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Asset Management November 4, 2022

Platforms launched to enhance asset optimization

Honeywell Forge Performance+ for Industrials | Asset Performance helps improve asset performance, lower maintenance costs and enhance operational productivity.

By Honeywell
Asset Management July 28, 2022

Eliminate blind spots with asset monitoring across the plant

Creating a more automated system with a plant-wide asset monitoring platform can help close some blind spots manufacturers face.

By Paul Heine
Asset Management July 5, 2022

Best practices in OT vulnerability management

Learn how why industrial organizations need specialized guidance in setting priorities for their OT vulnerability management programs.

By Dragos
Asset Management June 22, 2022

Transparent asset tracking framework for supply chain management

The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the fragility of the current supply chains and highlighted the need for improving the existing supply chain infrastructure through digital transformation.

By Xinxin Fan and Raullen (Qi) Chai
Asset Management May 4, 2022

Increase visibility, plant availability with predictive maintenance

To increase plant availability and reduce costs, use smart instruments for diagnostics and verification without process interruption, providing predictive maintenance for the process.

By Endress+Hauser
Asset Management March 22, 2022

Four strategies for implementing machine monitoring equipment

Setting objectives for machine monitoring, prioritizing machines, developing relevant performance metrics and continuously improving them.

By Bryan Christiansen
Asset Management December 3, 2021

How manufacturing operations management (MOM) improves operations, reduces risk

Manufacturing operations management (MOM) enables manufacturers to automatically connect with machines to collect critical data without manual inputs. Do you know how to reduce reduce the “six big losses” in manufacturing?

By Paulo de Matos
Asset Management December 3, 2021

How manufacturing operations management (MOM) improves operations, reduces risk

Manufacturing operations management (MOM) enables manufacturers to automatically connect with machines to collect critical data without manual inputs. Do you know how to reduce reduce the “six big losses” in manufacturing?

By Paulo de Matos
Asset Management November 9, 2021

Standards-based interoperability for digital transformation in asset lifecycle management: More answers

Supply chain challenges, standards, digital twins, and advice for future digital transformation efforts were among more answers from a 1-hour RCEP/AIA professional development hour training session.

By Alan Johnston
Asset Management October 14, 2021

Asset lifecycle management: Interoperability standards help digital transformation

A lifecycle approach for digital and physical asset management adds efficiency to capital projects, handover and associated maintenance and reliability management activities and in other ways.

By Mark T. Hoske
Asset Management September 30, 2021

Three reasons why contact tracing is more secure than you think

Contact tracing offers greater levels of privacy and data protection than most users think and can give engineers strong levels of asset management.

By Kinexon
Asset Management August 30, 2021

Engineering document management: Paying Formula 1 money for Uber-ride tasks

Digital twin: An interactive, one-to-one scale digital replica of the asset and every component, system or piece of equipment within it, updated in real-time gives the asset owner a powerful monitoring tool and testbed.

By Steve Bruce
Asset Management August 18, 2021

Four ways manufacturers can grow post-COVID-19

Manufacturers remain resilient and strong in the pandemic’s wake, but there are steps to take to prepare for the next anomalous event

By John Felix
Asset Management June 3, 2021

Managing plant emissions and energy losses with the latest software applications

Advances in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and software analytics are empowering plant managers with valuable insights into the health and performance of critical assets. Analytics software and wireless communications are helping reduce costs, emissions and wasted production time.

By Logan Woolery
Asset Management May 27, 2021

Digitalization improves systems engineering, manufacturing automation

Digitalization of systems engineering helps transform existing processes and restructure for automation, increase product connectivity, meet new rules and regulations and optimize operations for uncertainties.

By Mark TenEyck
Asset Management December 11, 2020

How air casters integrate CNC machining and business operations

Lean methodologies are supported by flexibility in plant floor layouts

By John Massenburg
Asset Management September 10, 2020

Advanced capabilities are being incorporated into EAM systems

Tools are meant to support actionable insights

By Megha Tatiya
Asset Management August 6, 2020

Connect automation to the power of predictive maintenance

Leveraging operational data already in control systems can drive distribution center (DC) performance and maintenance improvements.

By Eric Rice
Asset Management July 15, 2020

Companies join forces to accelerate industrial transformation

Siemens and SAP announced a partnership designed to bring together their complementary software solutions for product lifecycle, supply chain and asset management applications.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.
Asset Management March 10, 2020

Preventing coronavirus through preparation

Many manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned with Covid-19 breakouts on the production floor. There are ways to improve worker safety through preventive best practices and proper preparation.

By Eagle CMMS
Asset Management December 3, 2019

Maximize production by monitoring erosion

Data from two complementary monitoring technologies enable maximized production rates, even with high entrained solids.

By Jake Davies, Ph.D.
Asset Management November 1, 2019

Get the right software purchasing fit for service requirements

Cover story: Software strategy: As companies’ field service offerings, managing people, hardware assets, and software brings additional challenges, field service management software must address the entire service lifecycle.

By Andrew Lichey
Asset Management August 17, 2019

Continuous asset optimization in manufacturing

Continuous asset optimization (CAO) combines smart manufacturing technologies with cutting edge statistical, data-driven and physics of failure modeling techniques.

By Dr. Ananth Seshan
Asset Management June 25, 2019

12 benefits of using standards in design, implementation for iMOM projects

Integrated manufacturing operations management (iMOM) is designed to increase and sustain business benefits for users such as improved accuracy and thorough implementation.

By Stan DeVries
Asset Management June 6, 2019

Overcoming predictive maintenance obstacles

There are several key barriers to the implementation of predictive maintenance technologies, but they can be alleviated.

By Jos Martin
Asset Management May 1, 2019

SKF Pulse by SKF USA

SKF Pulse combines an easy-to-use handheld sensor with a new mobile app, allowing users to quickly monitor rotating equipment and machine health to predict issues and improve reliability before operations are impacted. 

By SKF USA
Asset Management April 1, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 25-31

Articles about Big Data analysis, edge computing best practices, the Engineers' Choice Awards, industrial mobile robot standards, and rate-predictive control were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 25-31. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management March 8, 2019

Machine learning takes maintenance to a new level

Strategy a compliment to predictive maintenance.

By Fritz Cleveland
Asset Management March 5, 2019

Big Data analysis or data acquisition? 

Centralized data architectures are adapting to new opportunities for data collection and analytics.

By Michael Risse
Asset Management November 30, 2018

Researchers receive grant to improve Big Data analysis

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) researchers have received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure to research signal processing solutions, which could impact how Big Data is better managed.

By Michelle Cometa
Asset Management November 14, 2018

Front of mind: AI in manufacturing

Control Engineering Poland: Expectations are high among manufacturers for the ability of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve processes and profitability. New research shows that companies able to sort the systems and personnel issues surrounding implementation can get a leg up on the competition as use cases grow.

By Rick Butler
Asset Management November 2, 2018

ABB, IFS partner, blend solutions

Tucson, Ariz.— IFS and ABB Automation announced Feb. 5 plans to integrate and market solutions blending ABB's Industrial IT platform with IFS' business applications. IFS software components for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) will be integrated with process control solutions from ABB Automation.

By Staff
Asset Management October 17, 2018

Optimize machine metrics with a machine-as-a-service model, blockchain

Machine as a service (MaaS) and blockchain manage and secure machine data and transactions. Blockchain, while known for its use in the financial world, is being used by Steamchain, a start-up company, to provide secure financial and machine information design to help end users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

By Mark T. Hoske, Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Asset Management October 1, 2018

Manage information based on each well’s lifecycle

A single source of truth can improve time-to-revenue.

By Frank Gannon
Asset Management September 28, 2018

Digital twins support FPS asset integrity management

Strength comes from global performance model integrated with measured data.

By Scot McNeill, David Renzi, and Dilip Maniar
Asset Management June 18, 2018

Top 5 Control Engineering articles Jun. 11-17

Articles about IT and OT convergence, the 2018 Salary and Career Survey, IIoT's impact on tool and sensor functionality, autotuning PID control, and smart manufacturing were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 11-17, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management June 10, 2018

Digital twin AIs designed to learn at the edge

Artificial intelligence (AI) startup SWIM is aiming to democratize both AI and digital twin technologies by placing them at the edge without the need for large-scale number-crunching as well as making it affordable.

By Chris Middleton, Vinelake
Asset Management May 10, 2018

Open Process Automation status update

The Open Process Automation group, part of the Open Group, continues to work on standards to help enable interoperable process controls. ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, BASF, Saudi Aramco, and ARC Advisory Group offered a progress update in February.

By Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media
Asset Management May 9, 2018

Understanding the convergence of IT and OT

Information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) are converging to improve manufacturing operations, that can offer benefits such as improved productivity and security.

By Ashish Khushu, L&T Technology Services
Asset Management April 29, 2018

Four tips for selecting an EAM solution

Companies looking to select an enterprise asset management (EAM) solution should be sure it can track all assets through the lifecycle and that it can integrate with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

By Martin Davis, Ultra Consultants
Asset Management March 20, 2018

Digitization’s impact on CAPEX optimization and asset utilization in engineering

Digitization's proliferation is not just a result of the impact it has created across industries and its impact on core engineering operations of manufacturers who depend on physical supply chains and asset-driven production models.

By Divya Bhatt, L&T Technology Services
Asset Management March 13, 2018

Using condition-based maintenance to optimize smart manufacturing operations

Implementing condition-based maintenance (CBM) can help reduce equipment downtime, improve data collection, and improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

By Ashok Kumar, L&T Technology Services Ltd.
Asset Management February 13, 2018

Cognitive intelligence framework launched

L&T Technology Services' Aikno is a cognitive intelligence framework AiKno uses technologies such as advanced image processing, optical character recognition (OCR), natural language processing (NLP), and self-learning AI algorithms.

By L&T Technology Services
Asset Management February 13, 2018

Companies agree to digital technology alliance

Emerson and AspenTech have agreed to a digital technology alliance to help customers tackle complex problems and optimize operations, which will focus on engineering software, manufacturing and supply chain software, and asset performance management.

By Emerson, AspenTech
Asset Management December 28, 2017

The digital factory’s impact on the plant floor

The digital factory is driving manufacturers to a more competitive position and using technologies such as product lifecycle management (PLM), manufacturing execution systems (MES) and computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS) to change how manufacturing works.

By Ultra Consultants
Asset Management December 14, 2017

Ignore the hype: there really is a revolution

A revolution in manufacturing is happening, but it might be hard to see because it doesn't feel like one because it isn't coming with the force like we might have expected.

By Jose Rivera, Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
Asset Management December 7, 2017

Moving from reactive to predictive maintenance

Where reactive maintenance was once the norm, manufacturing companies can now proactively handle with predictive maintenance problems before customers realize they exist.

By Ravishankar Kandallu, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Asset Management November 21, 2017

Make productive assets part of the supply chain

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) responds to increasing demands placed on goods makers as the e-commerce landscape evolves.

By Bhagat Nainani, Oracle Corp.
Asset Management November 10, 2017

ERP looks to embrace the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) can help cut costs for manufacturers; the next step is leveraging it for business growth through enterprise resource planning (ERP) and other enterprise systems.

By Sidney Hill, Jr.
Asset Management October 6, 2017

Powering automation and IIoT wirelessly

Battery-powered solutions are expanding the realm of industrial automation to virtually all external environments, enabling remote wireless devices to thrive throughout the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries
Asset Management September 1, 2017

Control Engineering hot topics, August 2017

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in August 2017 included stories about closed-loop control system guidelines, wireless process sensing, augmented reality, Tesla coil designs, and robots and Industrie 4.0. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management August 14, 2017

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 31 to August 13: Closed-loop system guidelines, IIoT and cobots, open- vs. closed-loop control, more

Articles about closed-loop control guidelines, robots and Industrie 4.0, the IIoT and cobots, open- vs. closed-loop controls, and control system automation tips were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 31 to August 13. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management July 10, 2017

3-D chip developed for combined computing and data storage

Researchers at MIT and Stanford have developed a 3-D chip that uses carbon nanotubes and resistive random-access memory (RRAM) cells to address communication bottlenecks as technology becomes more sophisticated.

By Helen Knight, MIT News Office
Asset Management April 30, 2017

Combustion analyzer for hazardous conditions

The Thermox WDG-V combustion analyzer from Ametek Process Instruments is certified for Zone 1 hazardous locations and provides end users with digitally transmitted information via Modbus and Ethernet that can be used to implement predictive and proactive asset management maintenance programs.

By Ametek Process Instruments
Asset Management April 18, 2017

Software package for schematic generation

EPLAN's Cogineer is software package that generates schematics automatically for occasional users and power users alike.

By EPLAN
Asset Management April 10, 2017

Connecting controls helps manage assets

Asset management: A winning industrial internet strategy starts with connected controls to help systems use more asset data, dynamically adapt in real-time to changing business conditions, and automatically upgrade as needed for better cybersecurity. Advantages include productivity gains of 22% and a maintenance cost reduction of 40%.

By Rob McKeel
Asset Management April 10, 2017

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 3-9: Automation methods, IIoT-enabled maturity model, sensors 101, more

Articles about automation enhancing a brewery, IIoT-enabled maintenance maturity models, sensors and control system inputs, Automate 2017 preview, and PID learning were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management March 29, 2017

Using automation modernization for business success

When a facility must improve productivity, process availability, and enterprise profits, modernization of the control system can provide the answer. Lasting differences can be made by taking advantage of today’s advances and creating more profitable operations.

By Laurie Ben and Aaron Crews, Emerson
Asset Management March 21, 2017

Automation group selects board of directors, celebrates 25th anniversary

Can in Automation (CiA) elected their board of directors at their annual general assembly and celebrated the group's 25th anniversary.

By CAN in Automation
Asset Management March 12, 2017

Firmware upgrade for measurement amplifier series

BLH Nobel has released a firmware upgrade, revision v1.3.0, for its G5 series of measurement amplifiers, which is designed for integration into the process weighing systems of large vessels, mixers, and conveyors.

By BLH Nobel
Asset Management March 5, 2017

Predictive monitoring and analytics system for pump applications

The PumpSense sensor-based system from Prophecy Sensorlytics is a predictive diagnostics technology to alert pump/blower users to developing problems and prescribe fixes without any need for outside support, expertise, or data analysis.

By Prophecy Sensorlytics
Asset Management February 28, 2017

An Internet of Things as seen at ARC Industry Forum

Where to find the technologies and expertise for information technology (IT)-driven automation gains: Industrial IT technologies can augment automation productivity.

By CFE Media
Asset Management February 25, 2017

How an IIoT-enabled maintenance maturity model works

Six actions that set the stage for better asset management.

By Ralph Rio
Asset Management February 23, 2017

Low-power chip developed for speech recognition

MIT researchers have built a low-power chip specialized for automatic speech recognition that requires between 0.2 and 10 milliwatts, depending on the number of words it has to recognize.

By Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
Asset Management February 16, 2017

Researchers adding human intuition to planning algorithms

Researchers at MIT are encoding the strategies of high-performing human planners in a machine-readable algorithm form and improving overall performance by 10 to 15%.

By Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
Asset Management February 11, 2017

Two controller standard recommendations released

CAN in Automation (CiA) has released two Controller Area Network (CAN) FD related recommendations. CiA 601-1 recommends the physical layer design and 601-2 provides guidelines for the controller interface to the host controller.

By CAN in Automation (CiA)
Asset Management February 1, 2017

Chemical manufacturer tames alarm management

Even after an input/output (I/O) migration, and installing a new distributed control system (DCS) and safety instrumented system (SIS), a southern U.S. chemical manufacturer experienced even more alarms. This article explains how the company solved its alarm management issues while focusing on goals and aligning with industry standards.

By Emerson
Asset Management January 9, 2017

Considerations for choosing the right control system platform

Cover Story: Choosing between a programmable logic controller (PLC) or a distributed control system (DCS) depends on the type of project and plant. PLCs and a DCS provide different kinds of benefits, depending on the application.

