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The Journey to Digitalization

Migrating to a connected plant with a digital platform helps industries maintain a competitive edge. This article offers insight on how to get started We are often asked how chemical companies pursue digital adoption. As you can surmise, this is a complex journey that factors in the individual firm’s current maturity in information technology (IT), […]

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Engineering Challenges? There’s a Mobile Application for That

Mobile applications for the CPI simplify process engineering challenges and enhance plant optimization Most everyone recalls the Apple tagline boasting, “There’s an app for that.” It appears Apple was

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Wireless Monitoring for Pressure Relief Systems

New diagnostic devices can identify when pressure incidents happen, while keeping an eye on the condition of pressure-relief valves and rupture disks Any kind of pressurized system, from the hot-water heater

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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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ServiceMax Launches New Predix ASM Software for Equipment Operators

Proactive equipment maintenance continues to be a priority for power plant operators. ServiceMax, a GE Digital company that provides field service management software, on October 25 announced it has launched its Predix ServiceMax Asset Service Management (ASM), a new offering to help operators “transform their entire asset maintenance process from a break-fix model to a […]

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Pöyry and Infosys jointly introduce an AI framework for industry, utilities and infrastructure organizations

Pöyry (Helsinki, Finland; www.poyry.com) and Infosys Ltd. (Bengaluru, Karnataka, India; www.infosys.com) today announced the release of Krti 4.0 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Framework for Operational Excellence. The framework overcomes some complex and expensive lifecycle management challenges faced by industry, utilities and infrastructure organizations across operational technology (OT) systems. The Krti 4.0 model-based data-driven framework applies AI, […]

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BlackEnergy, Grid-Disrupting Malware, Has a Successor, Researchers Warn

BlackEnergy, the malware used in a cyberattack that prompted a large-scale blackout in Ukraine in December 2015, has a successor—GreyEnergy. A group is using the malware to target industrial networks outside Ukraine, researchers  from Slovakian cybersecurity firm ESET warn.  The researchers said in an October 17–released white paper that analysis of the previously undocumented GreyEnergy […]

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Siemens and Bentley Systems announce PlantSight digital twin cloud services

Siemens AG (Munich, Germany: www.siemens.com) and Bentley Systems (Exton, Pa.: www.bentley.com) announced today the introduction of PlantSight, resulting from development together based on their highly complementary software portfolios. PlantSight is a digital solution to benefit users through more efficient plant operations. PlantSight enables as-operated and up-to-date digital twins that synchronize with both physical reality and […]

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Emerson to acquire GE’s Intelligent Platforms business

Emerson (St. Louis, Mo.; www.emerson.com) announced it has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric. Intelligent Platforms’ programmable logic controller (PLC) technologies will enable Emerson, a leader in automation for process and industrial applications, to provide its customers broader control and management of their operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. […]

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Improve Energy Management to Reduce Your Facility’s Carbon Footprint

This article describes an approach that uses data analytics for finding and addressing root causes of process deviations that reduce energy efficiency in key plant utility systems, and shares three case examples

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Measure bulk solids in piles and silos

Advances in sensing and imaging technologies have enabled new levels of accuracy in the measurement of bulk-solid materials stored in piles, silos and bins. BinMaster (Lincoln, Neb.; www.binmaster.com) and

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Materials properties discovery aided by machine learning

A new materials-discovery platform that relies on machine-learning enables scientists and engineers to conduct large-scale searches and predict material properties from atomic structure data. Known as Xaedra

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Using Predictive Analytics to Keep Up with Energy Demand

Silicon Valley Power implemented a system using machine-learning technology to monitor critical power plant components. The solution has proven to reduce downtime and save money. Furthermore, its wireless

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Advanced Digital Technology Offers Utilities Profound Changes

Advanced digital technologies, including robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, are transforming the way electric power companies do business, in ways that benefit the companies and their

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Cybersecurity for legacy control systems

SerialTap (photo) is a new cybersecurity solution for legacy industrial control networks that rely on serial communication protocols, such as RS-485 and RS-232. SerialTap consists of a patented sensing device

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In an Industry First, Xcel Energy Flies a Drone BVLOS

Xcel Energy on September 12 launched a drone to inspect electric power lines near Fort St. Vrain Generating Station in Platteville, Colorado—marking the first flight by a U.S. utility beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) during ongoing inspections. Xcel on Wednesday launched a 35-pound drone that is equipped with two cameras, as local, state, and federal […]

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