Process Automation & Control

CHISA 2020

August 23-27, 2020
The 24th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2020 held in Prague from 23 to 27 August 2020. As all the CHISA Congresses in the past, also this one will cover a range of attractive topics and will offer many interdisciplinary links.

September 2019 Featured Engage Discussions

September 26, 2019

Have good advice to share? Want to see what other chemical engineers and chemical engineering students are up to? Check out the latest discussions.

Compressor Surge Modeling and Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
Axial and centrifugal compressor control is exceptionally challenging due to the extraordinary speed and severity of problems and the extreme...

The 8 Rules for Successful Controls Implementations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2019
A project team for an overseas grassroots LNG plant struggled for months attempting to develop a comprehensive series of control schemes for a vital...

Digital Plant: The Convergence of Process and Operational

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2019
“Refiners are poised to adopt new technologies at a faster pace after years of incremental progress; this effort could save the...

New Products: June 2019

June
2019
New Products
Operations and Maintenance Remote Data Logger Connects to the Cloud The Digi-Sense multiparameter data logger allows operations maintenance personnel to remotely monitor temperature, humidity, CO 2 , or barometric pressure levels of a laboratory,...

Integrated Process Synthesis

Face-to-Face Course
As a chemical engineer, before you can make proposed process alterations you must consider the potential investment return. Yet, typically this...

New Products: May 2019

May
2019
New Products
Materials and Chemicals New Materials Enhance Properties of Plastics The XPB 633 BEADS universally conductive carbon black is intended for use with thermoplastics that must be conductive and have antistatic properties. This carbon is easy to...

Challenges and Opportunities in Big Data

Archived Webinar
Aug 8, 2018
Big Data promises opportunities for diagnostic, prognostics and decision making. But with it comes challenges that first must be resolved.

An Introduction to Process Instrumentation and Control

Archived Webinar
Oct 4, 2017
Don’t let lack of education or experience in process instrumentation/control hold you back. Take this quick introductory webinar. In 60 minutes, you’ll gain an easy-to-understand...

European Efforts in Process Intensification

Archived Webinar
Aug 19, 2015
European Union (EU) efforts to develop Process Intensification (PI) for the chemical industry have been more focused and organized than US efforts. The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is...

Control Column Pressure via Hot-Vapor Bypass

February
2015
Back To Basics
Daryl Hanson, Henry Z. Kister
Hot-vapor bypass employs a flooded condenser located at ground level to control distillation tower pressure. It offers capital cost savings, but can be tricky to implement. This article offers guidance on designing and troubleshooting a hot-vapor bypass system.

October 2018 CEP Preview

October 18, 2018

This issue, learn how to give a great presentation, look at top chemE's predictions for the future of the profession, delve into deep learning, and much more.

Implement Advanced Process Control

October
2018
Back To Basics
Keith A. Lehman
An advanced process control (APC) application is only as good as its weakest link. Ensure its stability from the ground up by building a solid foundation.

New Products: July 2018

July
2018
New Products
Software Detection Algorithm Improves Data Analysis LabSolutions Insight software for liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography analysis uses i-PeakFinder, an advanced peak-detection algorithm with high-precision automated...

pH and Other Non-Linear Control Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
The control of pH has many very important applications in industry. The non-linearity of pH control can make it extremely challenging using...

Tune Your PID Loops Please!

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
“Who looks after PID tuning at your site?” This is a question I often ask many professionals. The answers vary...

How to Sell the Value of Digitalization with MPC

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
Often engineers struggle with selling the value of their ideas on solving problems. This can be compounded when the solution involves new digital...

Advances in Utilizing Data to Improve Operations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Big data and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are relevant topics of discussion in many commercial and industrial applications, and it also...

Model Predictive Control on a Vacuum Column

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
In the petroleum industry, process automation plays a significant role in achieving product quality and production goals. Modern automatic control...

Profile: Keeping Pace with the Changing Landscape of Automation

April
2018
Profile
Reflecting on a career in the oil industry that has spanned more than four decades, Steve Elwart, the Director of Systems Engineering at Ergon Refining, finds that many of the positive changes in industry have occurred on the human side of...

Editorial: Our Cybersecurity Wake-Up Call

April
2018
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
A Google search for “cybersecurity wake-up call” turns up more than 2 million hits; adding “industrial controls systems” narrows the search to a bit under 300,000 hits. So I hesitated when I wrote that headline, because I don’t want to come across...

Announcing A Community of Process Engineers

January 26, 2018

We're looking for process engineers across all industries to join a community dedicated to them. Sign up now to have online discussions or share your profile.

Modular Software Product Line Approach for Automation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
This paper examines the advantages of utilizing a Software Product Line type of approach with modular code structures to process automation...

The Role of APC in Industry 4.0

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
The process industry is undergoing a significant transformation that will change the way plants are controlled, operated and maintained. This...

The Integration of Inherently Safer Design and Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Abstract for 2017 AIChE Spring Meeting and 13th Global Congress on Process Safety March 26-30, 2017 San Antonio, TX Session Selection: Â...

Recent Advances in MVC Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
The Multi-Variable Controller (MVC) is ubiquitous in refining and petrochemicals industries. The MVC technology in recent years has changed a lot...

Automation: Integrating Capital Projects with Turnarounds

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
The traditional view of turnarounds is that they are just maintenance events. In reality, these planned shutdown events are very strategic...

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