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Automation September 8, 2022

Modernizing SCADA vessel control systems with Ignition

Setting out to make better use of data and workflows in the remote, a maritime company adopts data-driven technology.

By Arlen Nipper
Automation December 1, 2021

OEM delivers automated pressure testing with edge computing

An oil and gas original equipment manufacturer (OEM) uses edge computing for integrated data and control to maintain the safety and integrity of drilling facilities.

By Josh Eastburn
Automation November 4, 2020

SCADA, HMI, MES projects produce results, recognition

Cover Story: System integration case studies from several industries show lower costs and greater efficiency in projects using supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), human-machine interface (HMI), and manufacturing execution systems (MES). These won awards.

By Jim Meyers
Automation June 11, 2020

DCS migration and IT/OT integration oil and gas system integration projects

System integrators discuss an eight-year distributed control system upgrade from a legacy system without downtime and a 100-site information technology and operational technology system integration project to improve data mining, tagging structures, and programming disparities.

By John Hopshire, Bob Starkus, Gary Humble
Automation March 24, 2020

Manufacturers focusing on faster automation in wake of coronavirus

GlobalData reports that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has made manufacturers realize the need for faster automation and innovation, but it is going to take time to recover from the virus' economic effects.

By GlobalData
Automation March 18, 2020

Coronavirus will force manufacturers to enhance automation, digitalization

COVID-19 is forcing manufacturers to rely more on automation and digitalization for long-term operations to reduce the financial impact from epidemics and other potential economic challenges.

By Jan Zhang
Automation September 7, 2019

Digital twins, engineering future of automation

Rapid growth of data collection make rapid expansion of digital twins more likely to add automation, supply chain efficiencies and optimization.

By Stone Shi
Automation November 14, 2018

2018 Advanced Automation & IT Report

Oil and gas capital project management

By Amanda Pelliccione
Automation September 10, 2018

2018 Programmable Controllers Study

Five industrial controller findings

By Amanda Pelliccione
Automation August 5, 2018

Visualizing plant performance management optimization

Enabling integrated plant performance management is becoming easier with new tools available to widen optimization of individual units or areas.

By Control Engineering
Automation June 12, 2018

Process instrumentation market projected to reach $16 billion by 2022

The 2017 process instrumentation and automation market is projected to grow 3.7% by 2022 to a total of $16 billion according to the Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA).

By Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA)
Automation June 6, 2018

Project roundtable: Automation and controls

Case studies in oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and water-wastewater applications offer advice in control system integration, automation upgrades, and project management.

By N.James, Burrow Global; R.Pflum, Automation Plus; J.Palazuelos, ECN Automation
Automation December 17, 2017

Always have a plan

System integrators link ambitious projects from manufacturers and automation innovations, but they face a number of challenges in doing so. There are systems, however, in place to identify and overcome those challenges.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Automation December 16, 2017

Consolidating software on a single platform

Company sees greater efficiency, can share data across divisions.

By Jim Meyers, Inductive Automation
Automation December 12, 2017

Burrow Global, Houston, Texas

Burrow Global is the 2018 System Integrator of the Year for the Large System Integrator Technology. Chief strategic officer and director of business development Nigel James shares some of the company's success stories and advice.

By CFE Media
Automation December 3, 2017

Looking back; looking ahead

The December 2017 issue of AppliedAutomation highlights natural gas utility maintenance using data analysis, PID, and radar sensors for liquid level measurement.

By Jack Smith
Automation December 1, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 27-December 3: IIoT, 2018 manufacturing predictions, Plant Engineering at 70, and more

Articles about IIoT, 2018 manufacturing predictions, Plant Engineering at 70, mobile robot safety, and solar powered gas distribution were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, November 27-December 3. Were you out? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media
Automation November 9, 2017

Organization outlines 10 manufacturing predictions for 2018

IDC's top 10 manufacturing predictions for 2018 focus on topics such as ecosystems, embedded intelligence, the IT/OT convergence, supply chain advances, and intelligent assets.

Automation October 5, 2017

Embrace control room technology innovation

Tips on how to do more with what you’ve got, look to the future.

