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Supply Chain December 13, 2023

Pharma manufacturer embraces supply chain risk-mitigation best practices

Systems integrator supports seizing of a supply chain opportunity

By Bryon Hayes
Supply Chain December 6, 2023

Tea manufacturer enhances flow wrapper’s synchronization, efficiency

Controls upgrade ensured precise tea bag alignment and eliminated manual interventions.

By Nathan Ferrin
Supply Chain September 12, 2023

Publication highlighting IoT’s role in supply chain management published

The Industry IoT Consortium published The Role of IoT in Shaping the Future of Supply Chains.

By Industry IoT Consortium (IIC)
Supply Chain May 4, 2023

Improving supply chain management with heuristic algorithms

Research shows heuristic algorithmic tools serve almost as well as more computationally demanding optimization models for determining the best places to locate elements in a supply chain.

By Matt Shipman
Supply Chain April 26, 2023

Supply headquarters and facility enhances, takes advantage of natural surroundings

Berkshire eSupply's headquarters was built to take advantage of its natural surroundings, which serves automotive customers and improves the supply chain.

By Alan H. Cobb
Supply Chain February 16, 2023

Optimize the supply chain with forecasting and demand planning

As the global supply chain becomes more complex, an effective forecasting and demand planning system is needed to anticipate future needs accurately.

By David L. Buss
Supply Chain September 13, 2022

Boosting supply chains through automation and robotics

Supply chains can benefit from employing automation and robotics at key stages as to respond to any disruptions that may occur.

By Dr. Joya Mannan
Supply Chain February 18, 2022

How to navigate the global supply chain in 2022

Re-evaluating the process of the current supply chain and following these five initiatives will ensure a team is agile for new challenges.

By Michael Wrinch and Erin Martin-Serrano
Supply Chain December 26, 2021

Wearable technology can combat supply chain disruptions

Wearable technology will make the human worker more valuable in the long run

By Axel Schmidt
Supply Chain November 9, 2021

Predicting how changes in production and materials impact EV battery life

As battery makers race to keep up with demand, a quick and inexpensive step can save money and time in development.

By James Lynch
Supply Chain October 25, 2021

Steel shortages and price rises impact warehouse automation sector

Pressure particularly hits on the market for fixed infrastructure solutions where steel can account for up to 83% of the overall cost

By Rueben Scriven
Supply Chain February 12, 2021

LOE’s sea change to real-time visibility

Lease operating expense is a key operational parameter

By Andrew Bruce and Alan Carnrite
Supply Chain September 25, 2019

Three strategies to optimize project satisfaction

Expediting decisions and increased collaboration can improve project satisfaction for integrated project delivery.

By Corey Zachel, PE, LEED AP, BD+C
Supply Chain August 1, 2019

Five strategies to effectively manage and execute automation projects

Automation projects come with many challenges that seem daunting because of their complexity. Learn about six common automation project management challenges and learn about five tips to overcome them including planning ahead and leveraging available technology on the plant floor.

By Lee Swindler
Supply Chain September 19, 2018

Largest modular cryogenic gas processing plant introduced

Honeywell announced its UOP Russell business has introduced a high-recovery cryogenic gas processing plant that is 50% larger than other pre-engineered plants currently available and is designed to recover more than 99% of high-value ethane from natural gas.

By Honeywell UOP
Supply Chain September 17, 2018

Record revenues expected from Russia’s upstream oil and gas sector

Russia is set to reap record ruble revenues from the upstream oil and gas sector over the next six years thanks to tax changes and production growth.

By GlobalData
Supply Chain September 5, 2018

North America to lead global crude oil pipeline additions

GlobalData reports that North America is forecast to add the highest trunk pipeline length to the global crude oil pipelines industry with 44% of global planned additions by 2022.

By GlobalData
Supply Chain August 8, 2018

Crude oil prices expected to decrease from recent highs

The EIA reports that oil prices are expected to drop from recent highs by the end of 2018 due to higher production from OPEC and Russia.

By EIA
Supply Chain August 1, 2018

Report profiles U.S. fuel and petrochemical supply chain

Infrastructure is a must-have when an industry switches from import to export.

By American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
Supply Chain July 9, 2018

SCADA standardization drives third-party connectivity

Ever more data leads to alternative means for capturing it as oil and gas refineries upgrade or migrate legacy control systems.

By Stephen Milton, Maverick Technologies
Supply Chain June 13, 2018

Permian Basin oil production expected to have major increase by 2023

Oil production in the Permian Basin will rise nearly 3 million barrels per day (mbd) to 5.4 mbd in 2023 with nearly 41,000 new wells and $308 billion in upstream spending between 2018 to 2023 driving that growth.

By IHS Markit
Supply Chain May 6, 2018

Sub-saharan gas production projected to grow 18% by 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to spend around $33 billion as capital expenditure (CAPEX) on conventional gas and coal bed methane CBM projects between 2018 and 2021 and grow by 18%.

By GlobalData
Supply Chain May 3, 2018

Company announces plans for EPC commissioning and start-up operations

Petroteq Energy Inc. has increased its focus on the final engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) processes to prepare for the immediate commissioning and start-up procedures for the Asphalt Ridge heavy oil extraction facility located near Vernal, Utah.

By Petroteq Energy Inc.
Supply Chain April 20, 2018

Natural gas production in U.S. projected to increase

Natural gas production in the U.S., according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), is expected to grow in 2018 and 2019 and take an even larger chunk of generating the nation's electric power.

By News and Experts
Supply Chain April 5, 2018

Wellsite valve manifolds simplified

A multiport flow selector is safer, less expensive, lighter weight, and more compact than conventional units.

By Joseph Zawacki, Emerson
Supply Chain March 29, 2018

Some alternatives for improving an octane upgrade process

A properly optimized unit can recover 95% of the normal paraffins in the feed.

