Control Systems Design
Honeywell’s new alarm management technology
February 2015, Honeywell ACS South Africa
Helping to make plants and pipelines safer and more productive.
Case History 140: Report after optimisation exercise
February 2015, Michael Brown Control Engineering
There is a particular continuous process plant in South Africa that takes base layer control loop optimisation extremely seriously. (Many other plants unfortunately do not, which to me is terribly sad.)
Rockwell Automation delivers control solution at Impala
January 2015, Rockwell Automation
PlantPAx system extended to reduce refrigeration costs and improve efficiency.
Force monitoring for manual presses
December 2014, ASSTech Process Electronics + Instrumentation
German instrumentation specialist, Burster, has introduced its new ForceMaster 9110 to monitor both complex and simple manual press operations in manufacturing and assembly processes.
The device monitors
Rockwell Automation’s high-pressure mist fire suppression
November 2014, Rockwell Automation
The Rockwell Automation installations of automation instrumentation for controlling conveyor belt speed and sequencing can include a fire suppression system in the form of a Fogtec high-pressure water
Pervasive sensing changes the fundamentals of automation
November 2014, Emerson Process Management SA
Wireless technology coupled with a reduction in the cost of sensor technology is driving a new era in industrial automation.
Case History 139: The importance of measurements and dynamics.
November 2014, Michael Brown Control Engineering
One of the first laws of process control states that you cannot control what you cannot measure. However, although instrument practitioners all know this they very often forget it.
I think this is largely
PlantStruxure PES solution for Tshwane wastewater plant
Artiflex Engineering and Schneider Electric help the metro to standardise its process control architecture.
PlantStruxure PES shines at Xperience Efficiency
October 2014, Schneider Electric South Africa
Schneider Electric combines control applications, supervision and field devices under one integrated software platform.
Omniflex replaces annunciator system for Shell
September 2014, Omniflex Automation Products
When Shell Lubricants in the UK needed to replace an ageing process alarm system with SIL certified technology, it chose Omniflex to engineer a replacement solution based on the state-of-the-art Omni16R
Case History 138: Bad actors.
September 2014, Michael Brown Control Engineering
Alarm management has become a subject of interest in many plants. With the advent of computerised control and HMI systems, it has become extremely easy to put alarms onto control loops. Nowadays operators
Automation of the brewing process
August 2014, Endress+Hauser
Instrumentation from Endress+Hauser optimises every step of the way.
July 2014, Beckhoff Automation
Beckhoff’s Scientific Automation integrates robotics, measurement technology and condition monitoring into the standard control platform alongside PLC, motion control and safety technology. TwinCAT utilises
Case History 137: The cycling pressure loop.
July 2014, Michael Brown Control Engineering
I have written much in the past about the peculiar problems inherent to integrating processes. The most commonly found of these are level controls, but some pressure control loops, particularly those
The automation challenge requires new approaches
ExxonMobil’s Sandy Vassar talks of a new approach to automation at ARC’s Orlando Industry Forum.
The re-invented high-bay warehouse
June 2014, Beckhoff Automation
Beckhoff’s TwinCAT 3 unites PC control and science for simplified cable robot operation.
Reader feedback sent to Michael Brown
May 2014, Michael Brown Control Engineering
SA Instrumentation and Control contributing editor, Michael Brown, recently received some feedback on a loop optimisation article we published in the August 2013 edition. Since it is such a topical experience
Case History 136: Control valve with negative hysteresis
May 2014, Michael Brown Control Engineering
Following on the theme of Case History 135, here is another example of what a really bad valve can do to contribute to problems in control loops.
The example is of a loop controlling the reflux flow
Metso improves paper quality measurements
May 2014, Metso Automation
Brigl & Bergmeister enhances label paper quality with Metso’s latest control technology.
Control system modernisation at Constance Water Works
April 2014, Beckhoff Automation
At Constance Water Works located in Germany, outdated automation technology was recently replaced with Beckhoff control components. The new, fully automatic control offers a wealth of added value beyond
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