By Lars Larsson and Collin Heggerud
Automation August 7, 2017

Vote for the best products of 2017

Who will win gold in 2017? Oil & Gas Engineering announces the finalists for its 1st annual Product of the Year competition

By Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager
Automation June 23, 2017

Robots’ role in the oil and gas industry

With operational costs cutting deep into profits, oil and gas companies are recently adopting automation technology for more efficient and safer work.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Automation June 15, 2017

Process instrumentation, automation market expected to grow in North America

The Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) projects that the process instrumentation and automation (PI&A) market in the United States, valued at $11.7 billion, is projected to grow 3.6% by 2021 to a total of $14 billion.

By Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA)
Automation June 2, 2017

Ensuring effective decision support in a crisis

Machines can support humans when facing a stressful situation. Using a standards-based approach can reduce the likelihood of a problem escalating.

By Dr. Maurice J. Wilkins, Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Automation May 31, 2017

Variable area flowmeter for harsh environmental conditions

Krohne's H250 variable area flowmeter with M40 Indicator combines flow measurement with latest communication capabilities like Foundation Fieldbus and is ideal for flow measurement applications.

By Krohne
Automation May 3, 2017

Network-based control system update for oil, chemical applications

Yokogawa's updated Stardom network-based control system supports Microsoft Windows 10 and has been enhanced for oil and gas well and pipeline operations.

By Yokogawa
Automation May 2, 2017

Four things to remember about DCS migration

Whether it’s a refinery, chemical plant, or other process-related facility, the primary control system must operate efficiently, safely, and economically. If it doesn’t, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade.

By Jack Smith
Automation April 25, 2017

Energy company to collaborate with artificial intelligence company to improve operations

Dover Energy Automation (DEA) and SparkCognition announced the two companies would collaborate to bring predictive capabilities to DEA’s clients as way to improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of their operations.

By Dover Energy Automation
Automation April 10, 2017

Redundant process control system for demanding applications

Mitsubishi Electric Automation's iQ-R Series Process CPU/Redundant System is designed for industries such as oil and gas, wastewater and building automation with applications that require near 100% uptime to prevent harmful or costly disruptions.

By Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.
Automation March 14, 2017

Standards: Process automation interoperability by 2021

Think Again: A group of end users is telling automation vendors that interoperability is needed for process automation, as explained at the ARC Forum in February. The vision is standards-based open, secure, interoperable process automation architecture commercially available by 2021. The Open Process Automation Forum is working on what’s needed and needs your help.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation February 19, 2017

Process market opportunities for pump suppliers expected to decline in 2017

IHS Markit reports that destocking trends and consolidated end-user markets will continue to place pressure on positive displacement pump suppliers has led to suppliers revising their 2017 pump sales expectations downwards.

By Kevin Schiller, IHS Markit
Automation February 12, 2017

What 2017 means for oil and gas industries

Oil moves higher; growing U.S. natural gas exports are among the trends expected to highlight 2017.

By Kevin Parker
Automation February 6, 2017

Operations data includes clues for automatic process improvement

Oil and gas companies cut maintenance costs and boost efficiency—by smartly analyzing control data.

By Sidney Hill, Jr.
Automation January 6, 2017

Machinery health monitor for protecting process applications

Emerson's AMS 6500 machinery health monitor is certified for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2, which helps it protect against asset and process failures in applications such as steam and gas turbines in power plants and critical refinery and nuclear industry assets.

By Emerson
Automation December 14, 2016

Creating standards for controls systems for mergers and acquisitions

Creating and following controls system standards and guidelines can help mitigate costs during a mergers, acquisitions, and expansions for the pipeline and terminals industry.

By T.J. Gibbons, Mangan Inc.
Automation December 13, 2016

IO platform for improved connectivity in hazardous areas

Rockwell Automation's Allen-Bradley Bulletin 1719 Ex I/O platform is designed to allow users to access data from field devices and more easily control process operations in hazardous applications such as oil and gas, chemical, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and food and beverage.

By Rockwell Automartion
Automation December 7, 2016

SCADA remains relevant for industrial automation

Embedded workflow, engineering model support, and auto-discoverable assets are among the technologies keeping SCADA alive.

By Kevin Parker
Automation December 2, 2016

Achieving operational excellence using APC

In the chemical industry, advanced process control (APC) is the formula for reaching higher levels of operational excellence. See 10 APC opportunities, including 3%-5% capacities gain and 3%-15% energy savings.

