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How to Identify Simple Process Dynamics

Posted in Education, Process Optimization on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013. No comments yet
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The subject of process dynamics can get quite involved and cause many to shy away from it. Emerson’s Felipe Fakir, a systems engineer based in Brazil, has written a whitepaper, Process Characterization, to make the topic more approachable—at least in how to identify simple process dynamics. He opens introducing the process variables used in a […]

Tuning Considerations in Surge Tank Level Control

Posted in Process Optimization on Monday, April 18th, 2011. No comments yet
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Chemical Processing magazine has a great article, Be Levelheaded About Surge-Tank Control. I shared it with Emerson’s James Beall asking for his thoughts. He noted that surge tank level control is a common application in many of the process industries. Often a surge tank helps to absorb disturbances between units such as between distillation trains […]

Temperature Measurement and Installation Practices

Posted in Measurement on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011. One comment so far
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Are you among the process automation professionals who consider temperature control loops among the most difficult to control in your plant? If so, then Modeling and Control blog’s Greg McMillan‘s recent article in Quality Digest may be for you. The article, Don’t Sweat That Temperature Loop, looks at the various types of temperature sensing technologies, […]

Four Paths to Sharpen Your Process Optimization Skills

Posted in Education, Process Optimization on Monday, January 17th, 2011. No comments yet
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Those familiar with American football have heard the idea that the game can be simplified down to the basics of “blocking and tackling“. Fundamentally, the team that executes these two skills the best will likely win the game. So what does this have to do with process automation? For plant engineers, how well their plant […]

Process Automation Hall of Famer Willy Wojsznis and Advanced Control

Posted in Process Optimization on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010. No comments yet
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At the recent WBF North American Conference here in Austin, Texas, Emerson’s Willy Wojsznis was honored by being inducted into ControlGlobal.com’s Process Automation Hall of Fame. He joins Terry Blevins and Greg McMillan from the Emerson team in receiving this honor. I know that when I walk by their offices that I can feel the […]