Simulators, Optimizers

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