By Robert C. Szczesniak, P.E.
Supply Chain February 27, 2018

Differences between industrial Ethernet switches and business IT switches

Industrial network switches are designed for harsh conditions and environments and last for a long time while business information technology (IT) switches are designed for data center applications and have a shorter overall lifespan.

By Paul Myer, Veracity Industrial Networks
Supply Chain January 23, 2018

Oil and gas storage industry to benefit from increased capital investment

The global oil and gas storage service market is projected to reach $10.38 billion by 2022 and show a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.6% from 2017 to 2024, according to Esticast Research and Consulting.

By Esticast Research & Consulting
Supply Chain January 4, 2018

Retaining skills and expertise for the next generation

Every business needs to have a skills training program to one degree or another. For those involved in more complex industries, such as oil and gas or petrochemical engineering, gathering new skills as well as the experience of the older generation and passing it onto those committed to learning a new trade is an essential business practice.

By Jennifer Gaines, Sulzer
Supply Chain December 18, 2017

Connected service drives parts and customer loyalty

Original equipment manufacturers must integrate service as part of their selling cycle in order to make up for lackluster equipment sales.

By Mike Pandl, MSI Data
Supply Chain November 2, 2017

Organization names 2017 Plant of the Year

The Shell Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) plant/ship of Royal Dutch Shell, to be located in the Timor Sea off the Northwest coast of Australia, has been named the FieldComm Group 2017 Plant of the Year.

By FieldComm Group
Supply Chain October 18, 2017

Oil and gas software solutions company acquired

Emerson has agreed to acquire Paradigm, a provider of software solutions for the oil and gas industry, in a bid to expand their oil and gas market presence.

By Emerson
Supply Chain October 8, 2017

Keeping an industry above water

Changes in oil and gas production over the last decade have allowed the economy to weather a storm such as Hurricane Harvey with minimal changes in price.

By Kevin Parker
Supply Chain September 15, 2017

Creating a gender balance in the oil and gas sector

Cover Story: While the oil and gas sector is still male-dominated, engineering-minded associations are working to motivate more women to work in the field.

By Pam Duncan
Supply Chain June 13, 2017

Identify artificial-lift methods for Gulf Coast wells

Further production possible from wells in decline phase, but still viable.

By Bob Bishop
Supply Chain June 13, 2017

A view from the oil patch

An operator discusses the challenges in optimizing or reviving production in declining oil wells.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Supply Chain June 6, 2017

Hydrocarbon chemistry transforms a century, and still going

Natural gas and non-traditional polymer feedstocks are an opportunity for plastics innovation.

By Kevin Parker
Supply Chain May 2, 2017

Natural gas from new sources

The convergence of three technologies—horizontal drilling tools, smart drill feedback communications, and fracking, made energy recovery from tight rock formations practical and have made natural gas a dominant player in energy production.

By Gas Technology
Supply Chain April 20, 2017

Researchers design coatings to prevent pipeline clogging

Researchers at MIT have developed a coating that could stop the buildup of hydrate ices that slow or block oil and gas flow, which could help prevent another disaster such as Deepwater Horizon. See video.

By David Chandler, MIT News Office
Supply Chain February 9, 2017

Reservoir models ease uncertainty

Parameters of a good reservoir model are reviewed and what aspects should be considered by oil and gas engineers.

By Raj Damodaran, Emerson Process Management
Supply Chain January 27, 2017

Equipment purchasing market expects growth in 2017

Business-friendly administration in Washington may fuel more spending confidence, report finds.

By Bob Vavra
Supply Chain January 3, 2017

Three steps to reduce material cost for top-line growth

By taking a holistic, collaborative and pragmatic approach to VA/VE, manufacturers can decrease their material costs and simultaneously increase customer value.

By Andreas Doerken, Argo Consulting, Europe
Supply Chain November 25, 2016

Best practices to maintain and improve worker safety

Focus on engineering controls first in developing a safety plan in process plants.

By Mark Haboian, Optimation Technology Inc.
Supply Chain November 2, 2016

Energy consumption in the U.S. has changed dramatically since 1908

Since the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians last won the World Series in 1908 and 1948, respectively, energy production and consumption in the United States has changed a great deal.

By Mason Hamilton, Mike Mobilia, EIA
Supply Chain October 6, 2016

How to avoid control design pitfalls with dynamic simulation

Adopting multi-purpose dynamic simulation (MPDS) solutions as a design standard can help with visualization of control interactions and control pre-tuning and ease challenges in later stages of the project, including startup. Simulation is part of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Andres Lipinski and Dr. Ian Willetts
Supply Chain October 3, 2016

Manufacturing index rebounds in September

The Purchasing Manufacturers' Index moved out of contraction in September with 51.5%, which is two points higher than in August.

By Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media
Supply Chain September 13, 2016

Top 10 Control Engineering articles August 13 to September 12: PID control, ladder logic, tablet-based augmented reality, more

Articles about PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, ladder logic, tablet-based augmented reality, network best practices, and control system architectures were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 13 to September 12. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain September 1, 2016

Manufacturing index slides in August

The Purchasing Manufacturers' Index (PMI) fell 3.2 points to 49.4% due to a general slowdown in the manufacturing industry.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Supply Chain August 31, 2016

Generator set market projected to rebound in 2017

IHS Markit projects a return to growth in 2017 for the generator set market as oil prices rise and industrial capital expenditure (CapEx) improve.

By Greg Johnson, senior analyst, IHS Markit
Supply Chain August 22, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles August 15-21: PID control, tablet-based augmented reality, process optimization, more

Articles about PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, tablet-based augmented reality, improving midstream process optimization, mechatronics efficiency, and information from wireless transmitters were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from August 15-21. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain August 9, 2016

Top 10 Control Engineering articles July 8 to August 8: PID control, high-performance HMIs, oil and gas skills gap, more

Articles about PID control and loop tuning fundamentals, high-performance HMIs, the oil and gas skills gap, improving flowmeter calibration, and selecting flowmeters for natural gas were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 8 to August 8. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain August 8, 2016

Oil and gas industry employment remains depressed

Increases in per-well production offsets sharp drop in workers, rig counts.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Supply Chain August 4, 2016

Providing flexible fire protection for offshore applications

Using rubber in place of other flammable or corrosion-prone materials is increasing to prevent fires from spreading.

