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June 2014 | Vol. XX, No. 6


VIEWPOINT: Leading from the Bottom Up

June 27, 2014

At our latest Pump Guy Seminar, I got to chatting with one of the attendees to get his perspective on the content of the training. While he said the material covered was very good and would certainly be helpful to him in his role—he was a maintenance tech—it was also a frustrating reinforcement of something he already knew.

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Part IV: The Case of the Cold Control Valve

A valve caked with ice is ruled out as the source of a recurring reactor shutdown
June 26, 2014

The flowmeter appeared to be properly installed, and its flow control valve located downstream was caked in ice. I went back to my office to think about what really caused the scram.

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Understanding the Impact of Steam Cleanout on Thermowell Installations

June 25, 2014

This is the way we’ve always done it. Why worry about steam cleanout? If that is the way you tend to think about thermowell design, and you are involved with piping and thermowells that are exposed to steam cleanout, then as the old Ray Charles song goes, “I’ve got news for you.”

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Introducing the ‘Multi-Tech’ Flowmeter

When technologies unite in the name of flow measurement
June 16, 2014
Multi-tech” is a term that is short for multiple technology. Multi-tech flowmeters have been around for many years, but have never been recognized as a class of meter.
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A Checksum Game for Industrial Cybersecurity

Practical solutions for helping to protect automation systems from cyber-attacks
June 24, 2014
A strategy called “Defense in Depth”, which uses multiple security countermeasures to protect the integrity of the information assets in an enterprise. is a practical approach to industrial cybersecurity.
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PUMP GUY: Why We’ve Hit a Dead End in Automating Pumping Systems

June 26, 2014

Process pumps need instrumentation. When the velocity, flow, and pressure are not what they should be, the alteration stresses the pump. This is the reason I’ve said before that the instrumentation technician is a better friend to the Pump Reliability Engineer than the vibration analyzer or the CMMS program.

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The Future of DCS

How larger trends in industrial engineering are influencing process automation technology
June 18, 2014
Process automation systems have, arguably, never been more important, and the selection and implementation of distributed control systems (DCS) is central to the modern industrial automation challenge.
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GLOSSARY OF TERMS: Environmental

June 27, 2014

Terms and definitions related to environmental applications courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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QUIZ CORNER: Which Flowmeters Measure Inferentially?

July 4, 2014

Which of the following flowmeters infer the flow of fluid passing through the flowmeter? A. Coriolis mass; B. Magnetic; C. Orifice plate; D. Oscillating piston; E. Oval gear; F.  Thermal; G. Turbine; H. Venturi; I.  Vortex shedder ...

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