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Production & SCM April 27, 2022

UniversalAutomation.Org welcomes oil and gas giant

UniversalAutomation.Org (UAO), an independent association managing a reference implementation of an industrial automation shared source IEC 61499 standard runtime, welcomes oil and gas giant ExxonMobil as a member.

By UniversalAutomation.org
Production & SCM March 21, 2022

Carbon fiber development used for lightweight structural materials

MIT researchers have found a way to make carbon fiber could turn refinery byproducts into high-value, ultralight structural materials for cars, aircraft and spacecraft.

By David L. Chandler
Production & SCM February 12, 2021

LOE’s sea change to real-time visibility

Lease operating expense is a key operational parameter

By Andrew Bruce and Alan Carnrite
Production & SCM May 15, 2020

Colleges and universities doing their part during the COVID-19 pandemic

Colleges and universities have been helping out during the COVID-19 pandemic with research, assisting local hospitals and more. See video.

By CFE Media
Production & SCM March 26, 2020

Hannover Messe 2020 cancelled

The annual manufacturing event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Organizers plan to launch digital events leading up to the next annual show in April 2021.

By Hannover Messe
Production & SCM March 4, 2020

Supply chain show releases statement on coronavirus, adds education panel

MODEX 2020 in Atlanta is not being delayed; education panel on COVID-19 related to supply chain has been added for attendees.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM March 4, 2020

Hannover Messe 2020 delayed to July due to coronavirus concerns

Manufacturing event delayed due to health concerns and major logistics issues due to the growing outbreak, which has largely impacted Europe and Asia.

By Hannover Messe
Production & SCM November 29, 2019

HART increasingly used for quick diagnostics

Pluggable disconnect terminals for process engineering control systems. HART can help control processes in 3 ways.

By Alan Sappe’ and Torsten Schloo
Production & SCM November 4, 2019

Profit-driven operations require IT/OT integration

Maximizing process plant profits requires close integration across all levels of an organization.

By Yasunori Kobayashi
Production & SCM September 30, 2019

API 18.2 recommendations improve level instrumentation

Updates to safety standards call for capable instrumentation to address safety and accuracy concerns.

By Lydia Miller
Production & SCM September 13, 2019

Leonard W. Moore, founder of Moore Industries-International passes away at 85

Leonard (Len) W. Moore, P.E., founder and owner of Moore Industries-International Inc., an industrial and automation control company, passed at the age of 85.

By Mark T. Hoske
Production & SCM September 10, 2019

Continuing education advances process control, instrumentation productivity

Process control productivity requires education for optimal technology specification, integration and use. Industrial suppliers are among those doing the educating.

By Mark T. Hoske
Production & SCM August 1, 2019

Five strategies to effectively manage and execute automation projects

Automation projects come with many challenges that seem daunting because of their complexity. Learn about six common automation project management challenges and learn about five tips to overcome them including planning ahead and leveraging available technology on the plant floor.

By Lee Swindler
Production & SCM June 11, 2019

Integrated virtual control system announced for processing, oil and gas applications

Honeywell unveiled Experion PKS Highly Integrated Virtual Environment (HIVE), which is designed to help engineers maintain industrial control systems (ICSs) for chemical, processing, and oil and gas applications and simplify the overall process.

By Honeywell
Production & SCM June 4, 2019

Process manufacturer reports strong 2018 growth

Endress+Hauser reported strong growth in 2018 and positive projected growth for 2019 thanks to process automation sector sales in the U.S.

By Endress+Hauser
Production & SCM March 26, 2019

What is rate-predictive control?

Advanced control: A new non-PID control algorithm, rate-predictive control (RPC), is adaptive to changes in process gain, which is helpful given the industry’s difficult history of loop tuning, auto-tuning, and model maintenance. RPC also can serve as a model-less feedback multivariable control algorithm.

By Allan Kern
Production & SCM September 19, 2018

Largest modular cryogenic gas processing plant introduced

Honeywell announced its UOP Russell business has introduced a high-recovery cryogenic gas processing plant that is 50% larger than other pre-engineered plants currently available and is designed to recover more than 99% of high-value ethane from natural gas.

By Honeywell UOP
Production & SCM September 17, 2018

Record revenues expected from Russia’s upstream oil and gas sector

Russia is set to reap record ruble revenues from the upstream oil and gas sector over the next six years thanks to tax changes and production growth.

By GlobalData
Production & SCM September 5, 2018

North America to lead global crude oil pipeline additions

GlobalData reports that North America is forecast to add the highest trunk pipeline length to the global crude oil pipelines industry with 44% of global planned additions by 2022.