By Doug Marti, Trelleborg Offshore and Construction
Supply Chain July 25, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 18-24: Flowmeter calibration, wireless transmitters, skills gap, more

Articles about flowmeter calibration, information from wireless transmitters, the oil and gas skills gap, oil and gas employment, and PC-based controls were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain July 22, 2016

Five developing trends in the robotics industry

The robotics industry is going through major changes as costs are continuing to drop and the industry is going through changes from a business and technological standpoint. Investments include the bid by Midea to buy 49% of Kuka, KraussMaffei by ChemChina; Paslin by Wanfeng and Gimatic by Agic Capital. Five trends that are driving these changes are highlighted below.

By Frank Tobe, The Robot Report
Supply Chain July 19, 2016

Strain on oil companies is easing: EIA

The Energy Information Agency (EIA) reported that a reduction in capital projects and a stabilized oil price have helped oil and gas manufacturers as they look to the future.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Supply Chain July 18, 2016

API pushes candidates on energy policy

Speaking from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, American Petroleum Institute (API) president and CEO Jack Gerard nudged candidates from both parties on why a strong energy policy was important to the continued growth of the industry.

By Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Supply Chain July 11, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 4-10: Skills gap, process control systems, storyboarding and software design, more

Articles about the oil and gas skills gap, process control systems, storyboarding and software design, Industrie 4.0 and MES, and integrating multiple control systems were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain July 6, 2016

Bridging the oil and gas ‘Skills Gap’

In tough economic times, smart hiring is essential—and can’t be overlooked.

By James Lukey, Weatherford International
Supply Chain July 1, 2016

PMI rises for fourth straight month, hits 12-month high

The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) purchasing manufacturers index (PMI) increased 1.9 percentage points to 53.2%, which marks the fourth straight month of growth.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Supply Chain June 14, 2016

Top 10 Control Engineering articles, May 14 to June 13: Salary and Career Survey, binary-coded decimals, high-performance HMIs, more

Articles about the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, binary-coded decimals and PLCs, high-performance HMIs, engineering career advice, and the EIA's Annual Energy Outlook were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 14 to June 13. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain June 6, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 30 to June 5: Binary-coded decimals, Big Data in the market, engineering career advice, more

Articles about binary-coded decimals and PLCs, Big Data and the oil and gas market, engineering career advice, the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, and artificial intelligence conversations were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 30 to June 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain June 1, 2016

More production, less exploration in a low-price oil market

EIA reports decline in exploration and development leads to lower reserves.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Supply Chain June 1, 2016

PMI shows growth for third straight month

Manufacturing index climbs 0.5 percentage points to 51.3% to continue positive streak.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Supply Chain May 31, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 23-29: Why Lean fails so often, failure curves and P-F intervals, equipment and maintenance purchasing, more

Articles about why Lean fails so often, failure curves and P-F intervals, equipment and maintenance purchasing, natural gas production, and benchmarking were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, May 23-29. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Supply Chain May 23, 2016

U.S. continues to lead in natural gas production

EIA report shows widening gap in output, general stability in petroleum production.

By Bob Vavra
Supply Chain May 23, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 16-22: Salary and career survey, energy outlook, robot programming languages, more

Articles about the 2016 Salary and Career Survey, annual energy outlook, robot programming languages, robots and smart factories, and offshore risk management were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 16-22. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain May 17, 2016

EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook sees winds of change

The Annual Energy Outlook 2016 indicates that natural gas will lead U.S. production into 2040; clean electrical generation is expected to increase, however.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Supply Chain May 17, 2016

Offshore risk management still inadequate, group says

While risk policies and additional regulations have been added to potentially prevent another incident like Deepwater Horizon, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) determined that key concepts are needed to more effectively reduce risks.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Supply Chain April 20, 2016

U.S. energy production still on the rise

The EIA report finds 91% of energy consumption is created domestically.

By Bob Vavra
Supply Chain April 20, 2016

BT-A drill for deep hole boring applications

The BT-A drill is ideal for small and large deep hole boring applications, including gun barrel drilling, mold and die making, and equipment for oil and gas drilling.

By Allied Machine & Engineering Corp.
Supply Chain April 6, 2016

‘Pressing challenges’ on OTC’s agenda

Oil & Gas Engineering discussed some of the key issues with OTC 2016 Chairman Joe Fowler about the offshore oil industry, which is going through a pivotal time.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Supply Chain April 5, 2016

U.S. a ‘swing producer’ in balancing O&G market

The oil and gas industry is looking to the U.S. to reduce production to help stabilize oil prices as the industry looks to find its footing after a volatile 2015.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Supply Chain April 4, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 28-April 3: Product of the Year winners, corrective maintenance repairs, maintaining deepwater wells, more

Articles about the 2015 Product of the Year winners, corrective maintenance repairs, maintaining deepwater wells, subsea repairs, and the skills gap were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, March 28-April 3. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Supply Chain March 28, 2016

Arup Thoughts: An inevitable mobility revolution

On the morning of 18 November 2015, representatives of Royal Dutch Shell stood at the corner of Yonge and Bloor in Toronto and handed out free bus passes.

By Ryan Falconer, Arup
Supply Chain March 7, 2016

Arup Thoughts: low oil prices are a green opportunity

You might be forgiven for concluding that the lowest oil prices in 12 years would be disastrous news for the environment, encouraging over-use and creating extra pollution.

