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Simulators, Optimizers May 13, 2022

Faster productivity: Reduce time to market with virtual commissioning

Webcast has help for next-generation machine design, simulation, and control collaboration with a software demonstration, showing how to use a digital twin for virtual commissioning. Also see advice below.

By Scott Felber and Ken Sears
Simulators, Optimizers March 17, 2022

Multi-functional magnetic nanoparticles simulations help sensor technology

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a computational tool that allows users to conduct simulations of multi-functional magnetic nanoparticles, which could be used in applications such as drug delivery and sensor technologies.

By Matt Shipman
Simulators, Optimizers February 9, 2022

Feed mill equipment optimization

A feed mill’s lifeblood is the equipment used to move product from bins to a mixer, control the grinding and pelleting processes, and optimize mix time for wet and dry ingredients.

By Interstates
Simulators, Optimizers August 2, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 26 to August 1, 2021

Articles about programming standardization, scalable IIoT networks, simulation and computer-aided design, programmable fibers and IEC 61131-3 structuring were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 26 to August 1, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Simulators, Optimizers August 1, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, July 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in July 2021 included stories on control system design, IEC 61131-3 structuring tips, scalable IIoT networks, programming standardization and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Simulators, Optimizers July 27, 2021

Integrated development environment

Version 1.12 of the Bedrock IEC 61131-3 integrated development environment (IDE) adds expanded browser visualization, a field technician interface (FTI) and more.

By Bedrock Automation
Simulators, Optimizers July 20, 2021

Control Engineering July 2021 Issue

The July 2021 issue of Control Engineering focuses on PLC programming, PID programming, I/O modules, system integrator tips and more.

By CFE Media
Simulators, Optimizers July 14, 2021

Simulation and analysis market grows in 2020

In spite of COVID-19, simulation and analysis (S&A) revenues more than doubled in 2020 to $7.5 billion, according to a report by CIMdata.

By CIMdata
Simulators, Optimizers July 12, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 5-11, 2021

Articles about simulation and computer-aided design, IEC 61131-3 structuring, edge computing, IIoT networks and control system cybersecurity were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 5-11, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Simulators, Optimizers July 7, 2021

Programming standardization unifies, improves operator experience

Integrated automation suites provide control system programmers with the tools to manage standardization across multiple automation projects, creating consistent operational experiences enterprise-wide. See 10 advantages of an integrated programming suite that saved 30% programming time at one customer.

By John DeTellem
Simulators, Optimizers July 3, 2021

Essence of digital enterprise: Three types of digital twins

Use of factory digitalization is expected to result in nearly double the production capacity, 20% less product launch time, 20% increase in personnel utilization and 40% increase in space utilization.

By Stone Shi
Simulators, Optimizers May 20, 2021

Complex machine validations performed with multiphysics simulation

Intelligent performance engineering provides improvements in simulation, design and connectivity for machine builders.

By Rahul Garg
Simulators, Optimizers May 5, 2021

Five technologies that can help manufacturers evolve after COVID-19

There are many currently available technologies that can help keep manufacturers productive right away as everyone adjusts to the new normal.

By Patti Engineering
Simulators, Optimizers January 22, 2021

Turbulence model developed to help aircraft capable of handling extreme scenarios

Purdue University researchers have developed a modeling approach that simulates the entire process of a vortex collision at a reduced computational time, which could help aircraft responds appropriately.

By Kayla Wiles
Simulators, Optimizers December 16, 2020

How modern simulation software addresses intralogistics challenges

Cover Story: Advanced simulation software provides optimization insight, enabling distribution and fulfillment centers to address issues and optimize efficiency. See video.

By Colm Gavin
Simulators, Optimizers April 23, 2020

Simulation needs to overcome perceived complexity and trust issues

Industry experts offered views about the benefits simulation technologies might offer in the process and manufacturing sectors.

By Control Engineering Europe
Simulators, Optimizers February 24, 2020

Process simulation benefits for manufacturers

Process simulation can be an invaluable tool to compare alternatives and justify the cost for manufacturing and manufacturing-related processes.

By Philip Lyman, PhD
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
Simulators, Optimizers May 26, 2019

Guiding vibration simulations for turbines

The Duke-led GUIde Consortium develops faster, more accurate simulations of turbine blade vibrations to help aeronautical engineers develop safer jet turbines with lower maintenance costs.

By Ken Kingery
Simulators, Optimizers April 8, 2019

Machine design concepts improve automation and controls simulation

Virtual design tools and automation software intersect to save time and costs in machine commissioning so engineers can spot potential flaws before implementation.

By Daymon Thompson
Simulators, Optimizers April 2, 2019

Plug and model simulation tools for automation software development suites

Simulation, modeling, and virtual commissioning are becoming easier to apply on different levels in automation. Interfaces to third-party simulation tools may be built into your software development suite already.

By John Kowal
Simulators, Optimizers March 29, 2019

How simulation helps automation and controls

The controls often must be programmed for automated machinery and systems before hardware exists, but controls engineers can use simulations to test syntax, proper tag linking and addressing, and code functionality.

By Frank Lamb
Simulators, Optimizers March 28, 2019

Optimize production line design with simulation modeling

Simulation modeling, used properly, can identify and remove risks, maximize value, and help produce successful outcomes. Ask these five questions to ensure the model reflects realistic behavior and constraints.

By Christy Starner
Simulators, Optimizers November 27, 2018

Leveraging process simulation throughout the plant lifecycle

Using simulation for plant design, process automation system validation, and operator training will help optimize plant operations.

By Scott Michel
Simulators, Optimizers August 10, 2018

Network interoperability, process digitalization

Think Again: Time sensitive networking helps advance communications in seven ways; digital transformation enables process industries in five ways.

By Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering
Simulators, Optimizers February 2, 2017

Universal data logger for research, industrial applications

Omega's OM-DAQXL series of portable, handheld data logger is designed for process monitoring and measurement in R&D, industrial, chemical, water treatment, and HVAC applications.

