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ExxonMobil to Build Next Generation Multi-vendor Automation Architecture
Over the years, automation users have complained about being locked into an industrial automation vendor’s system architecture. ExxonMobil has had enough of proprietary, closed systems and   (read more...)
Honeywell process controls implemented at Russian refinery
Honeywell Process Solutions’ Experion HS process automation system has been implemented at Kuban Oil and Gas Co.’s Ilsky refinery.   (read more...)
Keep Projects on Track: Improve Communication During Estimating
In the energy and chemicals industries, project costs have risen faster than the rate that CAPEX increases (in comparable industries) and faster than the rate of inflation. Engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) argue   (read more...)
Brexit no more than a bump on the road to oil rebalancing
(Reuters) Rebalancing the oil market could take slightly longer as a result of the upsurge in uncertainty following Britain's vote to leave the EU but most traders seem to think it will not slow the process by more than 3-6 months.   (read more...)
AspenTech Acquires Fidelis Group, LLC
BEDFORD, MA — June 6, 2016 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced it has acquired Fidelis Group, LLC of Lake Jackson, Texas   (read more...)
What Is the Definition of PID Bumpless Transfer?
The PID controller is an essential component of nearly all control loops in the process industry. We take for granted   (read more...)
Control Engineering Feb 2016 Issue
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AspenTech Will Not Revise Offer for KBC
BEDFORD, Mass — February 17, 2016 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (“AspenTech”) announced today that it does not intend to revise its offer of 185 pence for each share of KBC Advanced Technologies plc (“KBC”) which was announced on January 12, 2016. Earlier today, KBC issued an announcement stating it has agreed to accept an acquisition offer of 210 pence per share from Yokogawa Electric Corporation.   (read more...)
Advanced process control and real-time optimization
Advanced process control and real-time optimization are techniques that can improve a plant’s   (read more...)
Take the path to model-less multivariable control
However tantalizing the prospect of dispensing with models may be, it is the long road of experience, not the shortcut of simplification, that compels one to the model-less path.   (read more...)
US Gulf oil spill nearly ruined BP, says chief Bob Dudley
was one of the worst environmental disasters in the US and saw BP pay fines and compensation and sell off more than £30bn ($45bn) in assets.   (read more...)
Simple Enhancement of PID Control
The venerable PID is assuredly the most widely used algorithm in industrial process control. Its simplicity, reliability and familiarity   (read more...)
Safety lifecycle management challenges in hydrocarbon processing plants
Many automation and SIS vendors to the downstream HPI do not provide safety lifecycle management software that extends beyond initial commissioning work   (read more...)
Portals Process Automation Rockwell adds MPC to PlantPAx DCS Rockwell adds MPC to PlantPAx DCS
November 21, 2015 - Rockwell Automation released PlantPAx model predictive control (MPC) software, which embeds fully functional MPC technology into Logix controllers to  
Control Engineering - November 2015
Process Control Systems upgrades   (read more...)
The New Era in Advanced Process Control
Attributed to AspenTech’s Arup Ghosh, this byline highlights how refineries and chemical companies are under constant pressure to improve throughput; save energy; meet operational constraints   (read more...)
Honeywell Technology To Drive Iraq's Most Advanced Refinery
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2015 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it will provide industry-leading process technology and advanced automation controls to Iraq’s Karbala refinery, now under construction in Karbala Province, about 120 kilometers south of Baghdad   (read more...)
How to Improve Automation by Understanding Integrating and Runaway Process Dynamics
Many important process control loops on vessels and columns do not have a steady state in the time frame of the PID response   (read more...)
AUTOMATION APPRECIATION MONTH
Here’s your opportunity to help young people recognize the joys of STEM-focused learning and the value and potential of a career in automation and control. You have a voice in determining the future of today’s younger generation and the automation profession. - See more at: https://www.isa.org/professional-development/automation-appreciation-month/?utm_source=High%20Road&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Marketing_42645511&utm_source=google&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=af-aamtwo16OCT#sthash.UUULtRsY.dpuf   (read more...)
Post-sanctions Iran
The first and only industry-led business conference looking at how to operate in Iran after the adoption of the Nuclear Agreement, the Post-Sanctions Iran International Business Conference, taking place in London on 16th-17th December has been tactically designed after meticulous first-hand conversations with European businesses wanting to become fully operative in Iran after sanctions are lifted in Q1 2016.   (read more...)
2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40
With the future of manufacturing heavily relying on the younger workforce, Control Engineering and Plant Engineering are honored to present the 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40. These 30 individuals   (read more...)
Choosing the ideal safety solution for your burner management system
Published on 31 Oct 2013 The process industry faces a number of challenges. These include the need to keep processes up and running with maximum uptime. At the same time, the performance and profitability of processes need to be maximized. And ultimately, processes   (read more...)
Tributes to Les Kane, Hydrocarbon Processing Editor and an advocate of Advanced Process Control
Gulf Publishing Company (GPC) is saddened to announce the passing of Les Kane, longtime editor of Hydrocarbon Processing, after an extended illness. Mr. Kane joined GPC in 1977 as equipment editor and was promoted to editor of the magazine in 1994. After many years of dedicated service, he left GPC in 2010. Mr. Kane is survived by his wife Laura and two children. He will be dearly missed by his friends and colleagues across the industry.   (read more...)
Benefits of Integrating a Single Plant-Wide Control System Into a Standard Plant Design Philosophy
Recent trends in the power industry call for reduced project execution cycle along with improved operability and maintainability of the power plant. In support of the   (read more...)
Natural Gas Operators Can Benefit from Honeywell’s Portfolio of Integrated Solutions, says ARC
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) recently briefed ARC Advisory Group on its portfolio of integrated solutions for the gas value chain. The company has significantly expanded its portfolio that now spans from the wellhead to the end user and comprises an extremely broad array of products, services and modular solutions.   (read more...)
Process modeling, feedback controllers
Feedback controllers assume that their control efforts will have some effect on the process variable. Advanced process control (APC) and advanced regulatory control (ARC) can help a controller choose its control efforts more effectively by modeling the process.   (read more...)
Iran nuke deal: risks and implications for energy industry
Following the historic deal on Iran nuclear sanctions reached between Iran and the P5+1 IUSA, Russia, China, France, UK and Germany), the research team of Wood Mackenzie put together a note for   (read more...)
Industry layoffs contributing to another lost generation?
Douglas-Westwood’s May 4 edition of DW Monday comments on how current oil and gas industry layoffs may be leading to another lost generation of workers, reminiscent of the shortage   (read more...)
Leading Edge Research and Software
research project at the University of Strathclyde, using Perceptive's software and expertise, has been shortlisted in the prestigious IChemE global awards 2015.   (read more...)
Control Engineering July 2015 Digital Issue
Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 * What will automation, controls, and instrumentation look like in 2020? * Controller selection criteria   (read more...)
Shell announces layoffs as profits fall
30 July 2015: Another oil and gas giant has announced job cuts in the wake of continually depressed oil and gas prices. With its 2Q15 results, Royal Dutch Shell presented plans to “manage returns   (read more...)
Common misconceptions: Safety instrumented system basics
ISA84 is not a “cook book” or “prescriptive standard,” but rather a “performance standard” for a general approach plant owners can use for each   (read more...)
10 years later: BP Texas City and the inevitable cost of an incident
This unfortunate incident from 2005 is familiar to many working in process industries and especially in the U.S., where an extensive investigation and its associated report have been used to illustrate the   (read more...)
Control Engineering - May 2015
May 2015 digital issue of Control Engineering magazine   (read more...)
A dual split-range control strategy for pressure and flow processes
Maintaining setpoint for two-mode or wide-range operations can be much easier when there are two control devices. Split-range control has been widely used in industrial processes for controlling pressure, temperature   (read more...)
HMI standard moves toward completion
ISA-101.01, Human Machine Interfaces for Process Automation Systems, is in the final stages of approval by the ISA101 standards development committee, Human-Machine Interface (HMI). The document was approved by ISA101 in - See more at: https://www.isa.org/intech/201504standards/#sthash.znqRhtSM.dpuf   (read more...)
Hacking oil and gas control systems: Understanding the cyber risk
Cyber attacks are growing in number and intensity over the past decade. Companies in the oil and gas industry are high-profile targets and must take measures to protect themselves from hackers. Chris Shipp 03/24/2015   (read more...)
6 ways for energy, chemical and oil and gas companies to avert the workforce crisis
As many as half of the skilled workers in energy, chemical and oil & gas industries are quickly heading towards retirement — but not nearly enough new hires are available to replace them. This Trend Report takes a deep dive into the six things you can do to ensure that your company doesn’t crumble under the pressure   (read more...)
AspenTech Unveils aspenONE® Version 8.8 Software to Help Manufacturers Achieve Operational Excellence
BEDFORD, Mass — May 4, 2015 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of optimization software for the process industries, today announced the general availability of aspenONE® Engineering   (read more...)
Engineering Leaders Under 40 program
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program* recognizes manufacturing professionals under the age of 40 who are making a significant contribution to their plant's success, and to the control engineering and/or plant engineering professions. Our research shows that finding, training, and retaining workers is the biggest issue facing manufacturing today.   (read more...)
Perceptive’s award-winning software continues to add new features and functionality, making it even more powerful and easier to use.
Improved functionality that makes data handling more intuitive, so you can gain a deeper insight into process behaviour and opportunities more easily.   (read more...)
EXPERTISE BEYOND CONTROLS QUENCH CONTROL
A standard quench control application to significantly improve the simple PID loop approach.   (read more...)
Overcoming process deadtime with a Smith Predictor
A controller equipped with an accurate process model can ignore deadtime. Deadtime generally occurs when material is transported from the actuator site to the sensor measurement location.   (read more...)
Feed forwards augment PID control
In closed-loop motion control applications, it is common to multiply the target speed and target acceleration by the velocity and acceleration feed forwards to generate the feed forward’s   (read more...)
AspenTech to Host OPTIMIZE™ 2015
BEDFORD, Mass — April 15, 2015 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of optimization software for the process industries, is pleased to announce that the upcoming OPTIMIZE™ 2015 conference will take place at The   (read more...)
AspenTech Acquires BLOWDOWN
BEDFORD, MA — March 12, 2015 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced it has acquired the BLOWDOWN software technology from Professor Stephen Richardson of Imperial College London and Dr. Graham Saville, formerly of Imperial College London.   (read more...)
Control Engineering - Jan 2015
In this issue... * Moving mobility to the cloud * Efficient controls require feedback * Automotive object detection * MES or batch: What is the best answer? * 7 things control engineers should know about management * Product Exclusive: PLC integrates I/O terminals * Inside Process   (read more...)
How ISA Will Achieve Its Five Strategic Goals in 2015
How ISA Will Achieve Its Five Strategic Goals in 2015   (read more...)
The Future of Industrial PCs
A few years back, when I first started covering embedded control technologies on a regular basis,   (read more...)
Cheap oil projected to kill many US LNG projects
Most of the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants meant to ship cargoes out of the US will “never be built” as the collapse in oil prices damps global demand for the nation’s gas, acc   (read more...)
Iran's oil minister: OPEC will eventually cut oil production
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's oil minister is expressing hope that the OPEC oil cartel will begin cutting production in order to shore up plunging oil prices.   (read more...)
BREAKING: Oil rises after death of Saudi king, but effect seen muted
NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices rose on the news of the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Thursday, but the king's death is not expected to change the course of oil prices over the   (read more...)
Faling Oil Prices slow US Fracking
Recent falls in oil prices alter the financial dynamics of oil extraction. Certain sources of oil entail lower costs than others. For example, conventional pumped oil extraction in high pressure onshore wells costs relatively little to set up and   (read more...)
Control Room Distractions:Recipe for a Catastrophic Disaster
The advancement in technology has enabled today’s control systems to become fault tolerant, include self-healing networks   (read more...)
CFE Media Apps for Engineers
23 November 2014: “Apps for Engineers” is a free interactive directory of over 70 engineering-related mobile applications that were created by various companies. The app helps users to do their jobs better and save time   (read more...)
Tuning PID loops for level control
Oct 30 2014: One-in-four control loops are regulating level, but techniques for tuning PID controllers in these integrating processes are not widely understood.   (read more...)
Four advantages of state-based control
September 30 2014: State-based control may increase your workload at first, but the benefits start to kick in and earn their worth quickly.   (read more...)
Engineering graduates - we’re coming to a careers fair near you!
Sep 2014: Capula will be exhibiting at a number of university graduate recruitment fairs between now and Christmas. If you’re an engineering graduate, this is an ideal opportunity to get the inside track on what it’s like to work for one of the leading UK control   (read more...)
OSIsoft Renews Enterprise Agreement with Shell for Operational Intelligence Infrastructure
San Leandro, CA – September 23, 2014 — Today, OSIsoft LLC, provider of the PI System and the leader in real-time data and events infrastructure solutions, is pleased to announce the continuation of its Enterprise Agreement with Shell. The agreement continues to support the roll out of a standard infrastructure across the global enterprise to capture, manage and visualize real-time data from assets. Today Shell   (read more...)
ProSim announces the launch of Simulis Pinch
22/09/2014: For the majority of industrial sites, energy is the major cost of operations after the raw materials, so improving the energy efficiency of processes represents a major objective. In this context, ProSim, a leading European process simulation and optimization software provider, announces the launch of a new tool dedicated to improving energy efficiency: Simulis Pinch. This   (read more...)
Emerson completes burner management system migration for Sasol
AUSTIN, TEXAS (September 17, 2014) — Emerson Process Management has successfully completed a DeltaV SIS burner management system migration project in Sasol’s integrated chemical plant in Sasolburg, South Africa.   (read more...)
Enhanced process optimization technology targets-Yokogawas multi-platform customers
September 9, 2014 – Control Station today announced the latest release of its award-winning process modeling and PID controller tuning software for use with Yokogawa Electric’s CS 3000 and Centum VP distributed control systems (DCS). csTuner Powered by Control   (read more...)
Yokogawa Receives Order to Provide Control System for New PEMEX Ultra-low-sulfur Diesel Fuel Plant
Tokyo, Japan - September 8, 2014: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its subsidiary Yokogawa de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. has received an order from Cobra Instalaciones Mexico S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of the Spanish EPC firm ACS, to supply an integrated control and safety   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Energy Performance Analytics Software
Tokyo, Japan - September 2, 2014: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the November release of Energy Performance Analytics (EP-Analytics), a software   (read more...)
aspenONE® V8.7 Software Release Sets New Benchmark for Manufacturing & Supply Chain Performance
BURLINGTON, MA — September 2, 2014 — September 2, 2014 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of optimization software for the process industries, announces the availability of aspenONE Manufacturing and Supply Chain   (read more...)
Can luck cover for a lack of alarm management?
August 26 2014: Is it safe to run a plant without alarm management? An effective alarm management program will let you run the plant harder while still remaining safe.   (read more...)
Ingenious Inc awarded Integrated Refinery Production Scheduling Project for Major Asia Refinery
Houston, Texas – August 20, 2014: Ingenious, Inc. is excited to announce it has been awarded a large refinery production scheduling project using its ProSched scheduling software, for a major grassroots refinery in South East   (read more...)
KBC announces acquisition of FEESA Ltd
London, UK – (22 July 2014) – KBC Advanced Technologies plc (“KBC” or “the Group”) is pleased to announce that it has purchased FEESA Ltd ("FEESA"), a le   (read more...)
Honeywell upgrades automation for petrochemical expansion in Qatar
07.02.2014: The upgrade will help the plant reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies as it increases production of methanol and MTBE, a key gasoline additive that reduces tailpipe emissions.   (read more...)
Honeywell Upgrades Qatar Petrochemicals Expansion
DOHA, Qatar, July 2, 2014 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions announced today that it will supply a new integrated control and safety system for Qatar Fuel Additives Company’s (QAFAC) Mesaieed Industrial City plant, 50 kilometers south of Doha. The upgrade will help the plant reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies   (read more...)
Yokogawa Enhances YS1000 Series Single Loop Controllers
Tokyo, Japan - June 13, 2014: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has enhanced its YS1000 series single loop controllers, and will be releasing them   (read more...)
Process control improvements should be based on analytical evidence
11-Jun-2014: MIPAC will present a paper about how to prioritise process control improvements at the 12th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference 2014 to be held in September in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.   (read more...)
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction Against M3 Technology in Favor of Aspen Technology
BURLINGTON, Mass. — May 29, 2014 — Aspen Technology, Inc.(NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed substantially the final judgment and permanent injunction originally issued in favor of   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) R3.12
Tokyo, Japan - May 27, 2014:Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will release Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) R3.12 on May 28. PRM is a software package that is capable of   (read more...)
SUPCON 10Mt/a Level Oil Refining Intelligent Equipment Project Passed Acceptance
2014-05-26 May 21, the acceptance meeting of SUPCON 10Mt/a level large-scale oil refining intelligent equipment project was held in SINOPEC Changling Company. Over 50 industry authorities from China's Ministry of Indu   (read more...)
PT Pertamina Selects Axens to Conduct a Study for the Modernization of its Plaju Refinery
MAY 20 - 2014: PT Pertamina Selects Axens to Conduct a Study The Indonesian National Oil Company PT Pertamina has selected Axens to conduct a Bankable Feasibility Study for the modernization and capacity expansion of Plaju refinery located in Palembang, South Sumatra   (read more...)
Emerson purchases leading reliability consulting services firm
ST. LOUIS, May 20, 2014 – Emerson (NYSE: EMR) today announced that it has acquired Management Resources Group, Inc. (MRG), a leading reliability consulting services firm. The acquisition adds the   (read more...)
Successful implementation of APC at Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (GASCO) facilities in the UAE
May 13, 2014: IPCOS and GASCO are pleased to announce the successful implementation of Advanced Process Control (APC) solutions on GASCO’s gas processing facilities at Habshan-0, 1, 2, Bab and ASAB-0.   (read more...)
National Grid Adopts CUI Global Inc.’s IRIS® Software for Improved Monitoring and Control of its Natural Gas Transmission System
TUALATIN, OR – May 8, 2014 – CUI Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: CUI) today announced that National Grid has accepted CUI Global’s proprietary Integrated Remote Information System (IRIS®) Technology   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases CENTUM VP Virtual Operator Trainer
5/8/2014: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the development and worldwide release of the CENTUM VP Virtual Operator Trainer. This cloud-based virtual training program   (read more...)
Advanced solutions for efficient crude blending
4 May, 2014: Current economics, variations in the price of crude oils and shifting demand for distillates have forced refineries to reduce the cost of their distillation  
Flare from Phillips 66 refinery seen throughout Five Cities
May 1, 2014 4:15 PM by KSBY Staff: A flare at the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery on the Nipomo Mesa could be seen throughout the Five Cities area on Thursday morning.   (read more...)
Honeywell's latest experion PKS Orion release improvements
Thursday, May 1, 2014: Honeywell Process Solutions today launched its latest version of Experion PKS Orion, featuring advanced capabilities that allow industrial plants to implement automation projects faster and more efficiently, while making it easier to manage daily operations.   (read more...)
Honeywell’s Latest Experion PKS Orion Release Improves Design and Operational Efficiency
HOUSTON, April 29, 2014 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Process Solutions today launched its latest version of Experion® PKS Orion, featuring advanced capabilities that allow industrial plants to implement automation projects faster and more efficiently, while making it easier to manage daily operations.  
Heartbleed Vulnerability – Industrial Evolution Web Sites Unaffected
Apr 11, 2014: DaaS Transfer Service Changes Made as a Precaution News broke recently of a wide-reaching security vulnerability known as Heartbleed. We want you to know that this web site and our DaaS web sites do not use OpenSSL so are unaffected.   (read more...)
ACE Reaches Safety Milestone
FOR RELEASE: April 7, 2014 Newark, DE - Applied Control Engineering, Inc. (ACE) is pleased to announce the achievement of a new safety milestone. ACE employees have worked more than two million consecutive work hours without incurring an OSHA reportable injury.   (read more...)
AspenTech Acquires Sulsim Software from Sulphur Experts
BURLINGTON, MA — April 1, 2014 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced it has acquired Sulsim® sulfur simulation software from Sulphur Experts.   (read more...)
Hyperion Simulation to supply an Operator Training Simulator to ABB
Nicosia, Cyprus. 31 March 2014. Hyperion Systems Engineering (Hyperion), the leading independent solutions provider to the global process industries, announces that it will supply to ABB in Italy (ABB) an Operator Training Simulator (OTS).   (read more...)
SUPCON Wins Three Oil Refining Project in Succession
Release time:2014-03-28: This month, SUPCON has won three oil-refining projects in succession. They are: 8,000,000 t/a Oil Quality Upgrading Project (SINOPEC Jiujiang Company), 2,000,000 t/a Diesel Hydrogenation Project   (read more...)
Alarm management and rationalisation are key ways to optimise plants
26-Mar-2014 Processing plant managers are increasingly approaching MIPAC for help with control system alarms which, if flooded, can have an adverse affect on operator efficiency   (read more...)
Updated Asset Management Software to Reduce Fieldbus Device Commissioning Time By Up To 80%
March 26, 2014: Users can bring devices online with the features, options, and alerts they select – in a fraction of the time it would normally take. With AMS Suite’s new functionality, Emerson   (read more...)
APC in Sasol Italy Plants: a stepwise approach
On the basis of Eascon's experience, the main causes of failure of an advanced process control project are:   (read more...)
IPCOS will host a Webinar on “Tuning Interactive PID Loops: Tips, Tricks, and Examples”
March 11th, 12:00 CET. Participation free of charge!   (read more...)
Control Station Expands Licensing with Introduction of Enterprise Capability
February 27, 2014 – Control Station today announced new enterprise licensing capabilities for its portfolio of process modeling and PID controller tuning products. The capability is ideally suited for Control Station’s growing base of multi-site and corporate accounts.   (read more...)
Process control and electrical design engineers under one roof
Wednesday, February 26, 2014: Process control and electrical design engineers under one roof. Our process control engineers and electrical engineers work alongside each other and this encourages collaboration and a lateral approach to delivering solutions.   (read more...)
Ingenious Inc. to Release ProSched 5.0 – NEXT Generation Production Scheduling Software
HOUSTON ― February 12, 2014 – Ingenious Inc. is excited to announce plans to release ProSched 5.0, the latest version of its production scheduling simulator for the Refinery, Petrochemical and Midstream industries. Ingenious Inc. CEO, Vibhu Sharma, states   (read more...)
Emerson’s automation services and technologies help BP’s Whiting refinery boost heavy-crude capacity more than four-fold
AUSTIN, TEXAS (February 10, 2014) - Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has completed process automation for BP’s modernization of its refinery in Whiting   (read more...)
OPC EasyArchiver - Real-Time Data Archiving Solution.
2014-01-27: Integration Objects is pleased to announce the release of its OPC EasyArchiver . OPC EasyArchiver has been designed to collect real-time data from various process and data sources connected to your network and archive those data to any database. OPC EasyArchiver mainly provides:   (read more...)
New AIMMS PRO Release Available
New AIMMS PRO Release Available January 7th, 2014: AIMMS PRO 1.0.3 is now available. The release contains a number of exciting new features, as well as a series of bug fixes. Key enhancements include: 1. Support for Unicode AIMMS projects, AIMMS 3.14 (due as   (read more...)
Yokogawa Obtains ISASecure® EDSA Certification for ProSafe®-RS Safety Instrumented System
Tokyo, Japan - January 21, 2014: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its ProSafe®-RS safety instrumented system has obtained the ISASecure®* Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification   (read more...)
Honeywell Enables Suriname To Double Its Refining Capacity, Reduce Imports
PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Jan. 21, 2014 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V., Suriname's state-owned oil company, will deploy Honeywell’s manufacturing execution system (MES) as part of a major expansion and efficiency project at the Tout Lui Faut crude oil refinery complex.   (read more...)
Nevada tank farm explosion due to overfilling
13 January 2014: An explosion at an oil plant in early December near Fallon, Nevada, left one employee with serious burn injuries. The Reno Gazette Journal reported State Fire Marshal Peter Mulvihill as saying that one of the hot asphalt tanks was overfilled   (read more...)
China Holds Refinery Managers Responsible For Blast
1/10/2014: BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are holding China's largest oil refiner and its top management responsible for a November pipeline explosion that killed 62 people and injured scores of others in the eastern port city of Qingdao.   (read more...)
On-site commissioning completed and accepted at TANECO Nijnekamsk refinery
9 January, 2014: Modcon Systems has completed turnkey project for crude distillation unit process analyzers system. Scope of supply in this project includes magnetic resonance, near-infrared, laser and impedance measurement technologies. Analyzers systems supplied and installed in the special Analyzer Houses including   (read more...)
Yokogawa Wins Control System Order for Yamal LNG Project in Russia
Tokyo, Japan - January 7, 2014: Yokogawa Electric Corporation is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Yokogawa Europe Solutions B.V. has been awarded a contract by Yamgaz, a consortium of Technip and JGC Corporation, to supply integrated control and safety systems (ICSS) for the Yamal LNG Project to build   (read more...)
WaterMV Shortlisted
Perceptive's first Advanced Control and Optimisation scheme for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water was nominated for a prestigious Institute of Water award   (read more...)
OSI to setup operations in India in 2014
24 December 2013: In the first quarter of 2014, we look forward to ramp our operations in India. This new office will serve as our hub to serve global clients - including the regions of Asia-pacific and Middle-East. New announcements will be   (read more...)
Spartan Controls Expands Advanced Solutions Business With Capstone Technology and iSolutions Inc.
December 18, 2013 Capstone logoAs part of the continued growth of Spartan’s Advanced Solutions business, we are pleased to announce that Spartan Controls has been named the exclusive representative for Capstone’s dataPARC   (read more...)
Control Room People and Behaviors
December 19, 2013: Operators need to be allowed to do what they are trained and paid to do and that requires that they be provided an environment that is void of as many unnecessary distractions and disruptions as possible, something akin to an air-traffic control   (read more...)
CSB Report on the Chevron 2012 Pipe Rupture
December 18, 2013: The August 2012 process fire in the crude unit at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California endangered 19 workers and sent more than 15,000 residents to the hospital for medical attention. In the draft report released to the public   (read more...)
Optimization program successfully finalized at Omsk refinery
8 December, 2013: The Omsk refinery is one of the most advanced refineries in Russia and one of the largest in the world. Main products include gasoline, diesel fuel, construction and road bitumen, fuel oil, jet fuel, as well as variety of aromatic   (read more...)
Air Liquide chooses AIMMS as its Optimization Platform in the U.S. and in Europe
Haarlem, The Netherlands (December 4, 2013) –Today, AIMMS announced a new global license agreement with Air Liquide Technical Services LLC (“Air Liquide”) that will bring the benefits of AIMMS’ optimization technology to Air Liquide production units in the U.S. and in Europe.   (read more...)
Honeywell To Automate Systems For Largest Refinery In The Middle East
KUWAIT CITY, Dec. 3, 2013 -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it has been selected by Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) to provide the Integrated Control and Safety System (ICSS) for its new 615,000 barrel-a-day Al Zour refinery complex   (read more...)
SK innovation Launches on SimSci Optimization Technology
NOVEMBER 21, 2013/SINGAPORE – Invensys, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art industrial software, systems and control equipment to the world’s major industries, has rendered a multi-year, multi-million dollar corporate license to SK innovation   (read more...)
IPCOS Joins AspenTech Implementation Services Provider Program to Deliver APC Solutions for the Middle East and North Africa
November 20, 2013: IPCOS is pleased to announce that it has joined the AspenTech Implementation Service Provider (ISP) Program to implement advanced process control (APC) solutions for oil, gas, and chemicals operators in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.   (read more...)
Honeywell Reduces 'Nuisance' Alarms That Can Lead To Billion-Dollar Losses In The Process Industries
HOUSTON, Nov. 18, 2013 – Process plants and pipelines rely on numerous automation systems to efficiently run their day-to-day operations. But those systems can generate thousands of alarms every day – many of which are not serious – requiring control room operators to quickly distinguish between routine process alarms and critical alarms that warn of operating problems or safety issues.   (read more...)
Honeywell To Modernize Petrochemical Plants In China
SHANGHAI, Nov. 14, 2013 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it was selected by the Sinopec Maoming Company for business management and automation technology that will rejuvenate and improve operational performance at aging petrochemical plants in Guangdong Province, China.   (read more...)
Emerson’s automation safety system wins 2013 exida® Safety Award
AUSTIN, TEXAS (November 14, 2013) – Emerson’s DeltaV safety instrumented system (SIS) has been granted the 2013 Safety Award by exida, the global leader in functional safety and cybersecurity certification for the process industries. exida recognized the DeltaV safety instrumented system with its safety award for the logic solvers category, citing the system’s Electronic Marshalling and CHARMs technol   (read more...)
PlantESP Monitoring and Optimization Platform Augmented with TuneVue
November 11, 2013 - Control Station introduced TuneVue with the newest release of its PlantESP Loop Performance Monitoring solution. TuneVue is an advanced diagnostic that accurately models highly dynamic process data and   (read more...)
Control Station PID Tuning Software Caters to Multi-Vendor Environments
Control Station announced the newest release of its award-winning LOOP-PRO TUNER Plus PID controller tuning and loop diagnostic software   (read more...)
Crude Distillation Unit Optimization during Crude Switching
Published on 11 Nov 2013: Optimizing the process conditions of the crude distillation unit could be achieved by full and real-time monitoring and control of each incoming stream of crude oil and outgoing distillate streams using   (read more...)
GE Invests in the Future with Controls Convergence Strategy
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — NOVEMBER 6, 2013 —GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today announced progress against plans for consolidation of the company’s control platforms to enable the Industrial Internet. The company’s convergence strategy starts with standardization on open systems across the platforms to provide customers with interoperability, secure communications and an optimal user experience (UX).   (read more...)
Comprehensive ESD, BCS and TMC solution for gigantic petrochemical complex
HIMA has realised, on behalf of the Saudi International Petrochemical Company, various safety-related automation solutions in several petrochemical plants in Jubail. Eight safety controllers from the HIQuad, HIMatrix® and HIMax® product groups are in use as ESD systems (emergency shutdown system), as well as BCS (burner control system) and TMC applications (turbomachinery control system).   (read more...)
IPCOS appoints two new Board members
October 30, 2013: IPCOS, the leading provider of Digital Oil Field and Advanced Process Control solutions, today announced that it appointed Chris Daniel and Pieter Kapteijn as independent members to its board. Chris Daniel brings a wealth of APC experience   (read more...)
Exida Certifies Rosemount 5300 Series Guided Wave Radar Transmitter For Functional Safety
Wednesday, October 30, 2013: exida, the global leader in functional safety certification for the process industries, has certified the Rosemount 5300 Series Guided Wave Radar Transmitter for functional safety, ensuring that it meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capability per IEC 61508: 2010.   (read more...)
Emerson receives contract for Kuwait Oil Company training
AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 29, 2013) -- Emerson Process Management has worked with Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) to develop a comprehensive training program that helps new engineers develop skills needed to maintain a running oil production facility in northern Kuwait. Developed under a contract that KOC awarded to Emerson in May 2013, the first-of-its-kind program is expected to lead to further cooperation between the companies.   (read more...)
TOTAL S.A. Chooses GE’s Proficy® Monitoring & Analysis Suite to Reduce Production Losses and Decrease Maintenance Costs
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — OCTOBER 29, 2013 —GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) today announced that TOTAL S.A., a leading global oil and gas company with operations activities in more than 50 countries, has chosen Proficy® SmartSignal for its predictive analytics and Remote Monitoring & Analysis solution.   (read more...)
LUKOIL Mid-East Limited awards IPCOS NV a Multi-Million USD contract for Digital Oil Field Services
October 25, 2013IPCOS NV has been awarded a turnkey project to provide services to design and implement an Integrated Asset Modelling Solution using technology from OVS, Petex & OSI PI. The solution will enable Production and Reservoir Management to make fast accurate   (read more...)
Invensys Releases Integrated Spiral Crude Assay Management with SimSci Design and Optimization Software
OCTOBER 16, 2013 /HOUSTON, TEXAS - Invensys, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art industrial software, systems and control equipment to the world’s major industries, released integrated Spiral CrudeSuite™crude oil knowledge-management software with its SimSci® PRO/II™ design and ROMeo®   (read more...)
GOSP Simulation Training Tool from GSE Systems Prepares Operators to Manage Critical Petroleum Process
SYKESVILLE, Md. – October 15, 2013 – According to the latest estimates, the global petrochemical industry is valued at US$472.06 billion, most of which is dependent on gas and oil from underground reservoirs. But the industry does not use crude directly from the well. The crude is first processed at a Gas Oil Separation Plant, which   (read more...)
Process control improvements at Brisbane oil and gas plant
Wednesday, October 09, 2013: MIPAC’s ISNetwork certification means our company has become an authorised service provider for major oil and gas companies. We are currently working at an oil and gas plant in Brisbane   (read more...)
Honeywell’s UOP to help develop plan for Indonesian refineries
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Oct. 7, 2013 – UOP LLC, a Honeywell company (NYSE:HON), announced today that it will help PT Pertamina (Persero), the national oil and natural gas company of Indonesia, develop a master plan to modernize the state-owned company’s refineries.   (read more...)
exida is Pleased to Announce the Winners of the 1st Annual exida Safety Awards 2013
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 We are thrilled to announce the products chosen in the 1st Annual exida Safety Awards. exida recognizes the importance of excellence in functional safety, and   (read more...)
Invensys Strengthens KBR’s Refinery-wide Optimization Solutions
OCTOBER 01, 2013/HOUSTON, TEXAS - Invensys, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art industrial software, systems and control equipment to the world’s major industries, has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with KBR, Inc. to supply its SimSci™ PRO/II® simulation software   (read more...)
PAS Announces Expansion into Southern Europe
Houston, Texas, USA —October 1, 2013 —PAS, a human reliability software solutions provider to power and processing industries worldwide, announced the expansion of its presence into Southern Europe.   (read more...)
Yokogawa's CENTUM VP Integrated Production Control System Receives CIS Science and Technology Award
Tokyo, Japan – September 26, 2013: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its key platform product for the industrial automation and control business, the CENTUM® VP integrated production control system, has received a Science and Technology Award in the Excellent Product category from the China Instrument and Control Society (CIS)*.   (read more...)
Hyperion Simulation to supply the Reverse Osmosis OTS for the SWCC Training Center, in Saudi Arabia
Nicosia, Cyprus. 26 September 2013. Hyperion Systems Engineering (Hyperion), the leading independent solutions provider to the global process industries, announces that it will supply a generic Operator Training Simulator System (OTS) and   (read more...)
Invensys Acquires InduSoft
SEPTEMBER 24, 2013/HOUSTON, TEXAS - Invensys, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art industrial software, systems and control equipment to the world’s major industries, has acquired InduSoft, a provider of HMI and embedded intelligent device software for the automation market.   (read more...)
Hybrid Modelling for Process Optimization
Thursday, 19. September 2013: On Sept. 4th and 5th the summer school for Hybrid Modelling was taking place at the New Technological University FCT in Lisbon, Portugal. Two days of excellent presentations and hands-on modelling   (read more...)
Energy Metrics and OSIsoft Partner to Bring the Power of Data to Control Infrastructure and Energy Costs
Paris, France - September 18, 2013 - OSIsoft, producer of the PI System, the leading operational data infrastructure for real-time data and events, and Energy Metrics, a leader in optimizing data centers’ infrastructure life cycle, today announced a strategic partnership. This alliance provides   (read more...)
PAS Releases PlantState Suite 7.3
Houston, Texas, USA — September 16, 2013 — PAS, a human reliability software solutions provider to the power and process industries worldwide, announced a new release of its PlantState Suite™ product, which includes inBound™ Analytics, a robust boundary management solution to improve situation awareness in the control room and prevent industrial accidents.   (read more...)
Kick-off meeting held for gasoline blending optimization project in Serbia
12 September, 2013: Pancevo refinery in Serbia started the new gasoline products optimization program that will use Modcon analyzers. Analyzers system supply is part of gasoline blending station construction project which is jointly realized by Modcon Systems and LUDAN.   (read more...)
Process control and instrumentation assisted by AVEVA Instrumentation™
The latest issue of AVEVA World magazine features an article about MIPAC’s investment in AVEVA Instrumentation™ technology. This instrumentation and control engineering software is assisting us with developing systems engineering and design for our clients’ plants.   (read more...)
New Simulation Tools Capture Dynamic Nature of Coking Operations with Highly Detailed Data on Full Process
SYKESVILLE, Md. – September 10, 2013 – Refiners know that coking is a highly profitable and indispensable part of their portfolio. Unlike many other refining processes, coking is not a “Set and Forget” operation. Its semi-batch   (read more...)
Invensys Unveils Next-Gen Foxboro Evo Process Automation System
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 / HOUSTON, TEXAS – Invensys, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art industrial software, systems and control equipment to the world’s major industries, today unveiled its next-generation process automation system.   (read more...)
MathWorks Announces Release 2013b of the MATLAB and Simulink Product Families
CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom. - (6 Sep 2013): MathWorks today announced Release 2013b (R2013b) of its MATLAB and Simulink product families. R2013b delivers new analysis, design, code generation and implementation and other features in MATLAB and Simulink, two new Polyspace products, as well as updates   (read more...)
PAC Releases Next Generation AC Analytical Controls® Reformulyzer M4
Houston, TX., USA – September 3, 2013 – PAC, a leading global provider of advanced analytical instruments for laboratories and online process applications, today released the AC Analytical Controls® Reformulyzer M4 (M4), which provides fast group type analysis of gasoline and gasoline blend streams using multi-dimensional gas chromatography.   (read more...)
Ingenious Inc awarded over One million US $ in Process consulting contracts
Houston, Texas – September 3, 2013: Ingenious, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been awarded contracts worth in excess of One million dollars, to be executed over the next 6 months. These projects are from multiple Fortune 500 companies and include process   (read more...)
Guided Wave Releases New Application Note Using NIR Spectroscopy to
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – September 2, 2013, Guided Wave Inc., a leading manufacturer of online process analytical systems, announced the release of a new application note titled, “Cloud Point of Diesel Fuel”. This note demonstrates how NIR spectroscopy is a time and money saving alternative to traditional methods   (read more...)
Hyperion delivers Hydro-cracking Model and Reforming Model for OAO “Slavneft-YANOS” Refinery in Yaroslavl, Russia
PDF . Nicosia, Cyprus. 29 August. Hyperion Systems Engineering (Hyperion), the leading independent solutions provider to the global process industries, announces the successful delivery of two Reactor Model systems for the Reforming and Hydro-cracking Units at OAO “Slavneft-YANOS” Refinery in Yaroslavl, Russia.   (read more...)
New FICO Software Enables Data Scientists to Transform Big Data into Predictive Models
SAN JOSE, Calif., August 27, 2013 —FICO (NYSE:FICO), a leading predictive analytics and decision management software company, today introduced FICO® Model Builder for Big Data, the latest release of its powerful analytics tool. Model Builder for Big Data enables data scientists to rapidly discover, design and deploy predictive analytics models that   (read more...)
Honeywell To Supply Control Systems For New Process Plants At Russian Refinery
MOSCOW, August 20, 2013 — Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced today that Antipinsky Refinery CJSC will use Honeywell’s Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) to control plant processes and general refinery facilities as part of the third stage of construction of the Antipinsky Refinery in Tyumen, Russia.   (read more...)
Altius "HI-Performance HMI Solution"
AUG 2013: Lin & Associates is proud to introduce our newest solution for your engineering needs – Alitus “HI-Performance HMI Solution”. Gear up with our latest release with optimized infrastructure & performance! Altius will be your tool kit for scaling to the highest peaks of efficiency.   (read more...)
exida Accepting Nominations for their 1st Annual 2013 Safety Awards
exida, the world’s foremost technical authority and certification agency, is pleased to announce its 1st Annual Safety Awards. The awards are meant to honor the   (read more...)
On-line hydrocarbons analysis system will be installed at Achinsk refinery
11 August, 2013 Modcon will install MOD-C4000 analyzer for hydrocarbons in water measurement at the Achinsk refinery. Heat exchanger leak detection is an important   (read more...)
PAS Announces Expansion into Houston’s Energy Corridor
Houston, Texas, USA — August 6, 2013 —PAS, a human reliability software solutions provider to the power and processing industries worldwide, today announced the opening of an additional office in Houston’s Energy Corridor district.   (read more...)
Emerson support services help increase throughput and reduce energy usage at MOL gas processing plant
AUSTIN, TEXAS (August 5, 2013) -- Emerson Process Management’s support services have helped the MOL Group increase throughput, improve product quality and reduce energy   (read more...)
New project for gasoline blending optimization in Serbia
4 August, 2013 Pancevo refinery in Serbia started the new gasoline products optimization program that will use Modcon analyzers. Analyzers system supply is part of gasoline blending station construction project which is jointly realized by Modcon Systems and LUDAN.   (read more...)
Emerson automation technologies and services help INA Rijeka refinery meet latest European fuel specifications
AUSTIN, TEXAS (August 2, 2013) -- Emerson Process Management has successfully completed a project to install integrated automation and safety systems on three units at a new hydrocracking complex   (read more...)
IPCOS relocates to new Offices in Belgium
July 2013 The new IPCOS Offices in Belgium IPCOS relocates to new Offices in Belgium: IPCOS has seen a rapid headcount growth in 2012/2013, the IPCOS Leuven team is soon moving to bigger premises! Our new address: Geldenaaksebaan 329, 3001 Leuven   (read more...)
Is it Time for a New Approach to PID Tuners?
As typically practiced today, PID tuning is performed on a single-loop basis, via trial and error, or based on the results of an open-loop step test. For interacting loops, this is a time-consuming task that often results in compromised performance, or   (read more...)
YPF refinery fire notified as $800mn total loss
19 July 2013: The ongoing uncertainty over business interruption (BI) losses from the April flood and fire at the YPF La Plata refinery in Argentina has at last been put to rest, with the market being advised of an $800mn total loss for both BI and property damage (PD), Inside FAC has learned.   (read more...)
KBC Enables Clients to Build and Analyze Accurate Models of Heat and Power Systems with the ProSteamTM 6 Release
London, UK – (24 July 2013) – KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC) UK announces the release of ProSteam™ 6, the latest generation of its heat and power systems toolkit   (read more...)
ABB calls for research grant proposals from universities worldwide
Zurich, Switzerland, July 18, 2013 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, invites proposals from academic and research institutes around the world to support promising graduate students with projects that combine   (read more...)
What's New in MiMiC Simulation Software v3.5?
July 11, 2013: MYNAH's President/COO, Mart Berutti discusses and demonstrates the new features of MiMiC Simulation Software v3.5. We have released MiMiC v3.5, a dynamic, multi-purpose simulation software for plant life-cycle business results.   (read more...)
Functional Safety Management System of Pepperl+Fuchs Certified by exida According to IEC 61508:2010
The Functional Safety Management (FSM) System of Pepperl+Fuchs has been evaluated successfully. Independent product test and assessment agency exida certified that all relevant requirements of IEC 61508:2010 for development of products with a SIL statement were met. Functional   (read more...)
XpertRule Software announces release 10.0 of XpertRule Knowledge Builder
July 2013:Release 10.0 is a major release of XpertRule's Knowledge Builder product. It provides significant enhancements in a number of areas:   (read more...)
ABB wins terminal automation project for one of the world’s largest chemical complexes
Zurich, Switzerland, July 5, 2013 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won a project from Foster Wheeler for the automation of bulk inventory operations management of the chemical complex that is under construction by Sadara Chemical Company (Sadara) in Jubail Industrial City II, Saudi Arabia. The order was booked in the first quarter of 2013.   (read more...)
Emerson unveils plans to build Distributed Experience Hub for customer collaboration
Singapore (July 4, 2013) -- Emerson Process Management has announced plans for a Distributed Experience Hub (DEH) in Asia Pacific, unveiling the details at its Performance without Compromise Conference in South Korea.   (read more...)
New Release of PAS Integrity Software Improves Cyber Security and Change Control
Houston, Texas, USA — July 3, 2013 — PAS, a human reliability software solutions provider to the power and process industries worldwide, announced the release of the latest Integrity product release that enhanced overall improved data importing performance.   (read more...)
2013 Globlal Refining Summit Video of the Presentation: Energy efficiency
July 2, 2013: Case Study: Energy efficiency improvements at Repsol´s Química Tarragona plant as a result of implementing a real time energy optimization system   (read more...)
PSE calls for submissions for €5000 Model-Based Innovation prizes
25 June 2013: Best use of gPROMS advanced process modelling in support of research LONDON, 25 June 2013 --- Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), provider of the industry-leading gPROMS advanced process modelling platform and model-based engineering services, today announced the opening for submissions for the prestigious 2013 PSE Model-Based Innovation Prize.   (read more...)
Rosneft Chooses Honeywell To Automate Tuapse Refinery
MOSCOW, Russia, June 25, 2013 — Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it has signed an agreement with NK Rosneft, a leading Russia-based oil and gas producer, as the main automation contractor for the construction of its new refinery at Tuapsinskiy NPZ, Southern Russia.   (read more...)
IPCOS - PID Tuning and Optimisation Seminar Tuesday 2nd July 2013
Sam Dhaliwal is pleased toI annPounceC the sucOcess of Sthe f ocus PID tuning workshop held at the Jebal Dhana hotel resort in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi   (read more...)
Awarded contract for Atyrau Refinery modernization project
Kazakstan 12 June, 2013: Modcon Systems is pleased to announce that it has been awarded for the Aterau Refinery modernization project, which includes turn-key delivery of process analysis systems.   (read more...)
Chemical fertilizers in all forms present safety challenges
Jun 11, 2013 : Local agribusiness knew something didn’t add up when national news sources initially reported anhydrous ammonia as the substance responsible for a fertilizer plant explosion April 17 that changed the landscape of West, Texas.   (read more...)
Omsk refinery will be upgraded into the innovative “Smart Refinery
10 June, 2013: The Omsk refinery is one of the most advanced refineries in Russia and one of the largest in the world. Main products include gasoline, diesel fuel, construction and road bitumen, fuel oil, jet fuel, as well as variety of aromatic hydrocarbons,   (read more...)
New Capability Targets Growing Need Among Process Manufacturers for Educational Resources
June 6, 2013 – Control Station today announced the initial launch of a new web-based training and skills development offering. The service targets the growing global need among process manufacturers for educational resources that teach best-practices related to process control and plant optimization.   (read more...)
PAS Launches New Training Division, PAS University
Houston, Texas, USA — June 4, 2013 —PAS, a human reliability software solutions provider, announced the launch of PAS University, the new training division at the company. PAS University provides industrial education covering a wide range of topics to better equip personnel with training to optimize plant operations.   (read more...)
Hyperion Delivers Operator Training Simulator of OPaL’s Ethylene plant for Linde
Nicosia, Cyprus. 3 June 2013. Hyperion Systems Engineering (Hyperion), the leading independent simulation solutions provider, has delivered to Linde an Operator Training Simulator (OTS) for the ethylene plant in Dahej, India.   (read more...)
RSI Selected by BP to Deliver High-fidelity Process Simulators for Global Operator Training Simulator Initiative
Houston, Texas – May, 2013 – RSI has been selected by BP Products North America to deliver high-fidelity process simulators to be used in a BP global initiative to improve console operator competency in their downstream operations. This multi-year, worldwide project is one of the largest Console   (read more...)
The ASM Consortium records more than 1000 incidents globally in 2012
To create awareness about the serious nature of process safety incidents, the ASM Consortium continues to track and record incidents and accidents happening globally.   (read more...)
Hyperion delivers two operator training simulators for the Gasoline Hydrotreater Unit and the Isomerization Unit
Nicosia, Cyprus. 20 May 2013. Hyperion Systems Engineering (Hyperion), the leading independent solutions provider to the global process industries, announces the successful delivery of two high fidelity Operator Training Simulator (OTS) systems for the Gasoline Hydrotreater Unit and the Isomerization Unit at Slavneft-Yanos refinery in Yaroslavl, Russia. The OTS systems were delivered in partnership with KIPmontage.   (read more...)
Shell Incident Under Review
May 9th, 2013 6:24am:Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner’s Office says it can’t comment on a request from Ecojustice to have the Ministry investigate a few recent incidents at Shell’s Corunna Refinery.   (read more...)
U.S. Refining Margins Increase
May 06, 2013: Baker & O’Brien’s first quarter 2013 PRISM™ analysis reports generally higher U.S. refining margins, except for PADD 4, which declined due to seasonal effects   (read more...)
Dresser-Rand Introduces Newest Model of its DATUM® Centrifugal Compressor
HOUSTON-May 6, 2013-Dresser-Rand, a global supplier of rotating equipment solutions to the oil, gas, petrochemical, power, and process industries, reached a milestone when it sold its 1,000th DATUM® centrifugal compressor-the new DATUM I centrifugal compressor-to Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) to supplement capacity on its existing Abkatun-D Platform located in the Tabasco Field in the Bay of Campeche   (read more...)
AspenTech Kicks Off OPTIMIZE™ 2013 with Launch of New Software
OPTIMIZE 2013, BOSTON — May 6, 2013 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, kicked off OPTIMIZE 2013 with the launch of industry innovations for process manufacturing and significant enhancements to the company’s Engineering and Manufacturing and Supply Chain products.   (read more...)