By Thomas Briault, Arup
Supply Chain March 4, 2016

Economist: Manufacturing gray skies are gonna clear up

Economist Alan Beaulieu said that the manufacturing industry will continue to grow throughout 2016 at the MFG Conference in Palm Desert, Calif.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Supply Chain February 29, 2016

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 22-28: Maintenance strategies in oil and gas, industrial smart meters, challenges coffee producers face, more

Articles about maintenance strategies in oil and gas, industrial smart meters, challenges coffee producers face, 2015 Salary Survey, and navigating a Lean journey were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, February 22-28. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Supply Chain February 1, 2016

PMI steadies itself in January reading

ISM Index climbs to 48.2% to end a six-month slide as oil prices affect manufacturing sector growth.

By Bob Vavra
Supply Chain January 25, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, January 18-24: Real-world simulation, open-source robotic software, electric actuator technology, more

Articles about the impact of real-world simulation, open-source robotic software, electric actuator technology, cyclone separators, and open standard wireless networks were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain January 11, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, January 4-10: Flow measurement, heat exchanger strategies, more

Articles about flow measurement challenges, heat exchanger control strategies, PLC and DCSs for process industries, and the top Oil and Gas Engineering articles for 2015 were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain January 4, 2016

PMI decline shows manufacturing in a slump

The Institute for Supply Management's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) stayed in contraction and showed an overall decline for the seventh straight month due to global concerns.

By Bob Vavra
Supply Chain December 2, 2015

Boiler MACT and your boiler

The U.S. EPA’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, generally known as the “Boiler MACT Rule,” was issued in January, 2013. MACT stands for “maximum achievable control technology.”

By Gas Technology
Supply Chain December 1, 2015

Manufacturing index plunges into contraction

PMI drops to 48.6% as new orders, production drag index below 50% for the first time in three years.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Supply Chain November 20, 2015

Electric gear pumps

Clark Solutions' UP2 electric gear pumps are designed for water, oil, and process systems and feature bronze or PTFE gears with built-in pressure control.

By Clark Solutions
Supply Chain November 13, 2015

Top 10 Control Engineering articles, October 13 to November 12: Engineers’ Choice finalists, PLC or DCS, Leaders Under 40, more

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, choosing between a PLC and DCS, the Leaders Under 40, DCS development changes, and reducing VFD costs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 13 to November 12. Miss something? You can catch up here. Also see what ranked 6-10.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain October 13, 2015

University program for discussing energy issues launched

Experts from a range of disciplines at the University of Houston have been named Energy Fellows and will contribute to an energy blog and other forums to increase awareness of energy issues.

By Jeannie Kever, University of Houston
Supply Chain October 5, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, September 28 to October 4: Leaders Under 40, mechatronics simplifies machine design, world-class manufacturing practices, more

Articles about the Leaders Under 40, mechatronics simplifies machine design, world-class manufacturing practices, OEE key concepts and formulas, and LNG transport technologies were Plant Engineering's five most-clicked articles from last week, September 28 to October 4. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Erin Dunne
Supply Chain October 5, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, September 28 to October 4: Leaders under 40, automation software changes, SCADA systems, more

Articles about the Leaders Under 40, mechatronics and machine design, LNG transport technologies, variable speed efficiency, and common VFD myths were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 28 to October 4. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain September 30, 2015

Offshore production: It’s expensive and difficult

Current poor market conditions notwithstanding, oil and gas produced from increasingly deep water will be critical in the long term.

By Peter Welander
Supply Chain July 30, 2015

Black October on the horizon

The price of oil may not have hit the nadir yet, supply is almost double that of demand, and the Iran deal may slash oil prices to new lows.

By Eric R. Eissler
Supply Chain July 15, 2015

Lithium-ion capacitor provides high power with long-cycle life

The Ultimo lithium ion capacitor combines battery and ultra capacitor technology to provide high-energy density and high power.

Supply Chain July 1, 2015

Thirty years later, the industry is losing its best and brightest, again

In the 1980s, the oil and gas industry was going through the same crew change as it is now. Highly educated workers were laid off and the cycle is repeating itself. Will the industry learn its lesson this time?

By Pierre Bertrand
Supply Chain June 30, 2015

Intelligent automation series part 1: Introducing the intelligent automation pyramid

Technology can be used to fully integrate process and business operations to improve efficiency, reduce operating costs, and increase overall productivity across an entire organization.

By Alex Marcy
Supply Chain June 16, 2015

Chinese DCS market seeking new opportunities for growth

Local distributed control systems (DCS) suppliers in China have been growing faster than the market average as they are closing the technological gaps with international suppliers and as they have the advantage of fast response and understanding local preferences.

By Lenard Huang, IHS Technology
Supply Chain June 15, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 8-14: Lubrication culture, effective HVAC maintenance, arc flash code compliance, more

Articles about the culture of lubrication, making HVAC maintenance more effective, arc flash relays and code compliance, predictive maintenance data analysis, and developing an improvement-driven plant were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 8-14. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain June 15, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, June 8-14: IIoT and Industry 4.0, BP Texas City, energy-efficient machines, more

Articles about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0, BP Texas City 10 years later, energy-efficient machine best practices, industrial Internet programs and the cloud, and do it yourself HMIs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 8-14. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain June 11, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 12 to June 11: Salary and career survey, dual split-range control strategy, BP Texas City, more

Articles about the 2015 Control Engineering salary and career survey, a dual split-range control strategy, BP Texas City 10 years later, 7 benefits of HMI-historian integration, and energy-efficient machine best practices were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, May 12 to June 11. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain June 11, 2015

Pemex offers insight into shale stratagies at Global Petroleum Show

Pemex, Mexico's national oil company, revealed they are planning on extracting from shale plays along the eastern side of the country as well as the Mexico-Texas border.

By Eric R. Eissler
Supply Chain June 8, 2015

U.S.-Canada trade partnership a main focus at Global Petroleum Show

Canada’s Global Petroleum Show (GPS) in Calgary will highlight the strong trade partnership between the U.S. and Canada as companies and individual states will look to grow and add to their business deals.

