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My Plant is Running Just Fine

Posted by Chad Harper on August 6, 2013 @ 6:43 am

Please don’t talk to me about technologies and work practices that can improve my plant performance. I can’t stand the idea of disrupting my current situation with anything new even if it is better.

fine – adj. – Satisfactory; acceptable “So, how is the plant running?” “Just fine.” With all of the progress we’ve made in technology, process engineering, safety and abnormal situation management, we have little to show for it in the process industries. Where did we go off track and what can we do about it? How do we insist that “satisfactory; acceptable” is not good enough. Engineering workforce Not too long ago, production companies had ...

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If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Automate it?

Posted by Bruce Brandt on July 16, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

Final MAV blog imageAs a card-carrying member of the control engineering community, I’ve never understood the level of disdain some industries have for automating their processes. I started my career in an industry that understood they could no longer operate their plants without a robust and effective process control system. They realized a long time ago that manual operation of an 880 MW coal-fired power plant is just not an option. After almost 10 years in the utility power industry, I switched to ...

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How Virtual Machines Can Fit In Your Workplace

Posted by Art Howell on June 25, 2013 @ 8:34 am

Machine Virtualization ImageA virtual machine (VM) is essentially a software implementation of a machine (i.e., a computer) that runs in a virtual environment and executes programs like a physical machine. The processor and hardware are shared between the machine and the VM. The concept was originally designed to help programmers who wanted the flexibility to be able to run several different operating systems on a single machine instead of having to purchase several machines. This helped cut down on initial hardware costs and upkeep. Industrial users are adopting the idea and loading VMs onto machines in a ...

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Exceeding Expectations and/or Destined for Failure

Posted by Andy Crossman on June 11, 2013 @ 8:33 am

Is your control system exceeding expectations by performing in an environment for which it is not rated, operating beyond its rated temperature, powering loads beyond the documented capacity, or is it destined for failure? So which is it, or is it more than one? In most cases where an issue is present, the answer is yes to more than one, including the last one: the equipment is functioning beyond rated capacity and destined for failure, yet the owner is unaware. imageOver the years I have seen too many instances of control equipment being used beyond its documented limitations and expiring prematurely. Of course, when the equipment does fail it will li...

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Safeguarding the U.S. SCADA Systems from Hackers

Posted by Paul Galeski on May 2, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

New Partnership Aims to Develop a Solution to Combat National Cybersecurity Threats

 

Yesterday we announced a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Logos Technologies and Global Velocity to develop a solution set to protect U.S. national infrastructure from potential cyber-attacks.

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