AspenTech Introduces First Content Marketplace for Process Optimization with aspenONE® Exchange
OPTIMIZE 2013, BOSTON — May 6, 2013 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced aspenONE Exchange, the first content marketplace for the process industries. Another industry first from AspenTech, aspenONE Exchange revolutionizes process design by providing engineers with a one-stop shop   (read more...)
ICONICS Announces Hyper Historian™ Version 10.8
Chicago, Illinois – WINDPOWER 2013 – May 5 - 8 – Booth 2417 – ICONICS, winner of the Microsoft® Sustainability Partner of the Year award, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and provider of Web-enabled Plant Historian and industrial visualization software for Microsoft Windows® operating systems, announced the release of Hyper Historian™ V10.8. Hyper Historian is a high speed,   (read more...)
MAVERICK Technologies, Logos Technologies and Global Velocity Partner to Safeguard U.S. SCADA Systems from Hackers
COLUMBIA, Ill. (May 2, 2013) — MAVERICK Technologies, the largest independent systems integrator in North America, announced today a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Logos Technologies and Global Velocity to develop a solution set to protect U.S. national infrastructure from potential cyber-attacks.   (read more...)
SL Corporation Launches RTView Enterprise Monitor 1.2 for Application (APM) and Service-Level System Monitoring
Corte Madera, CA – April 30, 2013 – SL Corporation, a leading provider of application and service-level system monitoring solutions, announced the launch of the RTView Enterprise Monitor (EM) 1.2 platform, an end-to-end visibility and control system tailored specifically for application support teams.   (read more...)
AspenTech Announces CEO Transition Plan
BURLINGTON, MA — April 30, 2013 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced an executive transition plan to take place over the next two quarters.   (read more...)
Emerson extends alarm management and actuator capability
Houston, Texas (April 30, 2013) -- Emerson Process Management has released cost-saving new diagnostic capabilities in its FieldQ rack & pinion fully integrated valve actuator and controls. The updated capabilities greatly simplify daily work practices with the release of FieldQ Foundation fieldbus Version 3, with device diagnostic alarm management in a flexible modular package.   (read more...)
Human Reliability offers next big opportunity for improving industrial profitability and safety
Houston, Texas, USA — April 25, 2013 —PAS, a software solutions provider, today declared themselves “The Human Reliability Company” reflecting the company’s commitment to developing products to empower the human factor at the plant facility – the operator.   (read more...)
Emerson certified for process systems cyber security
AUSTIN, TEXAS (April 24, 2013) – Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV™ digital automation system and its project and engineering support services have successfully passed annual best practice standards set by Wurldtech Security Technologies, a world leader in protecting mission-critical connected systems and devices.   (read more...)
The ASM Consortium records more than 1000 incidents globally in 2012
To create awareness about the serious nature of process safety incidents, the ASM Consortium continues to track and record incidents and accidents happening globally.   (read more...)
Honeywell Selected By Idemitsu Kosan To Modernize Automation System At Refining And Petrochemical Complex
TOKYO, JAPAN, April 18, 2013 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that Idemitsu Kosan has selected Honeywell’s Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) to modernize the integrated control room at its Tokuyama Refining and Petrochemical Complex to promote operational efficiency, safety and reliability.   (read more...)
Success Story – Alarm Managment
April 18, 2013: PPCL was recently implement in a Saudi refinery with a reported 85% reduction in standing alarms and a 50% reduction in alarms per minute.Here are the details. There were a total of 993 process variables that both had process variable alarm limits provided and data present in the   (read more...)
How Microsoft Quietly Built the City of the Future
15 April, 2013: A small, covert team of engineers at Microsoft cast aside suggestions that the company spend US$60 million to turn its 500-acre headquarters into a smart campus to achieve energy savings and other efficiency   (read more...)
Chevron Releases Internal Investigation on Refinery Fire
Apr 12, 2013: Corrosion that damaged a steel pipe led to a disastrous fire at Chevron's Richmond refinery last August, oil company officials confirmed in a report released Friday.   (read more...)
Twin Handbooks Provide Indispensable Reference for Alarm Management and HMI Best Practices
Houston, Texas, USA — April 11, 2013 —PAS, a leading provider of human reliability software and services to the power and processing industries worldwide, has now translated into German, The Alarm Management Handbook and The High Performance   (read more...)
Kepware Technologies Announces Partnership with EnerSys Corporation
RELEASE: Portland, ME, April 10, 2013 — Kepware Technologies, a software development company focused on communications for automation, announced today that it has established a partnership with Houston, Texas-based EnerSys Corporation (EnerSys). Under the agreement, EnerSys is approved   (read more...)
Jurong Aromatics Corporation Selects PAC Lab Instruments
04/03/2013: Houston, TX., USA – Jurong Aromatics Corporation (JAC), a major aromatics and oil products manufacturer in Singapore, recently chose PAC as its provider for lab instruments in its new complex on Jurong Island. PAC will supply   (read more...)
Ingenious Inc receives large Engineering Design order from leading Saudi Arabian Oil & Gas Company
Houston, Texas – April 2, 2013: Ingenious, Inc. is pleased to announce that is has received a large order for development of engineering drawings, including instrument loop diagrams (ILD’s) for a large integrated oil & gas company in Saudi Arabia. Ingenious, Inc secured this order in collaboration   (read more...)
Yokogawa Selected by Cheniere Energy Partners for Bi-directional LNG Plant
Tokyo, Japan - March 28, 2013: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announced today that it has been selected to supply the integrated automation and safety system for the new liquefaction trains at Cheniere's LNG facility in Sabine Pass, LA, which is being developed by its subsidiary Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (SPL).   (read more...)
Heat Exchanger Monitoring Solution Significantly Enhances Operations Performance And Decreases Energy Costs
March 26, 2013: Heat ExchangerAn integrated Heat Exchanger Monitoring Solution is part of Emerson’s new suite of Essential Asset Monitoring applications. The pre-engineered heat exchanger solution embeds process   (read more...)
Emerson introduces pre-engineered Heat Exchanger Monitoring Solution that significantly enhances operations performance
Austin, Texas (March 26, 2013) Emerson Process Management has announced the release of an integrated Heat Exchanger Monitoring Solution. The solution is part of Emerson’s new suite of Essential Asset Monitoring applications. The pre-engineered heat exchanger solution embeds process and exchanger   (read more...)
IPCOS announces appointment of Kieron Lennox and Andy Coward as Business Development Managers
IPCOS is continuing on its journey of growth by welcoming Kieron Lennox and Andy Coward as Business Development Managers to the team. With many years of experience in advanced solutions delivery and selling, both add significant experience and leadership to the IPCOS team.   (read more...)
Simulating Change: Art Competition Inspired by Engineering
STOCKTON-ON-TEES, UK – March 11, 2013 – A Stockton-based engineering company are opening the doors to welcome young artists from around the region to get involved in an engineering-inspired Art Competition.   (read more...)
MathWorks Announces Release 2013a of the MATLAB and Simulink Product Families
CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom. - (8 Mar 2013): MathWorks today announced Release 2013a (R2013a) of its MATLAB and Simulink product families. New in this release is the introduction of Fixed-Point Designer, which combines the functionality of Fixed-Point Toolbox and Simulink   (read more...)
First Suite of Wireless Pre-engineered Essential Asset Monitoring Solutions Unveiled
March 06, 2013: Emerson Process Management has announced availability of Essential Asset Monitoring solutions, the industry’s first family of integrated wireless application solutions for equipment monitoring. The pre-engineered monitoring and analysis solutions embed process and equipment knowledge into a wide range of applications and use existing wired and new wireless instruments to form a network for continuous automated expert monitoring. Integrated solutions are available for pumps   (read more...)
New Rapid-Deployment Capability in FICO Model Central Slashes Time-to-Value of Predictive Models by Up to 80 Percent
SAN JOSE, Calif. – March 5, 2013 – FICO (NYSE: FICO), the leading provider of predictive analytics and decision management technology, today announced Model Deployment Accelerator, a new capability in FICO® Model Central™ Solution which speeds deployment of predictive models into operational systems, cutting the time needed by as much as 80 percent.   (read more...)
IPCOS takes full ownership
Friday, 1 March 2013: IPCOS, the leading provider of Digital Oilfield and Advanced Process Control solutions, today announced that its management has acquired all IPCOS shares from its majority shareholder KBC Private Equity. Under an agreement with the European Commission, KBC Bank of Belgium has divested its private equity activities. IPCOS has regained full control of the company through an MBO which was executed in February 2013.   (read more...)
Honeywell Increases Integration And Asset Life With Experion PMD Release 800
​KUOPIO, Finland, February 28, 2013 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has upgraded Experion® PMD, boosting the range and functionality of its comprehensive automation solution for controlling processes, machinery and drives through a single system.  
The Fisher FIELDVUE DVC6200 SIS Digital Valve Controller for Safety Instrumented Systems
February 28, 2013: Emerson’s new FIELDVUE DVC6200 SIS digital valve controller responds to safety demands, and features partial stroke and position monitoring capabilities for the final control element in a safety instrumented system (SIS). Intelligent automatic partial stroke valve testing provides improved   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Enhanced Version of STARDOM™ Network-based Control System
Tokyo, Japan - February 27, 2013 - Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will release an enhanced version of the STARDOM™ network-based control system on February 28. With this release, the integrity of the data transferred between supervisory control and   (read more...)
Invensys Completes First Phase of MAC Contract for New Russian Refinery
FEBRUARY 26, 2013 / LONDON - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, has successfully completed the first phase of a main automation contractor project at the new Yaysky oil refinery in Kemerovo, a city   (read more...)
Accelerates Productivity, Expands Collaboration, and Enables More Profitable Decisions
Latest Release of aspenONE® Software BURLINGTON, MA — February 25, 2013 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced the latest enhancements to the aspenONE process optimization software suite. The V8.1 release features the new Aspen IMOS (Aspen Inventory Management   (read more...)
Announcing PAS Technology Conference on Human Reliability in Power and Process Industries
Houston, Texas, USA — February 25, 2013 —PAS, a human reliability software solutions provider, announced the hosting of its PAS Technology Conference (PTC), themed “Human Reliability: The Next Evolution in Plant Performance” on April 22-24, 2013 in Houston, Texas, USA. The PAS Technology Conference will bring PAS clients and partners from around the globe together with experts in optimizing automation assets, alarm management, high performance HMI, knowledge retention and decision support, automation asset   (read more...)
Emerson wins record-setting orders for gas-leak detection technology
AUSTIN, TEXAS (February 22, 2013) – Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has received orders totaling approximately $5.8 million for ultrasonic gas detection technology that will be used to monitor for leaks at onshore and offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Australia.   (read more...)
exida Certifies Emerson DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling For Functional Safety
Thursday, February 21, 2013: exida, an accredited global functional safety certification company, has issued a functional safety certification per the IEC 61508 and several application standards for the Emerson Process Management DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling product line.   (read more...)
ABB to fund 40 research projects at universities worldwide that will shape the future of power and automation
Feb. 21. – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has selected 40 research projects for funding, after inviting academic and research institutes around the world to submit proposals for grants that will shape the future of power and automation.   (read more...)
Kepware Takes Home "Engineers' Choice Award" from Control Engineering
Portland, ME, February 20, 2013 — Kepware Technologies, a software development company focused on communications for automation, today announced the company has secured another significant product award for its flagship KEPServerEX® solution. The centralized communications platform received high marks from the editors and readers of Control Engineering Magazine, elevating it to "Engineers' Choice" among   (read more...)
PID Tuning and Process Control Optimisation Seminar
Introduction to the day's agenda, Case Studies for PID tuning & base layer control: Challenges and Achievements, Ethylene, Fertilizer production, Refining, Gas Processing   (read more...)
Controllers@Max Complete PID Controller Assessment & Makeover
The prime objective of process control systems is to maintain safe and stable operations to enable efficient profitable production. To maintain   (read more...)
AspenTech Software Demonstrates Economically Viable Carbon Capture at World’s Largest CO2 Test Facility
BURLINGTON, MA — February 11, 2013 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced that Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) is using aspenONE   (read more...)
exida Certifies Hero Engineering Functional Safety Management Services To As/Iec 61508
February 11, 2013: exida, an accredited global functional safety certification company, has certified the Hero Engineering Functional Safety Management Engineering Services as Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable   (read more...)
Yokogawa and Soteica Visual MESA Enter Comprehensive Partnership to Address the Energy Management Solutions Business
Tokyo, Japan - February 11: Yokogawa is pleased to announce the addition of Soteica Visual MESA's best-in-class energy management and optimization solution services to its portfolio of plantwide energy management solutions (EMS). Yokogawa will provide this new offering to its customers through its strong sales   (read more...)
Emerson expands the Smart Machinery Health portfolio to deliver predictive diagnostics and shutdown protection for reciprocating compressors
KNOXVILLE, TENN (February 6, 2013: Emerson Process Management’s Smart Machinery Health portfolio now provides an integrated protection and prediction solution for critical   (read more...)
Forest BtL Oy of Finland Selects Axens’ Gasel® Fischer-Tropsch Technology Suite
FEBRUARY 6 - 2013: Forest BtL Oy of Finland and Axens have signed a license for the use of Gasel® technology suite in the Biomass to Liquid (BtL) plant to be constructed in Ajos, near the city of Kemi, Finland.   (read more...)
Honeywell Awarded Four Contracts Worth $40m By Bourouge
​DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – February 5th, 2013- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced today that it has been awarded four major contracts worth a combined $40 million over an 18-month duration for the Borouge petrochemicals complex in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. Honeywell will be the main automation   (read more...)
HIMA Planar4 secures approval from Sellafield Ltd
February 2013: Hima-Sella’s Planar4 solid-state logic solver modules have secured approval from Sellafield Ltd for use in safety systems. Securing approval is a particularly rigorous process using the EMPHASIS Assessment methodology and included a Sellafield Ltd   (read more...)
Accelerating Model Verification with Model Advisor
As systems and software designs become more complex and design teams more geographically dispersed, there is an increasing need for consistent modeling. A different team is often responsible for each component in the system, and these teams may not be   (read more...)
TonenGeneral Selects KBC Advanced Technologies for Simulation Software
London – (31 January 2013) – KBC Advanced Technologies plc ("KBC"), a global provider of software and consulting solutions, today announces that it has signed a contract with TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. ("TonenGeneral").   (read more...)
California safety board fines Chevron $1 million for Richmond refinery fire
01.31.2013:Chevron was cited for fines worth almost $1 million stemming from a major fire at its refinery in Richmond, Calif., the state's division of Occupational Safety and Health said Wednesday.   (read more...)
Yokogawa and McAfee Enter Partnership to Enhance Security of Industrial Control Systems
Tokyo, January 29, 2013 – Yokogawa Electric Corporation and McAfee today announced the signing of a partnership agreement to offer holistic and value-added IT security solutions for the industrial automation world.   (read more...)
Advanced Control and Optimization: a competitive factor in the biodiesel industry
29 January 2013: Ciengis has concluded with great success a pioneering process optimization project at a biodiesel plant in Portugal. This was the first installation in the world of non-linear model predictive control applied to the production of biodiesel.   (read more...)
Shell and Kinder Morgan announce plans to export LNG from the United States
28 Jan 2013: Subject to various corporate and regulatory approvals, Shell and Kinder Morgan affiliates have agreed to modify EPB’s Elba Express Pipeline and Elba Island LNG Terminal to physically transport natural gas to the terminal and to load the liquefied natural gas (LNG) onto ships for export.   (read more...)
GSE Systems Introduces 3Di-TouchWall, Affordable Alternative to CAVE Simulation
Sykesville, MD – January 28, 2013 - GSE Systems, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GVP) today launched its 3Di-TouchWall™, an integrated software/hardware solution that provides a highly immersive simulation experience similar to a cave automatic virtual   (read more...)
Bernard Koehret, founder of ProSim, receives France's highest award, the Legion of Honor
Toulouse, France – January 23rd, 2013. Following the decree of the President of the Republic dated April 6th 2012, Bernard Koehret, Professor Emeritus of the INP Toulouse, was awarded the Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony held   (read more...)
GSE Systems Comments On Unusual Trading Activity
Sykesville, MD – January 22, 2013 - GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or “the Company”) (NYSE MKT: GVP) announced that the New York Stock Exchange has notified the Company about significant and unusual trading activity in GSE’s shares on January 22, 2013 and requested the Company to respond by press release   (read more...)
Algeria hostage crisis comes to deadly end
20 Jan 2013 05:29 GMT: Ministry says 23 captives and 32 kidnappers killed over three days as special forces storm gas complex in the Sahara.   (read more...)
Two new Beacon-3000 Process NIR Analyzers were successfully installed at CVR Energy's Coffeyville Resources Refinery (USA)
8 January, 2013: Headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, with main operations in Coffeyville, Kansas, CVR Energy employs more than 650 employees and are one of the largest employers in southeastern Kansas.   (read more...)
Control Station Software Shipped with Latest Release of PlantPAx Process Automation System
January 8, 2013 – Control Station today announced further alignment between its process automation portfolio and that of Rockwell Automation. The company’s PID controller tuning software is the only third-party product included in the most recent release of the PlantPAx™ process automation system.   (read more...)
Outlook for 2013
JANUARY 2 - 2013: While writing these lines, forecasts indicate that global GDP growth should be about 3.6% for 2013, showing that the recovery continues even if it has weakened. In fact, over the past few months, global growth has slowed down to its weakest pace since the 2008-2009 recession. The latest forecasts for the second   (read more...)
AIMMS 3.12 PR - SU5 now available
January 2, 2013: aarlem (The Netherlands) - Today, Paragon Decision Technology released the fifth Software Update on the Production Release of AIMMS 3.12 (AIMMS 3.12 PR - SU5). The focus of Software Updates is on stability (bugfixes and minor solver updates only).   (read more...)
Metso strengthens its plant optimization services by acquiring U.S. software company ExperTune Inc.
Metso has acquired U.S. software company ExperTune Inc. ExperTune's products are widely used as software tools to analyze and monitor the performance of industrial processes and to identify the associated maintenance and improvement opportunities   (read more...)
GSE Systems Receives $9.1 Million Change Order From Slovakian Customer
Sykesville, MD – December 27, 2012 - GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or “the Company”) (NYSE MKT: GVP), a global energy services solutions provider, today announced that it has received a $9.1 million change order from a customer in Slovakia with which GSE is contracted to provide a full-scope simulator for a two unit reactor plant.   (read more...)
Refinery and Petrochemical Construction Costs Flat for the Past Six Months
December 21, 2012-- The costs for designing and constructing downstream refining and petrochemical projects was essentially unchanged from Q1 2012 to Q3 2012, according to the latest edition of the IHS Downstream Capital Costs Index (DCCI). The DCCI is holding steady at 198, approximately the same level dating back to Q3 2011.   (read more...)
Accurate, Reliable Liquid Backpressure Control
December 20, 2012: The LR128 provides accurate backpressure control and fast response for medium to high-flow applications. Its metal plug and engineered flow path deflect debris, protecting the seat from damage and erosion. The LR128 handles a range of liquids; from water, to lube oil, to fuel. Customers can expect smooth operation, tight shutoff, and long service life.   (read more...)
Recruitment fairs drive increase in graduate applicants
18 Dec 2012: It has been a busy, yet successful year for Capula’s popular Graduate Recruitment programme. Having a presence at a number of university recruitment fairs (including Staffordshire, Manchester Metropolitan, The University of Manchester, Loughborough, Sheffield Hallam, Birmingham and Lancaster) has seen a stark increase in the number of graduates and placement students applying for positions at Capula  
AspenTech Announces AspenTech Academy
BURLINGTON, MA — December 17, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc.(NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced the establishment of AspenTech Academy, a corporate advisory group of world-renowned university professors. The charter of the AspenTech Academy is to advise and guide AspenTech on the development of next-generation   (read more...)
Emerson offers instrument and valve recyling program
MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA (December 17, 2012) - Emerson Process Management, through its Instrument & Valve Services operation, now offers a cash-back valve and instrument recycling program.   (read more...)
Historians to study Siemens' development over three decades
Munich, Germany, 2012-Dec-17: Siemens AG is commissioning an independent academic study of the company's development from 1981 to 2011. The project is to be undertaken by the economic and company historian Hartmut Berghoff and the contemporary historian Cornelia Rauh   (read more...)
The ASM Consortium visits BP site and focuses on procedures
The Abnormal Situation Management (ASM®) Consortium met in Hull, UK for a quarterly meeting to discuss their latest research and administrative business. The meeting had two key aspects: firstly a   (read more...)
ASTM D7346 is Now Approved as a Pour Point Test Method for Petroleum Products
Under ASTM supervision, a recent Interlaboratory Study Program (ILS) has demonstrated a correlation between No-Flow Point and Pour Point analysis for petroleum products.   (read more...)
Shell and the Technip Samsung Consortium sign agreement to strengthen Floating LNG collaboration
Paris, December 13, 2012: Shell Gas & Power Developments B.V. (Shell) and the Technip Samsung Consortium (TSC) have signed a heads of agreement to enhance collaboration on the design, engineering, procurement, construction and installation of future innovative FLNG facilities   (read more...)
ProSim receives the CAPE OPEN Award
December 12, 2012: During the CAPE-OPEN 2012 Annual Meeting, held in Lyon, on 19-20 September 2012, the CO-LaN (CAPE-OPEN Laboratories Network) Board of Directors awarded to ProSim the "CAPE-OPEN Award" 2011 for its active use of standards   (read more...)
Exida Certifies Honeywell Smartline St 800 Hart Pressure Transmitter For Functional Safety
December 12, 2012: exida, an accredited global functional safety certification company, has certified the Honeywell SmartLine ST 800 HART Pressure Transmitter as Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508.   (read more...)
ABB’s newest SCADAvantage release improves oil and gas operations, helps to ensure business continuity
Zurich, Switzerland, December 11, 2012 –ABB announced today that it has released the newest version of its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system , SCADAvantageTM version 5.4. This release helps oil and gas companies manage their latest operational challenges with precise liquid metering and   (read more...)
Aramco cyber attack targeted all Saudi production
10 Dec, 2012: The interior ministry, which joined Aramco's investigation into the attack that affected some 30,000 of the firm's computers, said it was carried out by organized hackers from several different foreign countries.   (read more...)
AspenTech Announces Availability of aspenONE® V8 Process Optimization Software
BURLINGTON, MA — December 10, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced the release of aspenONE V8 software. aspenONE V8 delivers a new version of Aspen HYSYS; solids modeling functionality   (read more...)
High Accident Rate for Louisiana's Refineries Reported
Dec 10, 2012: A new report says Louisiana's 17 refineries reported 301 accidents to the state of Louisiana during 2011. The data come from self reports that have been criticized for underestimating actual releases; even so, they show more   (read more...)
AspenTech Launches aspenONE® Engineering Offering for Small-to-Medium Engineering Companies
BURLINGTON, MA — December 4, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced the launch of a new desktop package that makes it easy for small-to-medium engineering companies to use aspenONE software   (read more...)
Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Corp. Ltd. selects KBC for Optimisation and Efficiency Project
Houston, Texas, USA – (29 November 2012) – KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC), a global provider of software and consulting solutions, today announced that it signed a contract in the second half of 2012 for a large Optimisation and Efficiency Project in China.   (read more...)
OSIsoft Releases PI Server 2012
San Leandro, CA – November 29, 2012 – OSIsoft, LLC (www.osisoft.com), provider of the PI System and the leader in real-time data and events infrastructure, today announced the release of PI Server 2012 at vCampus Live! 2012. PI Server 2012 is the highest performing, most reliable, most secure, and most scalable PI Server that OSIsoft has ever released.   (read more...)
New ISA publication explains the concepts, techniques and tools of advanced control for the process industry
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (29 November 2012) – The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that it has produced a new book that explains the concepts and terminology of advanced control, and highlights the   (read more...)
New Emerson 3D CAD models accelerate the design process 3D and 2D drawings available for broad line of regulators
McKINNEY, TEXAS (November 27, 2012) – Emerson Process Management now offers 3D CAD drawings and 2D drawings with dimensions for its regulator products.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Enhanced Version of ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System
Tokyo, Japan - November 27, 2012: ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will release the enhanced ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system on November 28. This new version, ProSafe-RS R3.02.00, features input/output modules that will operate reliably in the high-temperature conditions typically encountered in desert locations. Support of an open   (read more...)
Yokogawa Australia Wins Supply Bid on Another Major Gas Project
Yokogawa Australia has won a supply bid from Tokyo, Japan - November 16, 2012: Bechtel for integrated control and safety systems for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project west of Onslow, Western Australia. The contract, which is worth approximately AUD $20 million   (read more...)
Cheaper Natural Gas Feedstocks from Shale Plays Revitalizing North American Polyethylene Business
November 16, 2012: Capacity additions planned for major North American producers; while population growth and economic development in Asian countries expands demand for polyethylene According to a new IHS Chemical (NYSE: IHS) study, an abundant supply of inexpensive natural gas-based feedstocks coming from the continent’s highly productive   (read more...)
GSE Systems Launches New Brand to Guide Future Growth in Energy and Process Industries
November 14, 2012 –GSE Systems, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GVP), a global energy services solutions provider, unveiled its new global brand and logo, and announced several internal changes that support the new brand direction. The company also launched its new website, which incorporates   (read more...)
Tip of the month - When to use constraint­ control
Constraint control is used when many variables must be controlled or maintained within certain limits. When the process control engineer does not have a handle on the process (i.e. there are more controlled variables than manipulated ones), he or she must prioritize.   (read more...)
Move gas plants away from cities, says safety expert
November 08, 2012:RIYADH — A safety engineer from the Civil Defense said the government should act now to relocate gas companies and their branches. To avoid any future disasters, he recommended relocating such companies 40 to 50 kilometers away from residential areas.   (read more...)
Human Reliability Software Company Extends Middle East Support
Houston, TX – November 8, 2012 – PAS, a global leader in delivering human reliability software and services to the power and processing industries worldwide, has opened an operations office in Saudi Arabia, broadening and deepening its presence in the Middle East.   (read more...)
Richmond Refinery Down For Year
November 6, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc. SAN RAMON, Calif., (UPI) — U.S. supermajor Chevron said its refinery in Richmond, Calif., struck by a fire in August, will return to full production in the first quarter of 2013.   (read more...)
Plant Performance And Profitability Targeted With Advanced Diagnostics
October 31, 2012 – Control Station announced the addition of new and advanced process diagnostic capabilities to the Company’s PlantESP solution platform.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Reschedules Date of First-Quarter Fiscal 2013 Financial Results Release Due to Severe Weather Conditions
BURLINGTON, MA — October 30, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that it has rescheduled the release of its   (read more...)
Nova shuts down processing after tanks overheat
October 17, 2012: POTTER TWP. — Emergency crews responded to Nova Chemicals Corp. in Potter Township Wednesday evening after several tanks used to produce moldable foam materials got too hot, officials said.   (read more...)
Invensys Operations Management Acquires Spiral Software
15 October 2012: Company extends refinery-wide optimization offerings with new planning, scheduling and crude management software   (read more...)
Nigerian farmers sue Shell in the Netherlands
11 October 2012: Four Nigerian farmers from Ogoniland have started proceedings against Shell in a Dutch court, accusing the oil giant of destroying their livelihoods in a case that could set a precedent for global environmental action.   (read more...)
Emerson releases DeltaV™ Version 12 process automation system
AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 11, 2012) -- Emerson Process Management has announced a major new release of its DeltaV digital process automation system. New features in DeltaV™ Version 12 (v12) build on the system’s ability to help users simplify complex operations for increased productivity and value.   (read more...)
KBC Advanced Technologies Releases Petro-SIM Production
Houston, Texas, USA – (9 October 2012) – KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC) announced today that it is introducing Petro-SIM Production™, a process facility simulator that is able to improve throughput in gas processing facilities in the order of 10-20% and decrease energy and fuel costs by a similar value.   (read more...)
WorleyParsons Signs Global Alliance Agreement with Intergraph®
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. , Oct. 9, 2012 -- WorleyParsons, a leading global engineering and project delivery company headquartered in Australia, has signed a long-term Global Alliance Agreement (GAA) with Intergraph®. This five-year agreement covers the Intergraph SmartPlant® and SmartMarine® Enterprise software suites, including SmartPlant 3D,   (read more...)
Honeywell to acquire majority stake in Thomas Russell Co., bolstering its offerings for natural gas processing
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Oct. 1, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today its UOP business has signed a definitive agreement to purchase a 70 percent stake in Thomas Russell Co., a privately-held, leading provider of technology and equipment for natural gas processing and treating   (read more...)
ABB calls for research grant proposals from universities worldwide
Zurich, Switzerland, October 1, 2012 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, invites proposals from academic and research institutes around the world to support promising graduate students with projects that combine academic research with industrial application in the power and automation   (read more...)
AspenTech Acquires PSVPlus
BURLINGTON, MA — September 28, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced it has acquired the PSVPlus software product from Softbits Consultants, Ltd.  
New Benchmark Survey: Use of Alarms as Safeguards and Layers of Protection
Wednesday, September 26, 2012: exida is conducting a survey on the use of alarms as safeguards and layers of protection. The goal of this survey is to benchmark the current alarm management practices used in industry for these types of safety-critical alarms.   (read more...)
new technical paper from IPCOS on INCA MPC4Distillation
[2012-Sept-21] - Download the new technical paper on INCA MPC4Distillation   (read more...)
GSE Announces Release of Virtual Flow Loop Trainer
A Practical, First-of-a-Kind Virtual Reality Training System Sykesville, MD – September 20, 2012 - GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or the “Company”) (NYSE MKT: GVP), a global energy services solutions provider, today introduced the Virtual Flow Loop TrainerTM, a training and education tool that combines GSE’s expertise in high fidelity simulation modeling with Serious Gaming 3D technology.   (read more...)
ASM® Consortium Visits BP Site and Focuses on Procedures
​Hull, Sept. 17, 2012 – The Abnormal Situation Management (ASM®) Consortium met in Hull, UK for a quarterly meeting to discuss their latest research and administrative business. The ASM Consortium is an industry organization that includes a wide range of industrial manufacturers, vendors, and universities whose members.   (read more...)
5 killed, 13 seriously injured in boiler blast
TNN Sep 13, 2012, 06.48AM IST: At least five workers lost their lives and 13 others were critically injured in boiler blast in a chemical factory here on Wednesday. The incident occurred at 11.30 pm on Tuesday night in Sanjeev Agro Industry Pvt Ltd, owned by Naval Aggarwal, a resident of Khanna   (read more...)
MathWorks Introduces Major New Releases of MATLAB and Simulink
CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom. - (12 Sep 2012) MathWorks today introduced Release 2012b with major updates to MATLAB and Simulink that significantly improve use and navigation. The new Simulink Editor features tabbed windows, smart signal routing and   (read more...)
ASTM D7346 is Now Approved as a Pour Point Test Method
September 12, 2012: Under ASTM supervision, a recent Interlaboratory Study Program (ILS) has demonstrated a correlation between No-Flow Point and Pour Point analysis for petroleum products.   (read more...)
CENTUM Registered as an Essential Historical Material for Science and Technology by the National Museum of Nature and Science
Tokyo, Japan – September 11, 2012: Yokogawa’s CENTUM, the world’s first distributed control system at the time of its 1975 release, has been registered by the National Museum of Nature and Science as an Essential Historical Material for Science and Technology.   (read more...)
SL Corporation Announces Significant Enhancements to RTView® BW Monitor
Corte Madera, CA – September 11, 2012 – SL Corporation®, a leading provider of application and service-level system monitoring solutions, today announced significant enhancements to RTView® BW Monitor®, furthering their leadership position in providing end-to-end monitoring of TIBCO® software.   (read more...)
Safety for the world is thriving
(Brühl, 10th September 2012): In the first six months of 2012, safety expert HIMA increased order intake by 25% compared to the previous year, achieving a record number of new orders and exceeding its targets. Approximately 26% of orders came from Germany, 26% from the rest of Europe and 48% from outside Europe.   (read more...)
Safety records show hundreds of violations at Utah refineries
Sep 08 2012: Woods Cross • Scores of southern Davis County residents no doubt were surprised the morning of Sept. 1 to find spatters of thick, sticky oil on their homes, cars, lawns and gardens after a storage tank blew at a nearby refinery.   (read more...)
Operator Training In The Cloud
September 7th, 2012:The future of operator training is here! Implementing dynamic process simulations for operator training and control system development is moving to the cloud. Private cloud implementations allow flexibility and efficiencies   (read more...)
Protecting against Overpressure
September 2012: Hima-Sella commences work on three safety solutions for Total E&P UK at its St. Fergus gas terminal. Hima-Sella has been awarded and has commenced work on three contracts to provide solutions to protect against overpressure scenarios at the Total E&P UK Ltd gas terminal at St. Fergus, Scotland.   (read more...)
Meridium Announces Release of v3.5 Asset Performance Management Software
August 28, 2012 Major release prevents corporate balance sheets from being attacked by asset failures Roanoke, Virginia, USA – Meridium® Inc., the global leader in asset performance management (APM) software and services, today announced the release of version 3.5 of its innovative APM software   (read more...)
aspenONE® Engineering Software Enhancements Make it Easier to Model, Track, and Reduce CO2 Emissions
Market-Leading Aspen Plus® Process Simulator Transforms Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Challenge to an Opportunity BURLINGTON, MA — August 27, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced enhancements to aspenONE Engineering software that make it easier to model, track, and reduce CO2 emissions.   (read more...)
New Assay Management Functionality in Aspen PIMS™ Software Optimizes Crude Purchasing Decisions and Increases Profitability
Enhancements to World’s Leading Refinery Planning Application Streamline Workflow for Feedstock Selection BURLINGTON, MA — August 27, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced new assay management functionality in Aspen PIMS software   (read more...)
AspenTech Introduces New Aspen Plus® University Teaching Modules
BURLINGTON, MA — August 27, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN) a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced the availability of new Aspen Plus software university teaching modules. The new modules make it easy for chemical engineering professors to equip students   (read more...)
Emerson introduces quantitative, non-intrusive through-valve leak detection services
MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA (August 23, 2012) -- Emerson Process Management has introduced Valve Seat Leak Detection Services. Having this critical valve leak diagnostic information available during the planning stages of a turnaround is a powerful tool that gives plant operations managers, supervisors and engineers greater   (read more...)
Flash Fire at BP Refinery uncovers loopholes in its safety guidelines
Aug 16, 2012:A flash fire which occurred late on Tuesday not only managed to cause considerable amount of damage to property but was also responsible for injuring three contractors caught within the radius of its effect. The episode took place   (read more...)
US oil and gas regulators on Wednesday unveiled a revised set of offshore safety rules since the Macondo spill disaster that aimed to improve upon tec
15 August 2012 23:22 GMT: The final set of rules received hundreds of pages of comments from companies, professional associations and other stakeholders.   (read more...)
New Modernization Program from Invensys Improves Performance of Aging Plant Assets
Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, has unveiled a new program designed   (read more...)
Invensys Extends Virtualization to the Control Layer
Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, has extended its virtualization technology offerings   (read more...)
Honeywell Launches Intelligent Management Of Change For Industrial Manufacturers
GOLD COAST, Australia, August 7, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced the launch of the Intelligent Management of Change (iMOC™) workflow process management application. iMOC is a new solution within the DOC4000® suite that provides a unified and efficient way to manage change, security and compliance across plant control and safety systems while improving reliability through risk mitigation.   (read more...)
Honeywell To Deliver Data Consolidation Solution For Australia Pacific LNG Project
​GOLD COAST, Australia, August 7, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that Australia Pacific LNG has selected technology developed by Honeywell Process Solutions’(HPS) Advanced Solutions business to deliver a data consolidation and reporting technology framework. The solution, built on Intuition Executive, will support the production   (read more...)
IPCOS expands European sales force
August 1st 2012: IPCOS is continuing its expansion by welcoming Gilles Simon as new Business Development manager to the team. He has been active in the business of high   (read more...)
EXIDA CERTIFIES PBM VALVE’S BALL VALVES FOR FUNCTIONAL SAFETY
Tuesday, July 31, 2012: exida, an accredited global certification company, has certified PBM Valve, Inc.’s AN, TN, and IM ball valves for functional safety.  
Arbitral Tribunal Issues Award in Favor of Aspen Technology in Arbitration Proceeding vs. Advanced Technology Middle East, WLL
BURLINGTON, Mass — July 31, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced that an Arbitral Tribunal operating under the auspices of the International Court of Arbitration   (read more...)
Inherently Safer: The Future of Risk Reduction
Two workers were fatally injured when a waste tank containing the pesticide methomyl violently exploded, damaging a process unit at the Bayer CropScience chemical plant in Institute, West Virginia.   (read more...)
3 employees sued over chemical plant explosion
19 July 2012: THREE suspects who were responsible for a fatal chemical plant explosion that killed 15 in east China's Shandong Province will face charges in court[m1] , Shandong provincial government said.   (read more...)
Cape Town refinery shut down
19 July, 2012 10:40: Chevron retail outlets are branded as Caltex in South Africa Image by: Bruce GortonSave & Share EmailPrint The Chevron oil refinery in Cape Town had to be shut down on Thursday morning after a malfunction, the city's disaster risk centre said.   (read more...)
Emerson enhances Rosemount® 3051 to help users reduce maintenance and increase productivity
CHANHASSEN, MINN (July 16, 2012) – Emerson Process Management has introduced a significant number of enhancements to its Rosemount 3051 pressure products to help users maximize operational control by reducing total cost of ownership and maintenance work orders, while improving productivity and safety.   (read more...)
InstMC Lecture - Lessons from Buncefield: Fuel Storage & Beyond
July 2012: If you have responsibility for the safe storage or processing of highly flammable or hazardous materials, this lecture, organised by the Wessex branch of the InstMC, will be of interest. It takes place on Wednesday 17th October at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.  
KBC Releases New Heat Exchanger Monitor Integrated with Petro-SIM
Houston, Texas, USA – (11 July 2012) – KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC) today announces the release of Petro-SIM HX Monitor, an integrated solution to help refiners and plant operators identify fouling problems earlier and optimise cleaning.   (read more...)
AspenTech Supports Development of Emerging Engineering Leaders with Sponsorship of AIChE ScaleUp Program
BURLINGTON, MA — July 10, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced its support for the development of emerging engineering leaders with its sponsorship of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) ScaleUp Program.   (read more...)
ABB Makes Major Investment to Support Imperial's Teaching Facility
The agreement between ABB and Imperial gives the university access to the most advanced control and instrumentation technology available from any supplier, as well as life cycle services and support for the installation. In return, ABB has access to the carbon capture pilot plant for its own use and will use the facility for customer demonstrations and training, staff learning such as inter-divisional training, hands on experience for its apprentices and product testing and software evaluation.   (read more...)
EXIDA Releases SILStat Operation and Maitenance Data Collection Software
Tuesday, July 10, 2012: exida, a global supplier of functional safety products, services and certifications has released SILStat, software that helps evaluate risk reduction by collecting and analyzing operation and maintenance data.   (read more...)
Ecopetrol Selects Axens’ Hydrocracking and Coker Naphtha Hydrotreating Technologies
JULY 2 - 2012: In order to enhance its processing capabilities of local heavy crudes while increasing clean fuels throughput, Ecopetrol has embarked into the modernization of its Barrancabermeja refinery (PMRB Project). The site is located in the Santander department of Colombia.   (read more...)
BP upgrades radar level measurement, reducing shutdowns and increasing production on FPSO vessel
AUSTIN, TEXAS (June 20, 2012) -- BP Exploration has replaced unreliable level transmitters previously used on a floating production, storage and off-loading (FPSO) vessel with guided wave radar (GWR) transmitters from Emerson Process Management. The more accurate and reliable level readings from Emerson’s Rosemount® 5300 Series GWR transmitters have helped BP Exploration increase safety, reduce shutdowns and increase production.   (read more...)
Cause of refinery fire determined
June 19, 2012: FERNDALE, Wash. (AP) — BP says the Feb. 17 fire that shut down its Cherry Point oil refinery in Washington state near Ferndale was caused by a pipe failure in the crude processing unit.   (read more...)
Total petrochemical unit probed over deadly blast
Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:13pm GMT Print | Single Page[-] Text [+] PARIS, June 16 (Reuters) - Total Petrochemicals France has been put under a manslaughter investigation over a blast at a plant in eastern France that killed two people, its parent company said on Saturday.   (read more...)
MOL Group reduces annual energy costs by €1.2M using Emerson’s Advanced Process Control
AUSTIN, TEXAS (June 14, 2012) -- MOL Group has improved energy efficiency and process stability at its gas distillation plant in Algyõ, Hungary, by implementing advanced process control technology from Emerson Process Management. The improvements have reduced energy costs by €1,200,000 per year.   (read more...)
New FOUNDATION Fieldbus Linking Devices Strengthen Rockwell Automation Communication Portfolio for Plantwide Process Control
MILWAUKEE, June 14, 2012 — Two new linking devices from Rockwell Automation provide PlantPAx process automation system users with connectivity to FOUNDATION Fieldbus devices. The Allen-Bradley 1788-EN2FFR and 1788-CN2FFR linking   (read more...)
M.G. Bryan Pioneers First-of-Its-Kind Cloud Computing Asset Performance Management System
REDMOND, Wash. — June 12, 2012 — M.G. Bryan Equipment Co., a leading heavy equipment and machinery OEM for the oil and gas industry, is using cloud computing for remote asset management of high-tech fracturing equipment. Designed and integrated with Rockwell Automation, M.G. Bryan’s new equipment’s control and information system leverages Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Azure cloud-computing platform to help provide   (read more...)
Honeywell Launches Experion Orion Globally
​HOUSTON, June 11, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today launched its next-generation Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS). Experion PKS Orion introduces two major innovations: it is the first industrial process system to use Universal Channel Technology to remotely configure process and safety systems without   (read more...)
Rockwell Automation Simplifies Model Predictive Control with Pavilion8 Software
MILWAUKEE, June 7, 2012 —Rockwell Automation has added new tools to its Pavilion8 model predictive control software, giving users the ability to create simple to complex process models on their own. Leveraging a powerful modeling engine, Pavilion8 software version 4.0 gathers all data from within a facility – including equations, empirical data and heuristics – to help users develop a robust model of the process   (read more...)
Honeywell Wins Multi-Year Contract Renewal With Linde AG For Unisim Design Suite
​OFFENBACH, Germany, June 6, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced today it has signed a multi-year contract with Linde AG to continue providing the leading industrial gases and engineering company with its UniSim® Design Suite simulation software.   (read more...)
Cameron Completes the TTS Energy Division Acquisition
HOUSTON (June 6, 2012) – Cameron (NYSE: CAM) today announced it has closed on its purchase of the drilling equipment business of TTS Energy Division from TTS Group ASA (Oslo Stock Exchange) in an all cash transaction.   (read more...)
Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction Entered Against M3 Technology in Favor of Aspen Technology
BURLINGTON, MA — June 6, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software to the process industries, announced that a final judgment and permanent injunction was entered today in favor of AspenTech   (read more...)
KBC Sheds Light on Oil Refining in Russia, the Middle East and Asia
Houston, Texas, USA – (5 June 2012) – KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC), a global provider of consulting and software solutions, announced today the release of the latest in its series of Global Energy Perspectives titled “Bright Spots in Global Refining: Russia, the Middle East and Asia.”   (read more...)
AspenTech Introduces Customer Champions Program for Key Influencers in the AspenTech Community
BURLINGTON, MA — May 29, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, introduced a Customer Champions Program for key influencers in the AspenTech   (read more...)
Lukoil to install the 200th Axens’ Prime-G+ Unit
MAY 23 - 2012: Lukoil has selected Axens to provide the technology license for a new Prime-G+TM unit to desulfurize FCC gasoline at its Kstovo refinery in the Nizhny Novgorod region, Russia. The unit which has been   (read more...)
The Battle of the Failure Rates: Site Specific vs. Product Specific
Thursday, May 17, 2012: During a field failure analysis study, it was discovered that the calculated failure rate of a specific device varied by more than 4X depending on installation site. Particularly, it was one specific site with a high failure rate. While any reliability   (read more...)
Communication failure led to death of Robert Greenacre at Lindsey Oil Refinery, inquest hears
Thursday, May 17, 2012: BREAKDOWNS in communication led to the death of a pipefitter at Total Lindsey Oil Refinery, an inquest found. Returning a narrative verdict at the inquest of Robert Greenacre, a jury concluded there had been "a series of miscommunications". North Lincolnshire and Grimsby coroner Paul Kelly read the unanimous narrative verdict of the jury to the court, which has been sitting for two days at Cleethorpes Town Hall.   (read more...)
Attock Refinery wins award
Karachi—“Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents” (RoSPA), UK’s Occupational Health and Safety Award 2012 (Gold category) was conferred upon Attock Refinery Limited (ARL) at an impressive ceremony held at the National Exhibition Centre, London on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.   (read more...)
aspenONE® Advanced Process Control Software Delivers Groundbreaking New Functionality
BURLINGTON, MA — May 14, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced a new release of aspenONE Advanced Process Control that delivers groundbreaking new functionality. It enables process manufacturers to operate units   (read more...)
APC-network.com Editorial: KEROSENE FLASH-POINT CONTROL
On crude fractionators economics often calls for maximizing kerosene and minimizing naphtha production, and such maximization is as effective as our ability to infer and control kerosene flashpoint, deceptively simple and practically quite difficult.   (read more...)
Rockwell Automation Extends the Solution Partner Program for Information into China
MILWAUKEE, May 11, 2012 - Aeromat International, Ltd., a leading systems integrator in China, has been accepted into the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program as the first Solution Partner for Information in China. By expanding this program, Rockwell Automation provides Chinese manufacturers with a well-versed network of information system professionals   (read more...)
Infosys to offer Apprenticeship Program in the United Kingdom
London - Bangalore, India - May 9, 2012: Infosys, a global leader in consulting and technology, today announced that it has committed to developing an Apprenticeship Program with the National Apprenticeship Scheme (NAS) in the United Kingdom (UK). Through this program, Infosys will develop and support learners to achieve long-term employability through a combination of training and gainful employment.   (read more...)
gSOLIDS 2.0 released
4 May 2012: We are pleased to announce the release of gSOLIDS 2.0, PSE's second-generation integrated drag & drop graphical flowsheeting environment for model-based engineering and optimisation of solids processes.   (read more...)
NovaTech Releases ProcessVision™ Console
OWINGS MILLS, MD – (May 1, 2012) NovaTech is pleased to announce the release of the newly developed ProcessVision™ Console software. ProcessVision is a state-of-the-art console that enhances the ability to easily and securely   (read more...)
ANSYS Announces Strategic Agreement with FMC Technologies
PITTSBURGH, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) and FMC Technologies have executed a long-term strategic agreement for simulation software that can standardize design analysis and provide scalability for growth   (read more...)
Axens receives the 2011-2012 National Safety Award for “Responsible Care”
APRIL 25 - 2012: Axens received the 2011-2012 National Safety Award for “Responsible Care” from the Union of the French Chemical Industries (UIC) for its Salindres plant in the Gard region which is its main catalyst and adsorbent production site in France.   (read more...)
PerceptiveAPC Version 4.2 Released
25 April 2012: PerceptiveAPC Version 4.2 is now available, and the update is free as part of your support contract. Building on the strengths and advanced features within version 4, we've further refined the tools for batch processes, but we've also made data input even easier and faster.   (read more...)
The Dow Chemical Company Chooses Asset Answers for Global Equipment Benchmarking Solution
19 April 2012: Roanoke, Virginia, USA – Asset Answers,SM the automated benchmarking tool for quick asset-performance comparisons with peer organizations, has announced that The Dow Chemical Company has chosen Asset Answers for its enterprise asset performance benchmarking solution.   (read more...)
Profertil Selects Meridium as Asset Performance Management Solution, Asset Answers for Global Benchmarking
17 April 2012: Roanoke, Virginia, USA – Meridium, Inc., the global leader in asset performance management (APM) software and consulting solutions, announced that Profertil, a nitrogen fertilizer complex in Argentina, has chosen Meridium as the software and services solution to support its reliability and risk management processes, and Asset AnswersSM for its global benchmarking tool.   (read more...)
FICO Xpress Optimization Suite 7.3 Marries Instant Application Development with Seamless Cloud Integration
MINNEAPOLIS—April 16, 2012—FICO (NYSE:FICO), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, today announced the latest version of its breakthrough FICO® Xpress Optimization Suite, which provides massive productivity gains for both operations research teams and business users. The revolutionary new Xpress-Insight   (read more...)
EXIDA Certifies Moore Industries STA Safety Trip Alarm for Functional Safety
Thursday, April 12, 2012: exida, an accredited global certification company, has certified Moore Industries’ STA logic solver for functional safety, ensuring that it meets the functional safety requirements for Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508.   (read more...)
IBM Sets the Stage for the Next Era of Computing
ARMONK, N.Y. - 11 Apr 2012: IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a major step forward in a new, simpler era of computing with the introduction of a new category of "expert integrated systems." This new family is the first with built-in expertise based on IBM's decades of experience running IT operations for tens of thousands of clients in 170 countries.   (read more...)