By Tushar Singh, Kate Kulik
Automation November 27, 2016

Reducing well contamination with microbial control optimization

Mitigating oil and gas production risk by taking an integrated approach to microbial control.

By Ken Wunch and Christina Pampena, Dow Microbial Control
Automation November 9, 2016

Slip ring diagnostic system for analyzing wind turbine equipment

Leine and Linde's ADSR is a diagnostic system designed for analyzing condition and predicting remaining service life within slip rings, especially useful in onshore and offshore wind turbines.

By Leine & Linde
Automation November 8, 2016

Key security components and strategies for industrial control systems

Back to Basics: Industrial control systems (ICSs) are becoming a more frequent target for cybersecurity attacks, and companies working in vital industries need to take steps to prevent or reduce the risk for a catastrophic event. See five drivers of and eight ways to support ICS cybersecurity.

By Anil Gosine
Automation November 1, 2016

Butterfly valve basics

Inside Process: Like other types of valves butterfly valves interrupt product flow within processes. Typically used in pharmaceutical, chemical, and food industries, they have generally replaced ball valves due to lower cost and ease of installation.

By Ronnie Moore, Cross Company
Automation October 18, 2016

Digital remote sensor for measuring liquid levels

Yokogawa's EJXC40A digital remote sensor is a differential pressure transmitter that is equipped with two pressure sensors and is designed for process manufacturing applications such as oil and gas, petrochemical, and power generation.

By Yokogawa
Automation October 16, 2016

Coriolis mass flowmeter and transmitter series

Yokogawa's Rotamass Total Insight (TI) series of Coriolis mass flowmeters and transmitters are designed for process industries such as oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceuticals, and foods.

By Yokogawa
Automation October 6, 2016

Web SCADA offers new benefits, smarter operations

Cloud-based SCADA offers new data, reporting, analytics, and more cost-effective operations.

By Daniel Johns, Critical Control Energy Services
Automation October 5, 2016

SCADA addresses oil and gas field challenges

IT-based automation’s role in coordinating for complex operations within the oil and gas industry.

By Kevin Parker, Oil & Gas Engineering
Automation October 3, 2016

Knowing the future: predictive maintenance and risk mitigation

Predictive technology proves to be the answer to help prevent plant downtime, safety, and environmental risks.

By João Marques
Automation October 3, 2016

System integrator acquired by automation company

Rockwell Automation has acquired systems integrator company Maverick Technologies in an effort to expand their control and information solutions.

By Rockwell Automation and Maverick Technologies
Automation September 28, 2016

How to battle drift in bonded foil strain gauge-based sensors

Strain gauge-based sensors have a wide variety of uses, tolerance for the oil and gas industry.

By Will Bowden, HBM Inc.
Automation September 12, 2016

Supply chain and production management software portfolio

Honeywell Process Solutions' (HPS) Symphonite is a portfolio is designed to offer an end-to-end solution for the oil and gas, refining, mining, metals, and minerals industries.

By Honeywell Process Solutions
Automation September 11, 2016

Axial high voltage diodes for power supplies

Dean Technology's UFHV series of axial lead high voltage diodes are RoHS compliant and available in 2, 3 and 4 kV, with a 75 ns response time.

By Dean Technology
Automation September 2, 2016

Solenoid valves for chemical, pharmaceutical applications

Magnatrol Valve Corporation's Type A, L and Type K valves are designed for use in petrochemical/oil, pharmaceutical, and water/wastewater processing applications.

By Magnatrol Valve Corporation
Automation August 31, 2016

High pressure liquid pump for oil and gas, chemical applications

Parker Hannifin's AHL118 is a high-volume, double-ended, double acting high pressure liquid pump that is designed for use in oil and gas, chemical, industrial, and research applications.

By Parker Hannifin
Automation August 16, 2016

Four ways to improve midstream process optimization

Boost output and use fewer resources while increasing plant life and performance.

By Ahmed Habib, Jahangir Malik
Automation August 8, 2016

Programmable circuit breaker for hazardous locations

Phoenix Contact's circuit breaker multichannel (CBM) is a programmable circuit breaker that is designed for use in hazardous locations such as oil refineries, offshore platforms, and wastewater treatment facilities.

