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Digital twins, buoyed by enhancements in CAD and CNC, is making them realistic and vital in many manufacturing applications.
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.
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.
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.
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Version 1.12 of the Bedrock IEC 61131-3 integrated development environment (IDE) adds expanded browser visualization, a field technician interface (FTI) and more.
The July 2021 issue of Control Engineering focuses on PLC programming, PID programming, I/O modules, system integrator tips and more.
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.
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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.
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.
Intelligent performance engineering provides improvements in simulation, design and connectivity for machine builders.
There are many currently available technologies that can help keep manufacturers productive right away as everyone adjusts to the new normal.
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.
Cover Story: Advanced simulation software provides optimization insight, enabling distribution and fulfillment centers to address issues and optimize efficiency. See video.
Industry experts offered views about the benefits simulation technologies might offer in the process and manufacturing sectors.
Process simulation can be an invaluable tool to compare alternatives and justify the cost for manufacturing and manufacturing-related processes.
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.
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.
Virtual design tools and automation software intersect to save time and costs in machine commissioning so engineers can spot potential flaws before implementation.
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.
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.
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.
Using simulation for plant design, process automation system validation, and operator training will help optimize plant operations.
Think Again: Time sensitive networking helps advance communications in seven ways; digital transformation enables process industries in five ways.
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.
FieldComm Group has two technical specifications, the Unified EDD Language Specification and the FDI Technical Specification, open for review for final comment and vote.
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.
Object-oriented programming (OOP) is about organizing and simplifying program elements in an optimal way by using objects, methods, and properties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The final result of your temperature measurement will depend on the interaction of all the devices and connections between the sensor and control system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Complex sets of equations can help designers of processes, objects, or control systems experiment and test solutions without prototypes.
New enhancements to KEPServerEX improve connectivity for power distribution, extend OPC support, and simplify EFM configuration.
Metso strengthens its plant optimization services by acquiring U.S. software company ExperTune Inc.
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.
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.
SimSci-Esscor platform from Invensys Operations Management helps train clean-coal power plant operators.
AutomationDirect launches new Do-more PLC and counter module delivering high-end features and performance for an economical price.
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.
Mynah releases MiMiC Debutanizer package to create a high-fidelity operator training system for distillation columns.
MathWorks adds HDL code generating and verification capabilities to Matlab and Simulink to simplify development work for system designers.
A firsthand review of a successful operator training simulator program, with some thoughts for avoiding bumps if you try the same approach.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Emerson works with Babcock-Hitachi K.K. to install PlantWeb digital architecture with Ovation system for the Dangjin Thermal Power Plant project.
ABB’s drive module ACS850 provides a compact package that simplifies installation and use, available from 1/2 to 30 horsepower.
SimSci-Esscor Visual Flow 5.4 from Invensys Operations Management provides greater simulation capabilities and enhanced integration with other applications.
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.
Is it possible to use digital tools to simulate an analog environment?
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Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station deploys Orchid simulator as next step in training efforts.
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.
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.
Watlow now offers Silver Series operator interface terminals in two models; EasyBuilder5000 software includes large variety of built-in screen objects.
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Invensys partners to deliver better oil & gas simulation, modeling
An expert from ACS Motion Control describes six common methods.
L-3 Mapps to build a second simulator for the Hongyanhe plant's units 3 and 4.
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.
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.
Upgraded Mimic v3.2.0 boosts model accuracy, platform connectivity.
Already adopted in aerospace and defense industries, use of the standard in Teamcenter adds efficiency.
Combined-cycle, nuclear, and coal-fired plants each weigh options for system upgrades, seeking efficiency, lower costs.
Heat transfer and pinch analysis tool helps users be greener and gain energy efficiency.
Paladin real-time energy management advisor is designed to assess and reduce facility energy costs. Here are 3 tips for energy cost reductions.
New Brunswick Power's Point Lepreau plant to replace digital control computers; L-3 MAPPS helps.
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.
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.
Opal Kelly USB module and development software makes developing FPGA-based embedded controllers easier and faster.
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...
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.
The Bailey Infi 90 has a long history that is still being written.
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.
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.
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.
Successful earlier implementation leads to larger deployment of Web-based platform.
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.
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.
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....
Simulation platform helps refinery prepare for compliance with coming EPA benzene regulations.
Buzzi Unicem USA has deployed ABB’s MPC based Expert Optimizer platform at their Signal Mountain cement plant near Chattanooga, TN.
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.
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.
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.
RF Blockset 2 extends Simulink software with a library of function blocks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zygo Corp. faced complex weight and assembly design challenges when developing a new flight simulator display for pilots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visual Flow simulation program, version 5.0, features enhanced Sim4ME thermodynamics, improved reporting capabilities, and more efficient data entry workflows.
Honeywell has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to automate three Korean ethylene plants.
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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.
Västerås, Sweden—ABB suggested that Western companies will only remain competitive in the world through research and inventive use of automation.
SimSci-Esscor has introduced a next-generation online plant modeling and optimization solution for process facilities.
Power monitoring, alliance, and filtering are among three separate power-related developments.
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.
AMS Suite: Real-Time Optimizer, version 3, is reportedly easier to use and provides greater accuracy and speed than previous versions.
The BP petrochemical facility at Grangemouth, Scotland, reports $2.5 million annual savings using AMS Suite: Real-Time Optimizer from Emerson Process Management.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Lake Forest, CA—SimSci-Esscor recently released Dynsim, which it reports is a cost-effective improvement over legacy dynamic simulators for process industry plants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.