Information Systems

Improve plant work processes with enhanced alarm response programs

Millinger, G., MAVERICK Technologies

One of the unfortunate realities of automation in process industries is the stubborn inability to improve on the weakest link of the chain: human beings.

Solve operator training in a challenging refining industry

Alamo, J., SNC-Lavalin Inc.; Ross, M., Honeywell Process Solutions

Workforce reduction, the expected retirement of baby boomers, personnel leaving the industry in search of better opportunities, and the lack of jobs for new graduates will create a skills deficit once the industry begins growing again.

Automation Strategies: Rethinking automation: A stepwise approach to the IIoT

Fryer, J., Stratus Technologies

Energy producers are under tremendous pressure to reduce operational costs and maximize efficiency throughout the value chain. This is easier said than done.

Delek Refining to use Honeywell services to ‘improve refinery performance’

DES PLAINES, Ill. -- Honeywell announced that Delek Refining, Inc. will use a new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-based Connected Performance Services (CPS) at its refinery in Tyler, Texas.

Effectively execute legacy safety systems migration—Part 2

Mulholland, D., Trinity Integrated Systems

In this two-part article, the challenges of migrating legacy safety systems are reviewed, along with the means of repeatedly and effectively executing compliant migrations. Part 2 reviews the tools-assisted process and further explores how to achieve the required compliance, quality, efficiency and rigor.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Power generation and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) specialty rental company, Aggreko Plc., and sulfuric acid alkylation technology licensor, DuPont, have collaborated to provide Aggreko temperature control, including chiller systems, to STRATCO sulfuric acid alkylation customers.

Rockwell Automations analytics solutions scale from device through enterprise

Rockwell Automation is releasing expanded and scalable analytics offerings to help customers more quickly and easily gain insight from their investments in automation technology.

Honeywell’s Connected Performance Services to help PetroVietnam improve refinery efficiency

A subsidiary of PetroVietnam will use Honeywell’s new IIoT-based Connected Performance Services offering to improve the performance of its manufacturing operations in Quang Ngai City, Vietnam.

AspenTech Acquires Mtell

Aspen Technology, Inc. has acquired Mtelligence Corp., a San Diego, California-based pioneer in the field of predictive and prescriptive maintenance for asset performance optimization.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 93: Hints on searching the literature

Sofronas, T., Consulting Engineer

Gathering accurate data is essential for failure analysis and other types of research.