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September 15, 2008
Process engineers understand how to harness the power of closed-loop multi-variable control in their plants. The evolution of digital control in the chemical process industries (CPI) has provided that power. Yet digital control represents just one facet of optimization and improvement within operations. With increased digitization, the universes of process control and information technology (IT) are...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/enterprise_resource_planning/The-Path-to-the-Perfect-Plant_4170.html
August 15, 2008
As fuel prices continue to rise, energy management is everyone’s business Market trends suggest that the demand for energy resources will rise dramatically over the next 25 years with the global demand for all energy sources forecast to grow by 57% and the U.S. demand for all types of energy expected to increase by 31% (see Figure 1). By 2030, it is expected that 56% of the world’s energy use...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/asset_mgmt/Cover-Story-Making-Energy-Efficiency-Pay_4090.html
August 15, 2008
Corrosion is a cannibalistic force that usually attacks chemical process equipment from the inside out. That must be why it is often referred to as a hidden cost, because the economic impact of corrosion is becoming impossible to overlook. As Russell D. Kane, director of corrosion services for Honeywell Process Solutions (Phoenix, Ariz.; www.honeywell.com) points out, the price of corrosion reveal itself...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/asset_mgmt/Editors-Page-Cutting-Corrosion-Costs_4100.html
August 15, 2008
The continuing growth in the importance of chemical processing, including oil-and-gas processing, increases the need to understand prediction methods for chemical properties and chatacteristics and the impact that these properties have on unit operations, process simulation and design. A variety of mathematical relationships have been developed to predict chemical compound characteristics. Though some of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Engineering-Practice-Predicting-Physical-Properties-of-Hydrocarbon-Compounds_4089.html
July 15, 2008
BASF IT Services (Ludwigshafen, Germany; edlinks.che.com/7374-533) has developed a voice-activated IT system that can be used by those involved in hazard-containment. The application was pilot tested together with BASF SE’s fire department, as part of the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Chementator-Speech-technology-for-the-CPI_4027.html
July 15, 2008
Exactly three years ago, in the July 2005 issue, this page began with a reference to a perfect storm, whereby then-record-high oil prices of $60/bbl and a relief in capital costs were expected to get the chemical process industries (CPI) back on the building track. I doubt that anyone envisioned, however, the magnitude in the capital-project surge that would indeed ensue or that those "record" oil prices...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/project_mgmt/Editors-Page-Surviving-the-Surge_3998.html
June 15, 2008
An automated spreadsheet method can quickly help minimize fresh hydrogen consumption while maximizing hydrogen recovery and reuse in petroleum refineries and petrochemical complexes In petroleum refineries and petrochemical complexes, there are many hydrogen consumers, such as hydrotreaters, hydrocrackers, isomerization units and lubricant plants. There are also hydrogen producers, such as hydrogen plants...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Engineering-Practice-Hydrogen-Pinch-Analysis-Made-Easy_3972.html
May 15, 2008
  Effective use of capital in the ownership and management of manufacturing assets is critical to the financial performance of companies in the chemical process industries (CPI). Many of these companies use benchmarking in compliance with applicable laws and antitrust regulations to compare, identify, and adopt industry best practices that drive the capital effectiveness of their project development...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/project_mgmt/Benchmarking-for-Success_3865.html
April 25, 2008
Incuity Software, a supplier of Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) software, has been acquired by Rockwell Automation (Milton Keynes, U.K.; www.rockwellautomation.co.uk). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Rockwell Automation said that the acquisition will help it expand its FactoryTalk software suite. Incuity's products are used to monitor production operations and enterprise systems...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/asset_mgmt/Rockwell-Automation-acquires-Incuity_3830.html
March 15, 2008
The behavior of many different phenomena can be modeled by systems of ordinary differential equations (ODEs), but most ODEs cannot be solved analytically, in which case an approximation to the solution is found by applying numerical integration methods. Dutch-sponsored mathematician Valeriu Savcenco has developed new "multirate" numerical methods that can significantly reduce the CPU time and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Chementator-New-methods-for-solving-differential-equations_3742.html
March 11, 2008
