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the Refining and Petrochemical industry by providing up-to-date information, which is
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that the application of APC technology is highly profitable and are therefore promoting
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Iran nuke deal: risks and implications for energy industry
Following the historic deal on Iran nuclear sanctions reached between Iran and the P5+1 IUSA, Russia, China, France, UK and Germany), the research team of Wood Mackenzie put together a note for   (read more...)
Industry layoffs contributing to another lost generation?
Douglas-Westwood’s May 4 edition of DW Monday comments on how current oil and gas industry layoffs may be leading to another lost generation of workers, reminiscent of the shortage   (read more...)
Leading Edge Research and Software
research project at the University of Strathclyde, using Perceptive's software and expertise, has been shortlisted in the prestigious IChemE global awards 2015.   (read more...)
Natural Gas Operators Can Benefit from Honeywell’s Portfolio of Integrated Solutions, says ARC
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) recently briefed ARC Advisory Group on its portfolio of integrated solutions for the gas value chain. The company has significantly expanded its portfolio that now spans from the wellhead to the end user and comprises an extremely broad array of products, services and modular solutions.   (read more...)
Process modeling, feedback controllers
Feedback controllers assume that their control efforts will have some effect on the process variable. Advanced process control (APC) and advanced regulatory control (ARC) can help a controller choose its control efforts more effectively by modeling the process.   (read more...)
Control Engineering July 2015 Digital Issue
Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 * What will automation, controls, and instrumentation look like in 2020? * Controller selection criteria   (read more...)
Shell announces layoffs as profits fall
30 July 2015: Another oil and gas giant has announced job cuts in the wake of continually depressed oil and gas prices. With its 2Q15 results, Royal Dutch Shell presented plans to “manage returns   (read more...)
Common misconceptions: Safety instrumented system basics
ISA84 is not a “cook book” or “prescriptive standard,” but rather a “performance standard” for a general approach plant owners can use for each   (read more...)
10 years later: BP Texas City and the inevitable cost of an incident
This unfortunate incident from 2005 is familiar to many working in process industries and especially in the U.S., where an extensive investigation and its associated report have been used to illustrate the   (read more...)
A dual split-range control strategy for pressure and flow processes
Maintaining setpoint for two-mode or wide-range operations can be much easier when there are two control devices. Split-range control has been widely used in industrial processes for controlling pressure, temperature   (read more...)
HMI standard moves toward completion
ISA-101.01, Human Machine Interfaces for Process Automation Systems, is in the final stages of approval by the ISA101 standards development committee, Human-Machine Interface (HMI). The document was approved by ISA101 in - See more at: https://www.isa.org/intech/201504standards/#sthash.znqRhtSM.dpuf   (read more...)
6 ways for energy, chemical and oil and gas companies to avert the workforce crisis
As many as half of the skilled workers in energy, chemical and oil & gas industries are quickly heading towards retirement — but not nearly enough new hires are available to replace them. This Trend Report takes a deep dive into the six things you can do to ensure that your company doesn’t crumble under the pressure   (read more...)
AspenTech Acquires BLOWDOWN
BEDFORD, MA — March 12, 2015 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced it has acquired the BLOWDOWN software technology from Professor Stephen Richardson of Imperial College London and Dr. Graham Saville, formerly of Imperial College London.   (read more...)

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