By GlobalData
Production & SCM August 8, 2018

Crude oil prices expected to decrease from recent highs

The EIA reports that oil prices are expected to drop from recent highs by the end of 2018 due to higher production from OPEC and Russia.

By EIA
Production & SCM August 1, 2018

Report profiles U.S. fuel and petrochemical supply chain

Infrastructure is a must-have when an industry switches from import to export.

By American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
Production & SCM July 9, 2018

SCADA standardization drives third-party connectivity

Ever more data leads to alternative means for capturing it as oil and gas refineries upgrade or migrate legacy control systems.

By Stephen Milton, Maverick Technologies
Production & SCM June 13, 2018

Permian Basin oil production expected to have major increase by 2023

Oil production in the Permian Basin will rise nearly 3 million barrels per day (mbd) to 5.4 mbd in 2023 with nearly 41,000 new wells and $308 billion in upstream spending between 2018 to 2023 driving that growth.

By IHS Markit
Production & SCM May 6, 2018

Sub-saharan gas production projected to grow 18% by 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to spend around $33 billion as capital expenditure (CAPEX) on conventional gas and coal bed methane CBM projects between 2018 and 2021 and grow by 18%.

By GlobalData
Production & SCM May 3, 2018

Company announces plans for EPC commissioning and start-up operations

Petroteq Energy Inc. has increased its focus on the final engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) processes to prepare for the immediate commissioning and start-up procedures for the Asphalt Ridge heavy oil extraction facility located near Vernal, Utah.

By Petroteq Energy Inc.
Production & SCM April 20, 2018

Natural gas production in U.S. projected to increase

Natural gas production in the U.S., according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), is expected to grow in 2018 and 2019 and take an even larger chunk of generating the nation's electric power.

By News and Experts
Production & SCM April 5, 2018

Wellsite valve manifolds simplified

A multiport flow selector is safer, less expensive, lighter weight, and more compact than conventional units.

By Joseph Zawacki, Emerson
Production & SCM March 29, 2018

Some alternatives for improving an octane upgrade process

A properly optimized unit can recover 95% of the normal paraffins in the feed.

By Robert C. Szczesniak, P.E.
Production & SCM February 27, 2018

Differences between industrial Ethernet switches and business IT switches

Industrial network switches are designed for harsh conditions and environments and last for a long time while business information technology (IT) switches are designed for data center applications and have a shorter overall lifespan.

By Paul Myer, Veracity Industrial Networks
Production & SCM January 23, 2018

Oil and gas storage industry to benefit from increased capital investment

The global oil and gas storage service market is projected to reach $10.38 billion by 2022 and show a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6% from 2017 to 2024, according to Esticast Research and Consulting.

By Esticast Research & Consulting
Production & SCM January 4, 2018

Retaining skills and expertise for the next generation

Every business needs to have a skills training program to one degree or another. For those involved in more complex industries, such as oil and gas or petrochemical engineering, gathering new skills as well as the experience of the older generation and passing it onto those committed to learning a new trade is an essential business practice.

By Jennifer Gaines, Sulzer
Production & SCM November 2, 2017

Organization names 2017 Plant of the Year

The Shell Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) plant/ship of Royal Dutch Shell, to be located in the Timor Sea off the Northwest coast of Australia, has been named the FieldComm Group 2017 Plant of the Year.

By FieldComm Group
Production & SCM October 18, 2017

Oil and gas software solutions company acquired

Emerson has agreed to acquire Paradigm, a provider of software solutions for the oil and gas industry, in a bid to expand their oil and gas market presence.

By Emerson
Production & SCM October 8, 2017

Keeping an industry above water

Changes in oil and gas production over the last decade have allowed the economy to weather a storm such as Hurricane Harvey with minimal changes in price.

By Kevin Parker
Production & SCM September 15, 2017

Creating a gender balance in the oil and gas sector

Cover Story: While the oil and gas sector is still male-dominated, engineering-minded associations are working to motivate more women to work in the field.

By Pam Duncan
Production & SCM June 13, 2017

Identify artificial-lift methods for Gulf Coast wells

Further production possible from wells in decline phase, but still viable.

By Bob Bishop
Production & SCM June 13, 2017

A view from the oil patch

An operator discusses the challenges in optimizing or reviving production in declining oil wells.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Production & SCM June 6, 2017

Hydrocarbon chemistry transforms a century, and still going

Natural gas and non-traditional polymer feedstocks are an opportunity for plastics innovation.

