In the News - Process Industries and Drive

In the News - Process Industries and Drive

  • Today's Motor Vehicles
    Dec 11, 2014 10:59 am EST

    Ask a veteran assembler for directions around an auto assembly plant, and you’ll likely get introduced to world geography.“Turn right at the Eifel Tower. Stop when you get to Empire State. If you see the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ve gone too far.”

    Nicknames for towering pieces of industrial equipment fill every plant. To automakers, those big fixtures are the enemy, and if plant managers had their way, they’d tear down every one of them.

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  • Food Engineering
    Dec 3, 2014 2:36 pm EST

    Hardly a week goes by without news of another big company being hacked. The list of victimized corporations keeps growing as retailers, such as Home Depot and Target, admit their point-of-sale devices exposed customers’ sensitive information. Recently, JP Morgan also confessed its customers’ private contact information had been compromised. With the media spotlight on major banks and big-box stores, businesses in other industries might think they are immune to a cyber attack.

  • Chemical Processing
    Oct 15, 2014 10:27 am EDT

    What if an operator doing rounds on a massive floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit comes upon a visible gas leak and also someone down. To avert a potential crisis, the operator must react quickly and correctly. That’s why oil and gas giant, TOTAL, Paris, is relying on an immersive training simulator (ITS) for operators at two FPSO projects off the coast of Angola, Africa.

  • Water/Waste Processing
    Oct 8, 2014 9:33 am EDT

    In less than one year, United Water's operations in Westchester County, New York, cut its non-revenue water losses by more than 1 million gallons a day, or more than 5 percent of average daily production. For each of two water districts, by modeling the complex water flows involved, operations managers were able to convert the system into smaller, more easily managed zones. Each zone’s flow can be viewed independently. Battery-operated magnetic flowmeters in each zone record information in

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  • Control Magazone
    Sep 24, 2014 12:36 pm EDT

    When Mitch Miller and his team of industry veterans formed Carbon Green BioEnergy, LLC (CGB), they had a vision to own and operate an ethanol plant. The team raised enough equity to purchase a mothballed, two-year-old plant in Lake Odessa, Mich. that had been sitting idle since it went bankrupt in 2008. CGB purchased the plant in 2009 at a time when many thought the ethanol boom was going bust. However, the team strongly believed in the future of ethanol as a sustainable, clean fuel that

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  • Ethanol Producer Magazine
    Sep 18, 2014 9:42 am EDT

    When my team formed Carbon Green BioEnergy LLC, we had a vision to own and operate an ethanol plant. We raised enough equity to purchase a mothballed, two-year-old plant in Lake Odessa, Michigan, that had been sitting idle since it went bankrupt in 2008. CGB purchased the plant in 2009 at a time when many thought the ethanol boom was going bust. However, we strongly believed in the future of ethanol as a sustainable, clean fuel that creates jobs and reduces the country’s dependence on foreign

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  • Control Design
    Sep 1, 2014 4:11 pm EDT

    Gravity is a universal pain in the neck. However, because we all must struggle against it, those who can provide labor-saving assistance in one endeavor or industry can often deliver similar aid to others. This is the logic underlying 30-year-old Fori Automation's worldwide growth and its diversification into a variety of applications focused mainly on carrying, assembling, welding and testing heavy automotive, aerospace, and defense parts and products.

  • Automation World
    Jul 15, 2014 3:55 pm EDT

    By: David Greenfield

    With all the focus on energy efficiency in manufacturing over the past decade and a half, it’s become common knowledge that motors are the devices responsible for most of the industry’s energy use. Now consider those motors being applied in one of the more energy intensive manufacturing industries—steel making—and you’re looking at some seriously intense energy consumption.

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  • Automation World
    Jul 15, 2014 12:46 pm EDT

    If there was one theme that seemed to dominate the agenda at the Siemens Automation Summit 2014, it was cybersecurity. On the first day of the event, I sat in on three different cybersecurity-related sessions. Industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity experts from Dow Corning and DuPont presented two of these sessions.

    DuPont’s Top-Down/Bottom-Up Approach
    Eric Feldmeyer is manufacturing technology senior engineer at DuPont who has worked with automation and process controls for 30 years.

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  • Control Design
    Jul 14, 2014 10:05 am EDT
    I really enjoyed researching this month's "Automation's Got Talent" cover article on how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs are beginning to produce the rookie engineers, technicians and operators needed to replace their veteran and rapidly retiring counterparts. It was especially refreshing to learn about the headway these programs are making because I've sat through at least a couple dozen presentations in recent years proclaiming the coming brain drain, but offering
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