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Data Brokers Foster IT/OT Convergence and Interoperability

Obtaining the most value from data requires effective communications among industrial internet of things (IIoT)-connected devices that allow integration between operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) systems. Data brokers play a key role in allowing communication between the two…

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Industry Adoption of Open Process Automation

Presented here is a description of the Open Process Automation Standard and a progress report on its implementation by industry Open Process Automation (OPA) is an end-user company-driven industry movement to transform the industrial control-system market from one that supplies…

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A Boundless Future for Process Control in the CPI

Emerging automation-system architectures will provide the foundation required for optimized operations across the enterprise For decades, when a person mentioned process control, most engineers’ minds went to proportional integral derivative (PID) loop control, interlocks, safety and advanced process control. Perhaps…

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Patented technology captures real-time ‘hyperspectral’ images

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M; Spain; www.uc3m.es) has patented a new system for capturing hyperspectral images — those capable of collecting information across a broad frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum (near-infrared, mid-infrared and terahertz). The system can…

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Process Sensors: It’s All About the Data

Today’s process sensors provide a real-time data foundation for asset management and process optimization across the enterprise For many decades, industrial process sensors have been used across the chemical process industries (CPI) to measure common process variables, such as pressure,…

Operationalizing Statistical- and Process-Control  Analyses

Advanced analytics applications are a key component to create actionable insights using statistical analysis techniques In chemical manufacturing, deviation monitoring and detection play a key role in safeguarding production, reliability, and product quality. However, different processes often require different tools…

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Head to Toe Technology: Advances in Wearables

From headsets to gloves to fabric sensors, technologies that can be worn on the body are providing many new benefits for plant workers Apace with innovations in all “smart” technologies, wearable devices for industrial personnel are rapidly evolving to incorporate…

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Safety Aspects in the Instrumentation of Process Plants

Safety is often underestimated when planning, operating and maintaining process-measuring equipment. Sensors with SIL certification, alone, do not make the process safe. It is important to avoid systematic errors during planning, installation and operation The correct installation of a temperature…

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Wireless Data Collection: Stop Chasing Reliability Data

A routes-by-exception reliability strategy helps improve safety and efficiency, while preserving competitive advantage in a changing marketplace In recent years, maintenance and reliability experts have often talked about the massive wave of retirements leaving chemical plants, creating a shortage of…

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Wireless device detects coronavirus — no batteries required

A collaborative research group in Japan has engineered a self-sustaining device that can detect the presence of COVID-19 particles or droplets in air. The device, which requires no batteries, employs a magnetostrictive clad plate composed of iron, cobalt and nickel,…