By Kevin Parker
Production & SCM April 20, 2017

Researchers design coatings to prevent pipeline clogging

Researchers at MIT have developed a coating that could stop the buildup of hydrate ices that slow or block oil and gas flow, which could help prevent another disaster such as Deepwater Horizon. See video.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Production & SCM February 9, 2017

Reservoir models ease uncertainty

Parameters of a good reservoir model are reviewed and what aspects should be considered by oil and gas engineers.

By Raj Damodaran, Emerson Process Management
Production & SCM November 25, 2016

Best practices to maintain and improve worker safety

Focus on engineering controls first in developing a safety plan in process plants.

By Mark Haboian, Optimation Technology Inc.
Production & SCM October 6, 2016

How to avoid control design pitfalls with dynamic simulation

Adopting multi-purpose dynamic simulation (MPDS) solutions as a design standard can help with visualization of control interactions and control pre-tuning and ease challenges in later stages of the project, including startup. Simulation is part of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Andres Lipinski and Dr. Ian Willetts
Production & SCM September 13, 2016

Top 10 Control Engineering articles August 13 to September 12: PID control, ladder logic, tablet-based augmented reality, more

Articles about PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, ladder logic, tablet-based augmented reality, network best practices, and control system architectures were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 13 to September 12. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM August 31, 2016

Generator set market projected to rebound in 2017

IHS Markit projects a return to growth in 2017 for the generator set market as oil prices rise and industrial capital expenditure (CapEx) improve.

By Greg Johnson, senior analyst, IHS Markit
Production & SCM August 22, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 15-21: PID control, tablet-based augmented reality, process optimization, more

Articles about PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, tablet-based augmented reality, improving midstream process optimization, mechatronics efficiency, and information from wireless transmitters were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM August 9, 2016

Top 10 Control Engineering articles July 8 to August 8: PID control, high-performance HMIs, oil and gas skills gap, more

Articles about PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, high-performance HMIs, the oil and gas skills gap, improving flowmeter calibration, and selecting flowmeters for natural gas were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 8 to August 8. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM August 8, 2016

Oil and gas industry employment remains depressed

Increases in per-well production offsets sharp drop in workers, rig counts.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Production & SCM August 4, 2016

Providing flexible fire protection for offshore applications

Using rubber in place of other flammable or corrosion-prone materials is increasing to prevent fires from spreading.

By Doug Marti, Trelleborg Offshore and Construction
Production & SCM July 25, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 18-24: Flowmeter calibration, wireless transmitters, skills gap, more

Articles about flowmeter calibration, information from wireless transmitters, the oil and gas skills gap, oil and gas employment, and PC-based controls were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM July 22, 2016

Five developing trends in the robotics industry

The robotics industry is going through major changes as costs are continuing to drop and the industry is going through changes from a business and technological standpoint. Investments include the bid by Midea to buy 49% of Kuka, KraussMaffei by ChemChina; Paslin by Wanfeng and Gimatic by Agic Capital. Five trends that are driving these changes are highlighted below.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Production & SCM July 19, 2016

Strain on oil companies is easing: EIA

The Energy Information Agency (EIA) reported that a reduction in capital projects and a stabilized oil price have helped oil and gas manufacturers as they look to the future.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Production & SCM July 18, 2016

API pushes candidates on energy policy

Speaking from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, American Petroleum Institute (API) president and CEO Jack Gerard nudged candidates from both parties on why a strong energy policy was important to the continued growth of the industry.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Production & SCM July 11, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 4-10: Skills gap, process control systems, storyboarding and software design, more

Articles about the oil and gas skills gap, process control systems, storyboarding and software design, Industrie 4.0 and MES, and integrating multiple control systems were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM July 6, 2016

Bridging the oil and gas ‘Skills Gap’

In tough economic times, smart hiring is essential—and can’t be overlooked.

By James Lukey, Weatherford International
Production & SCM June 14, 2016

Top 10 Control Engineering articles, May 14 to June 13: Salary and Career Survey, binary-coded decimals, high-performance HMIs, more

Articles about the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, binary-coded decimals and PLCs, high-performance HMIs, engineering career advice, and the EIA's Annual Energy Outlook were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 14 to June 13. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM June 6, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 30 to June 5: Binary-coded decimals, Big Data in the market, engineering career advice, more

Articles about binary-coded decimals and PLCs, Big Data and the oil and gas market, engineering career advice, the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, and artificial intelligence conversations were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 30 to June 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM June 1, 2016

More production, less exploration in a low-price oil market

EIA reports decline in exploration and development leads to lower reserves.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Production & SCM May 23, 2016

U.S. continues to lead in natural gas production

EIA report shows widening gap in output, general stability in petroleum production.