PSE Korea, the Korean subsidiary of Process Systems Enterprise (PSE; London, U.K.; www.psenterprise.com), providers of the leading gPROMS advanced-process modeling (APM) software and related services, was officially declared open on 5 March 2008 at the PSE Korea Opening Ceremony in Daejeon, Korea. Speaking at the event, attended by some 70 delegates from Korean industry, research organizations and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/PSE-Korea-officially-open_3734.html
March 7, 2008
ABB in Norway (www.abb.com) and Metso Automation (Helsinki; www.metsoautomation.com) have reached a mutual agreement regarding joint activities and have signed a memorandum of understanding for future collaboration in the oil and gas industry. The integration of Metso Automation’s flow-control technology with ABB’s automation systems will result in improved safety, reliability...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/asset_mgmt/Metso-Automation-and-ABB-intensify-cooperation_3710.html
February 15, 2008
Asset management means different things to different people in the chemical process industries (CPI). Some take a holistic view in which equipment operations and maintenance, planning and scheduling and all other processing procedures fall under the asset management umbrella. Others focus solely on physical equipment and assets. To make it more diverse, asset management needs differ according to facility...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/asset_mgmt/Newsfront-Making-the-Most-of-What-Youve-Got_3674.html
January 28, 2008
1. How has globalization affected your customer base and what do you see on the horizon to meet those challenges? Many of our customers are adopting new ways of working to stay ahead in this competitive global market. Outsourcing, insourcing, offshoring and online workgroups all create a totally new business environment. In line with these developments, our corporate mission is now focused on taking...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/An-Interview-with-Martijn-Janmaat-President-and-CEO-BlueCielo-ECM-Solutions_3644.html
January 15, 2008
Corralling gigabytes of predictive maintenance data isn’t easy, but it’s essential for streamlining your process Plant maintenance is one of the disciplines in a chemical process environment that uses gigabytes of technical and operational data on a daily basis. Of course, managing an industrial plant involves a large amount of data, which can be acquired, stored and represented in numerous...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Feature-Report-Computerized-Maintenance-Management-Systems-For-Effective-Plant-Performance_3606.html
January 15, 2008
By utilizing efficient scheduling software, companies in the CPI can improve enterprise agility and compliance In the fast-paced and ever-changing world of chemical processing, companies are constantly trying to keep up with the latest technology, while at the same time creating detailed schedules that enable them to maximize customer service, enterprise agility and compliance, and minimize inventory...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Operations-and-Maintenance-Technology-and-Scheduling-The-Perfect-Chemistry_3610.html
January 8, 2008
Honeywell (Phoenix, Ariz.; www.honeywell.com/ps) today announced a six-year agreement with BP Exploration to provide Main Automation Contractor (MAC) services at the oil and gas leader’s new and existing facilities. Honeywell will help BP Exploration & Production (E&P) accelerate production schedules and improve efficiency in these facilities by integrating all levels of plant operations and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Honeywell-signs-main-automation-contractor-agreement-with-BP_3590.html
December 15, 2007
Although current process simulators contain an extensive library of thermodynamic models and unit operations, they do not contain many new, complicated, or lesser known models. For many companies, particularly those in the petrochemical refining industry, it is very important to have access to new models that are not yet available in common process simulators like AspenPlus or Hysys. For that reason, an...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/design_simulation_and_modeling/Engineering-Practice-CAPE-Open-An-International-Standard-for-Process-Simulation_3561.html
November 15, 2007
The globalization of the economy is making the world a smaller place and leading businesses — the chemical process industries (CPI) included — to source, produce and sell material in foreign lands. Politics aside, the trend has the potential to wreak havoc on the supply chain, logistics and transportation operations of chemical corporations unless strategies that increase collaboration and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Its-a-Small-World_3493.html
November 15, 2007
As the chemical process industries (CPI) make the transition from communication protocols and systems that are cable-ready to those that are wireless, the conversation is changing. On the plant floor and in the executive suite, terms such as mesh network and interoperability bring new meaning to the manufacturing environment. But what does it all mean? How can companies truly begin to decode this new...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/Going-Wireless_3495.html
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