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Safety needs friends… (Part 2/2)

As we have seen in part 1 of this article, there are processes that cause a system’s performance to (prematurely) deteriorate or that the system can no longer fulfil its purpose. As we will see, these processes are not so different for cars (part 1) and safety systems in the process industry. However, there is a big difference in the rules and regulations during operation. We drivers have a bit of the “main inspection” and perhaps the “inspection booklet” of the manufacturer on our backs. Otherwise the legislator more or less leaves it to us to admonish to be on the road with a “safe” vehicle. This is quite different with regard to safety in the process industry. There is a multitude of laws, rules etc. that must be observed.

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When music streaming meets crude oil

The digitalization of music has forced an entire industry to make a drastic change, which with new business models, especially streaming, has again developed into a growth market in recent years. Let’s remember a little backwards: Filesharing services were initially very popular. Wouldn’t it have a certain charm to get the music directly from the artist and pay him and all those involved quickly and fairly? But how can the integrity of such a software system be guaranteed? The blockchain can make an important contribution to this – also in all areas of the economy, where numerous ideas for new business models are developed and tested against this background.

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Digital Transformation: Can there only be one?

Although the digital transformation in the process industry is facing a significant change, there is still the view in some places that the change in technology, processes and business methods can be carried out using tried and tested methods. Some defend the respective historically grown areas and solutions. However, the implementation of digitization projects is a highly interdisciplinary task, and it affects all areas of the company.

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Safety needs friends… (Part 1)

Security needs friends, because it has enemies! Also in the process industry. The example “Car” in part 1 of our new #Series tells you which enemies safety has!

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What’s new with NAMUR MTP?

The NAMUR Journey Standardised data models, Service-based orchestration, new associations and companies on board, pilot projects and lots of new ideas to go further. The NAMUR MTP working groups have been busy the last year and an update is long

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Assistance systems – 4. Retain knowledge and “drive” safely

Today’s assistance systems are like an “electronic driving instructor” who – not only in tricky situations – always supports the user with his experience. With a view to the systems, they are driving assistance systems in the truest sense of the word.

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Assistance systems 3 – The “signpost” & the “predictor”

Can you do that? Is there? Surely both production managers and plant operators have already asked themselves these questions. To become more concrete: You, as a production manager, have experienced plant operators and you know that you have taken good care of your control and alarm strategy. Functional safety is also up to date. You won’t burn anything. Nevertheless, something is bothering you: No matter how stable and safe your system is, you don’t really know how efficiently it drives. Isn’t there the famous “grain” left in it?
Or let’s put ourselves in your place as a plant operator: you have been operating your plant for years and know it well. From time to time she does her “talking tricks” and you don’t know why. Although you keep to the allowed temperature step in the reactor, it is about to go through or it is going through. Such an “early warning system” would be very practical. This runs in real time and warns you in advance that something is going to go wrong. Then you still have enough time to react accordingly. Something like a “process crystal ball” would be good. But is there such a thing?

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Assistance systems – 2. Electronic stability control

It’s desperate. The level in the column sump is simply unstable and fluctuates like a drunken sailor. The process control system (PCS) and the plant operator are constantly occupied with keeping these fluctuations under control to such an extent that the plant is at least running and no permanent alarm is triggered. And what have we not already tried everything. Tuning the control loops in the PLS, improving the instrumentation, looking for process or control connections that cause these problems and so on.

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Pharmaceutical Single-use Technologies: An Environmental Trade-off?

The motivation to reduce costs, meet regulatory requirements and improve process flexibility has led many pharmaceutical companies to consider single-use, pre-sterilised plastic equipment systems as an alternative to stainless steel. Single-use equipment makes the pharmaceutical manufacturing process increasingly efficient and less costly. However, with the environmental impact of increased plastic waste making headlines, and limited recycling opportunities facing the industry, is there an environmental trade-off happening?

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Assistance systems – 1. Our little daily helpers

Even in the age of smartphones and the like, our car is one of our favourite technical toys. Whether for reasons of safety or comfort, more and more assistance systems have found their way into the process of driving a car – as in the process industry. The mini-series starting with this article deals with what assistance systems there are, what typical applications are and what benefits they bring.

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