By Bob Vavra
Production & SCM May 23, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 16-22: Salary and career survey, energy outlook, robot programming languages, more

Articles about the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, annual energy outlook, robot programming languages, robots and smart factories, and offshore risk management were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM May 17, 2016

EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook sees winds of change

The Annual Energy Outlook 2016 indicates that natural gas will lead U.S. production into 2040; clean electrical generation is expected to increase, however.

By Bob Vavra, content manager, CFE Media
Production & SCM May 17, 2016

Offshore risk management still inadequate, group says

While risk policies and additional regulations have been added to potentially prevent another incident like Deepwater Horizon, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) determined that key concepts are needed to more effectively reduce risks.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Production & SCM April 20, 2016

U.S. energy production still on the rise

The EIA report finds 91% of energy consumption is created domestically.

By Bob Vavra
Production & SCM April 6, 2016

‘Pressing challenges’ on OTC’s agenda

Oil & Gas Engineering discussed some of the key issues with OTC 2016 Chairman Joe Fowler about the offshore oil industry, which is going through a pivotal time.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Production & SCM April 5, 2016

U.S. a ‘swing producer’ in balancing O&G market

The oil and gas industry is looking to the U.S. to reduce production to help stabilize oil prices as the industry looks to find its footing after a volatile 2015.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Production & SCM January 25, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, January 18-24: Real-world simulation, open-source robotic software, electric actuator technology, more

Articles about the impact of real-world simulation, open-source robotic software, electric actuator technology, cyclone separators, and open standard wireless networks were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM January 11, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, January 4-10: Flow measurement, heat exchanger strategies, more

Articles about flow measurement challenges, heat exchanger control strategies, PLC and DCSs for process industries, and the top Oil and Gas Engineering articles for 2015 were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM November 13, 2015

Top 10 Control Engineering articles, October 13 to November 12: Engineers’ Choice finalists, PLC or DCS, Leaders Under 40, more

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, choosing between a PLC and DCS, the Leaders Under 40, DCS development changes, and reducing VFD costs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 13 to November 12. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM October 13, 2015

University program for discussing energy issues launched

Experts from a range of disciplines at the University of Houston have been named Energy Fellows and will contribute to an energy blog and other forums to increase awareness of energy issues.

By Jeannie Kever, University of Houston
Production & SCM October 5, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, September 28 to October 4: Leaders under 40, automation software changes, SCADA systems, more

Articles about the Leaders Under 40, mechatronics and machine design, LNG transport technologies, variable speed efficiency, and common VFD myths were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 28 to October 4. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM September 30, 2015

Offshore production: It’s expensive and difficult

Current poor market conditions notwithstanding, oil and gas produced from increasingly deep water will be critical in the long term.

By Peter Welander
Production & SCM July 30, 2015

Black October on the horizon

The price of oil may not have hit the nadir yet, supply is almost double that of demand, and the Iran deal may slash oil prices to new lows.

By Eric R. Eissler
Production & SCM July 15, 2015

Lithium-ion capacitor provides high power with long-cycle life

The Ultimo lithium ion capacitor combines battery and ultra capacitor technology to provide high-energy density and high power.

Production & SCM July 1, 2015

Thirty years later, the industry is losing its best and brightest, again

In the 1980s, the oil and gas industry was going through the same crew change as it is now. Highly educated workers were laid off and the cycle is repeating itself. Will the industry learn its lesson this time?

By Pierre Bertrand
Production & SCM June 30, 2015

Intelligent automation series part 1: Introducing the intelligent automation pyramid

Technology can be used to fully integrate process and business operations to improve efficiency, reduce operating costs, and increase overall productivity across an entire organization.

By Alex Marcy
Production & SCM June 16, 2015

Chinese DCS market seeking new opportunities for growth

Local distributed control systems (DCS) suppliers in China have been growing faster than the market average as they are closing the technological gaps with international suppliers and as they have the advantage of fast response and understanding local preferences.