By Omega Engineering
Simulators, Optimizers January 27, 2017

Two technical specification proposals released for comment and voting

FieldComm Group has two technical specifications, the Unified EDD Language Specification and the FDI Technical Specification, open for review for final comment and vote.

By FieldComm Group
Simulators, Optimizers January 5, 2017

Advantages of reusable code for PLCs

Reusable code for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) provide users with flexibility and allow structures to be built that can be exported from one application to another.

By Frank Lamb, Automation Primer
Simulators, Optimizers October 7, 2016

PLC object-oriented programming benefits

Object-oriented programming (OOP) is about organizing and simplifying program elements in an optimal way by using objects, methods, and properties.

By Richard Jafrate
Simulators, Optimizers September 23, 2016

Configurable manufacturing performance platform

RedViking's Argonaut manufacturing performance program is a manufacturing execution system (MES) that features centralized control for app deployment and updates and minimal hardware and staffing.

By RedViking
Simulators, Optimizers August 3, 2016

Hardware-in-the-loop simulators with open, modular architecture

National Instruments' turnkey Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) Simulators that are built on an open, modular architecture and are designed to help automotive and aerospace embedded software testers maintain quality.

By National Instruments
Simulators, Optimizers April 23, 2016

Software upgrade for modeling and simulation platform

Maplesoft's upgraded modeling and simulation platform, MapleSim 2016, is designed features additions that include interface changes to improve workflow as well as an expanded multibody component library to support contact modeling.

By Maplesoft
Simulators, Optimizers March 7, 2016

Vortex flowmeters for commissioning, startup, and configuration

Emerson Process Management's Rosemount 8800 Vortex flowmeters features Hart 7, which allows for easier identification in the field, commissioning, and configuration and also feature sensor signal strength as a display and output variable.

By Emerson Process Management
Simulators, Optimizers February 26, 2016

Ladder logic 104: Memory organization

Memory allocation varies from platform to platform. All platforms have input and output (I/O) memory and it is assigned and labeled in different ways depending on the platform.

By Frank Lamb, Automation Primer
Simulators, Optimizers January 15, 2016

Ethernet-based waveform playback unit for aerospace simulation testing

Highland Technology's model P350 is an Ethernet-based waveform playback unit designed specifically for aerospace simulation testing and has eight analog outputs that can be used independently or synchronously.

By Highland Technology, Inc.
Simulators, Optimizers January 7, 2016

Program designed to synchronize, integrate with other software programs

Eplan's bi-directional synchronization program is designed to interface with other software programs, which allows for data transfer of hardware configuration and point tags and is designed to eliminate data entry redundancy to increase engineering efficiency and reduce potential delays.

By EPLAN
Simulators, Optimizers December 31, 2015

Using telematics to perfect the equipment triangle

Manufacturers can strengthen their dealer network and improve communication with end users through the real-time use of telematics data. See how a supporting a stronger equipment triangle with telematics benefits all angles.

By Emily Polkar, MSI Data
Simulators, Optimizers December 20, 2015

Software for CAD assemblies and mechanical designs

Maplesoft's MapleSim CAD Toolbox is designed to allow engineers to understand and improve their mechanical designs by bringing their computer-aided design (CAD) assemblies into the MapleSim modeling and simulation platform.

By Maplesoft
Simulators, Optimizers November 19, 2015

Taking the human element out of big data analysis

MIT researchers are working on taking the human element out of big data analysis with the Data Science Machine, which is designed to not only search for patterns but design the feature set.

By Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
Simulators, Optimizers December 19, 2014

Real-time testing software

VeriStand from National Instruments is a software tool for performing real-time testing applications more efficiently. It helps get hardware-in-the-loop or test cell control and monitoring systems up and running quickly.

By National Instruments
Simulators, Optimizers September 11, 2014

F1 to healthcare: The story of McLaren applied technologies

McLaren, best known for their success in Formula 1 racing, uses sensors to gather and interpret data on the racetrack as well as applications ranging from safety, healthcare, and technology.

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Simulators, Optimizers February 17, 2014

Case study: Evolving SCADA toward energy management

Monroe County Pure Waters, the association responsible for protecting water resources in Monroe County, N.Y., implemented a new SCADA system to protect itself from Y2K threats and continues to reap benefits even 14 years later.

By Grant Van Hemert, Dick McDonnell
Simulators, Optimizers January 24, 2014

Keys to achieving high accuracy and reliability in temperature measurement

The final result of your temperature measurement will depend on the interaction of all the devices and connections between the sensor and control system.

By David Anderson
Simulators, Optimizers October 9, 2013

Improve production, design, engineering, operations, maintenance

At this year’s SPS IPC Drives automation trade fair, Siemens expects to illustrate to visitors how to improve production, from design, through engineering and operation to maintenance, said Heinz Eisenbeiss, director of the Siemens booth.

Simulators, Optimizers September 26, 2013

All-in-one remote terminal unit

Advantech's ECU-1911 remote terminal unit (RTU) combines control, communications, and computing and is designed to be an open development platform for engineers to focus domain application development and hardware configuration testing.

Simulators, Optimizers September 25, 2013

Modeling and simulation platform upgraded

Maplesoft's system-level modeling and simulation platform, MapleSim 6.2, speeds up model development of both simple and complex models and expands the modeling scope to include hydraulics.

Simulators, Optimizers July 9, 2013

Lessons, opportunities from NASA

Think Again: Learn how to avoid failures and innovate, according to NASA experts involved in the Space Shuttle program and the in-progress Mars Curiosity robotic mission.

By Mark T. Hoske
Simulators, Optimizers April 19, 2013

Simulators use math to create virtual processes

Complex sets of equations can help designers of processes, objects, or control systems experiment and test solutions without prototypes.

By Peter Welander
Simulators, Optimizers March 27, 2013

Server platform upgrades improve connectivity

New enhancements to KEPServerEX improve connectivity for power distribution, extend OPC support, and simplify EFM configuration.

Simulators, Optimizers January 3, 2013

Automation and control system provider extends service offering through acquisition

Metso strengthens its plant optimization services by acquiring U.S. software company ExperTune Inc.

