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Intelligent automation brings benefits for petroleum refining, healthcare, finance and more

Intelligent Automation Week (Dec. 3–6; Austin, Tex.; https://intelligentautomationevent.iqpc.com/) brought together representatives from many varied industries to discuss practical applications for artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA), cognitive computing and more. Participating organizations included McDonald’s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Pepsico, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, General Motors and many more. Michael Rogers, a contributor […]

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Lloyd’s Register unveils AllAssets to digitalize inspection and maintenance for the oil-and-gas sector

Lloyd’s Register (LR; www.lr.org), a leading global provider of engineering and technology-centric professional services, today launched AllAssets, an innovative SaaS-based Asset Performance Management (APM) platform, making optimization for inspection and maintenance a reality. As organizations strive to maximize asset availability and reduce costs, the risk of unplanned maintenance or asset failure rises. Against a backdrop […]

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Siemens and Aker Solutions to strengthen digital offerings through strategic collaboration

Aker Solutions  (Fornebu, Norway; www.akersolutions.com) and Siemens AG (Munich and Berlin, Germany; www.siemens.com) have signed a strategic collaboration agreement to further develop digital offerings in engineering, operations and services. The collaboration focuses on the creation of software applications and joint service offerings including the development of industrial digital twins that will drive efficiency throughout the […]

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Three Things ICS Security Pros Can Do to Maximize Uptime

Before industrial control systems (ICSs) were network-connected, operators had little to worry about in the way of cyber threats. But as industrial environments, such as energy utilities, become more connected, they’re exposed to vulnerabilities and attacks. ICSs are used in large amounts of critical infrastructure, including the electrical grid, transportation systems, and wastewater plants. How […]

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Cyber Breaches: Is Fear Misplaced?

The power sector’s terror of a debilitating cybersecurity attack is magnified seemingly every day as new vulnerabilities or destructive threat actors are identified. But according to several industrial

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How to Prepare for NERC CIP-013-1

It’s an exciting era in energy generation. The rapid adoption of IT systems and networked technology has enabled new business models and catalyzed production decentralization. However, with innovation comes

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Readily integrate ERP systems with this asset performance manager

AllAssets is a new software-as-a-service (SAAS) platform for asset performance management that enables optimization of inspection and maintenance activities. Chief among the features offered by AllAssets is

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Engineering & Construction (E&C): Modeling Integration Enables Optimized Execution

As E&C companies strive to develop Building Information Modeling (BIM) 6D models for the owners and operators of CPI facilities, strong efficiency gains benefit all parties Truly transformational change is

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Modern Simulation Tools: Expanding Applications

New user-friendly solutions help chemical processors tackle tasks beyond design and optimization Initially, steady-state simulation was used in the chemical process industries (CPI) to design a plant or a

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Keeping up with automation

Last month, news broadcasts announced that an artificial intelligence (AI) news anchor, said to be the world’s first ever, had gone live in China. 1 The AI anchor was modeled after a real-life news

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Smart actuation for control valves in extreme environments

SEVA electric valve actuators (photo) feature a microprocessor-controlled linear stepper motor to provide accuracy and repeatability. Built to withstand extreme conditions, two SEVA models are available, the

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Smart lockout-tagout adds another layer of security

This company now offers Virtual Lockout-Tagout (vLOTO) capabilities with its Connect Power User Plans. vLOTO allows companies to control remote access to equipment, ensuring the safety and security of workers

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An all-in-one water meter for remote locations

Waterflux 3070 (photo) is said to be the first water meter with integrated pressure and temperature sensors. The meter features simplified installation, integrated diagnostics, a long battery lifetime, remote

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Power Plant Control Loop Tuning and Optimization [PODCAST]

Optimizing power plant control systems can be challenging, but new tools are available to simplify and improve the process. On this episode of The POWER Podcast, Executive Editor Aaron Larson spoke with Jon Towslee, digital engagement leader for ABB Inc.’s Industrial Automation Power Generation & Water business. Towslee explained how ABB Ability is focused on […]

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New Digital Safety System Controller Approved for Nuclear Plants

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the use of Mitsubishi Electric Total Advanced Control (MELTAC) Nplus S digital safety system controllers in U.S. nuclear power plants. While new to the U.S. industry, Mitsubishi said the MELTAC system is already deployed in 38 nuclear power plants around the world, primarily in Japan and China. MELTAC […]

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Network-Level Optimization: The Golden Ticket to the Future of Energy

To remain efficient and profitable, utilities must anticipate the ebb and flow of the market. That means companies must gain visibility into the generation and consumption of energy. With network-level

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Advanced Process Control for Optimizing Flue Gas Desulfurization

Coal-fired power plants can significantly improve wet limestone scrubbing with advanced process control. One optimization system implemented at a Japanese facility utilized enhanced regulatory control

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How Digital Intelligence Can Be a Difference-Maker for Power Plants

Advanced technology now makes it possible for computers to do many of the monitoring and diagnostic tasks that used to require seasoned experts. Artificial intelligence and machine learning tools are being

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Three Newly Approved CIP Reliability Standards for Cybersecurity Will Be Costly

Entities with industrial control systems (ICS) associated with bulk electric system (BES) operations must develop and implement plans that include security controls for supply chain management, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ordered in a final rule that formally adopts three new critical infrastructure protection (CIP) reliability standards.  FERC on October 18 issued Order No. […]

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Companies Will Collaborate on Blockchain Tool for U.S. Power Market

A subsidiary of grid operator PJM Interconnection has joined with a Switzerland-based group to build and evaluate a blockchain-based tool to help the U.S. power generation industry. Energy Web Foundation (EWF) and PJM Environmental Information Services (PJM-EIS) on October 25 said they would collaborate on developing and testing a reference implementation of EWF’s open-source Energy […]

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