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.