Simulators, Optimizers January 2, 2013

High-speed memory sharing improves application reliability

Control Engineering International: Data transmission based on the Reflective Memory from GE Intelligent Platforms provides a unique industrial real-time network technology that can boost reliability for many industrial control applications.

By Jin Yan
Simulators, Optimizers October 31, 2012

Calibrating multi-variable flowmeters

If you’re using more than one variable from a single device, you need to calibrate all of them sooner or later. Video: Beamex demonstrates dual pressure calibration.

Simulators, Optimizers October 24, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy deploys virtual reality training solution

SimSci-Esscor platform from Invensys Operations Management helps train clean-coal power plant operators.

Simulators, Optimizers September 28, 2012

New PLC series improves price/performance ratio

AutomationDirect launches new Do-more PLC and counter module delivering high-end features and performance for an economical price.

Simulators, Optimizers May 4, 2012

Buy or build your process control system

One DCS supplier makes the case for buying a comprehensive control system to run your process unit rather than a do-it-yourself PLC-based approach.

By Tim Sweet
Simulators, Optimizers March 28, 2012

Operator training package for debutanizers

Mynah releases MiMiC Debutanizer package to create a high-fidelity operator training system for distillation columns.

Simulators, Optimizers March 2, 2012

New HDL code generation capabilities simplify programming for ASICs and FPGAs

MathWorks adds HDL code generating and verification capabilities to Matlab and Simulink to simplify development work for system designers.

Simulators, Optimizers November 22, 2011

Lessons learned, success in simulation

A firsthand review of a successful operator training simulator program, with some thoughts for avoiding bumps if you try the same approach.

By Donald M. Brooks
Simulators, Optimizers October 20, 2011

Process simulator supports virtual plant platforms

New Mimic v3.4 upgrade from Mynah improves capabilities to create a more accurate virtual plant environment to drive a larger simulation platform or control system.

Simulators, Optimizers October 14, 2011

FAA uses electrohydraulic controls for runway testing

Programmable closed-loop motion controllers make hydraulic-actuated testing more flexible and precise, saving time and money, according to test engineers at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Airport Pavement Test Facility in Atlantic City, N.J.

By Peter Nachtwey
Simulators, Optimizers August 31, 2011

Simulation software online for DOE power plant

The Department of Energy is using Invensys Operations Management's SimSci-Esscor DYNSIM high-fidelity simulator to train operators for future integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants.

Simulators, Optimizers June 7, 2011

Top Control Engineering articles, May 2011

Most visited articles at www.controleng.com during May 2011 included interactive plant performance video, PC versus PLC: Comparing control options, advanced motor design, power plant control system software, industrial wireless coverage, industrial robot control, and award-winning products, among other articles.

By Mark T. Hoske
Simulators, Optimizers June 2, 2011

Don’t overlook training: Efficiency, safety require operators know how to interact with HMIs before alarms occur

Adequate training is a key component in the efficiency and the success of any human-machine or operator interface.

Simulators, Optimizers April 21, 2011

KEPCO selects control system for its first 1,000 MW ultra-supercritical units in South Korea

Emerson works with Babcock-Hitachi K.K. to install PlantWeb digital architecture with Ovation system for the Dangjin Thermal Power Plant project.

Simulators, Optimizers March 31, 2011

Industrial drive module includes 230 V ac offering

ABB’s drive module ACS850 provides a compact package that simplifies installation and use, available from 1/2 to 30 horsepower.

By SOURCE: ABB
Simulators, Optimizers March 25, 2011

Simulation platform for flare and relief networks

SimSci-Esscor Visual Flow 5.4 from Invensys Operations Management provides greater simulation capabilities and enhanced integration with other applications.

Simulators, Optimizers January 20, 2011

Integrated software tool for efficient device development, testing, maintenance

HART Device Description Integrated Development Environment, Version 4.0, from the HART Communication Foundation features new key components such as an updated XMTR-DD device simulator and an improved DDL Tokenizer.

Simulators, Optimizers December 10, 2010

Simulating analog

Is it possible to use digital tools to simulate an analog environment?

Simulators, Optimizers December 7, 2010

Top Control Engineering articles, November 2010

Most visited articles at www.controleng.com during November 2010 included new motor technology, the Engineers’ Choice Award nomination and voting page, patent help, acquisition news, and Leaders Under 40, among others.

Simulators, Optimizers November 16, 2010

Nuclear power plant installing new simulator

Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station deploys Orchid simulator as next step in training efforts.

Simulators, Optimizers November 1, 2010

EC: Monitouch V-SFT

Software - HMI software: Fuji Electric Corp. of America Monitouch V-SFT configuration software is the only tool needed to easily develop applications for all Monitouch HMIs. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Award winner.

Simulators, Optimizers December 1, 2009

Ventura Foods: Flexible Batch Control

Improvements in process control and plant consolidation at Ventura Foods of California were identified as ways to further improve efficiencies and add value to their customers while increasing profitability. According to Ralph Freda, Ventura project engineer, “Our three facilities lacked the capacity to handle our projected business growth. See photos.

Simulators, Optimizers November 11, 2009

Rugged, graphic, touchscreen operator interface terminal

Watlow now offers Silver Series operator interface terminals in two models; EasyBuilder5000 software includes large variety of built-in screen objects.

By Renee Robbins
Simulators, Optimizers October 1, 2009

By the Numbers – 2009-10-01

15 summaries on this page are described in greater detail on the Control Engineering Website. Use the search box at the top of www.controleng.com and type in keywords, such as hybrid motorcycle or Cybernet, to see more on each item. $31,650 was the fine assessed to a glass manufacturer in Pennsylvania for air quality violations.

Simulators, Optimizers August 27, 2009

HMIs: Improved multi-phase flow interface available

Invensys partners to deliver better oil & gas simulation, modeling

By Renee Robbins
Simulators, Optimizers August 11, 2009

Motion control tutorial: How to increase throughput without increasing vibration or settling time

An expert from ACS Motion Control describes six common methods.

