Case Studies
Figure 2: Installed ST51 flowmeter. Courtesy: FCI
Case Studies January 22, 2016

Solar-powered thermal mass flowmeters operate in flare-gas monitoring system

How can new gas flowmeters operate at an oilfield without utility power service in the remote southern Bakken formation region of North Dakota? That was the challenge facing Legacy Reserves at remote sites at the Williston Basin, N.D.

By Bernie Schillo, Mike Smith, and Steve Cox
The photo shows an electric actuator installed on a 4- in suction control valve feeding a compressor. Image Courtesy: Curtiss-Wright/Exlar Actuator Solutions
Case Studies January 17, 2016

Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan has a goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 40% to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025. This has led to new regulations that require widescale pump retrofitting.

By Barb Boynton
Case Studies January 7, 2016

De-risk by design: Maintaining safety at heights

A major challenge facing oil and gas facilities is inadequate lighting and the need for workers to climb to elevated heights to repair or replace lights.

By Bradford Morse
Figure 3: Canyon Rock’s modernization program minimized noise pollution by increasing the number of conveyors. Siemens products used include S7-1200 PLCs, 19-in. TP1500 Simatic HMI Comfort Panel (from which the entire plant is monitored and controlled), 3
Case Studies November 23, 2015

Quarry carves out twice the production

Inside Machines: Modernization plan doubles production, minimizes costs at California quarry using automation and with universal programming software able to program all of one company’s control components. Easy programming and setup saved time, meeting contract requirements.

By Keith Moreland
Case Studies November 9, 2015

High-capacity servers overcome data transfer challenges

Coal seam gas extraction requires heavy monitoring via many sensors placed at the wellhead. To ensure all the data are managed properly, a high-capacity server is needed. This case study explains the challenges of managing data in the extraction process—and how to overcome them.

By Stephen Sponseller
Station Overview: Summarizes the Key Performance Indicators for all compressor units at a station. It includes a retrospective report indicating the overall availability of the station over time that is aggregated from availability of individual units. Im
Case Studies October 12, 2015

Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors

A compressor failure on a gas pipeline forced a company to switch from preventive maintenance to predictive to provide better service.

By Bryan Toich
In practice, APM initiatives typically involve applications that pinpoint failures to critical equipment and also set maintenance plans for different classes of equipment. These implementations typically tie into EAM technologies to follow through on chan
Case Studies October 11, 2015

Use EAM and APM techniques to achieve better maintenance planning

Enterprise asset management (EAM) software can ensure asset uptime while an asset performance management (APM) approach can ensure optimal levels of cost reduction and reliability.

By Roberto Michel
Figure 5: The engineers at Mossau Energy developed the system in their laboratory. The company has 19 employees. Courtesy: Thomas Fröhling/
Case Studies October 9, 2015

Storing solar energy as hydrogen: Photovoltaic systems for plants

In Germany, an innovative storage power plant stores the energy produced by photovoltaic systems as hydrogen for seasonal storage, in addition to batteries for daily storage. By employing the PLC-based system, smaller companies can reduce their carbon footprint to zero.

By Heiko Tautor
Cover design by Mike Smith, art director, using elements from Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority. Courtesy: CFE Media
Case Studies February 10, 2015

Integrating wireless with wastewater

Cover story: Industrial wireless network with new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system is part of a five-year, $47 million capital improvement plan formed and approved by the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority (SWPCA) of Stamford, Conn. Selection criteria include equipment reliability and capabilities, availability, ease of management, and conformance to open standards. Wireless network installation and setup took fewer than two days. See tables and related webcast on wireless and Ethernet, “Integrating wireless into an industrial Ethernet application.”

By Daniel Capano
Metrolina Greenhouses used robots from Harvest Automation to help space plants and help improve worker safety and overall efficiency for the company. Courtesy: Harvest Automation
Case Studies February 5, 2015

Robots used in greenhouses to improve productivity

Metrolina Greenhouses used robots from Harvest Automation to help space plants and help improve worker safety and overall efficiency for the company.

By Harvest Automation