continuous sweep measurement mode and wireless Bluetooth communication to the sensor.

Oil and Gas:Ringing UpRemote Assets

January 29, 2007 4:31 am | Articles | Comments

After investing millions of dollars in legacy serial communications systems — and in many cases, millions more in older SCADA RTUs (remote terminal units) and EFMs (electric flow meters) — many oil and gas producers are finding themselves in a pickle.

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