By Renee Robbins
Simulators, Optimizers August 4, 2009

Chinese nuclear power operator orders second simulator

L-3 Mapps to build a second simulator for the Hongyanhe plant's units 3 and 4.

By Peter Welander
Simulators, Optimizers July 6, 2009

Airplane Artists Aided by Advanced Motion Technology

Aircraft painting at Boeing’s Everett facility is a manually intensive operation performed by skilled artisans. Many of the paint schemes produced by the decorative painters at the facility are truly works of art. That art is now being facilitated by advanced motion technology that lets operator cranes reach within 4 inches of the aircraft without risk of contacting it.

By Ed Diehl and Scott VanDelinder, Concept Systems Inc.
Simulators, Optimizers June 9, 2009

Robocom R-Load Optimizer reduces freight costs, optimizes outbound loads

Warehouse and distribution center managers can maximize load sizes and reduce freight costs by reducing the number of loads required to fill orders using the Robocom Systems International R-Load Optimizer, an outbound load optimization planning tool.

Simulators, Optimizers June 3, 2009

New simulation software version extends capabilities for process industry users

Upgraded Mimic v3.2.0 boosts model accuracy, platform connectivity.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers May 7, 2009

Siemens PLM adopts S1000D to tackle sharing of technical information

Already adopted in aerospace and defense industries, use of the standard in Teamcenter adds efficiency.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers May 6, 2009

Three power generators upgrade control, simulation platforms

Combined-cycle, nuclear, and coal-fired plants each weigh options for system upgrades, seeking efficiency, lower costs.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers April 1, 2009

Invensys Process Systems unveils Hextran 9.2 simulation software

Heat transfer and pinch analysis tool helps users be greener and gain energy efficiency.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers February 18, 2009

Identifying mission-critical energy inefficiencies

Paladin real-time energy management advisor is designed to assess and reduce facility energy costs. Here are 3 tips for energy cost reductions.  

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers February 3, 2009

Nuclear power plant upgrades to digital control

New Brunswick Power's Point Lepreau plant to replace digital control computers; L-3 MAPPS helps.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers January 21, 2009

Test instrumentation manufacturer hybrid vehicle battery test system

Hybrid Vehicle Battery Test System for high-voltage battery testing from Sakor Technologies Inc. is said to perform all types of performance and durability cycling, including complex profiles and road load simulations. System includes a high-efficiency, line-regenerative dc power source.  During discharge modes, absorbed power is regenerated back to the ac mains instead of being dissipated as wasted heat, which helps sustainability efforts and "green" initiatives.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers January 13, 2009

Mynah’s MiMiC v3.1.0 helps plants compete, maintain profitability

MiMiC v3.1.0 offers greater simulation dynamics, performance, and ease-of-use, with the release of MiMiC Server, an enhanced Operator Training Manager, and Component Studio instructor station, an enhanced OPC server, a new HIMA simulated I/O driver, and more.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers December 5, 2008

Embedded control: USB module speeds FPGA-based control development

Opal Kelly USB module and development software makes developing FPGA-based embedded controllers easier and faster.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers October 1, 2008

The complete picture: Supply chain solutions balance inventory management with transportation costs

For years, when it came to inventory, most manufacturers were focused on one goal: cutting inventory levels as low as they could go. It was a trend that could be called inventory minimization. But a new trend may be emerging—one that, in some cases, proves less isn't always best. “Most supply chains are built on the unwritten rule, or the unwritten assumption, that transportation co...

By Hope Neal, contributing editor
Simulators, Optimizers October 1, 2008

Multiphase flow simulation in MS Excel spreadsheets

Invensys Process Systems has released version 4.1 of its SimSci-Esscor Inplant software, which simulates multiphase flow in plant utility and relief networks. V4.1 can model applications ranging from a depressuring study of a single vessel to the design and rating of a complete cooling water network for a refinery or petrochemical plant.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers September 3, 2008

Control platforms: An industry standard perseveres, in many forms

The Bailey Infi 90 has a long history that is still being written.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers September 1, 2008

ILOG expands SC network optimization to address new global realities

Supply chain management processes gain complexity as economic and environmental concerns gain executive mindshare. “Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers traditionally turn to offshore suppliers based largely on inventory costs,” says Ronan O. Donovan, ILOG product manager for the LogicTools line.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers September 1, 2008

Power up: 50,000 I/O points; redundant controllers; digital control, simulation

Four power generation projects include 50,000 I/O points, redundant controllers, predictive maintenance capabilities, digital controls and simulation software, adding to efficiency, shortening start-ups, and making training easier. Implementation details follow.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers August 14, 2008

Process modeling: Spreadsheets support multiphase flow simulation

The newest version of SimSci-Esscor’s Inplant simulation software, a program that “rigorously simulates” multiphase flow in plant utility and relief networks, can model a wide range of applications, small to large. Version 4.1 also interacts more easily with Microsoft Excel.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers August 6, 2008

Listen in: Gas processor to apply simulator/optimizer platform

Successful earlier implementation leads to larger deployment of Web-based platform.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers August 1, 2008

Right Hemisphere: Graphics management platform makes a picture worth a thousand simulations for Bell Helicopter

Steve Lewis appreciates the power of a picture. Employed by Bell Helicopter for nearly 30 years, there was a time he flew all over the world as a staff engineer to translate what he calls the “engineering speak” that often characterizes operating and service manuals so field maintenance/repair personnel could get aircraft back into the sky.

By Frank O Smith
Simulators, Optimizers July 21, 2008

Software: Improve chemical processes, predictive modeling, viscosity simulation

Invensys Process Systems unveils PRO/II 8.2 simulation software to improve chemical processes with predictive modeling and better understanding of viscosity and electrolytes. See screen shot.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers June 18, 2008

Embedded: Fastest functional simulator with SystemC Bridge

Virtutech Inc. offers the Simics SystemC Bridge, an interface that enables unmodified SystemC-based devices to leverage the Virtutech Simics virtual software development (VSD) platform for full-system development. The new interface provides....