AspenTech Sponsors Professional Tennis Player James Blake
BURLINGTON, MA — April 9, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced it has signed a global sponsorship agreement with professional tennis player James Blake.   (read more...)
SAIC Executes Contract with Chevron
McLean, Va.) April 5, 2012-- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, LLC, has executed an environmental services contract with Chevron Environmental Management Company, a subsidiary of Chevron   (read more...)
STATISTICA Decisioning Platform Profiled in Review of Decision Management Solutions
4/4/2012 : StatSoft’s (http://www.statsoft.com) STATISTICA Decisioning Platform™ is the only enterprise predictive analytics and decision management software platform to combine predictive analytics, text mining, and rules. STATISTICA Decisioning Platform™ covers all aspects of mission-critical enterprise predictive analytics   (read more...)
Translating Knowledge into Business Results
New York, Apr 3, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - "It is the people in organizations, their knowledge and how that is translated into actions that produces results," according to Deborah Ung, Executive Vice President, RWD, A Division of GP Strategies. Workplace inefficiencies are often due to employees not understanding how to apply their knowledge into actions that produce business outcomes, she adds.   (read more...)
Axens Technologies for IRPC Public Company Limited in Thailand
APRIL 2 - 2012: IRPC Public Company Limited, a company specialized in the production of Petrochemical and Refining products in Thailand, selected Axens to supply technologies for its new Upstream Project for Hygiene and Value Added Product (UHV project). The complex is due to come on stream in 2015. The project aims at converting atmospheric residue to high value propylene and aromatics rich gasoline cut.   (read more...)
GSE Systsems CEO Interviewed by the Wall Street Reporter
Sykesville, MD – March 30, 2012 - GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or “the Company”) (NYSE Amex: GVP), a global energy services solutions provider, today announced that the Wall Street Reporter has conducted an audio interview with CEO Jim Eberle. The interview includes an overview of GSE’s business and history, recent developments, and corporate strategy.   (read more...)
Record-breaking safety performance by Neste Jacobs
29 March 2012 at 09.00 (EET): Record-breaking safety performance by Neste Jacobs Neste Jacobs has achieved a record safety performance, a full year without a single accident. This meets the company’s Total Recordable Injury Frequency (TRIF*) target of zero and covers Neste Jacobs’ own staff, as well as contractors and sub-contractors. The milestone was reached on March 18, and the total number of hours without an accident was 1.6 million. Neste Jacobs’ own personnel worked almost 500 days without an accident.   (read more...)
Spartan is Now the Exclusive Distributor in Canada for Platinum Control Technologies' Burner Management Systems
March 26, 2012: Spartan Controls is pleased to announce that it is now the exclusive distributor for Platinum Control Technologies for the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Platinum Control manufactures a technologically advanced burner management system (BMS) that helps oil and gas companies improve safety, productivity and compliance   (read more...)
Process Manufacturers Must Optimize Their Network of Assets to Drive Higher Margins
BURLINGTON, MA — March 26, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced the availability of a new white paper, The Evolution of Optimization in the Process Industries.The paper says process manufacturing leaders must optimize networks of plants and assets to drive higher margins in response to geographic market shifts.   (read more...)
Emerson introduces combustion flue gas analyzer
IRVINE, CALIF. (March 26, 2011) – Emerson today announced the release of the latest solution for combustion flue gas analysis, the Rosemount Analytical Model 6888 in situ oxygen analyzer. The Model 6888 provides accurate measurement of the oxygen remaining in the flue gases coming from combustion processes such   (read more...)
API Releases Baker& O’Brien Addendum Report to Gasoline Study
Mar 22, 2012: The report is an addendum to the report “Addendum to Potential Supply and Cost Impacts of Lower Sulfur, Lower RVP Gasoline” released in July 2011. It examines an additional scenario with lower sulfur requirements than current gasoline specifications with current RVP gasoline specifications.   (read more...)
Metso receives an arbitration award of EUR 10 million
Published Feb 21, 2012: Metso has received an arbitration award in its favor amounting to EUR 10 million plus around EUR 2 million in interest. The arbitration process was related to a large project delivery in Turkey   (read more...)
Control solution for Thames Water
16 Mar 2012: Capula has been awarded a key contract to update the control system at Thames Water's Ashford Water Treatment Works. The site supplies clean water resource to several hundred thousand customers across Thames Water’s network and is of a similar scale to their Walton site where Capula has delivered a number of PLC and SCADA upgrade projects.   (read more...)
Honeywell Enraf and Magnetrol partnership to boost terminal safety offering
15 March 2012: Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it has signed an agreement with Magnetrol International Incorporated, a supplier of level and flow measurement equipment, to enhance its existing terminal market product portfolio with Magnetrol's expertise in safety and compliance.   (read more...)
Neste Jacobs strongly present in the optimization seminar organized by Finnish Society of Automation March 15
13.03.2012: Neste Jacobs plays a key role in the optimization seminar organized by Finnish Society of Automation. The title of the seminar is 'Production optimization by advanced process control and automation'. The participants will be experts from the chemical, pulp & paper and energy industries. The event will take place in Helsinki, March 15.   (read more...)
KBC Addresses Unconventional Crude Refining Hurdles
Date: 3/12/2012: Houston, Texas, USA – (12 March 2012) – KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC), a global provider of consulting and software solutions, today announced the release of the latest in its series of Global Energy Perspectives titled Unconventional crude: Who wants it and who will get it?   (read more...)
Alarm Rationalization - better alarm limits in less time
09 March 2012: Alarm Rationalization - Operator Alarms are the first line of defence for a process They must give the operator sufficient time to diagnose and respond to a problem before it can grow and cause a plant trip. The values at which the alarm limits or alarm setpoints are set is therefore very important but, surprisingly, there was never a science-based method for determining alarm limit values before GPC.   (read more...)
New Release of Aspen PIMS™ and Aspen Petroleum Scheduler™ Software Improves Collaboration Between Refining Planners and Schedulers
Tighter Petroleum Supply Chain Integration Increases Refinery Profitability by Optimizing Accuracy and Productivity of Planners and Schedulers BURLINGTON, MA — March 6, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced a new release of Aspen PIMS and Aspen Petroleum Scheduler that improves collaboration   (read more...)
Appointment of Douglas Nicholson
Appointment of Douglas Nicholson Today, 1st March 2012, Apex Optimisation Limited announced the appointment of Douglas Nicholson to their new engineering and support office in Edinburgh, UK. Doug is a highly regarded and globally recognised optimisation and control consultant with a wealth of knowledge from more than 30 years of experience with petrochemicals and related industries. His previous employment includes positions with ExxonMobil, AspenTech and IPCOS/Aptitude. Apex Optimisation, an optimisation and control consultancy company with offices in the UK, the Netherlands and Australia, is the provider of the Generic Dynamic Optimisation Technology (GDOT, patent pending) software, which has been successfully applied by oil refineries and similar plants in Europe, North America and Australia.   (read more...)
Far East Petrochemical Company has selected Axens’ Technologies for the Production of 1-Butene and 1-Hexene
FEBRUARY 28 - 2012: ZAO “Far East Petrochemical Company” (FEPCO), which is implementing the project of OJSC “NK Rosneft” for the construction of petrochemical complex to be located in Primorsk region (Russia) has selected Axens’  
SL Corporation’s RTView Offers Seamless Deployment of Its Comprehensive Application Performance Monitoring Platform on iPad and iPhone
Corte Madera, CA – February 22, 2012 – SL Corporation®, a leading provider of Application Performance Monitoring (APM) solutions, today announced that the latest release of its flagship product, RTView, enables application support and IT operations teams to receive alerts, troubleshoot and resolve application performance  
Emerson introduces two-wire liquid transmitters
IRVINE, CALIF (February 21, 2012) -- Emerson Process Management today announced the new family of Rosemount Analytical 1066 two-wire liquid instruments featuring the broadest range of measurement parameters available, advanced communications capabilities, and unique ease-of-use features.   (read more...)
Apex Optimisation opens new implementation and support centre in Edinburgh, UK
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new Edinburgh office. This new support and implementation centre, which is located at Beaverbank Business Park, Edinburgh EH7 4HG, will be the focal point for GDOT application engineering and support.   (read more...)
Pembroke refinery staff could be charged with gross negligence for fatal 2011 explosion
13 February 2012: Two employees of Valero Energy have been interviewed by police in connection with the fatal explosion at the company’s Pembroke refinery in West Wales last year, when it was owned by Chevron. A police spokesman said: "Dyfed Powys Police can confirm that on Tuesday February 7th 2012 they interviewed a second employee of Valero Energy Limited under caution at Haverfordwest Police Station in connection with the explosion at the Refinery in Pembroke, which occurred on the 2nd of June 2011 killing four workers and seriously injuring one other.   (read more...)
Honeywell Invests In New Dubai For Its Growing Industrial Automation Industrial Automation and Data Collection Business
DUBAI, February 13, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced the establishment of a new facility in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to strengthen customer support in the Middle East for its Process Solutions and Scanning & Mobility businesses. The new full-service office, opening in February   (read more...)
Emerson’s Measurement Validation Diagnostic provides insight into process and measurement abnormalities
CHANHASSEN, MINN (February 8, 2012) -- Emerson Process Management’s industry-first Measurement Validation Diagnostic is now available on the Rosemount 848T FOUNDATION fieldbus temperature transmitter. This new diagnostic detects temperature measurement and process abnormalities, which allows users to take   (read more...)
PAC Introduces AC Analytical Controls CNS SIMDIS for Crude Oil
Houston, TX., USA - February 7, 2012 - PAC, a leading global provider of advanced analytical instruments for laboratories and online process applications, announces the introduction of the AC Analytical Controls CNS SIMDIS for Crude Oil analyzer. It is the first instrument on the market to simultaneously   (read more...)
inBound from PAS Improves Vigilance ­of Plant Safe Operating Limits and Exposes Vulnerabilities
February 6, 2012, Houston, TX – PAS, a leading supplier of human reliability software and services to the power and processing industries worldwide, today announced the release of inBound, an application that makes plant operators continually aware of safe operating limits.   (read more...)
Neste Jacobs made an agreement with Neste Oil on maintenance of the Advanced Process Control applications at Naantali refinery
31.01.2012: Neste Jacobs and Neste Oil have reached an agreement on the maintenance of Advanced Process Control (APC) systems at Naantali refinery. Based on the agreement, Neste Jacobs will systematically report on the performance of the APC-applications and to develop APC-systems in order to maintain their high performance   (read more...)
Shell and ORTEC sign contract for technical consultancy services
31 January 2012: Shell Global Solutions International B.V. and ORTEC, a leading supplier in resource optimization tools and consulting services, have signed a contract to work closely together on a worldwide scale   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter Fiscal 2012
BURLINGTON, MA — January 31, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2012, ended December 31, 2011.   (read more...)
Smart Grid Implementation Rises 25 Percent in the Past Year, According to Utilities Industry Survey
SAN ANTONIO — Jan. 24, 2012 — The Microsoft/OSIsoft Worldwide Utility Industry Survey 2012, released today at the DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition, shows a 25 percent increase over last year in the number of utilities companies that have implemented smart-grid technology   (read more...)
New Release of AptiTune
Leuven Belgium, January 20th 2012: IPCOS today announces the release of a significantly enhanced version of its multivariable PID tuning software, INCA AptiTune v10.1.17. This new release contains additional key features, including OPC Connectivity so users can directly collect process data and Model Identification so users can identify response models with INCA AptiTune. These enhancements will streamline the workflow involved with PID loop tuning, through easy data collection, response modelling and PID tuning all in one standalone tool.   (read more...)
RSLogix 5000 Software from Rockwell Automation Empowers New Series of Scalable Control System Offerings for Smaller Applications
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 16, 2012 — The latest release of Rockwell Software RSLogix 5000 software from Rockwell Automation delivers the high performance of an integrated control system for manufacturers and machine builders requiring a smaller control system. Most notably, the software brings integrated motion capabilities on the EtherNet/IP network to the Allen   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Entry of Judgment in Litigation with Former Employee
BURLINGTON, MA — January 12, 2012 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced that on January 9, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas,   (read more...)
PA Consulting Group acquires 7Safe Ltd to enhance its cyber security service
12 January 2012: PA Consulting Group is pleased to announce that it has acquired 7Safe Ltd, a leading cyber security consultancy head-quartered in Cambridge. 7Safe’s expertise in security risk assessment, computer forensics, eDiscovery and education complements PA’s own long-established cyber security, risk and resilience   (read more...)
ASM® Consortium Discusses Best Practices For Safe And Effective Plant Operation
PHOENIX, January 11th, 2012 – The ASM® Consortium, a group of leading companies and universities dedicated to the research and development of solutions optimizing the industrial control environment, recently conducted an Operations Outreach Seminar demonstrating how to keep   (read more...)
Refineries hit by eight failures in the past 30 days
January 11, 2012 02:42 PM: Venezuela's refining circuit has reported several incidents in the past month that have affected the production capacity of oil byproducts.   (read more...)
Fire reignites at Orica plant
Updated January 11, 2012 10:08:27: A vent stack at Orica's Kooragang Island plant which was set alight by a lightning strike on January 8, 2011. Chemical giant Orica says static electricity is the most likely cause of another fire from a stack at its Newcastle plant overnight   (read more...)
IPCOS and Stamicarbon start Sirius@Max© implementation at OCI Nitrogen
On January 10th, IPCOS and Stamicarbon kicked off a Sirius@Max© implementation project for the Urea production facility at OCI Nitrogen in Geleen, the Netherlands, in cooperation with Sitech. This project was initiated following a feasibility assessment   (read more...)
Top 10 Process Safety Management Tidbits
At the end of November 2011, OSHA announced that it was extended nationwide what had been a limited pilot enforcement program targeting chemical facilities' compliance with OSHA's Process Safety Management standard in only a few regions of the country.   (read more...)
Warwick Chemicals Ltd Awards $1.9M Order to Rockwell Automation
MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 20, 2011-- Warwick Chemicals Ltd, a division of Warwick International Group Ltd, has awarded a $1.9 million order to Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) and its Global Solutions team. The multi-phase project will replace Warwick Chemical Ltd’s distributed control system (DCS) solution with the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx process automation   (read more...)
New Calculator Tool Provides Return-on-Investment Estimates for Safety Automation
Free Safety ROI Tool from Rockwell Automation quantifies savings and productivity gains to help cost-justify safety investments MILWAUKEE, Dec. 19, 2011 — Engineers, plant managers and environmental health and safety (EH&S) professionals now have a tool to calculate the potential annual return they’ll receive if they invest in an integrated safety automation system   (read more...)
Invensys Signs Technology Agreement with Shell
DECEMBER 19, 2011 / PLANO, TEXAS - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, today announced that it has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to deliver comprehensive   (read more...)
Wood Group’s Mustang Acquires Latin American Automation Engineering and Consultancy Company
For Immediate Release: HOUSTON, December 16, 2011 — Mustang, a Wood Group company, has acquired a majority stake in ISI Solutions for an initial consideration of US$5.2 million. ISI Solutions is a Latin American provider of automation and control engineering and consulting services to the oil & gas, power and pipeline industries in Latin America. The gross assets of ISI were $8.5m as at 31 December 2010.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Receives FEED Contract from CJV for Arrow LNG Project
okyo, Japan - December 15, 2011: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its subsidiary Yokogawa Engineering Asia Pte. Ltd. has been awarded a contract by CJV, a joint venture comprised of Chiyoda Corporation as JV leader, CB&I, and Saipem S.p.A., to perform the front end engineering design (FEED) for an integrated control and safety s   (read more...)
Werner von Siemens' memoirs now as an iPad app
Munich, Germany, 2011-Dec-13: To mark the 195th birthday of Werner von Siemens, the Siemens Historical Institute (SHI) is now offering his autobiography in German and English as a so-called iPad app. Eight short stories recreate the adventures of Werner von Siemens, for example in Egypt or the Red Sea, where he was shipwrecked. The individual episodes focus on the inventions and entrepreneurial achievements as well as the exciting life of the electricity pioneer. These entertainingly written memoirs can now be read free of charge on an iPad or at www.siemens.com/recollections   (read more...)
Developing Integrated Environmental Monitoring System
13.12.2011: In order to reduce the environmental risks from oil and gas operations, a consortium consisting of KONGSBERG, IBM, and DNV will now develop a real-time environmental monitoring solution together with their client Statoil. The 150 MNOK project is led by KONGSBERG and will use integrated technology to create a step change   (read more...)
PI Coresight Release Announced
OSIsoft is pleased to announce the release of PI Coresight—the fastest, easiest way to visualize PI System data. In the two months since the announcement of its launch, OSIsoft has generated significant   (read more...)
Integrated refinery solutions gaining ground
The announcement in September that Invensys Operations Management had been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide an integrated refinery information system (IRIS) for Saudi Aramco Total Refining & Petrochemical Company (SATORP) re-emphasised the huge potential that Saudi Arabia's oil and gas   (read more...)
Is the cloud right for manufacturing?
There is much discussion these days on whether cloud-based technology is “right” for manufacturing. Given the security concerns, what applications should manufacturers look for to help them get started? And, more importantly, why should they even care about the cloud?   (read more...)
Explosion at Industrial Plant Sends Three to the Hospital
08 December 2011 09:11: HENDERSON, KY – Three men were sent to the hospital Wednesday following an explosion and fire at Polymer Partners LLC on Commonwealth Drive near KY-136 in Henderson Corporate Park. Officials say the incident occurred around   (read more...)
Axens New Website online!
DECEMBER 7 - 2011, We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new website www.axens.net ! The updated site provides a fresh presentation of Axens’ services and products by market and products applications.   (read more...)
Turkish refinery improves reliability with Emerson’s Smart Wireless technology
AUSTIN, TEXAS (December 7, 2011) – The state-owned Tüpraş refinery in Izmir, Turkey, has placed an order with Emerson Process Management for a tank gauging system that includes 85 wireless   (read more...)
AspenTech Introduces Search for Process Optimization
BURLINGTON, MA — December 6, 2011 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, introduced search for process optimization. Aspen Search™ combines the speed of rapid search with process industry knowledge, enabling engineers to find the right models, plant data and resources in seconds.   (read more...)
Honeywell to Deliver Control and Safety System for Australian LNG
QUEENSLAND, Australia, November 23, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it has been selected by Bechtel International Inc. to design and implement automation and safety solutions for a new multi-train liquefied natural gas (LNG)   (read more...)
Honeywell's Newest Plant Safety Offering for Smaller Applications
HOUSTON, Nov. 17, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today introduced its new Safety Manager Field Device Unit (FDU), which allows process manufacturers to more easily implement small, standalone safety applications in their facilities   (read more...)
GSE SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES 2011 THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS Announces Contracts Totaling $14.4 Million
Sykesville, MD – November 9, 2011 - GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or “the Company”) (NYSE Amex: GVP), a global energy services solutions provider, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.  
Tosoh's monomer plant caught fire after explosion
TOKYO, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Fire broke out after an explosion shortly before 3:30 p.m. (0630 GMT) on Sunday at a vinyl chloride monomer plant at Tosoh Corp's Nanyo complex in Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan, a company official said.   (read more...)
Chemical plant will stay closed after leak
Josephine Tovey November 11, 2011 THE ORICA plant near Newcastle has been effectively shut down following Wednesday afternoon's serious ammonia leak which caused two people to be hospitalised, as the Premier, Barry O'Farrell, said he has ''absolutely no confidence'' in the company.   (read more...)
exida presenting at Public Safety Canada’s Annual Control Systems Security Workshop
November 11, 2011: John Cusimano, exida Director of Security Services, will be presenting at a Control Systems Security Workshop, hosted by Public Safety Canada and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The workshop will be held November 22-23, 2011 in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Please see below for more information regarding the presentation.   (read more...)
Total Hosts ASM® Consortium Operations Outreach Seminar
PHOENIX, Nov 11, 2011 – The ASM® Consortium concluded a day long Operations Outreach Seminar hosted by Total, Paris, France, on October 14, 2011. The   (read more...)
Yokogawa Announces “Evolution 2015” Mid-term Business Plan Aiming to Become the Global No. Company in the IA and Control Business
Tokyo, Japan - November 9, 2011: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has drawn up its mid-term business plan for the period through the end of fiscal year 2015. This is the first step to achieving our long-term vision of becoming the global No. 1 company in the industrial automation (IA) and control business.   (read more...)
Croatia's INA to restart Sisak refinery this month
Wed Nov 9, 2011 4:09pm GMT Print | Single Page[-] Text [+] ZAGREB Nov 9 (Reuters) - An oil refinery in the central Croatian town of Sisak will resume work this month after heavy damage by a fire in June, owner INA said on Wednesday.   (read more...)
Invensys Introduces New Evolution of the Foxboro I/A Series System
NOVEMBER 08, 2011/PLANO, TEXAS – Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, has introduced the next major evolution of its Foxboro® I/A Series® distributed control system. As the core DCS component of the company’s InFusion®   (read more...)
Invensys Releases More Open and Powerful SimSci-Esscor ROMeo Optimization Software
OCTOBER 25, 2011/PLANO, TEXAS – Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, today announced the release of a more powerful version of its SimSci-Esscor® ROMeo® optimization software. Version   (read more...)
HONEYWELL ANNOUNCES WINNER OF 2011 UNISIM DESIGN STUDENT COMPETITION AT ANNUAL EMEA USERS CONFERENCE
BAVENO, Italy, October 25, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced the winner of its fourth annual student competition dedicated to the encouragement of design and innovation in the process industry. This year’s competition focused on the use of Honeywell Process Solutions’ (HPS) dynamic process simulation technology   (read more...)
Robust Control Toolbox and Simulink Control Design Simplify Complex Control Systems Tuning in Simulink
CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom. - (20 Oct 2011) MathWorks today announced new versions of two products, Robust Control Toolbox and Simulink Control Design, that enable engineers to automatically tune complex control systems modeled in Simulink.   (read more...)
Energy Consultants Solomon Associates Awarded Patent for Comparative Performance Analysis of Plant Control Assets
Benchmarking patent, applicable to numerous manufacturing industries, comes as company embarks on 2011 APC and Automation Studies. DALLAS, October 12, 2011 — Solomon Associates, the leading performance improvement company for the global energy industry, announced it has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its “Control Asset Comparative Performance Analysis System and Methodology.”   (read more...)
EXIDA Announces Addition of Control System Cyber Security Certification to S.A.E.L.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 exida, a global supplier of functional safety products, services, and certifications has added control system cyber security certification to its Safety Automation Equipment List, the world’s most comprehensive list of safety certified equipment.   (read more...)
ICONICS and Mitsubishi Electric Announce Global Partnership
Foxboro, MA – October 11, 2011 – ICONICS, a leading software developer of HMI/SCADA, Manufacturing Intelligence, Building Automation and Energy Management for industrial and facility automation solutions on Microsoft Windows® operating systems, is pleased to announce it has signed a global partnership agreement with Mitsubishi Electric, a world-class supplier of factory and electrical automation equipment and energy systems. Mitsubishi Electric has made a 19.9% equity investment in ICONICS as part of the partnership   (read more...)
Axens’ Technologies for Irak Nassiriya New Refinery
October 5, 2011 - The State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP), part of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, has awarded Axens the Basic Design and License contracts for the construction of the new refinery in Nassiriya, Iraq. Axens will supply the following process technologies for the refinery:   (read more...)
Capula to feature on primetime BBC
05 Oct 2011: The BBC cameras were on site at Capula headquarters this week as the company was featured as part of their current affairs TV programme Inside Out*. The film will focus on a debate between lifelong entrepreneur & television celebrity Pete Waterman and Professor Ellis Cashmore of Staffordshire   (read more...)
Metso signs an extensive frame agreement for automation systems and related services with Neste Oil
Metso Corporation’s press release on October 3, 2011 at 09:00 a.m. local time The first orders included in the agreement have now been placed from Neste Oil’s Porvoo and Naantali refineries in Finland Metso has signed an extensive frame agreement with Neste Oil for automation and safety system replacement deliveries as well as related services over the years of 2012 – 2016. Neste Oil also placed its first orders according to this agreement for new automation and safety systems for its Porvoo and Naantali   (read more...)
Emerson’s PlantWeb™ architecture helps tank storage terminal in Sweden meet latest safety requirements
AUSTIN, TEXAS (August 29, 2011) -- FH Tank Storage AB is using Emerson Process Management’s Rosemount® wireless level and pressure transmitters to provide overspill protection at its Kalmar storage terminal on the east coast of Sweden. The company has installed a plant-wide Smart Wireless network, DeltaV™ digital automation system, and AMS Suite predictive maintenance software to automate tank storage level monitoring.   (read more...)
Assets of ControlGuru.com Acquired by Control Station
Tolland, CT - September 29, 2011 - Control Station today announced the acquisition of ControlGuru.com, a leading website for information related to process control best-practices. The site equips the Company with unique content that is both associated with PID controller tuning and aligned with its portfolio of best-in-   (read more...)
Honeywell Executive: “Have Chemical Engineering Degree – Will Travell”
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sept. 27, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Executive Norm Gilsdorf is being recognized at this year’s centennial celebration of Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering. Gilsdorf, president of Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), already awarded the title of Distinguished Engineer Alumnus from the College of Engineering in 2010, has been honored with an Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award, and is a featured speaker in the school’s Centennial Seminar series.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011
BURLINGTON, MA — August 23, 2011 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011, ended June 30, 2011   (read more...)
GSE SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE ENGINEERING SIMULATION FOR B&W mPower™ REACTOR
Sykesville, MD – September 21, 2011 - GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or “the Company”) (NYSE Amex: GVP), a global energy services solutions provider, today announced that it has been selected to provide a real-time, high-fidelity engineering simulator for the B&W mPower™ Small Modular Reactor (SMR) design. The simulator will be used as a platform for validation of plant system designs and the development   (read more...)
IPCOS makes strategic move to the Middle East
September 19th 2011: IPCOS has been active in the Middle East market for many years, providing expert consultancy services in the Advanced Process Control and Intelligent Operations fields. In order to better serve our Middle East market, IPCOS has now established a permanent presence in Abu Dhabi. From the 1st of September 2011, IPCOS and Golden Falcon Petroleum   (read more...)
Visiant Pimsoft launches SF3 migration campaign
[September, 2011] Simplify your site’s data validation and reconciliation processes by migrating your license to a Sigmafine 4 Server! With significant improvements in database management, model maintenance, data manipulation, reporting, and much more, the use of Sigmafine 4 has expanded beyond pure production accounting to further meet our customers’ business requirements.   (read more...)
Honeywell’s UOP Installs its 100th Operations Monitoring System
DES PLAINES, Ill., Aug. 16, 2011 — UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that it has installed its 100th UOP OpAware™ system, marking a milestone for the leading operations monitoring system. The 100th unit was installed at a UOP CCR Platforming™ process unit in Europe in June. The UOP OpAware System collects, processes and analyzes key performance data from UOP-licensed units to provide refiners with critical data on unit performance. Refiners using the system gain instant access to real operating data, allowing them to make quicker and more informed operating decisions, while allowing UOP to provide faster, more accurate troubleshooting and data analysis support as needed.   (read more...)
Ingenious Inc signs Joint Venture (JV) Agreement with leading Saudi Engineering Company
HOUSTON (September, 2011) – Ingenious Inc has signed a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with NORISC to jointly grow their business in Saudi Arabia and the gulf region. NORISC is a sister company of Arabian Consulting Engineering Center (ACEC), a well-established Saudi   (read more...)
Exxon Louisiana refinery cited for safety breaches
Tue Sep 13, 2011 4:26pm EDT (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp's refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana exposed workers to possible fires and explosions among other safety violations, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Tuesday.   (read more...)
Dow Chemical Optimizes Capital Cost Decision-Making For Petrochemicals Projects with AspenTech’s aspenONE Engineering Software
BURLINGTON, MA — September 12, 2011 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW)is optimizing capital cost decision making for large-scale petrochemicals projects   (read more...)
Siemens again No. 1 in sustainability - Company captures top ranking in Dow Jones Sustainability Index
Munich, Germany, 2011-Sep-08: Siemens AG has been ranked the most sustainable company in its industry for the fourth time in a row. In the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) – the sustainability rating established by Dow Jones and SAM – Siemens has again taken first place in the Diversified Industrials category, which includes   (read more...)
New Rockwell Automation Packaged Solutions for Turbomachinery Control Provide Simplified Configuration and Usability for Operators
MILWAUKEE, Sept. 6, 2011 — Three new turbomachinery control (TMC) packages from Rockwell Automation incorporate standard, commercial, off-the-shelf control and visualization technology for fast installation and troubleshooting at a lower total cost of ownership. Solutions for one- and two-valve steam turbines, and single-stage compressors are all preconfigured with proven TMC control algorithms and offer extensive communication and diagnostic capabilities for improved uptime.   (read more...)
PI Coresight Launched for Ad Hoc Analysis of PI System Data
San Leandro, California – (September 6, 2011) – OSIsoft, LLC (www.osisoft.com), provider of the PI System and the leader in real-time data and events infrastructure solutions, today announced the launch of PI Coresight, the newest, fastest way to visualize PI System data.   (read more...)
PAC's Mini Cloud Point Analyzer Meets the New ASTM Test Method for Cloud Point of Petroleum Products
Houston, TX., USA - PAC, a leading global provider of advanced analytical instruments for laboratories and online process applications, announces that the ISL MPP 5G Mini Cloud Pour Point Analyzer is in accordance with the procedures of the recently released "ASTM D7689-11 Standard Test Method for Cloud Point of Petroleum Products (Mini Method)".  
Solomon Associates Teams with Reza Investment Company Ltd. to Expand Services to Energy Companies in the Middle EastDallas-based energy consulting com
DALLAS, August 31, 2011 – Solomon Associates, the leading performance improvement company for the global energy industry, today announced that it will partner with Reza Investment Company Ltd. (Reza), a Saudi Arabia-based firm, to offer Solomon Associates benchmarking and consulting services in the Middle East region.   (read more...)
Global Data Acquisition Hardware Market to Exceed $1.3 Billion in 2017
San Jose, CA (PRWEB) August 24, 2011, Despite being an established concept with about 30 years of history in the instrumentation industry, the DAQ market continues to evolve owing to regular introduction of new technologies. Data acquisition finds use in diverse fields, ranging from monitoring agriculture applications   (read more...)
Honeywell Launches New Collaboration Optimization and Operation Solution
PERTH, Australia, August 22, 2011 - Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced the launch of its new Remote Collaboration, Optimization and Operations solution, which helps customers share their expertise across remote facilities, improving safety in hazardous environments, as well as optimizing production and improving recovery.   (read more...)
SL Streamlines Integration and Enhances Performance of Its Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Platform
Corte Madera, CA – August 16, 2011 – SL Corporation®, a leading provider of Application Performance Monitoring and component-level monitoring solutions, today announced the availability of version 5.9 of its application performance monitoring (APM) platform, RTView. This latest release eases integration with existing monitoring tools and enhances performance for Web-deployed RTView applications.   (read more...)
Exida Certifies MAGNETROL® ECLIPSE® 705-51A Series Level Transmitter for Functional safety
Tuesday, August 16, 2011, exida, an accredited global functional safety certification company, has certified the product reliability and the engineering change processes for the Magnetrol® 705-51A Eclipse® Series Level Transmitter as Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508.   (read more...)
IPCOS launches dedicated non-linear APC solution for distillation columns
August 15, 2011: Standard linear APC solutions have been widely applied on distillation columns. However, for many columns the use of the non-linear APC technology can bring a lot of extra benefi ts. This potential has now been unlocked by INCA MPC4DISTILLATION.   (read more...)
AspenTech Celebrates 30 Years of Being in Business
BURLINGTON, MA — August 12, 2011 — Today marks the 30th Anniversary of AspenTech’s incorporation, following the Advanced Systems for Process Engineering (ASPEN) project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.   (read more...)
ISA Announces Advanced Process Control Techniques Track at ISA Automation Week 2011
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (10 August 2011) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today the offerings of its Advanced Process Control Techniques Track at ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event, which will take place in Mobile, Alabama, USA, 17-20 October 2011,   (read more...)
Australia’s Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas Project Chooses Meridium as Technology for its APM Platform
August 9, 2011: Roanoke, Virginia, USA – Meridium, Inc., the global leader in asset performance management (APM) software and consulting solutions, today announced that Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG) in Queensland, Australia, has selected Meridium as the platform for its enterprise-wide APM initiative   (read more...)
Taiwan Formosa says incurring $2.87 mil/day loss on refinery shutdown
Aug 4-Taiwan's privately owned refiner Formosa Petrochemical Corporation said Wednesday that it is incurring at estimated cost of about T$83 million ($2.87 million) each day the company's 540,000 b/d Mailiao refinery remains shut.   (read more...)
Boyes and Cutler to headline process control conference
The founding fathers of process control, Charlie Cutler and Walter Boyes, have been confirmed as keynote speakers for the Advances in Process Control 9 conference in September, organised by IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers). Boyes is one of the most influential figures on the US process   (read more...)
Overview of the Fire and Explosion at Chiba Refinery, the Cause of the Accident and the Action Plan to Prevent Recurrence
August 4, 2011: Damaged LPG Tank No. 364 met all the earthquake-proof structural requirements. However, since at the time of the earthquake, Tank No. 364 was filled with water, instead of lighter LPG, for a regular inspection, the initial earthquake off the coast of the Tohoku region put such a heavy load on the braces that some of them collapsed . This coincided with the second earthquake off the coast of the Ibaraki Prefecture   (read more...)
Jury finds negligence in 2008 refinery explosion
August 3, 2011: For the second time since the 2008 explosion that rocked the Big Spring Refinery, a Howard County jury found owner Alon USA guilty of negligence and awarded local residents damages but failed to find gross negligence.   (read more...)
Shale Gas: How to Hedge the Value Proposition
August 1, 2011: Houston, Texas, USA – KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC), a global provider of consulting and software solutions, today announced the release of the latest in its series of Global Energy Perspectives, this one focusing on the shale gas phenomenon   (read more...)
Addressing the World's Future Energy Needs
Dr. Patrick J. Kennedy, founder, owner and CEO, OSIsoft LLC FUEL: What do you think are our greatest energy challenges? Kennedy: Energy fuels growth and leveraging our two best energy sources: 1) electricity (easy to move to where it is needed) and 2) liquid petroleum fuels (because of the very high energy density). For some reason, both of these have come under attack or are faltering to maintain status quo in the developed world. The biggest danger is attempting to support our economy with sunligh   (read more...)
Invensys Inks Automation Contracts with Russia’s TNK-BP
JULY 28, 2011/LONDON - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the process and manufacturing industries, has signed two contracts with TNK-BP, the third largest oil company in Russia and among the top 10 private oil companies in the world by production volumes.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Announces Development of New Version of CENTUM® VP
Tokyo, Japan - July 27, 2011: Adoption of Advanced Field Digital Technology Strengthens Foundation for Operational Excellence — CENTUM® VP Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the development of Release 5 of the CENTUM® VP integrated production control system, the company's flagship product and a cornerstone of the VigilantPlant® concept that aims to help customers realize the ideal plant.   (read more...)
Final acceptance successfully completed for gasoline and fuel oil blending analyzer houses (Tupras-Turkey)
22 July, 2011: The project includes engineering, manufacturing and turn-key delivery of complete Analyzer Houses, which are dedicated for FMC Technologies in-line blending systems. The measured parameters includes the following: GASOLINE BLENDING: RON, MON, Density, Benzene, Olefins, Aromatics, Distillation (E70, E100, E150), RVP, Sulphur FUEL OIL BLENDING: Flash Point, Viscosity, Sulphur   (read more...)
Honeywell's Safety Manager Awarded ISASecure EDSA Certification by Exida
BRACKNELL, United Kingdom, July 14, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that its Safety Manager solution has been awarded ISASecure™ Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification by exida, the organization that conducted the stringent assessment.   (read more...)
Energy Companies Gather with GE to Discuss How to Optimize Health and Performance of Large Industrial Equipment
SmartSignal, now part of GE Intelligent Platforms, holds standing-room-only European conference to introduce expanded plans for software innovation CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA July 13, 2011 SmartSignal Corporation held its first User Group meeting since being acquired by GE Intelligent Platforms in January 2011. More than 20 oil and gas super majors and power generation giants from Europe and the Middle East gathered at the SSE   (read more...)
Honeywell Emphasizes Analytics, Safety in Oil and Gas Offerings
July 13, 2011: Automation and control company Honeywell this week announced two strategic partnerships that combine manufacturing intelligence, business analytics, and operations management technologies to help companies in the oil and gas industry safely and efficiently   (read more...)
Sunoco Philadelphia refinery FCC fixed
HOUSTON, July 13 (Reuters) - Sunoco Inc's (SUN.N) 335,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Philadelphia refinery has repaired a 40,000-bpd gasoline-producing fluidic catalytic cracking unit, which is increasing production levels, sources familiar with refinery operations said on Wednesday   (read more...)
Ingenious Inc signs Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with leading Saudi Engineering Company
HOUSTON (July 11, 2011) – Ingenious Inc has signed a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Mrazeem Industrial Services Company (MISC) to jointly grow their business in Saudi Arabia and the gulf region. Mrazeem is a sister company of Arabian Consulting Engineering Center (ACEC), a well-established Saudi Aramco approved GES Contractor, with strong connections   (read more...)
Investigators fault DuPont procedures in worker's 2010 death
July 08, 2011: A federal body that investigates chemical-plant accidents concluded in a report released Thursday that the January 2010 death of a DuPont Co. worker in West Virginia after exposure to phosgene had been caused by deficiencies in the Wilmington chemical giant's management systems.   (read more...)
MathWorks Announces Release of Simulink Design Verifier 2.0
NATICK, Mass. - (7 Jul 2011): MathWorks today announced that Simulink Design Verifier now includes Polyspace analysis technology for automated error detection in Simulink models. Simulink Design Verifier 2.0 integrates Polyspace error detection with existing property proving and test generation capabilities to help   (read more...)
Emerson Acquires Net Safety Monitoring, Inc.
ST. LOUIS (July 5, 2011) – Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has acquired Net Safety Monitoring, Inc., a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of fixed toxic and combustible gas detectors, flame detectors, safety systems, and other safety and security products. The acquisition expands Emerson’s capabilities to provide comprehensive process controls and safety monitoring for the toughest industrial environments.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Signs Global Terminal Automation Agreement with Royal Vopak
Tokyo, Japan - June 27, 2011: Yokogawa Electric Corporation has signed a global frame agreement with Royal Vopak(Vopak) for terminal automation. Vopak is based in the Netherlands and is the world's largest independent tank storage   (read more...)
PAS Releases an Intelligent Management of Change Solution for Automation Systems
6/21/2011: Integrity iMOC detects inadvertent and unapproved automation configuration changes to fortify control system security and safety Houston, TX – PAS, a leading supplier of human reliability software and services to the power and processing industries worldwide, today announced the release of Integrity iMOC, the next evolution in electronic Management of Change (MOC) software. Integrity iMOC ensures that all changes made to a plant’s automation systems are detected and reconciled with specific management of change cases.  
Apex Optimisation LNG Advanced Control Wins Zenith Awards 2011
17.06.2011 ...: The 2011 PACE Magazine Zenith Awards ceremony was held with over 220 attendees from the Australian and New Zealand Process Automation Industry. The competition was tough with over 60 project entries across 8 industry categories with a growing emphasis on innovation and plant efficiency improvements. Our recent LNG APC project with Woodside Energy won the Oil, Gas and Hydrocarbons category in addition to the Overall Project of the Year Award.   (read more...)
Axens Awarded IraQ Maissan Refinery Contracts
June 17, 2011 - South Refineries Company (SRC), a subsidiary of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil, awarded Axens the Basic Engineering Design and License contracts for the construction of the new refinery in Maissan,   (read more...)
Ras Tanura Refinery Runs Successfully the New Diesel Hydrotreater Licensed by Axens
June 10, 2011 - A grassroots diesel hydrotreater unit (Prime-DTM), licensed by Axens, was successfully put into production at Saudi Aramco’s Ras Tanura Refinery. The 105,000 BPSD unit – one of the world’s largest – produced ultra low sulfur   (read more...)
BP, Shell, GSK, Pfizer present at PSE Annual Meeting
10 June 2011: Model-based engineering conference draws wide range of process industry innovators. Leading process organisations BP, Shell, GSK and Pfizer presented this week at the PSE Annual Meeting on model-based engineering (MbE) in London.   (read more...)
Refinery focuses on shocked workers as inquiry begins
June 7, 2011: victims of the blast (l-r): Robert Broome, Andrew Jenkins, Julie Jones and Dennis Riley. The company was flying in experts from the US to assist its local investigators. Maintenance work had been carried out on a 730 cubic metre storage tank which exploded on Thursday evening, damaging a container next to it   (read more...)
PAS and NovaTech announce strategic partnership for comprehensive automation
6 June, 2011 Houston, TX – Process software and engineering services provider PAS today announced its partnership with NovaTech, a leading provider of process automation, electric power measurement, and substation automation. NovaTech will offer PAS’ automation and operations effectiveness solutions to increase the safety, productivity, and reliability of their client’s facilities.   (read more...)
Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations Joins Applied Control Technology Consortium
ACTC Undertakes Quantitative Evaluation of Foundation Fieldbus Control in the Field (CIF) GLASGOW, Scotland, June 2, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation, through its EMEA Operations, has joined the Applied Control Technology Consortium (ACTC), based in Glasgow, Scotland. ACTC is wholly owned and managed by Industrial Systems and Control Ltd., a specialised control engineering consultancy with   (read more...)
Honeywell Drives Communication Efficiency with HPCL
MUMBAI, India, June 2, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Previously, HPCL experienced delays in commissioning activity associated with the use of handheld transceivers to communicate with the control room for operations such as transmitter testing, control valve stroke checking, loop checking, determining run indication status and mapping third party devices with DCS over modbus   (read more...)
PAS and NovaTech announce strategic partnership for comprehensive automation
June 1,2011: NovaTech to deliver PAS’ automation and operations effectiveness solutions to clients worldwide. Houston, TX – Process software and engineering services provider PAS today announced its partnership with NovaTech, a leading provider of process automation, electric power measurement, and substation automation. NovaTech will offer PAS’ automation and operations effectiveness solutions to increase the safety, productivity, and reliability of their client’s facilities.   (read more...)
exida Presenting at 2011 Siemens Automation Summit
Wednesday, June 01, 2011: exida’s Todd Stauffer, Director of Alarm Management, and John Cusimano, Director of Security Services, will be presenters at the 2011 Siemens Automation Summit this June in Orlando, Florida. The presentations include: The 7 Things Every Automation Professional Should Know About Control System Security   (read more...)
A new whitepaper on the OPC UA Test Tools
May 31, 2011; : A new whitepaper on the OPC UA Test Tools is now available. ...   (read more...)
ENGlobal Announces Resignation of Chief Financial Officer
HOUSTON, May 31, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ENGlobal (Nasdaq:ENG), a leading provider of energy-related project delivery solutions, announced today that Mr. Robert W. Raiford advised the Company of his resignation as Chief Financial Officer effective July 8, 2011. The Board of Directors has formed a committee to initiate an external search process for a new Chief Financial Officer.  
Iraq’s North Refineries Company SelectsS Honeywell for $9.6M Automation Contrat
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 31, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it has been selected by North Refineries Company (NRC) as the main Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor to upgrade the automation systems at its refinery in Baiji, Iraq. The   (read more...)
Yokogawa Indonesia Receives DCS and SIS Orders from Indonesia’s CAP Group
Tokyo, Japan - May 26, 2011: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its subsidiary, PT. Yokogawa Indonesia, has received an order from PT. Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk. (CAP) to replace the legacy distributed control system (DCS) and safety instrumented system (SIS) at the company’s ethylene and polyethylene plant in Cilegon, which is in western Java’s Banten Province.   (read more...)
AspenTech Delivers Process Mobility in New Release of aspenONE® Software
WASHINGTON, D.C. — May 24, 2011 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN) a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, introduced new applications in the latest release of aspenONE software that deliver process mobility for Apple iPad™, iPhone™ and Blackberry™ devices. Mobile versions of Aspen Properties and Aspen IP.21 software support broader collaboration and visibility for better decision-making across engineering and manufacturing.   (read more...)
OPC Day Europe 2011 at SAP Headquarters, Germany
OPC Day Europe 2011 at SAP Headquarters, Germany The OPC Foundation European Committee will sponsor an OPC Day at SAP Headquarters in Germany. This one-day event will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 9am to 5pm.   (read more...)
Larry Haverly Passed Away - We offer our condolences to Larry's family and friends
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our founder and President Larry Haverly. Larry, known worldwide in the Operations Research industry, passed away peacefully, in spite of cancer, in his sleep at home in Denville NJ, with family and friends in attendance.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Enhanced Version of ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System
Tokyo, Japan - May 12, 2011: ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the development of an enhanced version of the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system that is used to ensure the safety of plant operations. This new version, ProSafe-RS R3.01, features input modules that can directly receive voltage   (read more...)
OSIsoft Users Turn Insight into Action
May 12, 2011: OSIsoft held its 2011 user conference at the end of March in San Francisco. This, the company's twenty-second user conference, was its largest ever, attracting more than 1,300 attendees from around the world. This year's theme, "Turning Insight into Action," concisely expresses users' need for   (read more...)
Samsung Total Petrochemicals Receives 2011 PM100 Award for Operational Excellence Mastery Using AspenTech Software
BURLINGTON, MA — May 9, 2011 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced that Samsung Total Petrochemicals has received a 2011 PM100 award for operational excellence mastery, based on use of aspenONE Planning & Scheduling software.  
Cooperation agreement signed between TU Delft and UReason
Thursday, May 5, 2011 On Tuesday May 3, 2011 UReason, represented by Lieven Dubois, and the Watermagement section of the Technical University of Delft, represented by Prof. Dr. Luuk Rietveld, signed a cooperation agreement, to work together on improving simulation for water purification.   (read more...)
Steelworkers Take Oil-Industry Safety Issues to Shareholders
SAN ANTONIO, May 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) are presenting shareholder resolutions at Marathon Oil, Valero, Tesoro, and ConocoPhillips, calling on the companies to improve disclosures on safety at oil refineries.   (read more...)
EXIDA Releases PHAXPROCESS HAZARD Analysis Software
Thursday, April 28, 2011 exida, a global supplier of functional safety products, services and certifications has released PHAX, a software module within the exSILentia® suite of safety lifecycle tools that guides users through the Hazard and Operability study (HAZOP) process.   (read more...)
SK shuts part of Incheon refinery due to fire
SEOUL, April 26 (Reuters) - South Korea's SK Energy, a unit of SK Innovation , said on Tuesday that it had shut down one of two desulphurisation units at its Incheon refinery due to a fire, which had been extinguished.   (read more...)
Exxon production not halted by Dutch refinery fire
AMSTERDAM, April 25, 2011: (Reuters) - A fire broke out at a refinery of oil major Exxon Mobil in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam on Monday, but no injuries were reported and production was not impacted, a company spokeswoman said. Spokeswoman Ellen Ehmen said the fire erupted in the refinery's desulfurisation unit at about 0445 GMT, but was quickly brought under control.   (read more...)
Control Talk - Operators Unleashed
By Martin Berutti, submitted on April 20th, 2011: Product Family: MiMiC Simulation Printer Friendly E-mail Page Download PDF In the February 2011 issue of Control, Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner continue their discussion of the virtual plant for operator training in Operators Unleashed. With collectively 66 years of process control experience, Stan Weiner and Greg McMillan have probably witnessed every operator error or mishap imaginable. I trust that these two when they state " The operator is the most underutilized resource in the plant   (read more...)
Emerson opens new engineering and development center in China
NANJING, CHINA (April 19, 2011) – Emerson announces the opening of an Engineering and Development Center within the recently expanded Asia Flow Technology Center operated by Emerson Process Management in Nanjing, China. By facilitating local development of innovative products in Asia, Emerson will   (read more...)
Practical PID Control:
Use Filters for Better Disturbance Rejection   (read more...)
AspenTech's Response to the Tragedy in Japan
To our customers and partners in Japan, Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time, and we are ready to assist you in any way that we can. Please refer to the contact information below to gain immediate access to Technical Support teams serving customers and partners in Japan.   (read more...)
Sunoco shuts Philadelphia FCCU; Oil, gasoline gain
HOUSTON, April 14 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil and gasoline prices climbed Thursday morning after Sunoco Inc's (SUN.N) 335,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Philadelphia refinery shut a gasoline producing unit after an overnight fire   (read more...)
Axens Enters Partnership with Invensys Operations Management - SimSci-Esscor simulation software agreement drives productivity excellence
April 13, 2011 - Axens today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries.   (read more...)
EXIDA Certifies Yokogawa AXR Series Magnetic Flowmeter for Safety per IEC 61508
Wednesday, April 13, 2011: exida, an accredited global functional safety certification company, has certified the product reliability and the design and engineering processes for the Yokogawa AXR magnetic flowmeter as Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508.   (read more...)
