Case Studies

Figure 3: Flexible support programs offer agreed service levels rather than prescribed quantities of materials and labor. Courtesy: Honeywell Process Solutions
Case Studies July 11, 2016

Surviving a control system migration project

Control system migration projects can provide significant value to industrial operations by ensuring a smooth transition to newer technology with virtually no changes to physical wiring or intellectual property.

By John Rudolph
Case Studies July 2, 2016

Information from wireless transmitters saves energy

Cover Story: Wireless transmitters provide process information and increase energy efficiency in facilities.

By Jesse Dodge
Automation benefits were described by, (left to right) Rocky Rowland, a Mazak production manager; Keith Holliday, president and CEO of Global Drilling Support; and Michiel Tijsseling, Dow Chemical process automation leader at the ARC Group Industry Forum,
Case Studies April 22, 2016

Integration, prediction, 2020 control room

Think Again application summaries: Machine data integration saves time, predictive maintenance avoids unplanned downtime, and a control room designed for 2020 attracts young engineering prospects, among other benefits.

By Mark T. Hoske
Global Drilling Support uses remote monitoring to provide predictive maintenance services, as explained at the ARC Group Industry Forum, in Orlando, Fla. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
Case Studies April 19, 2016

Sensors and data monitoring help predict the future in oil rigs

Think Again automation application example: predictive maintenance avoids unplanned downtime and improves service offerings, among other benefits, for an oil rig equipment provider.

By Mark T. Hoske
Figure 2: Installed ST51 flowmeter. Courtesy: FCI
Case Studies January 22, 2016

Solar-powered thermal mass flowmeters operate in flare-gas monitoring system

How can new gas flowmeters operate at an oilfield without utility power service in the remote southern Bakken formation region of North Dakota? That was the challenge facing Legacy Reserves at remote sites at the Williston Basin, N.D.

By Bernie Schillo, Mike Smith, and Steve Cox
The photo shows an electric actuator installed on a 4- in suction control valve feeding a compressor. Image Courtesy: Curtiss-Wright/Exlar Actuator Solutions
Case Studies January 17, 2016

Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan has a goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 40% to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025. This has led to new regulations that require widescale pump retrofitting.

By Barb Boynton
Case Studies January 7, 2016

De-risk by design: Maintaining safety at heights

A major challenge facing oil and gas facilities is inadequate lighting and the need for workers to climb to elevated heights to repair or replace lights.

By Bradford Morse
Case Studies November 9, 2015

High-capacity servers overcome data transfer challenges

Coal seam gas extraction requires heavy monitoring via many sensors placed at the wellhead. To ensure all the data are managed properly, a high-capacity server is needed. This case study explains the challenges of managing data in the extraction process—and how to overcome them.

By Stephen Sponseller
Station Overview: Summarizes the Key Performance Indicators for all compressor units at a station. It includes a retrospective report indicating the overall availability of the station over time that is aggregated from availability of individual units. Im
Case Studies October 12, 2015

Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors

A compressor failure on a gas pipeline forced a company to switch from preventive maintenance to predictive to provide better service.

By Bryan Toich
In practice, APM initiatives typically involve applications that pinpoint failures to critical equipment and also set maintenance plans for different classes of equipment. These implementations typically tie into EAM technologies to follow through on chan
Case Studies October 11, 2015

Use EAM and APM techniques to achieve better maintenance planning

Enterprise asset management (EAM) software can ensure asset uptime while an asset performance management (APM) approach can ensure optimal levels of cost reduction and reliability.

By Roberto Michel