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An engineer’s guide to networking
Innumerable articles and training programs have been written on the subject of networking. Among the younger generation, social networking has become a   (read more...)
Simplify APC Tuning and Configuration
Simplify APC Tuning and Configuration   (read more...)
Successful Migration From Proprietary Control System
Petrochem giant Braskem is migrating two polypropylene facilities from Dow Chemical’s MOD 5 distributed control system to Honeywell Experion. The first was such a success,   (read more...)
Chemical Processing Level Measurement eHandbook:
Understand Control and Other Issues in Level Measurement   (read more...)
ExxonMobil to Build Next Generation Multi-vendor Automation Architecture
Over the years, automation users have complained about being locked into an industrial automation vendor’s system architecture. ExxonMobil has had enough of proprietary, closed systems and   (read more...)
Honeywell process controls implemented at Russian refinery
Honeywell Process Solutions’ Experion HS process automation system has been implemented at Kuban Oil and Gas Co.’s Ilsky refinery.   (read more...)
Keep Projects on Track: Improve Communication During Estimating
In the energy and chemicals industries, project costs have risen faster than the rate that CAPEX increases (in comparable industries) and faster than the rate of inflation. Engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) argue   (read more...)
Brexit no more than a bump on the road to oil rebalancing
(Reuters) Rebalancing the oil market could take slightly longer as a result of the upsurge in uncertainty following Britain's vote to leave the EU but most traders seem to think it will not slow the process by more than 3-6 months.   (read more...)
AspenTech Acquires Fidelis Group, LLC
BEDFORD, MA — June 6, 2016 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced it has acquired Fidelis Group, LLC of Lake Jackson, Texas   (read more...)
What Is the Definition of PID Bumpless Transfer?
The PID controller is an essential component of nearly all control loops in the process industry. We take for granted   (read more...)
Control Engineering Feb 2016 Issue
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AspenTech Will Not Revise Offer for KBC
BEDFORD, Mass — February 17, 2016 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (“AspenTech”) announced today that it does not intend to revise its offer of 185 pence for each share of KBC Advanced Technologies plc (“KBC”) which was announced on January 12, 2016. Earlier today, KBC issued an announcement stating it has agreed to accept an acquisition offer of 210 pence per share from Yokogawa Electric Corporation.   (read more...)
Advanced process control and real-time optimization
Advanced process control and real-time optimization are techniques that can improve a plant’s   (read more...)
Take the path to model-less multivariable control
However tantalizing the prospect of dispensing with models may be, it is the long road of experience, not the shortcut of simplification, that compels one to the model-less path.   (read more...)
US Gulf oil spill nearly ruined BP, says chief Bob Dudley
was one of the worst environmental disasters in the US and saw BP pay fines and compensation and sell off more than £30bn ($45bn) in assets.   (read more...)
Simple Enhancement of PID Control
The venerable PID is assuredly the most widely used algorithm in industrial process control. Its simplicity, reliability and familiarity   (read more...)
Safety lifecycle management challenges in hydrocarbon processing plants
Many automation and SIS vendors to the downstream HPI do not provide safety lifecycle management software that extends beyond initial commissioning work   (read more...)
Portals Process Automation Rockwell adds MPC to PlantPAx DCS Rockwell adds MPC to PlantPAx DCS
November 21, 2015 - Rockwell Automation released PlantPAx model predictive control (MPC) software, which embeds fully functional MPC technology into Logix controllers to  
Control Engineering - November 2015
Process Control Systems upgrades   (read more...)
The New Era in Advanced Process Control
Attributed to AspenTech’s Arup Ghosh, this byline highlights how refineries and chemical companies are under constant pressure to improve throughput; save energy; meet operational constraints   (read more...)
Honeywell Technology To Drive Iraq's Most Advanced Refinery
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2015 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it will provide industry-leading process technology and advanced automation controls to Iraq’s Karbala refinery, now under construction in Karbala Province, about 120 kilometers south of Baghdad   (read more...)
How to Improve Automation by Understanding Integrating and Runaway Process Dynamics
Many important process control loops on vessels and columns do not have a steady state in the time frame of the PID response   (read more...)
Here’s your opportunity to help young people recognize the joys of STEM-focused learning and the value and potential of a career in automation and control. You have a voice in determining the future of today’s younger generation and the automation profession. - See more at: https://www.isa.org/professional-development/automation-appreciation-month/?utm_source=High%20Road&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Marketing_42645511&utm_source=google&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=af-aamtwo16OCT#sthash.UUULtRsY.dpuf   (read more...)

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