Honeywell Systems to Boost Productivity at New Abu Dhabi Fertilizer Plant
Samsung Engineering Selects Honeywell’s Experion PKS and Safety Manager to Increase Production Capacity of New FERTIL Plant by 50% SEOUL, Korea, April 12, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it has been selected by Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd. to deliver an integrated process control system for FERTIL-2, a new fertilizer plant being built near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Honeywell’s   (read more...)
Michael Babb, long-time Control Engineering editor, dies
04/11/2011 Michael P. Babb passed away April 6, 2011, after a short illness. Babb began his editorial career with Control Engineering in 1985. Babb was recognized globally for 26 years of writing and editing about automation and control systems. Leave a remembrance of Mike, if you'd like, using the link below. Mark T. Hoske, Frank Bartos, Control Engineering   (read more...)
Invensys Operations Management Signs Technology Partnership with ACM Facility Safety
APRIL 07, 2011/PLANO, TEXAS – Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, today announced that it will be the exclusive   (read more...)
Honeywell Invests in Developing and Inspiring Engineering Leader of the Future
Company Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education BRACKNELL, United Kingdom, April 6, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it will expand its in-house engineering training and development programs to help deliver qualified talent for its industrial automation business. With a maturing workforce and   (read more...)
Axens and Shaw Selected to License Next Generation Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Technology
April 6, 2011 - Axens and the Shaw Group Inc. have been selected to license a next-generation catalytic cracking technology that will help refiners maximize the production of propylene and other high-value refinery products.   (read more...)
Honeywell Extends Global Simulation Contract with Shell
UniSim Design Platform Will Help Shell Build and Test Plant Processes for Optimized Plant Design and Operation HOUSTON, Texas, April 5, 2010 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced a contract extension to provide its UniSim® Design process simulation software to Shell through 2015. The simulation platform will be used by Shell sites to design and test plant processes, saving the company both time and money.   (read more...)
Control Systems Legends Charlie Cutler and Béla Lipták to Give Keynote Talks at ISA Automation Week 2011
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA-- (25 March 2011) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces the keynote speakers for ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event. Charlie Cutler will discuss real-time optimization on 18 October and Béla Lipták   (read more...)
Helping smaller countries protect their populations from danger in explosive environments
Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-03-22 – The IEC is proud to announce that United Nations via UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) has just issued a publication that helps address the hazards in environments with a high risk of explosion such as mines, refineries, chemical plants and mills.   (read more...)
Danube Refinery receives 2010 HART Plant of the Year award
Danube Refinery benefits from using AMS Suite and diagnostics from HART field devices AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 21, 2011) – The Danube Refinery of the MOL Group, Budapest, Hungary, has been named the 2010 HART Plant of the Year by the HART® Communication Foundation. This marks the fourth year out of the last six where Emerson Process Management technologies have played a key role at plants winning the award, which   (read more...)
Japan’s Recent Earthquakes and Tsuna Highlighted Weaknesses in the Safe Design of Buildings, Nuclear Facilities and Oil Refineries
Vancouver, Canada, March 17, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The events in Japan have demonstrated that structures and facilities are potentially not as safe as originally perceived for the companies that commission them, and to members of the public. The 40-year-old nuclear power plant that has been leaking radiation, implemented an evacuation order of 20km, impacting 185,000 residents.   (read more...)
OSHA Fines Louisiana Oil Refinery $207.5K for Safety Violations
March 16, 2011 Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Calumet Lubricants Co. LP in Cotton Valley, La., a subsidiary of Indianapolis, Ind.-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP, with 45 alleged serious and 13 other-than-serious violations for exposing workers to possible fires, explosions and other hazards. Proposed   (read more...)
Latest pictures of fire in Chiba Refinery following Japan earthquake
Latest pictures of fire in Chiba Prefecture following Japan earthquake (PHOTOS). Exclusive visuals of fire that broke out in the natural gas storage tanks in Chiba Prefecture.   (read more...)
IPCOS and Dolphin Energy complete Automation System Audit
Cambridge UK: After a rigorous 6 months of data gathering, collation and analysis IPCOS and Dolphin Energy have successfully completed an Automation System Audit of Dolphin Energy’s facilities in Qatar and the UAE. Dolphin’s automation systems were benchmarked against a global data base of manufacturing sites selected from the Refining, Oil   (read more...)
ISA Announces 2011 Corporate Partnership with OSIsoft, LLC
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA -- (15 March 2011) -- OSIsoft, LLC, will be one of the elite companies featured in ISA’s Corporate Partnerships Program during 2011.   (read more...)
Federal government bills BP for $62 million
Mar. 12, 2011: NEW ORLEANS -- The Obama administration has billed BP PLC. for $62 million spent responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2011/03/12/2936568/federal-government-bills-bp-for.html##ixzz1GkdlonoM   (read more...)
West Coast Refiners Report No Impact from Tsunami
BUSINESSMARCH 11, 2011The West Coast's largest oil refiners weren't affected by the tsunami resulting from a major earthquake in Japan, but they are closely watching the situation. Chevron Corp., Valero Energy Corp., Tesoro Corp., BP PLC, Exxon   (read more...)
Yokogawa Employee Selected for the 2011 Process Automation Hall of Fame
Tokyo, Japan - March 9, 2011 Dr. Maurice J. Wilkins Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that Dr. Maurice J. Wilkins of Yokogawa Corporation of America has been selected by CONTROL, a prestigious and influential industry magazine in the US, to be inducted into the Process   (read more...)
COUNTERFEIT EXIDA SAFETY CERTIFICATIONS DISCOVERED
Thursday, March 03, 2011 Exida, the worldwide leader in the certification of automation equipment for use in safety instrumented systems, has discovered counterfeit certificates claiming exida certification to Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capability of IEC 61508.   (read more...)
Axens acquires Criterion’s Catalytic Reforming Catalyst Business
March 1, 2011 - Axens North America Inc. announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the Willow Island (West Virginia) manufacturing plant for reforming catalyst and appropriate intellectual property rights to pursue such business from Criterion.   (read more...)
OSIsoft Expands Presence in China
SAN LEANDRO, California – (February 24, 2011) – OSIsoft, LLC (www.osisoft.com), provider of the PI System and the leader in real-time data infrastructure solutions, today announced the opening of a customer support center in Beijing in conjunction with the launch of its Chinese   (read more...)
HONEYWELL WINS TWO GONGKONG AWARDS FOR INNOVATIVE INDUSTRIAL OFFERINGS
BEIJING, CHINA, February 22, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it received two awards for its technology solutions from the leading Chinese automation and control website, Gongkong. Honeywell’s Experionâ LS solution received the Innovative Products/Solution Award while its Lifecycle Management services received the Innovative Service Award.  
Hovensa reports major fire near St. Croix refinery
Fri, Feb 11 2011: NEW YORK Feb 11 (Reuters) - Hovensa LLC on Friday reported a major fire at the Allick Container Port adjacent to its 500,000 barrels-per-day refinery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL FORMS NEW ADVANCED SOLUTIONS BUSINESS
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 8, 2011 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it has formed a new business focused on providing advanced open software and services to the process industries. By integrating the leading open connectivity and broad platform capability of its   (read more...)
Safety regulations drive growth in the process safety
Safety systems have become a critical part of the process industry because most end users are moving towards an automated phase. As automation in the process increases, companies would focus on strong safety systems to prevent any adverse occurrences.   (read more...)
Intergraph® Advances Smart Grid Technology
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. , Feb. 2, 2011 -- Intergraph® continues to advance its smart grid solutions to enable utilities to better manage their complex electrical distribution infrastructure and field crews, and take advantage of real-time operations data within   (read more...)
The gasoline blending project design verification has been completed in Achinsk (Russia)
22 January, 2011: The design verification meeting has been completed in Achinsk (Russia), to deliver the In-line Gasoline Blending Station for ROSNEFT Achinsk Oil Refinery   (read more...)
Honeywell selects Tofino™ MODBUS Read-Only firewall
2011 01 20: Honeywell is expanding its use of Tofino technology with the release of its third Byres Security/MTL Instruments product – the Honeywell Modbus Read-only Firewall. Designed to secure any   (read more...)
Emerson’s DeltaV SIS™ process safety system receives burner management certifications
AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 20, 2011) – Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV SIS process safety system has proven compliance with three burner management system (BMS) standards. TÜV has certified the DeltaV SIS system as meeting the requirements for the National Fire Protection Association NFPA 85:   (read more...)
Copolymer signs multi-year services agreement with Ingenious Inc.
January 2011. Ingenious Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a multi-year Services Agreement with Lion Copolymer. Under this agreement, Ingenious Inc. will provide a range of services to improve Lion Copolymer operations including Process Safety   (read more...)
Reviewing the response
Mike Utsler, Chief Operating Officer of BP's Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, speaks to the Clean Gulf conference. Watch the video   (read more...)
US Labor Department’s OSHA cites Huntsman Petrochemical of Houston, Texas, for endangering workers
HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Huntsman Petrochemical LLC, headquartered in Houston, 12 serious citations for an inadequate process safety management program and deficient lockout/tagout procedures   (read more...)
Weather affecting Tulsa refinery operations, officials say
Published: Jan 12, 2011: Officials from a refinery near downtown said preliminary findings indicate that the weather was partially to blame for the appearance of a fire. According to a news release from Holly Refining and Marketing,steam producing boilers shut down at the Tulsa refiner from the extremely cold temperatures. The loss of steam affected the operating units, which resulted in production being temporarily lost   (read more...)
Spill panel seeks overhaul of safety culture, regulation
HOUSTON, Jan. 12 -- The report by a presidential commission studying last year’s Macondo well disaster in the Gulf of Mexico calls for overhaul both of the oil and gas industry’s safety culture and of offshore regulation   (read more...)
Global LNG Supply and Demand – Review and Outlook
With natural gas being the primary alternative for crude LNG plays a critical role in the global energy scenario. This article gives an in-depth look at the demand and supply of 2009, 2010 and 2011.   (read more...)
AspenTech Marks 30 Years of Innovation and Leadership In the Process Industries
BURLINGTON, Mass — January 11, 2011 — The year 2011 marks 30 years of innovation and leadership in the process industries for Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of optimization software and services. AspenTech is one of only a handful of software companies   (read more...)
Axens to acquire Criterion’s Catalytic Reforming Catalyst Business
January 6, 2011 - Axens North America Inc. announces the signature with Criterion Catalysts & Technology L.P (“Criterion”) and Shell of an Asset Purchase and Sale Agreement (APSA) and related agreements   (read more...)
OSIsoft Announces $135 Million Minority Investment by Technology Crossover Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
San Leandro, CA – January 5, 2011 – OSIsoft, LLC, provider of the PI System and the leader in real-time data infrastructure solutions for management of real-time data and events, today announced  
GSE Systems Acquires Envision System, INC.
Sykesville, MD and Madison, NJ – January 5, 2011 -- GSE Systems, Inc. (NYSE Amex:GVP), a leading global provider of real-time simulation and training solutions to the power, process, manufacturing and government sectors, today announced the acquisition of EnVision Systems, Inc. (“EnVision   (read more...)
Dynaproc to Merge with Apex Optimisation
20.12.2010: Dynaproc and Apex Optimisation are pleased to announce the decision to merge our operations. The merger, which follows more than 6 years of very close business relationship and successful cooperation in the field of advanced dynamic optimisation and control, will enable us to consolidate our business development and project activities under  
Chevron Case Story Presented at ERTC Annual Meeting in Istanbul
20.12.2010: A paper presented at the ERTC annual meeting November 29 – December 1 in Istanbul describes the story of ULSD optimisation at Chevron's Pembroke refinery. This case story illustrates how Apex Optimisation's GDOT software   (read more...)
FAT succesfully completed for AGIP-KCO crude oil analyzer house
19 December, 2010: The analyzers system is a part of FMC Technologies export crude oil metering system, which has been designed for the onshore production facilities to be operated by Agip Kazakhstan North Caspian Operating Company (Agip KCO).  
ANSYS and SpaceClaim Announce Significantly Enhanced 3D Direct Modeling Design and Editing Capabilities
PITTSBURGH, PA and CONCORD, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/15/10 -- ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of engineering simulation technology, and SpaceClaim®, the leader in 3D Direct Modeling solutions for rapid concept design and geometry manipulation, today announced significant new   (read more...)
OSIsoft Joins SAS® Global Alliance
San Leandro, Calif – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Dec 12, 2010: OSIsoft, LLC (www.osisoft.com), provider of the PI System and the leader in real-time data infrastructure solutions, today announced it has joined the SAS Global Alliance Program. SAS is a provider of world-class business analytics software   (read more...)
Modcon announces market release of new generation process NMR analyzers
4 December, 2010: The MOD-8000 online process analyzer is designed to analyze the composition of process fluids. Using Magnetic Resonance (MR) spectroscopic techniques, it can detect the presence and the concentration of chemical constituents in a process stream. By utilizing exclusive software, it provides closed loop supervisory control of a process unit   (read more...)
US Labor Department’s OSHA cites Huntsman Petrochemical of Houston, Texas, for endangering workers
2 December 2010: HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Huntsman Petrochemical LLC, headquartered in Houston, 12 serious citat   (read more...)
SAIMC awards prize to Carla Moerdyk for the Paper on “ASM Compliant HMI Display Design”
The Society For Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement And Control (SAIMC) has awarded Carla Moerdyk of Sasol the Negretti award for 2010 for her paper on “ASM Compliant HMI Display Design”.   (read more...)
Gulf of Mexico response
The completion of the relief well operation in the Gulf of Mexico is an important milestone in our continued efforts to restore the Gulf Coast. However our work is not finished   (read more...)
Emerson selected as main automation contractor on Petrobras' Comperj project
SÃO PAULO, Brazil (November 30, 2010) – Petrobras has selected Emerson Process Management, an Emerson (NYSE: EMR) business, to provide process automation technologies and services for the Petrochemical Complex of Rio de Janeiro (Comperj) in Brazil.   (read more...)
Latest version of Flexsim simulation software released
Flexsim 5 has now been released. The new version of this market leading 3D simulation software incorporates a number of new features, including  
Frontline Systems Wins 2010 INFORMS Impact Prize for Excel Solver ()
The 2010 INFORMS IMPACT PRIZE is awarded to Fred Glover and Solver, developed by Daniel Fylstra, Leon Lasdon, Edwin Straver, Allan Waren, and John Watson of Frontline Systems,   (read more...)
TOMLAB 7.6 released
Nov 24th 2010 TOMLAB /BASE: •bintprog updated to handle more solvers. •tomSym updated for complimentary optimization problems. •milpSolve based on lp_solve 5.5.0.15. •Several optimizations and speedups in tomSym and PROPT.   (read more...)
TriCLPM in Middle East
[24.Nov.2010] A large fertilizer company based in Saudi Arabia has just acquired a TriCLPM license for monitoring performance of 500 control loops. It's the first sale of TriCLPM in the Middle East market.   (read more...)
PSE awards €5000 "Model-Based Innovation" prizes
23 November 2010: Winning German team provides new numerical method for simulating complex processes We are pleased to announce the winners of the PSE Model-Based Innovation Prize for 2010. PSE awards annual prizes totalling €5000 - a winner's prize of €3000   (read more...)
KBC announces Worldwide Release of Petro-SIM Version 4
London, UK – (16th November 2010) - KBC Advanced Technologies plc announces the worldwide release of Version 4 of Petro-SIM™, and the KBC SIM Suite   (read more...)
IPCOS will be present at the Adipec 2010
IPCOS will be present at the Adipec 2010 exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre Abu Dhabi You can visit us in Booth 09152A   (read more...)
EXIDA RELEASES FIRST FULLY INTEGRATED FUNCTIONAL SAFETY LIFECYCLE TOOL
Thursday, November 11, 2010: exida, a global supplier of functional safety products, services, and certifications, has released V3.0 of its exSILentia® functional safety lifecycle engineering tool.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Enhanced Version of CENTUM® VP
Tokyo, Japan-November 10, 2010 Tokyo, Japan-November 10, 2010: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will release version R4.03 of the company’s flagship product, the CENTUM® VP integrated production control system, on November 11. CENTUM VP is a core platform of the VigilantPlant®   (read more...)
'All-Clear' Given At Bay Area Refinery
Nov 10, 2010 9:39 pm: People in parts of Martinez and Concord were being told they can go outdoors again as officials lifted an order to take shelter after a power outage Wednesday at a refinery in Martinez sent large plumes of black smoke into the air.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL INTRODUCES NEW INTEGRATED ADDITIVE AND BLEND CONTROLLER
DELFT, The Netherlands, November 9, 2010 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today introduced the Fusion4 single stream controller (SSC), designed for companies in the petroleum and petrochemical refining, storage and distribution sectors. The solution is the first integrated additive and blend controller to   (read more...)
Emerson expands diagnostic technology on its Rosemount® 3051S Series of Instrumentation
Chanhassen, Minn (November 2, 2010) – Emerson Process Management has expanded its Advanced HART® Diagnostics Suite on the Rosemount® 3051S Series of Instrumentation for pressure, flow and level measurement. New features expand diagnostic coverage beyond transmitter electronics to identify and prevent abnormal process and installation issues.   (read more...)
ABB extends life cycle commitment for Symphony control system
Zurich, Switzerland, Nov.2, 2010 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is extending the life cycle commitment for its Symphony Harmony and Symphony Melody range of control systems.  
Modcon Systems awarded a major contract by ROSNEFT (Russia)
2 November, 2010: Modcon Systems has been awarded a major contract by ROSNEFT to deliver the In-line Gasoline Blending Station for Achinsk Oil Refinery. The purpose of Gasoline Blending Station is to produce automotive gasoline grades in accordance with EURO-3 and new Russian technical standards.   (read more...)
Best Practices for Creating a Safety Culture Take Center Stage at Safety Automation Forum
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 2, 2010 — Automation professionals – including manufacturing innovators, decision-makers, designers and engineers   (read more...)
International Oil & Gas Company Petrofac Awards Multimillion Dollar Contract to AspenTech
BURLINGTON, Mass — November 1, 2010 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced it has signed a multimillion dollar contract with international oil & gas facilities service provider Petrofac. The deal will result in aspenONE® Engineering being deployed across Petrofac’s global operations.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL ANNOUNCES ENHANCEMENTS TO OPERATOR TRAINING SIMULATION SOFTWARE
BARCELONA, Spain, October 26, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced key enhancements to its suite of training software used to help operators at industrial facilities run their plants more safely and efficiently. UniSim® R400 includes new tools that allow industrial process manufacturers   (read more...)
Axens Delivers Optimization Software to Aromatics Oman for its ParamaX Complex
October 25, 2010 - Axens (Performance Programs) has delivered to Aromatics Oman LLC (AOL) a Process Operations Simulator (POS) for its ParamaX complex started up beginning of 2010. The POS integrates all units of the complex. The simulations are based on PRO/II® comprehensive steady-state process simulation software developed by Invensys Operations Management. They are enhanced by the use of accurate proprietary models for reactions and paraxylene adsorption. It allows plant engineers to perform what-if studies and to optimize operating costs taking into account variations in feed characteristics   (read more...)
Chemical engineering fellowship deadline extended
The Application deadline for the inaugural Ashok Kumar fellowship post, jointly funded by IChemE and NEPIC has been extended until 12 November.......   (read more...)
Leading Latin American chemical company awards Process Safety and SIS study to Ingenious Inc
Houston, Texas, October 2010 – Ingenious Inc is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a project to provide a process safety study to a leading chemical company in Latin America. Scope of work includes validation of Layer of Protection analysis (LOPA)   (read more...)
SIMATIC WinCC / SIMATIC PCS 7: Information concerning Malware / Virus / Trojan
Some malware, a so-called Trojan, is currently circulating which affects Microsoft Windows PCs with WinCC and PCS 7. The malware spreads via mobile data carriers, for example USB sticks, and networks. The Trojan is activated solely by viewing the   (read more...)
Game Changing Software Solutions for Plant Operations
Houston, TX — ISA Automation Week October 5, 2010 — ICONICS, a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner of the Year and provider of Web-enabled, industrial visualization software for Microsoft Windows operating systems, announced a team of 64-bit automation suites that are truly game changers for industrial automation   (read more...)
ICONICS Announces the Release of AlarmWorX64 Multimedia
Houston, TX — ISA Automation Week October 5, 2010 — ICONICS, a Microsoft® Gold Certified Partner of the Year and provider of Web-enabled, industrial visualization software for Microsoft Windows� operating systems, announced the release of AlarmWorX™64 Multimedia, an OPC alarm management software solution f   (read more...)
Stuxnet worm slithers into China, heralds alien invasion
1st October 2010 13:40 GMT: Analysis The infamous Stuxnet worm has reportedly begun spreading in China. The worm, which targets supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, has infected "millions of computers" across the country, AFP reports   (read more...)
ABB resolves Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues and will pay a total of $58.3 million
Zurich, Switzerland, September 30, 2010 – Today, ABB announced settlements of anti-bribery investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice (”DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). ABB Ltd and   (read more...)
NORPAC Controls Ltd. joins forces with Spartan Controls Ltd.
September 30, 2010: We are pleased to announce that the business of NORPAC Controls Ltd. in British Columbia will be joining forces with Spartan Controls Ltd. Effective October 1st 2010. NORPAC will operate as NORPAC Controls, a division of Spartan Controls Ltd.   (read more...)
Enhanced AMS Suite Tackles the Complexities of Plant Management
September 29, 2010: AMS Suite: Asset Performance Management (APM) now combines predictive intelligence with asset reliability information and decision support, for smarter business decisions. It   (read more...)
exida Article Stuxnet worm Published on ControlGlobal.com
Tuesday, September 28, 2010: The article titled “The Can of Worms Is Open-Now What?” By John Cusimano, Director, Exida Security Services Division and Eric Byres, CTO, Byres Security has been published on Controlglobal.com.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Launches FOUNDATION™ fieldbus Compliant FVX110
Tokyo, Japan-September 28, 2010: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will launch the FVX110 Fieldbus Segment Indicator on September 30. This new product conforms to the FOUNDATION™ fieldbus industrial digital communications standard.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Pricing of Secondary Public Offering
BURLINGTON, Mass — September 23, 2010— Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced the pricing of its secondary public offering of 18,000,000 shares of common stock at   (read more...)
AspenTech Customers Braskem and Transpetro Present Best Practices in Process Optimization at Rio Oil & Gas 2010 Conference
BURLINGTON, Mass — September 20, 2010— Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN) a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that customers Braskem and Transpetro presented best practices   (read more...)
Experience first hand maximum safety and profitability
(17-9-2010): At the exhibition HET Instrument in Amsterdam HIMA Benelux presents solutions which offer maximum safety and process availability.   (read more...)
Axens & Orbeo team up to combine their services in energy efficiency
September 15, 2010 - Axens and Orbeo have signed an agreement to form an alliance and offer their clients a single-source solution for improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.   (read more...)
Emerson launches remote controller for liquid hydrocarbons
HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 15, 2010) -- Emerson Process Management has released the ROC800L liquid hydrocarbon remote controller. Designed to measure and control a wide range of liquid hydrocarbons including crude oil, refined products, specialty products, lubricating oils, and light hydrocarbon   (read more...)
Cause Of Chemical Plant Fire Still Unkown
Sep 13,2010: ROEBUCK, S.C. -- Dozens of firefighters responded to a fire at the Hexion Specialty Chemicals in Roebuck early Monday morning   (read more...)
Emerson provides reliable and cost saving shutdown protection for underground gas storage project in China
AUSTIN, TEXAS (September 13, 2010) -- China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has selected Bettis™ PressureGuard™ self-contained hydraulic shutdown systems from Emerson Process Management for installation on the Dazhangtou natural gas storage reservoir project in Tianjing, China   (read more...)
Emerson automates separations research facility
AUSTIN, TEXAS (September 10, 2010) – The Separations Research Program (SRP) pilot plant in Austin, Texas, has been completely upgraded using the latest digital automation technology from Emerson   (read more...)
Moving on… BP has some big ideas to avoid future disasters
September 8, 2010: BP’s Bly Report says there are several key areas where changes should be made in the future to avoid accidents like that on the Deepwater Horizon.   (read more...)
NORPAC Controls Ltd. joins forces with Spartan Controls Ltd.
September 03, 2010: We are pleased to announce that the business of NORPAC Controls Ltd. in British Columbia will be joining forces with Spartan Controls Ltd. Effective October 1st 2010. NORPAC will operate as NORPAC Controls, a division of Spartan Controls Ltd.   (read more...)
MathWorks Announces Release 2010b of the MATLAB And Simulink Product Families
NATICK, Mass. - (3 Sep 2010): NATICK, Mass. - (3 Sep 2010): MathWorks today announced Release 2010b (R2010b) of its MATLAB and Simulink product families. The expanded set of tools and features in this release   (read more...)
IPCOSAptitude India expands to new office
Cambridge UK, September 1st 2010: After 3 years in the business incubation centre in the SPIC IT Park in Chandigarh, IPCOSAptitude India is expanding and moving to a central location in the city.   (read more...)
Exida Releases New Alarm Management Tool
SELLERSVILLE, PA (August 31, 2010)—exida, a global supplier of functional safety and security products, services, and certifications, has released SILAlarm™, an alarm rationalization tool designed to take the guesswork out of alarm system design.   (read more...)
OSHA Fines Louisiana Refinery $173K
August 26, 2010: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to Calumet Shreveport Lubricants & Waxes LLC in Shreveport, La., for 22 alleged serious violations and two alleged repeat violations of federal health and safety regulations. Penalties total $173,000.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Expands the UTAdvanced® Controller
Tokyo, Japan - August 26, 2010: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of three additions to the UTAdvanced® controller series: the UP55A and UP35A program controllers and the UM33A digital indicator with alarms. Completing the UTAdvanced series, these new products give our customers   (read more...)
ANSYS Ranked on FORTUNE 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List for Second Consecutive Year
PITTSBURGH, Aug 24, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) has been ranked number 39 on the 2010 FORTUNE 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list. The ranking includes ANSYS as the sole provider of product development software, a recognition that underscores the strategic value of engineering simulation as well as the ANSYS leadership position in this growing and critical market. This is the second consecutive year that ANSYS has been included in the elite FORTUNE grouping.   (read more...)
Exida Certifies Emerson Deltav SIS™ For Safety per IEC 61508
SELLERSVILLE, PA (August 23, 2010)—exida, a global supplier of functional safety products, services, and certifications, has certified the product reliability and the design and engineering processes for the Emerson DeltaV SIS process safety system as Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 capable per IEC 61508.   (read more...)
A brief discussion over safety costs in new enterprises
Friday, August 20, 2010 The starting point of a new industrial plant concerning the levels of reliability required to keep the process under a defined tolerable risk is a challenge most contractors company face.  
GSE Systems Announces Second Quarter 2010
Sykesville, Maryland, August 9, 2010--GSE Systems, Inc. (GSE) (NYSE Amex – GVP), a leading global provider of real-time simulation and training solutions to the power, process, manufacturing and Government sectors,   (read more...)
Safety Lifecycle Tool Excitement at exida
I hope everybody is enjoying their summer, getting some vacation time in and relaxing with friends and family. At exida the nice weather has surely given us extra   (read more...)
Geek Dad Author Ken Denmead to Appear at OSIsoft vCampus Live! 2010
San Leandro, CA – August 5, 2010 – OSIsoft, LLC, the leader in real-time data infrastructure solutions, today announced that blogger and engineer Ken Denmead, author of Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share   (read more...)
MiMiC OPC Express Interface (Xi) Client SIO Driver
August 5th, 2010: Product Family: MiMiC Simulation Category: Product Bulletins SKU: MM3-2110 Printer Friendly E-mail Page Download PDF The MiMiC OPC Express Interface (Xi) Client SIO Driver provides real-time IO signal simulation for process automation systems that have an OPC Express Interface (Xi) Server.   (read more...)
OSIsoft Launches PI System® 2010
San Leandro, CA – August 4, 2010 – OSIsoft, LLC, the leader in real-time data infrastructure solutions for management of real-time data and events, today announced   (read more...)
Two dead, two hurt in Spain refinery fire -Cepsa
MADRID Aug 4 (Reuters) - Two people died and another was injured in a fire on Wednesday at the Huelva refinery in Spain run by oil firm Cepsa (CEP.MC: Quote), a company official said.   (read more...)
Technology Donation Supports Uzbekistan’s “Year of Harmoniously Developed Generation” State Program
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, August 2, 2010 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) demonstrated its support of Uzbekistan’s “Year of Harmoniously Developed Generation” state program by donating technology for the boarding school of the city of Samarqand, an orphanage housing approximately 150 Uzbekistani children.   (read more...)
ASM Consortium Wraps Up Quarterly Meeting, Maintains Focus on Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Environmental Impact
PHOENIX, August 02, 2010 – Process safety and environmental impact took center stage at the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium’s 2010 Quarterly Review Meeting, held at the University of California at Los Angeles.   (read more...)
ICONICS Announces the Release of OPC Server Suite V5.3
Foxborough, MA — July 30, 2010 — Today, ICONICS a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner of the Year and provider of Web-enabled, OPC-based, HMI/SCADA Visualization and Manufacturing Intelligence software for Microsoft Windows operation systems, announced the release of their OPC Server Suite Version 5.3.   (read more...)
Dell and HP to Certify and Resell all Three Oracle Operating Systems – Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM – on their x86 Server Com
Redwood Shores, Calif. – July 29, 2010: Oracle today announced Dell and HP will certify and resell Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle VM on their respective x86 platforms.   (read more...)
Rockwell Automation’s Emergency-Stop Push Buttons Earn TÜV Safety Certification
23 July, 2010: Rockwell Automation recently earned TÜV certification for the B10d Functional Safety rating on all styles of Allen-Bradley emergency-stop push buttons. This safety certification allows users to take the certified safety product data and include these products in calculating   (read more...)
ConocoPhillips cancels Wilhelmshaven refinery upgrade in Germany
July 22, 2010: The cancellation of the upgrade project at Whilhelmshaven is in-line with the company’s initiative to downsize its downstream projects. ConocoPhillips may even consider selling the refinery.   (read more...)
Sirius@Max - APC for Stamicarbon urea plants
July 20, 2010: Sirius@Max is the result of the combination of Stamicarbon’s leading Urea process knowledge and IPCOS’ state-of-the-art Advanced Process Control (APC) technology called INCA, specifi cally designed for Stamicarbon Urea plants.   (read more...)
Costas Pantelides admitted as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
19 July 2010: Professor Costas Pantelides, Managing Director of PSE and the architect of the gPROMS software, was last week elected a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering.   (read more...)
FAT successfully completed for TANEKO Nijnekamsk refinery project (Tatarstan, Russia)
16 July, 2010: Modcon Systems awarded turnkey project for crude distillation unit process analyzers system. Scope of supply in this project includes magnetic resonance, near-infrared, laser and impedance measurement technologies. Analyzers systems shall be supplied installed   (read more...)
AspenTech Announces Availability of 7.2 Release of aspenONE V7
BURLINGTON, Mass — July 13, 2010— Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced the availability of the 7.2 release of aspenONE software. Building   (read more...)
Continental Carbon Company Awards Real Time Performance Monitoring Project to Ingenious Inc
HOUSTON (July 12, 2010) – Continental Carbon Company (“CCC”) announced today that it has awarded Ingenious Inc a project to develop a real time performance monitoring (“RPM”) system for CCC’s carbon black manufacturing plant located in Ponca City, Okla.   (read more...)
Continental Carbon Company Awards Real Time Performance Monitoring Project to Ingenious Inc
HOUSTON (July 12, 2010) – Continental Carbon Company (“CCC”) announced today that it has awarded Ingenious Inc a project to develop a real time performance monitoring (“RPM”) system for CCC’s carbon black manufacturing plant located in Ponca City,   (read more...)
Emerson Selected as Main Automation Contractor for Shell floating LNG facility
Austin, Texas (July 9, 2010) -- Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), announced today that it has been appointed by Technip Samsung Consortium to serve as Main Automation Contractor   (read more...)
ORTEC TSS: Xavi – Spain’s man of the match
July 08, 2010: Based on the In the match against Germany, Spain kept the upper hand throughout most of the game. The Spanish team not only dominated their opponent’s half of the pitch, but also came out an average of 2 points   (read more...)
Intergraph Announces Agreement to be Acquired by Hexagon AB
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., July 7, 2010 -- Intergraph Corp., a leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Hexagon AB, a leading global measurement technology company, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.125 billion.   (read more...)
Texas City Showed We Still Don't Learn from Experience
07/06/2010:Delivering the keynote address at Curvaceous Software's customer forum in the U.K. last month, former Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium program director Ian Nimmo showed how the same conclusions had been drawn from the investigations into the   (read more...)
PSE releases gPROMS Solids process modelling environment
02 July 2010: Developed in conjunction with Procter & Gamble, gPROMS Solids provides an integrated drag & drop graphical flowsheeting environment for model-based engineering and optimisation of solids processes.   (read more...)
Sim Infosystems/OSC/Yokogawa France holds Kickoff meeting with Hassi Messaoud LPG plant, Algeria for LPG plant OTS.
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OSIsoft Announces Participation in SAP EcoHub Solution Marketplace
San Leandro, CA – June 30, 2010 – OSIsoft, LLC, the leader in real-time data infrastructure solutions, today announced its participation in the SAP® EcoHub solution marketplace  
Risk Solver Platform V10.0 Supports 64-Bit Excel 2010 Server Applications of Optimization and Simulation
INCLINE VILLAGE, NV -- June 30, 2010 -- Frontline Systems is shipping Risk Solver Platform V10.0 for Microsoft Excel, the latest version of its integrated product featuring Monte Carlo simulation for risk analysis, optimization for resource allocation   (read more...)
Honeywell helps Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company Boost National Gsa Supply to Drive Domestic and Industrial Growth
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, June 30, 2010 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it has been selected to help Abu Dhabi Gas Development Company Ltd achieve safe and efficient production at the Shah Gas Development Project, which is expected to significantly increase   (read more...)
New Integrity Recon Software Improves Security and Reliability
Systems Houston, TX – June 29, 2010 – PAS, a leading supplier of software products and consulting services to the processing industries worldwide, announces the release of Integrity Recon software, which improves the reliability of automation   (read more...)
MathWorks Simulink PLC Coder Certified By TÜV SÜD
NATICK, Mass. - (28 Jun 2010) MathWorks today announced the TÜV SÜD certification of Simulink PLC Coder. TÜV SÜD assessed Simulink PLC Coder as suitable for development processes that must comply with IEC 61508-3 and its process industry adaptation, IEC 61511-1. As a result,  
HONEYWELL COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF MATRIKON
LONDON, June 28, 2010 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Matrikon for approximately $139 million USD (approximately $144 million CAD). Matrikon will be integrated with the Advanced Solutions business of Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS). Matrikon’s open connectivity in process control business, MatrikonOPC, will operate as a separate business entity within HPS.   (read more...)
ICONICS Announces the Release of Hyper Historian V10.5
Foxborough, MA — June 24, 2010 — Today, ICONICS a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner of the Year and provider of Web-enabled, OPC-based, HMI/SCADA Visualization and Manufacturing Intelligence software for Microsoft Windows operation systems, announced the release of Hyper Historian V10.5.   (read more...)
gPROMS v3.3: making high-fidelity models available to process engineers
24 June 2010:gPROMS v3.3 continues PSE's philosophy of advancing the frontiers of process modelling while simultaneously making powerful tools more and more accessible to process engineers   (read more...)
Oracle® Application Express Release 4.0 Now Available
Redwood Shores, CA – June 23, 2010 News Facts To further streamline the development of database-centric Web applications, Oracle introduced Oracle® Application Express Release 4.0..   (read more...)
Gulf of Mexico oil well disaster - Interactive Guide
The cost of cleaning up the oil spillage in the Gulf of Mexico now runs into billions of dollars, according to BP estimates   (read more...)
ICONICS Announces the Release of GENESIS64 V10.5
Foxborough, MA — June 17, 2010 — Today, ICONICS a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner of the Year, and provider of Web-enabled, OPC-based, HMI/SCADA Visualization and Manufacturing Intelligence software for Microsoft Windows® operating systems, announced the release of GENESIS64™ v10.5.   (read more...)
Excel 2010 Solver Offers More Power for Optimization
INCLINE VILLAGE, NV -- June 16, 2010 -- The Solver feature in Excel 2010, now available in retail outlets as part of Microsoft Office 2010, is enhanced to solve the full spectrum of optimization problems, from simple linear programming to complex Excel models that require genetic algorithm methods.   (read more...)
OSHA: Refineries Ignore Safety, Workers Die
June 14: 6 refinery workers at the Kleen Energy plant in Connecticut; and 7 refinery workers at the Tesoro Corp refinery in Washington State.   (read more...)
Honeywell's Experion To Help Maintain Safe And Efficient Operations For World's Longest Gas Pipeline
BEIJING, June 14, 2010 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has been selected to provide the control and safety systems for the world’s longest gas pipeline. The 8,704-kilometer West-to-East II pipeline is the second of two massive pipelines to be constructed to transport fuel from energy-rich western China   (read more...)
Four hurt in Tokyo Gas plant fire
Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 YOKOHAMA (Kyodo): Four workers were seriously burned in a fire Thursday morning at a Tokyo Gas Co. plant in Yokohama, local police said.   (read more...)
New Triconex Safety System Modules from Invensys Enhance System Response Time and Analytics for Rotating Equipment
JUNE 10, 2010 / PLANO, TEXAS - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, today announced the availability of version 2.1.1 of its Triconex® Trident™ safety system. The   (read more...)
ASM CONSORTIUM RELEASES PROCEDURAL GUIDELINES BASED ON RESEARCH AND INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICES
PHOENIX, June 10, 2010 – The Abnormal Situation Management (ASM®) Consortium has released the third in its series of best-practice publications based on 15 years of research in the prevention of abnormal situations. Effective Procedural Practices is written for operations managers   (read more...)
IPCOS Announces Release of INCA Suite 10.1
June 7th, 2010: Today, IPCOS announced the release of its INCA Suite 10.1, the revolutionary new version of the suite of IPCOS products aimed at providing customers with state-of-the-art control solutions. This new release of the INCA Suite introduces INCA Discovery4Batch, the innovative modelling package for batch control applications. INCA Discovery4Batch will   (read more...)
New release of the LIBrary for Process Flowsheeting
June 2nd 2010, LIBPF 0.9 was released, 20 months after release 0.8. The key improvements are: •Extensive testing and optimization of the calculation kernel;   (read more...)
Yokogawa's FOUNDATION™ fieldbus Engineering Tool Improves Efficiency
Tokyo, Japan - June 2, 2010: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that on June 3 it will release an enhanced version of the STARDOM™ Network-based Control System with upgraded engineering functionality. A new engineering tool facilitates the construction of field digital communications networks   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) R3.05
Tokyo, Japan – June 1, 2010: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of the R3.05 upgrade to Plant Resource Manager (PRM®), an integrated device management software package that can be used to centrally manage, monitor, and diagnose plant field devices.   (read more...)
Metso’s new technology center inaugurated in Shanghai, China
Metso Corporation’s press release on May 28, 2010 at 12:00 a.m. local time Metso’s biggest recent investment in China – a technology center specialized in automation solutions - was inaugurated in Shanghai on Friday, May 28. The ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic of Finland, Tarja Halonen.   (read more...)
Emerson’s Smart Wireless network delivers improved furnace operations
AUSTIN, TX (May 27, 2010) – Emerson Process Management’s Smart Wireless network is helping deliver improved furnace operation and safety at Ternium Siderar’s   (read more...)
MiMiC v3.3 Makes Development of Dynamic Simulations Easier, Quicker
May 24, 2010: MiMiC Advanced Modeling Objects, released in MiMiC v3.3, are a set of rigorous first-principles, dynamic models of process plant unit operations designed for high-performance simulations for operator training or automation system testing   (read more...)
Invensys Wins Multi-million Dollar Contract to Upgrade Distributed Control System at Malaysia LNG Plant
MAY 18, 2010/SINGAPORE – Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology, software solutions and consulting services to the process and manufacturing industries, has signed, US $12.4 million   (read more...)
Centrica Selects OSIsoft® Meter Data Unification System
ORLANDO, Fla.–(May 17, 2010) OSIsoft® (www.osisoft.com) today announced that Centrica, a top 30 FTSE100 company with growing energy businesses in the U.K. and North America, has successfully launched a smart metering pilot project using the OSIsoft Meter   (read more...)
Oracle Announces Immediate Availability of the Latest Release of MySQL Enterprise
Redwood Shores, Calif. – May 17, 2010 News Facts Continuing its investment in MySQL, Oracle today announced the immediate availability of the latest release of MySQL Enterprise, a comprehensive offering of production support, monitoring tools, and MySQL database software.   (read more...)
Honeywell Agrees To Acquire Matrikon Inc.
LONDON, May 13, 2010 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it has signed an agreement valued at approximately $142 million USD (approximately $145 million CAD) to acquire Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), a company specializing in software that helps industrial manufacturers operate their plants safely   (read more...)
Emerson Opens $30 Million Global Innovation Centre
May 11, 2010: Emerson Process Management has opened the state-of-the-art Emerson Innovation Centre in Marshalltown, Iowa. This $30 million investment is designed to help customers tackle the toughest engineering challenges facing today’s process manufacturing and energy industries.  
2010 MBI Prizes open for submissions
05 May 2010: We are pleased to announce the opening of the 2010 PSE Model-Based Innovation (MBI) prize for submissions.   (read more...)
New Version of Software Facilitates Process Safety Management Compliance
Houston, TX – May 4, 2010 – PAS, a leading supplier of software products and consulting services to the processing industries worldwide, announces the release of PlantState Suite Version 6.5. PlantState Suite is the most comprehensive alarm management and control loop optimization software on the market today, enabling improved plant safety and productivity.   (read more...)
Matrikon launches industry-specific data delivery devices
Edmonton, Alberta – May 3, 2010 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), a leading provider of industrial performance monitoring solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of their Matrikon Industrial™ line of Intelligent Automation Data Gateways. These gateways combine assured data delivery, connectivity and secure access control in a simple, low-maintenance device.   (read more...)
CFE Media LLC has purchased assets of Control Engineering, Plant Engineering and Consulting Specifying Engineer
Oak Brook, IL, April 30, 2010 —CFE Media LLC today announced the acquisition of the Plant Engineering, Control Engineering and Consulting-Specifying Engineer publishing assets from Reed Business Information. Financial terms were not disclosed.   (read more...)
Breakthrough Solution from Invensys Advances Industrial Cyber Security
APRIL 30, 2010/PLANO, TEXAS - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing   (read more...)
Business as usual at Control Engineering Europe
18 April 2010: Reed Elsevier has announced the closure of its US title Control Engineering and its web site with effect from the end of April 2010. Control Engineering Europe is a magazine owned by IML Group PLC in the UK and is unaffected by this decision. We will continue to publish the print magazine following our   (read more...)
A call to action – putting engineering at the heart of Britain’s future
16 April, 2010 (UK): As the country strives to emerge from recession, and with a general election imminent, it is time for professional engineers to play their part in making the case that engineering is, and must be seen to be, at the heart of our national success.   (read more...)
Control Engineering has closed
No additional print issues will be published, and this web site will close on April 30, 2010. RBI Staff -- Control Engineering, 4/16/2010 Our parent company, Reed Elsevier, announced in July of 2009 its intentions to substantially exit its Reed Business Information-US publishing business, while retaining specific businesses. Over the past several months, multiple publishing brands were divested. As of April 16, 2010, the remaining publishing brands and their associated products and services have closed.   (read more...)
New paper: How Best Practices in Control can help Sustaining Operational Excellence
The paper was presented by Edwin Weetink at the Petronas Urea and Ammonia Conference PUAC 2010, Penang, Malaysia   (read more...)
Emerson Ranked No.1 In Survey Of Process Automation Users
AUSTIN, TEXAS (April 14, 2010) - Emerson Process Management, an Emerson (NYSE:EMR) global business, has again earned top rankings in CONTROL magazine's annual 2010 Readers Choice survey of process automation users. This marks the 17th consecutive year that Emerson products were chosen first in more product categories than any competitor.   (read more...)
Refiners Still Weak on Process Safety, Charges USW
PR Newswire PITTSBURGH, April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The United Steelworkers (USW) disputes the oil industry's claim that oil refineries are doing a lot to address safety issues. "If this is such a safe industry, why did five workers die at Tesoro in Anacortes April 2?" asked USW Vice President Gary Beevers, who heads the union's oil sector. "Why do we see accidents, releases and near misses almost daily? Why are so many refineries failing OSHA's National Emphasis Program (NEP) inspections? Why not open the Voluntary Protection Program sites to NEP inspections?"   (read more...)
Three hurt in Baton Rouge refinery fire: Exxon
Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:08pm EDT (Reuters) - A flash fire at Exxon Mobil's Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery broke out on Wednesday, sending three workers to the hospital, according to a spokeswoman for the company   (read more...)
AVL Develops Combustion Controller With MathWorks Tools
NATICK, Mass. - (13 Apr 2010): MathWorks today announced that AVL LIST GmbH, the world's largest privately owned company for the development of powertrain systems, has developed a real-time combustion controller using Model-Based Design. With MathWorks tools, AVL reduced development time by approximately 50% compared to implementation using manual programming.   (read more...)
Oracle Announces MySQL Cluster 7.1
Calif. – April 13, 2010: Delivers Enhanced High Availability, Simplified Management and Accelerated Development for Java Applications Redwood Shores, News Facts Demonstrating its investment in MySQL development, Oracle today announced the latest release of MySQL Cluster.   (read more...)
Bill Trout Tapped to Lead Refining Studies for Solomon Associates
DALLAS, April 7, 2009 – Solomon Associates, the leading performance improvement company for the global energy industry, today announced that Bill Trout has been promoted to manager of refining studies. In this role, Trout will direct the company’s authoritative benchmarking studies for refiners, including the Worldwide Fuels Refinery Performance Analysis (Fuels Study) and the Worldwide Paraffinic Lube Refinery Performance Analysis (Lubes Study).   (read more...)
ENGlobal Acquires Control Dynamics International
7 April,2010: ENGlobal Corporation (NASDAQ:ENG), a leading provider of engineering and related project services, and Control Dynamics International, LP ("CDI"), an industry leader in advanced control solutions, announced today that ENGlobal's Automation segment has acquired selected assets of CDI, a privately-held automation firm based in Houston, Texas. CDI designs and manufactures industrial automation control systems primarily for the upstream energy industry and has annual revenues of approximately $5.0 million.   (read more...)
Including Polynomial Terms in Regression
March 30, 2010 4:11 PM There are times when the relationship between dependent and independent variables is not linear. In these cases it is useful to include polynomial terms to help explain the variance in our dependent variable. The polynomial terms are treated as main effects in our model, so an estimate and p-value will be calculated, and from these results we can determine if the curvature in the data that we see is statistically significant.   (read more...)
Emerson and LUKOIL sign multi-year agreement to modernize automation at several refining and petrochemical facilities
AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 26, 2010) – Emerson Process Management and LUKOIL Group, one of the world’s largest private oil companies, have signed an agreement to modernize 13 refining and petrochemical facilities in Russia and Eastern Europe  
Invensys signs licensing agreement with EMRE
22 March 2010: Invensys and ExxonMobil Research (EMRE) have joined forces in a deal that will allow Invensys to sub-license a suite of EMRE’s refinery process models to third parties. The suite of models will be delivered through Invensys Operations software using is ROMeo solution to enable clients to model and optimise process units.   (read more...)
New Performance Optimization Solution from Invensys Can Improve
MARCH 22, 2010/PLANO, TEXAS – Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems and software solutions to the process and manufacturing industries, today announced the release of its Refinery-wide Performance Optimization Solution.   (read more...)
Samsung Total Expects More Than $5M in Annual Savings from Deployment of aspenONE® Planning & Scheduling Software
BURLINGTON, Mass — March 16, 2010— Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that Samsung Total Petrochemicals Co., Ltd. (Samsung Total) has deployed   (read more...)
China's demand for oil jumped by an "astonishing" 28% in January
12 March 2010: China's demand for oil jumped by an "astonishing" 28% in January compared with the same month a year earlier, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says.   (read more...)
Honeywell Applies Virtualization Technology To Experion Solution
ChemicalProcessing.com March 11, 2010 Honeywell announced it is providing virtualization technology for its Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS). This technology is said to help manufacturers streamline Experion system management and lower the total cost of ownership by up to 30%.   (read more...)
GSE Systems Announces Fourth Quarter and
Sykesville, Maryland, March 11, 2010--GSE Systems, Inc. (GSE) (NYSE Amex – GVP), a leading global provider of real-time simulation and training solutions to the power, process, manufacturing and Government sectors, reported that revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2009 was $11.1 million, a 32% increase from the revenue reported for the three months ended December 31, 2008 of $8.4 million.   (read more...)
Marathon refinery to deploy wi-fi safety system
March 10, 2010: Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC plans to deploy a wireless gas detection system from Accenture at two units within Marathon’s 192,000-b/d refinery in Robinson, Ill.   (read more...)
Chevron to focus on Australian gas, sell Pembroke refinery, cut 2,000 jobs
March 9, 2010 Source: Chevron Chevron Corporation (CVX) enters the decade with an upstream portfolio of major capital projects that uniquely positions the company for future growth, executives said today at a meeting with financial analysts in New York. In the downstream business, executives highlighted plans to improve returns by aggressively lowering costs, exiting markets and streamlining the organization.   (read more...)
