Automation

Automation July 31, 2017

Choosing between open- and closed-loop control

Closing the control loop provides insight into the behavior of the process.

By Vance VanDoren, PhD, PE
Automation June 19, 2017

Conference focuses on IIoT for process, oil and gas industries

Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) 42nd annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) is focused on companies employing the Industrial Internet of Things for the oil and gas, process, and other industries to address ongoing operational challenges.

By Honeywell Process Solutions
Automation June 13, 2017

PLC for enhanced cybersecurity, integration

Honeywell Process Solutions' (HPS) ControlEdge programmable logic controller (PLC) is designed to reduce integration efforts and project costs as well as enhanced cybersecurity for industrial facilities.

By Honeywell Process Solutions
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. Courtesy: Krohne
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
Yokogawa's updated Stardom network-based control system supports Microsoft Windows 10 and has been enhanced for oil and gas well and pipeline operations. Courtesy: Yokogawa
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
Oil refineries and other process plants rely on control systems that must operate at peak performance. Courtesy: Emerson
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 27, 2017

Fleets switching to natural gas fueling

UPS announced plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and to add 380 new CNG tractors in the US. This announcement is indicative of a growing trend in North America toward long-term commitments to CNG as a major fleet motor fuel.

By Gas Technology
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. Courtesy
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.
The architecture envisioned for future distributed control systems, with help from the Open Process Automation Forum, may include real-time applications feeding into a universal bus. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
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
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. Courtesy: IHS Markit
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