Power Plant Control Systems In A Smelter Complex

Sep 11, 2012 3:17:56 AM | Posted by Mike Robb

Isolating A Large Power Generating System When It’s Driving A Variable Load Creates Some Special Control Challenges

Power plant control systems have their own unique design issues, however when dealing with island systems, there are even more things to consider. Take for example a large aluminum smelter complex – such plants can have their own power generation facilities, as large as 2,000 MW, which is enough to power a small city.

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Addressing Batch Process Control with S88 Recipes

Sep 6, 2012 3:52:00 AM | Posted by John Clemons

I received a lot of feedback on my recent posts on recipes and specifications. I was asked why I didn’t mention the S88 definitions for recipes and how it fits with the point I was trying to make.

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MAVERICK CEO Paul Galeski to Receive Two Awards from ISA

Sep 5, 2012 3:32:00 AM | Posted by MAVERICK Leadership Team

Speaking at the recent grand opening of PlantFloor24, Paul Galeski said, “Here at MAVERICK, we’re about making U.S. manufacturing better and more competitive. But people prefer to do business with people, and we have a lot of good people here.”

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The Danger Of What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know

Sep 4, 2012 7:50:26 AM | Posted by Bruce Brandt

Engineering disciplines, just like may other disciplines, have become very narrowly focused. At some level this is a necessary trend, since to be expert in every aspect of a field has become something that is almost impossible to accomplish. Very few mechanical engineers are experts in metallurgy, hydraulics, machine design, HVAC design, thermodynamics, mechanics of materials, strength of materials, metal cutting operations, metal forming operations, and, well, the list goes on. An engineering student attempting to delve deeply enough in every aspect of his or her chosen discipline to be an “expert” would never finish college.

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Understanding ISA 95: A Must for the Manufacturing Evangelist

Aug 28, 2012 10:40:08 AM | Posted by Nick Schleich

In this post, I would like to share ideas relating to operations management and software development within the problem domain of manufacturing. For this discussion, I will draw on my experience in an industrial / manufacturing engineering capacity within various discrete manufacturing organizations, as a quality engineer for a leading HMI vendor, and as a software developer for control system firms. The ISA 95 specification can assist in this discussion.

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How Recipes and Specs Impact Your Entire Company – Part 2

Aug 22, 2012 2:37:03 AM | Posted by John Clemons

The last time we talked about recipes and specifications I made a big point that while only a few people in the company were responsible for managing recipes and specifications, almost every single person in the company used some data from the recipes and specifications at some time or the other.
I hope you’ve had some time to think about this. And, I bet you’ve come to the conclusion that I may not be 100% correct in that everyone in the company uses the recipes and specifications from time to time, but you realize that there are a lot more people that use the recipes and specifications than you ever thought about before.

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4 Steps to Keep Your DCS Migration Docs Current

Aug 15, 2012 4:34:14 AM | Posted by Bruce Brandt

I sat through a demo the other day of a software application that extracts all the information from your control system and puts it into an offline readable format that the user can query to create custom reports. While it is a wonderfully done package, it would be absolutely useless in many of the plants I’ve visited recently. Most of those plants are in the process of migrating their existing obsolete systems to a platform with current technology.

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How Recipes and Specs Impact Your Entire Company - Part 1

Aug 8, 2012 3:16:44 AM | Posted by John Clemons

Everyone knows recipes and specifications. They know that they have them and they use them and so on. And, they know that they have a group or department, probably part of R&D, that’s ultimately responsible for all the recipes and specifications.

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