KBC and Hyperion Systems Sign an Exclusive Multi-Year Reseller Agreement
London, UK – (9 March 2010) – KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC) and Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd (Hyperion) announce the signing of an exclusive multi-year reseller agreement with Hyperion Systems to   (read more...)
BP fined $3m for safety flaws
US regulators are fining BP $3m after an inspection revealed more than 60 violations of safety practice at its refinery in Oregon.   (read more...)
The first container for TANEKO project has been shipped to Nijnekamask (Tatarstan, Russia)
Nijnekamsk, Russia 9 March, 2010 Modcon Systems awarded turnkey project for crude distillation unit process analyzers system. Scope of supply in this project includes magnetic resonance, near-infrared, laser and impedance measurement technologies. Analyzers systems shall be supplied installed in the special Analyzer Houses including air-conditioning   (read more...)
The MathWorks Announces Release 2010a of the MATLAB and Simulink Product Families
NATICK, Mass. - (5 Mar 2010) The MathWorks today announced Release 2010a (R2010a) of its MATLAB and Simulink product families. Key in this release are new streaming capabilities for signal processing and video processing in MATLAB, nonlinear solvers for standard and large-s   (read more...)
Objectivity, Inc. Named Sponsor of EclipseCon 2010
Sunnyvale, CA -- March 3, 2010 -- Eclipse Foundation announced today that Objectivity, Inc., the leader in distributed, scalable data management technology, was named a sponsor of its popular conference, EclipseCon 2010, which will take place March 22-25, 2010 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.   (read more...)
Best security company
March 02, 2010: IBM has been an industry leader for nearly 50 years, helping CxOs and IT professionals secure their corporate infrastructures with solutions that go beyond just collections of niche products. IBM's customers rely on the planet's most secure databases, applications   (read more...)
KONGSBERG Donates NOK 800 000 to Haiti
01.March.2010: The Kongsberg Group will donate NOK 800 000 to the Red Cross in support of their humanitarian work for the earthquake victims in Haiti. The campaign is a collaboration project between the employees and the management of KONGSBERG   (read more...)
Cisco is "Connected with Kepware"
RELEASE: Portland, ME February 23, 2010 — Kepware Technologies, the leader in Communications for Automation, announced today that Cisco has joined the "Connected with Kepware" program to deliver OPC based network monitoring and management drivers for use with their products.   (read more...)
Invensys Releases DYNSIM Medium Fidelity Simulation
DYNSIM Checkout medium-fidelity simulation (left) and associated I/A Series distributed control systems graphics (right).FEBRUARY 23, 2010/PLANO, TEXAS - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the process and manufacturing industries, today announced the availability of its SimSci-Esscor® medium-fidelity simulation solution, DYNSIM® Checkout.   (read more...)
STAMICARBON and IPCOS sign cooperation agreement for Advanced Process Control
Rome/Sittard/Leuven, 23 february 2010 - Maire Tecnimont, through its subsidiary Stamicarbon, and IPCOS NV of Belgium announce the signing of a cooperation agreement aimed at providing urea producers with IPCOS’ high-end Advanced Process Control and Optimization solutions.   (read more...)
IPCOSAptitude appoints BPC as partner and agent for Kuwait
17th February 2010: IPCOSAptitude announces the appointment of BPC as its partner and agent for the State of Kuwait. IPCOSAptitude is a UK-based company focusing on delivery of high-performance Advanced Process Control (APC) solutions and   (read more...)
BASF standardizes on Matrikon™ Control Performance Suite globally
Cologne, Germany – February 16, 2010: Matrikon Deutschland AG (a fully-owned subsidiary of Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK)) today announced that it has entered a license agreement with BASF SE,   (read more...)
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR NATIONAL MEDAL OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Washington – The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country’s highest award for technological achievement.   (read more...)
XpertRule Software announces release 9.0 of XpertRule Knowledge Builder
February 14, 2010: Release 9.0 is the most significant release of the XpertRule flagship Knowledge Builder product since Release 4.0 in 2001.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Selected by Shell as a Main Automation Contractor Establishing a New Alliance as Worldwide Partners
Tokyo, Japan - February 10, 2010: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has been selected by Shell as a main automation contractor (MAC) for integrated production control and safety instrumented systems, and that the two companies have signed a Global Framework Agreement (GFA).   (read more...)
Sunoco reports fire at Philadelphia refinery CDU
NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Sunoco Inc (SUN.N) said it extinguished a fire that broke out Tuesday in a crude oil unit pump at the Girard Point section of its 335,000-barrels-per-day Philadelphia refinery.   (read more...)
exida CERTIFIES HONEYWELL’S SAFETY MANAGER
SELLERSVILLE, PA (February 9, 2010) -- exida, a global supplier of functional safety and security services, engineering tools and certifications, has certified the communication security and robustness of Honeywell’s Experion® Safety Manager to the AchillesTM Level I evaluation standard.   (read more...)
Invensys Honored with Prestigious Service Award
FEBRUARY 09, 2010/PLANO, TEXAS – Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems and software solutions to process and manufacturing industries, today announced that its   (read more...)
La. refinery explosion closes environmental unit
Feb 6, 2010: SHREVEPORT, La. — A spokeswoman at the Calumet Specialty Product Partners refinery in Shreveport says an explosion shut down an environmental unit that cleans up residual gas. Fire Department safety chief Scott Wolverton says nobody was hurt and the explosion Friday did not start any fires.   (read more...)
Emerson, Shell sign breakthrough multi-year Global Framework Agreement for technologies & services
AUSTIN, TEXAS (February 5, 2010) -- Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), announced today it has entered into a 5-year Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with Shell to serve as a Main Automation Contractor (MAC) on future capital projects globally.  
AMT announces startup of Nippon AMT in Tokyo, Japan
Feb 3, 2010: Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), one of the largest independent APC service providers, today announced the startup of Nippon AMT in Tokyo, Japan. Commenting on this recent expansion, AMT's President Brendan Minter stated “AMT's goal is to be the APC service vendor of choice for customers worldwide including the Asia   (read more...)
ABB and IBM extend services agreement to globalize and leverage new technologies
Zurich, Switzerland – January 28 2010: ABB, the leading power and automation technology group (NYSE: ABB) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have signed a new agreement that will transform ABB’s Information Systems (IS) infrastructure across 17 countries in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. IBM will provide server and network management, as well as end user and help desk services for the majority of ABB’s IS infrastructure operations.  
Yokogawa Supports Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts
Tokyo, Japan – January 28, 2010: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it is making a two million yen donation to support relief efforts following the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on January 13.   (read more...)
AspenTech Expands Direct Presence in Russia and CIS; Ends Reseller Agreement with Hyperion Systems Engineering
BURLINGTON, Mass — January 27, 2010— Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced it has ended its reseller agreement with Hyperion Systems Engineering, and expanded to an exclusively direct sales model in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).   (read more...)
Petroleum Training Institute in Nigeria
RSI has been awarded two contracts of standard simulators (upstream & LNG and refining) for the Petroleum Training Institute in Efurun, Delta State, Nigeria   (read more...)
HONEYWELL ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO SHELL’S OPERATOR ROUNDS TECHNOLOGY TO EXTEND OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE TO THE FIELD WORKER
PHOENIX, Jan. 13, 2010 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it has acquired rights to technology developed by Shell Global Solutions (Shell) for gathering field data and helping industrial plants to safely increase production while reducing maintenance and operating costs.   (read more...)
Visiant Pimsoft acquires OSIsoft Sigmafine
San Leandro, CA – (January 12, 2010) OSIsoft®, provider of the PI System®, the industry-standard enterprise infrastructure for management of time-series data and events, today announced that Visiant Pimsoft, a leading provider of production accounting and material tracking solutions and   (read more...)
Matrikon(TM) releases record results for the first quarter of fiscal 2010Matrikon(TM) releases record results for the first quarter of fiscal 2010
■Board of directors declares quarterly dividend of $0.03 per common share Edmonton, Alberta - January 11, 2010 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 which ended November 30, 2009.   (read more...)
Emerson and Optimal join forces to produce a full PAT solution for Life Sciences Industries
AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 14, 2010) -- Emerson Process Management and Optimal Industrial Automation Ltd have formed an alliance that integrates Optimal’s synTQ® PAT data management package with Emerson’s PlantWeb® digital plant architecture.   (read more...)
Mustang Automation and Control Named System Integrator of the Year by Control Engineering
HOUSTON, January 5, 2010 – Mustang has been named Control Engineering magazine’s 2010 System Integrator of the Year in the more than $50 million annual revenue category. The competition recognizes the system integration companies that demonstrate a high level of technical expertise, business skills and customer satisfaction.   (read more...)
Mustang Automation and Control President Don Colchin Announces Retirement; Richard Seale Named His Successor
HOUSTON, January 5, 2010 – Mustang announces the retirement of Don Colchin, president of Mustang’s Automation and Control business unit, effective December 31, 2009. Richard Seale, manager of projects for the business unit, will succeed Colchin as president at that time. In his new role, Seale will be responsible for the business unit’s operations, long-term strategic growth plans, safety performance and customer delivery.   (read more...)
LG Chem Saves $4M Annually Using AspenTech’s aspenONE® Advanced Process Control Solution
BURLINGTON, Mass — January 05, 2010— Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK) today announced that LG Chem's deployment of aspenONE Advanced Process Control has resulted in $4 million of annual operational savings, while also helping the chemical company achieve its operational excellence goals.   (read more...)
Invensys’ Peter Martin Honored
Dec 30, 2009 Story Tools | More For years, Peter Martin has espoused the benefits of taking the automation principles of the plant floor and applying them to the business processes of the enterprise.   (read more...)
PIDTutor Releases Split-Range Control Book
(December 21, 2009) : PIDTutor has released a book covering all aspects of split-range control. The book is designed to help technicians and engineers to implement and troubleshoot split-range control application   (read more...)
M3 Technology Announces Strategic Expansion Plans for Europe
M3 announced the next phase in support of its growth strategy. M3 Tech will open an office in London, England on September 21, 2009. Dr. Dong, Chairman and CEO of M3 Technology, said “The opening of our office in London, to support our growth throughout Europe, marks a milestone in our ability to be more responsive to our customers.”   (read more...)
exida CERTIFIES RGS E*3 series solenoid valves
SELLERSVILLE, PA (December 10, 2009) -- exida, a global supplier of functional safety and security services, engineering tools and certifications, has certified the design and engineering processes for RGS Electro-Pneumatics Ltd. E*3 Series solenoid valves as suitable for applications up to and including SIL 3 per IEC 61508 Parts 1 and 2.   (read more...)
Invensys Unveils SimSci-Esscor VISUAL FLOW 5.3
DECEMBER 08, 2009/PLANO, TEXAS - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the process and manufacturing industries, today announced the newest release of the SimSci-Esscor® VISUAL FLOW fluid simulation software for the design and rating of flares and relief networks.   (read more...)
AIMMS 3.10 FR3 preview of new features
December 7, 2009: Haarlem (The Netherlands) - Today, Paragon Decision Technology has published a preview of the new features which will be present in the AIMMS 3.10 Feature Release 3. aarlem (The Netherlands) - Today, Paragon Decision Technology has published a preview of the new features which will be present in the AIMMS 3.10 Feature Release 3.   (read more...)
Unrivaled Integration of Invensys EAM and Microsoft Dynamics Solution Reduces Downtime, Costs and Risk
DECEMBER 01, 2009/PLANO, TEXAS - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the process and manufacturing industries, today announced that its flagship Avantis.PRO™ enterprise asset management (EAM) software is now more tightly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics® AX™ enterprise   (read more...)
KBC and ISS Sign a Multi-Year Global Performance Management Solutions Agreement
Nov 25, 2009: KBC Advanced Technologies plc (KBC) and ISS Group Limited (ISS) announce the signing of a non-exclusive, multi-year, global agreement to jointly provide performance management solutions to the refining and petrochemical industry.   (read more...)
Gas Natural Adopts SmartSignal Predictive Diagnostics Fleet-Wide
Lisle, Ill, USA. November 24, 2009 — SmartSignal® Corporation today announced that Gas Natural has selected SmartSignal EPI*Center® software to monitor 22 combined cycle units and six coal power units, responsible for 10,774 MW of power generation, across Spain and Mexico.   (read more...)
Rockwell Automation Sponsors Development of Open-Source Software Stack
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 18, 2009 — Rockwell Automation announced that it is supporting the release of a free, open-source EtherNet/IP software stack for I/O adapter devices developed by the Vienna University of Technology. Designed to connect a wide range of   (read more...)
Metso reduces and temporarily lays off personnel in Pori, Finland
November 17, 2009: Metso has concluded the employee negotiations regarding their unit in Pori, Finland on November 16, 2009. As a result of the negotiation process initiated on September 30, 2009 a total of 80 persons in regular employment   (read more...)
China's Fujian refining and petrochemical facility comes online
Nov 11, 2009: QUANZHOU, FUJIAN PROVINCE, China--ExxonMobil and its partners, Sinopec, Fujian Province and Saudi Aramco, today celebrated the full operation of China’s first integrated refining and petrochemical facility with foreign participation. This facility, the Fujian Integrated Refining and Ethylene Joint Venture Project, will help meet the region’s growing need for fuels and chemical products.   (read more...)
New PAS Solution for Disaster Recovery Dramatically Reduces Automation System Downtime after a Disaster
Houston, TX – November 11, 2009 – PAS, a leading provider of automation and operational effectiveness solutions to process industries worldwide, is now providing an automation disaster recovery solution comprised of Integrity™ Software and expert services to facilitate timely restoration of power and processing plants to commission in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.   (read more...)
Oil and Gas jobs could flow from Australia
Last year job seekers were firmly in the driver’s seat of a skills-short market. While the current employment situation is relatively calm, we could very well be in the eye of the storm.   (read more...)
Online demos AptiTune and INCA Discovery
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IPCOS and Naizak Global Engineering Systems renew partnership agreement
Nov 10th, 2009 IPCOS and Naizak Global Engineering Systems, a subsidiary of Al Abdulkarim Holding have renewed their partnership agreement for business development and joint project execution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain markets.   (read more...)
Axens Awarded Modernization Contract for Talara Refinery (Peru)
November 5, 2009 - Peruvian Oil Company Petroperú (Petroleos del Perú) and Axens have signed a first contract for the modernization of Talara, Petroperú’s largest refinery. The main objectives are the expansion of the refinery and the implementation of new units for higher quality products   (read more...)
Methods & Tools SIG re-commissioned
Initially posted on October 30, 2009: On October 20, 2009, the CO-LaN Management Board has decided to re-commissioned the Methods & Tools Special Interest Group (SIG). Dr Bill Barrett from US Environmental Protection Agency has been designated as   (read more...)
Rockwell Automation to Release FY2009 Fourth Quarter Results
MILWAUKEE, Oct 26, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) is scheduled to release its FY2009 fourth quarter results on Monday, November 9, before the market opens. The release will be posted on the Rockwell Automation website at www.rockwellautomation.com.   (read more...)
Free OPC Server Simulators testing tool announced by Integration Objects
OcT 23, 2009 Integration Objects announced that it has released a free, plug and play solution for testing OPC Client applications: OPC Server Simulators. This tool allows users to test any third party OPC Client application using simulated data and messages.  
SUPCON Total Disaster Prevention System Helps LG Yongxing Achieve Swift Response to Emergencies
Oct 23,2009 - SUPCON has implemented a Total Disaster Prevention System for LG Yongxing Chemical Co., Ltd. The system will prevent unforeseen and adverse effects caused by both the plant environment and through the production.   (read more...)
SUPCON Completes Tech-Guidance Visit to Users on Lightening Protection
Oct 23,2009: SUPCON has completed Tech-Guidance Visit to users on September 8. Engineers from Product Service Department and experts of SUPCON Lightening Protection Center took the 2-week visit to give technical advices for plants that have experienced lightening-hidden disasters, and held seminars with them.   (read more...)
MAVERICK Technologies Selected to Integrate Microsoft Dynamics AX at Leading Plastics Manufacturer/Distributor
COLUMBIA, Ill., October 20, 2009 — MAVERICK Technologies, a global leader in enterprise integration, industrial automation and sustaining services, announced today that Cope Plastics has chosen the company to launch and oversee their game-changing ERP. MAVERICK, working with Microsoft Dynamics AX, will provide comprehensive stewardship during the integration process, including planning, implementation and ongoing consultation services.   (read more...)
IBM Announces New Software for Managing Data Centers
ARMONK, NY - 20 Oct 2009: IBM (NYSE:IBM) today introduced ground-breaking new software for managing data centers. The new technology has the potential to dramatically cut the cost of operations while speeding the deployment of new applications from weeks to minutes.   (read more...)
New advanced FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) Microscope
Date: 2009-Oct-19: With support from ”The Danish Council for Strategic Research” (Det strategiske forskningsråd - DSF) FORCE Technology has invested in a new advanced infrared spectrometer and imaging microscope – a so called Chemical Imaging microscope.   (read more...)
Shinskey's advice - Interaction among loops
Expertune Summary: Control loop nteracctions (not physically connected as in cascade)can take two forms   (read more...)
Alain RICORDEAU passed away
Initially posted on October 16, 2009 It is with a great sadness that CO-LaN Management Board learnt that Alain Ricordeau passed away on September 22nd after 8 months of illness. A number of representatives of CO-LaN members may remember having met him in Heidelberg on the occasion of the 4th CAPE-OPEN European Conference.   (read more...)
Infosys Honored with Oracle Titan Partner Award at Oracle® OpenWorld 2009
October 13, 2009: Infosys Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: INFY) today announced that it has been named a winner of a North America Oracle Titan Award during Oracle® OpenWorld 2009. Oracle has recognized their leading partners for outstanding solutions and business practices developed or delivered in fiscal year 2009.   (read more...)
Emerson completes design and construction of instrumentation, control and computer system upgrade at one of country’s largest water and wastewater tre
October 12, 2009 — Emerson Process Management announced today it has successfully completed the design and construction (Phase One) of a multi-year initiative to modernize the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s (DWSD) vast water and wastewater treatment complexes with its Ovation® control and SCADA solution.   (read more...)
ABB renews $2 billion credit facility
October 08 2009 – ABB today announced that it has renewed its $2 billion revolving credit facility in line with its strategy to ensure maximum financial flexibility.   (read more...)
News outside EXPO: T. Boone hikes oil, gas positions …
October 08 2009 Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens increased his long oil and natural gas position in recent weeks. “It’s not my personality to be short,” said the billionaire who has made his fortune investing in the oil sector.   (read more...)
Asset management encompasses everything
October 7 2009 Advanced process control (APC), energy control valves, and industrial solutions all contribute to and are important aspects of asset management, varied topics as they may seem   (read more...)
AspenTech Opens Middle East Office in Bahrain
October 06, 2009— Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced it has opened a Middle East office in Bahrain.   (read more...)
Emerson and Meridium combine their asset management expertise to create valuable new capabilities
October 5, 2009 - Emerson Process Management and Meridium today announced a unique partnership to deliver enhanced asset management capabilities to their customers in the process industries.   (read more...)
Greg Shinskey’s Advice Now Available in Real-Time
October 05 2009 World-renowned process control expert F. Greg Shinskey will soon be providing advice to hundreds of plants, in real-time.  ExperTune’s PlantTriage software has captured much of Mr. Shinskey’s process control knowledge in an on-line expert system.  The software takes real-time data from any control system, then applies Mr. Shinskey’s rules, giving an instant analysis of process, control, instrument, and control valve issues.    (read more...)
Invensys Operations Management Provides Dynamic Simulation for ConocoPhillips' E-Gas(tm) Technology
October 02 2009/PLANO, TEXAS - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the process and manufacturing industries, today announced that it has reached a multi-year agreement with ConocoPhillips, the third-largest integrated energy company in the United States, to provide dynamic simulation for the development of ConocoPhillips' proprietary E-Gas technology.   (read more...)
ASM Consortium releases alarm management guidelines
October 02 2009 Abnormal Situation Management Consortium releases publication based on 15 years of research that showcases best practices for alarm management as developed by process manufacturers.   (read more...)
Siemens merges 4 businesses into Siemens Industry; Dulaney leads
October 01 2009,Siemens Energy & Automation Inc., Siemens Transportation Systems Inc., Siemens Building Technologies Inc. and Siemens VAI Services, LLC will merge. Siemens appointed Daryl D. Dulaney as president and CEO of Siemens Industry Inc.   (read more...)
Microsoft Dynamics AX bolts on Fullscope process manufacturing
September 30 2009 Microsoft's aecquisition of tphe Fullscope entertprise syestem is being billmed as evidence of tbhe softeware giant's rcoverage of the manufacturing sector, now including the process industries.   (read more...)
OSIsoft Launches Russian Presence at Moscow Festivities
September 29 marked the formal launch of an OSIsoft presence in Moscow—and throughout Russia. The event was followed by the first OSIsoft Regional Seminar.  
Emerson forms Human Centered Design Institute to drive Ease of Use into new product development
September 28, 2009- Signaling an important change in technology trends, Emerson is making process control technology easier to use with its introduction of the Human Centered Design Institute.   (read more...)
Knovel Forms Editorial Advisory Board
September 22, 2009 – Knovel, a provider of online technical information and tools that delivers trusted answers to engineers, today announces the formation of its Editorial Advisory Board.   (read more...)
Energy Efficiency Improvement Program for SIR Refinery
September 21, 2009 Axens and Orbeo completed a joint study of the SIR Refinery in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to improve its energy efficiency. The study focused on identification of greenhouse gas emission reduction possibilities. Some projects have been identified as potentially eligible for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol.   (read more...)
Mustang Announces New Global Automation Agreement with Chevron
September 17 2009 HOUSTON - Mustang, part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), has been selected as a main automation contractor for Chevron’s Global Upstream business units in an agreement signed recently between Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Mustang.   (read more...)
AspenTech Wins Chemical Processing Readers’ Choice Award
AspenTech Receives 40% More Votes Than Honeywell in Process Simulation BURLINGTON, Mass — September 14, 2009— Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced it has won Chemical Processing Magazine’s 2009 Readers’ Choice Award for the ‘Process Simulation Software’ category.The award   (read more...)
Youtube - Dr. Cutler and history of [DMC] controller
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Yokogawa to Supply Operator Training System to Skangass Risavika LNG Plant in Tananger, Norway
2009 Press Releases-14 Tokyo, Japan - September 10, 2009 Yokogawa Norway has received an order to supply an operator training system (OTS) for a natural gas liquefaction plant that is being built in Tananger (near Stavanger), Norway.   (read more...)
Invensys to Provide OTS for World's Largest Integrated Liquefied LNG Plant
September 8, 2009 SINGAPORE - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the process and manufacturing industries, today announced that it has signed a five   (read more...)
Lightning shuts down refinery
7th September 2009 08:15 GMT A lightning strike on Friday afternoon caused blackout at Marifu refinery A lightning strike on Friday afternoon, which resulted in a blackout at Nippon Oil Corp's Marifu refinery in western Japan, caused the refinery to shut all its refining units, the company and local fire department told Reuters on Friday.   (read more...)
Petrochemical Plant In France Shut After Steam Leak
7 Spet,2009: LONDON (Dow Jones)--Ineos PLC's petrochemical facility at its Lavera plant in France was shut down over the weekend following a steam leak, the company said Monday.   (read more...)
Matrikon acquires Australian integration and automation company
Edmonton, Alberta - September 1, 2009 Matrikon (TSX:MTK) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Integration Automation and Control Pty Ltd. (IAC), a private Newcastle, Australia based company. Established in 2000, the 21 staff of IAC provide automation and information systems services to the Hunter Valley coal industry.   (read more...)
Matrikon acquires Australian integration and automation company
September 01 2009 Matrikon (TSX:MTK) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Integration Automation and Control Pty Ltd. (IAC), a private Newcastle, Australia based company. Established in 2000, the 21 staff of IAC provide automation and information systems services to the Hunter Valley coal industry.   (read more...)
CyboSoft Wins Two New Grants from Department of Energy
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., August 28, 2009 - CyboSoft today announced that it has recently received two new grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE):   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases PST Scheduler Software for Plant Resource Manager (PRM®)
Tokyo, Japan - August 20, 2009 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release on this date of PST Scheduler, an optional feature of the Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) device management package. PST Scheduler was developed through the Vigilant Integration Partners (VIP) Initiative*1 by Yokogawa and four world-leading valve suppliers: Dresser-Masoneilan, Flowserve, Metso, and Samson AG. Interoperability with the emergency shutdown (ESD) valves manufactured by these companies is assured, making   (read more...)
HONEYWELL COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF RMG GROUP
BRUSSELS, August 17, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it has completed the acquisition of the RMG GROUP (RMG Regel + Messtechnik GmbH and all of its subsidiaries, together RMG) for approximately $400 million USD. The acquisition strengthens Honeywell’s position in the high-growth clean energy industry, specifically natural gas.   (read more...)
Applied Manufacturing Technology (AMT) renews their AptiTuneTM Multivariable PID tuning software license with IPCOSAptitude Ltd.
Tune PID loops like the AMT professionals do Cambridge UK: Renowned process control experts, AMT, will continue to use the AptiTuneTM software to assist them in the design, development and tuning of advanced control and optimization systems in the refining, gas processing and chemical process industries.   (read more...)
USW walks out on safety talks
August 5, 2009 The union that represents the bulk of the nation’s oil refinery workers walked out of talks with oil industry representatives on worker safety issues stemming from federal findings in the 2005 explosion at the BP Texas City refinery that killed 15 people.   (read more...)
Matrikon awarded US $4.3 million contract to deliver network foundation for cyber security
July 23, 2009 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a US$4.3 million contract to implement the first stage of a major United States electricity producer’s North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) cyber security initiative.   (read more...)
MatrikonOPC announces global partnership with Shell for OPC Connectivity
July 17 Shell standardizes on MatrikonOPC for OPC Connectivity MatrikonOPC™, the world’s leading OPC vendor, today announced a formal partnership with the Shell Group for supply of OPC Connectivity Products.   (read more...)
AspenTech Wins Prestigious R&D 100 Award for Software Innovation
August 12, 2009— Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that AspenTech and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have received an R&D 100 Award for innovation in software from R&D Magazine.   (read more...)
ABB retains leading distributed control system market share worldwide for 2008
July 21, 2009-- In the newest version of ARC Advisory Group’s “Distributed Control Systems Worldwide Outlook,” study, ABB retained its leading worldwide market position in this core automation market.   (read more...)
IPCOS launches INCA Discovery
July 8th, 2009, Leuven,Today, IPCOS proudly announces the launch of their new model identification software, INCA Discovery. The new software will be used by Advanced Process Control (APC) professionals to analyse process data and build dynamic process models.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ releases results for the third quarter of 2009 and suspends quarterly dividend
July 7, 2009, Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2009 which ended May 31, 2009.   (read more...)
Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Pavilion Technologies
7 Jul 2009 — Based on its recent analysis of the air emission control market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Pavilion Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company, with the 2009 North American Frost & Sullivan Industry Innovation & Advancement of the Year Award. Pavilion Technologies leverages the skills of its development team, expert process designs, and cutting-edge patented technology to offer solutions that enhance the overall profitability of clients and maintain high quality standards for emissions regulatory compliance.   (read more...)
AspenTech Continues aspenONE® V7 Rollout with Introduction of Manufacturing & Supply Chain Release
July 7, 2009 -- Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today introduced aspenONE V7 Manufacturing & Supply Chain (MSC).   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Closure of FTC Investigation and Agreement to Modify Consent Decree
July 6, 2009 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that the Federal Trade Commission will close its civil investigation relating to a 2004 consent decree involving AspenTech and Honeywell International Inc.   (read more...)
Maarten Breckpot wins Besix Price with INCA based Master thesis on flood control
6 July 2009: IPCOS congratulates Maarten Breckpot of the K.U.Leuven for winning the Besix Award with his Master Thesis: "Flood control of the Demer with Model Predictive Control   (read more...)
Mustang Receives Chevron Safety Award
Jun 24 2009 HOUSTON, TEXAS – Mustang, part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), has received Chevron’s Gold Star Award for Safety Excellence, which recognizes contractors with outstanding safety records. To receive the award, Mustang had to meet strict criteria, including no lost-time incidents or recordable injuries in 2008, while working on Chevron’s El Segundo Refinery in California. Mustang provided the engineering, design, procurement and construction management services for a flare gas recovery project at the refinery, and completed the work during 1st quarter 2009.   (read more...)
Apex Optimisation picks up the PACE
19.June.2009: Apex Optimisation enjoys more success at the PACE magazine Zenith Awards ceremony held in Sydney at Darling Harbour on the 18th June 2009. Our joint entry with Santos entitled "Port Bonython Advanced Process Control Project" won   (read more...)
US Refinery Status: Delek US Shuts Texas Refinery SCOT Unit
14 June 2009The following table lists unplanned and planned production outages at U.S. refineries as reported by Dow Jones Newswires. The information is compiled from both official and unofficial refining sources and doesn't purport to be a comprehensive list.   (read more...)
Charles Johnston Joins Mustang's Advanced Process Control Group
12 June ,2009: HOUSTON – Mustang, part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), announces that Charles R. (Chuck) Johnston has joined its Automation and Control Business Unit as advanced process control specialist. In this role, he will be responsible for extending Mustang’s offering and expertise in advanced process control applications   (read more...)
UEILogger 2.0 now with Real Time Diagnostic View
11 June 2009: A major software upgrade to UEI’s (United Electronic Industries) Datalogger is now available from Adept Scientific. UEILogger 2.0’s new diagnostic display allows you to view data as it is acquired in real-time and gives you the flexibility to turn the display on and off at any time during a data logging application without any disruption in the data acquisition.   (read more...)
Valero says FCCU still running at St. Charles refinery
Wed Jun 10, 2009 For refinery outages in the new Reuters Oil Fundamentals Database see here or go to <OFD/INFO>.   (read more...)
Emerson’s new AMS® Suite release expands machinery monitoring with wireless vibration and advanced alarm management
June 8, 2009 – Emerson announces the release of AMS Suite: Machinery Health Manager 5.3, part of its industry-leading asset management software. The new AMS Machinery Manager release expands end-user machinery monitoring by adding Smart Wireless vibration, new autoplot capabilities and advanced alarm analysis and management.   (read more...)
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms’ PAC8000 Controllers Provides DCS Functionality and Increased Flexibility of Proficy Process Systems
6 JUN 2009: GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, announced the availability of its PAC8000 controllers. Proficy Process Systems with PAC8000 controllers presents customers with a flexible Distributed Control System (DCS). With a broad process control function block library, peer-to-peer communications between controllers, the ability to handle program   (read more...)
Automation Federation Participates in United States – European Union Roundtable Discussion on Economic Recovery
3 June 2009 - The Automation Federation was invited to participate in a United States – European Union Roundtable to discuss "Skills for Growth and Jobs in the Economic Recovery and Beyond."   (read more...)
Automation Federation and ISA Join In Presenting National Energy Policy Goals Proclamation to Congress
3 June 2009 - The Automation Federation and ISA joined nineteen other energy- and technology-oriented organizations in presenting a National Energy Policy Goals Proclamation to the 111th Congress.   (read more...)
OPC Lab Certified Products
June 2, 2009: The OPC Foundation has created a special page to highlight the vendors and products that have exceeded the expectations of the end users through their commitment to quality.   (read more...)
Predictive Emissions Monitoring for Regulatory Compliance
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Automation Federation Is Named as a Winner of the Managing Automation 2009 Progressive Manufacturing
28 May 2009 - The Automation Federation will be honored at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala on 11 June 2009, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, FL, for the development of the Automation Competency Model with the U.S. Department of Labor.   (read more...)
AspenTech Provides Microsoft’s Enterprise Sales Organization with Training on Process Optimization Best Practices
May 27, 2009 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK) today announced its lead role in training Microsoft’s Enterprise Sales Organization on process optimization best practices in Microsoft’s Industry Solution University (ISU) series.   (read more...)
AspenTech 2009 User Conference Draws Global Process Manufacturing Industry Leaders to Share Best Practices for Navigating Uncertain Economy
May 20, 2009 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK) today announced that AspenTech’s 2009 User Conference was attended by over 400 experts from 27 countries representing energy, chemical, engineering & construction, pharmaceutical and other process industry market segments. The AspenTech User Conference is the only event exclusively focused on best practices for optimizing process manufacturing. More than 100 customer presentations, panel discussions and case studies highlighted practical advice for navigating an uncertain economy.   (read more...)
ISO 9001:2008 Quality Certification
18 MAY 2009: Following the re-appraisal of our Quality Management System on 15th May 2009, Adept Scientific plc achieved accreditation to the requirements of ISO 9001:2008. The Company has been ISO 9000 certified since 15th May 2000.   (read more...)
Accident in chemical plant kills two
15 May 2009: Two people have been killed in an accident in a chemical plant near the port city of Flushing (Vlissingen). A third person was taken to hospital with respiratory problems. The three employees were working in a six metre deep oven. In the oven barrels containing fosfine, a highly toxic detergent, were stored.   (read more...)
Armenian Chemical Giant Rocked By Explosions
May 14 2009: YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–At least three people were killed and about two dozen others injured in two powerful explosions at Armenia’s largest chemical plant on Thursday.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Date of Selected Preliminary Fiscal 2009
May 7, 2009 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that the company will release selected preliminary financial results for its third quarter fiscal 2009, ended March 31, 2009, before the U.S. financial markets open on Friday, May 15, 2009.   (read more...)
Oil majors push ahead with capital expenditures
May 6 2009,Four major oil companies say they will continue with planned projects despite oil being a third the price it was last summer. They’ve gotten good at this “volatility” thing. A panel of oil companies, oil services, and analysts spoke Monday at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Selected Preliminary Financial Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2009
May 15, 2009 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced selected preliminary financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2009, ended March 31, 2009.   (read more...)
Rockwell Automation Announces Comprehensive Asset Performance
May 4, 2009 — Rockwell Automation Inc. today announced it now offers a comprehensive portfolio of innovative Asset Performance Management solutions designed to meet the changing needs of today’s oil and gas companies.   (read more...)
Mustang Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification for Quality Management System
May 4 2009: HOUSTON – Mustang, part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), announces the award of ISO 9001:2008 certification to its Upstream Business Unit for its quality management system. Approximately 900 Mustangers are assigned to Upstream projects throughout the organization. Certification was awarded following a rigorous audit by ABS Quality Evaluations, the certification auditing agency.   (read more...)
Emerson technologist to receive honor from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)
April 28, 2009 – The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE®) recognized Dr. Douglas White, a principal consultant for Emerson Process Management’s PlantWeb® Solutions Group, at their annual Spring meeting now under way in Tampa, Fla. Dr. White will receive the AIChE Fuels and Petrochemicals Division (FPD) award, one of two FPD annual awards, for his outstanding technological contributions to the advancement of these industries.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ releases results for the second quarter of 2009 and declares quarterly dividend
April 18, 2009 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2009 which ended February 28, 2009.   (read more...)
Matrikon(TM) clarifies trading halt and management cease trade order
April 16 2009 - Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK) has had trading in its shares halted by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada ("IIROC") prior to market open today as a result of an administrative error. Yesterday, Matrikon announced that a Management Cease Trade Order ("MCTO") had been granted by the Alberta Securities Commission ("ASC") due to the late filing of the second quarter financial statements and other related filings.   (read more...)
OPC Foundation Launches a new Blog for OPC Developers
The new blog will start with a series of posts which will walk developers through the basics of implementing UA. The blog posts will cover different technical topics and will allow someone to start implementing a UA application without needing to read the core specifications cover to cover.   (read more...)
IPS process simulation and modelling technology drives new EU-funded advanced biofuels project
APRIL 07, 2009/LONDON - Invensys Process Systems (IPS), a global technology, software and consulting firm, today announced that it has joined OPTFUEL, a European consortium researching the feasibility of using second-generation biofuels to power automobiles. Under the leadership of Volkswagen AG, the project will demonstrate “optimised fuels for sustainable transport” and pave the way for the large-scale production of second-generation transport biofuels based on wood and forestry residues.   (read more...)
IPS Helps Process Industry Fight Obsolescence
APRIL 02, 2009/PLANO, TEXAS - Invensys Process Systems (IPS), a global technology and consulting firm, today announced that it has joined with Trinity Integrated Systems, a U.K.-based provider of safety lifecycle management tools, to deliver a unique solution that protects and updates the critical control systems of its process industry clients. Utilizing Trinity’s award-winning software, IPS can migrate older versions of its Triconex® safety and critical control applications directly and automatically to the latest release of its Triconex application, preventing long-time clients’ systems from becoming obsolete   (read more...)
Wood Group Strengthens its Presence in Abu Dhabi
05 Mar 2009-International energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), is strengthening its operation in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with a move into a new office and the consolidation of the Abu Dhabi operations of IMV Projects (“IMV”) with Mustang. The Group’s world-leading subsea and pipeline engineering company, J P Kenny also operates in Abu Dhabi and will collaborate on key opportunities with the new Mustang organization in Abu Dhabi.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ announces late filing of second quarter 2009 Interim Financial Statements
Matrikon™ announces late filing of second quarter 2009 Interim Financial Statements Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), announces that it is not able to file its interim financial statements ("Interim Financial Statements"), management discussion & analysis ("MD&A") and certification of interim filings (the "Certifications") by the April 14, 2009 deadline. Matrikon expects to file the statements on April 24, 2009.   (read more...)
An alternative to hardware-based CEMS
March 2009,The Pavilion8 Software CEM from Pavilion Technologies, a Rockwell Automation Company, provides accurate measurement of NOX, CO, O2 and other emissions as an alternative to hardware-based Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS). Approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Predictive Emissions Monitoring System (PEMS), Software CEM provides real-time emissions monitoring through correlations with existing sensors, resulting in timely, accurate and reliable emissions information.   (read more...)
Rockwell Pavilion's Don Hart on how to ride out the economic cataclysm, and other stories...
2 Apr 2009 ... Rockwell Pavilion's Don Hart on how to ride out the economic cataclysm, and other stories... Category: Don Hart · Economy .   (read more...)
New functions in the NeuroModel 2.3 - Vista Edition
March 2008 The NeuroModel GDE (Graphic Data Editor) is designed to select or deselect Datasets of a given project or in the raw database. A simple drag and drop procedure in the validation scatter plot, causality X-T Graphic or the raw data histogram and it is done. The aim of the GDE is to describe the data by product grades, recipes or working point along with the termination of disturbances and transition phases. The mayor benefits are the enhanced prediction accuracy in multi-purpose and -product plants. Further the online implementation of setpoint control systems to compensate natural deviation of the feedstock.   (read more...)
Gensym Announces Release of Gensym G2 8.3 R2
AUSTIN, Texas, March 20, 2008 – Gensym Corporation, a leader in model-driven, rules based software for decision management in real-time operations, announces the release of the Gensym G2 8.3 R2 platform. Gensym, its partners, and end users develop and deploy applications that meet the most rigorous requirements for stability and performance within organizations in manufacturing, communications, government, transportation, aerospace, and finance. The new release provides improved core product functionality and performance, and demonstrates Gensym’s commitment of continual improvement.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL SOLUTIONS TO HELP DRIVE OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY AT NEW SALALAH METHANOL COMPANY SITE
SALALAH , Oman, March 18, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it has been awarded a contract to install its UniSim® Operations Suite simulation solution at the Salalah Methanol Company (SMC) facility in the Salalah Free Zone in Oman. The new SMC facility will produce 3000 metrics tons of methanol per day and is due to begin commercial operations in the first half of 2010. The facility includes captive power generation, water desalination and waste water treatment plants, which will make SMC self-sufficient and environmentally friendly. Salalah Methanol Company, LLC (SFZ) (SMC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oman Oil Company, Oman, and is building a sweet natural gas-based methanol production facility in the Salalah Free Zone, in Salalah, Oman.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TECHNOLOGY TO DRIVE PRODUCTION, ENERGY SAVINGS AND PRODUCT QUALITY OF EGYPTIAN FERTILIZER PLANT
OFFENBACH, Germany, March 17, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it has been selected by Uhde Services of Germany, a subsidiary of Uhde, to revamp the process control system of a major fertilizer provider in Alexandria, Egypt. Uhde Services, the contractor overseeing the project, will deploy Honeywell’s Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) at Abu Qir Fertilizers and Chemical Industries Company in order to streamline production processes, save energy and boost product quality.   (read more...)
LINDO API 6.0 Beta
Mon, 16 March 2009 The new release of LINDO API 6.0 Beta is now available.   (read more...)
Conoco's Bayway CDU down for a few days after fire-source
NEW YORK, April 6 (Reuters) - A weekend fire at ConocoPhillips' 238,000 barrel-per-day Bayway refinery in Linden, New Jersey shut down a crude distillation unit for a "few days," according to a source familiar with refinery operations   (read more...)
Enogex, LLC expands deployment of process optimization
Houston, TX – March 2009 – eSimulation, Inc. announced that it has entered into a contract with Enogex, LLC to extend the eSimOptimizerSM system to optimize the majority of the midstream company’s gas processing facilities. With this contract, the eSimOptimizer system will be maximizing asset value for 5 of Enogex’s cryogenic gas plants.   (read more...)
New AptiTuneTM release fully automates PID tuning calculations - all in simple,
Cambridge, UK 11th March 2009: The latest release of IPCOSAptitude’s multivariable PID tuning software AptiTuneTM was launched on Monday offering improved usability for non-specialists and improved calculation speed.   (read more...)
GSE Systems Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2008
Sykesville, Maryland, March 10, 2009-- GSE Systems, Inc. (GSE) (NYSE Amex – GVP), a leading global provider of real-time simulation and training solutions to the power, process, manufacturing and Government sectors, will hold a conference call on Monday, March 16, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss results for the fourth quarter and year end 2008. Financial results will be issued in a press release after the close of the market the same day.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ releases results for the first quarter of 2009; announces share buyback program
Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2009 and announced that it has obtained regulatory approval for a normal course issuer bid (the “Bid”) to purchase its common shares.   (read more...)
PSE and Hyperion sign Saudi gPROMS agency agreement
LONDON and NICOSIA, 6 March 2009 --- Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), providers of the gPROMS® advanced process modelling system and related services to the process industries, and Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd, the leading independent simulation solutions supplier, today announced the appointment of Hyperion as agent for PSE’s technology and Model-Based Engineering (MBE) services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.   (read more...)
Wood Group Strengthens its Presence in Abu Dhabi
For Immediate Release: 5 March 2009 International energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), is strengthening its operation in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with a move into a new office and the consolidation of the Abu Dhabi operations of IMV Projects (“IMV”) with Mustang. The Group’s world-leading subsea and pipeline engineering company, J P Kenny also operates in Abu Dhabi and will collaborate on key opportunities with the new Mustang organization in Abu Dhabi.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Plant Resource Manager (PRM™) Version R3.03
On February 25,2009, Yokogawa Electric Corporation will release an upgrade of its Plant Resource Manager (PRM™), version R3.03. PRM is an integrated device management software package that centrally manages the parameters of various types of field devices, monitors the status of these devices, and performs online device diagnosis. With this latest R3.03 upgrade, PRM has been enhanced to improve its integration with the STARDOM Network-based Control System, which is widely used in upstream processing facilities such as natural gas and oil wells. Furthermore, support of Windows Vista® has been added.   (read more...)
IPS Brings Immersive Virtual Reality Process to Life
FEBRUARY 25, 2009/ PLANO, TEXAS -- Invensys Process Systems (IPS), a global technology and consulting firm, today unveiled its Immersive Virtual Reality Process technology, a next-generation human machine interface (HMI) solution that will revolutionize the way engineers and operator trainees see and interact with the plant and the processes they control.   (read more...)
What'sBest! - Excel Add-In for Linear, Nonlinear, and Integer Modeling and Optimization
Wed, 11 Feb 2009 A new build of What'sBest! 9.0 is now available. What’sBest! 9.0.3.0, a new build of LINDO Systems' Solver add-in for Excel®, is faster and more powerful and adds support for the recently released Microsoft® Office 2007 and uses the latest calculation libraries. See the full article for details. Click here to download now.   (read more...)
IPCOSAptitude in tune with global refinery
Cambridge, UK 10th February 2009: APC specialists IPCOSAptitude, formerly Aptitude Ltd, have given their first webinar under their new company colours. The webinar which took place   (read more...)
AspenTech to Sponsor CERAWeek 2009 Executive Global Oil Summit
February 9, 2009 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced it will sponsor and participate in CERAWeek 2009 – the premier global energy industry conference – February 9-13 in Houston. Nearly 2,000 energy executives and policymakers from over 55 countries will convene to discuss the central energy challenges and strategies for prospering in a turbulent economy.   (read more...)
Gil Automations chooses MatrikonOPC technology for all of its system integration projects
MatrikonOPC is proud to welcome Gil Automations into its MatrikonOPC Integrator Partner Program (MIP) as a Platinum Level Partner. As one of Africa’s top system integration companies, Gil Automations chose MatrikonOPC as its preferred supplier of OPC data connectivity solutions as part of their commitment to providing clients with superior solutions.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ releases results for the first quarter of 2009; announces share buyback program
Total revenue of $19.58 million in Q1-09, compared to $19.89 million in Q1-08 and $20.16 million in Q4-08. Record net income of $2.76 million or $0.09 per share in Q1-09, an increase of 23% over Q1-08. Gross margin in Q1-09 was 61%, compared to 56% in Q1-08 Matrikon is granted regulatory approval to acquire up to 1,547,595 common shares under a new share buyback program   (read more...)
AspenTech Sponsors ARC Advisory Group’s 13th Annual Orlando Forum
Burlington, Mass., February 2, 2009 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that it will sponsor the ARC Advisory Group’s 13th Annual Orlando Forum, taking place February 2-5.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL’S NEW EXPERION LS BRINGS THE POWER OF A DISTRIBUTED CONTROL SYSTEM TO SMALLER MANUFACTURING SITES
ORLANDO, Feb. 2, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today introduced the Experionâ LS control system, a new product within Honeywell’s award-winning Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) line that provides the power and reliability of a distributed control system (DCS) in a small and flexible solution. Experion LS manages all continuous process control applications and optimizes batch and sequence-oriented applications typically found at specialty chemicals, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and consumer goods producers. Scalable from a single PC and controller to multiple stations, Experion LS promotes plant reliability and flexibility while lowering lifecycle costs for smaller manufacturing sites.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Real-time Production Organizer™ MES Platform Packages
February 2, 2009'Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of Real-time Production Organizer™ (RPO) on February 2. RPO is a suite of manufacturing execution system (MES) platform packages that integrate the vertical production execution workflow across departments and empower decision makers to organize their work quickly and efficiently.   (read more...)
Plug-In HART Capable I/O Modules from IPS Enable Fast, Easy Migration to I/A Series DCS Technology
Invensys Process Systems (IPS) now offers plug-in I/O modules for migrating ABB Taylor Mod 300 distributed control system (DCS) technology to Foxboro® DCS technology without replacing field wiring or terminations. This significantly reduces the cost and downtime associated with migrating aging control systems to the latest generation of IPS’ I/A Series® distributed control and InFusion™ enterprise control systems while achieving benefits of the HART communications protocol.   (read more...)
CSB gives more details about Utah refinery fire
WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 26 -- The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board provided more details about a Jan. 12 refinery fire near Salt Lake City as its investigators prepared to return to the plant on Jan. 27. The fire in Tank 105 of the Silver Eagle refinery in Woods Cross seriously burned four workers. The atmospheric storage tank was almost full when a large vapor cloud was released and ignited at about 5:30 p.m. MST, causing a massive flash fire, CSB said on Jan. 26.   (read more...)
OPC Unified Architecture meets major international standardization milestone
Parts 1-6 & 8 of IEC 62541 (the international version of the OPC Unified Architecture specifications) have been approved by 18 participating countries. With this affirmative vote, the Committee Drafts will now enter the final draft stage on their way to becoming published international standards. Congratulations to the OPC UA and IEC 65E working group 8 volunteers.   (read more...)
Carbon dioxide capture process models cut industry emissions
Jan 12 2009: Process manufacturing software specialist Aspen Technology says engineers and researchers across industry and academia are using its aspenONE carbon capture simulation software to fight global warming.   (read more...)
Apex Optimisation to Achieve Peak Performance
Jan 12, 2009: ProSys Engineering and TCA are pleased to announce the launch of Apex Optimisation, the new global brand for our products and services. This alignment of our international operations is part of a growth strategy that will continue to deliver   (read more...)
HONEYWELL’S UOP REFINING TECHNOLOGY RECOGNIZED BY HART
DES PLAINES, Ill., Dec. 9, 2008 – UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that it was awarded an Energy and Environmental Excellence Award from Hart Energy for innovations in refining to meet global energy challenges.   (read more...)
IPCOSAptitude moves to new headquarters
PRESS RELEASE, Cambridge, UK: 12th January 2009 - In November leading APC software and services provider IPCOSAptitude, completed their move to new offices to accomodate their fast-growing UK team. The new offices at Copely Business Park are surrounded by beautiful countryside just 4 miles from Cambridge, UK, and on a main artery to the rest of the country and key airports.   (read more...)