By Lenard Huang, IHS Technology
Production & SCM June 15, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, June 8-14: IIoT and Industry 4.0, BP Texas City, energy-efficient machines, more

Articles about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0, BP Texas City 10 years later, energy-efficient machine best practices, industrial Internet programs and the cloud, and do it yourself HMIs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 8-14. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM June 11, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 12 to June 11: Salary and career survey, dual split-range control strategy, BP Texas City, more

Articles about the 2015 Control Engineering salary and career survey, a dual split-range control strategy, BP Texas City 10 years later, 7 benefits of HMI-historian integration, and energy-efficient machine best practices were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, May 12 to June 11. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM June 11, 2015

Pemex offers insight into shale stratagies at Global Petroleum Show

Pemex, Mexico's national oil company, revealed they are planning on extracting from shale plays along the eastern side of the country as well as the Mexico-Texas border.

By Eric R. Eissler
Production & SCM June 8, 2015

U.S.-Canada trade partnership a main focus at Global Petroleum Show

Canada’s Global Petroleum Show (GPS) in Calgary will highlight the strong trade partnership between the U.S. and Canada as companies and individual states will look to grow and add to their business deals.

By Eric R. Eissler
Production & SCM June 8, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, June 1-7: Dual split-range control strategy, BP Texas City, energy-efficient machines, more

Articles about a dual split-range control strategy, BP Texas City 10 years later, energy-efficient machine best practices, predictive analytics, and the Control Engineering salary and career survey were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM June 8, 2015

Scratch out a shale-play living

Part 3: Producers are struggling with depressed oil prices, but at least they’re producing. Drilling, conversely, has slowed to a minimal pace.

By Peter Welander
Production & SCM May 28, 2015

Lower oil price is changing the outlook for the world market for distributed control systems

Due to the lower price of oil on the international markets, the revenues based on distributed control systems' services are forecasted to be lower in 2015.

By Lenard Huang
Production & SCM May 25, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 18-24: Salary and career survey, BP Texas City, PC-based control, more

Articles about the Control Engineering salary and career survey, BP Texas City 10 years later, PC-based control, flared-gas powered Pykrete, and pipeline physical and cyber security were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, May 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM May 14, 2015

Process safety webcast answers questions about best practices, anatomy of an incident

Process safety tutorial: Questions and answers follow related from a recent webcast, “Anatomy of an Incident: Safety Best Practices from Lessons Learned.” Luis Durán from ABB answered additional audience questions here to help improve safety culture and lower risk of plant incidents and accidents using recognized engineering best practices, design and implementation, operations or maintenance, and technology developments.

By Luis Durán
Production & SCM May 11, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 4-10: Feed forwards augmenting PID control, pigging your line, age of the control engineer, more

Articles about feed forwards augmenting PID control, pigging your line, using a historian to store machine data, the age of the control engineer, and soft starters were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, May 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM May 8, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 8 to May 7: Feed forwards helping PID control, hacking oil and gas control systems, age of the control engineer, more

Articles about feed forwards augmenting PID control, hacking oil and gas control systems, the age of the control engineer, inspecting instruments in hazardous locations, and collaborative robots and humans working together were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last month, April 8 to May 7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM May 4, 2015

Industrial automation equipment market growth in 2015 despite headwinds

The industrial automation equipment (IAE) market will continue to grow in 2015 mainly in the form of low oil and commodity prices and weakened demand from some developing economies.

By Alex Chausovsky, IHS Technology
Production & SCM May 4, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 27 to May 3: Age of the control engineer, technologies for sensor networks, ICS cyber insecurity, more

Articles about the age of the control engineer, technologies for improving sensor networks in oil and gas, ICS cyber insecurity, proactive obsolescence management, and compressed air efficiency at a distance were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, April 27 to May 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM May 1, 2015

A different kind of automation conference

Maverick Technologies and ISA created a meeting format, Inside Automation, where they learn from the attendees in an with the intent of sharing best practices and creating an open learning environment.

By Peter Welander
Production & SCM May 1, 2015

Industry trends: Iran, Yemen contributing to oil market turmoil

Iran’s potential access to world markets may drive oil prices down while conflicts in Yemen are speculative and have no real bearing on the international oil market.

By Eric R. Eissler
Production & SCM April 29, 2015

Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line

Allen Pennington, president of Pigs Unlimited International located in Tomball, Texas, shared his industry insights about the challenges related to pipeline cleaning.

By Eric R. Eissler
Production & SCM April 29, 2015

Country intelligence report: Norway

Norway is Western Europe's largest producer of hydrocarbons and has the world's largest sovereign wealth fund with income from its oil and gas revenue. It is the third-largest exporter of natural gas and is an important alternative to Russia's gas supply for the EU.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Production & SCM April 23, 2015

Maverick Technologies opens Pittsburgh office

Company cites customer demand driven by growing process manufacturing across the region calling for more automation system support close to critical production sites.

