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Leadership for human factors

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:37:00 -0400

To address safety issues by improving human factors, Julian Annison, principal industry consultant at Emerson Automation Solutions says it's vital for leaders to challenge their teams in three primary areas:

Can we control the climate?

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:46:00 -0400

Science says we must; engineering shows us how it could be done.

Specifying intrinsically safe remote monitoring sensor systems for hazardous class I, division 1 environments

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:50:00 -0400

Wireless sensor networks frequently operate in hazardous areas where explosive atmospheres pose a safety risk to equipment and operators. A Class I, Division 1 hazardous area is defined as an environment where combustible gas, vapor or mist is present or is expected to be present for extended periods under normal...

Emerson completes acquisition of MYNAH Technologies

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:17:00 -0400

Deal adds key technologies to Emerson’s Operational Certainty initiative, which is designed to improve plant performance

IEC 61511 second edition updates

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:18:00 -0400

Here, we outline several important changes that were made to IEC 61511, Parts 1, 2 and 3, second edition, "Functional safety—safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector," issued last year.

2017 State of Technology: Flow measurement

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:49:00 -0400

The latest flow measurement trends, technology and implementations are detailed in this new ebook from the editors of Control.

CyboSoft Flare Control System Design Guide

Sat, 20 May 2017 18:23:04 -0400

Aims to help refineries and petrochemical plants meet EPA regulations on flare operations.

Why the bus is Smurfed

Sat, 20 May 2017 18:03:00 -0400

In the early years of this century, choosing fieldbus meant limiting the field of potential suppliers to a smaller subset, since a number of the major players had incomplete or nonexistent offerings. The rest of technology wasn’t ready for fieldbus—maybe now it is.

PBS NOVA interview on WannaCry

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:23:00 -0400

The PBS Nova interview on WannaCry can be found at NOVApbs/

Calibrating pressure instrumentation

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:27:00 -0400

From calibration interval, accuracy and documentation requirements through automating calibration pressures at the plant floor, today's tools offer multiple ways to streamline maintenance and ensure performance of pressure instrumentation.

The engineer’s guide to signal conditioning

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:22:00 -0400

Signal conditioning is one of the most important components of a data acquisition system because without optimizing real-world signals for the digitizer in use, you cannot rely on the accuracy of the measurement.

Take control of condition information

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:50:00 -0400

Why centralized machinery health management isn't just for the biggest companies.

Walmart's new sustainability initiative is coming after all our emissions

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:07:00 -0400

Mega-retailer's new Project Gigaton initiative invites 'suppliers to join in a commitment to eliminate 1 gigaton of emissions from their operations and supply chains.'

Ransomware and control system cyber security

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:42:00 -0400

DoS is typically accomplished by flooding the targeted machine to overload systems and prevent some or all legitimate requests from being fulfilled. However, it does not matter if the service/system is shutdown by the attacker or by the end-user in response to the attacker– the system is still shut down.

Process safety delayed

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:48:00 -0400

Some users and experts report process safety is largely paralyzed, but some progress and innovations keep plugging along.

Smart instruments enable improved pumping

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:26:00 -0400

Smart pumping applications are designed to adjust the speed of a pump to compensate for changing process conditions or plant requirements.

Versatility of thermal mass flow meters

Mon, 15 May 2017 13:17:00 -0400

The thermal mass flow market is one of the fastest growing flow meter segments. It will continue to rise, due in part to cost savings associated with energy management.

To hold a job today and in the future, learning doesn’t end with college, or ever

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:50:00 -0400

Political analysts will long debate over where Brexit, Trump and Le Pen came from. Many say income gaps. I’d say … not quite. I’d say income anxiety and the stress over what it now takes to secure and hold a good job.

What do process safety and the March for Science have in common?

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:51:00 -0400

'There are similar forces at work against those pushing for process safety and those marching in support of science. The real power of ignorance, inertia, entropy and short-sighted, unsafe production quotas is that they don't have to do anything to accomplish their destructive goals,' says Jim Montague.

E6000 combustion gas and emissions analyzer

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:55:52 -0400

Can measure up to six gases simultaneously, has a built-in printer and color graphic display, and saves data automatically with an expanded internal memory.