By Bob Halgren
Asset Management December 29, 2016

The first three steps are always the hardest

Accelerate the value of an IIoT strategy for enterprise assets.

By Kim Custeau
Asset Management December 22, 2016

Data diversity boosts machine learning

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and its Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems have developed an algorithm that makes the selection of diverse subsets much more practical.

By Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
Asset Management December 15, 2016

Next steps in IT-based automation and operations

Welcome to the CFE Media special edition, IIoT for Engineers.

By Kevin Parker
Asset Management November 17, 2016

Data storage solution for severe environments

Kaman Precision Products' Model 9740 Complete Data Storage Solution is ideal for use in severe environments such as military settings as well as other aerospace and industrial settings.

By Kaman Precision Products
Asset Management November 13, 2016

Standards for drives and motion controllers updated

CAN in Automation (CiA) has released a version of the CiA 402-2 CANopen profile for drives and motion controllers and they've also released CiA 402-6, which described process data object (PDO) mapping for CANopen FD.

By CAN in Automation (CiA)
Asset Management November 10, 2016

Find patterns in corrupted data

A team that includes researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, has created a new set of algorithms that can efficiently fit probability distributions to high-dimensional data.

By Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
Asset Management November 10, 2016

Groups collaborate on sensor-to-cloud interoperability

Cover Story: The FDT Group and OPC Foundation have collaborated on off-the-shelf interoperability designed to help plants, factories, and other industrial facilities gain access to enterprise-wide, sensor-to-cloud interoperability and enhanced lifecycle management throughout the industrial sector. See what standards apply, and how they’re helping.

By Glenn Schulz
Asset Management November 4, 2016

Software and enterprise asset management company acquired

Schneider Electric, an energy management and automation company, announced the acquisition of MaxEAM, which is intended to add domain expertise to Schneider Electric's existing team.

By Schneider Electric
Asset Management October 31, 2016

Companies collaborate on IoT for device to cloud services

Advantech announced that it is collaborating with Intel, Microsoft, ARM, and IBM to create Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that cover device to cloud services.

By Advantech
Asset Management October 28, 2016

Asset monitoring platform for operations management

Emerson's AMS Ares platform is designed to prioritize and deliver asset and device health data, enabling maintenance decisions that increase operational and asset availability.

By Emerson
Asset Management October 27, 2016

Automating Big Data analysis with algorithms

MIT researchers have developed Big Data algorithms that are designed to allow data scientists to accomplish tasks in days when it used to take months.

By Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
Asset Management October 20, 2016

Data analytic software for process applications

Seeq's R15 is an application designed for engineers and operations analysts in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, and food and beverage industries.

By Seeq
Asset Management October 14, 2016

Process analytics software mines historical production data to reduce variability

Yokogawa's software combined with analytical services is designed to help manufacturers stabilize quality even as the variability of feedstocks increases.

By Yokogawa
Asset Management October 13, 2016

EC: Altivar Process 900 VSD

Motion Control — Drives, motor control centers: The Altivar Process 900 variable speed drive optimizes production and energy efficiency with intelligent guidance for energy-intensive, industrial applications. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Winner.

Asset Management October 13, 2016

EC: ARES Asset Management Platform

Software — Asset management, reporting: The Emerson ARES Asset Management Platform collects asset data from field-based wired and wireless sensors and delivers relevant information anywhere. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist.

Asset Management October 13, 2016

EC: Dream Report v4.72, automation-related reports and dashboards

Software — Asset management, reporting: Dream Report is the leading, purpose built solution for the generation of automation related reports and dashboards that enables organizations to meet compliance and performance information needs. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist.

Asset Management October 13, 2016

EC: FactoryTalk AssetCentre Software v7.0

Software — Asset management, reporting: FactoryTalk AssetCentre is a centralized tool for securing, managing, versioning, tracking and reporting automation-related asset information across an entire facility. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist.

Asset Management October 13, 2016

EC: XLReporter v12.0 process automation reporting software

Software — Asset management, reporting: XLReporter is highly scalable reporting software that turns raw process data into polished reports as Excel workbooks, web pages, encrypted PDF and distributes them via email, mobile devices and printers. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Winner.

Asset Management October 13, 2016

EC: Asset View messaging application for asset management software

Software — Mobile apps for controls, automation, instrumentation: Asset View is the messaging application used on both PC/laptops and mobile devices for asset health alerts. Both environments include identical dashboards and similar user interfaces for an intuitive transition. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist.

Asset Management September 9, 2016

DCS market undergoing major changes, according to report

ARC Advisory Group's research indicates that the distributed control system (DCS) market is expected to recover after a poor 2015, but how it grows and changes will depend on how much the DCS changes to adapt to an evolving market.

By ARC Advisory Group
Asset Management August 11, 2016

Sensor diagnostics tool for harsh operating environments

Rockwell Automation's Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link master is IP67-rated and is designed for event and process timestamping capabilities for on-machine applications.

By Rockwell Automation
Asset Management August 7, 2016

Mechatronic motion control sets Industrie 4.0 in motion

Mechatronic machine design will simplify and enhance operations, driving Industrie 4.0 initiatives forward.

By Doug Burns
Asset Management July 17, 2016

Process knowledge system with IIoT capabilities

Honeywell Process Solutions' (HPS) update of their Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) Orion is designed to help industrial plants optimize automation project execution, reduce loop commissioning time, minimize operational risk, and protect intellectual investments.

By Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS)
Asset Management May 29, 2016

Library for modeling pneumatic systems

The Maplesoft MapleSim Pneumatics Library from Modelon is designed for use in the modeling and simulation of pneumatic systems for system design, component sizing, and control design.

By Maplesoft
Asset Management May 16, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 9-15: Three was ultimate CMMS, Product of the Year winners, more

Articles about three ways to leverage IIoT, building the ultimate CMMS team, 2015 Product of the Year winners, your improvement initiative, and the new language of transformation were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 9-15. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Asset Management April 23, 2016

Safety diagnostics solution for collecting sensor data

Pilz's Safety Device Diagnostics solution is comprised of a fieldbus module, junction and safe sensor technology and is designed to enable a wide range of sensor data to be called up including over distance.

By Pilz
Asset Management March 29, 2016

Wirelessly-monitored storage tank safety valves

Emerson Process Management's Enardo 850/950 series of wirelessly-monitored storage tank safety valves provides immediate information to help prevent safety and emissions problems.

By Emerson Process Management
Asset Management December 22, 2015

Meeting the SI challenges

Wood Group Mustang, ranked No. 2 among the 2015 SI Giants, looks at the industry and how new projects are evolving in a changing landscape.

By CFE Media
Asset Management November 3, 2015

Software development is becoming more efficient, vertical

An emphasis on being vertical as well as horizontal in business and technology and going more in-depth with current and future technology was a major focus in the keynote address at the 2015 Software User Conference in Chicago.

By Chris Vavra
Asset Management October 26, 2015

Practical considerations for selecting an industrial wireless sensor network

Wireless trends: Choosing a wireless network requires evaluation of communication protocols, device availability, and present and future user needs. See wireless network criteria comparison tables.

By Kevin Zamzow
Asset Management October 15, 2015

EC: Altivar Process 630 variable speed drive

Motion Control - Drives, servo drives: The Altivar Process is the first line of variable speed drives on the market with embedded intelligent services, designed to improve both process and energy efficiency, while enhancing overall system performance. This is a Control Engineering 2016 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

Asset Management September 9, 2015

Loop tuning accelerator for process applications

ABB's Loop Tuning Accelerator Service is designed to reduce the time between diagnosing control loop issues and tuning the loops to improve performance and is designed for process industry applications.

By ABB
Asset Management May 14, 2015

Major corporate investments solidify IoT as the next big advancement for field service organizations

The Internet of Things (IoT) keeps moving as big names such as IBM, GE, Microsoft, and Uptake back the benefits of connected equipment.

By Josh Kasombo, MSI Data
Asset Management March 20, 2015

Organization announces availability of field device integration (FDI) specification and developer tools

The FieldComm Group announced that the FDI Cooperation, LLC's Field Device Integration (FDI) specification, tools, and components are available for automation suppliers to develop products and host systems compatible with FDI.

By FieldComm Group
Asset Management March 10, 2015

Last meter to the Internet of Things

Device networks can serve as a cost-effective extension in the last meter that connects industrial devices to the Internet of Things (IoT). Improve IP connectivity in the last meter from the industrial control system to field devices with IO-Link or HART (wired or wireless), to make today’s plants more future-ready for industrial IoT.

By Shannon R. Foos, Kevin Zomchek
Asset Management February 4, 2015

Diagnostics unit for encoders improves operation, maintenance

Leine & Linde's Advanced Diagnostics Upgrade (ADS) Unit for the model 800 rotary encoder can be mounted on encoders in the field and is designed to improve the encoder's operation and maintenance capabilities.

By Leine & Linde
Asset Management November 24, 2014

FDI specification publicly released

Control Engineering International: FDI Cooperation LLC announced public release of the Field Device Integration (FDI) specification, making it possible for automation suppliers to develop products and host systems compatible with FDI. A common Integrated Development Environment (IDE) will help device manufacturers create high-quality, reliable, and interoperable FDI Device Packages for Foundation Fieldbus, HART, Profibus, and Profinet devices, as reported in Control Engineering Europe.

By Control Engineering Europe
Asset Management October 20, 2014

EC: Honeywell RTU2020 remote terminal unit

Process Control Systems: The Honeywell RTU2020 remote terminal unit is a modular, scalable controller that helps facilities effectively manage complex remote automation and control applications in the oil and gas industry, reduces downtime, and increases production. This is a Control Engineering 2015 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
Asset Management September 27, 2014

Analog IO modules with HART communications

Opto 22's SNAP-AIMA-iH and SNAP-AOA-23-iH two-channel analog input and output modules use HART communications to extract status, diagnostics, and other information to increase uptime, improve productivity, and enhance safety.

By Opto 22
Asset Management September 27, 2014

Rotary encoders with web-based diagnostic system

Leine and Linde's XHI 801 and XHI803 rotary encoders are equipped with a web-based Advanced Diagnostic System (ADS) providing real-time monitoring of the generator condition including vibration, temperature, and encoder status information.

By Leine & Linde
Asset Management September 23, 2014

Supply chain management software helps improve decisions, manage risk

Spiral Suite supply chain management software from Schneider Electric is designed to help workers from one end of the supply chain to the other make reliable decisions and manage risks for easier information integration.

By Schneider Electric
Asset Management August 14, 2014

Advanced distributed control system, with security, introduced in China

Control Engineering International: Four advantages of the ABB DCS Extended Automation V6 were highlighted in a Control Engineering China interview with Tobias Becker, global head of ABB Control Technology Business Unit, and Anne Yang, an ABB group vice president.

By Zhu Xu
Asset Management April 29, 2014

Remote device connectivity enables the industrial Internet of things

CSIA Executive Conference 2014: Internet of things (IoT) has grown to include all kinds of devices, internal and external to a manufacturing operation, according to a speaker at a CSIA Executive Conference session on April 24. Webcasts provide information on related topics.

By Mark T. Hoske
Asset Management April 28, 2014

Smart I/O systems vs. fieldbus networks

New configurable I/O systems bring greater flexibility to conventional instrumentation. How do they stand up to fieldbus networking for capabilities and convenience?

By Peter Welander
Asset Management April 22, 2014

We’re all about uncovering new methods for improving performance

Energy efficiency needs to be seen from new perspectives like asset management and as an investment tool to continue to make strides. Link to related Industrial Energy Management articles.

By Sidney Hill, Jr.
Asset Management April 17, 2014

New approaches to asset management yield big energy savings

Intelligent use of control systems can maximize the energy efficiency of industrial equipment by, among other things, making sure equipment runs only when need to support plant operations.

By Paolo Baldisserotto, Brent W. Stromwall
Asset Management April 17, 2014

HART Communication: The next 20 years and beyond

Innovation, global growth, business value, and standardization will be key as HART Communication looks to expand.

By Control Engineering
Asset Management April 17, 2014

Three wishes for an easier life with HART

At Hannover Messe 2013, Michael Pelz, head of process optimization and automation for Clariant Pigments Business Unit, spoke about his experiences with HART technology, while expressing his hopes for future developments to make the technology even easier to work with.

By Suzanne Gill
Asset Management April 17, 2014

Building a maintenance management program for valves

Diagnostics from smart valve actuators using HART communication can save maintenance costs and improve plant reliability when used in a comprehensive maintenance management program. This is often the first big victory of a program.

By Herman Storey
Asset Management April 16, 2014

ODVA suggests EtherNet/IP for process industries

ODVA advises process industries to migrate toward unified communications using the EtherNet/IP Ethernet protocol.

By Mark T. Hoske
Asset Management April 10, 2014

HART Communication adapts for the Internet world

A closer look at the benefits offered by HART-IP, which is the latest enhancement to the HART Protocol Specification

By Suzanne Gill
Asset Management April 2, 2014

Integrating HART data from smart devices

HART calling! Your field devices and actuators want to tell you more of what is happening in the plant, all you have to do is listen.

By Amit Ajmeri
Asset Management March 21, 2014

Understanding how to apply smart field devices

The ISA108 standard is being built to help users implement smart devices in a maintenance program. You should get involved in the standard writing process. See video.

By Peter Welander
Asset Management March 11, 2014

Handheld device provides CAN bus diagnostics

The PCAN-Diag from Peak-System is a handheld device for the diagnostics for CAN bus networks on OSI layers 1 and 2. It displays data traffic and has a trace function to record data for later review.

Asset Management March 11, 2014

Dow Chemical site in Texas is named 2013 HART Plant of the Year

HART Communication Foundation names the Dow specialty chemicals plant in Deer Park, Texas, as 2013 HART Plant of the Year, citing improvements plant operations and capabilities for proactive maintenance, instead of reactive maintenance.

By Mark T. Hoske
Asset Management March 7, 2014

Temperature diagnostics help prevent unplanned shutdowns

Your instrumentation may be trying to warn you of a developing problem. Usually this warning will give you time to prevent a production interruption, if you’re paying attention.

By Michelle Weimert
Asset Management February 25, 2014

Integrated logic gate device

Texas Instruments' SN74LV1T family is designed to fully integrate logic gate and up/down translation functionality and can be utilized in industrial and telecommunication applications.

Asset Management February 12, 2014

AT&T Mobility, GE: Industrial Internet

Meredith Powers, M2M, manufacturing and healthcare, advanced mobility solutions marketing; and Mike Waitley, M2M Center of Excellence, explained how AT&T and GE are working together to advance the Industrial Internet.

By Mark Hoske
Asset Management January 9, 2014

Wireless device integration specification released

The Fieldbus Foundation's final specification for ISA100.11a Device Integration incorporates network protocols into its for Remote Operations Management (ROM) infrastructure.

By Fieldbus Foundation
Asset Management December 3, 2013

Control systems to be supplied to thermal plant in South Korea

Emerson Process Management's Ovation control system will be installed at the Taean thermal power plant in South Korea, which is expected to come online in 2016.

By Emerson Process Management
Asset Management December 3, 2013

Multichannel transmitter with Ethernet/IP connectivity

Endress+Hauser's Liquiline CM44x multichannel transmitter has Ethernet/IP connectivity and an integrated web serves that allows the operator to remotely view diagnostic data and perform configurations via any web browser.

Asset Management November 6, 2013

Control platforms to be consolidated for industrial Internet

GE Intelligent Platforms is consolidating its control platforms, starting with OPC-UA, into one integrated architecture to provide a broader reach and system impact.

By GE Intelligent Platforms
Asset Management October 17, 2013

EC: InsightSuiteAE

Software - Diagnostics: InsightSuiteAE is solution based software product which will collect data from control system and asset management system to prepare plant wide KPI, performance and investigative reports to reduce bottlenecks. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

Asset Management October 11, 2013

Using EtherNet/IP in process automation instead of fieldbus

EtherNet/IP takes advantage of Ethernet commercial technologies to surpass alternative solutions.

