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Safety Instrumented Function loop 'final element' problems and solutions

Jun 18, 2016

Riyaz Ali from Emerson Process Management describes the problems and possible solutions for testing the final control element of Safety Instrumented Function loops. Accidents in process industries have created concern as to whether functional safety protects personnel…

AVEVA gets Promer project

Jan 07, 2015

Turkey-based Promer Consultancy and Engineering selected AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design solutions for major engineering projects. AVEVA Everything3D. From AVEVA.   In…

KBC gets US$5 million upstream software gig

Dec 23, 2014

KBC Advanced Technologies won a US$5 million seven-year contract with a major European based oil field services company for the licensing of KBC’s upstream simulation portfolio. This contract covers Maximus, Multiflash and Petro-SIM for…

Emerson launches reliability management consulting service

Oct 15, 2014

Emerson Process Management created a new global reliability management consulting practice to provide guidance on managing maintenance costs. The company says the catalyst for the new service was the 5-7% of unplanned downtime losses due…

Belden: Dragonfly malware not targeting energy industry

Oct 15, 2014

Belden Inc. released new research that shows the recently revealed Dragonfly (Havex) malware is likely targeting the pharmaceutical sector, not the energy sector as previously believed. Belden says until now, advanced cyber-attacks against…

Improving solar-cell efficiency

Oct 10, 2014

Solar power generation gained some more strength using devices made with polymers. This solar cell consists of a new polymer, called PID2, which was developed in the laboratory of Luping Yu. From Andrew Nelles…

Hydrogen generator goes nano

Oct 10, 2014

A small scale “hydrogen generator” uses light and a two-dimensional graphene platform to boost production of the hard-to-make element. The research also unveiled a previously unknown property of graphene where the two-dimensional chain of carbon atoms not only gives and receives electrons…

Oil, gas training goes 3D

Oct 10, 2014

Oil and gas companies are now able to enhance worker training and demonstrate technical concepts and techniques via stronger 3D animation and imagery. FuelFX's Oliver Diaz.   Part creative content provider and part technologist…

Refinery records mean safety first

Oct 10, 2014

Refinery safety remains paramount as production continues its upward swing as equipment and people end up pressed to increase a facility’s capabilities. It is no secret with new technologies for fracking and drilling that are giving a…

Yokogawa: Racing, automation unite

Oct 10, 2014

Other than the idea of keeping operators safe, Formula One racing has quite a bit in common with the manufacturing automation industry. As an automaker first focused on Formula One and now on other industries like energy, health and wellness…

BSEE: Database for offshore drilling needed

Oct 10, 2014

According to officials, the offshore drilling industry needs to develop a comprehensive public database to help improve safety and prevent spills in federal waters. “Currently individual operators are collecting a lot of the data we need to properly assess risk…

One killed in gas platform incident

Oct 10, 2014

One contractor died and two others suffered injuries 13 September while conducting maintenance on a Chevron natural gas pipeline off the Louisiana coast. From Chevron.   The contractor…

Belden: oil, gas security

Oct 10, 2014

Oil and gas continues to be a hotbed of activity when it comes to automation and that also means security is top of mind. When it comes to designing a network diagram for any kind of oil and gas environment, everyone has to understand…

Offshore platform fire forces evac

Oct 10, 2014

A fire at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska’s Cook Inlet forced four workers to evacuate and destroyed the crew’s living quarters. According to officials, no one suffered injuries and the environmental risk was minimal. Photo from Nikiski Fire Dept…

Safety incidents: Finding the root

Jul 07, 2014

There are times when mistakes happen time and time again and no one seems to learn from them. That has got to change and Carlos Barrera is trying to help. “The ultimate goal of an incident investigation is to find the underlying reasons…

Safety, security: Know risks, learn priorities

Jul 07, 2014

Look at the risks and learn the priorities. In the manufacturing automation arena, that line could apply to the safety environment or in a security scenario. Users have to look at risks and understand the priorities in what you have to protect – and the catch is there is no room for error…

Next step after a disaster

Jul 07, 2014

Nothing good comes from a disaster, but if people and companies can learn not to let it happen again, then at least that is one positive. That is what appears to be happening after the Piper Alpha disaster (pictured) over 25 years ago and the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe four years ago…

OTC: Safety, security reign

Jul 07, 2014

Safety and security are an important combination in any industry, but when you talk about the offshore oil and gas industry, the subject definitely ratchets up a few levels. Yes, folks at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2014…

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