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers April 2, 2008

Simulation software: Refinery simplifies EPA compliance of distillation column

Simulation platform helps refinery prepare for compliance with coming EPA benzene regulations.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers February 6, 2008

Customer story: Cement plant implements MPC platform

Buzzi Unicem USA has deployed ABB’s MPC based Expert Optimizer platform at their Signal Mountain cement plant near Chattanooga, TN.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers February 1, 2008

Multiphase flow simulation

The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys Process Systems announced a new version of Pipephase simulation software that can use a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet as an interface. Pipephase Version 9.2 users can drag-and-drop multiphase flow model parameters (such as wellhead pressures, gas oil ratios, PVT data, pipeline diameters, and IPR constants) into Excel spreadsheets.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers December 3, 2007

Super Group dials up demand-driven inventory

Super Group Limited—a multibillion-dollar industrial company focused on providing third-party logistics services, fleet solutions and retail supply chain and cross-border transport—is turning to ToolsGroup to offer value-added inventory optimization services to its customers.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
Simulators, Optimizers October 15, 2007

4 new drivers: 24 enhanced drivers, components via OPC

Portland, ME—Kepware Technologies has released KepServerEx, which includes four new communications drivers to deliver support for WeatherBug for Automation, Fisher ROC, and Fisher ROC Plus protocols, and a memory-based driver for simulations.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers October 11, 2007

Programming: Blockset models behavior of radio frequency components

RF Blockset 2 extends Simulink software with a library of function blocks.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers October 3, 2007

Training simulators: BP chooses platform for Zhuhai PTA plant project

One of the challenges BP is facing as it expands its No. 2 PTA (purified terephthalic acid) plant in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China, is ensuring an adequate supply of trained plant operators for the 900,000 tpy unit. To remove this hurdle, BP is using a fully-engineered DYNSIM-based operator training simulator (OTS) from Invensys Process Systems , with advanced dynamic simulation technology from SimSci-Esscor. "The Invensys OTS project, the first cooperative effort of its kind between BP Zhuhai and Invensys, was completed on schedule in a high-quality manner and fully meets our demanding operator training requirements.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers September 5, 2007

Simulator upgrade: MiMiC driver for open Modbus TCP/IP

Mynah has developed a MiMiC simulation driver that allows I/O and process simulation for devices that support the Modbus TCP/IP protocol. This is significant for MiMiC users because the driver provides key functionality for plants that operate with Modbus’ Ethernet platform. The new simulation driver reportedly adds several important functions: High-speed simulation for Modbus controllers; Quick and easy setup using commercial Ethernet networks; and, World-class simulation for devices supporting Industrial Ethernet. This simulation driver allows non-intrusive simulation for controllers that support Modbus TCP/IP protocols such as Schneider Quantum PLCs and HIMA SIS PLCs. Mynah says it takes about 15 minutes to configure and simulate Modbus registers.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers August 1, 2007

Master simulators for Profibus, DeviceNet, and CANopen

Bihl+Wiedemann’s master simulators are universal tools for data exchange with almost every slave of a particular fieldbus. The Profibus, DeviceNet, CANopen master simulator as well as the serial Profibus master are small masters in a plug. Input data can be read, output data can be written, and diagnosis data can be displayed.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers July 26, 2007

Software adds features for power rail extraction in low-voltage, high-current designs

Ansoft Corp. released SIwave v3.5, a full-wave electromagnetic field simulator optimized for signal-integrity, power-integrity and electromagnetic interference (EMI) analysis of high-speed printed circuit boards (PCBs) and complex integrated circuit (IC) packages.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers July 6, 2007

Simulation software: Two petrochem producers implement simulator training for operators

Two large scale refinery / petrochem processors have selected SimSci-Esscor operating training simulator (OTS) for training their operators. Sinclair Oil Corp . will use the platform in its Rawlins, WY refinery, and BASF FINA Petrochemicals LP at its olefins plant in Port Arthur, TX. Sinclair will use the system to train operators on all aspects of plant operation and control, as well as start-up, shutdown, and emergency situation management.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers June 7, 2007

Network diagnostics: New system troubleshoots FOUNDATION fieldbus

Plymouth, MN —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 HSE (High Speed Ethernet), Turck says, and it can feed network information via Ethernet into asset management systems. The information provided by the DPC system helps users commission and maintain a FOUNDATION fieldbus system. In the May 30 product debut at Turck USA facilities near Minneapolis, MN, James Masterson, vice president, process automation markets, said, the new product “presents information to solve problem, not just data to discern the problem.” To do that, the DPC monitors FOUNDATION fieldbus physical layer components to detect anomalies and long term subtle changes that can occur, but may go unnoticed, as the system changes.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers June 7, 2007

Industrial RFID: New modular system integrates up to 8 I/O channels

Turck recently introduced BL ident to the North American market; it’s said to be the world’s first modular industrial RFID system with built-in I/O capability, and has new features and attributes beyond what was available for its prior European introduction.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers May 30, 2007

RFID: Turck offers online multi-parameter simulator/selection tool

As part of a product launch and facility tour at Turck today, May 30, the company is introducing the BL ident RFID system and Diagnostic Power Conditioner.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers January 3, 2007

Power plant control utility: Model-based control application for Ovation expert system

Emerson Process Management has released a new version of its Unit Response Optimizer, which is now embedded into its Ovation expert control system. This model-based control approach is reportedly aimed at improving profitability of peaking and regulating units by improving their ability to move quickly and accurately in response to changing operating conditions. The Unit Response Optimizer applies advanced unit analysis and modeling techniques to provide optimal load trajectory and control for improved ramping, startup, unit turndown, and overall performance, as well as reduce equipment wear and tear. Emerson says it models process response and unit characteristics, then calculates a variable derivative ramp rate to optimize plant maneuverability and automated generation control capabilities, while eliminating overfiring and providing a greater degree of unit control precision. During extensive testing at Constellation Energy's C.P.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers November 28, 2006

