Posts Tagged ‘process safety’

10 Ways to Improve Functional Safety

Posted in Safety on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013. One comment so far
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ISA Portugal recently hosted a conference on functional safety. Emerson’s Russell Cockman, whom you may recall from earlier safety-related posts, presented 10 ways to improve functional safety without worrying where to put the decimal point in the calculation. From his title, you might anticipate that Russell would bring his humor to the serious subject of […]

Applying Layer of Protection Analysis to Driving Automobiles

Posted in Safety, Technologies on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013. No comments yet
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Emerson’s Anand Iyer applies process safety thinking to automobiles. Statistics put highway accidents as the largest human killer. More people die in automobile accidents than in the wars of the modern world, nuclear power plants or process plants. We have put in a lot of knowledge and processes into process plant technologies to make them […]

Automated, Integrated, and Improved Terminal Operations

Posted in Operations Management on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013. One comment so far
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Tank storage facilities are critical in the supply chain from feedstock production through mid-stream and end user distribution. At last summer’s Emerson Exchange Düsseldorf conference, Vopak‘s Louis Janssen and Emerson’s Cor Vermeijs presented, Improved terminal operations by terminal automation. Vopak provides independent storage and transshipment downstream of production, refining, and products transmission, and upstream of […]

Q and A on Digital Valve Controllers and Solenoids in Safety Applications

Posted in Final Control Element, Safety on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012. No comments yet
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A reader emailed some great questions to an earlier post, Clarifications on the Use of the DVC6000 SIS in Safety Applications. The post, featuring the thoughts of Emerson’s Riyaz Ali, addressed misconceptions about the use of digital valve controllers and solenoids in safety instrumented functions (SIFs). I turned to Riyaz to help me address the […]

Safety Instrumented System Diagnostics to Prevent, Not Initiate Safety Trips

Posted in Abnormal Situation Prevention, Safety on Thursday, May 24th, 2012. One comment so far
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Emerson’s Mike Boudreaux pointed me to a great blog post by exida’s Principal Partner, Dr. William Goble. The post, I Don’t Want No D*** Diagnostics! describes how automatic diagnostics in a safety-rated transmitter led to a false trip, much to the displeasure of the impacted control engineer and plant staff. Dr. Goble describes the incident: […]