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An older distributed control system (DCS) cannot operate a modern process plant at optimum levels. Upgrading to the next-generation automation system means superior overall performance, a reduction in downtime, and lower maintenance and operational costs. The sufficient return on investment from this handful of measures justifies an upgrade.
The manufacturing industry is on the brink of the next industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, which will transform systems architecture, connectivity and sensors as we know them. This revolution will lead to the development of ‘smart factories’. Smart factories of the future are going to need smart sensors and smart connectivity solutions for these smart sensors. IO-Link will be a fundamental component of it all.
Web server technology has unlocked new pathways for data exchange and communication, radically changing the world of industrial production and automation. For the user there are now standardised tools that enable simple device operation, while for the developer there are fewer restrictions and greater flexibility.
Today’s economies are increasingly competitive, placing heavy emphasis on tight budgets and cash flow control. To remain lucrative, plants need to consistently reach peak performance and forever adapt to evolving operational dynamics. Dependability, repeatability and safety are the common demands of their market that need to be met.
Developed manufacturing nations are under pressure to enhance their capabilities to stay competitive, while developing nations such as China are looking to provide an edge. Networked manufacturing has the potential to secure competitiveness for both types of economies.
How can the next generation of IPCs be enhanced to better meet industry’s needs? What technology will propel IPCs to the next level of effectiveness?
Bioenergy, produced by biomass and biogas combustion, is the world’s most common form of renewable energy production. It is a carbon-fuel energy source, but the difference when compared to coal and natural gas is that the fuel is captured from the earth’s biosphere, making it a carbon-neutral process if the fuel is supplied from a renewable source.
Biogas produces clean, green electricity capable of helping reduce global CO2 and methane emissions. But producing biogas itself is a dirty process, prone to wide variations in operating conditions and product throughput.
Historian software is used to record trends and historical information about industrial processes for troubleshooting and analytical purposes.
Safety standards give designers tools to quantify risk and provide a structured framework to implement integrated safety lifecycle design.
Monitoring of emissions is important for many industries: from the ‘dirtiest’ polluters (coal-fired thermal power stations) through to medium ones (paper mills, cement plants, chemical producers, iron and steel mills) and the ‘cleanest’ polluters (food and beverage producers, water and wastewater plants).
Laboratory tests have been the only way to test the quality of oil running critical machinery such as heavy gearboxes and hydraulic power packs.
Following the industry best practices, your plant probably uses some kind of analyser technology that needs sample flow monitoring (mass spectrometers, optical spectrometers, photometers, etc).
Health and Safety Advisors are the heart of the organisation in terms of knowledge about health and safety issues and preventing incidents. However, they are still humans, which means that they, too, can make mistakes.