Archive for the ‘Asset Optimization’ Category

Increasing Maintenance Efficiency with Handheld Instrumentation Communicators

Posted in Asset Optimization on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017. No comments yet
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Those with smart instrumentation know that installation, configuration and maintenance activities often require the plant technicians to carry multiple tools such as external power supplies or loop simulators in addition to the handheld instrumentation communicator device. Properly functioning instrumentation helps the operations staff and automation system control strategies manage the process more safely, reliably and […]

Overcoming Obstacles in Reducing Unplanned Downtime

Posted in Asset Optimization, Reliability on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. No comments yet
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Unplanned downtime remains the top issue for most process manufacturers and producers. At the ARC Industry Forum, ARC’s Craig Resnick led a panel, Strategies to Reduce Downtime and Increase Plant KPIs. Emerson’s Will Goetz participated in the panel to discuss the importance of comprehensive reliability program planning and execution. Here was the session description: This […]

Non-Intrusive Wireless Corrosion and Erosion Monitoring

Posted in Asset Optimization on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017. No comments yet
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A Joint Research Centre (JRC) Scientific and Policy Report, Corrosion‐Related Accidents in Petroleum Refineries, found [emphasis and hyperlink mine]: Notably, of the 137 major refinery accidents reported by EU countries to the EU’s eMARS [Major Accident Reporting System] database since 1984, around 20% indicated corrosion failure as an important contributing factor. Many other industries including […]

Reducing Equipment Downtime and Improving Energy Efficiency via Wireless Power Monitoring

Posted in Asset Optimization, Wireless on Monday, January 16th, 2017. No comments yet
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Equipment failure is a large part of unplanned downtime, slowdowns and/or loss in quality of the product being produced. Monitoring temperatures, vibration, differential pressures across filters are often performed to identify problems before failure occurs. Another important set of measurements that can provide early warning are the voltage, current and other electrical parameters on the […]

Streamlining and Simplifying Maintenance Tech Actions

Posted in Asset Optimization, Reliability on Friday, January 13th, 2017. 2 comments so far
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Process manufacturing plants with thousands or tens of thousands of measurement devices must keep these operating reliably and accurately for the process control strategies to perform effectively. Maintenance technicians have the responsibility to configure, troubleshoot and repair measurement instrumentation as problems develop. Traditionally, these technicians needed to remove the device from service, bring to the […]