SABIC Ibn Zahr’s Phased Approach to Advanced Process Control
January 11, 2009, Belgium & Saudi Arabia SABIC Ibn Zahr (Saudi-European Petrochemical Company) has entrusted IPCOS NV of Belgium (IPCOS) and their Saudi Arabian partner NAIZAK Global Engineering Systems (NAIZAK) for providing them the solution for performance monitoring, assessment and optimization of the base layer control loops / structures for their Control System Optimization project on lump sum turnkey (LSTK) basis.   (read more...)
Major Project Kicked Off in January 2009
M3 kicked off our first project in Asia at Singapore Refining Company. SRC processes about 285,000 b/d of crude oil and is a major producer of refined products to the region. The project includes our complete suite of scheduling applications. We are proud to be selected for this important project. SRC will be our showcase site in Asia.   (read more...)
Emerson Enhances its Scenario® Simulation Portfolio with Availability of Virtual Engineer
PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan.20, 2009) — Emerson Process Management today announced the availability of the Scenario® Virtual Engineer, which combines the power of simulation, virtual technology and its Ovation® expert control system within a single desktop computer. The Scenario Virtual Engineer provides power generators with the necessary tools to easily build, test, verify and download process graphics, control logic and process point databases without impacting plant operation.   (read more...)
Bolick retires from Honeywell Process Solutions; Gilsdorf named new president
Control Engineering, 1/9/2009 9:41:00 AM Phoenix, AZ – Honeywell today announced the appointment of Norman “Norm” Gilsdorf as president of Honeywell Process Solutions. Gilsdorf was formerly vice president and general manager of the Process Solutions business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He replaces Jack Bolick, who retired from Honeywell after   (read more...)
IBM Completes Acquisition of ILOG
Jan 7, 2009: IBM announced the completion of its approximately $340 million USD (EUR 215 million) tender offer for the shares of ILOG. The tender offer, announced July 28, 2008, was finalized after IBM acquired all outstanding stock in ILOG and satisfied the other conditions of the offer.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology to Present at the 11th Annual Needham Growth Stock Conference
January 6, 2009 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced its President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Fusco, will present at the 11th Annual Needham Growth Stock Conference, being held at the New York Palace Hotel in New York City.   (read more...)
CCC and SibMethaKhim: Energy Saving in Methanol Production
6 Jan 2009 ,A group of Compressor Controls Corporation's (CCC) experts was cited by management of the largest Russian methanol producer - the Siberian Methanol Chemical Company LLC (SibMethaKhim).   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TECHNOLOGY TO HELP CASALE GROUP OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE FOR CHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS
Lugano, Switzerland, Dec. 30, 2008 - Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it has won a contract to supply process simulation solutions to Casale Group, a Lugano, Switzerland-based global leader in the design and refurbishment of chemical facilities. The Honeywell technology will be applied to the design of new chemical facilities around the world, helping Casale Group’s customers remove production bottlenecks and optimize their assets.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL FIRST TO OFFER TÜV RHEINLAND SECURITY TRAINING FOR PROCESS INDUSTRIES
PHOENIX, Dec. 23, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it has partnered with TÜV Rheinland, a global leader in compliance testing and certification, to offer specialized certification courses for plant security professionals. Through the TÜV Security Professional Manager training course, plant personnel can gain a better understanding of best practices that can help make their plants more secure in the face of evolving threats – everything from natural disasters to terrorism threats.   (read more...)
ISA Publishes Human-Machine Interface Design for Process Control Applications
NC (18 December 2008) – ISA recently announced the release of Human-Machine Interface Design for Process Control Applications by Jean-Yves Fiset. Research Triangle Park, NC (18 December 2008) – ISA recently announced the release of Human-Machine Interface Design for Process Control Applications by Jean-Yves Fiset.   (read more...)
Software Quickly Pinpoints Plant Interactions
December 2008 ExperTune's PlantTriage software includes a new tool that graphically highlights plant interactions. Using the new "Interaction Hot Spots", engineers can quickly pinpoint the root cause of process interactions. Engineers can resolve these upsets to improve quality, energy, production rate, and process uptime.   (read more...)
Alison Smith Joins AspenTech as Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Research
December 2, 2008 -- Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that Alison Smith has joined the company as Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Research. Smith joins AspenTech from AMR Research where she was Research Director for the Manufacturing Operations market service.   (read more...)
Geometric Process Control wins British Computer Society Medal for Innovation
Curvaceous Software Ltd. are delighted to announce the award of a Medal for Innovation from the British Computer Society (BCS) IT Industry Awards 2008. Curvaceous’s products implement their novel Geometric Process Control (GPC)   (read more...)
Nomination for the ebiz egovernment award 2008!
An eMPC-project from eposC was nominated for the ebiz egovernment award 2008. This prize was awarded for the fourth time to the most creative and sustainable IT-solutions in business and administration.   (read more...)
GSE Systems Announces Third Quarter Financial Results
Sykesville, Maryland, November 10, 2008 -- GSE Systems, Inc. (GSE) (Amex – GVP), a leading global provider of real-time simulation and training solutions to the power, process, manufacturing and Government sectors, reported that revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2008 was $7.0 million, a 7% decrease from the revenue reported for the three months ended September 30, 2007 of $7.5 million.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL SOFTWARE USED BY HUNGARIAN UNIVERSITIES PREPARING STUDENTS FOR CAREERS IN PROCESS INDUSTRIES
BUDAPEST, Dec. 10, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that two leading Hungarian Universities – the University of Pannonia and Budapest University of Technology and Economics – have selected Honeywell software to help students strengthen their technical expertise in the areas of process simulation and management and better prepare them for their careers ahead.   (read more...)
Neste Oil’s website took the first prize
Dec 12 2008: Neste Oil Corporation took the first prize in producing the best corporate website in Finland and the Nordic region in 2008. Hallvarsson & Halvarssons Webranking is the established international Yardstick for company websites. Website scored 84,25 out of 100. Award ceremony was held at December 11 in Stockholm.   (read more...)
PAS Appoints New President, Chris Lyden
Houston, TX – December 10, 2008 - PAS, a leading supplier of software products and consulting services to the processing industries worldwide, recently appointed Chris Lyden as President. With over 30 years of successful industry experience, Mr. Lyden will serve as a great asset to PAS in its continued growth.   (read more...)
AMT's announced the acquisition of the Houston Operations of Control Consulting Incorporated
HOUSTON, TX, December 11, 2008 – Applied Manufacturing Technologies LP, a leading APC Consulting Services Group, based in Houston Texas , announced the acquisition of the Houston Operations of Control Consulting Incorporated effective January 5, 2009.   (read more...)
Emerson's Smart Wireless technology monitors condition of steam cracker at Total Petrochemicals in Carling, France
AUSTIN, TEXAS (December 3, 2008) — Emerson Process Management's Smart Wireless technology is helping to provide valuable condition monitoring information at the Total Petrochemicals plant in Carling Saint Avold, France. The introduction of wireless transmitters provides new temperature measurement data, enabling the company to calculate changes over time in wall thickness on a boiler that provides steam to a steam cracker, enabling personnel to anticipate when it may need replacement.   (read more...)
Masdar Awards Design Contract for Abu Dhabi Carbon Capture and Storage Project to Mustang Engineering
Masdar, an Abu Dhabi government initiative, owned by Mubadala Development Company, announced today the selection of Houston, Texas-based Mustang Engineering, a subsidiary of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC, to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for Masdar’s Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in the United Arab Emirates.   (read more...)
Rockwell Automation Charts Course for Process Automation Growth
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 18, 2008 — Rockwell Automation today announced its roadmap for process automation that includes bringing together its end-to-end suite with a new name – Rockwell Automation PlantPAx systems and solutions. PlantPAx systems and solutions are based on the significant investments the company has made in process automation.   (read more...)
Emerson, Qatargas sign comprehensive 5-year support and service agreement for expanding LNG production
Austin, Texas (November 12, 2008) — Emerson Process Management has entered into a long-term support and service agreement with Qatargas Operating Company Ltd. for its expanding liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations.   (read more...)
ILOG Launches New Online Community for Rich Internet Application Development
SUNNYVALE, Calif., and PARIS – Nov. 12, 2008 - ILOG® (NASDAQ: ILOG, Euronext: ILO, ISIN: FR0004042364) today announced a new online community targeting developers of Rich Internet Applications (RIA)   (read more...)
Meridium Debuts New Asset Health Monitoring Solution
11/12/2008: Meridium Inc., a global leader in asset performance management (APM) software and consulting solutions, released its newest solution, Asset Health Indicators, in v3.3.1 of its APM software package.   (read more...)
Expanded diagnostics and alarm software for industrial PCs
Nuremberg, 2008-11-11 The Siemens Industry Automation Division has added new functions to its Simatic PC DiagMonitor diagnostics and alarm software for industrial PCs. The new Version 4.0 of this software now also monitors Simatic PC Compact Flash memory media.   (read more...)
Honeywell Process Solutions Receives Green Excellence of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — November 11, 2008 — Based on its recent analysis of the process automation industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) with the 2008 North American Frost & Sullivan   (read more...)
IPCOSAptitude expanding in Europe
Following its successful union with leading Belgian APC provider IPCOS, IPCOSAptitude are continuing their expansion in Europe by welcoming two leading industry specialists to the team. Dr Jonas Gillberg, an expert in automatic control and system identification will bring hydrocracker and FCC experience. An ex-APC engineer with Preem Petroleum AB, he is based in Stockholm and gives the company a permanent presence in the Scandinavian market. Also joining the team is Roel Oudbier, based in The Netherlands. Roel brings a wealth of experience in application of APC on ethylene production facilities and refinery processes, with a special focus on naphtha complexes.   (read more...)
Wood Group’s Mustang and J P Kenny Awarded Front-end Engineering Design for ConocoPhillips’ Greater Ekofisk Area Development
HOUSTON, November 6, 2008 - Mustang Engineering (“Mustang”) and J P Kenny, both part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), have been awarded the front-end engineering design (FEED) for ConocoPhillips’ Greater Ekofisk Area Development 2/4 Z, a 40-slot wellhead platform located in approximately 70-75 meters (230-246 feet) of water in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.   (read more...)
Technology role in Obama administration
Control Engineering, 11/6/2008 Reston, VA – As the federal government begins its transition to an Obama administration, technology will emerge as a significant success factor   (read more...)
Matrikon releases Q4 and fiscal year 2008 results
Edmonton, Alberta – November 5, 2008: Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 31, 2008. Matrikon’s president & CEO Nizar J. Somji commented on the quarter: "Our fourth quarter results cap off a record-breaking year for us".   (read more...)
Leading Energy, Chemicals, and Other Process Industry Manufacturers
Seattle WA, November 4, 2008: The conference includes keynote presentations by Microsoft and Bridgestone Americas, with other leading customers including DuPont, ExxonMobil, and Proctor & Gamble also sharing their supply chain management experiences. This event brings together the top energy, olefins, chemicals, polymer, and consumer packaged goods companies from around the world to provide their vision and feedback for future product enhancements to address common process industry challenges. Attendees will learn from peers how AspenTech’s process optimization solutions can drive supply chain best practices, making global operational excellence goals easier to achieve.   (read more...)
Emerson enters into supplier services agreement with Fluor Corporation to provide automation and control solutions and services
AUSTIN, TEXAS (November 4, 2008) — Emerson Process Management has been selected as a preferred supplier of automation and control instrumentation and services to Fluor Corporation. The two global industry leaders have entered into a Supplier Services Agreement to collaborate on development and implementation of processes intended to improve the management and execution of worldwide capital projects  
Aspen Technology Announces Selected Preliminary Financial Results for the First Quarter
Burlington, Mass. – October 30, 2008 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced selected preliminary financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2009, ended September 30, 2008.  
Aspen Technology Announces Date of Selected Preliminary Fiscal 2009 First-Quarter
Burlington, Mass. – October 24, 2008 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that the company will release selected preliminary financial results for its first quarter fiscal 2009, ended September 30, 2008, before the U.S. financial markets open on Thursday, October 30, 2008.   (read more...)
AspenTech’s Patented aspenONE Master Data Model Delivers Asset Lifecycle
BURLINGTON, Mass. – October 14, 2008 – AspenTech today announced a recently issued patent covering key aspects of the aspenONE Master Data Model. The Master Data Model which is integrated within the aspenONE suite of applications makes end-to-end asset lifecycle management a reality. The aspenONE Master Data Model provides one enterprise view of process data associated with Engineering design and Manufacturing Supply Chain operations and is integrated with DCS and ERP systems through a vendor neutral interface.   (read more...)
IPCOS acquires Aptitude Ltd
October 13, 2008: Today, IPCOS announced it has acquired a majority stake in Aptitude Ltd, a UK-based company focusing on delivery of high-performance Advanced Process Control (APC) solutions to the refining and petrochemical markets and the development of high-end APC software tools.   (read more...)
Small operator panel with large visualization screen
Nuremberg, 2008-10-10, The Siemens Industry Automation Division has developed a new operator panel in Widescreen format. The Simatic HMI TP 177B 4“ has a fully graphical 4.3 inch touchscreen and four tactile function buttons.   (read more...)
Matrikon announces preliminary FY08 results and dividends of $0.10 per common share
Edmonton, Alberta - October 9, 2008 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) today announced unaudited preliminary fiscal year 2008 results. Full year revenue is expected to be approximately $80 million with net income expected to be approximately $9 million or $0.30 per share.   (read more...)
MAVERICK Technologies Named An Inc. Fastest Growing Company for Fifth Time in Seven Years
Columbia, Ill., October 7, 2008 — MAVERICK Technologies announced today that it ranked as No. 1,388 on Inc.’s 2008 list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the United States. MAVERICK made the Inc. 500 list in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and the Inc. 5000 list in 2007.   (read more...)
AspenTech Announces BASF as First Customer to Deploy aspenONE Using Microsoft Application Virtualization Technology
BURLINGTON, Mass. – October 6, 2008 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK) today announced that the first deployment of aspenONE software using Microsoft Application Virtualization was completed by long-time customer BASF.   (read more...)
Matrikon provides business update
Edmonton, Alberta - October 3, 2008 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) is pleased to provide a corporate update on activities since its last quarterly financial report, released on July 8, 2008.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases New DXAdvanced R3 Data Acquisition and Display Station for Networks
Tokyo, Japan - October 2, 2008, Yokogawa Electric Corporation will release the DXAdvanced R3 data acquisition and display station for networks, which is the enhanced version of the Daqstation series of paperless recorders. Release is scheduled for October 20.   (read more...)
ENGlobal Announces Acquisition of Advanced Control Engineering
October 1, 2008, ENGlobal (NASDAQ:ENG), a leading provider of engineering and related project services, today announced that its Automation business has finalized the acquisition of Advanced Control Engineering, LLC ("ACE"), a privately-held, 70-employee firm based in Mobile, Alabama. ACE specializes in the design of distributed control systems ("DCS"), primarily for the downstream processing and specialty chemical sectors.   (read more...)
Control Station VAR Network Extends Across the Americas
Tolland, CT – September 23, 2008 – Control Station today introduced TCM Energy Corporation as a value added reseller (VAR) representing the Company’s products and service throughout the Caribbean, Central America and South America.   (read more...)
AspenTech Launches Webinar Series on the Seven Best Practices of Engineering Excellence
BURLINGTON, Mass. September 22, 2008 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, has launched the Seven Best Practices of Engineering Excellence™ webinar series.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies to Host ValueForum '08 in Prague
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 22, 2008 — To provide industry leaders with the opportunity to share their experiences in applying innovative solutions to deliver operational and business value, Pavilion Technologies, a Rockwell Automation Company, will host ValueForum ’08, an annual worldwide conference for process industry executives, analysts, managers and engineers, October 7 to 10 at Andel’s Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic.   (read more...)
Emerson Process Management announces new executive appointments
AUSTIN, TEXAS, September 22, 2008 — John M. Berra, president of Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), today announced a number of leadership changes to take place over the next few months.   (read more...)
Curvaceous is in the Final of British Computer Society Awards (BCS)
September 2008, We are very pleased to share the good news of being selected as a Finalist in the BCS IT Industry Awards 2008 - Project Excellence in the category BT Flagship for Innovation.   (read more...)
New INCA Course
September 2008, The focus of the course is the IPCOS model predictive controller INCA MPC Engine. How the MPC operates is explained in detail in the course. The implementation of the control strategy and the tuning of the controller will be discussed in the course.   (read more...)
Aptitude reinforce senior management team
Cambridge UK , September 9th 2008 Aptitude Ltd, specialists in Advanced Process Control, announces a significant addition to their team. Chartered chemical engineer Roger Barrett will reinforce Aptitude's senior team with his broad   (read more...)
AspenTech Introduces aspenONE V7 for Process Engineering
BURLINGTON, Mass. September 8, 2008 -- Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today introduced aspenONE V7 for Process Engineering.   (read more...)
AspenTech’s Aspen Licensing Center Provides Customers Insight to Replicate Best Practices Across the Enterprise
BURLINGTON, Mass., September 8, 2008 -- Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced the launch of the Aspen Licensing Center.   (read more...)
aspenONE V7 for Process Engineering Addresses Key Issues Facing Traditional and Alternative Energy Companies
BURLINGTON, Mass. September 8 , 2008 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today outlined how its new aspenONE V7 software addresses key issues facing traditional and alternative energy companies.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology to Present at the Deutsche Bank 2008 Technology Conference
BURLINGTON, Mass. – September 3, 2008 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced its President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Fusco, will present at the Deutsche Bank 2008 Technology Conference, being held at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.   (read more...)
PSE move to new London HQ signifies aggressive business expansion
LONDON, 26 August 2008 --- Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), providers of the world-leading gPROMS advanced process modelling (APM) software and related services and winner of the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering’s 2007 MacRobert Award for Engineering Innovation, today announced its move to a significantly expanded new head office in Hammersmith, London.   (read more...)
BioComp Profit 8 Released
August 21st , 2008, The first official release of BioComp Profit 8 was issued to customers. Profit 8 is based on the IntelliDynamics Intellect 3.0 server architecture enabling vast new capabilities in the analysis of the financial markets.   (read more...)
Kraton Polymers chooses IPS for comprehensive $20 million-plus services agreement
August 19, 2008/London – Invensys Process Systems (IPS), a global technology, software and consulting firm, today announced that it has signed a five-year, more-than-$20 million contract to provide comprehensive industrial automation services and solutions to Kraton Polymers, a copolymers industry pioneer and a leading producer of styrenic block copolymers with facilities in the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Brazil, China and Japan.   (read more...)
Mustang Automation and Control Contracted for HELCO Distributed Control System Project
19-AUG-08, HOUSTON, TEXAS Mustang Engineering (“Mustang”), part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), has been contracted by Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (“HELCO”) to provide engineering, commissioning and start-up services for the distributed control system for a combined cycle conversion project at HELCO’s Keahole, Hawaii power generation facility.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Selected Preliminary Financial Results for the Fourth
Burlington, Mass. – July 31, 2008 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced selected preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2008 ended June 30, 2008.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL ENTERS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH CHINA PETROLEUM PLANNING AND ENGINEERING INSTITUTE
BEIJING, July 31, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today it has signed a strategic alliance agreement with China Petroleum Planning and Engineering Institute (CPPEI) to increase cooperation and establish three organizations dedicated to advancing China’s oil industry through information technology.   (read more...)
ProPhyPlus 2 for calculation of physical properties of fluids and their mixtures released
July 30, 2008: ProSim, the French software house, announces the release of ProPhyPlus 2, an advanced software for the calculation of physical properties of pure components and their mixtures over a wide range of temperatures and pressures. It quickly and accurately models thermodynamic and transport properties as well as phase equilibria of most fluids found in chemical, petrochemical, refining, oil and gas and other process industries.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology to Present at Two Investor Conferences in August
BURLINGTON, Mass. – July 29, 2008 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced its participation at two upcoming conferences in August. Both presentations will be   (read more...)
IBM Announces Plans to Acquire ILOG
ARMONK, NY and PARIS – July 28, 2008 ILOG® (NASDAQ: ILOG; Euronext: ILO, ISIN: FR0004042364) today announced they have signed an agreement regarding a proposed acquisition by IBM of ILOG to be implemented by way of concurrent cash public tender offers in both France and the United States. Through this proposed transaction, IBM will combine its business process management (BPM),   (read more...)
TriSolutions launches TriCLPM 1.2 SP1
[23.Jul.2008] TriSolutions is proud to annouce the launching of Service Pack 1 from Release 1.2 of TriCLPM, the control loop performance monitoring software developed by TriSolutions. After a long period of bug fixes and tests, about 100 issues solved and several improvements and new functionalities added, the new version of TriCLPM is read   (read more...)
MatrikonOPC and IBM Collaborate to Help Customers Increase Energy Efficiency
EDMONTON, Alberta, July 20 –Matrikon Inc. is proud to announce that its MatrikonOPC™ Server technology will leverage IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management software to help customers manage   (read more...)
Yokogawa Merges its Two Operations in The Netherlands
Tokyo, Japan - July 15, 2008: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that Yokogawa Europe B.V., the regional headquarters for Europe and Africa, has established a new company by the name of Yokogawa Europe Solutions B.V. that will integrate the engineering.   (read more...)
Yara and IPCOS extend APC framework agreement
July 14, 2008 - After successful APC projects on ammonia, nitric acid and urea plants of Yara International, the 3 year framework agreement was extended with 3 more years. Several APC projects are ongoing and several new APC projects are planned   (read more...)
Q-Technologies and IPCOS complete APC project on coal fired power plant in China successfully
July 14 2008 - Q-Technologies and IPCOS have successful completed the APC project at the Datang power plant in Hunchun (China). The INCA MPC controller was installed on a 300 MW coal fired power plant.   (read more...)
The Flemish Institute for Technology Innovation IWT has awarded IPCOS 758.000€ for a novel technology development project
July 14, 2008 - The Flemish Institute for Technology Innovation IWT has awarded IPCOS 758.000€ for a novel technology development project. The project encompasses development of breakthrough technology for the modeling of distillation columns.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Concludes Strategic Partnership Agreement with Russia's Gazprom Neft
Tokyo, Japan - July 9, 2008 - Yokogawa Electric Corporation has signed a strategic partnership agreement with JSC Gazprom Neft, a major oil production and refining company in Russia. Under this strategic partnership agreement, the first ever between an instrumentation manufacturer and Gazprom Neft, Yokogawa will introduce its solutions on a priority basis at four of the company's refineries.   (read more...)
Smart Process Manufacturing ? A Vision of the Future
July 9, 2008 - As I&EC Research moves into its second century, it is appropriate to reflect on how process systems engineering, one of its major emphases, might evolve in the future.   (read more...)
New Procurement Activities website opened
July 3, 2008 - We of the Yokogawa Group are establishing a clean, clear, and open corporate culture based on our Corporate Philosophy and Standards of Business Conduct. We are committed to making our company more trusted by society, upholding the motto of "The sun is always watching us."   (read more...)
ILOG Named as One of Start-It's 2008 Hottest Companies Among Other Award Wins
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and PARIS – July 2, 2008 ILOG® (NASDAQ: ILOG; Euronext: ILO, ISIN: FR0004042364) today announced that ILOG has been acknowledged for leadership in supply chain by winning top supply chain honors and awards this year   (read more...)
Process management: Honeywell tells users ?we are more than a DCS company
July 2, 2008 - Honeywell turned its annual user conference into a platform to demonstrate that its solutions do more than merely automate production processes. A series of products unveiled at the mid-June event support Honeywell?   (read more...)
Honeywell Strengthens Eastern Mediterranean Presence with Croatia Office Opening
ZAGREB, Croatia, June 10, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today expanded its presence in the Eastern Mediterranean region with the opening of a new office in Zagreb, Croatia. The operation has been established in response to increased demand for process automation solutions among regional refining and petrochemical companies   (read more...)
AptiTuneTM on show at ERTC
Cambridge UK, June 10th 2008 Last month saw the ERTC: Asset Maximisation Conference take place in Lisbon and brought Aptitude’s multivariable PID tuning software AptiTuneTM into the spotlight again.  
gPROMS v3.1 completes roll-out of "second generation" gPROMS
09 June 2008, As most customers are aware, gPROMS v3.1 is the culmination of many years' development that resulted in the staged release of a completely re-architected product, phase 1 of which was released as v3.0 eighteen months ago.   (read more...)
Industry solutions gain momentum; Board declares special dividend of $0.30
Edmonton, Alberta – June 9, 2008, Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported significant achievements for two of its industry applications and the declaration of a special dividend.   (read more...)
Maritime Offshore Simulation takes centre stage at ONS 2008
5 June 2008, Kongsberg Maritime will use the forthcoming ONS 2008 exhibition as a launch platform for expanding its activities in the world of offshore simulation. The company will unveil a focused strategy towards Maritime Offshore Simulation, which is dedicated to exploring, developing and fulfilling the simulation needs of the offshore industry.   (read more...)
Neste Oil to build a new isomerization unit to boost premium-quality gasoline output at Porvoo
4 June 2008 at 4.20 pm (EET), Neste Oil has decided to build a new isomerization unit, costing approximately EUR 80 million, at its Porvoo refinery. The new unit will be capable of processing 600,000 t/a of existing gasoline fractions into higher-value, premium-quality gasoline, and will increase the refinery’s total gasoline output by 200,000 t/a.   (read more...)
Honeywell Solutions Selected for one of World’s Largest Integrated Oil Refining, Petrochemical Plants
RABIGH, Saudi Arabia, June 3, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced a contract to install and implement an integrated advanced planning and scheduling solution for Rabigh Refining & Petrochemicals Co.’s Petro Rabigh facility. The site is a refining and petrochemical complex that is a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical Company.   (read more...)
Notice of 2008 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
June 2, 2008, You are cordially invited to attend the 2008 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Yokogawa Electric Corporation (hereinafter the Company), which will be held as per the schedule below.   (read more...)
Honeywell Technology to help StatoilHydro Kalundborg Strengthen Operator Skills
KALUNDBORG, Denmark, May 28, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced a contract to supply StatoilHydro, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, with a plant process simulator and operator training system that will be used at the company’s Kalundborg Refinery in Denmark.   (read more...)
Japan Professional Football League Optimizes Match Scheduling with ILOG Constraint Programming
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – May 28, 2008 – ILOG® (NASDAQ: ILOG, Euronext: ILO, ISIN: FR0004042364) announced today that Japan Professional Football League, J. LEAGUE, uses ILOG Constraint Programming (ILOG CP®) optimization software to optimize and streamline match scheduling.   (read more...)
Golden Grain Energy Receives Progressive Manufacturing Award, Pavilion Technologies Featured Partner
AUSTIN, Texas, May 27, 2008 — Pavilion Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company, was selected as a technology partner for Golden Grain Energy LLC, a winner of the fourth annual Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards, presented by Managing Automation, a Thomas Publishing Company LLC media brand.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ welcomes CapuTech Inc. to its Reseller Partner Program
Edmonton, Alberta – May 22, 2008, "We are very excited to partner with CapuTech. They have an excellent understanding of Matrikon Suite technology, strong business relationships in Texas and Louisiana and experienced service personnel.   (read more...)
MAVERICK Is the Answer to SIS Issues Highlighted in Control Magazine Article
Columbia, Ill., May 19, 2008 — MAVERICK Technologies announced today that its service offerings fulfill the needs of companies looking to implement new safety systems, as presented in a recent Control magazine article. The article does not mention MAVERICK by name, but includes information about how a Systems Integrator can help lead customers through the safety life cycle and achieve regulatory compliance.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Supports Myanmar Cyclone and China Earthquake Relief Efforts
Tokyo, Japan - May 15, 2008, Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it is donating a total of 15 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society following the May 2 cyclone in Myanmar and May 12 earthquake in China's Sichuan province.   (read more...)
AspenTech 2008 User Conferences in Houston and Berlin Highlight Best Practices in Operational Excellence Using aspenONE
BURLINGTON, Mass. — May 7, 2008 — The world’s leading process manufacturers in energy, chemicals, engineering & construction, pharmaceuticals and other industries shared their process optimization success stories using aspenONE™ at the recent global user conferences of Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK).   (read more...)
MiMiC v3 is now Released!
April 30, 2008: We will begin shipping MiMiC v3.0.0 Media Packs and Software Licenses starting now through April. All MiMiC Sites current on MiMiC Software Support will be automatically upgraded to MiMiC   (read more...)
Four automation-industry leaders issue open letter on WirelessHART standard
April 28, 2008 - As leading suppliers of HART based process automation products, we are frequently asked about our position on the WirelessHART standard, which was released as part of the HART 7 specification.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL’S TECHNOLOGY PREPARES KUWAITI AROMATICS PLANT EMPLOYEES TO OPERATE MORE SAFELY, EFFICIENTLY
KUWAIT, April 23, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it has been selected to design, configure and install its UniSim® Operations suite for Kuwait Paraxylene Production Company’s aromatics plant in Shuaiba, Kuwait.   (read more...)
gPROMS v3.1 "modelling of the future"
April 23, 2008 - As most customers are aware, gPROMS v3.1 is the culmination of many years' development that resulted in the phased release of a completely re-architected product, phase 1 of which was released as v3.0 eighteen months ago.   (read more...)
Mustang Forms Alliance with TiPS and UReason for Plant Alarm Management Services
HOUSTON, TEXAS - 21-APR-08: Mustang Engineering (“Mustang”), a subsidiary of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), has formed an alliance with TiPS IncorporatedTM (“TiPS”) and UReason® to work jointly on alarm management business opportunities. Under the agreement, Mustang will leverage its extensive automation systems development experience in various process industries to jointly market and deliver quality   (read more...)
Percy Barnevik, the former executive at ABB and AstraZeneca lends a 'Hand in Hand'
For the last three years, Percy Barnevik, the former executive at ABB and AstraZeneca, has been involved in funding and organising 'Hand in Hand". This charitable organisation has been literally helping the poorest families in Tamil Nadu out of poverty. At present, the group has helped 60k family enterprises get actively started by setting up their own businesses. Many of the people assisted have been women. The group helps 4,000 new businesses start every month. Noble results.   (read more...)
ASPENTECH SIMPLIFIES ENTERPRISE ROLLOUT AND MANAGEMENT OF ASPENONE USING LATEST MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGIES
BURLINGTON, Mass. — April 16, 2008 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that aspenONE® version 2006.5 uses the latest Microsoft technologies to simplify IT rollout and management.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Date of Financial Results Release, Conference Call and Webcast
April 11, 2008 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (OTC: AZPN.PK), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that the Company has filed its fiscal 2007 10-K and fiscal first quarter 2008 10-Q.   (read more...)
Matrikon announces solid results for the second quarter of 2008 and declares quarterly dividend
Edmonton, Alberta – April 10, 2008 - Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2008, which ended February 29, 2008.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Enhanced Version of ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System
Tokyo, Japan - Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it is releasing an enhanced version of the ProSafe®-RS Safety Instrumented System, ProSafe-RS R2.01.00, on April 10.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TO PROVIDE ADVANCED PROCESS CONTROLS AT SOUTH KOREAN REFINERY
ULSAN CITY, South Korea, April 10, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced a three-year, $4.2 million agreement to implement advanced process controls (APC) at S-OIL Corporation’s Onsan refinery.   (read more...)
Software tool for configuring safety applications in the process industry
Nuremberg, 2008-04-10 - Version 6.1 of the Simatic Safety Matrix Cause&Effect tool for safety applications in the process industry has been equipped with new functions.   (read more...)
Aptitude and AMT sign up for AptiTuneTM
Cambridge UK, UK-based APC specialists Aptitude Ltd have signed a licensing agreement with project services providers AMT for AptiTuneTM, Aptitude’s versatile multivariable PID tuning software.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Acquires US Company with Unique Gas Analysis Technology
Tokyo, Japan - April 9, 2008 - Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the acquisition of Analytical Specialties, Inc. (ASI), a company with a unique gas analyzer technology. Yokogawa Corporation of America, Yokogawa's North American subsidiary, acquired all the stock of ASI on April 1, 2008.   (read more...)
Tune PID loops like a pro
Cambridge UK, April 9th 2008 Following positive feedback on their first APC courses last year, Aptitude Ltd are pleased to announce their program for 2008, beginning in May with “Tune PID Loops Like A Pro”.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Plant Resource Manager Integrated with Pepperl+Fuchs FieldConnex® Advanced Diagnostic Module
Tokyo, Japan - April 3, 2008 - Yokogawa and Pepperl+Fuchs announce the release of a new solution for managing the physical layer of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus H1. This is being released as one of the diagnostic solutions of Plant Resource Manager (PRM™) R3.02.   (read more...)
Emerson's digital automation helps new China PVC plant achieve fast start-up and lower cost
AUSTIN, TEXAS (April 1, 2008) – Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific has successfully completed installing its PlantWeb® digital plant architecture with DeltaV™ digital automation system for batch process control at a new polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production facility of the Yichang Yihua Pacific Chemical Co., Ltd., a leader in the Chinese fertilizer industry.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TECHNOLOGY CHOSEN TO ENHANCE PRODUCTION AT QATAR VINYL COMPANY
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, April 1, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it was selected to upgrade the process automation technology for Qatar Vinyl Company’s plant located in Mesaieed Industrial City near Doha, Qatar.   (read more...)
Global perspectives: Refinery doubles capacity
27 March 2008: Repsol, Spain's largest oil company, plans to invest $4.7 billion (3.2 billion euros) to double capacity at its refinery in Cartagena. This will make it one of the biggest and most modern in the world   (read more...)
Yokogawa Announces Transfer of Its IC Handler Business
Tokyo, Japan - March 26, 2008 - Yokogawa Electric Corporation and TESEC Corporation have come to terms on the transfer of Yokogawa's IC handler business to TESEC, and a business transfer agreement was signed on March 26.   (read more...)
IPCOS launches Non-linear version of the INCA MPC Suite
March 21, 2008 - IPCOS is now offering this innovative control platform to its customers, so that they can use it to deploy an MPC application based on their in-house developed process models.   (read more...)
Next INCA user day
March 21, 2008 - This years INCA User Day will be held on Tuesday June 10th, inside the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. The Atomium, constructed for the world expo in 1958, and situated right at the heart of Brussels, celebrates its 50th birthday this year.   (read more...)
GSE Systems Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2007 Financial Results
Baltimore, Maryland, March 17, 2008 -- GSE Systems, Inc. (GSE) (AMEX:GVP), a leading global provider of real-time simulation and training solutions to the energy, process, manufacturing and government sectors, reported that revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2007 was $8.131 million which was slightly higher than the revenue reported for the three months ended December 31, 2006 of $8.07 million.   (read more...)
Simulation Software from Invensys Process Systems Helps Silver Eagle Refining to Meet EPA MSAT Benzene Emission Regulations
PLANO, TEXAS, USA – March 17, 2008 – Invensys Process Systems, a leading provider of asset performance management solutions, and Silver Eagle Refining Inc., an independent Rocky Mountain area Independent Petroleum Refiner located in Woods Cross Utah, have successfully applied simulation software in meeting upcoming Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mobile Source Air Toxics (MSAT) requirements for benzene emissions.   (read more...)
Invensys Rolls Out New Simulation and Modeling Capabilities for Heavy Oils
11 March 2008, Invensys Process Systems is demonstrating the enhanced SimSci-Esscor PRO/II 8.1.2 software solution at the World Heavy Oils Congress March 10 -12 in Edmonton. New capabilities apply the precision of conventional oil simulation software to the unique and specialized processing and modeling requirements of heavy oils.   (read more...)
Major industrial facility selects Matrikon's cyber security solution
Edmonton, Alberta – March 6, 2008. Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) is pleased to announce the implementation and deployment of a process control and IT network security solution at a major industrial site. The multi-year, multi-million dollar project has reached a milestone resulting in the receipt of an additional $1.1 million purchase order.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Takes a Further Step Toward Saudization, with Local Engineering and Maintenance Services
Tokyo, Japan - March 5, 2008: On March 4, the new building housing the headquarters of Yokogawa Saudi Arabia Company and Yokogawa Services Saudi Arabia Company was formally inaugurated. This center of excellence staffed by a professional engineering team   (read more...)
HONEYWELL SAFETY MANAGER ATTAINS CERTIFICATION FROM FACTORY MUTUAL
PHOENIX, Feb. 28, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced its Safety Manager platform is the process industries’ first safety instrumented system (SIS) to receive the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72 Standard for Fire Protection from a U.S.-certifying body.   (read more...)
Matrikon Launches KPI Dashboard for Process Operations
EDMONTON, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Matrikon. Inc. (TSX: MTK) announced the release of NetKPI, a Key Performance Indicator visualization module for its flagship, web-based, decision support platform, Matrikon(TM) Operational Insight (formerly known as ProcessNet).   (read more...)
Mustang Automation and Contol Named Finalist for System Integrator of the Year
21 Feb, 2008: HOUSTON, TEXAS – Mustang Engineering (“Mustang”), a subsidiary of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), was named one of eight finalists in Control Engineering magazine’s 2008 System Integrators of the Year awards   (read more...)
Back to School Campaign open to clients, partners and suppliers
20/02/2008: Chemtech has started its II National Back to School Campaign. Joining efforts in favour of education, the company relies on the cooperation of partners, clients, suppliers and the whole society.   (read more...)
GSE Systems Announces Over $4.2 million of New Work in the Nuclear and Non Nuclear Simulation Sectors
Baltimore, Maryland, February 19, 2008-- GSE Systems, Inc. (GSE) (Amex – GVP), a leading global provider of real-time simulation and training solutions to the power, process, manufacturing and Government sectors, announced the recent award of over $4.2 million in new work in its nuclear and non-nuclear simulation business sectors.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Provides Americas "State of the Union", Unveils Centum VP
February 11, 2008, Yokogawa once again chose the ARC Forum in Orlando to unveil its long-term strategic roadmap and to announce the latest evolution in teh Centum system line, the Centum VP, which of course stands for the company's new Vigilant Plant strategy.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Updates Status of Outstanding Filing Requirements
Burlington, Mass. – February 11, 2008 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that it did not file its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007 or its Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2007 by February 8, 2008, which was the extension date previously granted by the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Announces New Solution for Turbomachinery Control
Tokyo, Japan - February 5, 2008, Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of new input and output (IO) modules for turbomachinery control applications. These new modules are being released as part of the CENTUM VP integrated production control system.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Announces New Integrated Production Control System
Tokyo, Japan - February 5, 2008, Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of CENTUM VP, a new integrated production control system that will become the flagship platform for the VigilantPlant Operational Excellence initiative.   (read more...)
ABB Releases Latest Version of IndustrialIT ECS Enterprise Connectivity Solutions
February 1, 2008, ABB announced that it has released the newest version of its IndustrialIT ECS Enterprise Connectivity Solutions; this release includes enhancements for quicker integration of systems, improved performance, and simplified user interface.   (read more...)
Process Users Discuss Operations Skill Transfer at the Yokogawa User Conference
January 31, 2008, Yokogawa Electric Corporation hosted its 6th SBP (Solution Based Package) & OTS (Operator Training Simulator) users meeting on January 24 in Tokyo. There were 253 attendees from 91 user companies. Users of SBP and OTS had separate meetings before, but increasing requests among users resulted in this joint meeting.   (read more...)
Rockwell Automation Wins Readers' Choice Award for Process Automation System From CONTROL Magazine
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 31, 2008 — Rockwell Automation has been selected as this year’s best supplier of process control automation systems in CONTROL magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards. The award affirms the company’s commitment to availing a single, plant-wide control platform for process, discrete, batch, motion, safety and information disciplines.   (read more...)
Metafrax Awards Turn-Key Operator Training Simulator (OTS) Project to Hyperion
30th January 2008: Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd., the leading independent operator training simulator provider announced today that it has been awarded the supply and implementation of an Operator Training Simulator for the methanol plant of JSC Metafrax, at the city of Gubakha in the Perm region, Russia.   (read more...)
Solutia Inc. selects ProSimPlus HNO3 for the optimization of its Pensacola Plant
January 28, 2008, Solutia Inc., one of the world's few fully-integrated producers of nylon 6,6 from intermediates to polymers, plastics and fibers has selected the ProSimPlus HNO3 software to enhance the nitric acid production process in its Pensacola plant (Florida / USA).   (read more...)
CyboSoft Receives 2007 Frost & Sullivan
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., January 25, 2008 - CyboSoft today announced that it has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the recipient of its 2007 North America Technology Leadership Award in the field of Industrial Automation.   (read more...)
Emerson CEO Named Among the Best in America
ST. LOUIS, January 25, 2008 – Institutional Investor magazine has named David N. Farr, chairman, CEO and president of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), one of "The Best CEOs in America." Farr was named the top CEO in the electrical equipment and multi-industry category.   (read more...)
MiMiC Development Team and Tech. Director Awarded
25 January 2008, The MiMiC v3 Development Team recently received an award and special recognition from the President of Experitec, Larry Tietjen, for their outstanding efforts in the development of MiMiC v3. The team includes Dean Cook, Wayne Hoxsie, Aaron Johnson, Eric Childrey, as well as MYNAH's Director of Technology, Nobin William   (read more...)
MiMiC wins in 2008 CONTROL Magazine
22 January 2008, In the 16th Annual Control Magazine Readers' Choice Awards, MYNAH wins second place with 15% of the vote for simulation software. Martin Berutti, MYNAH's Director of Business Development, noted that "The category for the survey is very wide. Simulation Software can indicate several applications and it did. Rockwell with Pavilion is an advanced control application and does not compete in our market place.   (read more...)
gPROMS 3.0.4 released
January 17, 2008, We are pleased to announce the release of gPROMS v3.0.4. Though labelled as a minor release, v3.04 contains major performance improvements for the block-decomposition non-linear solver BDNLSOL which affect all gPROMS activities, including optimisation, parameter estimation and optimal experiment design.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Selected Preliminary Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2008
Burlington, Mass. – January 16, 2008 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced selected preliminary financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2008.   (read more...)
ABB’s Asset Optimization PAM
January 11, 2008 ABB recently briefed ARC on its 800xA Asset Optimization PAM (Plant Asset Management) solution. ABB’s 800xA's Asset Optimization provides real-time monitoring, notification and maintenance workflow process optimization   (read more...)
New Year Marks a New Era for AspenTech
January 11, 2008 AspenTech’s recent Industry Analyst Day meeting presented its vision, organizational changes, solution roadmap, new initiatives, and marketing strategy to analysts in a highly   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TO DESIGN INTEGRATED CONTROL SYSTEM FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S NEWEST LNG PLANT
PERTH, Western Australia, Jan. 10, 2008 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced a contract to provide the integrated control system for Woodside’s new Pluto liquefied natural gas (LNG) Project in Western Australia. The project, based on Woodside’s Pluto gas field north west of Karratha, is Western Australia’s first new LNG plant in more than 20 years. It is expected to produce 4.3 million tons of LNG per year.   (read more...)
Emerson introduces AccuMax™ technology for boiler, furnace operation improvement
SOLON, OHIO (January 9, 2008) – Emerson Process Management has introduced the AccuMax™ technology to enhance boiler and furnace efficiency and reduce emissions. The new feature of the company’s Rosemount® Analytical X-STREAM™ O2 analyzer helps customers maintain accurate oxygen measurements.   (read more...)
Emerson acquires The Automation Group
AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 8, 2008) – Emerson today announced that it has acquired The Automation Group (TAG) of Houston, Texas. TAG becomes part of Emerson Process Management, expanding Emerson’s capabilities for providing technical and management services for the design, engineering and implementation of process automation systems for the refinery, petrochemical, oil and gas production and other industries.   (read more...)
PSE opens PSE Korea
January 8,2008 : We are delighted to announce the opening of the PSE Korea subsidiary in Daejeon, Korea. This is PSE’s fourth international office outside the UK, and reflects the recent growth in demand for PSE’s software and services in this dynamic and rapidly expanding economy.   (read more...)
CCC and PetroChina Liaoyang Petrochemical Ethylene Plant: Two CGCs in Parallel are Running Automatically
January 7, 2008: Compressor Controls Corporation’s (CCC) field engineer Mr. Chenhong Ren, representing a team of CCC experts, received the Honorable Certificate issued by Mr. Fu, Director of PetroChina Liaoyang Petrochemical Ethylene Plant.   (read more...)
ISA Hosts First Scientific and Engineering Inter-Society Benchmarking Summit
Research Triangle Park, NC (10 December 2007) - ISA organized and hosted a summit entitled "Building and Preserving Association Relevancy into the Future" last week in Research Triangle Park, NC. The summit was a unique inter-society benchmarking   (read more...)
Siemens Announces Major Reorganization, Names New Division CEOs
December 7, 2007: Siemens AG has announced significant reorganization plans that will consolidate existing divisions into three sectors: Industry, Energy, and Healthcare. Changes will take effect in January 2008.   (read more...)
Chemoprojekt Selects Invensys Integrated LifeCycle Engineering, Simulation and Optimization Software for Projects Worldwide
Foxboro, MA, USA – December 5, 2007 – Invensys Process Systems today announced it has renewed and expanded its simulation software licensing agreement with Prague-based Chemoprojekt. Chemoprojekt is one of Central Europe's premier engineering, construction, and project management companies.   (read more...)
Yokogawa published Intellectual Property Report 2007
December 04, 2007. The development of new technologies is a key initiative under the VISION-21 and ACTION-21 corporate strategy that will carry us into the future. It is imperative for manufacturers as Yokogawa to continue investing in advanced R&D to develop and improve best-in-class, state-of-the-art technologies that will open the way to the future, while also securing and using this intellectual property to provide products and solutions offering higher added value.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Plant Resource Manager (PRM) Version R3.02
Tokyo, Japan - December 3, 2007.Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it has released the latest upgrade to its Plant Resource Manager (PRM™), version R3.02. PRM is a key component of Yokogawa's Asset Excellence initiative that integrates and manages maintenance information, monitors online conditions, and records historical data of assets ranging from field devices to plant equipment.   (read more...)
Oracle’s Technical Roadmap
December 1, 2007: Everyone is familiar with Oracle’s acquisition activity and there is plenty of press about the benefits to Oracle: filling in white spaces, growing the customer base, growing revenue, etc. All of these are good from an Oracle perspective   (read more...)
Yokogawa Receives Control System Order for Large Oil Refining Project in Qinzhou, China
Tokyo, Japan - November 29, 2007.Yokogawa Electric Corporation has received an order to supply control systems for a large oil refinery that is being constructed in Qinzhou by CNPC Guangxi Petrochemical Company Ltd., a subsidiary of one of the country's major oil companies, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). For this plant, which will have an annual refining capacity of 10 million tons, Yokogawa will be delivering the CENTUM CS3000 Integrated Production Control System.   (read more...)
ASPEN TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES “ENERGY ON ICE”
BURLINGTON, Mass. — November 27, 2007 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that it will host an international charity hockey game between an all-star team representing AspenTech and a group of all-stars from Russian natural gas exporter, Gazprom export. “   (read more...)
Become a Cyber-Security Pacesetter
November 27, 2007: Market competition in industry has traditionally driven the evolution of control systems. Over a decade ago, most control systems were autonomous and built upon proprietary vendor technology and the solutions were geared towards access to data, speed, and functionality (or reliability).   (read more...)
Yokogawa Announces Release of Largest Ever Coriolis Mass Flowmeter
Tokyo, Japan - November 27, 2007 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces today the release of the ROTAMASS XR Coriolis mass flowmeter, which is the largest ever product of its type and is capable of handling a maximum flow rate of 600 t/h.   (read more...)
Hyperion introduces a PI System comparison tool to obtain additional value from Operator
Athens, Greece. 19 November 2007. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd., the leading independent Operator Training Simulator supplier and provider of lump-sum turn-key solutions and services to the process industries worldwide, announced the availability of a PI system historian database comparison tool for use with process simulators.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ announces fourth quarter 2007 results
Edmonton, AB – November 8, 2007 —Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended August 31, 2007. Matrikon's president & CEO Nizar J. Somji commented on the quarter: "In contrast to our historic track record of growth and profitability, fiscal year 2007 has been a disappointment. Our poor performance is inexcusable given the continued strength of our resource industry end markets and given that our technology is becoming a necessity in our clients' businesses.   (read more...)
Yokogawa and BP Announce Global MAC Services Agreement
Tokyo, Japan - November 2, 2007: Yokogawa Electric Corporation is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Global Agreement with BP International Limited, one of the world's largest energy companies, to provide Main Automation Contractor Services ("MAC Services") for BP's Exploration and Production Segment. Under this arrangement, BP  
aspenONE Advanced Process Control for Polymers Solution Delivers Major Performance
BURLINGTON, Mass. — October 30, 2007 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN) today announced that PetroChina has achieved significant financial and operational benefits from implementing AspenTech’s aspenONE Advanced Process Control for Polymers solution on its Mitsui high density polyethylene (HDPE) unit in Daqing, China.   (read more...)
Rockwell Automation To Acquire Pavilion Technologies
MILWAUKEE – October 25, 2007 - Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Pavilion Technologies, Inc., a privately held company that is a recognized leader in advanced process control, production optimization and environmental compliance solutions for process and hybrid industries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.   (read more...)