By Michael Robinson
Asset Management September 27, 2013

Integrated automation solution added to Chinese manufacturing facility

On-schedule factory acceptance of complete automation solution marks important milestone for Zhuhai plant that is cornerstone of Lubrizol 10-year investment plan.

By Emerson Process Management
Asset Management September 27, 2013

Project to consolidate control rooms and systems at oil refinery

Yokogawa has received a contract to execute a FEED project to consolidate control rooms and systems for JX Nippon Oil's Mizushima-A oil refinery in Japan.

By Yokogawa
Asset Management September 23, 2013

The role of the new integrated business operator in an IOps environment

A new type of operator that understands the needs of the business, when placed in the right kind of operational environment, can do much for driving profitability and larger enterprise objectives.

By Jeff Dymond
Asset Management August 18, 2013

Variable speed drive software reduces operation, maintenance costs

The Pump Genius software by WEG Electric is designed to reduce system operation and maintenance costs for the CFW-11 variable speed drives while increasing process accuracy.

Asset Management April 25, 2013

Asset management using diagnostics when it really counts

There are similarities between the health of our plants and the health of our bodies. Both send us diagnostic messages if we’re willing to listen to the warnings and act on them. Video: Peter Zornio and Rob McGreevy discuss how and why companies can manage their manufacturing assets better.

By Peter Welander
Asset Management April 12, 2013

Electric utility stretches sensor coverage

Multi-drop WirelessHART supports new temperature points to improve efficiency.

By Control Engineering
Asset Management April 11, 2013

WirelessHART extends your reach: The easy way to add new instrumentation

A look at the benefits and considerations of deploying WirelessHART device networks. Minimize growing pains when installing new field sensors and actuators.

By Douglas Carlson
Asset Management April 11, 2013

HART: benefits for today and into the future

Suzanne Gill finds out what the HART community believes are the real benefits of HART communication and how it can help to meet the industry needs of today and into the future.

By Suzanne Gill
Asset Management April 11, 2013

20 years of the HART Communication Foundation

Benefits today and into the future. See links to collected articles.

By Ron Helson
Asset Management January 11, 2013

Make your I/O smarter

Improvements in I/O systems for field devices can make your process control system installations and upgrades quicker and more cost effective.

By Peter Welander
Asset Management December 4, 2012

Digital valve controller speaks Profibus PA

Emerson adds new fieldbus option to its Fisher Fieldview valve controller family.

Asset Management November 12, 2012

EC: Intuition Executive

Software - Applications, monitoring: Intuition Executive is innovative software that connects various sources of data throughout a plant and across the enterprise; delivering enterprise-wide information management, decision support and collaboration tools to help companies achieve operational excellence. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Awards Honorable Mention.

By Control Engineering
Asset Management November 6, 2012

Process diagnostic platform targets plant performance and profitability

PlantESP from Control Station actively monitors regulatory controllers and simplifies root-cause analysis.

Asset Management October 16, 2012

Making fieldbus projects as painless as possible

Designing and implementing a successful—and painless—fieldbus project requires mapping out network requirements as well as understanding the plant’s information, diagnostic, and maintenance needs.

By Larry O'Brien, Fieldbus Foundation
Asset Management September 28, 2012

FDT2 goes public with better graphics, interoperability, PLC integration

Control Engineering International: Enhancements to FDT standard in version 2.0 include better graphical presentation, separation of GUI and business logic, Common Components tested for interoperability, and better PLC integration, said the FDT Group AISBL. First products became available in June.

By Suzanne Gill
Asset Management May 29, 2012

Wireless monitoring, asset protection

PEMEX Tula Refinery increased efficiency with wireless connectivity by protecting critical assets related to cooling towers with process sensor and vibration monitoring, data collection, and analysis. Wirelessly transmitted information will help predictive maintenance; 20 hours per week of manual data collection can be used more productively.

By Ricardo Velázquez Espinosa, Rafael Montandon Spinoso
Asset Management May 29, 2012

Wireless technologies used at PEMEX Tula Refinery

Representaciones y Montajes S.A. de C.V., a system integrator, worked with Belden field engineers to develop an industrial wireless implementation at the PEMEX Tula Refinery despite physical challenges. Technologies used include...

By Ricardo Velázquez Espinosa, Rafael Montandon Spinoso
Asset Management May 10, 2012

New enterprise-wide software platform for process industries

Honeywell announces global launch of its new Intuition Executive solution that connects people, process, and technology for more intelligent operations.

Asset Management April 17, 2012

2012 Automation Summit, June 25-28, Washington, D.C.

Siemens' 2012 Automation Summit, which will take place June 25-28 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington D.C., will feature Lt. Col. Rob Waldman, an Air Force vet, as the keynote speaker.

Asset Management March 30, 2012

Choosing analog communication protocols

Are all HART-enabled instruments 4-20 mA? Are there other options?

Asset Management March 14, 2012

Using Modbus for process control, automation

One of the oldest digital communication protocols is also the most popular, and for good reason. You should get to know Modbus.

By Jim McConahey, Moore Industries-International
Asset Management March 7, 2012

Field device networking: Extending interoperability beyond devices

Testing field devices may not be enough. Most interoperability problems happen when a device tries to communicate with a host system, but that can be addressed.

By Larry O’Brien, Fieldbus Foundation
Asset Management March 1, 2012

M2M application framework

Sierra Wireless's Open AT Application Framework, the SL808x embedded wireless module, allows customers to build M2M application software once and deploy it in any market worldwide, or seamlessly migrate from 2G to 3G.

Asset Management January 26, 2012

Mixing instrumentation protocols

Is it possible to use both HART and fieldbus devices in the same environment?

Asset Management January 26, 2012

Intelligent transmitter for electrochemical sensors

Invensys Operations Management's Foxboro 876CR is used for hazardous electrical areas in challenging industrial environments. The 876CR is designed for rapid customization for enhanced flexibility.

Asset Management January 20, 2012

HART Communication proves valuable on a major project, contributes to a successful startup

The 2011 HART Plant of the Year is Shell’s Scotford Upgrader, recognized after programming and commissioning 1,500 devices. Link to prior winners.

By Andy Bahniuk, RET, Lead Instrumentation Technologist, Shell Canada
Asset Management January 20, 2012

Using HART with asset management systems

Since it’s the most broadly deployed smart device platform, is HART the right choice for your plant? Here are some considerations for end users.

By John Yingst, Sr. Principal Product Manager, Honeywell Process Solutions
Asset Management December 13, 2011

Integration platform designed to unite disparate systems

Fieldbus Foundation unveils Foundation for Remote Operations Management, which aims at transforming the industrial remote operations market. Video: Larry O’Brien explains the underlying technical concepts.

Asset Management November 18, 2011

EC: Well Producer RTU

Process control systems: Well Producer is a prepackaged control unit for onshore gas wells control using Yokogawa's low power Stardom RTU solution. It provides all the necessary control and flow computer functions for gas wells preconfigured. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.

Asset Management November 16, 2011

Magnetic flowmeter features Ethernet connectivity

Endress+Hauser Promag 53 flowmeter communicates using EtherNet/IP for configuration, monitoring, and diagnostics. Shades of growing Ethernet use at the device level?

Asset Management November 3, 2011

Process instrumentation: Get the data, use the data

Smart instruments can deliver unprecedented amounts of information, but using the data to improve plant performance can be challenging.

By Dan Peterson and Chris Schneider, Yokogawa Corporation of America
Asset Management October 14, 2011

Engineering and IT Insight: MES vs. ERP for manufacturing

Can’t we just use our enterprise resource planning (ERP) system instead of buying a manufacturing execution system (MES) system? The answer isn’t as obvious as the question.

By Dennis Brandl
Asset Management September 23, 2011

Digital automation system selected for pharmaceutical production facility

Hanwha Chemical selected Emerson's DeltaV digital automation system for their pharmaceutical production facility in South Korea.

Asset Management September 19, 2011

Engineering and IT Insight: Keep your systems from becoming MULES

Manufacturing IT systems can easily become mature, undocumented legacy execution systems (MULES) as requirements change, knowledge is lost, and supporting systems go obsolete. Keep your software relevant by following these tips.

By Dennis Brandl
Asset Management August 1, 2011

Wi-fi version of XBee Module released

Digi Internationa's wi-fi module is designed to be compatible not only with XBee modules, creating a single board design for wireless products

Asset Management July 11, 2011

Substation-hardened router becomes 3G certified by wireless carrier

GarrettCom's Magnum DX940 Industrial Router has been certified 3G by Verizon, giving the router wider access through power utility substations and other facilities.

Asset Management June 21, 2011

Beyond the PV: Advancing instrumentation

How sophisticated signal processing and advanced applications are expanding the measurement palette.

By Tobias Scheele, Invensys Operations Management
Asset Management June 14, 2011

Wireless instrumentation package monitors pump health

Low-cost, scalable, easy-to-integrate package enables real-time problem detection and prediction.

Asset Management June 3, 2011

Substation-hardened routers are Verizon 3G certified

GarrettCom chooses Verizon Wireless for 3G mobile broadband coverage, allowing the router to act as a secure gateway to the outside world from power utility substations and other remote installations.

Asset Management May 27, 2011

Flexible communication, tight security for IP-based wireless networks

Trio ER45e, an Ethernet licensed radio by Control Microsystems, combines Ethernet and serial ports to suit a broad range of remote devices and RTUs.

Asset Management May 9, 2011

ABB agrees to Mincom purchase, gains enterprise asset management software

ABB acquires Mincom to expand enterprise software business (EAM), strengthening offerings for natural resources, smarter grids and other asset intensive industries, ABB says.

Asset Management April 22, 2011

Fieldbus Foundation now certifies hosts?

Recent announcement says the Fieldbus Foundation will be certifying hosts, as well as devices.

Asset Management April 20, 2011

2011 HART Plant of the Year: Nominations

HART Communication Foundation encourages end users and manufacturers to enter a plant for exceptional application of HART Communication technology. Nominations will be accepted through June 30, 2011. Link to prior winners.

Asset Management April 20, 2011

Fieldbus Foundation announces first registered hosts incorporating host profile “61b”

Emerson and General Electric hosts pass tests for support of NAMUR NE107 field diagnostics. Link to end-user comments about the importance of this host profile requirement.

By SOURCE: Fieldbus Foundation
Asset Management April 13, 2011

Distillery retains tradition, but upgrades control system

While making bourbon is steeped in traditional practices, Four Roses likes to keep its automation up to date.

By Ken Keiser, Siemens Industry
Asset Management April 7, 2011

Hannover Messe: Fieldbus, industrial networking organizations

Hannover Messe 2011 hosts its first Field Communications Lounge, teaching visitors about field communication technologies for industrial automation. FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, and PI (Profibus and Profinet International) host the area.

Asset Management April 1, 2011

What is HART 7?

Is the latest version of the HART protocol strictly for wireless?

Asset Management March 15, 2011

EDDL standard: Support for latest enhancements

Electronic Device Description Language standard for integrating intelligent devices with automation systems receives support from HART Communication Foundation (HCF).

By HART Communication Foundation
Asset Management February 28, 2011

Technology Update: Why WirelessHART?

With other industrial wireless communications options available, process industry engineers may ask, ‘What is WirelessHART, and what is it good for?’

By Ira Sharp, Phoenix Contact
Asset Management February 7, 2011

Successful use of device diagnostics in asset management

What are the signs of a successful maintenance program?

Asset Management January 17, 2011

Plug-in migration technology improves distributed control systems

The HART-enabled plug-in migration solution from Invensys Operations Management allows Fisher Provox users to modernize to latest Foxboro I/A Series system, taking advantage of HART field communications functionality.

Asset Management November 17, 2010

First advanced field diagnostics fieldbus devices announced

Fieldbus Foundation has released the first group of devices registered under its new advanced diagnostics technology.

Asset Management November 1, 2010

EC: FactoryTalk AssetCentre

Software - application software: Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk AssetCentre. FactoryTalk AssetCentre asset management software helps manufacturers gather, manage, and secure plant floor data so they can accurately track production performance and identify improvement areas across the enterprise. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Award winner.

Asset Management October 20, 2010

Accutech Wireless Instrumentation expands manufacturing

Control Microsystems, a Schneider Electric company, expanded its workforce and increased plant capacity for the Accutech wireless instrumentation product line.

Asset Management September 28, 2010

Asset performance management reduces complexity, helps improve business results

Enhanced AMS Suite from Emerson Process Management adds real-time analytics and reporting features. The software, introduced at Emerson Global Users Exchange, combines predictive intelligence with asset reliability information and decision support, for smarter business decisions. It enables new levels of insight into asset performance for continuous improvement, Emerson said.

Asset Management September 15, 2010

Advances in Flowmeter Technology

If you haven’t looked at flowmeters lately, you may be surprised at how far many sensor and signal processing technologies have evolved in recent years.

By Trevor Ball, Robert Zaun, Amy Johnson, Mark Kester, Emerson Process Management
Asset Management September 15, 2010

Fieldbus interoperability test kit finalized

Latest test kit ITK 6.0 has been updated to test for new, required field diagnostics capabilities.

Asset Management August 26, 2010

Maintaining a user perspective

Yesterday we posted a commentary by Herman Storey on why end users should care about converging wireless standards. To some his comments may seem controversial, at least within the vendor community. To many users, his thoughts are probably dead-on. I met Herman a few years ago while he was still with Shell.

Asset Management July 23, 2010

Process control and instrumentation provider launches ambitious sales goals

Yamatake intends to heat up competitive efforts in Asia and Middle East with a goal of doubling overseas industrial business in already crowded markets.

Asset Management July 8, 2010

Endress+Hauser launches new pressure sensor line

Extensive product line aims at sophisticated performance with a budget price.

Asset Management May 12, 2010

Nominate a plant that uses HART communications

End users are invited to nominate their plant for 2010 HART Plant of the Year Award; HART Communication Foundation seeks examples of exceptional application of HART technology.

Asset Management April 1, 2010

Machinery vibration monitor for intrinsically safe applications

SKF introduces a multi-featured vibration monitor for both conventional and hazardous environments. The SKF Multilog On-line System DMx combines both protection (to help avoid catastrophic failures) and condition monitoring functionality in a single device, making it useful for monitoring critical machinery such as gas turbines, generator sets, motors, pumps and compressors.

Asset Management March 31, 2010

Sustainability tips: How manufacturing can become more energy efficient

Manufacturers should consider energy as a cost component of manufacturing production, measure where and how energy is used, and create an implementation plan for using energy more efficiently.

By Mark T Hoske
Asset Management March 29, 2010

Improve asset management with smarter information tools: IBM

At the Manufacturing/Automation Summit on March 29, IBM explained how today's software tools help solve asset management and information integration challenges.

By Mark T Hoske
Asset Management January 1, 2010

Making Migrations Successful

Control system features and functionality are critical, but how big a part does service play? One chemical plant learned that value. See photos.

By Rich Chmielewski, Siemens Industry
Asset Management December 21, 2009

HART Communication Foundation awards Mitsubishi Chemical Corp.

In giving the 2009 HART Plant of the Year, HART Communication Foundation said Mitsubishi Chemical's use of HART technology detects abnormal situations and failures before they affect the process. See award photo.

Asset Management December 19, 2009

Enterprise asset management tied to ERP

The Avantis.Pro is a comprehensive EAM offering from Invensys. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 is a business management and ERP solution. Tighter integration between the two provides manufacturers greater enterprise-wide data access.

By Renee Robbins
Asset Management December 16, 2009

Research: Manufacturers explore social media benefits for ERP

Enterprise resources planning and social media will provide value when integrated, according to 63% of those surveyed in a recent study conducted by Reed's RBI Interactive Research Group on behalf of IFS.

By Mark T. Hoske
Asset Management December 10, 2009

Comply with environmental requirements with IHS Essential Gateway for Process Data

Pre-built interoperability solution enables streamlined environmental health and safety compliance and greenhouse gas sustainability reporting without costly custom development, IHS says.

