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Modernizing Burner Management Systems

Posted in Pulp & Paper, Safety on Thursday, March 17th, 2011. No comments yet
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The Industrial Safety and Security Source blog has a post, Firing Up Burner System, which describes the implementation of a burner management system (BMS) at RockTenn‘s recycled paper mill in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their challenge was to replace an old relay panel-based BMS on the plant boilers. The National Fire Protection Agency (NPFA) 85: Boiler […]

Dealing with Fixed Deadtime with the Smith Predictor Algorithm

Posted in Control Strategies, Process Optimization, Pulp & Paper on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009. No comments yet
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I recently exchanged some emails with Emerson’s Sergei Kuznetsov, part of TAG projects organization, and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sergei is principal control systems engineer, certified professional engineer, and has an MSEE degree. He shared with me an article, Staying In Control that he had written for Engineered Wood Journal magazine. The article describes ways […]

Taking a Systematic Approach in Managing Control Valves

Posted in Asset Optimization, Final Control Element, Plant Equipment, Pulp & Paper on Friday, May 23rd, 2008. No comments yet
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In several parts of the world including North America, Emerson Process Management sells some of its products and services through local business partners. I came across a great Pulp & Paper magazine article, Control Valve Management Can Pay Off Big, written by Jeff Klatt. Jeff is with one of these local business partners, R.E. Mason. […]

Setting New Production Records with Improved Control Performance

Posted in Process Optimization, Pulp & Paper, Variability Management on Thursday, December 7th, 2006. No comments yet

I saw an email about a success at a northern U.S. paper maker that set a new production record. To whom did they attribute this success? Since this is a blog about the experts around Emerson Process Management, you might guess the answer. And you’d be correct. They attributed their new production record to the […]

Chemical Recovery Boiler Performance Efficiency

Posted in Energy, Pulp & Paper on Tuesday, June 13th, 2006. 6 comments so far

We discussed improvement of multi-fuel boilers in an earlier post. Similarly, pulp and paper manufacturers often wrestle with chemical recovery boilers because of the complexity of the combustion process. This complexity is largely driven by the variability in the “fuel” (black liquor) and often by swings in production rate. The variation in the BTU content […]