The 4Sight calibration and maintenance software from the Sensing business of GE Energy’s Measurement & Control Solutions is a scalable solution for single-user or multisite businesses. It can streamline maintenance workflow by improving data integrity, optimising work schedules, automating calibration and maintenance, and correcting instrument deviations. Using web-based technology, the software will help to achieve regulatory compliance and safety, and can provide 25 to 40% reductions in maintenance costs in the industrial, petrochemical, chemical, process, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical sectors.
In most process industries, the management of energy consumption has become a high priority in recent years. But standalone and ad hoc efforts to manage energy will not achieve the results that can be achieved when a comprehensive life cycle approach is used.
The OPC Training Institute has released OPC Rescue, a diagnostic tool for users that want to diagnose communications issues.
In technical literature, reliability-centred maintenance (RCM) continues to show up as the prominent future strategic direction in machinery maintenance, and for good reason. RCM is the best method to use when optimising the operational reliability of plant equipment. It is important for reliability professionals to understand RCM and how condition-monitoring tools fit into the RCM picture.
A key aspect of the ‘perfect plant’ is having the right information in the right place at the right time. However, in the modern plant, the right time to view this information is not when you are standing in front of an operator console. It is when you are in the field, in front of a failing piece of equipment or discussing a problem while on the move. More often than not, the right way to deliver information is by putting it in the hands of a mobile worker.
Founded on sophisticated production intelligence software, a new breed of information-enabled energy management systems is taking on the carbon footprint challenge - while simultaneously improving production performance and the bottom line.
Honeywell has formed a new advanced solutions business which leverages the capabilities of its Matrikon acquisition.
ExperTune’s PlantTriage can now provide real-time trending of process variables on mobile phones. Live data from a control system can be relayed to a mobile phone’s browser. This feature allows users to have immediate access to control-room data when working remotely out in the plant.
Vega has released its DTM Collection 07/2010 that includes PACTware 4.0 as well as new device drivers and functional extensions for various sensors. Parallel to the introduction of enhanced instrument functions, the company brings out a new release of its DTM Collection every year. The collection also contains PACTware 4.0.
Leveraging virtual reality models to improve time-to-competency in critical areas such as safety and environment protection systems, knowledge and performance training, and reliability provides a vehicle to rapidly train new operators.
ExperTune’s PlantTriage control system monitoring software now has several additional tools to provide more specific performance metrics and diagnostics for each control loop component: the instrument, the valve and the controller.
Honeywell has released Field Advisor software. Based on technology acquired from Shell Global Solutions in December 2009, the software helps plants to reduce costly emergency work and unplanned shutdowns by allowing mobile operators to more easily rectify problems in the field, before they escalate and result in equipment failure.
Invensys Operations Management has announced the availability of an updated version of its Wonderware IntelaTrac mobile workforce management and decision-support system.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has announced the availability of the Proficy SmartStart Manufacturing Energy Management Solution, a packaged software and services solution that offers a low-risk approach to energy savings within manufacturing. Providing insight into energy usage, the application is designed to help users reduce energy costs, improve production planning, identify sources of energy waste and drive energy management best practices, while correlating energy costs with manufacturing production.
Invensys Operations Management has announced that its Avantis.PRO enterprise asset management (EAM) software is now more tightly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. The integration of these software packages is claimed to provide a powerful, easy-to-use solution that ensures financial and enterprise-planning decisions are made using timely, reliable information about the health and operation of all assets within a manufacturing facility or organisation.