By Phoenix Contact
Automation August 5, 2016

Continuous gas analyzer with diode and cascade laser technologies

Emerson's Rosemount CT5400 continuous gas analyzer combines tunable diode laser (TDL) and quantum cascade laser (QCL) technologies.

By Emerson Process Management
Automation July 31, 2016

Data analysis: Matching information with the right tools

Using the proper data analysis tools leads to valuable information for facility operations.

By Alex Marcy, Corso Systems
Automation July 25, 2016

Flange manufacturers file dumping charges

Weldbend, Boltex file complaints with U.S. agencies claiming Italy, Spain and India are undercutting prices.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Automation July 14, 2016

Rotary encoder with Profinet communications interface

Posital has added an optional Profinet communications interface to its range of explosion-proof Ixarc rotary encoders and features an integrated IRT switching capability and six diagnostic LEDs designed to simplify setup and troubleshooting.

By Posital
Automation July 13, 2016

How the digital economy will impact oil and gas

Five ways the new rules will go straight to the bottom line.

By Brent Potts, SAP
Automation July 12, 2016

Pipeline safety bill gives regulators emergency authority

President Barack Obama signed a bill to renew the federal government's pipeline safety program. The bill gives regulators new emergency authorities.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Automation July 12, 2016

Top 10 Control Engineering articles, June 11 to July 11: Salary and Career Survey, natural gas flowmeters, binary-coded decimals, more

Articles about the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, natural gas flowmeters, binary-coded decimals and PLCs, 6-axis industrial robots, and high-performance HMIs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 11 to July 11. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Automation July 12, 2016

Process analyzer for sensitive and accurate measurement applications

ABB Measurement & Analytics' LGR-ICOS Model 950 process analyzer is designed for applications such as refining, petrochemical, chemical, power, pharmaceutical, and other related industries.

By ABB Measurement & Analytics
Automation July 10, 2016

Hazardous area equipment sales decline due to oil and gas market

IHS reported that sales of hazardous area equipment declined by over 11% from 2014 to 2015 due to a decline in the oil and gas market.

By John Morse, IHS Technology
Automation July 9, 2016

Self-contained instrument for pressure monitoring, valve control

Rotork's Electronic Line Break (ELB) combines pipeline pressure monitoring with intelligent valve control.

By Rotork
Automation July 8, 2016

Control Engineering re-establishes editorial advisory board

Automation engineering industry experts advance Control Engineering’s continuous improvement and help engineering subscribers do their jobs better.

By CFE Media
Automation July 8, 2016

Rick Pierro, Superior Controls, joins Control Engineering editorial advisory board

Rick Pierro, president and co-founder, Superior Controls, joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in July.

By CFE Media
Automation July 8, 2016

Mark Voigtmann, Faegre Baker Daniels, joins Control Engineering editorial advisory board

Mark Voigtmann, partner, automation practice lead, Faegre Baker Daniels, joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in July.

By CFE Media
Automation July 7, 2016

Variable speed drive series for onshore oil production

Schneider Electric's Altivar Process 900 range of variable speed drives (VSDs) is available for 230 and 460V supply in stand-alone drive modules through 250HP.

By Schneider Electric
Automation June 16, 2016

Productivity, profit standards help executives make the right decisions

The oil and gas industry can use productivity and profit standards to help executives make the right decisions, which is also vital for the technically-minded and process-driven engineering and operational staff.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Automation June 15, 2016

Pressure and vacuum relief valves for flow capacity control

Pentair Valves & Controls' Anderson Greenwood 4000 series of pressure and vacuum relief valves are compliant with the latest API 2000 standard and is designed to help protect tanks from physical damage caused by internal pressure fluctuations.

By Pentair Valves & Controls
Automation May 19, 2016

Stainless steel explosion-proof junction box

United Electric Controls’ stainless steel junction box is designed for pressure and temperature switches as well as pressure transmitters.

By United Electric Controls
Automation May 18, 2016

OEM controller with sensor range for control applications

Micronor's MR380-0 OEM controller is designed to provide a turn-key solution for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and control system providers and is designed for medical, transportation, and industrial applications.

