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News in the process industries covers a wide range of resources. Current offerings range from details about new projects, products and agreements to a brochure about new tools and announcements on continuing education activities — all directed to providing solutions to the daily challenges in the process controls field.


News in the process industries covers a wide range of resources. Current offerings range from details about new projects, products and agreements to a brochure about new tools and announcements on continuing education activities — all directed to providing solutions to the daily challenges in process controls field.

SimSci-Esscor , an operating unit of Invensys plc, is making its optimization and process simulation software solutions for the petrochemical and energy industries available via the Internet. On-demand distribution of Upstream Optimization Suite and Process Engineering Suite will be offered to current customers on a monthly trial and subscription basis through PetrisWINDS NOW!, an application services provider to the oil, gas and energy industries. The option lifts the restrictions of having to work in a specific location during normal office hours and is designed especially for remote offices, independent contractors, consultants, and engineering companies.

Four design principles of Fisher ’s Enviro-Seal valve stem packing are reviewed in a new brochure: "Enviro-Seal valve packing systems: extending service life, meeting environmental requirements." The 12-page booklet discusses and illustrates several available systems for sliding stem and rotary valves. Case studies are included. Packing selection chart shows how the systems now extend to higher pressure and temperature control conditions. For a copy, contact an Emerson Process Management sales office; for more information, visit the Web site .

World Batch Forum is presenting a Web seminar on the benefits of WBF membership on Wednesday, February 11 at 11 a.m. EST. Click here for more information and a registration form.

" Process Instrumentation & Controls—Part 1 " teaches the basics of process in-strumentation and controls from a practical point of view. The course, presented by Dal-housie University, College of Continuing Education , in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is intended for engineers, project managers, and other technical personnel interested in learning about the field of process instrumentation and controls. Click here for course dates and locations, and registration information.

A recent alliance between Honeywell Process Solutions and UOP LLC is intended to improve refinery operations. The two companies plan to jointly develop, market and deliver refinery solutions that integrate UOP’s process knowledge into Honeywell’s software and system solutions. Combining control and decision support systems with knowledge of how refining assets and decision variables contribute to profitability will help clients increase safety, availability, and profitability by maximizing knowledge resources and process flexibility. Users can look to improving decisions made throughout the refinery from crude purchase and logistics through unit operation and management to final product blending.

Dairyland Power Cooperative’s John P. Madgett Station in western Wisconsin has selected the Power & Water Solutions industry center, Emerson Process Management, to modernize its control system. Under the $3.1 million contract, Emerson will replace the ex-isting analog control system at the 370-megawatt coal-fired generating plant with PlantWeb digital plant architecture. The Ovation expert control system, a key component of Plant-Web, will control and monitor the plant’s turbine, boiler, burner management system, and balance of plant. Emerson’s AMS Suite will deliver real-time predictive maintenance and optimization information to plant personnel.

TS4000 Intelligent Toxic Gas Detector, a microprocessor-based transmitter from General Monitors , is designed to monitor toxic gases or oxygen deficiency and provide status indication and alarm outputs. Features include long-distance remote mounting up to 2,000 feet, dual redundant MODBUS communications, 8-amp relays, three-digit display, 4-20 mA output, and indication of remaining sensor life.

All electronics are contained in an explosion-proof housing. Galvanically isolated, intrinsically safe design supports sensor field replacement without special tools or hot work permits. Device monitors a variety of toxic gases in the parts per million range, including ammonia, carbon monoxide, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, ozone, sulfur dioxide, and more.

—Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering, jkatzel@reedbusiness.com

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