Dynamic training: Simulator teaches operators to work more safely

Dow Corning's Barry, South Wales, facility manufactures silicon-based materials that require precise control and smooth operation. Use of dynamic simulation for operator training there has helped increase safety and productivity. Foxboro, MA —A dynamic simulator is helping workers learn to operate manufacturing processes and perform procedures in safer, more efficient ways. Dow Corning 's Barry, South Wales, production facility in the UK, has manufactured silicon-based materials since 1952.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers May 31, 2006

Hyperion expands India office

Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd. , which provides custom software and services to process industries worldwide, moved to a larger office in India, in response to growing business volumes for the implementation of modeling, simulation, and operator training simulators (OTS). Hyperion says it increased investment in its Indian resource center and moved to a larger office in Pune, in Maharashtra. The new office provides the infrastructure to support the growing OTS business, with spare capacity allowing for significant expansion, company says.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers May 11, 2006

Automated part interference speeds complex design

Zygo Corp. faced complex weight and assembly design challenges when developing a new flight simulator display for pilots.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers March 9, 2006

‘1st complete model-driven solution’ aids safety-critical embedded software development

A strategic partnership recently announced by Green Hills Software Inc . (GHS) and Esterel Technologies of France has resulted in what the companies call the “first complete Model-Driven Solution” for safety-critical embedded software code generation and product development. The integrated solution—or model-driven development (MDD)—reportedly addresses critical phases of development, unifying several elements: DO-178B Level A and IEC 61508 SIL3 compliant modeling, code generation, verified compilers, and real-time operating system (RTOS). Under the agreement, Esterel Technologies’ Scade Qualified Code Generator (KCG) will produce code that’s automatically integrated with Green Hills Software’s Integrity RTOS, which has DO-178B Level A and IEC 61508 certification.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers March 7, 2006

Digital automation system selected for power project

Foxboro, MA —A digital automation system from Invensys/Foxboro has been selected as part of a phased control system modernization project at a Central Texas power generating facility. The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) will use I/A Series digital automation in a project at Fayette Power, a 1,641-MW, three-unit, coal-fired power plant near LaGrange, TX. The automation system will replace existing, ash-handling PLC-system controls in Units 1 and 2, each with a 598-MW capacity. I/A Series systems are used for boiler and turbine control.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers March 1, 2006

$15 million contract for simulation training in the Gulf region

Baltimore, MD — GSE Systems Inc . a leading global provider of real time simulation-and-training solutions to the power, process, manufacturing and Government sectors, announced the award of a major contract from the Emirates Simulation Academy, LLC, located in the United Arab Emirates. GSE will provide five real-time, high fidelity simulators including a gas turbine power plant, a desalination plant, a combined cycle plant, a petroleum refinery and an oil platform.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers March 1, 2006

Haptic Controls: a Touching Experience

Most of us interact with computers using our senses of sight and hearing. In some cases, however, the most appropriate sense to use is that of touch. Increasingly, computer technology is recognizing this today and incorporating haptic technology. Haptics, from the Greek meaning "to grasp or touch," refers to the ability of equipment to produce an output that is felt, rather than seen or heard.

By Peter Cleaveland for Control Engineering
Simulators, Optimizers January 25, 2006

Real-time optimizer helps gain American Chemistry Council award

Austin, TX — Emerson Process Management’s AMS Suite—a real-time optimizer—has been cited as a major factor behind Eastman Chemical Co. ’s award from the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Eastman received the ACC's “Exceptional Merit” honor for “Significant Improvements in Manufacturing at a Plant Site.” AMS Optimizer provides the setpoints and equipment selections necessary to achieve optimum process operation on Eastman's Kingsport, TN, utilities plant. “A huge appreciation goes to Emerson and its AMS Optimizer for helping Eastman receive this award,” said C.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers November 10, 2005

ExxonMobil extends use of simulation software

Invensys Process Systems has signed a perpetual license agreement with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company to provide its SimSci-Esscor dynamic simulation software, DynSim, to ExxonMobil's worldwide downstream affiliates. As part of this agreement, Invensys is ExxonMobil’s preferred operator- training simulator provider. Invensys has also extended its long-term license agreement with ExxonMobil to provide its SimSci-Esscor process simulation, heat transfer, and flow network modeling software to ExxonMobil affiliates worldwide. These new agreements provide for the standardization of SimSci-Esscor Sim4Me steady state and dynamic process simulation software for new and existing plants and facilities throughout ExxonMobil worldwide affiliate locations.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers August 3, 2005

Honeywell introduces simulation solutions for processing plants

Honeywell enters the offline simulation market with the release of UniSim Design Suite R350, the latest component in this family of software and engineering services for plant life cycle support.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers July 14, 2005

Enea’s RT software platform aids application of 16-bit automotive processors

Availability of EE-Auto real-time (RT) software platform from Enea was recently announced to complement a line of 16-bit microcontrollers developed by Freescale Semiconductor for automotive applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers July 7, 2005

Tektronix buys TDA Systems to aid complex, fast-serial networks

To give users solutions for complex networks carrying fast serial data, Tektronix Inc. reports that it has acquired TDA Systems, which manufactures interconnect analysis software tools.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers July 6, 2005

Emerson wins contract to upgrade power plant

Emerson Process Management has won a contract to upgrade the combustion and turbine control systems at PPL Generation LLC’s 1,473-MW Brunner Island (PA) plant.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers July 1, 2005

Optimization software for process applications

SmartProcess plant optimization software modules—Economic Optimizer and Global Performance Advisor—for the water and wastewater industries optimize control and monitoring of plant processes using advancing control techniques to ensure efficiency and decreased operating costs within operational and regulatory limits.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers June 20, 2005

Simulator for safety systems

Visual Flow simulation program, version 5.0, features enhanced Sim4ME thermodynamics, improved reporting capabilities, and more efficient data entry workflows.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers June 1, 2005

Honeywell contract to help Korean plants boost process reliability, production

Honeywell has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to automate three Korean ethylene plants.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers April 8, 2005

Simulations, excessive luxury or investment?

