Connected Plant 2019  ‘Game Changers’: The People Behind Digital Innovation

Behind the digital tools that make the industrial internet of things (IIOT) in the power generation and chemical process industries are people. The upcoming Connected Plant Conference—Feb. 19–21, 2019, in Charlotte, North Carolina—will recognize the achievements of 11 individuals and companies who are fast risers in the field. Through insight and experience, these “Game Changer” champions […]

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Technology for Predictive Maintenance Debuts at Connected Plant Conference

ProAxion (www.proaxion.io) will highlight the latest in Internet of Things (IOT) technology for providing predictive maintenance tools for both large and small industrial facilities during the upcoming Connected Plant Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, February 19-21. On display at booth 107 will be ProAxion’s innovative TACTIX™ 24×7 predictive maintenance system. The TACTIX system is unique […]

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Focus on Drones

Autonomous inventory management for stockpiles This company has launched an inventory-management solution (photo) for mining and aggregates companies to reconcile drone surveys with data from enterprise

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Connected Plant Show Preview 2019

This analytics platform features customizable data scorecards R21 (photo) is the latest release of this company’s analytics platform for process manufacturing, including chemicals, petroleum refining

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Show Preview: Connected Plant Conference

The Connected Plant Conference is a forum designed for professionals in the power generation and chemical process industries who are leading digital adoption at all stages. Sessions are tailored to offer

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Digitization and Analytics in Power Plants

A key aspect of any digitization effort is providing easy access to data by engineersand other experts so they can perform advanced analytics to improve outcomes. In the March 2018 issue of POWER, an article

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A Grim Gap: Cybersecurity of Level 1 Field Devices

Industrial control system cybersecurity is today largely focused on securing networks, and efforts largely ignore process control equipment that is crucial for plant safety and reliability, leaving it woefully

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Rockwell Automation acquires software developer Emulate3D

Rockwell Automation Inc. (Milwaukee, Wisc.; www.rockwellautomation.com) has acquired Emulate3D, an engineering software developer whose products digitally simulate and emulate industrial automation systems located in Reading, U.K. By using accurate simulation models to improve systems planning and decision-making, followed by emulation trials that test the control system before installation, Emulate3D’s software enables customers to virtually test […]

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Marathon Petroleum selects Axens technologies for digital monitoring and optimization

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC; Findley, Ohio; www.marathonpetroleum.com) has contracted Axens (Rueill-Malmaison, France; www.axens.net) to provide its Connect’In services for realtime process monitoring and optimization of multiple Continuous Catalytic Regenerative (CCR) Reformers and multiple Prime-G+ FCC gasoline post-treatment units across their refining network. MPC was an early-adopter of the Connect’In platform, and the two organizations have […]

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Saudi Aramco invests in IIoT blockchain-security firm Xage

Silicon Valley-based Xage Security announced an investment from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; www.saev.com), a subsidiary of integrated energy and chemicals company Saudi Aramco. Xage also welcomes Norman Thorlakson to its leadership team as SVP of Sales and Business Development. Providing blockchain-protected security platform for IIOT, Xage’s security fabric creates a trusted foundation […]

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Control Room Considerations: What You Need to Know

Control rooms are vital for organizations to efficiently and effectively monitor multiple information streams and make accurate mission-critical decisions. With an ever-increasing number of content sources and

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How Digital Technology Is Changing Power Plants

Digital technology is everywhere today including in most power plants. Computer hardware and software are changing the way plants are operated and maintained. Many technology experts will tell you that

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The Balanced Burner

Modern combustion technologies help processors safely meet emissions standards, while optimizing the process Combustion is integral to many chemical processes; however, it is not without challenges. Safety is

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Saudi Aramco and Raytheon form cybersecurity joint venture

Saudi Aramco (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; www.saudiaramco.com) and Raytheon Co. (Waltham, Ma.; www.raytheon.com), through its subsidiary Raytheon Saudi Arabia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a joint venture  company that will develop and provide best-in-class cybersecurity services in Saudi Arabia and the  region. The joint venture company will market and provide integrated defensive cybersecurity software […]

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Saipem identifies cyber-attack on its servers

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider Saipem S.p.A. (San Donato Milanese, Italy; www.saipem.com) announced the identification of a cyber-attack on its servers. That company says it is collecting all the elements useful for assessing the impact on its infrastructures and the actions to be taken to restore normal activities and also is in the process […]

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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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