By Eric R. Eissler
Supply Chain June 8, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, June 1-7: Pneumatic systems and saving energy, finding time for maintenance, predictive analytics, more

Articles about pneumatic systems and saving energy, finding time for maintenance, predictive analytics, calculating the cost of faults, and manufacturing maintenance practices were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, June 1-7. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain June 8, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, June 1-7: Dual split-range control strategy, BP Texas City, energy-efficient machines, more

Articles about a dual split-range control strategy, BP Texas City 10 years later, energy-efficient machine best practices, predictive analytics, and the Control Engineering salary and career survey were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 1-7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain June 8, 2015

Scratch out a shale-play living

Part 3: Producers are struggling with depressed oil prices, but at least they’re producing. Drilling, conversely, has slowed to a minimal pace.

By Peter Welander
Supply Chain May 28, 2015

Lower oil price is changing the outlook for the world market for distributed control systems

Due to the lower price of oil on the international markets, the revenues based on distributed control systems' services are forecasted to be lower in 2015.

By Lenard Huang
Supply Chain May 25, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 18-24: Reliability function potential, maintenance tips, inventory management, more

Articles about reliability function potential, tips to find time for maintenance, inventory management, Industry 4.0 and IIoT risks, and pipeline physical and cyber security were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, May 18-24. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain May 25, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 18-24: Salary and career survey, BP Texas City, PC-based control, more

Articles about the Control Engineering salary and career survey, BP Texas City 10 years later, PC-based control, flared-gas powered Pykrete, and pipeline physical and cyber security were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, May 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain May 18, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 11-17: Pneumatic systems and energy savings, maintaining power in remote locations, PLM and connectivity, more

Articles about pneumatic systems and saving energy, maintaining power in remote locations, PLM and connectivity, effective electrical safety, and a revolutionary smart cement were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, May 11-17. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain May 14, 2015

U.S. paces global manufacturing in a partly sunny outlook

Global technology research leader IHS says, while global manufacturing growth shows no signs or retreating, the pace of growth may slow a bit as the pressures of low oil prices deliver a one-two punch.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Supply Chain May 14, 2015

High-density fuse terminal blocks

These double-level fuse terminal blocks incorporate reliable screw connection in a 6.2-mm pitch.

By Phoenix Contact
Supply Chain May 14, 2015

Process safety webcast answers questions about best practices, anatomy of an incident

Process safety tutorial: Questions and answers follow related from a recent webcast, “Anatomy of an Incident: Safety Best Practices from Lessons Learned.” Luis Durán from ABB answered additional audience questions here to help improve safety culture and lower risk of plant incidents and accidents using recognized engineering best practices, design and implementation, operations or maintenance, and technology developments.

By Luis Durán
Supply Chain May 11, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, May 4-10: Smart cement, age of the control engineer, effective electrical safety, more

Articles about a revolutionary smart cement, the age of the control engineer, effective electrical safety, wear-resistant ceramic coatings, and combined heat and power were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, May 4-10. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain May 11, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, May 4-10: Feed forwards augmenting PID control, pigging your line, age of the control engineer, more

Articles about feed forwards augmenting PID control, pigging your line, using a historian to store machine data, the age of the control engineer, and soft starters were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, May 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain May 8, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 8 to May 7: Feed forwards helping PID control, hacking oil and gas control systems, age of the control engineer, more

Articles about feed forwards augmenting PID control, hacking oil and gas control systems, the age of the control engineer, inspecting instruments in hazardous locations, and collaborative robots and humans working together were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last month, April 8 to May 7. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain May 4, 2015

Industrial automation equipment market growth in 2015 despite headwinds

The industrial automation equipment (IAE) market will continue to grow in 2015 mainly in the form of low oil and commodity prices and weakened demand from some developing economies.

By Alex Chausovsky, IHS Technology
Supply Chain May 4, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 27 to May 3: Smart cement, process safety and security controller, ac motor repair, more

Articles about a revolutionary smart cement, a process safety and security controller, ac motor repair, the age of the control engineer, and the 2015 Plant Engineering maintenance study were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 27 to May 3. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain May 4, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 27 to May 3: Age of the control engineer, technologies for sensor networks, ICS cyber insecurity, more

Articles about the age of the control engineer, technologies for improving sensor networks in oil and gas, ICS cyber insecurity, proactive obsolescence management, and compressed air efficiency at a distance were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, April 27 to May 3. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain May 1, 2015

A different kind of automation conference

Maverick Technologies and ISA created a meeting format, Inside Automation, where they learn from the attendees in an with the intent of sharing best practices and creating an open learning environment.

By Peter Welander
Supply Chain May 1, 2015

Industry trends: Iran, Yemen contributing to oil market turmoil

Iran’s potential access to world markets may drive oil prices down while conflicts in Yemen are speculative and have no real bearing on the international oil market.

By Eric R. Eissler
Supply Chain April 29, 2015

Country intelligence report: Norway

Norway is Western Europe's largest producer of hydrocarbons and has the world's largest sovereign wealth fund with income from its oil and gas revenue. It is the third-largest exporter of natural gas and is an important alternative to Russia's gas supply for the EU.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Supply Chain April 29, 2015

Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line

Allen Pennington, president of Pigs Unlimited International located in Tomball, Texas, shared his industry insights about the challenges related to pipeline cleaning.

By Eric R. Eissler
Supply Chain April 23, 2015

Maverick Technologies opens Pittsburgh office

Company cites customer demand driven by growing process manufacturing across the region calling for more automation system support close to critical production sites.

Supply Chain April 22, 2015

Time for training: Five core advantages of having well-trained staff

Finding a couple of hours to train workers is tough, but the value is great and easy to measure.

By Sharjeel Nawaz and Ahmed Habib, Intech Process Automation
Supply Chain April 20, 2015

Gas Technology: Capturing the heat

Making CHP pay with efficient heat recovery.