By Micronor
Automation May 17, 2016

Offshore oil well safety rules implemented by Interior Department

The Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement regulations for oil well safety include more stringent design requirements and operational procedures for offshore oil and gas operations.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Automation May 17, 2016

Motor control center technology for oil and gas, industrial applications

Eaton's arc-resistant version of its FlashGard motor control center technology is designed to both prevent an arc flash event and protect personnel if an arc flash occurs for oil and gas applications as well as other industrial applications where an arc flash event may occur.

By Eaton Corporation
Automation May 13, 2016

Continuous gas analyzer for processing and analyzing applications

Emerson Process Management's Rosemount CT5100 continuous gas analyzer combine tunable diode laser (TDL) and quantum cascade laser (QCL) measurement technologies for process gas analysis and emissions monitoring.

By Emerson Process Management
Automation May 10, 2016

Top 10 Control Engineering articles, April 9 to May 9: PLC scanning, Engineers’ Choice, data acquisition and analysis, more

Articles about PLC scanning, managing automation upgrades, data manipulation, data acquisition, and neural network training were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 9 to May 9. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Automation April 20, 2016

Tracking SIS performance with historical data can improve analytics

Plant operations, maintenance can benefit from a better understanding of system performance.

By Jeremy M Lucas, Mangan Software Solutions
Automation April 12, 2016

Top 10 Control Engineering articles, March 12 to April 11: PLC scanning, Engineers’ Choice, data acquisition and analysis, more

Articles about PLC scanning, the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners, data acquisition and analysis, cyber security protection, and sensor actuation charts were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 12 to April 11. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Automation April 11, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 4-10: Ladder logic, predictive analytics, Engineers’ Choice winners, more

Articles about ladder logic and data acquisition, the power of predictive analytics, the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners, maintaining deepwater wells, and choosing between historian and MES integration were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Automation April 9, 2016

Flowmeter with thermal dispersion technology

The MT91 flowmeter features a smart digital flow transmitter and advanced thermal dispersion technology.

Automation April 8, 2016

Flexible pipe for deep-sea oil pipelines

The WDS Flexible Pipe microporous insulation is ideal for deep-sea oil pipelines due its flexibility and superior insulating properties.

By Morgan Advanced Materials
Automation April 6, 2016

Researchers find cause of sour oil and gas

Researchers at Rice University discovered that using biocides to prevent hydrocarbons from souring is causing an unnecessary environmental burden and offer solutions to create a more effective approach.

By Rice University
Automation April 1, 2016

The impact of hydraulic fracking

Oil production from hydraulically fractured wells accounted for more than half of U.S. total oil output during 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Automation March 30, 2016

Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs

Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy.

By John Charalambides, Oceaneering
Automation March 28, 2016

Attention to environment key to managing mooring integrity

How three floating production system (FPS) operators faced deep-sea mooring line challenges.

By Jim Macklin and Kent Longridge, Intermoor, Inc.
Automation March 18, 2016

Explosion-proof momentary push button switch

Larson Electronics' EPS-2XPB-SG-MS is designed for controlling machinery or process in industrial and commercial applications and is explosion-proof.

By Larson Electronics
Automation March 15, 2016

IT, OT experts having trouble tracking ICS threats

A survey of IT and OT professionals indicated that the is a lack of preparation for a potential cyber security attack against industrial control systems (ICSs), particularly in the energy industry, which faces more cyber attacks than any other industry.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Automation February 29, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, February 22-28: Engineers’ Choice, IIoT implementation benefits, free computer programs, more

Articles about the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners, IIoT implementation benefits, free computer programs, cyber security attacks, and integrated HMI/SCADA system best practices were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Automation February 17, 2016

Drones for aerial imagery interpretation

Panton's drones-as-a-platform combines aerial imagery and data capture via manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with computer vision algorithms to analyze and interpret such images and data.

By Panton
Automation February 15, 2016

Tank measurement system with multi-variable functionality

Ametek Drexelbrook's total tank level measurement system incorporates magnetostrictive sensing technology and multi-variable functionality and is designed for oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical storage tank and inventory control applications.

By Ametek Drexelbrook
Automation February 14, 2016

The role of monitoring in industrial automation

In a world driven by data, the industrial marketplace now demands full automation systems rather than just the automation of individual pieces of equipment. Monitoring makes this possible.

