Fluid Handling

Software troubleshoots gas piping Pipe-Flo for compressible fluids is an advanced piping network software for industrial gas piping systems.


Software troubleshoots gas piping

Pipe-Flo for compressible fluids is an advanced piping network software for industrial gas piping systems. It is the perfect tool to design, analyze, and troubleshoot piping networks used in process and industrial gas applications. A clear picture of how pipeline components work allows the user to make changes to the model and see the effects. Engineered Software, Inc.; www.eng-software.com


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Pipe insulation removes condensate

PermaWick fiberglass, below ambient pipe insulation allows vapor to migrate to the cold pipe where it condenses and is wicked away to the underside of the insulation. There it evaporates, leaving the insulation dry and its thermal qualities intact, ensuring proper insulation performance and condensation control. Knauf Fiber Glass GmbH; www.knauffiberglass.com


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System monitors emergency valves

ValvGuard testing and monitoring system for emergency valves allows plant operators to intensify surveillance of safety shutdown valves by checking them on-line as often as desired. The result is a higher level of diagnostic coverage and assurance that ESD valves will operate if an incident occurs. It can be used up to SIL 3. Neles Automation; www.nelesautomation.com


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Couplings allow easy removal

Uniflex union pipe couplings have a gasketed seal and unique construction that provides significant energy cost savings, reduced labor and inventory cost, zero leakage, and ease of installation and removal. Zero clearance fit means there is no need to spring pipes apart when making repairs. Nicholson Steam Trap; www.nicholsonsteamtrap.com


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System Integrator of the Year
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
May 2018
Electrical standards, robots and Lean manufacturing, and how an aluminum packaging plant is helping community growth.
April 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
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April 2018
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February 2018
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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