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November 6, 2014
Comsol, Inc. (Burlington, Mass.; www.comsol.com) 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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Comsol-releases-Multiphysics-5-0-with-new-Application-Builder_12400.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Focus-on-Simulation-and-Modeling-Software_12332.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Design-of-Experiments-DoE-Optimizing-Products-and-Processes-Efficiently_12335.html
October 30, 2014
CD-adapco (London, U.K.; www.cd-adapco.com), 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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/STAR-CCM+-v9-06-breaks-new-ground-with-sophisticated-modeling-applications_12378.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/The-Next-Step-Change-in-Process-Safety_12234.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Software-for-the-Human-Element_12006.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Distillation-Column-Thermal-Optimization-Employing-Simulation-Software_12028.html
July 30, 2014
Aveva (Cambridge, U.K.; www.aveva.com) 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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Aveva-launches-a-new-application-for-governing-asset-information_12051.html
June 1, 2014
Premature wear of cardan shaft joints is one of the most common causes of machine downtimes. But cardan shaft misalignment is no longer a fatality. With patented brackets and new measurement methods, this company says it has reinvented cardan shaft...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/predictive_and_preventive_maintenance/Machine-alignment-with-cardan-shaft-in-place_11824.html
May 16, 2014
Intergraph Corp. (Huntsville, Ala.; www.intergraph.com) has released SmartPlant Fusion 2014, the latest version of its breakthrough solution for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and plant operators to rapidly find, capture, organize, link and visualize large volumes of information through a simple web portal. Trustworthy engineering data and documentation is essential to effective...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Intergraph-releases-SmartPlant-Fusion-2014_11790.html
May 1, 2014
Existing chemical process industries (CPI) facilities possess years, if not decades, of legacy engineering information. The data exist in a myriad of formats and are typically siloed across multiple systems and locations. In cases where the engineering data are either lost or damaged, undocumented, or limited to the institutional knowledge of the local operations team, control documents related to piping...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Three-Insights-for-Managing-Legacy-Data_11738.html
April 1, 2014
The piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) is often considered to be the gold standard for the proper design, operation and maintenance of plants in the chemical process industries (CPI), including chemical, oil-and-gas facilities, mining operations, food-processing plants, and water- and wastewater-treatment plants. The P&ID provides important information for manufacturing and installing...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/project_mgmt/Principles-of-P-and-ID-Development_11592.html
March 1, 2014
The CP22xx Built-in Panel PC series combines the advantages of a modern multi-touch interface with high-performance multi-core processors for automation and control. Equipped with multi-core...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/This-built-in-panel-PC-offers-multi-touch-advantages_11524.html
March 1, 2014
VibGuard Viewer (photo), the software platform for this company’s VibGuard family of online condition-monitoring systems, now comes fully geared for complex machine diagnosis. VibGuard Viewer 1.1, the new software...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/predictive_and_preventive_maintenance/Turning-vibration-data-into-knowledge_11528.html
March 1, 2014
Corrosion to the external surface of process piping and vessels that is hidden under the insulation is referred to as corrosion under insulation (CUI). Aging piping and equipment in chemical plants and petroleum refineries have made CUI detection and assessment requirements increasingly important. Because the need to detect and assess CUI is critical in chemical process industries (CPI) facilities...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/predictive_and_preventive_maintenance/Implementing-a-Corrosion-Under-Insulation-Program_11548.html
February 1, 2014
In a culmination of more than three years of work by teams from across the globe, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO; Geneva, Switzerland; www.iso.org) on January 10 published the ISO 55000 series of standards surrounding asset management systems (AMS). The newly available standard can help companies in the chemical process industries (CPI) and other asset-intensive industries better...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/asset_mgmt/Asset-Managements-Next-Act_11399.html
February 1, 2014
Several new operator-interface touchscreen panels have been introduced for this company’s Compact control products. The Panel 800 PP882 and PP885 operator interface-panels (photo) provide improved...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/A-new-touchscreen-panel-that-improves-process-visibility_11430.html
February 1, 2014
As a first in the basic series of explosion-protected compact operator interfaces, this company is launching new panels for machine-oriented visualization featuring a sunlight-viewable touchscreen (photo). Even when installed outdoors and in bright daylight, the full-color 7-in. displays...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Hazardous-area-LOIs-with-sunlight-viewable-touch-screens_11431.html
February 1, 2014
Last month saw the release of COMSOL Multiphysics Version 4.4, with a number of upgraded tools for multiphysics simulations. Among the new features are: a new Desktop interface for Windows...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Perform-more-simulations-with-this-multiphysics-software_11423.html
February 1, 2014
Beginning with the early days of automated multivariable control in the 1980s, the trend has always been toward the use of larger matrices and more models. Today’s multivariable controllers commonly comprise dozens of variables and hundreds of models. But the next big advancement in multivariable control may be a shift toward the use of small-matrix, model-less multivariable control practice...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Small-matrix-Model-less-Multivariable-Control_11446.html
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