By Gas Technology
Supply Chain April 20, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 13-19: Feed forwards augmenting PID control, hacking oil and gas control systems, torque and shaft size relationship, more

Articles about feed forwards augmenting PID control, hacking oil and gas control systems, the relationship of torque and shaft size, collaborative robots and humans, and techniques for embedded system development were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, April 13-19. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain April 19, 2015

Why and where steam is used

Steam is used for a variety of purposes in a huge number of processes across industries as diverse as pharmaceutical, food and beverage, textiles, pulp and paper, oil and petrochemicals, laundries, and public buildings.

By Spirax Sarco
Supply Chain April 17, 2015

Gas Technology: Doors opening for NGV trucking

Natural gas vehicle (NGV) trucking's benefits are becoming more apparent as consumers realize its potential in reducing emissions and overall fuel costs.

By Gas Technology
Supply Chain April 16, 2015

Global manufacturing, future trade agreements are major topics at Hannover Messe

Hannover notes: U.S. paces manufacturing growth in a partly sunny outlook; is TTIF the European NAFTA; human/robot relationships evolving

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Supply Chain April 15, 2015

As drone use flourishes, the FAA wavers, and Amazon is forced offshore

Funding continues to flow to drone ventures worldwide even as news from the FAA suggests many years before true autonomous flight will be allowed and Amazon feels they must develop their drone plans offshore.

By Frank Tobe, Robot Report
Supply Chain April 10, 2015

Saving energy, hiking pipeline oil flow

A strong electric field applied to a section of the Keystone pipeline can smooth oil flow and yield significant pump energy savings.

By Gregory Hale, ISSSource
Supply Chain April 7, 2015

Country intelligence report: Argentina

Argentina is attempting to usurp the U.S. as the world’s largest producer of shale gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that the country could have more shale-oil deposits than the U.S., with 27 billion barrels of oil and 24 tcm of natural gas in situ that is technically recoverable. The Argentine government wants to embrace a major shale boom to save the country from its inflation and economic problems. However, the low price of oil may delay unconventional production and furthermore, outside the U.S. and Canada, shale hydrocarbon extraction is in its infancy.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Supply Chain April 7, 2015

Country intelligence report: Iran

Often overlooked due to the sanctions in place on the country, Iran has vast hydrocarbon reserves and is the world’s second-largest holder of natural gas reserves with 33.8 tcm in situ at the end of 2013. With nuclear negotiations on the table that are poised to be accepted, the Iranian potential to contribute to the world oil and gas supply, with access to all markets, is a very real possibility.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Supply Chain March 30, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, March 23-29: Engineers’ Choice winners, PID for motion control and robotics, Microsoft Windows 10 for manufacturers, more

Articles about the 2015 Engineers’ Choice winners, PID for motion control and robotics, Microsoft Windows 10 benefits for manufacturers, artificial intelligence for control engineering, and automation helping OEMs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, March 23-29. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain March 30, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 23-29: Hacking oil and gas control systems, dc drives in an ac age, U.S. named Hannover Messe 2016 Partner Nation, more

Articles about hacking oil and gas control systems, dc drives in an ac age, U.S. being named Partner Country for Hannover Mess 2016, the top 5 signs of a reliable plant, and refining in the oil and gas industry were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 23-29. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain March 26, 2015

Understanding business drivers in O&G: Refining enjoys some good times

Part 2: Some parts of the refining segment have emerged as beneficiaries of these confusing market conditions. So how are refiners taking advantage of this prosperity–while it lasts?

By Peter Welander
Supply Chain March 23, 2015

Country intelligence report: USA

The U.S. is now one of the major oil and gas producing countries of the world. The shale fracking revolution brought the country to where it is today.

By Eric R. Eissler
Supply Chain March 18, 2015

M/LWD service

Quasar Pulse service is capable of operating in harsh environments up to 200 C and 25,000 psi.

By Halliburton
Supply Chain March 14, 2015

Front-end engineering and design reduces risks, costs

Application Update: Comprehensive front-end engineering and design (FEED) can reduce risk and lower total cost of ownership for small and large capital projects. A FEED executed for ConocoPhillips optimized the project’s site selection, identified pipeline specifications, and provided refinery process design basis and preliminary piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) and other attributes. FEED improved delivery 14% under the high end of the estimate, to 39 weeks, down from 43 weeks. See FEED tips, advice, and six questions to ask.

By Kevin McCarthy, Graham Stead
Supply Chain March 9, 2015

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, March 2-8: Internet of Things in manufacturing, PMI Index, process hazard analysis, more

Articles about the Internet of Things in manufacturing, the February PMI Index, process hazard analysis tips, research at the University of Houston, and Lean manufacturing’s two key ingredients were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, March 2-8. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain March 5, 2015

Company building manufacturing site and customer service center in Tennessee

ABB is investing $30 million in building a new manufacturing site in Memphis, Tenn., that will focus on smart products and the Internet of Things (IoT) for industries like oil and gas, power generation, mining, and health care.

By Eric R. Eissler
Supply Chain March 2, 2015

Developments to watch at the University of Houston

Ramanan Krishnamoorti, the chief energy officer at the University of Houston, talked about some of the developments and research they are performing including nanotechnology, distributed acoustic sensing, and using real-time data in exploration.

By Eric R. Eissler
Supply Chain February 27, 2015

Country intelligence report: Mexico

Mexico is undergoing a major change within its petroleum industry after a ban on foreign oil companies working in the country was lifted when new legislation entered into force in 2014. The country is going though some turmoil as it adjusts to the new laws, allowing foreign companies to explore for and produce oil. In addition, state-owned PEMEX is being transformed into a private company; a major shock, as it has always been an integral part of the Mexican government.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Supply Chain February 24, 2015

Helping operators navigate the new operational landscape

Technology such as document management, CAD visualization, engineering data warehouses, and Web-based collaboration solutions are all helping to make the handoff process more effective, but ultimately it comes down to the human element.