Asset Management December 2, 2009

Integration of Invensys EAM and Microsoft Dynamics Solution cuts downtime, costs, risk

Invensys Operations Management Avantis.PRO enterprise asset management software is more tightly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning software.

Asset Management November 18, 2009

Hirschmann releases new line of industrial cyber security products

First products from the Hirschmann and Byres Security partnership will be released at SPS Expo in Germany. Eagle 20 Tofino devices protect process control and SCADA networks.

By Peter Welander
Asset Management November 17, 2009

FusionOps cloud-based, on-demand enterprise performance management solution

SAP Customers self-deploy FusionOps solution, gain insight in hours, and automate operations in weeks, FusionOps says.

Asset Management November 2, 2009

Manage inventories carefully during economic restart, says Zebra Technologies

As manufacturers ramp up production during economic recovery, they need to ensure they do not create too much inventory, says Zebra Technologies Corp., which designs and manufactures products and solutions to identify, track, and manage assets, transactions, and people.

Asset Management November 1, 2009

Software: The case for asset management

More than $100,000 in downtime-related expenses could have been prevented with asset management software, safety, security, and grease.

By Tad Palus, Kevin Colloton, Rockwell Automation
Asset Management October 19, 2009

Wireless HART data transmitters now shipping

Smart Wireless Thum adapter easily upgrades existing HART instruments to access diagnostics and process variables that were not previously available.

By Peter Welander
Asset Management September 30, 2009

Asset management software provides safety, security, grease

Asset management software would have prevented unauthorized changes and $100,000 in downtime and related repairs at a manufacturer whose machine ground to a halt for lack of grease.

Asset Management September 29, 2009

New control system platform version rethinks main concepts of field device connectivity and human interface

DeltaV S-series from Emerson uses electronic marshalling to simplify I/O and reduces the need for extensive field wiring. New system is fully compatible with current fieldbus and wireless protocols.

By Peter Welander
Asset Management September 9, 2009

Infor touts record growth in Latin America

Despite the global economic recession, Infor has seen tremendous growth in Latin America with a 100 percent increase in license revenue this fiscal year compared to last.

Asset Management July 1, 2009

Emerson expands capabilities of asset management suite

Machinery Health Manager adds new vibration data functions and alarming for equipment problems.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 21, 2009

Wireless device transmits “stranded” HART data

Bullet WirelessHART adapter from MACTek expands device communication options.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 15, 2009

Registered Fieldbus Foundation host systems are available

Large scale process control systems pass testing to ensure multi-vendor interoperability in fieldbus environments.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 7, 2009

WirelessHART adapter from MacTek

MacTek Bullet WirelessHART Adapter is cost effective, expands options to access HART intelligent device information.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 6, 2009

Commentary: You can lead a horse to automation…

Many companies simply don’t seem to see the point of adding appropriate extensions to automation systems in day-to-day operation. Is it just personal inertia, or really not seeing a value? Shouldn’t the recession change the analysis?

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 1, 2009

Energy efficiency ready for the dustbin?

Have the industry efforts so recently begun toward achieving greater energy efficiencies already become passé? Is it already oh-so-five-minutes-ago? Listening to one industry analyst group in particular, one might think that to be the case. According to Frost & Sullivan, “Energy Efficiency was the buzzword of 2008.

By David Greenfield, editorial director
Asset Management March 30, 2009

Secure scenario: GigaTrust extends rights management services to Siemens PLM

GigaTrust solutions build upon Microsoft’s Rights Management Services (RMS), and, under this new agreement, GigaTrust will apply RMS to certain Siemens PLM applications. The anticipated result is a fully transparent security system for manufacturing clients’ intellectual property.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management March 26, 2009

Rockwell Automation improves process control system startup, asset management

A cooperative agreement and a asset management tool help beverage, brewing applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 26, 2009

Solar cell manufacturer upgrades production with MES software

CaliSolar will use systems to track, monitor and provide product visibility of material, as well as to control key assets.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 19, 2009

Nominate a plant for smart use of HART communications technology

Nominations are now open for the 2009 HART Plant of the Year End Users Award from HART Communication Foundation for exceptional application of HART technology. Benefits are cited in links to prior winners.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 17, 2009

Power behind software: License management unlocks the value of embedded software in high-tech devices

Device manufacturers across a range of industries can capitalize on the opportunity to streamline and improve their manufacturing processes by effectively using software licensing to configure different sets of capabilities or capacity on a smaller set of standard hardware platforms.

By Roger Bottum, SVP of marketing, Acresso
Asset Management March 1, 2009

EDDL and FDT/DTM integration

The growing sophistication of smart instrumentation can't help you if you don't have the technology to put it to work. EDDL and FDT/DTM provide the means to integrate such capabilities with your larger control or asset management systems if you understand how they work. Editor Peter Welander leads this podcast discussion, with input from Martin Zielinski, director of HART and fieldbus technolo...

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 24, 2009

PLM isn’t just for big companies anymore

Historically, product life-cycle management (PLM) was practical mostly for large, distributed enterprises with the extensive resources needed to invest in and deploy the systems, understand the approach, improve the technologies, validate benefits, and establish organizational practices to make PLM effective. Companies that originally invested in PLM often were the big OEMs in industries such as automotive and aerospace, with complex global facilities and far-reaching supply chains.For the most part, PLM solutions for these large organizations are all-encompassing enterprise systems focused on issues that affect multiple domains such as program management, engineering, manufacturing, purchasing, asset management, and quality. Typical functionality includes program management; CAD file management, CAD integrations, bill-of-material (BOM) and bill-of-information (BOI) creation and management, document management, visualization, strategic sourcing, and extensive workflow management capabilities to automate various complex processes.Recognizing a tremendous market potential, PLM suppliers have and are continuing to adapt these same capabilities for small and midsize companies that aren’t content to let PLM remain the domain of industry behemoths.

By Ed Miller, president, CIMdata Inc.
Asset Management February 9, 2009

2008 New Product Compendium: Process and Advanced Control Systems

The following products were introduced in 2008, and participated in the Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards competition.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 6, 2009

Emerson Syncade Smart Operations Management Suite integrates data

Modular, scalable Syncade suite integrates real-time intelligent plant floor data with operations decisions and workflow. See diagram.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 21, 2009

New podcast: Audio tutorial examines integration platforms, EDDL and FDT/DTM

Competing platforms share much functionality, but differ in implementation. Which is best for you? Click the link below to listen.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 15, 2009

Simatic PCS v7 enhancement address cyber security, change management, more

Version 7 gives plant operators new ways to protect automation assets and modernize existing installed systems.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 1, 2008

HART Plant of the Year: heavy crude upgrader in Venezuela

One of Venezuela's major oil fields lies in its Orinoco River basin; however, crude from this field is extra-heavy and must undergo upgrading in one of several plants before refining. One of those plants, the Petropiar Mejorador (upgrader) in the José Antonio Anzoátegui industrial complex near Barcelona, Anzoátegui, Venezuela, has been named the 2008 HART Plant of the Year.

By Peter Welander, Control Engineering
Asset Management November 21, 2008

Easier startup: Petropiar Oil Refining Facility is 2008 HART Plant of the Year

Use of HART technology allows for flawless start-up, 60% reduction of LPO caused by instrument faults.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 20, 2008

Tutorial: Instrumentation / DCS integration languages, part 1, EDDL

Tools to help integrate instrumentation into your DCS are available. They help with configuration, communication, calibration and HMIs.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 17, 2008

ComBrio platter: ILS Technologies deal lands managed IT services solutions

Acquisition in late October of ComBrio greatly extends the reach and power of ILS Technologies’ portfolio of connectivity technology—specifically remote product services software for data center management. The result is even greater access and security in remote monitoring processes and IT asset management while maintaining the integrity of corporate firewalls.

By Frank O Smith, senior contributing editor (fosmith@thewritinggroup.com)
Asset Management October 6, 2008

Learning: Scholarship, research, lectures, online tools, tours help fill engineering skills gap

Helping to fill the engineering skills gap a new partnership between the University of Virginia and a Fortune 500 company promises benefits including technology related scholarships, research and free lectures. Separately Glatfelter presents a 20-minute online mill tour work processes and related controls, and live plant tours start tomorrow via Advanced Technology Services.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 1, 2008

Licensing solution simplifies asset management in SAP, other software deployments

Acresso Software (formerly Macrovision) says its License Manager for the SAP Business Suite helps companies using SAP reduce their license requirements by 30 percent. That's a significant amount, given that an enterprisewide SAP system represents the top one or two technology investments that an organization will make over a 10-year period, according to Cambridge, Mass.

By Frank O Smith (fosmith@thewritinggroup.com)
Asset Management September 26, 2008

Central monitor: Licensing solution simplifies asset management in SAP, other software deployments

Acresso Software (formerly Macrovision) says its License Manager for the SAP Business Suite helps companies using SAP reduce their license requirements by 30 percent. That’s a significant amount given that an enterprisewide SAP system represents the top one or two technology investments that an organization will make over a 10-year period, according to Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research.

By Frank O Smith, senior contributing editor
Asset Management September 1, 2008

Cindy Jutras: Energy costs have consumers and manufacturers looking twice at location

Unless you happen to be a city dweller that long ago traded in your car in favor of public transportation, you are faced with the rising cost of energy every time you pull up to a gas pump. It's a painful reminder that hits you where it hurts: in the wallet. For those of us who use a personal vehicle for work and leisure activities, it's simply a fact of life.

By Cindy Jutras
Asset Management August 26, 2008

Data integration: See, use, study integrated automation information

FDT Group will demonstration data integration in a series of demos at ISA Expo; Lattice Technology upgraded its 3D CAD conversion tools; and Rockwell Automation and Cisco offer a report on convergence trends.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 19, 2008

Unstructured mess: Firms still laying themselves open to risk due to improper information management

Many companies still fail to manage their unstructured information, which can comprise 80 percent of their total data, effectively.  A report from Butler Group contends that if organisations look beyond compliance to plan the implementation of DRM, they will derive cost efficiencies—especially when it comes to compliance.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management August 14, 2008

30 new Rockwell Automation products integrate hardware, software

With more than 30 new products or product features, Rockwell Automation tells about its Integrated Architecture production control and information system. See photos. At Automation Fair, you'll see…

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 7, 2008

What process control applications are OK for wireless?

When can a process application eliminate the cable and use open source radio technology? See how wireless can be applied today, and glimpse solutions coming in 2009.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 7, 2008

Numerex Karr Track drives security using flexible wireless technology

A digital, turnkey wireless implementation protects car dealer inventory and offers a valuable add-on for customers. Application attributes parallel industrial wireless implementations.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 6, 2008

Commentary: Automation for changing industries

Can improved automation shore up sagging profits?

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management July 29, 2008

Integrating Asset Management and Maintenance

There's a never-ending struggle to reduce reactive (unplanned) maintenance, which consumes as much as 80% of maintenance personnel time in plants, according to interviews with more than 600 process industry maintenance supervisors, key personnel, and plant process engineers over the past three years. What should you do? First, identify these leading barriers of planned maintenance (chart), then....

By Bill Broussard, Emerson Process Management
Asset Management July 3, 2008

Asset protection: Enclosures cover computers in sweet industrial setting

At one Nestlé plant, 175 industrial computers are rugged enough to take plant-floor abuse. Here's how.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management July 2, 2008

Device management: Platform upgrade adds wireless device capabilities

Asset management platform keeps pace with evolving technology.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management July 1, 2008

RSTechED conference report

The 11th annual RSTechED conference, hosted by Rockwell Automation, welcomed more than 1,500 registered attendees to the June 1-6 customer and partner event in Orlando, FL. Principal discussions focused on how Rockwell Automation’s acquisition of Pavilion Technologies and Incuity Software add value to Rockwell Software’s FactoryTalk: by making the wealth of data contained in manufa...

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 1, 2008

Next-gen DCS doubles as control system and “information hub”

Yokogawa Electric Corp. says the next generation of its CENTUM distributed control system (DCS) illustrates how the DCS is evolving from a single-purpose tool for managing production processes to take on the dual role of plant information hub. The next-generation Yokogawa DCS, dubbed CENTUM VP, is scheduled for release mid-June.

By Sidney Hill, Jr., executive editor (shill@reedbusiness.com)
Asset Management May 31, 2008

Process outsourcing: Siemens to manage NIKE’s IT operations

Siemens IT Solutions and Services has been awarded a 5-year contract to provide end-user outsourcing services to NIKE, Inc., the world's leading designer, marketer, and distributor of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management May 20, 2008

Manage automation: Planning, upgrades, risk mitigation, support

Ever get the idea you are not optimizing your investment in automation? Here's a process to provide a structure and framework for making industrial system planning decisions consistent with a manufacturer’s intentions for the future. Advice inherent in the program includes...

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 7, 2008

Cyber security: Firewall device creates its own rules

Security appliance is smart enough to create rules based on its own observations. The new module from MTL Instruments and Byres Security is said to provide a safe and secure means of locating what is on control system networks. It is designed for industrial control operations in critical industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, utilities and power generation, and it can....

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 7, 2008

Next-generation DCS: Yokogawa says Centum VP doubles as control system and “information hub”

Yokogawa says the next generation of its Centum distributed control system (DCS) illustrates how the DCS is evolving from a single-purpose tool for managing production processes to take on the dual role of plant information hub.

By Sidney Hill, Jr., executive editor
Asset Management May 1, 2008

Outsourcing maintenance opens up plant availability for Tier 1 auto supplier

The decision for Griffin, Ga.-based Nacom Corp., an electronic assembly supplier to automotive OEMs, to relocate to Mexico wasn't an easy one. The most pressing priority leading up to the move was building sufficient stock inventory to meet customers' requirements during the transition—even though the plant was closing.

By Jim Fulcher (jimfulcher@comcast.net)
Asset Management May 1, 2008

Manage legacy system assets with HART

No matter how old your control system is, you can add the benefits of asset management in a way that will minimize costs and operational impact. Using HART data and diagnostics with legacy instrumentation is one choice. And with WirelessHART devices beginning to hit the market, there are more options than ever.

By Peter Welander, Control Engineering
Asset Management April 28, 2008

Learning: Profibus, FDT seminars; FDT testing

Traveling seminar series on Profibus and Field Device Technology (FDT) are making the rounds to various North American cities. FDT continues its certification testing efforts. Details follow.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 21, 2008

Supply chain strategies: Forrester, GM offer best practices for going green

A lot of companies are interested in building green supply chains, but scattershot information makes it difficult to get started. A new report from Cambridge, Mass.-based Forrester Research—and the example set by General Motors—now offers some help.

By William Atkinson, contributing editor
Asset Management April 17, 2008

Tutorial: HART data/diagnostics for legacy instrumentation

New wireless technology helps gather and apply HART information in older systems.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 15, 2008

Rockwell Automation: 11th RSTechED User Conference, June 1-6

Rockwell Automation will host its 11th annual RSTechED for users, system integrators, partners, and original equipment manufacturers, June 1 to 6. “Do More, Go Faster” is the theme. The meeting is expected to improve software productivity for manufacturers from consumer packaged goods, automotive, oil and gas, and life sciences industries.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 20, 2008

Industrial award: Could you be HART plant of the year?

Organization rewards effective, creative technology deployments.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 5, 2008

Reviewed resource: Fieldbus Foundation also provides comparison

Profibus spoke first, now Fielbus Foundation replys in the process fieldbus competition.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 1, 2008

MomDevice watches over machinery

Santa Clara, CA – Providing the comfort of a watchful mother's eye, there's a pre-integrated package for remote monitoring of factory machines and workstations. Understand and supporting factory machinery... like only a Mom can. Big Bear Automation offers the MomDevice (Machine Observation Monitor).

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 1, 2008

Enterprise asset management secures a foothold in software user group agendas

The enterprise asset management (EAM) market, according to a fall briefing from Frost & Sullivan, is on the verge of two things: significant growth, and substantial change. The San Antonio-based analyst firm projects the EAM market to grow 8.9 percent through 2013, which is why IBM and several ERP vendors—including Infor and Oracle—recently made acquisitions in the space to posi...