Production & SCM April 20, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 13-19: Feed forwards augmenting PID control, hacking oil and gas control systems, torque and shaft size relationship, more

Articles about feed forwards augmenting PID control, hacking oil and gas control systems, the relationship of torque and shaft size, collaborative robots and humans, and techniques for embedded system development were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, April 13-19. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM April 15, 2015

As drone use flourishes, the FAA wavers, and Amazon is forced offshore

Funding continues to flow to drone ventures worldwide even as news from the FAA suggests many years before true autonomous flight will be allowed and Amazon feels they must develop their drone plans offshore.

By Frank Tobe, Robot Report
Production & SCM April 10, 2015

Saving energy, hiking pipeline oil flow

A strong electric field applied to a section of the Keystone pipeline can smooth oil flow and yield significant pump energy savings.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Production & SCM April 7, 2015

Country intelligence report: Argentina

Argentina is attempting to usurp the U.S. as the world’s largest producer of shale gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that the country could have more shale-oil deposits than the U.S., with 27 billion barrels of oil and 24 tcm of natural gas in situ that is technically recoverable. The Argentine government wants to embrace a major shale boom to save the country from its inflation and economic problems. However, the low price of oil may delay unconventional production and furthermore, outside the U.S. and Canada, shale hydrocarbon extraction is in its infancy.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Production & SCM April 7, 2015

Country intelligence report: Iran

Often overlooked due to the sanctions in place on the country, Iran has vast hydrocarbon reserves and is the world’s second-largest holder of natural gas reserves with 33.8 tcm in situ at the end of 2013. With nuclear negotiations on the table that are poised to be accepted, the Iranian potential to contribute to the world oil and gas supply, with access to all markets, is a very real possibility.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Production & SCM March 30, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, March 23-29: Engineers’ Choice winners, PID for motion control and robotics, Microsoft Windows 10 for manufacturers, more

Articles about the 2015 Engineers’ Choice winners, PID for motion control and robotics, Microsoft Windows 10 benefits for manufacturers, artificial intelligence for control engineering, and automation helping OEMs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 23-29. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM March 26, 2015

Understanding business drivers in O&G: Refining enjoys some good times

Part 2: Some parts of the refining segment have emerged as beneficiaries of these confusing market conditions. So how are refiners taking advantage of this prosperity–while it lasts?

By Peter Welander
Production & SCM March 23, 2015

Country intelligence report: USA

The U.S. is now one of the major oil and gas producing countries of the world. The shale fracking revolution brought the country to where it is today.

By Eric R. Eissler
Production & SCM March 14, 2015

Front-end engineering and design reduces risks, costs

Application Update: Comprehensive front-end engineering and design (FEED) can reduce risk and lower total cost of ownership for small and large capital projects. A FEED executed for ConocoPhillips optimized the project’s site selection, identified pipeline specifications, and provided refinery process design basis and preliminary piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) and other attributes. FEED improved delivery 14% under the high end of the estimate, to 39 weeks, down from 43 weeks. See FEED tips, advice, and six questions to ask.

By Kevin McCarthy, Graham Stead
Production & SCM March 5, 2015

Company building manufacturing site and customer service center in Tennessee

ABB is investing $30 million in building a new manufacturing site in Memphis, Tenn., that will focus on smart products and the Internet of Things (IoT) for industries like oil and gas, power generation, mining, and health care.

By Eric R. Eissler
Production & SCM March 2, 2015

Developments to watch at the University of Houston

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, the chief energy officer at the University of Houston, talked about some of the developments and research they are performing including nanotechnology, distributed acoustic sensing, and using real-time data in exploration.

By Eric R. Eissler
Production & SCM February 27, 2015

Country intelligence report: Mexico

Mexico is undergoing a major change within its petroleum industry after a ban on foreign oil companies working in the country was lifted when new legislation entered into force in 2014. The country is going though some turmoil as it adjusts to the new laws, allowing foreign companies to explore for and produce oil. In addition, state-owned PEMEX is being transformed into a private company; a major shock, as it has always been an integral part of the Mexican government.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Production & SCM February 24, 2015

Helping operators navigate the new operational landscape

Technology such as document management, CAD visualization, engineering data warehouses, and Web-based collaboration solutions are all helping to make the handoff process more effective, but ultimately it comes down to the human element.