The intention of this article is to debate the use of simulation as luxury or expensivearticle and describes why justifies its use and presents some examples in which it hasbeen used with high performance and benefits in such areas as: electrical plant,manufacturing plants, control systems, defense, oil & gas production, transportation,ecological, financial and government, robotics problems and more to obtain the bestyield of a simulator, resulting in benefits such as the substantial saving of exp

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers January 1, 2005

First programmable optical digital signal processor

Lenslet's EnLight Optical Processor combines optics, silicon, communication interfaces, and development tools in a standard electronic board format. EnLight 64 delivers 240 Giga MAC ops/sec. It's said to be the first programmable optical processor. Enlight 256, under development, reportedly boosts standard DSP performance by three orders of magnitude, and said to achieve 1,000x faster operation.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers November 19, 2004

ABB hosts ‘Technology Day’ in Sweden

Västerås, Sweden—ABB suggested that Western companies will only remain competitive in the world through research and inventive use of automation.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers July 15, 2004

SimSci-Esscor modeling and optimization solution adds usability, integration features

SimSci-Esscor has introduced a next-generation online plant modeling and optimization solution for process facilities.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers May 6, 2004

Power—monitor, alliance, filter

Power monitoring, alliance, and filtering are among three separate power-related developments.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers April 7, 2004

Keithley agrees to distribute Elgar’s power supplies in Asia

Cleveland, OH; San Diego, CA—Keithley Instruments Inc. has agreed with Elgar Electronics Corp. to sell, service, and support Elgar’s programmable power supplies through Keithley's sales and support offices in China, Taiwan and Japan.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers February 16, 2004

Plant modeling, optimization

AMS Suite: Real-Time Optimizer, version 3, is reportedly easier to use and provides greater accuracy and speed than previous versions.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers February 12, 2004

Real-time optimization saves BP site $2.5 million

The BP petrochemical facility at Grangemouth, Scotland, reports $2.5 million annual savings using AMS Suite: Real-Time Optimizer from Emerson Process Management.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers January 1, 2004

Software allows practical, model-predictive control

DeltaV PredictPro multivariable, model-predictive control (MPC) software from Emerson Process Management increases controller size and functionality beyond its predecessor, and lets engineers improve performance of large, interactive applications without control experts. PredictPro's software includes an embedded economic optimizer and enhanced data status handling.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers December 23, 2003

Honeywell, UOP partner to improve refinery profitability

Phoenix, AZ; Des Plaines, IL—Honeywell Process Solutions and UOP LLC have announced an alliance to jointly develop, market and deliver refinery solutions that integrate UOP's process knowledge into Honeywell's software and system solutions for improved refinery operations.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers December 11, 2003

Lenslet: Optical DSPs are in your future

So you thought digital processors were fast? Here’s a development offering typically 1,000X faster operation. Lenslet Ltd., an Israeli company, has introduced what it calls the "world's first commercially available optical digital signal processor (ODSP).

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers December 2, 2003

NI’s LabView integrates with EDA tools to speed electronic design

Austin, TX—To simplify comparisons of circuit simulation data and real-world measurements, design engineers can download free Spice integration virtual instruments (VIs) to integrate National Instruments’ LabView graphical development software with Spice and PSpice electronic design automation (EDA) tools.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers November 1, 2003

Asset optimizer

ABB offers OptimizeIT Asset Optimizer software for real-time asset information in the proper context to operations, maintenance and management personnel. The Asset Monitoring module acquires, analyzes, and reports asset status and current conditions in real time, based on predetermined key performance indicators.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers September 8, 2003

Predictive control software

DeltaV PredictPro model predictive control software increases controller size and functionality beyond that of its predecessor, letting control engineers improve performance of large, interactive applications without the need for control experts.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers June 20, 2003

SimSci-Esscor launches dynamic process simulator

Lake Forest, CA—SimSci-Esscor recently released Dynsim, which it reports is a cost-effective improvement over legacy dynamic simulators for process industry plants.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers January 6, 2003

SimSci-Esscor releases Pipephase simulation software

Brea, CA - SimSci-Esscor, an operating unit of Invensys Production Management, announced Nov. 25th the introduction of Pipephase version 8.0 fluid flow simulator software.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers October 8, 2002

Motorola launches VMEbus single-board computer

Tempe, AZ—Motorola Computer Group, part of Motorola Inc. (Schaumburg, IL), launched Oct. 1 its new VMEbus, single-board computer MVME5500, which is designed to provide processing speeds of 1 GHz and greater for data intensive applications in medical imaging, defense and aerospace and industrial automation.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers August 16, 2002

GSE Systems agrees to build simulator for Ukrainian nuclear plant

Columbia, MD - GSE Systems Inc. and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced Aug. 14 an agreement to build a $9-million, full-scope simulator for Unit 3 of the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Station in eastern Ukraine.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers May 24, 2002

SafetyBus p Club makes surprise choice for new chairman

Hannover, Germany - At the Annual Members' Meeting of the independent SafetyBUS p Club International e.V. held here, Dr Richard Piggin was elected Chairman for the next three years. This is the first time that a Chairman has been elected from outside Germany, the birthplace of SafetyBUS. Club members say this reflects the way in which SafetyBUS p is being adopted for safety-critical applications around the world.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers May 10, 2002

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 Now Shipping

Sunnyvale, Calif. - MontaVista Software Inc. announced May 6 that MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 is available immediately. The product is the next generation of the company's classic cross-development platform and set of tool kits. Providing a standard development platform for designs, it enables developers to create a broad range of embedded applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers April 1, 2002

CORRECTIONS – 2002-04-01

An incorrect web address was listed for Applied e-Simulators (West Richland, Wa.) in "Progressive Innovations, 15th Annual Editors' Choice Awards," CE, Mar.'02, p. 38. The correct web address is www.ae-sim.com . An incorrect location was stated for Weksler/Dresser Instrument in "Light-powered digital thermometer," Products section, CE, Feb.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers March 6, 2002