By Staff
Asset Management February 1, 2008

Mechatronics market posts gangbuster growth

Double digit growth in sales, market orders, and shipments of motors, electronic drives, actuators, and other motion control components was reported by The Motion Control Association (MCA). One product category grew more than 50% in 2Q 2007. Sales of motors, electronic drives, actuators, and other motion control components grew last year, rising by nearly 10% from second-quarter 2007.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 29, 2008

Shift to I/O level: Ethernet value proposition moves down to devices

Dedham, MA — Industrial Ethernet is migrating into the device or I/O level of the automation network hierarchy, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study. Global market for Ethernet-based devices and I/O is predicted to increase at a compounded annual growth rate of 27.5% over the next five years. A Control Engineering survey on industrial Ethernet protocols showed 63% of respondents use Ethernet at the I/O level.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 18, 2008

Butler Group: Sustainability issues comprise next important consideration for IT management

There is a need for the IT manager to look beyond the "Green" marketing hype of the vendors and get to grips with the environmental challenges being faced by the organisation and the IT industry.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management January 14, 2008

3Q07: Double digit gains in motion control

Ann Arbor, MI — Double-digit growth in many motion control equipment categories through third quarter of 2007, according to the Motion Control Association (MCA).

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 10, 2008

Increase uptime, decrease maintenance costs with FactoryTalk AssetCentre

Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk AssetCentre, a software tool that streamlines change management

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 2, 2008

System upgrade: New Yokogawa PRM release adds GE utilities

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has released the latest upgrade to its Plant Resource Manager (PRM), version R3.02. PRM is a key component of Yokogawa’s asset excellence initiative that integrates and manages maintenance information, monitors online conditions, and records historical data of assets ranging from field devices to plant equipment. Integration with GE’s System 1 platform —Yokogawa and GE Energy are now able to provide an integrated solution bringing together the System 1 platform and Yokogawa’s asset management offering. System 1 is a companion condition monitoring and diagnostic software platform to GE’s Bently Nevada 3500 and 3300 series online monitoring hardware.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 20, 2007

From data to information: Sikorsky, Joy Mining Machinery find tool that expands use of CAD models

Sikorsky Aircraft and Joy Mining Machinery are among the companies incorporating CAD data directly into business processes through the use of the Right Hemisphere Deep Server package.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management December 17, 2007

Yokogawa integrates plant resource manager with GE Energy System 1 platform

Plant Resource Manager (PRM), version R3.02, a key component of Yokogawa’s Asset Excellence initiative, monitors online conditions, and records historical data of assets ranging from field devices to plant equipment.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management December 17, 2007

Partnership helps track tooling, equipment through the plant

A joint marketing agreement between NCR Corp. and Ubisense Ltd. is delivering an asset management and analysis solution for the manufacturing marketplace.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 4, 2007

ERP integration: EAM plays leads role in enterprise vendor, user group agendas

Rod Masney, chairman of Americas’ SAP Users’ Group, says plant maintenance has been one of the best-kept secrets in the SAP portfolio. Other solutions vendors, among them IBM and several ERP providers—including Infor and Oracle—recently made acquisitions in the space to position themselves over best-of-breed providers.

By Frank O Smith, senior contributing editor
Asset Management December 3, 2007

Practical applications: Vendors unveil wireless solutions that manufacturers find useful 

The possibilities for deploying wireless technology in production settings are growing as vendors develop manufacturing-centric applications on top of wireless platforms. Examples include an equipment health-monitoring application that runs on Honeywell's OneWireless mesh network.

By Sidney Hill, Jr., executive editor
Asset Management December 1, 2007

Asset Management and the Search for Actionable Intelligence

Mike Brooks, staff technologist for global refining at Chevron, has been tasked with planning the next generation IT infrastructure for Chevron’s worldwide operations. He’s wrestling with the technical aspects in order to engineer contextualized business value arising from combining data and information from multiple operational domains.

By Frank O Smith for Control Engineering
Asset Management December 1, 2007

Asset performance management is the backbone to culture of reliability

Asset optimization holds new cachet as globalization forces enterprises to deal simultaneously with often conflicting objectives. “All worlds come together at the asset,” says Alison Smith, an analyst with Boston-based AMR Research. “However, assets are viewed as appreciable sunk costs, but they're not—they're competitive differentiators, and contribute to profit margin.

By Frank O Smith, senior contributing editor
Asset Management November 28, 2007

Wireless connection: Siemens and Apprion partner on industrial wireless networking solutions

Siemens is offering customers more options for deploying wireless technology in process-oriented production environments through a partnership with Apprion.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management October 4, 2007

Tyco Electronics and OatSystems agree to automate asset management

Tyco Electronics and OatSystems have formed an alliance to offer a radio frequency identification (RFID) solution for industrial manufacturers to realize business benefits of RFID by automating asset management processes.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 3, 2007

New project: Brazilian pulp mill centers on energy efficiency

A new pulp mill in Brazil will produce 1.3 million tons/year of bleached pulp from renewable eucalyptus forests. Votorantim Celulose e Papel (VCP) is one of the largest companies in Latin America’s pulp and paper sector, and is building the mill under an asset swap agreement with International Paper. ABB will provide will provide the main automation and process control platform, as well as extensive electrification systems. Located in the eastern city of Tres Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul, the “Projeto Horizonte,” is being managed by Poyry Empreendimentos Industriais, a company hired for execution of the project construction.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 2, 2007

ISA Expo 2007: AirSprite Technologies helps wireless sensors; links to more

AirSprite Technologies is rolling out plans this week at ISA Expo in Houston for a family of wireless sensor infrastructure products for industrial automation. The products will be built on two emerging standards: WirelessHART and ISA 100. See below for links to other recent wireless developments and to more from ISA Expo 2007.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 1, 2007

ABI by the numbers: RFID moves beyond the basics

ABI Research confirms RFID is firmly moving beyond compliance to tracking and processing goods in the supply chain.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Asset Management October 1, 2007

Erik Keller: Fall cleanup time: Step one is software maintenance

As SAP and Oracle go toe-to-toe in court over alleged intellectual property misappropriations via the SAP-subsidiary TomorrowNow, I think it's a good time to review the four main levers that buyers should use when negotiating maintenance payments with software vendors. Maintenance renegotiation. Though many software vendors state that their maintenances charges are fair and just, it is hard for...

By Erik Keller
Asset Management September 4, 2007

Transmit high data loads from sensors using vibration energy

Southampton, Hants., UK and Dallas—Perpetuum and Texas Instruments now enable sensor system manufacturers to transmit high data loads entirely powered by vibration energy harvesting.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 1, 2007

Asset management: SmartPlant’s SAP designation ensures interoperability

Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators has gained “Powered by SAP NetWeaver” qualification from SAP AG. Version 3.8 of the system, a preconfigured engineering automation environment for plant operators, uses the power of the SAP NetWeaver platform to help ensure data synchronization and interoperability between the plant engineering automation suite and SAPR...

By Staff
Asset Management August 16, 2007

Industry partnership #1: Adaptive Instruments and Honeywell link for wireless instrumentation

Adaptive Instruments Corp ., a supplier of industrial wireless process instrumentation and communication protocols has entered into a manufacturing license agreement with Honeywell Process Solutions in support of Honeywell’s OneWireless program. This will increase manufacturing capacity for the XYR 5000 platform and individual instrumentation devices as market acceptance grows. The agreement includes provisions to share Adaptive’s design and manufacturing know-how under its Accutech label,ulting from this agreement are expected to come off the assembly lines before the end of 2007. Both companies expect to see benefits from the relationship, allowing each to capitalize on its individual strengths. These will include improved supply chain response for Honeywell in supporting the XYR platform as well as an increase in the availability of new asset management and product solutions using industrial wireless platforms from both Honeywell and Accutech. —Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com , Control Engineering Weekly News.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 1, 2007

Transpara uses Microsoft Excel to put KPIs in the palm of your hand

Plenty of vendors talk about getting the right information to the right people at the right time, but few actually deliver in a cost-effective or timely manner. One of the few is Transpara, a small vendor with eight employees that supplies operations intelligence software to the process and utility industries.

By Staff
Asset Management August 1, 2007

The way to global-services leadership winds through a software landscape

During Samuel J. Palmisano's more than five years as IBM's chief executive, the $91-billion technology giant has exited big-dollar but margin-challenged businesses like hard disk drives, printers, and PCs to focus on delivering high-value solutions that combine industry-domain expertise and information technology.

By Kevin Parker, editorial director and Cole Ollinger, contributing editor
Asset Management July 1, 2007

Recent software moves by Hewlett-Packard point to business optimization future

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has taken a number of steps to emphasize the importance of software for its future, but not necessarily as an applications vendor. The 2005 acquisition of Peregrine nicely complemented the asset-management capabilities of HP Software's IT management platform, while the more recent deal for Mercury Interactive deal brought in application life-cycle management, governance, a...

By Staff
Asset Management July 1, 2007

Software strategy blurs the line between SOA and applications

Gauging the impact of IBM's strategies across its businesses over the past year first requires a look at the software end, where dozens of acquisitions were made to fill out its brands—the latest being the Watchfire deal that, when closed, will add testing for Web application security flaws into the Rational brand.

By Staff
Asset Management July 1, 2007

Acquisition streak breeds rationalization for successful apps augmentation

Was anyone still surprised when Oracle announced in May that it was acquiring product life-cycle management (PLM) vendor Agile Software for $495 million in cash? It was deal No. 31 in almost as many months, beginning with the bellwether acquisition of PeopleSoft in January 2005. Before that, common industry lore quoted CEO Larry Ellison saying that Oracle wrote software, not checks.

By Staff
Asset Management July 1, 2007

New system troubleshoots FOUNDATION fieldbus

The new Turck Diagnostic Power Conditioner system (DPC) for FOUNDATION fieldbus offers a means to easily troubleshoot the H1 physical layer, separate from instrumentation diagnostics. It’s the first product to be Fieldbus Foundation certified for high speed Ethernet (HSE), Turck says, and it can feed network information via Ethernet into asset management systems.

By Staff
Asset Management July 1, 2007

Automation vendors solve integration with capable systems

Integration is the big story in the realm of plant-floor systems. Thanks to advances such as standards-based programming interfaces, SOA-based middleware platforms, and portal technology, plant-floor automation vendors are making it much easier for users to deploy broad-based solutions that perform multiple functions.

By Malcolm Wheatley, senior contributing editor
Asset Management June 21, 2007

HART communications: Apply for plant of the year

HART Communication Foundation (HCF) is seeking nominations for the 6th annual HART Plant of the Year Award. The global award is presented each year to recognize innovative use of HART Communication in real-time industrial process plant applications. Nominations are encouraged globally and the application deadline is now extended by one month to June 30.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 1, 2007

Simatic PCS 7: V.7 tackles DCS barriers

The latest release (version 7) of Simatic PCS 7 Process Automation System from Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. reportedly gives plant operators new ways to minimize cost of ownership, protect automation assets, increase plant availability, minimize downtime, optimize process performance, and modernize existing systems.

By Staff
Asset Management June 1, 2007

Condition Monitoring Gets Sophisticated

Careful balancing of reactive, preventive, and predictive maintenance is essential to successfully manage productive assets, but these activities cannot succeed without information. Monitoring and managing the conditions of machines, motors and power puts useful information in the right hands. Trends point to greater of use of a variety of technologies including wireless sensors, greater inform...

By Peter Cleaveland for Control Engineering
Asset Management June 1, 2007

ERP is needed to sustain the gains of lean programs

Faced with tough competition from China, Thermofab, a Shirley, Mass.-based thermoplastic moldings manufacturer, set itself some specific performance improvement goals: reduce lead times, improve on-time delivery rates, and slash work-in-process inventory. But Thermofab didn't have a clear-cut plan for meeting these goals until the company president saw a presentation on the EasyLean software so...

By Malcolm Wheatley, senior contributing editor
Asset Management May 30, 2007

10 Truths of Safety Instrumented Systems

10 Truths of SafetyInstrumented Systems CUSTOM ADVERTISING NEWSLETTER To SUBSCRIBE | To UNSUBSCRIBE | CHANGE YOUR PROFILE | PRIVACY POLICY May 30, 2007 Selection and design of safety systems is not trivial, and it never has been. Operating companies in the process industries must face compliance with new safety standards such as IEC61508 and IEC61511, while implementing safeguards that provide asset protection, all without disrupting asset utilization or compromising production targets. What are the fundamental selection criteria for safety and critical control equipment? What key principles must be clarified in order to ensure successful selection and implementation of the system? By learning the 10 truths of safety instrumented systems (SISs), you can improve your ability to engineer a system that complies with IEC and ANSI/ISA standards, increases uptime, and ensures optimal asset utilization. Truths 1-3 are highlighted below.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 18, 2007

Avantis.pro achieves Windows Vista certification

Avantis.PRO enterprise asset management (EAM) software from the Avantis unit of Invensys Process Systems has been Windows Vista certified.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 17, 2007

New Website: ISA launches EDDL resource

One resource that is available but often not fully understood is EDDL (electronic device description language) , which can be a major help integrating individual pieces of instrumentation with larger control systems. The system creates a common language for a vast variety of items, from individual instruments to large drive systems, that assists in device diagnostics, asset management, HMI display, and configuration functions. ISA’s new site gives information about EDDL in the context of a standards committee, ISA-SP104, along with resources for learning more about the technology. “EDDL is an important subject in industry today, and we’re proud of the work that we’re doing to further the understanding of how this standard is used to make plants more competitive,” says committee chair Terry Blevins of Emerson.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 16, 2007

Asset management: Is your company the best at managing equipment, parts?

A new survey by Aberdeen Group Inc. measures the value of visibility and provides data that can help manufacturers benchmark their own operations.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 30, 2007

Asset management system enhancements

Enhancements to Avantis.Pro enterprise asset management (EAM) software from the Avantis unit of Invensys Process Systems are designed to provide better support for reliability centered maintenance (RCM) strategies.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 5, 2007

Intel on RFID: Lessons learned, benefits earned

Deploying radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies within Intel Corp. over the past four years has helped increase manufacturing and distribution efficiencies. RFID technologies of four years ago, compared to now, are like night and day, said two Intel engineers.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 1, 2007

GE Industrial buys Microwave Data Systems

GE Industrial, a unit of General Electric, acquired the assets of Rochester, NY-based Microwave Data Systems (MDS), a subsidiary of Moseley Associates. GE called MDS “a world leader in industrial, wireless, and networking solutions,” saying that it offers complementary technology to GE’s Multilin business, part of GE Consumer & Industrial.

By Staff
Asset Management April 1, 2007

Smart about HART communications? Apply for plant of the year

HART Communication Foundation (HCF) is currently seeking nominations for the 6th annual HART Plant of the Year Award. The global award is presented each year to recognize innovative use of HART Communication in real-time industrial process plant applications. Nominations are encouraged globally and will be accepted through May 31.

By Staff
Asset Management March 27, 2007

Unification: Software optimizes all instruments

ABB Asset Master maintenance workplace software is said to reduce the time it takes to understand the state of plant assets-no matter which vendor they're from. Wickliffe, OH —With an ever-increasing focus towards getting the most from existing assets, appropriate tools are needed to engineer, maintain, and optimize plant assets through their life cycle. New Asset Master software can do that for all instruments, independent of the device manufacturer or fieldbus communication protocol, according to ABB .

