Power Plant Control Systems In A Smelter Complex

Posted by Mike Robb on September 11, 2012 @ 8:17 am

Isolating A Large Power Generating System When It’s Driving A Variable Load Creates Some Special Control Challenges

Power plant control systems have their own unique design issues, however when dealing with island systems, there are even more things to consider. Take for example a large aluminum smelter complex – such plants can have their own power generation facilities, as large as 2,000 MW, which is enough to power a small city. These operate with only a small tie breaker connecting them to the grid for emergency purposes. These complexes try to maint... Continue Reading

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Addressing Batch Process Control with S88 Recipes

Posted by John Clemons on September 6, 2012 @ 8:52 am

I received a lot of feedback on my recent posts on recipes and specifications.   I was asked why I didn’t mention the S88 definitions for recipes and how it fits with the point I was trying to make. Well, I think that’s a pretty fair point and I wanted to get into that a little bit today.  If you recall, I was making a couple of major points about recipes and specifications. First, there are a lot of people throughout the company that use some part of the recipes and/or specifications in their jobs from time to time.  In fact, there’s probably a lot more people t... Continue Reading

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MAVERICK CEO Paul Galeski to Receive Two Awards from ISA

Posted by MAVERICK Leadership Team on September 5, 2012 @ 8:32 am

Speaking at the recent grand opening of PlantFloor24, Paul Galeski said, “Here at MAVERICK, we’re about making U.S. manufacturing better and more competitive. But people prefer to do business with people, and we have a lot of good people here.” Paul was absolutely right — MAVERICK’s strength is its people. The experience and knowledge our automation experts bring to the table are what drive our success and the success of our customers. But we wouldn’t be able to assemble such an inspired team if it weren’t for our visionary CEO — someone who’s passionate about ideas, about solutions and about helping our customers grow their businesses and stay ahead of changing technology trends. That’s why it’s no surprise t... Continue Reading

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The Danger Of What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know

Posted by Bruce Brandt on September 4, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

Engineering disciplines, just like may other disciplines, have become very narrowly focused. At some level this is a necessary trend, since to be expert in every aspect of a field has become something that is almost impossible to accomplish. Very few mechanical engineers are experts in metallurgy, hydraulics, machine design, HVAC design, thermodynamics, mechanics of materials, strength of materials, metal cutting operations, metal forming operations, and, well, the list goes on. An engineering student attempting to delve deeply enough in every aspect of his or her chosen discipline to be an “expert” would never finish college. What's more, most colleges don’t even ... Continue Reading

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Understanding ISA 95: A Must for the Manufacturing Evangelist

Posted by Nick Schleich on August 28, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

In this post, I would like to share ideas relating to operations management and software development within the problem domain of manufacturing. For this discussion, I will draw on my experience in an industrial / manufacturing engineering capacity within various discrete manufacturing organizations, as a quality engineer for a leading HMI vendor, and as a software developer for control system firms. The ISA 95 specification can assist in this discussion. As many are aware, the ISA 95 specification encompasses the modeling of the maintenance, quality, logistics, and pro... Continue Reading

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