Ansoft launches free, mixed-technology simulator for students

Pittsburgh, Pa. - To support educational programs in power electronics, drives and automotive technologies, Ansoft Corp. released Mar. 4 the free-of-charge, student version of its Simplorer 5.0 mixed-technology simulator.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers February 1, 2002

Dispatch Optimizer joins SmartProcess suite

Emerson Process Management's Westinghouse division recently added Economic Dispatch Optimizer (EDO) to the SmartProcess suite of modules targeted at providing advanced control solutions to steam generation applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
Simulators, Optimizers December 15, 2001

Replacing an Outdated Sorter-Conveyor Control System

Eastman Kodak Co. recently asked Optimation Technology Inc. (OTI, Rush, N.Y.) to help replace the warehouse control system at its distribution facility in Rochester, N.Y. Virtually all shipments from the facility are funneled through one sorting conveyor on the way to trailer trucks. Any downtime in this conveyor can cause catastrophic results, upstream and downstream.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers November 21, 2001

ABB strengthens safety consulting business; launches simulator

Houston, Tex. - ABB's Process Industries Division and ABB Eutech recently partnered to provide consulting, design, installation, and other services for safety systems engineered to meet the needs of process and manufacturing operations.

By Dave Harrold, news editor
Simulators, Optimizers November 21, 2001

Software supports up- and down-stream production modeling

Brea, Calif. - Simulation Sciences (SimSci), a unit of Invensys Process Systems, announced on Nov. 19 two opportunities for PipePhase engineering software users to improve engineering productivity and optimize up- and down-stream oil and gas operations.

By Dave Harrold, news editor
Simulators, Optimizers November 1, 2001

Easily create process flows, material balances

When implementing chemical process control systems, the control engineer must thoroughly understand the flow of materials through the process equipment. Flow is not always apparent as chemical species change through reaction operations. These changes can create different behaviors through various separation operations in the process sequence.

By Tracy J. Coates
Simulators, Optimizers October 1, 2001

Open Systems Reliability

Downtime is the last thing operations people want their control systems to experience, especially where system utilization and/or finished goods value is high. Good reliability and safety in process equipment and related controls is near the top of every control engineer's buyer's list, followed closely by budget constraints and a need to rapidly install and get the system operational.

By Dr. William M. Goble, Exida.com
Simulators, Optimizers December 1, 2000

Package models batch processes

When working on the design of batch processes, a major factor controlling success of the completed facility is process equipment scheduling. Inadequate attention to moving materials through the process can reduce production capacity and increase capital costs, limiting the margins available for a profitable facility.

By Tracy J. Coates
Simulators, Optimizers November 1, 2000

Transitioning from a control room to an operations center

During a recent visit to Honeywell Industrial Control (IC), Control Engineering got a peek at the firm's new "Honeywell Operations Center of the Future." Unlike product demonstration centers at manufacturers' home offices, Honeywell's operations center is more like visiting a well-designed control room at a manufacturer's site.

By Dave Harrold, senior editor
Simulators, Optimizers May 1, 2000

Calibrator features I/O modules

Rochester, N.Y.— Quik-Cal 890 contains three process modules: dc, mA, and V simulator; thermocouple input; and, RTD input. Interchangeable pressure modules automatically generate pressure eliminating inaccuracies and inconvenience of hand pumping. Currently, pressure modules allow the calibrator to measure from in.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers December 15, 1998

Hi-Tech Hits the Heartland

Control systems integrator Kata Corp. (Evansville, Ind.), working with Process Control Concepts (also Evansville, Ind.), a controls engineering firm, recently provided an economical and energy saving control system solution for one of the newest U.S. soybean processing facilities. The project involved CGB Enterprises' (Mt.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers September 1, 1998

More FF-registered products unveiled

Joining seven earlier registrants, three more fieldbus devices recently completed the Fieldbus Foundation's device registration process. The newly registered, FOUNDATION fieldbus-compliant products are: Fieldbus Controller, Model UCR-501, from Fieldbus Inc.; Pressure Transmitter, Model IASPT10, from the Foxboro Co.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers September 1, 1998

Software Still a Control ‘Hit’

Data acquisition software is hardly a "new kid on the block." The commercial use of software-configured control systems dates back to the 1970s, when the first large-scale proprietary control systems debuted. As the control industry has evolved, so have software-based systems.With the evolution of the personal computer and the networks on which they "reside," software developers are produ...

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers August 1, 1998

Invention Machine launches new enterprise solution

Invention Machine Corp. rolled out its first enterprise solution software June 8 at the Second Annual User Group Conference. The software, TechOptimizer 3.0, includes two new modules—Internet Assistant and Process Analysis—as well as the addition of more than 1,000 new scientific effects and examples to its knowledge base.

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers July 1, 1998

Simulation Simplifies ‘What-If’ Analysis

Whenever a new control system is proposed for an automated plant, a manager, engineer, or operator invariably asks how the system will react to certain events or conditions in the plant. What happens when the ambient temperature drops below freezing? What will the control system do if the conveyor suddenly stops? Will the robot arm be able to squeeze through that opening with a part in it...

By Vance J.VanDoren, Control Engineering
Simulators, Optimizers May 1, 1998

Component modeling tool

Pittsburgh, Pa. —PEmag is a design tool tailored for the design of power electronic device components, such as inductors and transformers. It allows the designer to enter standard geometry dimensions for the components and perform fast analytical solutions. It automatically generates and solves a finite element-based model using Ansoft's Maxwell 2D Electromagnetic field simulator to ensu...

By Staff
Simulators, Optimizers April 1, 1998

Flowmeters Pass the Muster

Measuring the flow of fluids is critical in many industrial plants. For some applications, measuring flow accurately can make the difference between making a profit or taking a loss.Application media = technologyFlow measurement is media dependent. According to a study of flowmeter makers and worldwide users recently conducted by Automation Research Corp.

By Staff