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 27, 2007

Draft standard: What’s in the April ’07 WirelessHART specification

Orlando, FL —Should you grab a wireless network that works and gain benefits or wait for an emerging standard? If you haven't jumped in yet, or even if you have, here's what you can expect from the WirelessHART specification due next month. Resulting products are expected by year-end 2007. HART Communication Foundation has been preparing a standard for HART wireless based on IEEE 802.15.4 , for low power 2.4 GHz operation, expecting a huge need for wireless instrumentation. ARC Advisory Group's Will Chin predicts that by 2011 embedded intelligence in instrumentation will double, 40% of devices will be wireless, wireless will add 20% more new devices to a plant.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 7, 2007

Wireless: GE Industrial buys Microwave Data Systems

Markham, Ontario, Canada — GE Industrial , a unit of General Electric , acquired the assets of Rochester, NY-based Microwave Data Systems (MDS), a subsidiary of Moseley Associates . GE called MDS "a world leader in industrial, wireless, and networking solutions," saying that it offers complementary technology to GE's Multilin business, part of GE Consumer & Industrial. GE says the move creates growth opportunities for Multilin in its current markets and in the $1.3 billion global industrial wireless market segment, expected to grow 15% this year.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 1, 2007

The Language of Device Integration

The Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) allows integration of all devices uniformly into a control system—from a simple sensor up to a complex drive. Furthermore, the device description provides information on maintenance and diagnostic functions of a field device, and serves as an electronic data sheet.

By Hans Georg Kumpfmüller
Asset Management February 13, 2007

Software: Anticipate calibration with wear trend analysis

PQ Systems suggests wear-trend analysis and failure prediction is possible with Gagepack 7.5 software for calibration data. Dayton, OH —Wear-trend analysis, seen as critical to assuring accuracy in measurement systems, is among new features in Gagepack 7.5 software. Custom toolbars and a new 'stop-the-clock' approach for individual gages are among new features.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 1, 2007

RFID trends: Global diversity, wider adoption

Global uses, applications, and technology choices vary widely, as research shows adoption rates have increased significantly. IDTechEx notes wide global variance. North America, by far the largest market for RFID in value, number of tags, and number of RFID case studies, is led by massive U.S. military use and widespread adoption in all sectors, with more than 840 recorded projects last year.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 16, 2007

Software blueprint: Architecture extends to databases, services

Lattix LDM 3.0 from Lattix Inc. is an architecture management system that supports Web-based reporting of architectural metrics, violations, and incremental changes. Boston, MA —Lattix LDM 3.0 from Lattix Inc .

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 16, 2007

RFID: Partnership adds tags, hardware options to asset management

Englewood, CO —A partnership between an asset management software developer and an RFID tag and reader manufacturer brings a wider selection of options to customers of both companies. Fluensee Inc ., an RFID-enabled asset management and supply chain system provider, has agreed to support Intelleflex 's new battery-assisted passive RFID tags and readers as part of its asset tracking and supply chain management offerings. The Intelleflex line is said to serve the market between lower priced, limited capability passive tags and more expensive active technology. Under the alliance, Fluensee becomes an authorized reseller of Intelleflex' InfoSure single-chip RFID tags and I-Beam multi-protocol readers. The tags have long-distance read and write capabilities of up to 100 m in free space when used with the I-Beam readers, making them comparable to active tags but at less cost.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 5, 2007

Control Engineering 2007 System Integrator of the Year Winner (Concept Systems Inc.)

Albany, Oregon based Concept Systems Inc., Control Engineering magazine Integrator of the Year in the up to $10M revenue category, provides automation services to manufacturing companies in the areas of forest products, converting, food processing, aerospace, automotive, mining, pulp and paper, communication equipment, entertainment, packaging, and others. The company takes advantage of the latest in proven technologies, including PLC and DCS based controls, motion control, vision inspection, database, and

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 25, 2006

Exclusive: Ethernet software adds data mining

IntraVue version 2.0 from Network Vision adds features to focus on automating diagnostics to improve asset management.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 14, 2006

New module: Invensys integration links plant asset information, business financials

The Avantis unit of Invensys Process Systems announced a new business system integration module for the Avantis.PRO enterprise asset management (EAM) software application developed in conjunction with Microsoft. The module will provide standard integration between Avantis.PRO R4.1 and Microsoft Dynamics AX Release 4.0 and Microsoft Dynamics GP Professional 9.0 business management applications (formerly Microsoft Axapta and Microsoft Great Plains). When available early in 2007, the new module "will eliminate much of the time and effort typically involved with integrating appropriate information from plant asset management systems into enterprise-level financial applications," according to the company. Avantis is currently a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has already created the Invensys.CM real-time equipment conditioning monitoring capability using Microsoft technologies.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 6, 2006

Control utility: Valve analysis plug-in for AMS suite

Flowserve Corp . now offers a specialized software utility plug-in for Emerson Process Management's AMS suite of asset management tools. Flowserve's ValveAnalysis package allows AMS users to run diagnostic signatures for Flowserve valves, actuators, and positioners, reportedly providing key information that can help maximize equipment performance. While AMS already has capabilities to use the valves' calibration and alarm functions, the new utility adds diagnostic signature analysis beyond AMS' offering.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 5, 2006

Power Gen 2006: Electric utilities go digital in new construction

Pittsburgh, PA and Orlando, FL —Growing popularity of digital plant architecture is reflected in contracts announced by Emerson Process Management last week for seven such systems slated for installation at new U.S. coal-fired power plants. The information was released at Power Gen 2006 held Nov.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 1, 2006

EXCLUSIVE: Ethernet mapping software adds data mining

IntraVue version 2.0 from Network Vision adds features to focus on automating diagnostics and improve asset management. The software supports industrial devices communicating over Ethernet. New release includes data mining features to sort, synthesize, and organize the communication status of industrial Ethernet devices allowing immediate identification of problems.

By Staff
Asset Management November 27, 2006

Invensys Process Systems customers to meet in Dallas

John Snodgrass, Chemtura Corp. process control manager Concurrent user group meetings for Foxboro, Avantis, Triconex, and SimSci-Esscor product brand customers will be held at the annual Invensys Process Systems Customer Conference, Dec. 4-7, in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 31, 2006

ISA Expo 2006: Controller with ladder logic programming

HEC-1000 harsh environment controller from Divelbiss has a sealed, waterproof enclosure and connection system to provide for control in less-than-ideal situations. Fredericktown, OH and Houston, TX —HEC-1000 harsh environment controller from Divelbiss Corp ., introduced earlier this month at ISA Expo 2006 in Houston, is based on PLC-on-a-Chip technology. It features a sealed, watertight enclosure with pluggable connectors that is said to allow for programmable intelligence under less than ideal conditions.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 30, 2006

Regulatory asset management

Regulatory asset manager from Blue Mountain Quality Resources is designed to meet the regulatory and productivity requirements of life sciences companies.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 1, 2006

Integration bus: Here to help

Manufacturing benefits from improved information exchange. Enterprise service bus (ESB) architectures and and their use were described in last month's column. ESB architectures can be valuable tools within the manufacturing control environment. A manufacturing integration bus (MIB) is an ESB designed for information exchange among manufacturing applications, including SCADA, MES, LIMS (laborat...

By Dennis Brandl, BR&L Consulting
Asset Management September 6, 2006

New Qatar refinery awards contract for plant-wide automation system

The new Laffan gas condensate refinery at Ras Laffan, Qatar , is growing from bare desert to become part of a huge energy processing complex adjacent to the north field natural gas reserve. When operational in 2008, the refinery will process approximately 146,000 barrels per day of gas condensates, making it one of the world's largest condensate refineries. Invensys will keep it running, providing automation systems, asset management applications, and services for operational and safety functions. The Ras Laffan complex calls itself the world's fastest growing industrial city, and aims to be the largest gas-processing center as new projects come on line.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 6, 2006

Cyco Software releases new pharmaceutical EDM package

Cyco Software , provider of engineering data management (EDM) software for process industries, has released a new package for pharmaceutical manufacturers. This module for AutoManager provides the technical controls needed for compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 to manage cGMP engineering documentation throughout the enterprise. It helps bring products to market faster and boosts revenues while reducing errors in dealing with FDA and other government regulations. "The FDA module for the pharmaceutical industry adds specific features to our core technology that enhance compliance effectiveness, reduce validation efforts, and improve document workflow throughout the enterprise," says Bert Janssen, vice president of sales.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 1, 2006

IBM plans to buy MRO Software for $740 million

IBM announced plans to acquire MRO Software Inc., a publicly held company based in Bedford, MA, in a cash transaction of approximately $740 million. The acquisition (subject to MRO Software shareholder, regulatory reviews, and other customary closing conditions) is expected to close in fourth-quarter 2006.

By Staff
Asset Management August 8, 2006

IBM agrees to buy MRO Software; Teledyne to buy Rockwell Scientific

IBM plans to acquire MRO Software Inc. for $740 million and Teledyne agreed to acquire Rockwell Scientific Co. for $167.5 million in independent merger developments. IBM and MRO Software Inc.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 3, 2006

Profisafe nears 200,000 nodes; all things ‘Profi…’ covered in AZ

Scottsdale , AZ --Number of Profisafe nodes is nearing 200,000 worldwide, as the Profibus Trade Organization holds the 12th Annual PTO General Assembly Meeting here this week, covering all things “Profi….” The event aims to provide vendors and end-users with information about related markets, with a product fair, technical presentations including industrial Ethernet and Profinet, Profibus, and asset management, the wireless market, and end-user experiences. Profisafe-enabled systems in operation number more than 20,000, “making Profisafe the leading safety fieldbus technology,” the organization says. Automotive industries are one of the main users of Profisafe, with drives being the fastest growing market sector. About 10% of the installed base is in process automation, for tasks such as stopping pumping systems and initiating shut downs.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 1, 2006

RFID data cleaning tips

RFID (Radio Frequency ID tags) are again in the news. The FDA has recently scolded the pharmaceutical industry for delays in implementing RFID track-and-trace technologies. Pressure is also growing for using RFID tags in consumer products, clothing, and industrial equipment for asset management. RFID tags significantly increase the volume of shop-floor-to-ERP communication, but RFID experience...

By Dennis Brandl, BR&L Consulting
Asset Management July 26, 2006

Upcoming: PTO General Assembly Meeting, Aug. 2-4, on industrial networks

The Profibus Trade Organization will hold the 12 th Annual PTO General Assembly Meeting Aug. 1-3 at the Marriott at McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, AZ. The event focuses on providing both vendors and users with information about the Profibus and Profinet marketplaces and the marketing focus of PTO. A product fair and two days of meetings with technical presentations and materials will update members on related news about industrial networks.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management July 20, 2006

GE Energy opens optimization, control center in Asia

Providing experience with products and solutions that improve plant reliability and productivity is among the goals of the new Customer Application Center of GE Energy ’s optimization and control business, opening this month in Singapore. The operation is directed, in particular, at local users in power generation, oil and gas, pulp and paper, cement, and mining industries. The center is the first in Asia for GE Energy and second of several being implemented globally to provide tailored systems for plant asset management, plant distributed control, and reliability. It will allow those in Asia to become aware of and learn about technology trends in plant optimization and controls, says the company.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 15, 2006

Asset management for multi-modal goods transport

The Asset Management Platform (A.M.P.) Product Suite from RFTrax is set to deliver "unparalleled" supply chain visibility and management for manufacturers, the railroad industry and others who own and manage a fleet of railcars. A.M.P. an end-to-end global asset management system designed to support multi-modal transportation—rail, truck, barge, ship, and container—for delivering spare parts and finished goods across North America.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 1, 2006

Invensys demos integrated enterprise control

A simulation based on actual customers integrating 18 plant-level and enterprise-level applications from six vendors was the centerpiece of an enterprise control system demonstration from Invensys here in May. To launch its new InFusion enterprise control system, Invensys created detailed plant models for the fictional DaCosta Corp.

By Staff
Asset Management June 1, 2006

Asset management adopts holistic approach

Companies with comprehensive asset management programs use multiple programs of this type to improve daily performance and ensure the ongoing health and longevity of mission-critical equipment. Rationalizing data across all asset-related systems and databases is one strategy actively pursued by better performing companies.

By Staff
Asset Management May 25, 2006

Oil, gas users link models through composite flowsheet

Honeywell Inc. announced plans to combine elements of UK-based Petroleum Experts ’ Integrated Production Modeling (IPM) software with UniSim Design to form a system that will allow oil and gas customers to use one composite flowsheet to link reservoir models, well models, and gathering-network models with the UniSim model of the separation process. “The key here is that Honeywell can provide process models that are compatible with Petroleum Experts’ technology,” says Mark Hagen, director of Advanced Solutions for Honeywell Process Solutions. “Integration is very powerful because it allows all functions within a customer’s organization to communicate with a single tool, a consistent set of models and technology.” UniSim Design helps engineers create steady-state and dynamic models for plant design, performance monitoring, troubleshooting operational improvement, business planning, and asset management.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 11, 2006

‘Holistic approach’ to asset management gains traction

Companies with comprehensive asset management programs use multiple maintenance management programs to improve daily performance and ensure the ongoing health and longevity of mission critical equipment.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 4, 2006

Two groups formalize FDT cooperation

FDT Group and PACTware Consortium formalized their long-time collaboration with a cooperation agreement, announced in Hannover, Germany, on April 24. The organizations expressed interest in "clear communication of their relationship and a uniform marketing strategy of the FDT technology."

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 4, 2006

HART users meet next at ISA; wireless underway

In the process industries, HART is the most-used network, according to HART Communications Foundation (HCF), so it's time end-users started getting together to discuss issues of common importance, such as better asset management and wireless.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 6, 2006

Cheniere awards Invensys terminal-operations management system contract

Cheniere LNG Inc.—a unit of Cheniere Energy Inc.—has selected Invensys Process Systems to implement the Terminal Operations Management System (TOMS) for the company's Sabine Pass LNG-receiving terminal (Sabine) being built in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 13, 2006

Asset management capabilities

AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manage, version 7.0, powers the predictive capability of PlantWeb digital plant architecture.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 9, 2006

Hitachi teams with Ember to enter ZigBee sensor market

Boston, MA and Las Vegas, NV —Hitachi WirelessInfo Venture Co. (HW)—a division of Hitachi Ltd. formed in July 2005—is working with Ember Corp.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 1, 2006

Interactive process modeling

UniSim Design simulation is a family of software and engineering services designed to improve performance throughout the life cycle of a processing plant. Honeywell says it helps oil-and-gas processors, petroleum refiners, power generators, and chemical manufacturers more easily capture and share process knowledge, improve plant profitability, reduce engineering costs, and maximize return-on-in...

By Staff
Asset Management December 1, 2005

Mobile system brings calibration services to users

Sypris Test & Measurement Calibration has launched a mobile system to bring calibration equipment and personnel to the user. The third-party mobile calibration provider names Eaton, AT&T, ITT Industries, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are among its clients.

By Staff
Asset Management November 17, 2005

Mobile system brings calibration services to the user

Sypris Test & Measurement Calibration has launched a mobile system to bring calibration equipment and personnel to the user. The third-party mobile calibration provider names Eaton, AT&T, ITT Industries, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) among its clients. FAA work alone provides 38,000 calibrations at more than 400 installations in North America and offshore. Many telecommunications companies, electronic manufacturers, and government agencies with multiple installations calibrate test equipment in-house or send it to off-site locations for work.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2005

Wireless strategy uses vendor-neutral approach

A strategy for vendor-neutral wireless communications that uses a comprehensive managed network approach was announced and demonstrated by Invensys Process Systems at ISA Expo 2005 in Chicago in late October. The approach centers on shared access point technology and common data and security models for all wireless devices, regardless of vendor or application.

By Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2005

Rockwell Automation’s strategy to close business and plant information-system gap

As a further indication that the integration of plant and business information systems is becoming a greater imperative for manufacturers, Rockwell Automation has announced plans to extend its manufacturing execution system (MES) offerings via a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and bring the company's software product offerings into a single integrated suite referred to as ...

By Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2005

ISA 2005: Wireless strategy uses managed network approach

Chicago, IL and Foxboro, MA —A strategy for wireless communications that uses a comprehensive managed network approach was announced by Invensys Process Systems at ISA Expo 2005 in Chicago last week. The approach centers on shared access point technology and common data and security models for all wireless devices, regardless of vendor or application. The technology reportedly ensures appropriate levels of integration, robustness, and security for all industrial and enterprise wireless applications. “Wireless communications will provide a powerful new enabling technology for asset performance management,” said Chris Lyden, vice president of marketing at Invensys Process Systems.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2005

New course in HART online educational-series

Course Two in a free educational series on the HART field communications protocol is now available online. "Getting HART Data" covers how to use HART data to benefit from real-time integration with control, safety, and asset management systems. At the end of the course, users complete a short quiz to earn a certificate awarding two professional development hours.

