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November 6, 2014
Comsol, Inc. (Burlington, Mass.; says it redefines the engineering simulation market with the release of COMSOL Multiphysics software version 5.0, featuring extensive product updates, three new add-on products, and the new and revolutionary Application Builder. With the Application Builder, the power and accuracy of COMSOL Multiphysics is now accessible to everyone through the use of...
November 1, 2014
Alicat Scientific This company’s new, rechargeable, portable gas-mass flowmeters (photo) feature reading accuracy of ±0.8% with 18 h of continuous...
November 1, 2014
Track energy consumption with this new software This month, this company is releasing Energy Performance Analytics (EP-Analytics; photo), a software tool that uses energy performance indicators (EnPI) to track how energy is being consumed in a plant, identifies gaps between EnPI targets and actual performance, and helps to identify countermeasures to improve energy performance. The EP-Analytics software is...
November 1, 2014
Experiments are done to quantify cause-and-effect relationships between adjustable parameters (inputs, factors, x) and the results (outputs, responses, y). They help to answer questions like: How do the ingredients and proportions of a mixture (inputs) influence its properties (outputs)? How do process parameters like temperature and stir-rate (inputs) influence the yield of a reaction and the purity of...
October 30, 2014
CD-adapco (London, U.K.;, the largest privately held CFD (computational fluid dynamics) focused provider of computer-aided-engineering software, has released STAR-CCM+ v9.06. The new release allows engineers to get simulations closer to the final product by accounting for factors that are likely to significantly influence the performance of a design in operation. Throughput improvements...
October 1, 2014
It is good to see your magazine publishing articles highlighting the tangible benefits that process control is capable of bringing to the chemical process industries [Advanced Control Methods for Combustion, Chem. Eng. September, 2014, pp. 34–39]. While the authors seem to be up-to-date as far as new sensors in the combustion systems is concerned, they don’t seem to be aware of several issues...
October 1, 2014
From plastics and synthetics to fertilizers and fuel, the general public takes for granted so much of what the chemical process industries (CPI) produces, and the risks associated with CPI production facilities are not typically considered. That is, until the next headline-creating industrial catastrophe occurs. The human toll of such disasters plays out across ruined lives, devastated communities and...
October 1, 2014
The HE53 halogen moisture analyzer has been designed for simplicity to make it easy to use, for even untrained operators to use. As a critical part of many quality control...
October 1, 2014
Danray Products The Axioline F I/O system has been extended with the addition of five particularly compact analog I/O modules. The new modules, which are just 35 mm wide, each offer four...
October 1, 2014
Bürkert Fluid Control Systems The modular multichannel multiCELL transmitter/controller type 8619 is a customizable measuring system with an extended range of functionalities that can...
October 1, 2014
What are the steps to finding the best pressure sensor for a particular application? That’s a challenge faced by many a young engineer just out of school. Engineering school teaches a great deal of theory, but what is the best way to choose when so many things that affect the decision are not obvious, and not necessarily part of the formal curriculum? This article reviews a series of questions and...
October 1, 2014
Pressure transmitters are widely used throughout the chemical process industries (CPI). Although pressure in and of itself is an important process parameter, differential pressure (DP) measurements enable the inference of other important parameters as well. This article presents a concise overview of how DP transmitters can be put to work in CPI plants.   Definitions Here are some important common...
October 1, 2014
Yokogawa With a 1-m spatial resolution, The DTSX 3000 Distributed Temperature Sensor can measure the temperature along fiber-optic cables up to 50 km in length, eight times the...
September 1, 2014
The newly released Centum VP R5.04 is an enhanced version of this company’s flagship integrated production control system. This new Centum release features enhanced alarm and batch functions. With the Centum system, a prominently colored tag mark is...
September 1, 2014
Fuel-View is a compact, lightweight and cost-effective solution for measuring the fuel consumption and operating time of vehicles, tractors, river vessels or any mobile or fixed installations with diesel engines. The...
September 1, 2014
The radiometric gauge SENSseries LB 480 has been awarded SIL2/SIL3 certification, making this company the first supplier providing SIL-certified radiometric systems for both level (point level or continuous...
August 1, 2014
New software tools address common issues, such as disorganized data and a streamlined workforce, through the use of simplified methods of presenting information, alerts and suggested actions. These tools are designed to increase human reliability and make chemical processing facilities safer and more reliable and more efficient.   Improving safety “One of the biggest issues for processors is...
August 1, 2014
Several market conditions, including availability of light crude oilds in the U.S., low natural-gas prices and improving macroeconomics, are driving debottlenecking projects related to columns in both petroleum refining and chemical settings. Fortunately, the process-simulation tools that can be used to perform the front-end of these projects have advanced significantly in the past several years...
July 30, 2014
Aveva (Cambridge, U.K.; has launched AVEVA Information Standards Manager (AVEVA ISM), a software product that enables both EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) contractors and asset owner operators to achieve greater control over critical engineering information across their projects and enterprises. It does this by rationalizing existing class libraries and imposing consistent...
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