Process Control

Optimizing ethylene production with laser technology

Gogates, A., Gunnell, J., Emerson Automation Solutions

Ethylene is one of the most valuable organic compound building blocks in the world.

Siemens, PAS announce partnership to provide industrial control system cybersecurity

Siemens and PAS Global, a provider of industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity solutions, announced an agreement to provide fleet-wide, real time monitoring for control systems.

Baker Hughes, KBC partner on integrated process, operational software solutions

PARIS — Baker Hughes, a GE company and KBC a wholly owned subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation, announced a preferred partnership that will provide a combination of process simulation, asset performance management and operational software solutions to the oil and gas industry.

Emerson launches industry-first controller for automation versatility, IIoT-enabled operations

AUSTIN, Texas — Emerson is launching the DeltaV PK Controller, making the advanced automation of its DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) available to fast-growth industries traditionally less reliant on large-scale automation.

Iron poisoning investigations enable opportunities for success

The function of fluid catalytic cracking units (FCCUs) is to maximize profits from a given barrel of oil.

Schneider Electric, Claroty partner to address safety, cybersecurity challenges

NEW YORK — Claroty, in Operational Technology (OT) network protection, and Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, announced that they are partnering to address safety and cybersecurity challenges for the world's industrial infrastructure.

The lost art of proportional band, and the accidental art of performance monitoring

Kern, A., APC Performance LLC

Most control engineers know that proportional band and controller gain are largely interchangeable terms—both terms refer to the proportional setting of a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller and are commonly used by control system manufacturers.

Identify the cause of liquid maldistribution inside packed beds

Pless, L., Tracerco

Diagnosing liquid maldistribution problems inside packed beds that can cause mass transfer efficiency loss is a challenge to process engineers.

Automation Strategies: Navigating automation in oil and gas—Lessons learned from other industries

Fryer, J., Stratus Technologies

In today’s economy, industrial automation has become absolutely essential for refiners, petrochemical producers and pipeline owners looking to maintain profitability and competitive advantage as market pressures bear down on them.

Quanta Services acquires services company Stronghold

HOUSTON — Quanta Services, Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Stronghold, Ltd. and Stronghold Specialty, Ltd., a specialized services company that provides high pressure and critical path solutions to the downstream and midstream energy markets.