By Staff
Asset Management October 24, 2005

Rockwell Automation announces strategy to close business and plant information system gap

As a further indication that the integration of plant and business information systems is becoming a greater imperative for manufacturers, Rockwell Automation has announced plans to extend its manufacturing execution system (MES) offerings via a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and bring the company’s software product offerings into a single integrated suite referred to as Rockwell Software FactoryTalk. Over the past few years, FactoryTalk has been the name used to refer to Rockwell Automation’s MES level of software designed to enable companies to share manufacturing data and common services to reduce the time required to design, deploy, and maintain integrated automation systems. According to Kevin Roach, vice president of Rockwell Software, FactoryTalk is the name now used to refer to the company’s integrated suite of scalable, modular, and standards-based production performance software applications with tight integration to the Logix control platform, as well as connectivity to third-party and legacy systems. At present, plans for the FactoryTalk suite will include: FactoryTalk View—real-time SCADA and visibility software; FactoryTalk Logix 5000—automation design and control; FactoryTalk Historian—enterprise-wide data collection FactoryTalk Quality—enterprise quality and compliance; FactoryTalk Tracker—production execution; and FactoryTalk Simulation—planning, simulation and optimization. In the first quarter of 2006, a new version of Rockwell software RSMACC Asset Management Software (change control, security, and compliance) and FactoryTalk Integrator (business system connectivity) will be available. As the company releases new versions of its Rockwell Software, Propack Data, and Arena offerings, those products also will be incorporated into the Rockwell Software FactoryTalk suite. “Through the Logix control platform, Rockwell Automation demonstrated its ability to bring together multiple control disciplines, such as process control, batch control, drive systems, motion control, discrete control, and safety, under a common architecture,” Roach said.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 11, 2005

New course in HART online educational series

Austin, TX —Course Two in a free educational series on the HART field communications protocol is now available online. "Getting HART Data" covers how to use HART data to benefit from real-time integration with control, safety, and asset management systems. At the end of the course, users complete a short quiz to earn a certificate awarding two professional development hours. The mini-course series from the HART Communication Foundation (HCF) is a learning tool for HART users and suppliers who want to know more about the capabilities of HART technology—how it works, the untapped resources it holds, and its value to plant operations.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 5, 2005

Asset Performance Focuses Invensys Process Systems User Conference

Houston, TX—Claiming 850 registrants—the largest user conference in the company’s history, according to Ginny Burnell, North America president—Invensys Process Systems hosted its annual user conference here Oct. 2-6. Sessions at the conference centered on the company’s divisions and its related product offerings—Avantis for maintenance, Foxboro I/A for process control, Foxboro instrumentation for plant floor devices (management and communication), Simsci-Esscor for process simulation, and Triconex for safety. Throughout all the sessions, the overriding focus at the conference centered on asset performance management. “The top concerns for manufacturing executives today are operational safety, aging plants, getting the most out of human resources, regulatory compliance, security, unprecedented competitive pressures, and environmental impacts.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 1, 2005

Top 10 tech tips

Here are 10 technology tips for operational excellence. These weren't too hard to come by; life inside the control loop is all is all about continuous improvement: Sensors measure; logic devices decide how to improve; and valves, pumps, motors, and other devices actuate an improvement. The process continues.

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor-in-Chief
Asset Management October 1, 2005

By the Numbers – 2005-10-01

0 is a number that saved many lives in WWII. Planes riddled with bullet holes that made it back to bases were studied for the locations of where bullet holes (data points) were not, telling engineers where to reinforce designs. Zero also holds significant information in a location plot analysis, according to a recent Juran Institute's "Quality Minute.

By Staff
Asset Management September 2, 2005

Honeywell alliance agreements extend simulation system applications

Honeywell signed alliance agreements with four companies to extend application of its UniSim Design simulation system for the process industries. The agreements with Infochem Computer Services Ltd., Neotechnology Consultants Ltd., Scandpower Petroleum Technology A/S, and Schlumberger Canada Ltd are the latest in a series of collaborations with engineering technology providers who have expertise relevant to UniSim Design. The goal, says Honeywell , is to give its customers greater visibility into their operations to enhance efficiency, cut costs, and improve profitability. Under the agreements, Honeywell will offer: InfoChem’s MultiFlash option for calculating phase behavior of complex mixtures; Neotec’s Pipesys option for the integrated simulation of single- and multi-phase flow in pipes and Black Oil option for calculating phase behavior of petroleum fluids in a non-compositional manner; Scandpower’s Olgas 2- and 3-phase operations for calculating multi-phase flow properties in pipes; and Schlumberger’s Amsin for simulating gas and liquid sweetening processes. UniSim Design enables engineers to create steady-state and dynamic models for plant design, performance monitoring, troubleshooting operational improvement, and business planning and asset management. —Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering, jkatzel@reedbusiness.com.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 1, 2005

6 Asset Management Myths

Most companies agree asset optimization is a good thing; many strive to optimize each and every asset—or at least achieve a broad level of optimization across all assets. The problem is you can't optimize something until you first are able to measure and manage (control) it. Through this process we get the concept of asset management.

By Dave Harrold
Asset Management September 1, 2005

HART expects big benefits with enhanced EDDL specification

HART EDDL Interoperability Workshop participants consult while working on tables full of host applications. Implementation of recently completed enhancements to the Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL, IEC 61804-2) by system and device suppliers is expected to revolutionize the process automation industry, representatives of HART Communication Foundation (HCF) said on Aug. 18.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 15, 2005

Flowmeters – 2005-08-15

Flowmeters, which measure the amount of liquid, gas, or vapor flowing through pipes or troughs, are used in virtually every type of industrial process. While flow measurement is an ancient practice, dating back to at least 5,000 B.C., the past few decades has been a particularly exciting time, as vendors and users have adopted new technologies to improve the state of the art.

By Dan Sussman, for Control Engineering
Asset Management July 7, 2005

Minimize risk in selecting an automation support services provider

Because of the critical impact automation service providers can have on the operation and productivity of a manufacturing operation, selecting the right service provider requires careful analysis and consideration. After examining business goals and capabilities of in-house staff, manufacturers can better evaluate service options needed to minimize risk and improve total cost of operations to achieve productivity and profitability goals.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management July 1, 2005

HART Maximization

It wasn't until we wanted to know who was calling on the telephone that we decided we needed caller ID. That data point was on the wire with the voice all along, we just didn't have a real need to see the information. With that in mind, look at your plant and consider what you already have installed that you may not be using to its full potential.

By Ron Helson
Asset Management June 1, 2005

Coming soon: HART tutorial series

The HART Communication Foundation (HCF) reports that the installed base of HART-enabled devices is the largest of all industrial communication protocols at more than 14 million worldwide, and 70% of all smart instruments installed each year use HART Communication. However, HCF says most users are unaware of its many benefits.

By Staff
Asset Management May 19, 2005

Robust growth seen for China pressure transmitter market

Heavy investment in key industry sectors where pressure transmitters are used will contribute to continued robust growth of the pressure transmitter market in China, a recent ARC Advisory Group study shows.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 17, 2005

Automation’s future: Siemens at Hannover Fair 2005

Hannover, Germany—Among product highlights from Siemens was the introduction of more models of its wide power range Sinamics family of ac drives and the launch of Simatic PCS 7 process control system (release 6.1), along with visions of future manufacturing and how universities should help.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 10, 2005

ABB buys HSB Reliability Technologies, Systems groups

Norwalk, CT—ABB reports it has acquired HSB Reliability Technologies and HSB Reliability Systems groups for an undisclosed sum.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 1, 2005

Sometimes a database is enough

With all the new information technologies available, it is important to remember that the simplest solution to a problem is often the best solution. Two projects recently reinforced this lesson for me. Both projects started with complex, Web-based solutions, but finished using simple databases. Databases often provide workable and robust solutions, and knowledge of database technology is vital ...

By Dennis Brandl, BR&L Consulting
Asset Management April 12, 2005

Hannover Fair 2005: HCF debuts enhanced DDL, starts wireless HART effort at Interkama

Hannover, Germany—The HART Communication Foundation (HCF) introduced Highway-Addressable Remote Transducer (HART) technology advances at the Interkama show this week at Hannover Fair 2005.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 6, 2005

Emerson will automate clean-coal China power plant

Emerson Process Management will automate China’s new Datang Ningde “clean coal technology” power plant using its PlantWeb architecture, Ovation control system, and FOUNDATION fieldbus, Emerson announced recently.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 2, 2005

Lighthammer platform helps integrate pipeline operations

Air Products and Chemicals Inc. has successfully deployed Lighthammer’s Collaborative Manufacturing Suite (CMS) as the software platform for optimizing its West Gulf Coast pipeline operations.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 20, 2005

Rockwell, Endress+Hauser work to simplify instrumentation needs

Two major companies have joined forces to provide more convenient, standards-compliant methods for configuring a wide range of process instruments.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 28, 2004

Emerson expands field communicator to maintain 132 more devices

Austin, TX—Emerson Process Management reports that its 375 Field Communicator has been expanded to support 82 added FOUNDATION fieldbus devices and 50 more HART instruments for maintenance purposes.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 11, 2004

Synergen may merge with energy industry software company

GFI Energy Ventures, a significant equity investor in established, industry-leading companies in the energy industry and majority shareholder in Synergen Inc. (an asset management software vendor), has made a tender offer to SPL, a provider of software solutions in customer care and billing, outage management, and distribution management for energy, water, and service companies, for all of its outstanding shares.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 9, 2004

Invensys’ North American customer conference draws 800 visitors

Foxboro, MA—Invensys Process Systems reports that almost 800 visitors, mostly users of Foxboro, Triconex, and Avantis products, participated in its recent North American Customer Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, TX.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2004

Electric power capital expenditures show regional contrasts

Dedham, MA—Capital and operational expenditures worldwide for plants in the electric power industry will likely expand at an almost 4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from more than $374 billion in 2003 to more than $453 billion by the end of 2008, according to a new study by the ARC Advisory Group.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 7, 2004

ISA Expo 2004: OPC, ISA, MIMOSA define vision for manufacturing operations

Houston—To increase efficiency and visibility of manufacturing within organizations, three industry groups have agreed upon one vision for “Condition Based Operations in Manufacturing,” the title of a white paper from the OpenO&M For Manufacturing Working Group, released here Oct. 5, at ISA 2004.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 18, 2004

Process knowledge, strategy highlight Honeywell users’ conference

Phoenix, AZ—More than 600 attendees from 26 countries participated in Honeywell’s 31st annual Users’ Group Symposium here on June 14-17.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 1, 2004

Control valve market to reach nearly $3.4 billion by 2008

Dedham, MA—The worldwide control valve market is expected to grow at a more than 3% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from nearly $2.9 billion in 2003 to nearly $3.4 billion by the end of 2008, according to a new study, "Control Valve Worldwide Outlook," by ARC Advisory Group.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 1, 2004

HART’s DDL unanimously approved by IEC as international standard

The HART Communication Foundation (HCF) reports that the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC, Geneva, Switzerland) recently approved Device Description Language (DDL) in a unanimous vote as its International Standard 61804-2. DDL is the standard on which HART is based, and HART was the first communication technology to implement DDL as its standard.

By Staff
Asset Management April 23, 2004

OSIsoft User Conference underscores growing interest in production data

San Francisco—Heavy attendance at the 15th annual OSIsoft User Conference, April 19-21, may indicate an overall upswing in the technology sector, but the large turnout is just as likely due to an intensifying corporate focus on production data.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 20, 2004

HART’s DDL unanimously approved by IEC as international standard

Austin, TX—The HART Communication Foundation (HCF) reports that the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC, Geneva, Switzerland) recently approved Device Description Language (DDL) in a unanimous vote as its International Standard 61804-2.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 22, 2004

Enhanced asset management

Avantis release 4.0 enables enhanced asset management capability for enterprises that span multiple locations and geographies, supporting business units that operate autonomously and collaboratively within the global enterprise.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 18, 2004

Process control industry newsline: contracts, agreements, new plants, resources

Activity in the process control industry continues at a brisk pace, with contracts, agreements, and new projects in abundance. Details on a few recent developments in this broad field are outlined here.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 1, 2004

Convergence of purpose

For the past several years now, I have attended annual ARC Advisory Group meetings in Boston and Orlando. At the Orlando show in January an interesting convergence occurred, a parallel that some people may have missed. Those who have been to these conferences in the past know that the Boston event has been more manufacturing-enterprise-focused and the Orlando show more plant-floor-oriented.

By David Greenfield, Editorial Director
Asset Management February 19, 2004

Events worth noting: Asset management, batch manufacturing

Two upcoming process-control-related events worth noting on the calendar include an educational conference focused on better plant asset management and an exhibition devoted solely to batch manufacturing.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 12, 2004

Bernard Matthews selects Avantis EAM for all U.K. facilities

Invensys has announced that Bernard Matthews Ltd. has signed an agreement to deploy the Avantis Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solution at all six facilities in the United Kingdom.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 12, 2004

Indus acquires Wishbone Systems

Indus International Inc., a provider of asset and customer management software products has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wishbone Systems Inc., a provider of workforce management (WFM) and optimization software.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 10, 2004

Need for field data fuels temperature transmitter market

Dedham, MA—The worldwide temperature transmitter market is projected to grow at a more than 4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from nearly $205 million in 2003 to more than $253 million by the end of 2008, according to a new study by the ARC Advisory Group.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 8, 2004

ABB extends DCS

Wickliffe, OH—ABB has introduced its Industrial System 800xA Extended Automation, which encompasses functionality beyond the essential process control offered by ABB’s 800 line of control systems.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 18, 2003

Valve diagnostics provide green-yellow-red light indicator

Emerson Process Management’s Fisher division recently added "green-yellow-red light" performance diagnostics capability to its Fieldvue digital valve controller.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management December 1, 2003

A Changing Landscape

Control valves continue to be most often fitted with pneumatic actuators, but electric, hydraulic, and electro hydraulic actuators are the fastest growing actuator types, especially for ball and v-ball valves. Meanwhile, reliability, low maintenance, low leak-through-rate, and repairability were listed as the top four features, respectively, that users most seek in control valves.

By Dave Harrold
Asset Management November 18, 2003

Automation Fair 2003: Rockwell touts growth in 2003

Milwaukee, WI – Beginning with a full day of presentations and panel discussions for media representatives from around the world, Rockwell Automation began its 12th annual Allen-Bradley Automation Fair event with optimism for growth, during its 6th annual Global Media Summit on Monday, Nov. 17.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 3, 2003

Modeling software

Hysys modeling software 3.2, part of the Aspen Engineering Suite, includes an oil and gas up-stream product option that lets companies simulate and optimize upstream assets, including wells, flowlines, and facilities.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2003

Honeywell’s Industry Solutions reasserts growth

Calmer, more predictable times are ahead for Honeywell, according to Jack D. Bolick, president of the Industry Solutions business in Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions group, who spoke Oct. 21 during an evening media event at ISA Expo 2003. "Turmoil at Honeywell is over; the company is not for sale," said Bolick, during his presentation that centered on calmer, more ...