By Roberto Michel
Supply Chain February 18, 2015

Staying in touch with the well site

Oil & Gas Engineering spoke with Harry Ebbeson, manager of technical services and customer support at PCS Ferguson, to get a better idea about what some of the specifics are for engineers working in the oil and gas industry. Harry paints a multifaceted, in-depth picture of working within 300 ft of the well site.

By Oil & Gas Engineering
Supply Chain February 9, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, February 2-8: Selecting and applying VFDs, integrating and self-regulating processes, control system implementations, more

Articles about selecting and applying VFDs, integrating vs. self-regulating processes, faster and simpler control system implementations, a profile on Saudi Arabia, and heating heavy oil benefits were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, February 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain February 4, 2015

Understanding technology drivers in O&G

How and why do oil and gas producers make operational decisions at production levels? With such a large and complex industry, can we make sense of it all?

By Peter Welander
Supply Chain February 2, 2015

World demand for pumps to approach $84 billion in 2018

According to a new study from the Freedonia Group Inc., the Asia-Pacific region will generate 44% of new pump demand through 2018. Still, the U.S. will remain the largest national market through 2018.

By Freedonia Group Inc.
Supply Chain February 1, 2015

Country intelligence report: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s largest oil producing countries and it is the main driver of OPEC. It is currently keeping oil production high to cripple the economies of Russia and Iran and indirectly slow the U.S. shale boom.

By Eric R. Eissler
Supply Chain January 27, 2015

How to tune combustion control systems

In the previous post, we covered the basics of how gas/oil burners work. This post covers how to tune the combustion control systems to make it as safe and efficient as possible.

By Chris Hardy, Cross Company
Supply Chain January 12, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, January 5-11: Control engineers and management, PID loop tuning advice, oil recovery techniques, more

Articles about 7 things control engineers should know about management, learning PID loop turning from an expert, thermal enhanced oil recovery techniques, PLC and DCS programming, and Industry 4.0 and the IoT for factory automation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 5-11.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain January 9, 2015

Deploying GFCIs in the real world

Ground fault circuit interrupters can protect workers from the risk of electrical shock and injury in wet and hazardous settings.

By Tony Quebbemann, Molex Incorporated
Supply Chain January 5, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, December 29 to January 4: Control engineers and management, industrial automation video, PLC and DCS programming, more

Articles about 7 things control engineers should know about management, industrial automation video, PLC and DCS programming, gaining a production system, and MES and batch manufacturing were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 29 to January 4. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain January 5, 2015

PMI wraps up 2014 with another strong month

While manufacturing index slips to 55.5% in December, the yearly average indicates solid growth will continue.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Supply Chain January 5, 2015

Country Intelligence Report: Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan is poised to be a major provider of gas to the east via Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline (TAPI). The proposed Trans-Caspian pipeline could be a viable option to transport to the west, but due to the loggerhead over delimitation of the Caspian Sea between the littoral states, this major project remains a pipe dream for now.

By Eric R. Eissler
Supply Chain December 22, 2014

System integration insights: Oil and Gas

SI Insights: CFE Media spoke with representatives from some of the 2014 System Integration Giants to get their views on how the oil and gas market will evolve and what role their companies expect to play with automation and control system integration.

By CFE Media
Supply Chain December 19, 2014

Industry Trends

The era of cheap gasoline is here again, but it caught the industry in a precarious situation, as it may become an unprofitable business to produce oil and gas from shale formations. It could potentially turn the boom into a bust. However, production is up in the U.S.

By Eric R. Eissler
Supply Chain December 10, 2014

System Integrator of the Year: Maverick Technologies

Maverick Technologies is the 2015 System Integrator of the Year in the large system integrator category.

By CFE Media
Supply Chain November 28, 2014

Information transparency in the European oil and gas industry

Europe fears its energy ties to Russia, but most countries refuse to embrace fracking as an alternative. Will more information change hearts and minds? What is technology's role?

By Jasmit Sagoo
Supply Chain November 13, 2014

Cooling fan for explosive environments

The MIL-901XP fan is rated for use in explosive environments and meets s UL, NEC and ANSI standards.

By AMETEK Rotron
Supply Chain November 4, 2014

Honeywell opens its new customer demonstration center in Houston

New showcase site includes high-tech demonstrations of the company’s latest products. Video: Paul Bonner explains how the facility will be used to help prospects and customers from a variety of industries understand specialized product offerings.

By CFE Media
Supply Chain October 15, 2014

How many people will be running your plant?

Process manufacturers have to deal with basic head count challenges. The answer may be fewer people than you think, but how do you find the right number?

By Peter Welander
Supply Chain October 2, 2014

How will the Siemens acquisition of Dresser-Rand change the competitive landscape?

With the recent Siemens announcement that it will purchase gas compressor and turbine supplier Dresser-Rand Group Inc., Siemens is well-poised to stake its claim as a heavyweight rival to GE, according to IHS.

By Preston Reine, Analyst for IHS Inc.
Supply Chain September 25, 2014

Integration – the next big hurdle

As automation systems become more mature, islands of information are starting to disappear. This article explains how to bring information from the PLC to desktop. This integration is important especially for the oil and gas industry where process plants are controlled remotely.

By Steve Elwart, PE
Supply Chain September 10, 2014

Implementation of advanced decision support ADS on a distillation column

Simplified HMI graphics are offered as a solution for advanced decision support (ADS) at the 2014 Yokogawa Users Conference and Exhibition.

By Anisa Samarxhiu
Supply Chain July 30, 2014

Spill kit

A bioremediation product for hydrocarbons spills.