By Doyle Taylor, Automation Primer
Automation February 9, 2016

Top 10 Control Engineering articles, January 9 to February 8: Microsoft Windows XP Embedded, SI Giants, process models, more

Articles about Microsoft Windows XP Embedded, the 2015 System Integrator Giants, process models and feedback control, wireless for closed-loop applications, and overcoming flow measurement challenges were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 9 to February 8. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Automation February 8, 2016

Programmable alarm trips for process, chemical applications

Moore Industries' SPA2IS programmable alarm trips with built-in intrinsically-safe (IS) field connections monitor, control, and measure signals in hazardous areas have an alarm solution that significantly reduces wiring, installation and maintenance costs.

By Moore Industries
Automation February 1, 2016

Process models facilitate feedback control

Mathematical models of process behavior can be used to improve the design and performance of feedback controllers.

By Vance VanDoren, PhD, PE
Automation January 27, 2016

Intelligent automation series part 3: Information systems

Part 3: This series explains the automation pyramid: A framework for process intelligence and improvement. The third level examines information systems and how they are the first step towards a fully connected enterprise.

By Alex Marcy, Corso Systems
Automation January 20, 2016

Intelligent automation series part 2: Automation Pyramid’s first two levels

Part 2: This series explains the automation pyramid: A framework for process intelligence and improvement. The first two levels: process equipment/instrumentation and control systems are explained.

By Alex Marcy, Corso Systems
Automation January 19, 2016

Cyclone separators

The importance of the cyclone separator is moving from the tried and true technologies to different and specific applications not considered possible even a decade or so ago until 3D printers appeared in a range of industrial applications—from one-off person-specific medical implants to cost effective short run specialized spare parts manufacturing.

By Don Yates
Automation January 18, 2016

Real-world impact of simulation

Disruptive simulation technologies enabled a large oil pipeline company to maximize profits. Twenty percent savings in capital projects were realized, amounting to $85 million. An additional $24 million in benefit was achieved in additional annual, recurring revenue.

By Allan Chegus
Automation January 17, 2016

Air and gas flow meter for hazardous environments

Fluid Components International's (FCI) ST98 Air/Gas Flow Meter is designed for industries such as electronics, oil and gas, chemical, power generation, food/beverage, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, steel, and wastewater treatment.

By Fluid Components International (FCI)
Automation January 11, 2016

DIN-rail power supplies for chemical, oil and gas applications

Idec Corporation's PS5R-V line of DIN-rail power supplies are designed for hazardous location applications such as oil and gas processing and petrochemical facilities.

By Idec Corporation
Automation January 11, 2016

Hydraulic rotary actuator series for onshore, offshore fracking applications

Parker Hannifin's Hydraulic Unibody (HUB) series rotary actuator is designed for onshore and offshore fracking applications in the oil and gas industry as well as other applications where rotation is desired in an actuator.

By Parker Hannifin Corporation
Automation January 6, 2016

Best practices in integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition

Open platform development tools enable more effective, affordable approaches to SCADA.

By Martin Rudloff
Automation January 4, 2016

Applying heat exchanger control strategies

Inside Process: Integrating control schemes, such as feedback, cascade, and feedforward techniques, can satisfy the control requirements of even highly challenging heat exchanger temperature control applications.

By Shady Yehia
Automation January 4, 2016

Rotary encoder series for harsh, extreme conditions

BEI Sensors' LP Series of rotary encoders are designed to provide precise motion control feedback for harsh applications such as material handling, metal process, agriculture, oil and gas, and the building automation industries.

By BEI Sensors
Automation December 28, 2015

Overcoming flow measurement challenges

Matching the flowmeter to the application can help engineers overcome flow measurement issues. Magnetic, vortex, and differential pressure (dP) flowmeters are the leading technologies used to measure volumetric flow or flow velocity. Know when to use each.

By Wally Baker, Ron Pozarski
Automation December 27, 2015

High-pressure connector for extreme subsea applications

Ametek Subsea Interconnect's Elite Series WetMate 3-channel connectors are high pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) designed to operate in extreme environments such as subsea and downhole oil and gas applications. The HPHT connector is 15.8mm in diameter and has been tested to 1034 bar and temperatures up to 150 C.

By Ametek Subsea Interconnect
Automation December 24, 2015

Centrifugal pump market to be impacted by oil and gas industry

The global market for centrifugal pumps is expected to grow to over $40 billion in 2019, but the oil and gas industry's slumping oil prices will carry over to the centrifugal pump market.

