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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.
Original air date
September 9, 2021
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rapid growth of data collection make rapid expansion of digital twins more likely to add automation, supply chain efficiencies and optimization.
Oil and gas capital project management
Five industrial controller findings
Enabling integrated plant performance management is becoming easier with new tools available to widen optimization of individual units or areas.
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).
Case studies in oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and water-wastewater applications offer advice in control system integration, automation upgrades, and project management.
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.
Company sees greater efficiency, can share data across divisions.
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.
The December 2017 issue of AppliedAutomation highlights natural gas utility maintenance using data analysis, PID, and radar sensors for liquid level measurement.
Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, November 27-December 3: IIoT, 2018 manufacturing predictions, Plant Engineering at 70, and more
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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.
Tips on how to do more with what you’ve got, look to the future.
Who will win gold in 2017? Oil & Gas Engineering announces the finalists for its 1st annual Product of the Year competition
With operational costs cutting deep into profits, oil and gas companies are recently adopting automation technology for more efficient and safer work.
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.
Machines can support humans when facing a stressful situation. Using a standards-based approach can reduce the likelihood of a problem escalating.
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.
Yokogawa's updated Stardom network-based control system supports Microsoft Windows 10 and has been enhanced for oil and gas well and pipeline operations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oil moves higher; growing U.S. natural gas exports are among the trends expected to highlight 2017.
Oil and gas companies cut maintenance costs and boost efficiency—by smartly analyzing control data.
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.
Creating and following controls system standards and guidelines can help mitigate costs during a mergers, acquisitions, and expansions for the pipeline and terminals industry.
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.
Embedded workflow, engineering model support, and auto-discoverable assets are among the technologies keeping SCADA alive.
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.
Mitigating oil and gas production risk by taking an integrated approach to microbial control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cloud-based SCADA offers new data, reporting, analytics, and more cost-effective operations.
IT-based automation’s role in coordinating for complex operations within the oil and gas industry.
Predictive technology proves to be the answer to help prevent plant downtime, safety, and environmental risks.
Rockwell Automation has acquired systems integrator company Maverick Technologies in an effort to expand their control and information solutions.
Strain gauge-based sensors have a wide variety of uses, tolerance for the oil and gas industry.
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.
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.
Magnatrol Valve Corporation's Type A, L and Type K valves are designed for use in petrochemical/oil, pharmaceutical, and water/wastewater processing 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.
Boost output and use fewer resources while increasing plant life and performance.
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.
Emerson's Rosemount CT5400 continuous gas analyzer combines tunable diode laser (TDL) and quantum cascade laser (QCL) technologies.
Using the proper data analysis tools leads to valuable information for facility operations.
Weldbend, Boltex file complaints with U.S. agencies claiming Italy, Spain and India are undercutting prices.
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.
Five ways the new rules will go straight to the bottom line.
President Barack Obama signed a bill to renew the federal government's pipeline safety program. The bill gives regulators new emergency authorities.
Top 10 Control Engineering articles, June 11 to July 11: Salary and Career Survey, natural gas flowmeters, binary-coded decimals, more
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ABB Measurement & Analytics' LGR-ICOS Model 950 process analyzer is designed for applications such as refining, petrochemical, chemical, power, pharmaceutical, and other related industries.
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.
Rotork's Electronic Line Break (ELB) combines pipeline pressure monitoring with intelligent valve control.
Automation engineering industry experts advance Control Engineering’s continuous improvement and help engineering subscribers do their jobs better.
Rick Pierro, president and co-founder, Superior Controls, joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in July.
Mark Voigtmann, partner, automation practice lead, Faegre Baker Daniels, joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in July.
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.
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.
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.
United Electric Controls’ stainless steel junction box is designed for pressure and temperature switches as well as pressure transmitters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Control Engineering articles, April 9 to May 9: PLC scanning, Engineers’ Choice, data acquisition and analysis, more
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Plant operations, maintenance can benefit from a better understanding of system performance.
Top 10 Control Engineering articles, March 12 to April 11: PLC scanning, Engineers’ Choice, data acquisition and analysis, more
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Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 4-10: Ladder logic, predictive analytics, Engineers’ Choice winners, more
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The MT91 flowmeter features a smart digital flow transmitter and advanced thermal dispersion technology.
The WDS Flexible Pipe microporous insulation is ideal for deep-sea oil pipelines due its flexibility and superior insulating properties.
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.
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.
Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy.
How three floating production system (FPS) operators faced deep-sea mooring line challenges.
Larson Electronics' EPS-2XPB-SG-MS is designed for controlling machinery or process in industrial and commercial applications and is explosion-proof.
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.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles, February 22-28: Engineers’ Choice, IIoT implementation benefits, free computer programs, more
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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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Control Engineering articles, January 9 to February 8: Microsoft Windows XP Embedded, SI Giants, process models, more
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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.
Mathematical models of process behavior can be used to improve the design and performance of feedback controllers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open platform development tools enable more effective, affordable approaches to SCADA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles, November 30 to December 6: Fixing PID, Engineers’ Choice finalists, oil and gas simulation, more
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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.
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.
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.
Honeywell Process Solutions and Honeywell UOP will help Karbala refinery meet Iraq's growing energy demand and startup is expected in 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Developments to watch from II-VI Marlow on the use of thermal harvesting techniques that can power remotely located wellheads in harsh environments.
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.
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.
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.
Upstream oil and gas thermal mass flow meter solves EPA reporting challenges by providing accurate flow data regardless of gas composition change.
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.
Did you know that by 2019, there will be greater demand for process safety system services than hardware in the oil and gas industry?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.