Supply Chain July 28, 2014

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 21-27: Offshore drilling, control programming habits, PID math, more

Articles about offshore oil and gas drilling, control programming habits, PID math, tuning PID control loops, and MES project execution were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, July 21-27. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain July 21, 2014

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, July 14-20: PID math, PID control loops, Ethernet, more

Articles about tuning PID control loops, radio frequencies, PID math, programming PLCs, and ASM-compliant HMIs were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, July 14-20. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Supply Chain June 30, 2014

A new era of growth for the fuels and chemicals market

Domestic refiners and petrochemical plants are looking to expand the process of exporting refined fuels.

By Neil Davies, Spirax Sarco
Supply Chain June 10, 2014

Cable glands designed to reduce explosion risk

Thomas & Betts' (T&B) Kopex-Ex SWA/SWB Cable Glands protect people and the environment from accidents due to explosions, making them useful in oil and gas processing and marine environments.

Supply Chain May 5, 2014

I/O system for harsh environments

Wago Corporation's Wago-I/O-SYSTEM 750 XTR is designed for use in extreme environments and has vibration protection and electrical protection from impulse voltage.

Supply Chain April 11, 2014

Gas Technology: Natural gas for today’s fleet

Growing range of options

By Gas Technology
Supply Chain December 4, 2013

Swaging unit for oil and gas industry

The High-Volume Swaging Unit (HVSU) is aimed to increase safety and enables installers to preswage nut-ferrule sets onto stainless steel tubing

Supply Chain November 20, 2013

End markets drive programmable logic controllers development in Southeast Asia

Oil and gas, automotive, and agriculture remain dominant for PLC sales in Southeast Asia with all three industries continuing to grow.

By IHS Inc.
Supply Chain November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Automation & Controls

Finalists in the Automation & Controls category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Amanda McLeman
Supply Chain November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Compressed Air

Finalists in the Compressed Air category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Amanda McLeman
Supply Chain November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Electrical Controls

Finalists in the Electrical Controls category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Amanda McLeman
Supply Chain November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Fluid Handling

Finalists in the Fluid Handling category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Amanda McLeman
Supply Chain November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Lighting

Finalists in the Lighting category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Amanda McLeman
Supply Chain November 18, 2013

2013 Product of the Year finalists: Maintenance Tools & Equipment

Finalists in the Maintenance Tools & Equipment category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.

By Amanda McLeman
Supply Chain November 6, 2013

Swedish refinery to be upgraded

Honeywell has been contracted by Preem AB to modernize the Preemraf Lysekil refinery in southern Sweden with industrial process controllers to triple the capacity of the current controllers at the refinery.

By Honeywell
Supply Chain October 21, 2013

SATORP Jubail refinery project enters commissioning phase

This integrated greenfield refinery was designed with full comprehensive manufacturing infrastructure from the earliest phases. Invensys sees this as a prototype for new projects where all aspects of manufacturing- and enterprise-level systems are integrated through the entire lifecycle. Video: Ravi Gopinath explains what this means for future deployments.

Supply Chain October 17, 2013

EC: APN-310N

Network Integration - Wireless products: The APN-310N is a single radio Industrial 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN access point capable of link speeds up to 300 Mbps. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
Supply Chain October 17, 2013

EC: Overmolded Mil-Spec Cordset

Network Integration - Network hardware: TURCK Overmolded Mil-Spec Cordsets are completely assembled and 100 percent factory tested with no field assembly, soldering or wiring required, delivering an easy, robust connectivity solution. This is a Control Engineering 2014 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.

By Control Engineering
Supply Chain September 24, 2013

Wonderware owner Invensys acquires InduSoft

With the InduSoft acquisition, Invensys (currently with a recommended offer from Schneider Electric to be acquired) further expands human-machine interface (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) offerings for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sector. Invensys owns Wonderware HMI software, Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, and Avantis brands. Video: How InduSoft and Wonderware work together, added on Oct. 24.

By Mark T. Hoske
Supply Chain September 13, 2013

Control systems provided to Russian refinery

The Antipinsky Refinery in Tyumen, Russia, is receiving control systems from Honeywell to help create a central operations center.

By Honeywell
Supply Chain September 10, 2013

Contract awarded to automate oil platform on UK Continental Shelf

Premier Oil has contracted Emerson to automate an offshore platform at the Solan oil field in the United Kingdom that will allow them to control operations from 100 miles away.

By Emerson Process Management
Supply Chain August 30, 2013

Automation system provided to intercontinental gas pipeline

ABB has supplied an integrated multisystem automation solution for the new Medgaz gas pipeline that connects North Africa’s largest gas producer with the gas transmission networks of Europe.

By ABB
Supply Chain August 21, 2013

Asia, infrastructure investments, driving high power ac drive market

Growing demand in Asia as well as increased infrastructure investments in the oil and gas, mining, and electric industries are driving the high power ac drive market, according to ARC Advisory Group.

By Control Engineering
Supply Chain August 2, 2013

Contract awarded for gas-to-liquids automation project

Emerson Process Management has been chosen to automate Sasol's planned integrated gas-to-liquids (GTL) and ethane cracker complex in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

By Emerson Process Management
Supply Chain August 2, 2013

Contract awarded for underground gas storage upgrade

Yokogawa United Kingdom has been awarded a contract by SSE Hornsea Ltd to provide an integrated control and safety system for their onshore undeground gas storage facilities in Atwick, East Yorkshire.

By Yokogawa
Supply Chain August 2, 2013

Introduction to multivariate data analysis in chemical engineering

Multivariate data analysis methods are being used more and more beyond chemical engineering and have useful, practical uses for process control, though there are challenges to using multivariate data.

By Nathan Bray, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, CAMO Software
Supply Chain July 25, 2013

Ground fault protector

ABB’s F200 Ground Fault Equipment Protector (GFEP) is designed to protect equipment against damaging line-to-ground currents and can be applied to most electrical networks.

Supply Chain July 8, 2013

No “snapback” yet; automation industry remains stable

Control system integrators continue to wait for a much anticipated reacceleration in the operating environment, according to results of a recent survey of Control System Integrator Association (CSIA) members conducted by J.P. Morgan.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)

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