By Roberto Michel
Production & SCM February 18, 2015

Staying in touch with the well site

Oil & Gas Engineering spoke with Harry Ebbeson, manager of technical services and customer support at PCS Ferguson, to get a better idea about what some of the specifics are for engineers working in the oil and gas industry. Harry paints a multifaceted, in-depth picture of working within 300 ft of the well site.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Production & SCM February 9, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, February 2-8: Selecting and applying VFDs, integrating and self-regulating processes, control system implementations, more

Articles about selecting and applying VFDs, integrating vs. self-regulating processes, faster and simpler control system implementations, a profile on Saudi Arabia, and heating heavy oil benefits were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM February 4, 2015

Understanding technology drivers in O&G

How and why do oil and gas producers make operational decisions at production levels? With such a large and complex industry, can we make sense of it all?

By Peter Welander
Production & SCM February 1, 2015

Country intelligence report: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s largest oil producing countries and it is the main driver of OPEC. It is currently keeping oil production high to cripple the economies of Russia and Iran and indirectly slow the U.S. shale boom.

By Eric R. Eissler
Production & SCM January 27, 2015

How to tune combustion control systems

In the previous post, we covered the basics of how gas/oil burners work. This post covers how to tune the combustion control systems to make it as safe and efficient as possible.

By Chris Hardy, Cross Company
Production & SCM January 12, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, January 5-11: Control engineers and management, PID loop tuning advice, oil recovery techniques, more

Articles about 7 things control engineers should know about management, learning PID loop turning from an expert, thermal enhanced oil recovery techniques, PLC and DCS programming, and Industry 4.0 and the IoT for factory automation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 5-11.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM January 5, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, December 29 to January 4: Control engineers and management, industrial automation video, PLC and DCS programming, more

Articles about 7 things control engineers should know about management, industrial automation video, PLC and DCS programming, gaining a production system, and MES and batch manufacturing were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 29 to January 4. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM January 5, 2015

Country Intelligence Report: Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan is poised to be a major provider of gas to the east via Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline (TAPI). The proposed Trans-Caspian pipeline could be a viable option to transport to the west, but due to the loggerhead over delimitation of the Caspian Sea between the littoral states, this major project remains a pipe dream for now.

By Eric R. Eissler
Production & SCM December 22, 2014

System integration insights: Oil and Gas

SI Insights: CFE Media spoke with representatives from some of the 2014 System Integration Giants to get their views on how the oil and gas market will evolve and what role their companies expect to play with automation and control system integration.

By CFE Media
Production & SCM December 19, 2014

Industry Trends

The era of cheap gasoline is here again, but it caught the industry in a precarious situation, as it may become an unprofitable business to produce oil and gas from shale formations. It could potentially turn the boom into a bust. However, production is up in the U.S.

By Eric R. Eissler
Production & SCM December 10, 2014

System Integrator of the Year: Maverick Technologies

Maverick Technologies is the 2015 System Integrator of the Year in the large system integrator category.

By CFE Media
Production & SCM November 28, 2014

Information transparency in the European oil and gas industry

Europe fears its energy ties to Russia, but most countries refuse to embrace fracking as an alternative. Will more information change hearts and minds? What is technology's role?

By Jasmit Sagoo
Production & SCM November 4, 2014

Honeywell opens its new customer demonstration center in Houston

New showcase site includes high-tech demonstrations of the company’s latest products. Video: Paul Bonner explains how the facility will be used to help prospects and customers from a variety of industries understand specialized product offerings.

By CFE Media
Production & SCM October 15, 2014

How many people will be running your plant?

Process manufacturers have to deal with basic head count challenges. The answer may be fewer people than you think, but how do you find the right number?

By Peter Welander
Production & SCM October 2, 2014

How will the Siemens acquisition of Dresser-Rand change the competitive landscape?

With the recent Siemens announcement that it will purchase gas compressor and turbine supplier Dresser-Rand Group Inc., Siemens is well-poised to stake its claim as a heavyweight rival to GE, according to IHS.

By Preston Reine, Analyst for IHS Inc.
Production & SCM September 25, 2014

Integration – the next big hurdle

As automation systems become more mature, islands of information are starting to disappear. This article explains how to bring information from the PLC to desktop. This integration is important especially for the oil and gas industry where process plants are controlled remotely.

By Steve Elwart, PE
Production & SCM September 10, 2014

Implementation of advanced decision support ADS on a distillation column

Simplified HMI graphics are offered as a solution for advanced decision support (ADS) at the 2014 Yokogawa Users Conference and Exhibition.

