Process Manufacturing

Figure 1: Multivariable control matrix for an atmospheric crude distillation column, based on operation-driven design practice. The matrix is smaller than traditional crude column applications. It addresses primarily column pressure and product inferential quality control, which are often the most valuable objectives of this application – and often the ones found “unclamped” in existing large-matrix applications. Courtesy: APC Performance LLC
Process Manufacturing December 2, 2019

Operation-driven matrix design

A multivariable control matrix has manipulated variables (MVs) on one axis, controlled variables (CVs) on the other axis, and models in the matrix that indicate a relationship between that MV/CV pair. Effective multivariable controllers use the right models for various control and optimization needs.

By Allan Kern
In the chemical and process industries, the cost of technology is rising, especially given tighter process schedules — pluggable test disconnect terminals simplify servicing and maintenance. Courtesy: Phoenix Contact
Process Manufacturing November 29, 2019

HART increasingly used for quick diagnostics

Pluggable disconnect terminals for process engineering control systems. HART can help control processes in 3 ways.

By Alan Sappe’ and Torsten Schloo
Figure 1: Data acquisition network connections. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Data Acquisition November 26, 2019

Eight data acquisition best practices

To discover which real-time data adds value to improve operational efficiencies and increase competitive edge in the marketplace, first understand data acquisition systems and consider the eight essential best practices for data acquisition success

By Brian E. Bolton
Simutech Multimedia has developed a point-and-click game that is designed to provide a real-life simulation of what could realistically happen on a manufacturing floor. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media & Technology
Simulators, Optimizers October 11, 2019

Teaching engineers skills through video games and simulation

Using video games that are designed to teach engineers how to act in certain safety situations can provide training and experience for plant-floor operations, which can help narrow the skills gap.

By Chris Vavra
At Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure (YII) 2019 Conference in Singapore, Senthil Kumar said that Capital Asset Lifecycle Management (CALM) would help manufacturers make the digital transformations more efficiently. Courtesy: Aileen Jin, Control Engineering China
Diagnostics, Asset Management December 5, 2019

Make digital twins easier to implement for manufacturing industries

International: Move from vision to reality: It’s time to embrace digital twins for manufacturing. Benefits include more efficient digital transformations and more effective asset monitoring and performance.

By Aileen Jin
Even a basic cable type, such as flexible portable cords, come with numerous jacket type rating, conductor count, and conductor gauge options. AutomationDirect is offering $0.00 cut charges, same-day shipping, and free shipping on orders over a small minimum to encourage cut-to-length cable adoption. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Process Safety December 3, 2019

How to specify cut-to-length cable

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), end users, and system integrators seeking to improve manufacturing and fabrication flexibility can purchase cut-to-length cables to save time and money.

By Jim Krebs
Figure 4: Wireless sensors were installed as part of a complete data-to-desk system, including powerful data visualization and analytics. Courtesy: Emerson
Sensors, Actuators 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.