By Joanne Goh, IHS Inc.
Automation December 19, 2015

Electro-hydraulic valve actuators for oil and gas operations

Rotork's Skilmatic electro-hydraulic valve actuators combine facilitate remote supervision with asset management and are designed for emergency shutdown (ESD) duties for oil and gas applications.

By Rotork
Automation December 7, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, November 30 to December 6: Fixing PID, Engineers’ Choice finalists, oil and gas simulation, more

Articles about fixing PID, the Engineers' Choice finalists; oil and gas simulation, overlooked safety aspects, and a blast furnace retrofit were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 30 to December 6. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Automation December 3, 2015

Turbine flow meter series for oil and gas, chemical applications

Badger Meter's Blancett B1500 Series turbine flow meter is designed for harsh environments such as the oil and gas and petrochemical industries and helps mitigate output variance caused by viscosity fluctuations due to changes in fluid temperature.

By Badger Meter
Automation November 28, 2015

Flowmeter for process gas applications

Krohne's Optisonic 7300 universal ultrasonic gas flowmeter is 2-beam ultrasonic flowmeter that has a wide bi-directional flow range for process gas applications in process and auxiliary measurements in oil and gas refineries as well as chemical applications.

By Krohne
Automation November 19, 2015

Liquefied natural gas import terminal in Finland to be automated

Skangas Oy's LNG facility in Pori, Finland, will receive automation technology from Honeywell to help maximize productivity to help supply natural gas and marine vessels.

By Honeywell
Automation November 9, 2015

Process technology to drive Iraq’s most advanced refinery

Honeywell Process Solutions and Honeywell UOP will help Karbala refinery meet Iraq's growing energy demand and startup is expected in 2020.

By Honeywell
Automation October 29, 2015

Six steps to choose between PLC and DCS for process industries

Cover story on controllers: Learn how to choose between PLC and DCS. Though PLC and DCS technologies were invented to serve different industrial processes, the last 15 years have seen a massive merger of functionalities between both worlds. Both can serve some of the same application domains, and the overlap makes the controller selection confusing. A step-by-step “technology selection process” can help plant designers and system buyers identify which automation technology would best fit a particular plant application.

By Shady Yehia
Automation October 21, 2015

Coriolis mass flowmeter for chemical, oil and gas applications

Krohne's Optimass 6400 is a twin bent tube Coriolis mass flowmeter designed for standard liquid and gas applications in chemical and petrochemical and oil and gas industries and can operate in extreme heat and cold conditions.

By Krohne, Inc.
Automation October 14, 2015

The changing drivers of DCS development

Now that distributed control system (DCS) technology is moving into middle age, the nature of what users want from it is evolving. Enough maturity may avoid a mid-life crisis.

By Peter Welander
Automation October 9, 2015

Understanding new methane regulations

Faced with new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposals for greenhouse gas reduction, oil and gas companies are turning to optical gas imaging to hunt down harmful and costly gas leaks.

By Brent Lammert
Automation October 3, 2015

Industrial routing switch for hazardous applications

Westermo's RedFox industrial Ethernet switch range is certified for use in hazardous areas, which allows them to be installed in potentially explosive atmospheres such as oil and chemical processing plants, sewage treatment, gas distribution centers, sugar refineries, and grain handling locations.

By Westermo
Automation September 29, 2015

Fuel gas purge: How to save time during restart

It is not unusual for significant time to be lost trying to light fired equipment simply because the fuel header has inert gas instead of fuel. Fuel gas purge can be easily and cheaply added to most equipment to mitigate this problem.

By Jeff Haywood, Maverick Technologies
Automation September 29, 2015

LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand

Having started with the increased prospects of using LNG to help cut carbon emissions, the shale gas sector continues to evolve in the U.S. While the fuel shows promise, it does require careful handling. Ship shore link (SSL) technology helps minimize the risks associated with liquefying, transporting, and storing liquefied natural gas (LNG).

By David Pendleton
Automation August 26, 2015

Thermal harvesting powers remote wellheads

Developments to watch from II-VI Marlow on the use of thermal harvesting techniques that can power remotely located wellheads in harsh environments.