3rd-Generation MiMiC Process Simulation Software Answers Long-Standing Chemical Industry Needs
25 October 2007, Experts in the chemical process industry have complained about the simulators in the past that did not have “sufficient fidelity” to “train personnel in process operation” without spending over $100K (McMillan 2005). Other complaints included “bizarre dynamic responses” and “fatal numerous errors.” Additionally, most simulators could not “accurately simulate batch operations and exothermic reactors.” “Empty vessels, zero flows, non-equilibrium conditions, and process non self-regulation [were] not properly addressed.”   (read more...)
Emerson engineers receive Excellence in Documentation award from ISA
Terry Blevins, Deji Chen, Mark Nixon, and Willy Wojsznis recognized for authoring the most outstanding technical paper published by ISA. AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 25, 2007) – Emerson Process Management engineers Terry Blevins, Deji Chen, Mark Nixon, and Willy Wojsznis have received the Instrument, Systems, and Automation (ISA) society's Excellence in Documentation award for their ISA EXPO 2006 technical paper, "Improving PID Control with Unreliable Communications." The annual award, which carries a $1,000 honorarium and plaque, recognizes authors for the "most outstanding" article, technical paper, or other document published by ISA.   (read more...)
Versata Announces Closing of Gensym Acquisition
AUSTIN, TX, October 25, 2007 – Privately-held Versata Enterprises and Gensym Corporation (Pink Sheets: GNSM), today announced the the acquisition of Gensym by Versata following the approval   (read more...)
New Invensys Software Enables Multiphase Flow Simulation from Microsoft® Excel - 24 October 2007
Lake Forest, CA, USA – October 23, 2007 – The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys Process Systems (www.simsci-esscor.com) today announced a new version of its PIPEPHASE® simulation software program that can use the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet as an interface. PIPEPHASE version 9.2 users can now drag and drop multiphase flow model parameters such as wellhead pressures, Gas Oil Ratios, PVT data, pipeline diameters, and IPR constants, directly into Excel spreadsheets.   (read more...)
Matrikon Launches Control Performance
hursday, October 18, 2007: Matrikon™, the world’s leader in managing plant data for operational excellence in the process industries, is pleased to announce the release of Matrikon Control Performance Monitor (previously known... Read More   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Receives Staff Determination from Nasdaq
BURLINGTON, Mass. – October 4, 2007 – Aspen Technology (Nasdaq: AZPN) today announced that it received a Nasdaq Staff Determination on October 1, indicating that the Company fails to comply with the filing requirements for continued listing set forth in Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(14) as a result of its failure   (read more...)
Shell Awards Dynamic Simulator Projects for its world-scale Ethylene Cracker to Hyperion
Watford UK, 3rd October 2007. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd, the leading independent Operator Training Simulator (OTS) supplier, announced today that it will supply multipurpose dynamic simulators for Shell’s new world-scale petrochemical complex, Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex* (“SEPC”) in Singapore.   (read more...)
ASPEN TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES NEW CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
BURLINGTON, Mass. — October 3, 2007 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that it is relocating its worldwide corporate headquarters from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Burlington, Massachusetts. The location of the new facility is designed to help the company meet its hiring and recruitment objectives.   (read more...)
ProSys Debuts Advanced Process Control Solution
October 2, 2007 – The industry’s first truly unified process control execution environment hits the market today at ISA Expo 2007, direct from ProSys. AgileOps is a server-based platform that integrates   (read more...)
Yokogawa Launches Lifecycle Management Program to Provide
Tokyo, Japan - September 28, 2007 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of the Lifecycle Management Program, an integrated package of solution services that optimizes maintenance by tailoring it to the customer's equipment lifecycle.   (read more...)
Invensys Delivers Advanced Operator Training Simulator to BP Zhuhai for PTA Expansion Project
FOXBORO, MA, USA – September 25, 2007 – Invensys Process Systems China recently delivered a fully-engineered DYNSIM-based operator training simulator (OTS) to BP Zhuhai (BPZ) for the No. 2 PTA   (read more...)
Matrikon and Meridian Energy scoop prestigious 2007 Engineers Australia Excellence Awards
Edmonton, September 25, 2007 - Matrikon™ Inc. (TSX:MTK) together with Meridian Energy have been honored with the 2007 Engineers Australia Excellence Awards (Newcastle Division) for its innovative Predictive Asset Management (PAM) system.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Enhances Value To Manufacturers With New Pavilion8 Release
Austin, TX – September 25, 2007 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced the release of Pavilion8 version 2.5, the modular software platform for Pavilion’s industry-specific solutions. The enhanced Pavilion8 platform powers all of Pavilion’s industry-specific applications through a common software architecture, including control and optimization, environmental compliance and production performance management.   (read more...)
Protomation finalist for Export Award 2007
Sittard, September 25, 2007: Protomation has been nominated as one of three finalists for the Limburg Export Award 2007. A varied jury including representatives from the Dutch   (read more...)
TiPS™ and UReason® Partner for Better Operator Awareness
September 18,2007: TiPS and UReason have formed a partnership to more closely align their respective alarm management and operator advisory technologies to deliver better plant condition alerts and advisory information, which empowers them to maximize production, safely and consistently.   (read more...)
Turner, Mason & Company’s Refinery Modeling Platform is Now Available in Haverly’s LP System
SANTA FE, New Mexico – September 18, 2007 -- Two major providers of decision support services to the hydrocarbon processing industry   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Selected Preliminary Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2007 Results
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – September 12, 2007 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced selected preliminary financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter 2007 and fiscal year ended June 30, 2007.   (read more...)
Hyperion Completes OTS Maintenance Project for BP Chemicals, Hull, UK
Watford UK, 12th September 2007. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd, the leading independent Operator Training Simulator (OTS) supplier, announced today that it had successfully completed an OTS upgrade project for BP Chemicals at Hull in the United Kingdom.   (read more...)
Strong Growth Reported by APC Specialists Aptitude
Cambridge UK , September 7th 2007: Aptitude, specialists in Advanced Process Control (APC) solutions to the oil, gas and chemicals industries, has seen record growth over the past year. Starting with a purely services base, the year has seen Aptitude expand its services and software product offerings.   (read more...)
PPL Corporation selects Matrikon Suite to deliver data visualization for its Equipment Reliability and Performance Center
Edmonton, Alberta – September 6, 2007 Matrikon (TSX:MTK) is pleased to announce that PPL Corporation has selected Matrikon Suite to provide an integrated platform for asset management and data visualization for its equipment reliability and performance center (ERPC), a “virtual” centralized monitoring facility which will initially cover two PPL fossil fuel plants in Pennsylvania.   (read more...)
ABB expects sustained growth and increased earnings from 2007 to 2011
Zurich, Switzerland, Sept. 5, 2007 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology company, expects sustained revenue growth and increased profitability under its new mid-term strategy for 2007 to 2011.   (read more...)
Letter to the Editor: Honeywell's Position on Upcoming HART Communication Foundation Vote
September 5, 2007: Dear Editor: This Friday, Sept. 7, the HART Communication Foundation (HCF) board plans to vote on the HART 7.0 specification, which includes the wireless specification known as WirelessHART. Honeywell, a board member of HCF, intends to vote no on this particular issue. I want to take this opportunity to share our position,   (read more...)
Mustang Creates Founders' Legacy
For Immediate Release:05-SEP-07 HOUSTON - Mustang Engineering (“Mustang”), a subsidiary of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), announced that it has created the Founders’ Legacy to honor the company’s founders – Paul Redmon, Bill Higgs and Felix Covington – upon Mustang’s 20th anniversary. Watkins Middle School of the Cypress-Fairbanks (“Cy-Fair”   (read more...)
The 1st Chemtech/ControlSoft National Challenge of Process Control was a success
August 30, 2007: From July 19th to 23th, 12 universities from all over Brazil participated on the 1st Chemtech/ControlSoft National Challenge of Process Control.   (read more...)
IPCOS, in cooperation with Naizak, opens a branch office in the Middle East
August 28, 2007: IPCOS has opened, in cooperation with Naizak, a branch office in Saudi Arabia. From this permanent basis in the Middle East IPCOS will provide Customer Support and Sales Activities   (read more...)
Yokogawa Receives Package Order to Supply Control Systems
Tokyo, Japan - August 22, 2007: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its Yokogawa System Center Europe and Yokogawa Engineering Asia subsidiaries have received a package order from Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd (SEPL)  
Chemtech is elected the best company to work in Brazil and the 4th best for young people
August 21, 2007: Chemtech has just received the title of Best Company to Work in Brazil! The results were announced last night, in São Paulo, during the Best Companies to Work in Brazil awarding ceremony, a research promoted by the Great Place to Work Institute (GPTW) and by Época magazine.   (read more...)
Mustang Expands Automation Capabilities Into Greenville, S.C.
HOUSTON – – Mustang Engineering (“Mustang”), a subsidiary of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), today announced the expansion of Mustang’s Automation and Control (MAC) business into Greenville, S.C. to support the company’s continued growth in the region.   (read more...)
ASPENTECH ANNOUNCES SEC SETTLEMENT
CAMBRIDGE, MA— July 31, 2007— Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN) (the “Company”), today announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has approved a settlement with the Company concerning the SEC's investigation, begun in 2004, regarding the Company's originally filed financial statements for fiscal years 2000-2004, which the Company restated in March 2005.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology to Present at Upcoming Conferences in August
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – July 30, 2007 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced its participation at two upcoming conferences in August.   (read more...)
GSE Systems Announces Strategic Partnership with SINOPEC Ningbo Engineering Company in China
Baltimore, MD, July 30, 2007 – GSE Systems, (GSE) (AMEX:GVP), a leading global provider of real-time simulation and training solutions to the energy, process, manufacturing and government sectors announced it has entered into a Strategic Partnership with SINOPEC Ningbo Engineering Company (SNEC). A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both parties earlier in the year. It allows for and encourages GSE and SNEC to explore, collaborate and together build high fidelity, real time simulators for the oil, chemical and petrochemical industries.   (read more...)
Yokogawa's Consolidated Financial Results for the First Quarter of the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2008
July 27, 2007: The percentages in the Net Sales, Operating Income, and other columns show the percentage increase/decrease since the same period of the preceding fiscal year.   (read more...)
Matrikon alarm management solution deployed at world’s largest synthetic fuels facility, Sasol Synfuels in Secunda
Edmonton, Alberta – July 26, 2007 - Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) today announced that Sasol’s Synfuels operations at Secunda is deploying Matrikon's alarm management solution throughout their plant. Sasol Synfuels, located in Secunda South Africa, host the world’s largest synthetic fuels facility.   (read more...)
Q2 net income doubles to $729 million
Zurich, Switzerland, July 26, 2007 - ABB today reported a strong increase in orders, revenues, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) and net income for the second quarter of 2007 as the result of continuing robust demand in all regions and businesses and further improvements in business execution.   (read more...)
CyboSoft Wins DOE SBIR Phase II Grant for Advanced Boiler Control
July 24, 2007 – CyboSoft (Rancho Cordova, California) today announced that it was rewarded an SBIR Phase II grant by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the research and development of Intelligent Control of Advanced Power Generation Systems Using Model-Free Adaptive Control Technology. The R&D work can result in an intelligent control system for controlling boilers in future energy plants that can deliver maximum-energy-efficiency, near-zero-emissions, fuel-flexibility, and multi-products. This could represent a major breakthrough for the combustion industry.   (read more...)
Chemtech wins the Great Place to Work Institute (GPTW) gold and silver prizes
July 19, 2007: The Great Place to Work Institute (GPTW) – main consulting institute for organizational environment of the world – and IDG Brazil – responsible for publishing one of the most well known and traditional TI and telecommunication magazines in the country – released last night the list of the Best Companies to Work for – TI and Telecom 2007.   (read more...)
CyboSoft and PI to Unveil a Breakthrough in Piezomotor Control
SAN FRANCISCO ,Calif., June 28, 2007 – Physik Instrumente (PI) and CyboSoft today announced they will unveil a revolutionary new capability for the control of ultrasonic piezomotors at SEMICON West in San Francisco, Calif., July 17-19, 2007.   (read more...)
Oklahoma’s Ventura Refining Uses Ingenious, Inc. for Simulation Training
June 27, 2007:Ventura Refining of Weathorford, OK, in partnership with Plant Process Equipment Inc, sent its ESH Manager, Bernie Romos, for extensive training on a dynamic simulator. Bernie will be training   (read more...)
HONEYWELL AGREES TO ACQUIRE ENRAF, SPECIALIZED INSTRUMENTS AND SOLUTIONS LEADER
PHOENIX, Arizona – (June 26, 2007) – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today it has signed a definitive agreement valued at approximately $260 million to acquire Enraf Holding B.V., a division of privately held Delft Instruments based in Delft, Netherlands. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Helps Emirates Team New Zealand In Pursuit Of America’s Cup
Austin, TX – June 26, 2007 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, is providing technology support for Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), winner of the 2007 Louis Vuitton Cup, as it enters the finals of the 32nd America’s Cup. Since 2002, ETNZ has used Pavilion’s modeling software to prepare its yacht and team to compete at peak performance. Primarily used in manufacturing to improve production processes   (read more...)
ABB wins $62-million control order for high-efficiency power plant in Germany
June 26, 2007 – ABB,Coal-fired plant will be among the world's most energy-efficient Zurich, Switzerland, The leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $62 million from the German utility, E.ON-Kraftwerke GmbH, to supply the complete process control system for a new high-efficiency power plant.   (read more...)
Matrikon Launches Free Information Visualization Software: Matrikon Operational Insight Lite
HOUSTON, June 25, 2007 – Matrikon, the world’s leader in information visualization technology, is pleased to announce the release of Matrikon™ Operational Insight Lite, a software tool to acquire, display, and analyze process data from both real-time and historical data sources.   (read more...)
ProSim enters a partnership with DECHEMA to distribute the DETHERM database
June 22, 2007 ProSim, the French process simulation software house, enters a partnership with DECHEMA, the German Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, to distribute the DETHERM database and associated software. The DETHERM database is the world largest factual database for raw thermo-physical property data (about 25 000 pure compounds and 100 000 mixtures covered) used for design and optimization of processes and plants.   (read more...)
Siemens Oil & Gas Offshore and UReason sign Integration Agreement
LEIDEN, NL – OSLO, NO (June 21, 2007) – Siemens Oil & Gas Offshore AS based in Oslo, the new subsidiary of Siemens to serve the oil and gas offshore market, and UReason, an innovative supplier of realtime operations advisory systems, signed an agreement whereby Siemens Oil & Gas Offshore AS will integrate UReason’s OASYS-AM solution for alarm management in their PIMAQ offering.   (read more...)
Matrikon Releases NetCalc Real-time calculation module for Operational Insight
EDMONTON, June 20, 2007 -- Matrikon. Inc. (TSX: MTK) announces the release of NetCalc, a real-time calculation module for its flagship web-based decision support platform, Matrikon™ Operational Insight (formerly known as ProcessNet).   (read more...)
Yokogawa and Maverick Technologies Announce New Agreement with Chevron
Tokyo, Japan - June 20 2007 - Yokogawa and Maverick Technologies announced today that their joint alliance has been selected as the main automation and control contractor for Chevron's global refineries in a long term agreement.  
Pavilion Technologies Has Record Growth In The Biofuels Industry
Austin, TX – June 18, 2007 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced that a surge of new customer wins have increased Pavilion’s ethanol market share to more than 20 percent of all ethanol plants that are operational in the U.S. today. Producers including East Kansas Agri-Energy, VeraSun Energy, Mid-Missouri Energy, Quad County Corn Processors and Yuma Ethanol have   (read more...)
GSE Systems Announces Private Placement Financing
Baltimore, Maryland, June 18, 2007 -- GSE Systems, Inc. (GSE) (AMEX:GVP), a leading global provider of real-time simulation and training solutions to the energy, process, manufacturing and government sectors, today announced that it has entered into agreements with two institutional investors for the private placement of 1,666,667 common shares at a price of $6.00 per share. Net proceeds to GSE from the transaction will be approximately $9.3 million, after deducting the fees and expenses of the placement agent.   (read more...)
Hyperion simulates the dynamic behavior of a Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit and predicts in advance the plant behavior
Athens, Greece. 12 June 2007. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd., the leading independent Operator Training Simulator supplier and provider of lump-sum turn-key solutions and services to the process industries worldwide, announced their participation in the 2007 AIChE Spring National Meeting, which took place in Houston, Texas on 23-26 April   (read more...)
IPCOS office in the Netherlands has moved
The office of IPCOS in the Netherlands has moved to a new address:   (read more...)
Ingenious has a new website
APC-network congradulates Ingenious on the new layout of the company's website. Ingenious specializes in providing simulation-based solutions to the process industries, including: oil and gas, refining, and chemical companies.  
ASPEN TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF AUSTRALIAN CHANNEL
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – June 7, 2007 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced its acquisition of Plant Solutions Pty, Ltd., AspenTech’s alliance partner in Australasia (Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea).   (read more...)
Gensym Launches G2 Version 8.3
BURLINGTON, Mass. – June 7, 2007 – Gensym Corporation (Pink Sheets: GNSM), a leading provider of rule engine software for mission-critical solutions, today announces the immediate availability of its flagship G2 Version 8.3 for real-time rule engine platform and all Gensym G2-based application products. The application products that are available with G2 Version 8.3 Release Portfolio are G2 ReThink® 5.1, G2 e-SCOR 5.1, G2 Optegrity® 5.1, G2 NeurOn-Line™ 5.1 and G2 Integrity™ 5.0. G2 Version 8.3 is available for Windows, Solaris SPARC, HP-UX, HP Tru64, IBM AIX and Linux Red Hat Operating Systems.   (read more...)
Nizar J. Somji becomes president & CEO of Matrikon Inc.
Edmonton, Alberta - June 5, 2007 Matrikon (TSX:MTK) announced today that Amin Rawji has stepped down as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and has resigned as a member of Matrikon’s board of directors effective immediately   (read more...)
MatrikonOPC Server for Motorola MOSCAD
EDMONTON, AB (PRWEB) June 4, 2007 - MatrikonOPC is pleased to announce the release of the MatrikonOPC Server for Motorola MOSCAD. This MatrikonOPC Server provides real-time data access to the Motorola family of MOSCAD Remote Terminal Units (RTUs).   (read more...)
Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Achieves ‘Phenomenal’ Results With AspenTech’s aspenONE®
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — June 4, 2007 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN) today announced that Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. (SPC) has realized significant financial and operational benefits by using the aspenONE Advanced Process Control for Polymers solution.   (read more...)
IPCOS has a new website
APC-network congradulates IPCOS on the new layout of the company's website.IPCOS provides high end products and services for automation and optimization. We provide solutions in different industries all over the world. We have experts for the chemical, glass, power and oil producing industries.   (read more...)
IOCL signs multi year, multi site CHEMCAD Process Simulation Software contract with (Axiom) Ingenious Inc.
Mumbai, 30th May 2007: Indian Oil Corporation Limited’s (IOCL) refineries at Panipat and Mathura and their R&D Center at Faridabad have signed major multi user, multi year license contracts for the CHEMCAD Process Simulation Software. The purchase was made through Axiom Engineers Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingenious Inc USA.   (read more...)
Training Simulator from Invensys Lands Excellence Award for Dow Corning
FOXBORO, MA, USA – May 22, 2007 – A SimSci-Esscor training simulator supplied by Invensys Process Systems for Dow Corning has been recognized as Best In Class and won a prestigious award in Dow Corning's Global Supply Chain Excellence Program.   (read more...)
LARSEN & TOUBRO EXPANDS USE OF aspenONE® PROCESS ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — May 22, 2007 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), today announced that Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), one of Asia’s largest engineering and construction companies, has signed a new multi-year license agreement for the aspenONE Process Engineering application suite. The agreement provides L&T with flexible access to an increased range of products which will help L&T deliver high value engineering services to its clients in the process industries both in India and internationally.   (read more...)
SIM4ME Portal - New, Easy-to-use Engineering Tool Delivers Advanced Simulation and Modeling Data to Excel Users
LAKE FOREST, CA, USA – May 21, 2007 – The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys Process Systems has introduced a new engineering tool that brings the power of advanced plant and process simulation and modeling to   (read more...)
Dave Emerson Receives Thomas G. Fisher Award
Tokyo, Japan - May 15, 2007 Yokogawa Electric Corporation is pleased to announce that Dave Emerson of Yokogawa Corporation of America has been awarded the Thomas G. Fisher Award presented by the World Batch Forum (WBF). This award was given May 1 at the WBF's annual meeting in Baltimore, MD.   (read more...)
Aptitude software tunes multiple PID loops at the touch of a button
Cambridge UK , May 14 th 2007: The new AptiTune™ multivariable PID tuning software package, to be launched at European Refining Technology Conference in Rome next week, is the first ever software solution that enables control engineers to simultaneously optimise the tuning of several interacting PID loops.   (read more...)
Dinesh Paliwal to leave ABB
Zurich, Switzerland, May 10, 2007 – ABB today announced that Dinesh Paliwal, President, Global Markets and Technology and a member of the Group Executive Committee, will leave ABB at the end of June to become chief executive of U.S.-based Harman International Industries.   (read more...)
Gensym Successfully Concludes G2 8.3 Beta Program
BURLINGTON, Mass. – May 9, 2007 – Gensym Corporation (Pink Sheets: GNSM), a leading provider of rule engine software for mission-critical solutions, today announces the completion of the G2 8.3 Rev.0 Beta Program.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for Third-Quarter Fiscal Year 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – May 9, 2007 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2007, ended March 31, 2007.   (read more...)
Matrikon welcomes Top Control & Everest Automation to Reseller Partner Program
Edmonton, Alberta - May 8, 2007 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) a leading provider of industrial intelligence solutions, today welcomed two members to its reseller partner program, both based in Quebec, Canada. Everest Automation will act as distributors for Matrikon products and Top Control will provide high-end consulting services   (read more...)
Matrikon delivers first end-to-end production management solution for oil sands developers
Edmonton, Alberta - May 7, 2007 Matrikon (TSX:MTK) is pleased to introduce Matrikon Production Management, the first end-to-end production management solution for oil sands developers. Matrikon Production Management tracks all product volumes as they move throughout the hydrocarbon supply chain to enable superior production   (read more...)
Intune Performance Improvement Suite is Engineers’ Choice for Product of the Year
May 2, 2007: ControlSoft announces that the readers of Control Engineering Magazine (CEM) have named Intune Version 5 Performance Improvement Suite as the 2006 Engineers’ Choice Product of the Year in the process control category. This is the third Product of the Year award that ControlSoft has received from CEM.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL’S ADVANCED PROCESS CONTROL TECHNOLOGY WINS ENGINEERS’ CHOICE AWARD
PHOENIX, May 2, 2007 – Honeywell’s (NYSE: HON) Profit Suite™, the company’s signature advanced process control technology used to optimize industrial plant operations, has been honored with an Engineers’ Choice Award from Control Engineering magazine. Profit Suite was one of 40 products recognized for technological advancement, market impact and service to the industry.   (read more...)
Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Honeywell for Superior Market Share-boosting Solutions and Customer Service
Palo Alto, Calif. — April 26, 2007 — Frost & Sullivan recently named Honeywell Process Solutions as the recipient of the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Leadership for its automation and software solutions in the oil and gas industry.   (read more...)
PSE releases gPROMS Advanced Model Library for crystallization
25 April 2007: New techniques for crystallization scale-up and optimization of operations Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), providers of the gPROMS advanced simulation and modeling environment, will officially release the gPROMS Advanced Model Library for Solution Crystallization (AML:SC) at INTERPHEX.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Releases Enhanced Version of STARDOM Network-based Control System
Tokyo, Japan - April 24, 2007 On April 25, Yokogawa Electric Corporation will release an enhanced version of the STARDOM Network-based Control System (NCS) with new features such as CSA explosion protection certification. STARDOM already has been certified as meeting the FM standard in the United States and the Type “n” explosion protection standard in Europe.   (read more...)
Major gas producer selects Matrikon alarm management solution for new plant
Edmonton, Alberta – April 19, 2007 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) today announced that one of the worlds largest gas processing companies based in the Middle East is deploying Matrikon’s alarm management solution for a plant expansion following the successful completion of alarm management solutions at other facilities.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ announces second quarter 2007 results
Edmonton, AB –April 12, 2007 —Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2007, which ended February 28, 2007.   (read more...)
Wurldtech Recognizes Robustness of CENTUM CS 3000 R3
Tokyo, Japan - April 12, 2007 : Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that tests conducted by Wurldtech Security Inc. have conclusively shown that its CENTUM CS 3000 R3 Integrated Production Control System and ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System offer robust protection against cyber attacks.   (read more...)
Aptitude Ltd spreading experience through training
Cambridge UK, April 11th 2007 Aptitude, leaders in high performance APC solutions, have just announced the dates of their MVC and Process Control Fundementals courses. The courses are the first in a series to be rolled out over the coming months and are designed to give practical, independent and up-to-date training over a range of topical APC issues.   (read more...)
Invensys Awarded the Operator Training Simulation project for Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal in Louisiana
FOXBORO, MA, USA – April 11, 2007 – Invensys Process Systems (www.invensys.com/ps) announces that it has been selected to implement the Operator Training Simulation (OTS) system for Cheniere Energy, Inc’s Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal being built in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TECHNOLOGY GAUGES SAFETY SYSTEM HEALTH AND RELIABILITY
PHOENIX, April 10, 2007 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has introduced a unique set of technology and services designed to help industrial professionals monitor the health and reliability of safety instrumented systems (SIS). By precisely monitoring system status, Honeywell SIS-Health Monitoring reduces unnecessary maintenance and engineering of these systems and minimizes failures, which can lead to safety incidents and unexpected plant downtime.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Obtains FSM Certification
Tokyo, Japan - April 9, 2007: Yokogawa Electric Corporation and its subsidiary Yokogawa India Ltd. announce that their safety instrumented system engineering operations have obtained Functional Safety Management (FSM) certification from TÜV Rheinland, a German certification body.   (read more...)
Emerson to provide supervisory control for wind farm network in United Kingdom
WATERTOWN, CONN (April 9, 2007) – Emerson Process Management announced today that it has been awarded a contract by npower renewables, one of the UK's leading renewable energy companies, to provide a wide area data gathering system to connect 19 active wind farms to their corporate headquarters, operations center, and regional centers, all in various locations within the UK.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Hosts ValueForum ‘07 May 14-17
Austin, TX – April 9, 2007 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced plans to hold its third annual worldwide user conference, “ValueForum ‘07: Unlock Your Potential,” at the Hilton hotel in downtown Austin, Texas, May 14-17.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Secondary Offering of 18,000,000 Shares of Common Stock
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – April 9, 2007 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that it has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a secondary offering of 18,000,000 shares of common stock.   (read more...)
ISA to Present New Alarm Management Standard at Matrikon Summit 2007
EDMONTON, April 4, 2007 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) is pleased to announce the participation of the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) as an exhibitor and presenter at Matrikon™ Summit 2007, the technology conference for process industry executives, process control engineers and other professionals.   (read more...)
Control professionals vote Triconex top safety systems maker for eleventh consecutive year
April 3, 2007: The Triconex unit of Invensys Process Systems has announced that readers of CONTROL magazine again rated the company as the top manufacturer of Safety/Emergency Shutdown Systems for the process control and automation industry. This is the eleventh consecutive year that Triconex has won First Place for this category in the annual CONTROL magazine Readers Choice Awards.   (read more...)
Mid-Missouri Energy Boosts Ethanol Production with Pavilion Technologies
Austin, TX – April 2, 2007 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced that Mid-Missouri Energy has achieved over $3 million in annual benefits through implementation of Pavilion’s Dryer Control Application at the company’s Malta Bend, Missouri plant. The deployment enabled Mid-Missouri Energy to improve process efficiencies and resolve bottlenecks throughout the drying process,   (read more...)
Hyperion sponsors and participates in CHENIGMA 2007, Sinhagad College of Engineering, Pune, India.
Pune, India, 29 March 2007. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd., the leading independent Operator Training Simulator supplier and provider of lump-sump turn-key solutions and services to process industries worldwide, announced the sponsorship and participation in CHENIGMA 2007 (www.sinhagad.edu) at the Chemical Engineering college premises, Pune, India.   (read more...)
IBM and Honeywell Collaborate on Innovative Solutions at Freeport LNG
HOUSTON, TX, March 28, 2007 – Today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced a collaborative project with Honeywell (NYSE:HON) for the delivery of business process integration and manufacturing execution systems (MES) at the new liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal being built by Freeport LNG Development, L.P. on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas.   (read more...)
TU Delft and PSE to collaborate on crystallisation modelling
28 March 2007: Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), provider of the gPROMS Advanced Process Modelling (APM) software, and Delft University of Technology (DUT) department of Process & Energy have signed an agreement to collaborate in the delivery of crystallisation modelling technology to industry.   (read more...)
Conference on Advances in Process Control organised by the IChemE
APC8 is the eighth in the series of triennial conferences on Advances in Process Control organised by the IChemE and its Process Management & Control Subject Group.   (read more...)
Nasdaq Confirms AspenTech in Compliance with Listing Requirements
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – March 21, 2007 – Aspen Technology (Nasdaq: AZPN) today announced that it has received notification from the Nasdaq Stock Market that its filing delinquency has been cured and that the previously requested hearing concerning Aspen Technology’s request for continued listing has been canceled.   (read more...)
TriSolutions becomes a Matrikon Solution Provider Partner
March 21, 2007: Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) a leading provider of industrial intelligence solutions, today announced that TriSolutions, based in Porto Alegre, Brazil has joined Matrikon’s Solution Provider Program to distribute, integrate and support Matrikon products and solutions in the Brazilian market.   (read more...)
PSE introduces gPROMS and ModelCare to India
21 March 2007: PSE introduces gPROMS and ModelCare to India Process Systems Enterprise (PSE) today announced the introduction of the company’s gPROMS Advanced Process Modelling (APM) software and associated ModelCare services in India.  
Carbon Foot print Poster
A poster from Carbon Trust to make staff aware of carbon footprints.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL WINS PROCESS AUTOMATION AND FIELDBUS PROJECT WITH KPPC
MILAN, Italy, March 14, 2007 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has been awarded a $7 million contract to implement an Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS14and FOUNDATION* Fieldbus solution at a new chemical plant operated by Kuwait Paraxylene Production Company (KPPC).   (read more...)
Cuttack Engineering College licenses ProDyn – An Operator Training Simulator
March, 12, 2007: Mumbai: Dhaneshwar Rath Institute of Engineering and Management Studies, Cuttack, Orissa, has licensed ProDyn – A Dynamic Operator Training Simulator (OTS). The purchase was made through Axiom Engineers Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingenious Inc.   (read more...)
Aker Kvaerner Awards Invensys the Automation Contract for Frassroots LNG Terminal in Louisiana
FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS, USA – March 8, 2007 – Invensys Process Systems has won an automation contract from Aker Kvaerner, Inc., a subsidiary of Aker Kvaerner ASA, that includes Foxboro (www.foxboro.com) distributed control systems (DCS), Triconex (www.triconex.com) safety systems and fire & gas systems, and Foxboro instrumentation.   (read more...)
Information Visualization in Mandarin
EDMONTON – March 7, 2007 Matrikon, Inc. [TSX: MTK], is pleased to announce the upcoming release of extended language support for ProcessNet, their industry-leading information visualization system. The first extended language that ProcessNet will be translated to is Mandarin, with a Beta release set for March 12.   (read more...)
Emerson introduces DeltaV™ InSight next-generation control performance application
AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 5, 2007) — Emerson Process Management has announced the availability of the DeltaV™ InSight integrated control performance software as part of DeltaV version 9.3 release. DeltaV InSight is an integrated application used to monitor, analyze, diagnose, and improve control loop performance   (read more...)
Chemtech US office has new chairman
Feb 14, 2007: Ivan Cook, 43 years old, is the new chairman of the Chemtech office in Houston, TX, USA. Ivan is an American mechanical engineer who worked at Siemens Energy & Automation for 21 years. When he left that part of the company he was the National Account Manager for ExxonMobil.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Wins Environmental Business Journal IT Merit Award
Austin, TX – February 27, 2007 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced that it has received a Business Achievement Award in the Information Technology (IT) Merit category from the Environmental Business Journal (EBJ).   (read more...)
The status of engineers - 10 Downing Street's online petition
Feb 26, 2007: Astronautics engineer Jon Jennings has this week leapt on the online petition bandwagon to call for the title of "engineer" to be a protected title. Jennings has joined an escalating list of people using 10 Downing Street's online petition trial to drum up support for his campaign to restore respect in engineers.   (read more...)
Explosion at BP Refinery, Texas City Animation Video
See an animation video of the BP Texas City explosion and the events leading up to it as published by the U.S chemical safety board.   (read more...)
Vast energy projects feel heat from rising expenses
February, 22, 2007, 09:23 AM Doha Time LONDON: Multi-billion dollar energy projects are under threat from rising steel and labour costs – and the more ambitious the scheme the more vulnerable it is. ExxonMobil abandoned its plans   (read more...)
HONEYWELL RELEASES LATEST VERSION OF ADVANCED PROCESS CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
Feb. 22, 2007: Honeywell today released Profit Suite® R300, the latest version of the company’s advanced process control technology for optimizing operations and improving business results at processing plants.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Receives Staff Determination from Nasdaq
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – February 16, 2007 – Aspen Technology (Nasdaq: AZPN) today announced that it received a Nasdaq Staff Determination on February 15, 2007, indicating that the Company fails to comply with the filing requirements for continued listing set forth in Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(   (read more...)
Oracle releases Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database 7
Feb 15, 2007: Oracle’s TimesTen In-Memory Database Release 7 is now available, featuring better integration and caching with Oracle Database 10g to meet instant response times and high-throughput requirements of real-time users.   (read more...)
PricewaterhouseCoopers Issues First Industry Survey Of Emissions Monitoring And Reporting Suppliers
Austin, TX – February 15, 2007 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model based software, is profiled in a recently released report by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ entitled Getting the Data Right. This ground-breaking report offers an in-depth review of Greenhouse Gas emissions monitoring and reporting technology solutions provided by Pavilion Technologies and six other providers.   (read more...)
Hyperion Delivers Operator Training Simulator to Luberef, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
Athens, Greece, 15th February 2007. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd., the leading independent Operator Training Simulator (OTS) supplier announces the successful delivery of a full-scope operator training simulator for the lubricants refinery of Luberef II in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.   (read more...)
Chemtech US office has new chairman
Feb 14, 2007: Ivan Cook, 43 years old, is the new chairman of the Chemtech office in Houston, TX, USA. Ivan is an American mechanical engineer who worked at Siemens Energy & Automation for 21 years. When he left that part of the company he was the National Account Manager for ExxonMobil.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL SECURES PLANT AUTOMATION APPLICATIONS & PIPELINE AUTOMATION SYSTEM (PAA & PAS) PROJECT CONTRACT FROM DOLPHIN ENERGY
ABU DHABI, Feb. 13, 2007 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced it has been awarded a $13.5 million dollar contract to provide a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for Dolphin Energy’s Plant Automation Applications & Pipeline Automation System (PAA & PAS) Project. The project will use Honeywell’s Business FLEX applications, integrated with third-party technologies   (read more...)
MatrikonOPC Server for BACnet brings OPC to building automation
EDMONTON, AB. February 13, 2007 MatrikonOPC™, a division of Matrikon Inc. [TSX: MTK], is pleased to announce the release of the MatrikonOPC Server for BACnet. MatrikonOPC worked with Cimetrics, a world leader in BACnet analysis, to develop an OPC server that enables users to easily create large-scale centralized building control and monitoring systems that are controlled from a “single seat” workstation.   (read more...)
Nizar J. Somji returns to Matrikon as interim CFO
Edmonton, Alberta - February 12, 2007 Matrikon (TSX:MTK) is pleased to announce that Nizar J. Somji has returned to Matrikon’s management team as interim chief financial officer. Nizar founded Matrikon in 1988 and was chief executive officer until December 2005 at which time he retired to become Chairman of Matrikon’s board.   (read more...)
Improving cyber security at oil and gas plants
Feb 12, 2007: Sensitive to possible threats to oil and gas industry process control networks and related systems, the US government brought together 14 organisations in an effort to identify new types of security sensors.   (read more...)
Perceptive Engineering Ltd will be presenting a paper at the IET Water Event
'From Control Set-point to KPI' will be presented by David Lovett, MD, Perceptive Engineering Ltd. in April.   (read more...)
Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Selects Pavilion Technologies to Meet Polymer Market Demand in China
Austin, TX – February 7, 2007 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced an agreement with Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Co. to deploy Pavilion’s Polymer Solution on six polymer lines at the company’s manufacturing facility in the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park.   (read more...)
Chemtech likely to contribute to Brazil-USA Bio-fuels agreement
Feb, 2 2007: For the last few years Chemtech has been getting ready to provide the required technological support to ethanol plants in Brazil. Thus, Chemtech would have a better understanding of the vast increase in the global demand for bio-fuels and apply cutting-edge technology to the ethanol industry.   (read more...)
THE BP U.S. REFINERIES INDEPENDENT SAFETY REVIEW PANEL
Resources for plant, equipment, and systems. BP has undertaken a $1 billion improvement program at Texas City3 to renovate major units, modernize process control systems on major units, install a new maintenance management system, enhance alarm systems, and remove blowdown stacks in heavier-than-air light hydrocarbon service.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Selected Financial Results for Second-Quarter Fiscal Year 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— February 6, 2007 -- Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced selected financial results for its fiscal 2007 second quarter, ended December 31, 2006.   (read more...)
ABB starts Lummus Global divestment process
Feb, 2 2007 - Zurich, Switzerland, Feb. 2, 2007 – In recent years, the ABB Group has been successfully implementing its strategy to focus on its strengths in power and automation technologies.   (read more...)
AspenTech’s Groundbreaking Advance in Physical Property Technology
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — January 31, 2007 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN) today announced a milestone accomplishment as a result of combining the company’s thermophysical and thermochemical property data sets with those maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).   (read more...)
Build an Operator Interface according to ASM Effective Operator Display Design Guidelines
January 30, 2007: Honeywell has made the HMIWeb Solution Pack R300 shape library for Experion R300 available to all customers. It is designed to enable display designers to build an operator interface that meets the ASM Consortium's Effective Operator Display Design   (read more...)
Honeywell Acquires PAS Advanced Process Controls Business
Houston, Texas - January 30, 2007 PAS, a leading global supplier of software products and consulting services for the process industries, announced today that it has sold its highly-regarded Advanced Control & Optimization (APC&O) business to Honeywell International. The transaction includes the linear and non-linear controls and optimization technologies, as well as all related customer contracts and personnel.   (read more...)
Shell sells L.A. refinery to Tesoro
NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Monday January 29: Shell (LSE: RDSB.L - news) <RDSa.L> said on Monday it was selling its Los Angeles refinery and related assets to Tesoro Corp (NYSE: TSO - news) . <TSO.N>, as the oil major further reduces its exposure to the refining industry.   (read more...)
Microsoft Vista: Should you buy now?
January 29 2007: (Fortune Magazine) -- What does Windows Vista have in common with the just-christened nuclear aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush? Answer: They are both powerful flagships of technology that took five years and billions of dollars to build.   (read more...)
No-cost Information Visualization Software: Matrikon™ Operational Insight Lite
HOUSTON, January 29, 2007 Matrikon, the world’s leader in information visualization technology, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Matrikon Operational Insight Lite, a software tool to acquire, display, and analyze OPC data. It includes the ability to access both real-time and historical data.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ and Umetrics sign partner agreement
Edmonton, AB January 29, 2007, Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK) and Umetrics Inc. today announced a partner agreement to provide a combination of software packages for the seamless installation of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) solutions for the pharmaceutical market.   (read more...)
Matrikon acquires content intelligence system company Axonwave
Edmonton, Alberta - February 21, 2007 Matrikon (TSX:MTK) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Axonwave Software Inc., a private company based in Vancouver, BC. Established in 1999, Axonwave grew out of the natural language laboratory at Simon Fraser University led by Dr. Fred Popowich, a recognized leader in the field of linguistic computing.   (read more...)
Emerson awarded $1.7M contract for performance monitoring of equipment across four trains at Atlantic LNG'S plant in Trinidad
AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 24, 2007) – Emerson Process Management has been awarded a $1.7 million contract by Atlantic LNG to analyze the economic and operating performance of additional process and mechanical equipment at the company's Liquefied Natural Gas plant in Point Fortin,   (read more...)
PetroChina Dushanzi Petrochemical Company selects comprehensive SimSci-Esscor operator training system from Invensys
Foxboro, MA, USA – January 24, 2007 – Invensys Process Systems has been awarded an operator training system contract by PetroChina Dushanzi Petrochemical Company. The implementation will provide a comprehensive SimSci-Esscor operator training simulator (OTS)   (read more...)
U.S. Drivers Want Ethanol
Austin, TX – January 24, 2007 - A survey of more than 2,500 drivers across the United States revealed that a majority of drivers (95%) who currently do not use biofuels could be encouraged to make the switch from conventional gasoline. The survey, commissioned by Pavilion Technologies and conducted by Harris Interactive, uncovers drivers’ perceptions and usage patterns of biofuels in America.   (read more...)
Chemtech recognized by UN as Global Compact signatory
January 22, 2007: Before leaving Office as Secretary-General of the UN (United Nations) Kofi Annan accepted Chemtech's request to sign up for the Global Compact, a voluntary initiative that aims at providing guidelines for the promotion of sustainable growth and citizenship through committed and innovating corporate leadership   (read more...)
Lyondell Signs Agreement for PlantTriage Software
Hartland, Wis., Jan. 15, 2007 — ExperTune Inc. announced that Lyondell Chemical Company has executed an agreement to license PlantTriage® Performance Supervision Software at up to 25 of its manufacturing facilities worldwide.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ announces first quarter 2007 results
Edmonton, AB - January 10, 2007 - Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2007, which ended November 30, 2006   (read more...)
Statoil’s Kollsnes gas facility raises plant availability while minimising costs
09 Jan 2007: Statoil, a major supplier of natural gas to the European market and one of the world’s leading producers of crude oil, strives for pacesetting performance across its asset base. So, with tight demand for gas causing price spikes, management at the Kollsnes gas treatment plant west of Bergen, Norway, investigated improvement opportunities.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Comments on Civil Complaint Filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission Against Three Former Officers and the Criminal Complaint
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – January 8, 2007 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, has learned that the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) today filed a civil enforcement action in federal court alleging securities fraud and other violations against three former officers of the Company, David L.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology to Present at the 9th Annual Needham Growth Conference
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – January 4, 2007 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced its President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Fusco, and its Chief Financial Officer, Brad Miller, will present at   (read more...)
ExperTune and TiPS Announce User’s Conference
January 3, 2007: ExperTune and TiPS have announced their 2007 User’s Conference, to be held April 17-19, in Austin, Texas. The conference theme, “Build a Stronger Automation Foundation”, captures the essence of the event, which will focus on technologies and techniques that restore and strengthen your automation infrastructure.   (read more...)
MUSTANG FORMS ALLIANCE WITH CUTLER TECHNOLOGY TO PROMOTE ADVANCED PROCESS CONTROL APPLICATION
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Mustang Engineering (“Mustang”), a subsidiary of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), has formed an alliance with Cutler Technology Corporation (“CTC”) to be the preferred independent service provider for CTC’s new [ADMC]™ adaptive multivariable controller and CTC-Sim operator training technology.   (read more...)
Chemtech helps in the modernization of platforms
December 29, 2006: One of the largest and most respected newspapers in Brazil published last Wednesday, on page 20 of its Economy section, that "Petrobras incorporated more than 400 million barrels of oil   (read more...)
Chemtech will increase its market share in Asia in 2007
December 28, 2006: During an interview for a newspaper of the trade and industry area, Chemtech CEO Luiz Eduardo Rubião declared that the company will enhance its participation in South-East Asia this coming year.   (read more...)
Invensys and Cutler Technology Corp. sign global Advanced Process Control agreement
December 19, 2006: Invensys Process Systems (Foxboro, MA) announced at a press conference here today that it has signed a sales and marketing agreement with Cutler Technology Corp. (San Antonio, TX). Under this agreement, Invensys Process Systems becomes a global re-seller and a certified implementer for CTC's patented Adaptive Dynamic Matrix Controller (ADMC)™ technology. This technology represents the first major development in Advanced Process Control (APC) in 30 years.  
Matrikon(tm) expands European footprint through acquisition of ICS
Edmonton, Alberta -December 15, 2006 Matrikon (TSX:MTK) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Industrial Control Software Limited (ICS), a profitable private company based in Matlock, England. Established in 1989, ICS provides process control software and alarm monitoring and analysis solutions which are complementary to Matrikon's solutions.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL RECOGNIZED FOR PIONEERING INNOVATIONS BY MEMBERS OF ARIZONA’S TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY
PHOENIX, Dec. 15, 2006– Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced today it was honored with the 2006 Pioneering Innovation Award at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) in Arizona   (read more...)
Essar Oil Standardizes on aspenONE Solutions
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — December 14, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), today announced that Essar Oil, part of the Essar Group, one of India’s largest corporations, has signed a major license agreement to use aspenONE for Energy solutions to support its new refinery operations.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TO CONSOLIDATE PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS AT JAPANESE REFINERY
TOKYO, Dec. 13, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been awarded a $2.5 million contract from TonenGeneral Sekiyu to oversee the Wakayama Control House Consolidation Project – which will combine the oil refinery’s existing process control operations into one central location.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TO CONSOLIDATE PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS AT JAPANESE REFINERY
TOKYO, Dec. 13, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been awarded a $2.5 million contract from TonenGeneral Sekiyu to oversee the Wakayama Control House Consolidation Project – which will combine the oil refinery’s existing process control operations into one central location. Additionally, TonenGeneral Sekiyu has selected Honeywell to   (read more...)
TVK Selects aspenONE Advanced Process Control for
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — December 12, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), today announced that Tisza Chemical Group (TVK), a leading petrochemical producer in Central Europe and member of the MOL Group, is implementing aspenONE Advanced Process Control applications at two major new ethylene and polyethylene plants.   (read more...)
Global pact: Advanced process controls to benefit hydrocarbon industry
Control Engineering -- December 12, 2006 Dallas, TX—Hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) plants will use previously untapped production capacity with advanced process control technologies as a result of an agreement between Invensys Process Systems and Cutler Technology Corp. (CTC), say the two companies.   (read more...)
Honeywell Highlights Growth, New Technology in EMEA Region (ARC Report)
December 7, 2006: At Honeywell Process Solutions' recent EMEA Users Group Conference in Seville, Spain, the host company brought its wireless market message to key customers (more about that later), but the message here was not only about new technology, but about a new business climate among Honeywell’s EMEA customers.   (read more...)
PAS and Intergraph Team for Improved Automation Configuration Management
Houston, Texas - December 07, 2006: PAS , the leading global supplier of people and asset solutions and Intergraph Corporation, the leading global provider of spatial information management ( SIM ) software, today announced the integration of the SmartPlant Instrumentation software (powered by INtools) from Intergraph with the Integrity software from PAS , which will facilitate improved management of automation assets in the process industries.   (read more...)
Chemtech Office in São Paulo celebrates its 5th Anniversary
December 6, 2006: After November 2001, Chemtech decided to expand its business to São Paulo. Now, this 'carioca' company has a total of seven offices in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Manaus, and Porto Alegre) and in the United States.   (read more...)
Invensys awarded multi-million dollar contract to upgrade Foxboro control systems at Saudi Aramco’s two largest gas plants
Invensys Process Systems today announced that it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Saudi Aramco to upgrade the existing Foxboro distributed control systems (DCS) at Saudi Aramco’s Shedgum and ‘Uthmaniyah Gas Plants.   (read more...)
Invensys wins multi-million dollar automation and safety contract for Yemen grassroots LNG plant
Invensys Process Systems has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide Foxboro (www.foxboro.com) distributed control systems (DCS), and Triconex (www.triconex.com) safety systems and fire & gas systems for the Yemen LNG Company Ltd.   (read more...)
Sinopec Yangzi Realizes Significant Benefits with Pavilion Technologies’ Polymer Solution
Austin, TX – December 4, 2006 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced Sinopec Yangzi, a leading petrochemical producer in China, has achieved considerable production benefits from the deployment of Pavilion’s Polymer Solution.   (read more...)
BP joins ASM Consortium
December 1, 2006: We are pleased to announce that BP has joined the ASM Consortium as a User Member. BP brings considerable experience in areas related to ASM®, including its vision of future refinery operations and work in the area of early event detection.   (read more...)
Hyperion to provide Dynamic Simulation engineering study with ENI Snamprogetti
Watford UK , 1 st December 2006 . Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd., the leading independent OTS supplier provides high quality custom made solutions and services to process industries worldwide, has announced that will perform a dynamic simulation engineering study on a train of gas gathering compressors.   (read more...)
Chemtech is considered the best IT & Telecom company to work for in Brazil
Novmber 30, 2006: A new survey pointed out Chemtech as the best company to work for in Brazil. Computerworld magazine has disclosed this very day the ranking of the 30 best companies of the industry; the survey was organized by Great Place to Work Institute (GPTW) and placed Chemtech on top of the list. The survey has highlighted above all partnership and acknowledgement as daily company routines.   (read more...)
