Control Engineering eGuides sponsored by ABB
Control Engineering eGuide, Human Factors and the Impact on Plant Safety
Indications are that human beings are responsible for up to half the abnormal situations in process plants. Moreover, those studies suggest that process industries in the U.S. lose more than $20 billion annually as a result. In spite of these statistics, most process plants depend heavily on operator intervention during critical operational phases (e.g., startup, shutdown) and when things start going wrong.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
The Rocky Relationship Between Safety and Security eGuide
Process control and safety systems have always followed one key concept: Separation. They were always separate and independent of each other. The safety system would be ready to kick in and take action no matter what the condition of the process control system.
Over the last few years, safety standards and certification requirements have changed. So have approaches to the design and implementation of safety systems – a fact that affects not only the replacement of aging systems, but also the selection of safety and control systems in new facilities.
Learn more about methods used to ensure that the integration be¬tween the safety system and the basic process control systems (BPCS) do not compromise functional independence and define the best practices to secure an industrial system by registering to download this eGuide, The Rocky Relationship between Safety and Security sponsored by ABB.
Is Your Safety System Compliant with Today's Safety Standards.
Control Engineering eGuide: Is Your Safety System Compliant with Today's Safety Standards.
Financial benefits, reduced operating costs, and safer operations can all be realized through safety system compliance. However, operational aspects of safety systems are under increased scrutiny throughout process manufacturing facilities due to evolving standards. Learn how changes in safety standards are affecting legacy systems by registering for this Control Engineering’s eGuide “Is Your Safety System Compliant with Today’s Safety Standards” sponsored by ABB. Click here to learn more.
Integrated Safety eGuide
Process industries are inherently hazardous, and maintaining safety in processes and operations has become increasingly complex and costly. But too often, companies have difficulty demonstrating a clear return on investment in their safety activities. With both safety and financial concerns being a high priority, those in the process industry sometimes struggle to reconcile them.
This Control Engineering eGuide covers a recent white paper on how process industries can improve safety and profitability, without disrupting operations, and includes the additional informative articles regarding Integrated Safety:
- Process safety what are the odds?
- Analysis: Engineering values from the top down
- Integrating emergency shutdown valves with a process control system
- Developing People: Making operators more effective
Low Voltage Energy Efficient Drives
Of all resources on which modern manufacturing is dependent, energy is arguably the most fundamental. It is also a resource that has long been taken for granted. However, rising energy prices and compliance concerns related to greenhouse gas emissions in some industries increasingly are leading operators to critically assess energy use.
Over the last few years, Control Engineering has advanced the industry’s discussion and understanding of energy efficiency. Follow the discussion and gain how-to knowledge in this important eGuide.
Articles in the eGuide include:
- Supersizing Our Way to Energy Inefficiency
- Energy Management: First Steps Toward Greater Efficiency
- Sustainability tips: How manufacturing can become more energy efficient
- A worthwhile investment: The drive to reduce emissions and energy consumption