By Mike Deatherage
Automation August 6, 2015

Research raises concerns about methane emissions from shale leaks

Researchers from the University of Houston (UH) found that some natural gas wells, compressor stations, and processing plants in the Barnett Shale in Texas leaks far more methane than previously estimated, which could potentially offset the climate benefits of natural gas.

By Jeannie Kever, University of Houston
Automation July 9, 2015

Remote sensing system adds nodes to operate in challenging outdoor environments

SignalFire Telemetry's Remote Sensing System has added three Sentinel nodes to support a wider array of sensors in the remote management of assets in challenging outdoor environments such as oil fields, water systems and mining.

By SignalFire
Automation July 7, 2015

Industrial fire and gas protection controller for hazard monitoring, control

Honeywell's HS81-HS controller is an industrial fire and gas protection controller system designed for hazard monitoring and control at industrial sites and can interface with plant safety and control systems through multiple protocols.

By Honeywell
Automation July 1, 2015

Thermal mass flow meters

Upstream oil and gas thermal mass flow meter solves EPA reporting challenges by providing accurate flow data regardless of gas composition change.

By Sierra
Automation June 29, 2015

Leverless limit switches for extreme operating environments

HSI Sensing's Spot On series of leverless limit switches use reed switch technology, have no moving parts, and are designed for extreme operating environments, such as fluid processing and oil and gas applications.

By HSI Sensing
Automation June 3, 2015

IHS: Process safety service demand in oil downturn

Did you know that by 2019, there will be greater demand for process safety system services than hardware in the oil and gas industry?

By Andrew Orbinson, IHS Technology
Automation May 8, 2015

7 benefits of integrating human-machine interfaces, historians

Cover story: Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and historians differ but need to be tightly integrated to provide company operations with optimal value. Big data has little value without analysis and access in real time. Seven application examples explain HMI-historian integration benefits, including troubleshooting, analysis, and regulatory compliance.

By Ed Stern
Automation April 23, 2015

Automation advancing in the oil and gas industry

Siemens’ Oil and Gas Innovations Conference in Houston highlighted developments in automation and data management products for an industry where few have upgraded aging technology and many struggle to be more efficient in an environment that demands it.

By Eric R. Eissler
Automation April 20, 2015

Global automation conference for industry professionals

Schneider Electric's 2015 Global Automation Conference in Dallas, Tex. is designed to help automation professionals through workshops and collaborative sessions. The event, April 27 to May 1, will have workshops that will have specific focuses on a number of industries including chemical and pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, power, mining and metals, and hybrid process with a specific focus on the food and beverage and the water and wastewater industries.

By Schneider Electric
Automation April 6, 2015

Enclosed option for reactor line

Hammond Power Solutions' Centurion R reactor has added an enclosed option and is designed to address both line-side and load-side issues associated with demanding ac drive applications.

By Hammond Power Solutions
Automation March 20, 2015

FAA exemption permits drones for oil and gas inspections

Sky-Futures, a UK-based company offering drone inspection services to the global oil and gas industry, was awarded an FAA exemption allowing their drones to fly in U.S. air space.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Automation March 13, 2015

SaaS offers low-risk approach to money-saving technologies

Many manufacturers are looking for solutions that can cut costs today but without having to make major investments. Software-as-a-Service can reduce implementation time, risk, and cost.

Automation December 23, 2014

Thermal enhanced oil recovery techniques

Oil & Gas Engineering spoke with Dr. Berna Hascakir from the Heavy Oils, Oil Shales, Oil Sands, and Carbonate Recovery Methods (HOCAM) center at Texas A&M University to get a glimpse of new technologies being developed to extract heavy oil and bitumen in unconventional plays. Dr. Hascakir discussed microwave heating, steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), and in-situ combustion (ISC).

By Berna Hascakir
Automation November 7, 2014

Software management program for managing field devices

Yokogawa's FieldMate Versatile Device Management Wizard R3.01 is a software program for configuring, adjusting, and managing a wide variety of field devices used in factories and other production sites and is useful for routine maintenance tasks.

By Yokogawa
Automation October 20, 2014

EC: Monitouch HMI V9 series

Hardware — HMI, Operator Interface, Thin-client: The Monitouch HMI V9 Series are UL Certified, and come standard with on-board Ethernet ports and SD card slots, allowing for better connectivity to peripheral devices. This is a Control Engineering 2015 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering