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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/computer_software_and_hardware/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
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/computer_software_and_hardware/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/computer_software_and_hardware/Feature-Report-Computerized-Maintenance-Management-Systems-For-Effective-Plant-Performance_3606.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/computer_software_and_hardware/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/computer_software_and_hardware/Going-Wireless_3495.html
November 15, 2007
Although some CPI management may not realize it, PLCs (programmable logic controllers) are the brains behind many operations in the chemical process industries (CPI). A malfunctioning PLC can cause lines, plants and even operations such as city bridges and water stations to shut down. Thousands to millions of dollars could be lost in association with one PLC that maintenance personnel may not even know...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/PLC-Maintenance-Management_3498.html
November 15, 2007
To ensure the health and safety of workers, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 1983. Initially designed to protect workers in the manufacturing sector, the HCS was expanded in 1987 to cover all industries where workers could be exposed to hazardous chemicals. This article gives an overview of the OSHA requirements for material...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Managing-Material-Safety-Data-Sheets-in-the-Workplace_3499.html
October 1, 2007
Click here for full pdf version of this article - includes all graphs, charts, tables, and author information The use of safety standards, particularly IEC 61508 [1] and IEC 61511 [2], has increased rapidly in the past several years. Along with the adoption of these standards has come an increase in the need for accurate reliability data for devices used in safety instrumented systems (SIS), both...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Mechanical-Failure-Rate-Data-for-Low-Demand-Applications_3390.html
August 1, 2007
    Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all engineering software packages. Today, solution providers offer versions with improved integration for advanced data sharing and simplified user interfaces with the ability to multitask between the design house and the plant floor, bringing the power of engineering software to everyone from trained experts to software novices who just want to run a few...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Engineering-Software-Makes-the-Leap-From-the-Masters-to-the-Masses_3330.html
March 1, 2007
Until now, creating a set of "as-built" plant drawings meant either laser-scanning the outline of an entire piping system, or measuring all the components manually. By paring Leica Geosystem's in-field-to-model laser technology with Coade's CADWorx Plant Design Suite, Coade, Inc. (Houston, Tex.; edlinks.che.com/6893-534) has reduced the time required by more than 50%, says Vornel Walker, Coade's manager...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Create-as-built-drawings-in-half-the-time_3215.html
March 1, 2007
Using Interactive Supercomputing Inc.'s (Waltham, Mass; edlinks.che.com/6893-538) Star-P software, chemists from MIT (Cambridge, Mass.; edlinks.che.com/6893-539) and Oakwood College (Huntsville, Ala.) have developed a new method for performing calculating thermochemical properties derived from first principles (ab initio). Up to now, approximations and classical mechanics treatment had to be...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/A-new-way-to-calculate-thermochemical-properties_3218.html
March 1, 2007
Aspen Technology, Inc. (Cambridge, Mass., edlinks.che.com/6893-544) announced a milestone accomplishment as a result of combining the company's thermophysical and thermochemical property data sets with those maintained by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; Gaithersburg, Md.; edlinks.che.com/6893-545)...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Advances-in-process-modeling_3222.html
March 1, 2007
P&ID's are often generated using Autodesk, Inc.'s (San Rafael, Calif.; edlinks.che.com/6893-548) AutoCAD software platform and user generated drawing blocks. To better...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Plant-design-market_3224.html
February 1, 2007
For the first time, it is possible to gain a detailed quantitative insight into the internal operation of multitubular reactors — complicated units that can be notoriously difficult to design because they involve complex catalytic reactions, a large number (often 2,0000 or more) of tubes, and closely coupled, shell-side heat transfer and hydrodynamics, says Mark Matzopoulos, marketing director at...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/New-high-accuracy-modeling-techniques-for-high-performance-reactor-design_3200.html
January 1, 2007
    It’s a very exciting time for computational chemistry, said Gerhard Engel, senior director of R&D, accelrys Ltd. (Cambridge, England) in his opening address to delegates of the European Science Forum last month in Heidelberg, Germany. This comment was echoed throughout the day by the wide range of applications benefiting from complex-computer simulations described in three...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Computational-chemistry_3316.html
November 1, 2006
Acro 1.0 optimization software, developed by Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, N.M.; edlinks.che.com/6518-550), has recently been published and is now available to the public at no charge. The software can...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/Free-optimization_3041.html
March 1, 2006
Axxom Software AG (Munich, Germany; edlinks.che.com/5827-541) has introduced a new technological approach that, for the first time, allows an end-to-end supply chain optimization of very large, multi-stage networks. Based on the so-called cost-scaling algorithms (CS-A), production companies can now plan very complex...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/A-powerful-algorithm-enables-end-to-end-supply-chain-optimization_2915.html
January 1, 2006
The EDDL (electronic-device-description language) Cooperation Team (ECT; Karlsruhe, Germany; edlinks.che.com/5828-532) has released Phase 1 EDDL enhancement specifications. The enhancements on the existing EDDL include new capabilities, such as graphs, charts and images, the possibilities for archive data, and an EDD guideline for...
http://www.chemengonline.com/software_automation_and_control/information_technology/computer_software_and_hardware/EDDL-standards-continue-to-evolve_2919.html
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