Chemical Processing, Published 8/5/2014
Simulation Saves Energy
Operating companies worldwide are relying on process simulation and modeling to improve plant energy efficiency. In this article, Joe McMullen, SimSci product marketing manager for Schneider Electric, explains how Star Petroleum Refining in Rayong, Thailand, used Schneider Electric simulation and optimization solutions to reduce energy usage and improve regulatory compliance.
Chemical Processing, Published 8/4/2014
Safety: Boost Your Plant’s Profitability
Controlling safety is of upmost importance in most manufacturing operations. Unfortunately, many companies look primarily at occupational safety, e.g., trips, slips and falls, and don't really consider process safety, despite the importance both play in the success of the business. Making both occupational and process safety an integral aspect of every business unit should be the ultimate vision of any safety program because tying them together can play a key role in the profitability of an operation. Peter Martin, PhD, vice president of business value consulting for Schneider Electric, and Martin Turk, PhD, global director, hydrocarbon processing industry solutions for Schneider Electric, make the case.
InTech, Published 8/1/2014
The Industrial Sector: Uniquely Vulnerable to CyberAttacks
Cyber security is a growing international concern. Global insurance market Lloyd’s of London’s Risk Index 2013 rated cyber security the number three top threat to the global economy in 2013, up from number 12 the previous year. Mary Ramsey, senior vice president of the U.S. industry business for Schneider Electric, explains why it is important for facilities managers, especially those in critical infrastructure, to understand the unique characteristics of his or her industrial environment and where cyber security actions should be applied.
Maintenance Technology, Published 7/15/2014
Good to Go
Mobile technologies enable today's workforce to do their jobs more effectively from almost anywhere. This means that maintenance departments, already pounded by an ongoing skills crisis, has almost immediate relief when it comes to reducing labor costs and increasing productivity. Jamie Stapleton and Saadi Kermani, product managers for Schneider Electric, explain.
Flow Control, Published 6/18/2014
The Future of DCS
Industrial process environments are growing more complex, even as the industry faces a technical skills shortfall. In light of these realities, process automation systems have never been more important so selecting and implementing new control systems is critical to making the most of limited resources. Alain Ginguene, director of Schneider Electric's Foxboro Evo process control system, explains why industrial companies need a system that simplifies design, implementation and operation.
Hydrocarbon Processing, Published 6/9/2014
Use Crowdsourcing to Boost Process Simulation
There are many ways to enhance the user experience of next-generation simulators. Scott Brown, a consulting engineer with Invensys, now part of Schneider Electric, explains why borrowing concepts from crowdsourcing, data mining and related fields gives next-gen process simulators a higher degree of ergonomics and usability.
South African Instrumentation & Control, Published 6/2/2014
The Automation Revolution According to Mike Caliel
Mike Caliel, president of Invensys' Software and Industrial Automation business, now a part of Schneider Electric, discusses the future of automation and why the new Schneider Electric has a complete solutions portfolio for both industrial and process automation applications.
Automation World, Published 5/29/2014
Older SCADA systems were never designed to connect with the number of machines, sensors and other assets that plant managers now want to monitor and control. John Krajewski, director of HMI/supervisory product management for Schneider Electric, explains why now is the time to plan for an upgrade.
Food Engineering, Published 4/8/2014
CMMS Provides Enhanced Functionality
If your maintenance team is spending too much time on paperwork and putting out fires because they don’t have enough time to repair equipment, it’s easy to see why they’re probably not excited about their jobs. But a good computerized maintenance management system can help. Curtis Wilson, a principal asset management consultant with Invensys, not a part of Schneider Electric, comments.
Control, Published 3/28/2014
Perfect Fit: Operator Performance
Enhancing operator performance means creating the right combination of situational awareness, alarms, ergonomic consoles and field-capable interfaces. Stan Devries, senior director of software solutions architectures at Invensys, now a part of Schneider Electric, helps explain why new and better solutions are starting to merge into a unified whole that's tailor-made to the needs of each user.