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February 17, 2010
Question: What are the top considerations I need to take into account when planning for control over wireless? Answer: The prospect for control over wireless is one of the manufacturing industry’s hottest topics, but it’s important to realize that it’s not an appropriate solution for every application. Plants should consider three key factors when evaluating whether control over wireless...
November 1, 2009
For many years now, talk of wirelessly networking and transmitting process signals has projected new levels in process performance, safety and overall efficiency for the chemical process industries (CPI). Until recently, however, a number of strings held back widescale adoption. Those strings are finally unravelling, and there is concrete evidence to prove it. Figure 1. WirelessHART adapters provide access...
July 1, 2009
Last month, Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS; Phoenix, Ariz.; unveiled the process industry’s first redundant wireless system gateway (WSG), connecting the last major gap in the path to wireless process control. WSGs manage data between wireless field instrumentation and a plant’s process control network. Redundancy between the wireless instruments themselves and their...
March 1, 2009
Despite various studies and process automation supplier suggestions that wireless sensing technologies cost less and provide tighter control than their wired counterparts, chemical processors are still proceeding with caution when it comes to implementing wireless instrumentation. Wireless supporters hope the introduction of WirelessHART and the eventual publication of ISA 100 will help break down the...
February 19, 2009
Wireless: Small Investments Quick Returns Wednesday, February 25th Hilton Americas - Houston, TX 1:15 PM - 4:30 PM Room: Lanier Ballroom C In response to the current economic climate, in which operating companies are trying to cut costs and improve revenues in order to cope with over capacity and a slow down in demand, daratechPLANT 2009 has teamed up with Chemical Engineering to provide an afternoon short...
September 30, 2008
The Wireless HART Communication Specification (HART 7.1) has been approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as a Publicly Available Specification (IEC/PAS 62591Ed. 1). WirelessHART Communication is the first industrial wireless communication technology to achieve this level of international recognition. “Wireless HART Communication fulfills the...
August 29, 2008
Invensys Process Systems (IPS; Plano, Tex.), a global technology, software and consulting firm, today announced that it has been selected by The Arkema Group, a leading multinational chemical manufacturer, to provide a wireless alarm-management, handheld solution for hazardous industrial areas. IPS services and technology will enable Arkema's field operations teams to keep in touch with process alarms and...
May 15, 2008
Accurate temperature measurement is not difficult. It does, however, require you to think about accuracy from specification and selection, all the way up to installation and operation of your temperature-measurement sensor. There are opportunities to improve accuracy during each of these phases, as well as opportunities to accidentally undermine all of your previous improvement efforts. Determining the...
April 15, 2008
Emerson Process Management (St. Louis, Mo.; claims to be the first process-automation supplier to start taking orders for WirelessHART-enabled products, based on the recently...
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...
February 1, 2007
    Steam traps have been around for a hundred years or so, and for the most part, nothing revolutionary has come forward to change the basic way a trap functions. Any operation that uses steam to produce a high-quality, consistent product depends on a multitude of these ingenious devices to do their job day in and day out. Yet, who watches over these steam traps, which may number in the...
January 1, 2007
    Wireless communication for plant data gathering and even process control is a rapidly maturing technology. What started out as a cheap way to gather non-critical plant information now has the potential to take over much of the work currently done with conventional cabling. Key to this advance are scalability, security, and reliability. Modern wireless systems are scalable up to 20,000 or more...
November 1, 2006
Despite its potential to affordably reach valuable, non-critical data that would otherwise be out of physical or economic reach, wireless technology has yet to be widely adopted in the chemical process industries (CPI) because of the significant upfront resources that have been required for engineering, design and configuration. In connection with the launch of its Smart Wireless solutions, Emerson Process...
June 1, 2006
An industrial group, composed of Honeywell, Adaptive Instruments, Endress + Hauser, Flowserve, Omnex Control Systems, 3e Technologies International, and Yokogawa, have joined the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; SP100 working group (chartered last year) to support...
February 1, 2006
Last month, TÜV Anlagantechnik GmbH, Automation, Software and Information Technology (Cologne, Germany) granted protocol-type approval for the Fieldbus Foundation (FF; Austin, Tex.; safety-instrumented-systems (SIS) specifications. The specifications are in compliance with International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508 standard requirements up to, and including, safety...
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