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Asset Management October 28, 2003

ISA Expo 2003: A view from the top at Honeywell Industry Solutions

Houston, TX—Calmer, more predictable times are ahead for Honeywell, according to Jack D. Bolick, president of the Industry Solutions business for Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions group, who spoke at an Oct. 21 evening media event at ISA Expo 2003.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 22, 2003

ISA Expo 2003: OPC moves to web services, XML; collaborates with MIMOSA, ISA

OPC Foundation underlines its intent to transition away from ''component-based'' architecture to a more unified architecture by using Web services and XML. In addition OPC further aims to expand global interoperability efforts by forming a working group with The Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society (ISA), and MIMOSA (An Operations and Maintenance Open Systems Alliance.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 21, 2003

ISA Expo 2003: HART demonstrates asset management solutions

Houston, TX—The HART Communication Foundation (HCF, Austin, TX) is demonstrating at ISA Expo 2003, Oct. 21-23, how its Highway Addressable Remote Transducer (HART) technology enables asset management to improve plant operations, increase plant availability, lower maintenance costs, and aid regulatory compliance.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 21, 2003

PAS merging with Dot Products

Houston, TX—To create a broader customer base and strengthened product portfolio, PAS and Dynamic Optimization Technology (Dot) Products Inc. announced Oct. 13 that they’ve agreed to merge.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 23, 2003

Industrial asset management revenues projected to jump 63% over seven years

London, U.K.—Revenues for industrial asset management (IAM) software licenses are projected to increase by 63.8% from $355.7 million in 2002 to $582.8 million in 2009, according to a recent study, “Analysis of the Industrial Asset Management Market,” by Frost & Sullivan.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 9, 2003

Alstom adopts Emerson’s Machinery Health Management program

Austin, TX—Emerson Process Management has announced a three-year collaboration agreement to provide Alstom's train servicing centers with Emerson's Machinery Health Management (MHM) technology, equipment, training and consulting.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 9, 2003

Rockwell offers assessment tools for MRO improvement

Milwaukee, WI—To help manufacturers increase uptime and improve production efficiencies, Rockwell Automation has introduced “Manufacturing Performance Assessment” tools to help identify opportunities for process improvement in maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) practices.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management September 1, 2003

HART I/O improves Kraft’s batch process efficiency

Kraft Foods (Beaver Dam, WI) wanted to integrate HART capability into its analog acquisition system to measure volume before and after a solids separation system—similar to a large centrifuge—in its dairy processing facility. Kraft didn't want a separate HART data collection system running in tandem with the primary analog acquisition system.

By Neal Meldrum
Asset Management July 14, 2003

Emerson gives sample code to helps spur high-speed Ethernet development

Austin, TX—As part of its commitment to open, interoperable standards, Emerson Process Management announced July 8 that it has donated High-Speed Ethernet (HSE) 'sample code' to the Fieldbus Foundation (FF, Austin, TX).

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management June 13, 2003

Honeywell hosts hot user symposium

Phoenix, AZ—It was hard to tell which was hotter, an outdoor temperature of 107 ºF or the networking at Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas Symposium held here, June 9-13, 2003.

By Frank Bartos
Asset Management May 7, 2003

PVC producer expands with Honeywell’s Experion PKS

Phoenix, AZ—Honeywell Industry Solutions announced May 5 that Japan-based Shin-Etsu PVC BV has selected its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) to help expand its vinyl chloride plant in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 1, 2003

Asset management system gathers data remotely

Designed to integrate and manage maintenance information from field instruments, monitor online conditions, and record historical data, Plant Resource Manager version 2.03 enables users to remotely access devices that feature field communication capability, such as FOUNDATION fieldbus and HART-enabled devices, as well as centralized management and parameters of these devices.

By Staff
Asset Management April 4, 2003

Honeywell’s Experion PKS reaches $200 million in orders in first year

Phoenix, AZ—Because of strong demand from users, Honeywell Industry Solutions reported at an April 3 meeting with Control Engineering that it has received orders totaling approximately $200 million for its Experion Process Knowledge Solution (PKS). Honeywell's business, process and asset management system was introduced in April 2002, and began shipping in January 2003.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 1, 2003

Rosemount Analytical announces second-generation fieldbus transmitter

Emerson Processes’ Rosemount Analytical division recently introduced the Model 5081 transmitter, a configurable second-generation FOUNDATION fieldbus (FF) or two-wire HART compatible transmitter suitable for pH, conductivity, or amperometric measurements.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 1, 2003

Control valve market to reach nearly $3.5 billion by 2008

The worldwide control valve market, which totaled almost $3 billion in 2002, will reach almost $3.5 billion by the end of 2007, expanding at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of just over 3%, according to a new study by ARC Advisory Group. Even as global uncertainties and slack market conditions continue to pull down sales, "the long-term business prospects for control v...

By Staff
Asset Management February 20, 2003

Dresser Masoneilan’s valves look beyond the control point

Avon, MA—Like a wide-open process flow, information to improve business practices has be-come part of today's valve and actuator technology, explains J. Patrick Leask, valve products di-rector for Dresser Masoneilan.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management January 1, 2003

Modular, open, distributed machine monitoring, protection system

To help manufacturers improve uptime by using existing DeviceNet infrastructures for cost-effective plant-floor connectivity, Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) has developed Entek XM Series, which is reported to be the industry's first modular and open distributed machine monitoring and protection system.

By Staff
Asset Management November 7, 2002

Wind River, IXXAT partner on automation development solution

Alameda, CA; Weingarten, Germany—Wind River Systems Inc. and IXXAT Automation GmbH announced Oct. 21 a partnership to provide an integrated solution for industrial automation manufacturers requiring system connectivity based on the CANopen protocol.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management October 1, 2002

Invensys Showcase 2002: ArchestrA, devices shown

Orlando, FL Invensys plc (London, U.K.) demonstrated its new ArchestrA automation architecture during its Invensys Showcase 2002 Worldwide User Conference & Expo, Sept. 8-12, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. The conference also brought together for the first time 10 leading companies from Invensys' Production Management division: APV, Baan, Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, ...

By Staff
Asset Management September 19, 2002

Axeda updates Device Relationship Management

Mansfield, MA - Axeda Systems Inc. announced September 10 Axeda DRM 3, the third-generation of its device relationship management (DRM) product. Release 3 expands the diagnosis and repair, reporting, performance, connectivity, and security features of its DRM system.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management August 22, 2002

Rockwell launches modular, open distributed machine monitoring, protection system

Milwaukee, WI— To help manufacturers improve uptime by using existing DeviceNet infrastructures for cost-effective plant-floor connectivity, Rockwell Automation introduced Aug. 20 its Entek XM Series, which it reports is the industry's first modular and open distributed machine monitoring and protection system. Consisting of a network of intelligent modules, XM Series continuously monitors and protects plant-floor machinery and equipment. Information gathered allows maintenance personnel to identify developing faults in the equipment, and then correct them before production is impacted or safety is compromised. Designed for companies requiring machinery protection for high-speed and critical-production assets, XM Series can help users optimize maintenance activities based on actual asset conditions, rather than relying on manufacturer-recommended preventative maintenance schedules.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management July 26, 2002

GE acquires Panametrics

Atlanta, GA - GE Power Systems announced July 24 it has acquired Panametrics Inc., a manufacturer of ultrasonic testing equipment and process control instrumentation. The company will become part of GE's Energy Management Services business and will be known as GE Panametrics. Panametrics develops highly specialized, harsh-environment sensors and instruments for nondestructive testing, solar radiation detection, and process measurement instrumentation. The company's products include process control instruments; moisture, chemical and gas sensors; multi-phase flow meters; charged particle detectors; ultrasonic transducers and scanning systems for a wide range of applications. "Panametrics' proven testing and control technologies are an excellent fit with GE Power Systems' existing measurement technologies for the power generation and oil and gas industries.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management May 1, 2002

Honeywell launches process knowledge-based architecture

Honeywell Industry Solutions introduced on April 8 its new Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS). The company says Experion PKS is a revolutionary approach to business, process and asset management that includes 30 years of Honeywell's industrial expertise into a unified, robust PKS architecture.

By Staff
Asset Management April 1, 2002

NMW 2002: Touch International rolls out first products

Chicago, Ill. - Invensys used the National Manufacturing Week forum to announce formation of Avantis Asset Management Solutions group and introduce its enterprise asset management (EAM) solution. This EAM solution combines integration to real-time process information, embedded predictive capabilities, and a rapid deployment methodology.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 1, 2002

Alert manager improves asset management

Release 140 of Honeywell's Alert Manager expands integration capabilities to collect, organize, analyze and identify equipment and process conditions that may, if left unattended, lead to failures and unscheduled process shutdowns.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management April 1, 2002

NMW 2002: Invensys forms Asset Management Solutions Group

Chicago, Ill. - Invensys used the National Manufacturing Week forum to announce formation of Avantis Asset Management Solutions group and introduce its enterprise asset management (EAM) solution.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 20, 2002

NMW 2002: GE Fanuc launches collaborative production management software suite

Chicago, Ill. - GE Fanuc Automation, Charlottesville, Va., an affiliate of GE Industrial Systems, introduced Cimplicity Collaborative Production Management (CPM) software suite, which provides an integrated platform that drives manufacturing productivity through digitization.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management March 12, 2002

OMAC group sees gains in open architecture struggle

Orlando, Fla. - OMAC (open modular architecture control) Users' Group met in general session and in specific working group sessions after the annual ARC Advisory Group Forum February 13.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 28, 2002

Indus embeds Convera search technology

Atlanta, Ga. - Indus International Inc. announced a new strategic relationship with Convera. Indus has embedded Convera's RetrievalWare technology into Indus InSite, an Internet-based asset management solution, to empower users with an intelligent search capability that will deliver complete, accurate and relevant information from diverse sources.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 11, 2002

GE Power Systems buys Bently Nevada

Atlanta, Ga. - GE Power Systems stated Jan. 24 that it has completed the acquisition of Bently Nevada Corp. (Minden, Nev.) that it announced this past November.

By Jim Montague, news editor
Asset Management December 26, 2001

VDC study indicates increased interest in RFID

Natick, Mass. - Analysis from Venture Development Corp. (VDC) reveals that global shipments of RFID systems (including transponders, readers, software, and services) reached $890 million in 2000.

By Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor
Asset Management December 6, 2001

Digital networks permit global integration, asset optimization

Baytown, Tex. - Digital industrial network proponents in Singapore showed how to easily troubleshoot and change setpoints for process equipment in Texas.

By Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief
Asset Management December 1, 2001

Ovation adds HART and FOUNDATION fieldbus

Pittsburgh, Pa. - Emerson Process Management's Westinghouse Process Control business recently released Ovation 2.1. Key release 2.1 enhancements include HART, FOUNDATION fieldbus, Fast Ethernet, and SCADA Server support.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 20, 2001

Sincor consortium picks Emerson to automate Venezuelan oil upgrader

Austin, Tex. - Sincor, a Venezuela-based group of companies, announced Nov. 20 that it has selected Emerson Process Management for a $12 million application of its PlantWeb field-based architecture, Asset Management Solutions (AMS) software, and services to help automate part of Sincoir's Downstream Project in Jose, Venezuela.

By Jim Montague, news editor
Asset Management August 7, 2001

Machine Vibration Monitor protects machinery in rugged environments

Milwaukee, Wis. - To provide cost-effective and continuous vibration monitoring and protection for industrial machinery, Rockwell Automation introduces the Entek Sentinel.

By Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor
Asset Management July 1, 2001

Interkama 2001 gears up; webcast set

Interkama 2001—International Trade Fair for Solutions for Automation in Production and Business Processes—is gathering momentum for its Sept. 24-28 run here. Streamlined to a five-day schedule in two-year cycles, Interkama's process automation backbone will be joined by expanded exhibit sectors for manufacturing automation and integrated solutionsR...

By Staff
Asset Management November 1, 2000

Predicting Savings

Asset management technologies offer the potential to help companies in the process industries stem the high cost of maintenance by ensuring production equipment is maintained for maximum performance at minimum cost. But, can asset management software save money in an already efficiently run plant? How can asset management software help achieve savings, and how much can be saved? Based o...

By Stuart Harris, Fisher-Rosemount
Asset Management September 1, 2000

Communication, relationship building nurture mergers

Mergers and acquisitions are never simple. Still, they can be made easier—and achieve greater long-term success—if participants engage in open, honest communication and build new relationships with the same diligence devoted to financial matters. Too often mergers seem to be bottom-line driven, inspired by a bigger-must-be-better mindset, or simply intended to stifle competition.

By Jim Montague, News Editor
Asset Management August 1, 2000

Digital valve positioner market to triple worldwide by 2005, says study

Fueled by rapid growth of products with open digital communication capabilities, the worldwide digital valve positioner market will almost triple from 122,000 units to over 350,000 units by 2005, according to a new study, "Control Valve Worldwide Outlook," by the ARC Advisory Group.

By Staff
Asset Management July 1, 2000

Miconex 2000: A portal to the world’s 7th largest economy

It's showtime again in the "Northern Capital." Miconex 2000—International Fair for Measurement, Instrumentation, and Automation—returns with high expectations, after the last show in 1998, to the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, Sept. 11-14. [For additional worldwide developments, see the "Global Update" department in this issue.

By Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
Asset Management July 1, 2000

Software, services integrate floor with enterprise

Milwaukee, Wis.— Manufacturing Businessware combines modular software, services, and system integration to connect plant-floor production facilities with corporate-level business systems. Improved asset management, more effective quality management, and process improvement are among the expected benefits.

By Staff
Asset Management May 1, 2000

Smart valves support AMS

Shrewsbury, Mass.—ND800 smart valve Device Description is now compatible with Fisher's Asset Management Solutions (AMS) systems. Customers with older versions of AMS can obtain new drivers from Neles Automation. The valve controller microprocessor reduces response variability by as much as 50%.

By Staff
Asset Management March 1, 2000

MRO meets e-Commerce

Greenville, S.C. -Responding to the needs of 55,000 customers of CMMS (computer maintenance management systems) and EAM (enterprise asset management) systems, Datastream Systems is making available to those responsible for MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) activities an Internet site with over 2,000,000 industrial parts from companies like USFilter, Lear, Applied Link, Fastenal, Ferguson, LL National, and Wesco. Datastream Systems Inc. www.iprocure.com.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management February 1, 2000

Rockwell Automation announces strategic alliance with PSDI

Rockwell Automation announced Jan. 20 a strategic alliance with PSDI (Bedford, Mass.) to expand its professional service organization. The alliance will help accelerate the growth of Rockwell Automation's $170 million Asset Management business by connecting automation control platforms to the enterprise asset management (EAM) environment.

By Staff
Asset Management February 1, 2000

What’s next?

What's next? Let's get back to automation and controls now that we've survived Y2K. I admit I enjoyed watching the world throw a lot of time, talent, and money at a global challenge. It was supposed to be Yawn2K, and it was. Now let's apply our efforts to the next global problem to be solved.

By Mark T. Hoske
Asset Management November 1, 1999

Asset management saves money

Austin, Tex. -AMS Calculator is a tool used within Asset Management Solutions (AMS) software to build process operations models from real company data. Users can input a few variables into the Calculator to see estimated time and cost savings.

By Control Engineering Staff
Asset Management November 1, 1999

Open systems need new strategies

Development of open systems not only changes products and systems used in automation and process control, but also the way they're designed, delivered, maintained, and paid for, according to an Oct. 11 report from Datamonitor. "Opportunities and Threats in an Open Automation Market" says open system vendors will require new strategies, rather than just new products, to succee...

By Staff
Asset Management June 1, 1999

Internet helps cut software costs

California Senior Deputy Attorney General Thomas Greene recently likened the emergence of the Internet to the early development of railroads in the 19th century. Both have had a remarkable impact on many facets of life, from communication to business and the economy, and make the world seem smaller and more accessible.

By Laura Zurawski
Asset Management May 1, 1999

Streamline calibration

Austin, Tex.—Asset Management solutions software now includes Calibration Manager Snap-On. This application module gives access to calibration, configuration, and status information for all instruments in a single database. Users can streamline calibration activities with AMS systems with self-documenting calibrators.

By Staff
Asset Management July 1, 1998

Emerson acquires Westinghouse PCD for Fisher-Rosemount group

To serve more of the power-hungry power market and round out its solutions from field devices to automation systems, Emerson Electric Co. recently acquired the Westinghouse Process Control Division (PCD, Pittsburgh, Pa.) of CBS Corp.A worldwide supplier of automation to the commercial power and wastewater industries, especially in China and Eastern Europe, Westingho...

By Staff