Automation key to process optimisation

Whether the drivers are efficiency, safety, or hygiene, automation is at the heart of efforts by companies optimise their processes. Sean Ottewell reports

Control projects focus on quality and cost

Installation of powerful control systems on chemical plants can bring substantial savings in terms of improved energy efficiency, reduced raw materials use, easier maintenance and larger capacities. Sean Ottewell reports

Controller designed for water treatment systems

The mxControl unit automates control of process variables within water treatment systems such as boilers, coolers and reverse osmosis plants

Linear actuators ensure precise positioning

Dynamic handling of transformer core sheets to repeatable high accuracy requires robust, large-scale machinery

Process controllers aid plant diagnostics

The latest process controllers improve plant diagnostics, helping to speed up and simplify the plant automation experience. Sean Ottewell reports

Thyristors simplify control of heating loads

Handles heating elements for applications such as ovens and furnaces, heat treatment

Input/output modules achieve faster speeds with new hardware

ControlLogix I/O modules improve system response time for high-speed sequential control applications

Honeywell launches next-generation Experion Process Knowledge System

Remotely configures process and safety systems without the need for additional hardware

Powerful wireless solutions expand plant flexibility

Sean Ottewell reports on how new wireless solutions are helping process operating companies to increase gateway functionality, improve long-distance monitoring, and link in to ever more plant devices

Linking machinery safety products to fieldbus

UE-EFI gateways can be used to connect machinery safety products to safety and conventional fieldbus networks

PID module mounts on control platform

SIM960 analogue PID controller is latest addition to the company's SRS SIM modular instrumentation and control family

Control platform offers potential savings

Kontron OM6062 double-width industrial MicroTCA integrated platform features a simplified design that enables costs to be reduced

Module is PID slave to PLC controllers

Eurotherm is launching a DIN rail-mounted RFS single-loop PID controller for use in conjunction with programmable logic controllers

Pulp mill hits a five-year automation control milestone

Since 2001, a pulp mill and chemical plant in Norway has gone through various installation phases of automation control. The start of a five year project culminated in a complete upgrade of the automation systems at the company.

Green energy and cybersecurity driving control and automation

Automation solutions designed to meet the demands of ‘green’ energy production processes and cybersecurity are driving the latest technology developments.

Decentralised I/O system

New modules for safety and standard decentralised I/O system enable direct communications with Profinet and Profinet safe

Controller targeted at process automation

The Simatic PCS 7 AS RTX is the newest member of the Simatic PCS 7 controller family from Siemens, designed for 24/7 operation

Safety controller is software-configurable

Controller can be configured in software to deliver functionality that would be hard to achieve with safety relays


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