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Production & SCM July 28, 2014

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 21-27: Offshore drilling, control programming habits, PID math, more

Articles about offshore oil and gas drilling, control programming habits, PID math, tuning PID control loops, and MES project execution were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, July 21-27. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM July 21, 2014

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 14-20: PID math, PID control loops, Ethernet, more

Articles about tuning PID control loops, radio frequencies, PID math, programming PLCs, and ASM-compliant HMIs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, July 14-20. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Production & SCM June 10, 2014

Cable glands designed to reduce explosion risk

Thomas & Betts' (T&B) Kopex-Ex SWA/SWB Cable Glands protect people and the environment from accidents due to explosions, making them useful in oil and gas processing and marine environments.

Production & SCM May 5, 2014

I/O system for harsh environments

Wago Corporation's Wago-I/O-SYSTEM 750 XTR is designed for use in extreme environments and has vibration protection and electrical protection from impulse voltage.

Production & SCM November 20, 2013

End markets drive programmable logic controllers development in Southeast Asia

Oil and gas, automotive, and agriculture remain dominant for PLC sales in Southeast Asia with all three industries continuing to grow.

By IHS Inc.
Production & SCM November 6, 2013

Swedish refinery to be upgraded

Honeywell has been contracted by Preem AB to modernize the Preemraf Lysekil refinery in southern Sweden with industrial process controllers to triple the capacity of the current controllers at the refinery.

By Honeywell
Production & SCM October 21, 2013

SATORP Jubail refinery project enters commissioning phase

This integrated greenfield refinery was designed with full comprehensive manufacturing infrastructure from the earliest phases. Invensys sees this as a prototype for new projects where all aspects of manufacturing- and enterprise-level systems are integrated through the entire lifecycle. Video: Ravi Gopinath explains what this means for future deployments.

Production & SCM October 17, 2013

EC: Overmolded Mil-Spec Cordset

Network Integration - Network hardware: TURCK Overmolded Mil-Spec Cordsets are completely assembled and 100 percent factory tested with no field assembly, soldering or wiring required, delivering an easy, robust connectivity solution. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.

By Control Engineering
Production & SCM October 17, 2013

EC: APN-310N

Network Integration - Wireless products: The APN-310N is a single radio Industrial 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN access point capable of link speeds up to 300 Mbps. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
Production & SCM September 24, 2013

Wonderware owner Invensys acquires InduSoft

With the InduSoft acquisition, Invensys (currently with a recommended offer from Schneider Electric to be acquired) further expands human-machine interface (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) offerings for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sector. Invensys owns Wonderware HMI software, Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, and Avantis brands. Video: How InduSoft and Wonderware work together, added on Oct. 24.

By Mark T. Hoske
Production & SCM September 13, 2013

Control systems provided to Russian refinery

The Antipinsky Refinery in Tyumen, Russia, is receiving control systems from Honeywell to help create a central operations center.

By Honeywell
Production & SCM September 10, 2013

Contract awarded to automate oil platform on UK Continental Shelf

Premier Oil has contracted Emerson to automate an offshore platform at the Solan oil field in the United Kingdom that will allow them to control operations from 100 miles away.

By Emerson Process Management
Production & SCM August 30, 2013

Automation system provided to intercontinental gas pipeline

ABB has supplied an integrated multisystem automation solution for the new Medgaz gas pipeline that connects North Africa’s largest gas producer with the gas transmission networks of Europe.

By ABB
Production & SCM August 21, 2013

Asia, infrastructure investments, driving high power ac drive market

Growing demand in Asia as well as increased infrastructure investments in the oil and gas, mining, and electric industries are driving the high power ac drive market, according to ARC Advisory Group.

By Control Engineering
Production & SCM August 2, 2013

Contract awarded for gas-to-liquids automation project

Emerson Process Management has been chosen to automate Sasol's planned integrated gas-to-liquids (GTL) and ethane cracker complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

By Emerson Process Management
Production & SCM August 2, 2013

Contract awarded for underground gas storage upgrade

Yokogawa United Kingdom has been awarded a contract by SSE Hornsea Ltd to provide an integrated control and safety system for their onshore undeground gas storage facilities in Atwick, East Yorkshire.

By Yokogawa
Production & SCM August 2, 2013

Introduction to multivariate data analysis in chemical engineering

Multivariate data analysis methods are being used more and more beyond chemical engineering and have useful, practical uses for process control, though there are challenges to using multivariate data.

By Nathan Bray, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, CAMO Software
Production & SCM July 8, 2013

No “snapback” yet; automation industry remains stable

Control system integrators continue to wait for a much anticipated reacceleration in the operating environment, according to results of a recent survey of Control System Integrator Association (CSIA) members conducted by J.P. Morgan.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)