Global Operations Required Significant Changes
Managing energy costs is critical to the success of any industrial gas company. The highest operating cost incurred in air separation processes is the cost of electricity.   (read more...)
Invensys Provides Advanced Training Facility for Dow Corning Operators
FOXBORO, MA, USA – November 13, 2006 – Dow Corning, the global manufacturer of silicon-based materials, is using a dynamic simulator, built and implemented by Invensys Process Systems, to train operators at its Barry, South Wales production facility in the UK. It is anticipated that use of the simulator will result in significant savings   (read more...)
East Kansas Agri-Energy Realizes Millions in Annual Value with Pavilion Technologies
Austin, TX – November 13, 2006 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, announced today that East Kansas Agri-Energy is expected to achieve an estimated annual value of well over $2.5 million through the deployment of Pavilion’s Ethanol Solution at its Garnett, Kansas plant. The success of this project further bolsters Pavilion’s leadership position in delivering significant value to the ethanol industry.   (read more...)
BP blast investigators seek pressure relief
November 9, 2006: Federal investigators examining a major explosion at BP’s Texas City, Tex., refinery called on the U.S. oil industry to eliminate the use of blowdown drums.   (read more...)
Safety Manager R110 Integrates with Honeywell’s UniSim Simulation Tools, Field Device Manager, Fire and Gas Detectors and Third-Party Systems
PHOENIX, Nov. 8, 2006– Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced the release of the newest version of its safety instrumented system (SIS), Honeywell Safety Manager Release 110. Safety Manager is a   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for First-Quarter Fiscal Year 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – November 7, 2006 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced its financial results for its fiscal 2007 first quarter, ended September 30, 2006. For the quarter ended September 30, 2006, AspenTech reported total revenue of   (read more...)
Abnormal Situation Management Expert, Ian Nimmo, Partners with PAS for Next Alarm Management Workshop
Houston, Texas - November 07, 2006 PAS and Abnormal Situation Management Expert, Ian Nimmo, join together to co host the next session of the highly successful Alarm Management Workshop Certification Series in San Francisco on December 7th and 8th.   (read more...)
Chemtech will participate in the 2006 Annual AIChE Meeting
Chemtech will participate in the 2006 Annual AIChE Meeting and present three papers: Modeling and Simulation of a Pyrolysis Reactor for Slurry Feed, Modeling and Simulation of Oil-Water Separation   (read more...)
HONEYWELL EXPANDS OPERATIONS INTO EAST AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 6, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced today that it is expanding its presence in east Africa through a partnership agreement with Nairobi-based Pegrume Group. The agreement is part of Honeywell’s strategy to accelerate growth across the region and provide strong industrial security capabilities to Kenya.   (read more...)
SimSci-Esscor and DNV Software deliver improved flare modeling analysis for plant safety design applications.
LAKE FOREST, CA, USA – November 6, 2006 – The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys and DNV Software have developed a link between SimSci-Esscor’s VISUAL FLOW safety system design software   (read more...)
Leaders exchange technologies to boost fieldbus interoperability
The ongoing drive for global fieldbus standards has received a huge boost with the announcement of a tie up between two of the world’s leading suppliers   (read more...)
Chemtech releases fiscal-year balance sheet
November 1, 2006: One month after the official closure of the 2006 fiscal year, Chemtech released balance sheets covering its business from October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006. According to the company, the last movements show that nowadays 80% of the Chemtech projects are concentrated in the oil & gas industry, 10% in metals & mining, 5% in water, and 5% in the entertainment industry.   (read more...)
Emerson and OSIsoft continue successful alliance to provide superior data management solutions
AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 31, 2006) — Process automation leader Emerson Process Management and OSIsoft, Inc. the leader in performance management software, today announced continuation of their global value added reseller agreement of the last three years. Emerson will continue   (read more...)
AspenTech Vice President Dr. Basil Joffe Receives Prestigious Award for Developing Process Industry Planning Systems
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — October 31, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), today announced that its Vice President of Technology, Dr Basil Joffe, has been awarded the 2006 Computing Practice Award by the Computing & Systems Technology Division   (read more...)
ERTC ASSET MAXIMISATION THROUGH COMPUTING AND RELIABILITY CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS!
October 30, 2006: ERTC ASSET MAXIMISATION THROUGH COMPUTING AND RELIABILITY CONFERENCE is the premier independent European forum for these subjects. They are of specific interest to the oil production, oil refining, petrochemical, power industries.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Announces World's First CAMS Alarm Management Solution
Tokyo, Japan - October 26, 2006 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the launch of Consolidated Alarm Management Software for Human Interface Station (CAMS for HIS), the world's first alarm management solution to utilize the Consolidated Alarm Management System (CAMS)   (read more...)
Atkins Extends Commitment to aspenONE™ Process Engineering Solutions
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — October 24, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), today announced that Atkins, a leading international design and engineering firm, has signed a new multi-year license agreement for the aspenONE Process Engineering application suite.   (read more...)
Chemtech takes part in the American production and refining market
October 23, 2006: The American market currently refines around 20 million oil barrels a day for internal consumption, and is ranked as the largest oil consumer market globally, according to Reuters news agency.   (read more...)
Süd-Chemie AG chooses gPROMS
Release date: 23 October 2006 Süd-Chemie AG chooses gPROMS Leading catalyst manufacturer standardises on PSE technology & services Süd-Chemie AG, one of the world’s key manufactures and suppliers of catalysts and zeolites, has adopted Process Systems Enterprise’s (PSE’s) gPROMS Advanced Process Modelling (APM) software as its   (read more...)
BASF Extends Adoption of AspenTech’s Engineering Solutions Efficiency of Production Processes to Optimize Design and
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — October 19, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), today announced that BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical companies, has signed a multi-million dollar license agreement to expand its use of AspenTech’s engineering solutions.   (read more...)
New Website Focuses on Process Alarm Management
October 16, 2006: Industrial Control Software Limited has just announced the launch of their new website. ICS are the producers of the IMAC suite of process alarm management software which is used extensively throughout a number of key industry sectors including Oil & Gas, Chemical, Power and Pharmaceutical.   (read more...)
ISA Announces Creation of Automation Standards Compliance Institute
Research Triangle Park, NC (12 October 2006) - ISA announced today the creation of the Automation Standards Compliance Institute. The Automation Standards Compliance Institute is an ISA-owned non-profit organizational entity that will assess automation-related standards compliance. The institute's charter includes a wide range of standards compliance assessments including, software or hardware products, implementation methods, solutions, companies and individuals.   (read more...)
Resolution – Enhancements to Plant System and Data Integration
Edmonton, Alberta - October 11, 2006 Matrikon. Inc. (TSX: MTK) announced the release of Resolution's Data Repository and Warehouse version 5.3.1. ™ This solution makes reliable and immediate information available while providing business and operations context.   (read more...)
AspenTech Forms Global Process Modeling Center of Excellence
CAMBRIDGE, Mass — October 11, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN) today announced the formation of a global Process Modeling Center of Excellence, based in the company’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Center will house all of the company’s process modeling development teams.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for Fourth-Quarter Fiscal Year 2006 and Completion of Stock Option Review and Restatement
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – September 28, 2006 – Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced financial results for its quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2006.   (read more...)
Where Did All The People Go? The New Case for Condition Monitoring
This paper discusses how CM and CBM have become key management strategies to deal with the severe shortage of technical staff, something much more than the basic engineering tactics they have been in the past.   (read more...)
New model-based software from Pavilion Technologies
September 21: 2006: I had a chat with Pavilion Technologies' CTO Don Hart the other day about a new product release that is now official. Although I can't try out the software, the extension of Model-based analytics into such things as performance management and environmental management and control sound very good. Here's a description of the new software.   (read more...)
PAS Integrity™ Configuration Management Software implemented at world’s second-largest Oil Refining & Petrochemical Complex
Houston, Texas - September 20, 2006 SK Corporation and PAS today announced that SK Corporation has implemented the Integrity Configuration Management Software solution at the Ulsan complex.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Launches Pavilion8™ Version 2.0
Austin, TX – September 19, 2006 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced version 2.0 of its Pavilion8™ software platform. Leveraging a powerful modeling engine at its core, Pavilion8 is the foundation for Pavilion’s industry-specific solutions.   (read more...)
David McKenna Appointed to Aspen Technology, Inc. Board of Directors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — September 18, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced the appointment of David McKenna to the Company’s Board of Directors. McKenna replaces Chris Pike, who is resigning his position.   (read more...)
Ingenious Inc awarded contract for production scheduling software for grassroots refinery in Qatar
Houston, September 13, 2006 – Ingenious Inc in partnership with Invensys Systems Pte Ltd was awarded a production scheduling contract for its ProSched scheduling software for the grassroots refinery for Ras Laffan in Qatar . Once operational in 2008, the refinery will process approximately 146,000 barrels per day of gas condensates from the adjacent QatarGas and RasGas LNG liquefaction facilities, making it one of the world's largest condensate refineries.   (read more...)
m:pro goes Australia
September 11, 2006: Since the second half of 2005, m:pro has been involved in the Caltex Supply Chain Improvement Project (SCIP) at Caltex, Australia’s leading oil refining company. The goal of the project is to improve nation-wide supply planning through better workflows   (read more...)
Yokogawa Signs Partnership Agreement with OSIsoft RtPM Platform Adopted to Enhance Total ETS for the Japanese and East Asian Markets
Tokyo, Japan - September 7, 2006: Yokogawa Electric Corporation has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with OSIsoft, Inc. Under this agreement, Yokogawa will incorporate the OSIsoft Real-time Performance Management (RtPM) Platform technology in the solutions that it provides under the Total Enterprise Technology Solutions (ETS) concept.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology, Inc. Names Bradley Miller Chief Financial Officer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — September 6, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), today announced the appointment of Bradley T. Miller to the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).   (read more...)
Aptitude & Cutler Technology Corporation agreement pushes the new generation of APC technology worldwide
Cambridge , United Kingdom , September 4th 2006 Aptitude Ltd, a major provider of quality APC and optimisation solutions for the oil & gas and chemicals industries, and APC software specialists Cutler Technology Corporation (CTC) are pleased to announce a new agreement to work together on marketing and sales of CTC's [ADMC]TM and [UPID]TM products. The agreement brings together two industry leaders with a joint vision to excel in software technology and services execution in the Advanced Process Control (APC) area.   (read more...)
Major gas producer selects Matrikon alarm management solution
August 31, 2006: Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) today announced that one of the world’s largest gas processing companies based in the Middle East has selected Matrikon’s alarm management solution for a plant expansion following successful completion of alarm management solutions at other facilities.   (read more...)
ASU performance optimized in BOC gas plants
BOC optimizes 50 plants globally with Matrikon’s Control and Information technology Solution: Process data acquisition, Control system performance analysis, Process monitoring, and advanced control technology.   (read more...)
CyboSoft Introduces MFA XRT Controller to Control
August 30, 2006 - CyboSoft, General Cybernation Group Inc., (Rancho Cordova, California), the developer of Model-Free Adaptive control technology, today introduced a new Model-Free Adaptive controller - the MFA XRT controller to control the temperature of exothermal reactors.   (read more...)
ExperTune’s PlantTriage Guarantees Savings
August 30, 2006: ExperTune is so confident that PlantTriage® delivers bottom-line results that it will provide software and services for free, in exchange for a share of the savings. This offer comes after repeated successes in process plants worldwide. With this “Software for Savings” offer, clients receive   (read more...)
ExperTune Appoints CEO for PlantTriage Expansion
August 29, 2006: Due to the rapid growth of PlantTriage® sales worldwide, ExperTune has appointed Kevin Gibbs as its Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. His primary focus will be managing the continued growth of PlantTriage sales.   (read more...)
Invensys automation predicts huge savings for Europe’s main gas pipeline operator
August 25 2006: Invensys Process Systems is in the advanced stages of delivering a major automation project to improve capacity for Europe’s biggest gas transport operator.   (read more...)
TriSolutions becomes a Matrikon Solution Provider Partner
Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) August 23, 2006: a leading provider of industrial intelligence solutions, today announced that TriSolutions, based in Porto Alegre, Brazil has joined Matrikon’s Solution Provider Program to distribute, integrate and support Matrikon products and solutions in the Brazilian market.   (read more...)
Chemtech is chosen as the 3rd best company to work at in Brazil
August, 16, 2006: For the third consecutive year Chemtech ranks among the best companies to work at in Brazil. This year, however, the recognition for on-going appreciation of the work of employees took a step further. The reputed Great Place to Work Institute, in partnership with Revista Época, conducted a survey that revealed: Chemtech is the third best company to work at in Brazil.   (read more...)
Braskem Marks a Decade of Operational Success with Pavilion Technologies’ MPC Software
Austin, TX – August 14, 2006 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced that it has reached a significant milestone with Braskem, Latin America’s largest petrochemical company. Using Pavilion’s model predictive control (MPC) technology for the last ten years, Braskem has received millions of dollars in value annually from improved production efficiencies and reduced costs at its facilities throughout South America.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL WINS BID FROM QATAR SHELL FOR GAS-TO-LIQUIDS FACILITIES
DOHA, Qatar, Aug. 14, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has been selected by Qatar Shell to design and implement the integrated process automation and control system for one of the world’s largest Gas to Liquids (GTL) plants.... UniSim, Honeywell’s family of process simulation software, will be used for dynamic studies, engineering verifications and operator training.  
Yokogawa Announces Functional Enhancements to STARDOM
Tokyo, Japan - August 9, 2006: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of an upgraded version of its STARDOM network-based control system that provides a number of functional enhancements.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TECHNOLOGY TRAINING NEXT GENERATION OF ENGINEERS AT FH WESTKUESTE, HEIDE
Heide, August 07, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that it has completed an implementation of Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS), Profit® Controller and UniSim™ Operations suite at FH Westkueste, Heide, one of Northern Germany's leading universities   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Awarded Fifteen New Patents
Austin, TX – August 7, 2006 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced that it has been awarded fifteen new patents for innovations in the field of modeling, optimization and control. Pavilion’s new patents enable manufacturers to further improve manufacturing production processes and thereby increase production, enhance in-process quality and reduce variable costs.   (read more...)
Gensym Announces Management Changes
Burlington, Mass. – August 3, 2006 – Gensym Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: GNSM), a leading provider of rule engine software for mission-critical solutions, today announced that Robert B. Ashton, a member of Gensym’s board of directors   (read more...)
Second KTP Project been awarded to Perceptive Engineering LTD
August 1, 2006: Perceptive Engineering Ltd are delighted to annouce they have been awarded a 2nd Knowledge Transfer Partnership project linked with the University of Manchester. The new project will run over two years and a candidate will be recruited to work on a project to design, develop and implement an integrated process control and performance monitoring product for industrial application.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TO SUPPLY PROCESS AUTOMATION SYSTEM FOR VIETNAM’S FIRST OIL REFINERY
PHOENIX, Aug. 1, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has been awarded a $17.5 million contract to supply process controls for Vietnam’s first oil refinery. The Technip Consortium – which will build the refinery in Dung Quat for state-owned company PetroVietnam – selected Honeywell to supply its award-winning process automation system, the Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS). The refinery will begin production in central Vietnam in early 2009.   (read more...)
Lyondell Chemical Company Selects UReason’s OASYS-AM® System as its Real-Time Dynamic Alarm Management Solution
LEIDEN, The Netherlands, July 31, 2006 – UReason Holding B.V. announces that Lyondell Chemical Company has executed an agreement to license UReason’s OASYS-AM® on-line dynamic alarm management solution.   (read more...)
ADMC controlling a FCCU in Texas
July 25th, 2006: ADMC from Cutler technology is currently running a Catalytic Cracking Unit in Texas. A paper will soon be presented outlining ADMC's success.   (read more...)
Chemtech has confirmed its presence at the Rio Oil & Gas 2006
21 July,2006: Chemtech will be present at the next edition of the Rio Oil & Gas Expo and Conference, the main oil & gas event in Latin America, to take place from September 11 to 14, in Rio de Janeiro. The 2006 edition of the event will deal with the Brazilian self-sufficiency in oil, a new era of opportunities and challenges.   (read more...)
Expanding Geometric Process Control Technology
July 16., 2006: Curvaceous Software Ltd. and Control Specialists Ltd. have formed an Alliance Partnership. This union enables Control Specialists to offer fully-supported consultancy services to projects using Geometric Process Control (GPC) technology.   (read more...)
AspenTech Receives 2006 Frost & Sullivan Global Excellence in Customer Value Award
Palo Alto, Calif. — July 13, 2006 — Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, today announced that Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN) is the recipient of the 2006 Global Excellence in Customer Value Award for Advanced Process Control, Simulation and Enterprise Optimization. The Award recognizes AspenTech’s superior   (read more...)
ArchitectMV Released
July 6, 2006: ArchitectMV provides a fully featured engineering development environment that includes all the practical techniques required by industrial process control and improvement engineers. It is structured to guide the user from preliminary data mining and analysis, through process monitoring, process control and optimisation. All the solutions developed   (read more...)
Matrikon™ announces third quarter 2006 results
Edmonton, AB – July 6, 2006 —Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2006, which ended May 31, 2006.   (read more...)
Chemtech offers solutions for the optimization of alcohol plants
July 5, 2006: For the last few years Chemtech has been getting ready to provide the required technological support to alcohol plants in order to meet the fast growing world demand for bio-fuels.   (read more...)
Major automation contracts signed as oil companies continue to upgrade
Engineer Live, July 3, 2006:Two major automation contracts recently signed by leading oil producers shows how the industry is focusing on suppliers who are able to offer refinery experience, global project management expertise and proven digital technology solutions.   (read more...)
Hyperion implements new OTS system at Saudi Aramco Riyadh Refinery
Watford UK, 30th June 2006. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd., which provides high quality custom made solutions and services to process industries worldwide, has announced that it has implemented an Operator Training Simulator (OTS) at the Riyadh Refinery in Saudi Arabia, for Saudi Aramco.   (read more...)
Interaction Mapping Finds Root Cause of Plant Upsets
June 29, 2006: PlantTriage® Performance Supervision Software now includes a simple color-coded interaction map. On this map, users can quickly identify the most important process interactions. Process Interaction Mapping also displays lead and lag data, making it much easier to find the root cause of process upsets.   (read more...)
Gensym Rolls Out G2 NeurOn-Line 5 for Improving Real-Time Performance Management
Burlington, Mass. – June 29, 2006 – Gensym Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: GNSM), a leading provider of rule engine software for mission-critical solutions, today announced a major upgrade of its G2® NeurOn-Line® software product for predicting variables in processes that impact business performance. G2 NeurOn-Line version 5.0’s neural-network predictions enable decisions that improve   (read more...)
HONEYWELL WINS PROCESS AUTOMATION CONTRACT WITH KUWAIT-BASED EQUATE PETROCHEMICAL CO.
ABU DHABI, June 27, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced today it has been awarded a Process Automation Systems contract for new and existing petrochemical plants to be operated by EQUATE Petrochemical Company K.S.C. at a petrochemical site in Shuaiba, Kuwait.   (read more...)
PAS Announces Engineered with Integrity™ Program to Streamline Control System Configuration & Testing
Houston, TX - June 27, 2006 - PAS today announced on-demand availability of its Integrity software to Engineering Companies via its “Engineered with Integrity” program. The Integrity software automates control system documentation   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Strengthens Presence In China With New Office In Shanghai
Austin, TX – June 26, 2006 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced the opening of a new office in Shanghai, China, to meet manufacturers’ growing demand for solutions that boost manufacturing productivity, reduce costs and achieve growing environmental regulations.   (read more...)
MatrikonOPC Announces Enhanced Support for the New OPC-UA (Unified Architecture) Specification
Edmonton, Alberta – June 22, 2006 MatrikonOPC is pleased to announce its plans to add OPC-UA (Unified Architecture) support in all its OPC products. As an extension to the existing OPC specification, OPC-UA enables data acquisition and communication between industrial plant-floor control systems and enterprise systems.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL SIGNS MAJOR AGREEMENT WITH LINDE FOR UNISIM DESIGN SUITE
OFFENBACH, Germany, June 22, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has signed a major agreement with Linde AG, Linde Engineering Division, for its UniSim™ Design Suite. As a leading international engineering and contracting company, Linde Engineering designs and builds turnkey process plants for a wide variety   (read more...)
Yokogawa Supports Indonesia's Earthquake Disaster Relief
June 21, 2006: Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it is making a 10 million yen (approximately $90,000 U.S. dollars) contribution to aid the victims of the earthquake on the island of Java in Indonesia.   (read more...)
Gensym Launches G2 Optegrity 5 for Ensuring Continuity of Mission-Critical Operations
Burlington, Mass. – June 15, 2006 – Gensym Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: GNSM), a leading provider of rule engine software for mission-critical solutions, today announced a major upgrade of its G2 Optegrity™ product for ensuring continuity of critical industrial operations including for those in manufacturing,   (read more...)
Matrikon announces that Lumen has joined the Matrikon Reseller Partner Program
June 15, 2006: Edmonton, Alberta Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) a leading provider of industrial intelligence solutions, today announced that Lumen, based in Point Claire, Quebec has joined Matrikon’s Reseller Partner Program to distribute Matrikon products and solutions.  
HONEYWELL ATTAINS GOLD CERTIFIED PARTNER STATUS IN MICROSOFT PARTNER PROGRAM
PHOENIX, June 14, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Process Solutions today announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with competencies in Business Process & Integration Solutions and Networking Infrastructure Solutions.   (read more...)
PAS Releases LoopSheets™ Documentation Software for its Integrity™ Suite
Houston, TX - June 13, 2006 - PAS today announced the expansion of the Integrity suite with the release of its new LoopSheets application to unify and automate the documentation, analysis and management of instrument and control system configuration information in a single user view.   (read more...)
PAS Introduces New Release of Integrity™ 1.4
Houston, TX - June 13, 2006 - PAS today announced the release of Integrity version 1.4, for the documentation, analysis and management of disparate automation assets information and real-time data flow across any process manufacturing facility.   (read more...)
CONTROL Magazine Interviews PAS on "The Alarm Management Handbook"
Houston, TX - June 16, 2006 - Walt Boyes, Editor-in-Chief of CONTROL Magazine, recently interviewed Eddie Habibi, Founder and CEO of PAS and co-author of the “The Alarm Management Handbook”. This recent publication by PAS is the   (read more...)
ASPENTECH WINS 2006 MITX TECHNOLOGY AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS APPLICATION
CAMBRIDGE, Mass — June 13, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN) has been selected as a winner in the category of Performance Management and Analytics for the 2006 MITX Technology Awards. The MITX Technology Awards,   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Receives “Wells Notice”
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — June 9, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN) today announced that the Company has received a “Wells Notice” letter from the staff of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) of possible civil   (read more...)
SASOL Contracts PAS for Alarm Management and Control Loop Performance Software at Multiple Sites
Houston, TX - June 8, 2006 - PAS, a global leading supplier of software products and consulting services for the process industries, was recently contracted by SASOL for their multi-site Operations Effectiveness initiative. The Operations Effectiveness campaign includes deployment of both Alarm Management and Control Loop Performance software across multiple SASOL operating sites.   (read more...)
Perceptive & Aptitude sign partnership agreement
June 07, 2006: Perceptive Engineering Ltd and Aptitude Ltd are pleased to announce a business partnership. The partnership will provide Aptitude Ltd with full access to the Perceptive product range, training facilities and support services, with Perceptive securing access to broader engineering capabilities and business opportunities in new markets.   (read more...)
ProSys Engineering and Woodside Energy declared winners at the annual PACE magazine Zenith Awards
June 7, 2006: ProSys Engineering and Woodside Energy declared winners at the annual PACE magazine Zenith Awards held at the Sydney Opera House on 31st May. Their project entitled “LPG Fractionation Unit Advanced Control Revamp” collected the Award for the “Oil, Gas and Hydrocarbons” category in addition to the “Overall Project   (read more...)
Reliance Implements aspenONE(tm) Real-Time Optimization Solution at World's Largest FCC Unit
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — May 30, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), the leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that Reliance Industries Limited, India’s largest petroleum and   (read more...)
Chemtech trades new technologic tools
May 29, 2006: Chemtech is the new representative for Brazil and South America of D-SPICE and OASYS-AM software, developed by Fantoft Process Thehnologies and UReason respectively.   (read more...)
New technological partnership enhances Chemtech dynamic simulation and leak detection services
May 25, 2006: Chemtech has just signed another technological partnership agreement. May 2 was the date of the official signature of the agreement between Chemtech and Fantoft Process Technologies   (read more...)
AspenTech Opens Major Office and Product Development Facility in Shanghai to Support Growth in Asia Pacific Region
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — May 24, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), the leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced the opening of a major office facility in Shanghai, China. The office enables AspenTech to enhance support of its expanding customer base in China,   (read more...)
EXSYS SIMPLIFIES DEVELOPMENT OF ONLINE ADVISORY EXPERT SYSTEMS FOR MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 23, 2006 – Exsys Corvid®, an award winning expert systems software development tool, has been significantly enhanced with new multi-language features and an improved interactive user interface.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL’S 2006 USERS GROUP EQUIPS INDUSTRY LEADERS TO MEET THEIR TOUGHEST BUSINESS CHALLENGES
PHOENIX, May 22, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced the agenda for its 2006 Users’ Group Americas Symposium, which will be held June 11-16 in Phoenix with the theme “Adapting to Change.” Honeywell customers from around the world will meet to exchange ideas, share their experiences and create strategies   (read more...)
Simple, Actionable Diagnosis Available Anytime, Anywhere
May18, 2006: PlantTriage® Performance Supervision Software now includes a simple, text message diagnosis for every loop in the plant. The diagnosis is immediately available to any technician or plant engineer via their web browser. Each diagnosis is an actionable item providing fast resolution of problems.   (read more...)
OSIsoft Delivers Lower Cost of Technology Ownership to Global Customers with Real-Time Link to Business Systems
ORLANDO, (May 17, 2006)—OSIsoft, the leader in performance management software, today showcases key updates to the RtPortal product family at SAPPHIRE® ’06 Orlando, SAP’s international customer conference (booth #2125). As part of the visualization family of products within OSIsoft's Real-time Performance Management Platform (RtPM Platform   (read more...)
HONEYWELL RELEASES UNISIM DESIGN SUITE R360
PHOENIX, May 17, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced the release of UniSim™ Design Suite R360, the next evolution of its steady-state and dynamic process modeling tool. UniSim Design Suite allows manufacturers to design, test and train employees on new processes offline before   (read more...)
PDVSA selected HAVERLY SYSTEMS to implement a corporate wide crude assay data management system for PDVSA and Citgo Refining
May 17, 2006: We are pleased to announce that PETRÓLEOS DE VENEZUELA S.A. (PDVSA) selected HAVERLY SYSTEMS to implement a corporate wide crude assay data management system for PDVSA and Citgo Refining.   (read more...)
Gensym Launches Rule-Driven Business Management Engine
Burlington, Mass. – May 16, 2006 – Gensym Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: GNSM), a leading provider of rule engine software for mission-critical solutions, today announced a major upgrade of its G2 ReThink® product   (read more...)
Yokogawa Achieves “Powered by SAP NetWeaver®” Status
Tokyo, Japan - May 16, 2006 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces today that it has gained ”Powered by SAP NetWeaver®” qualification from SAP after working closely with SAP to develop an open interface between the mySAP™ ERP application and the Yokogawa portfolio of MES and Operational Excellence solutions.   (read more...)
SAP initiates chemical process industry collaboration
Control Engineering -- May 16, 2006 San Francisco, CA—A new industry-focused collaboration effort by software vendor SAP AG is designed to bring together customers, partners, and other   (read more...)
PSE wins London Development Agency grant
May 14, 2006: PSE was a recent winner of a prestigious London Development Agency Research and Development Grant. The grant is helping to finance fundamental R&D PSE is currently performing in the area of equation-based modelling.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for Fiscal 2006 Third-Quarter
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — May 9, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced its financial results for its fiscal 2006 third quarter, ended March 31, 2006   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Joins Newly Launched SAP Industry Value Network for Chemicals
Austin, TX – May 8, 2006- Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced that it was named one of SAP’s partners for the newly formed Industry Value Network (IVN) for Chemicals, a group of industry leaders working together to delivering high value solutions to SAP’s chemical customers   (read more...)
BP tackles Texas City failings
May 7, 2006: British Petroleum's tragic March 2005 explosion has been well-documented through the press. Read here to find out how that tragedy spurred the development of a new program addressing management issues at BP.   (read more...)
First-ever Comprehensive Guide to Alarm Management Published
Houston, TX - May 2, 2006 - PAS today announced its public release of The Alarm Management Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide, co-authored by its CEO and Founder, Eddie Habibi, and Principal Alarm Management Consultant, Bill Hollifield. The Alarm Management Handbook is the first and only complete publication on alarm management in the process industries.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL JOINS INDUSTRY LEADERS TO ESTABLISH SP100 INDUSTRIAL WIRELESS STANDARD
PHOENIX, May 2, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON), Adaptive Instruments, Endress+ Hauser, Flowserve, OMNEX Control Systems, 3e Technologies International (3eTI) and Yokogawa announced they have joined the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA) SP100 working   (read more...)
CyboSoft Wins Grant from The US Department of Energy
May 1, 2006 – CyboSoft (Rancho Cordova, California) today announced that it was rewarded a US Department of Energy (DOE) grant for the research and development of Intelligent Control of Advanced Power Generation Systems Using Model-Free Adaptive Control Technology.   (read more...)
Under development: AIMMS 3.7
April 30, 2006Under development: AIMMS 3.7 Currently Paragon Decision Technology’s R&D is developing AIMMS 3.7 that is to be released at the end of 2007. Based on requests from our customers, our personal experiences and technological developments   (read more...)
MyControlRoom.com April 2006 News
April 30, 2006: I was just wondering how we got to March and now it's May, we have had a great time this Month and are pleased to announce the winner of the Foxboro Control Room Extreme Makerover competition is Mirant's Portomac River Generating Plant in Alexandria, VA!   (read more...)
Matrikon™ acquires Resolution Integration Solutions to advance industrial intelligence infrastructure
Edmonton, AB - April 27, 2005 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today announced that its U.S. subsidiary (Matrikon International, Inc.) has acquired the business of Resolution Integration Solutions, Inc. (RIS). Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, RIS is a plant management information system technology company.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL RECOGNIZED BY SANS INSTITUTE AS A LEADING INDUSTRIAL CYBER SECURITY PROVIDER
PHOENIX, April 26, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has been honored for its cyber security expertise with a 2006 Control System/SCADA Security Leadership Award from the SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security (SANS) Institute. One of the industry’s largest process control   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TO OFFER EXCLUSIVE OLI SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY THROUGH UNISIM DESIGN
PHOENIX, Apr. 25, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced an exclusive partnership with OLI Systems, Inc. that enables process engineers to have access to the industry’s first process simulator that is integrated with a corrosion analyzer. Users will be able to more accurately design processes involving electrolytes, as well as predict corrosion that results from those processes. Through its UniSim™   (read more...)
HONEYWELL WINS CONTRACT TO STANDARDIZE TECHNOLOGY AT 25 SHELL REFINERIES AND CHEMICAL PLANTS WORLDWIDE
PHOENIX, Apr. 24, 2006 — Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced today it has received contracts to provide software and services to help maximize the performance, safety and reliability of Shell Downstream's refinery and chemicals sites around the world. This contract covers 15 refineries   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Date of Third-Quarter 2006 Financial Results Release,
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — April 19, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced that the company will disclose financial results for its fiscal 2006   (read more...)
Braskem standardizes on Matrikon™’s alarm management solution
Edmonton, AB – April 18, 2006 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) today announced that Braskem S.A., the largest petrochemical company in Latin America, has chosen Matrikon’s alarm management solution, ProcessGuard and Alarm MOCCA, as its corporate standard for alarm management at its 13 plants in Brazil.   (read more...)
DCS Alarm Management of Change Made Easy, Automated and Sustainable
April 2006 – MatrikonTM Inc. announces the release of Alarm MOCCATM version 2.1, its premier windows-based alarm system Management of Change software application. This latest release eliminates the need for onerous change management procedures by automatically tracking changes  
SLOVNAFT TO IMPROVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY AND BUSINESS RESULTS USING HONEYWELL’S PROFITSUITE
PHOENIX, Apr. 12, 2006 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced today that Slovnaft, a division of MOL, one of eastern Europe’s leading chemical producers, will utilize Honeywell’s ProfitSuite to increase business results at its ethylene complex near Bratislava. Under terms of the agreement, Honeywell will implement Profit® Controller and Profit Optimizer on the hot and cold sections of the ethylene process unit.   (read more...)
Landmark And Pavilion Technologies Work Together To Advance The Digital Oilfield Of The Future
Houston and Austin, TX – April 10, 2006- Landmark, a brand of the Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) Digital and Consulting Solutions Division (HDCS) enters into a relationship with Pavilion Technologies to embed Pavilion's key modeling, control   (read more...)
Performance Supervision Ensures Optimal Model Predictive Control
April 04, 2006: PlantTriage® Performance Supervision Software now supervises Model Predictive Controllers (MPC).  The goal of Model Predictive Controller supervision is to ensure that MPC controllers continue to run optimally.    (read more...)
Honeywell announces OEM Agreement for resale of PAS Integrity™ Software
Houston, TX - April 4, 2006 - PAS, a leading supplier of advanced automation solutions, today announced agreement with Honeywell for the resale of its Integrity software for Automation Asset Management in process plants.   (read more...)
Uhde chooses ProSimPlus HNO3 for the optimization of their plants
30 March 2006 Uhde GmbH (http://www.uhde.biz), a leading plant engineering and construction company, has chosen the ProSimPlus HNO3 software to enhance the process of the nitric acid production plants they design. Through modelling and simulation of the production process the plants can be precisely   (read more...)
Uhde chooses ProSimPlus HNO3 for the optimization of their plants
30 March 2006: Uhde GmbH (http://www.uhde.biz), a leading plant engineering and construction company, has chosen the ProSimPlus HNO3 software to enhance the process of the nitric acid production plants they design. Through   (read more...)
Emerson launches DeltaV™ Operator Training Solution to improve operator and plant effectiveness
AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 27, 2006) - Continuing its commitment to improving customer operational excellence, Emerson Process Management today launched the DeltaV™ Operator Training Solution (OTS).   (read more...)
Gensym Releases Fourth-Quarter and Year-End Results
Burlington, Mass., March 24, 2006 - Gensym Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: GNSM), a leading provider of rule engine software for mission-critical solutions, today announced revenues of $4,659,000, operating income of $160,000, and net income   (read more...)
ExperTune Receives Patent for Loop Health Metrics
March 23, 2006: The U.S. Patent Office has issued a patent for Control Loop Performance to ExperTune, Inc. ExperTune has invented methods and programs to calculate overall Control Loop Performance based on process, control, and economic measures. This patented technology is a core component of ExperTune’s PlantTriage® Performance Supervision System. U.S. Patent #6,993,396 was awarded to John Gerry, President and founder of ExperTune, Inc.   (read more...)
Hyperion expands India office as result of growth in Modelling, Simulation and OTS business
Watford UK , 23 rd March 2006. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd, which provides high quality custom made solutions and services to process industries worldwide, has announced that it has moved to a larger office in India , in response to growing business volumes for the implementation of Modelling, Simulation and Operator Training Simulators (OTS) solutions.   (read more...)
GSE Systems and the University of Strathclyde Form Strategic Partnership to Develop Simulation Training and Diagnostic Center in UK
Baltimore, Maryland, March 22, 2006 – GSE Systems, Inc. (GSE) (AMEX – GVP), a leading global provider of training simulators and educational solutions to the power, process, manufacturing and Government   (read more...)
NOVA Chemicals Selects Pavilion Technologies’ Model Predictive Intelligence™ for Global Deployment
Austin, TX – March 22, 2006- Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced NOVA Chemicals (NYSE: NCX) has selected Pavilion’s Model Predictive Intelligence™ (MPI) technology as a key component of its Manufacturing Excellence program. The company-wide agreement is the result of a successful pilot at NOVA Chemicals’ Joffre manufacturing site. Pavilion’s MPI technology enables NOVA Chemicals to develop sophisticated model-based analytics delivering improved accuracy and timeliness of decision making.   (read more...)
Matrikon Provides a New Solution that Revolutionizes How Control System Alarms are Managed in Process Industries
Thursday, March 16, 2006 – Matrikon announces the release of "ProcessGuard" version 4.0, its flagship windows-based alarm management software application. This release features interactive web reports, multi-language support, automated assessments that benchmark plant performance against ISA and EEMUA standards, as well as customized profiles so that each user can customize their reports layout.   (read more...)
PAS Adds Vice-President of Sales, Building on 2005 Success & Customer Growth
Houston, TX - March 15, 2006 PAS, a leading provider of advanced automation solutions, announced Cory Engel, Vice-President and senior executive at Matrikon, has joined the leadership team at PAS with immediate responsibilities for all of the Americas solutions sales.   (read more...)
World Class APC Practitioners Join Cambridge Start-up Aptitude Ltd
Cambridge, UK – 14 March 2006 – Aptitude Ltd, a start-up company based in Cambridge UK has been formed to provide high quality Advanced Process Control (APC) project execution services.   (read more...)
Emerson's PlantWeb® uses new OSIsoft® technology to enable continued broad use of the PI System™ with DeltaV™ systems
AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 13, 2006) — Process automation leader Emerson Process Management and OSIsoft, the leader in performance management software, today announced availability of the PI Protocol Converter which continues connectivity of OSIsoft   (read more...)
Cheniere awards Invensys the Terminal Operations Management System contract for its new Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal in Louisiana
FOXBORO, MA, USA – March 9, 2006 – Cheniere LNG, Inc., a unit of Cheniere Energy, Inc., has selected Invensys Process Systems (www.invensys.com/ps) to implement the Terminal Operations Management System (TOMS) for the company’s Sabine Pass LNG   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TO INTEGRATE UNISIM WITH INTEGRATED PRODUCTION MODELING SOFTWARE FROM PETROLEUM EXPERTS LTD.
PHOENIX, Mar 09, 2006 – Honeywell today announced plans to combine elements of UK-based Petroleum Experts’ Integrated Production Modeling (IPM) software with UniSim™ Design to form a system that will allow oil and gas   (read more...)
Invensys joins BP, Shell and Chevron in Digital Energy forum
March 7, 2006: Invensys Process Systems joined BP, Chevron, and Shell in a presentation and panel discussion on PRODML, PRODuction xML, a new open standard for digital technology for production optimisation in the oil and gas industry.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Strengthens Commitment to Asia Pacific Region with Launch of Australian Office
Austin, TX – March 7, 2006- Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced the opening of a new office in Melbourne, Australia to support the demand in the region. Through this expansion, Pavilion aims to bolster the company’s 30 percent year-over-year growth rate by helping Australian manufacturers   (read more...)
Innovative Integration between AspenTech and Microsoft Applications Extends the Value of Simulation Technology
Cambridge March 7, 2006: Aspen technology today announced the availability of an innovative application that enables customers to significantly increase the value of their investment in simulation technologies.   (read more...)
LUBEREF places contract with Hyperion for OTS for two refineries in Saudi Arabia
Watford UK, 6th March 2006. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd, which provides high quality custom made solutions and services to process industries worldwide, has announced that it has been awarded a project for the supply and implementation of Operator Training Simulators (OTS) for two refineries for LUBEREF in Saudi Arabia.   (read more...)
ISA England Section STUDENT AWARD 2005 won by Lucie Lecocq of BP Oil
March 2, 2006: The MSc in Process Automation was exactly what I needed. It helped me to acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge and experience to become a process control engineer and then an advanced process control engineer.   (read more...)
PetroChina to modernize and optimize refineries
Control Engineering March 1, 2006 Beijing, China—The Asia-Pacific region’s largest oil company, PetroChina Co., has selected Honeywell Inc. to implement a planning system project at 11 of its refining and petrochemical facilities throughout northern China.   (read more...)
Curvaceous forms alliance with Control Specialists Ltd.
March 1,2006: Curvaceous Software Ltd. and Control Specialist union enables Control Specialists to offer fully-su Geometric Process Control (GPC) technology.   (read more...)
PAS Launches Real-time Application Platform for Optimization of Process Industry Operations
Houston, TX – February 28, 2006 – PAS , a leading supplier of People and Asset Solutions for the process industries, today released PlantState Suite 5.0, the platform for real-time profit improvement in the process industries.   (read more...)
Oman Selects Axens for Optimization
February 23, 2006 - Aromatics Oman LLC (AOL) has selected Axens to build an operator training simulator (OTS), a process operations simulator (POS), and an LP optimization program for its ParamaX™ complex which will produce paraxylene and benzene.   (read more...)
AspenTech Releases New Functionality to Improve Overall Production Efficiency and Quality of Batch Processes
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — February 28, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced the release of two significant enhancements targeted at batch processes in the chemical   (read more...)
Oracle Announces General Availability of Oracle® Database 10g Express Edition
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., 28-FEB-2006 Expanding its commitment to meet the needs of developer communities, Oracle today announced the general availability of Oracle® Database 10g Express Edition (Oracle Database XE), the free, starter edition of its world-renowned Oracle Database. Since its beta debut in October 2005, Oracle   (read more...)
PAS Launches Third-Generation Alarm Management Software to Improve Process Plant Alarm Management Systems
Houston, TX – February 23, 2006 – PAS, a global leading supplier of software products and consulting services for the process industries, today announced the launch of its next generation suite of Alarm Management software under the brand name AMO-Rt (Alarm Management Optimization – Real-time).   (read more...)
Major petroleum company standardizes on Matrikon™ control asset optimization solution
Edmonton, Alberta - February 23, 2006 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) today announced that a major international petroleum company has standardized on ProcessDoctor, Matrikon’s solution for auditing, monitoring and optimizing the assets that control plants for all 16 of their refineries and gas plants.   (read more...)
Frost & Sullivan Names Pavilion Technologies Emerging Company of the Year
Palo Alto, CA – February 22, 2006- Frost & Sullivan has recognized Pavilion Technologies Inc. as the recipient of the 2006 Emerging Company of the Year Award in the field of advanced process control and automation.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ announces Nimal Rodrigo's plans to step down as CFO
Edmonton, Alberta – February 21, 2006 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) today announced that chief financial officer Nimal Rodrigo will resign as of July 31, 2006 for personal reasons.   (read more...)
Greg Martin joins APC-network.com's Panel of APC Consultants
London 20 February, 2006: We have pleasure in welcoming Dr. Greg Matrin to the panel of APC consultants answering members' questions on APC related issues.   (read more...)
DCS Marks 30 Year Journey to Operational Excellence
2005 marked the 30th anniversary of the February 17, 2006: Distributed Control System (DCS). The development of the DCS over the past thirty years has closely mirrored that of the overall process automation business, moving from proprietary technologies and closed systems to Commercial   (read more...)
ISA Unveils New Member Benefits
Research Triangle Park, NC (14 February 2006) - On January 1, 2006, ISA introduced three new member benefits. The benefits enhance the membership experience of thousands of automation professionals. Each full dues paying Member   (read more...)
Hyperion expands sales team for modelling, simulation and OTS solutions
Watford UK, 14th February 2006. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd, which provides high quality custom made solutions and services to process industries worldwide, has announced that has expanded its sales team for its modelling, simulation and operator training simulator (OTS) business.   (read more...)
PAS Records Breakthrough Growth in 2005
Houston, TX – February 14, 2006 – PAS, a leading global supplier of software products and consulting services for the process industries, announced its 12th straight year of year-on-year revenue growth, with a 39% increase over 2004.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies’ Pavilion8™ Platform Achieves “Powered by SAP NetWeaver®” Certification
Austin, TX – February 8, 2006- Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in model-based software, today announced its Pavilion8™ platform has achieved “Powered by SAP NetWeaver®” certification. Leveraging the most powerful modeling technology in the industry, Pavilion8 integrated with the SAP NetWeaver   (read more...)
AIMMS at INFORMS for OR/MS Practice
February 8, 2006: AIMMS will be presented in all its glory at the INFORMS Conference in Miami (FL) on April 30 - May 2, 2006.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for Second-Quarter 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — February 7, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced its financial results for its fiscal 2006 second quarter, ended December 31, 2005.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Applauds Corporate Voluntary Emissions Disclosure Project
Austin, TX – February 2, 2006- Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions, today announced that its software, Pavilion8™, has enabled leading global manufacturers like BP and Nestle' to reduce energy use by 7% and resulting emissions by up to 30%.   (read more...)
Hyperion Participates in more than 20 OTS Simulation projects with Invensys during 2005
Watford UK, 1st February 2006. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd, which provides high quality custom made solutions and services to process industries worldwide, has announced that it has completed more than 20 Operator Training Systems (OTS) simulation projects with Invensys during 2005.   (read more...)
PAS Announces “Process Matters” Conference
Houston, TX – February 1, 2006 – PAS, a leading global supplier of software products and consulting services for the process industries, announced its Inaugural Users Conference to be held on April 18-19 at South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in Houston, Texas.   (read more...)
COSMO Purchases Petro-SIM® From KBC
London, UK, and Houston, Texas, USA - (February 1, 2006) – KBC Process Technology Ltd. (KBC) announces the recent agreement to license Petro-SIM®, KBC’s refinery-wide process simulation software to COSMO Oil Company Ltd of Japan   (read more...)
Loop Performance Snapshot Reveals Opportunities
February 1, 2006: Engineers and technicians can now get an instant understanding of control loop performance, with one glance at the “Loop Performance Snapshot”. The Snapshot reveals opportunities to improve both the process and the controller. With this clear, concise view of loop performance, plant personnel can focus their attention on the most important improvements.   (read more...)
KBC Acquires TTS Performance Systems
London, UK, and Houston, Texas, USA – (January 25, 2006) – KBC Process Technology Ltd. (KBC), a leading independent global consulting organization for the oil refining, petrochemical and process industries, announces the acquisition of TTS Performance Systems, Inc. (TTS) and its sister company   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies and Tata Consultancy Services Establish Global Partnership
Austin, TX and PUNE, India – January 25, 2006- Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions, and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global technology services firm, announced today that they have formed a worldwide partnership to deliver Pavilion’s manufacturing solutions worldwide.   (read more...)
Matrikon™ announces resignation of Shafin Kanji
Edmonton, Alberta – January 23, 2006 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) today announced that executive vice president of operations Shafin U. Kanji has resigned effective January 31, 2006 to accept the president and chief executive officer position at JER Envirotech International Corp. (TSX-V: JER).   (read more...)
AspenTech Launches New Generation of Applications for Heat Exchanger Design, Rating and Simulation
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — January 24, 2006 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN) today announced the availability of its new generation of applications for the design, rating and simulation of heat exchangers. Aspen Tasc+™, for shell & tube heat exchangers, and Aspen Acol+™, for air-cooled heat exchangers,   (read more...)
The Next Generation Collaborative Automation System Needs to Support Knowledge Work
January 23, 2006: Every major evolutionary advance in the human experience was made possible by a similar advancement in Automation. We stand at a point in manufacturing where we face fundamental changes in how we manufacture, the nature of work itself   (read more...)
Matrikon(tm) announces Partner Growth Program
Edmonton, Alberta - January 20, 2006 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK) today announced a new Partner Growth Program designed to expand Matrikon's distribution channels, market reach and global brand awareness through the formalization and extension of its existing distributor program.   (read more...)
Gensym Announces Appointment of Lowell Hawkinson as CEO and President
Burlington, Mass. – January 16, 2006 – Gensym Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: GNSM), a leading provider of rule engine software for mission-critical solutions, today announced that Lowell Hawkinson, chairman of Gensym’s board, is replacing Kim Mayyasi as CEO and president. Mayyasi is leaving the company and its board of directors to pursue a new opportunity. Hawkinson was a founder of Gensym   (read more...)
New Cambridge (UK) startup Aptitude Ltd. announces appointment of Mr. Sam Dhaliwal as Managing Director
Cambridge, United Kingdom, January 16, 2006 -- Aptitude Ltd. is a newly formed company focused on serving process industry customers mainly in refining, chemical and petrochemical area. Our vision is to improve the competitive position of all our customers world-wide. We will deliver on this vision by implementing appropriate APC technology on your operating assets and provide advice on process improvements and benefits estimates. Our aim is to implement these technologies via innovative new methodologies delivering quick, high quality projects with fast return on investment.   (read more...)
Chemtech ranks among the top 200 major Brazilian companies
January, 16 2006: Chemtech was rated one of the best organization to work for in a prominent Brazilian business magazine. Siemens Brazil was ranked among the top 50 companies. The magazine article evaluates each company based on total performance from a list of business categories. Chemtech was rated as #1 in Brazil for optimization solutions for the process industries in Brazil.   (read more...)
Mustang's Global Performance Named to INC. Magazine's 500 Fastest Growing List
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Dec 06- Mustang Engineering (“Mustang”), a subsidiary of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC (“Wood Group”), announced that Global Performance, acquired by Mustang in March 2006 and now an integral part of Mustang’s Process and Industrial business unit,   (read more...)
Hyperion provides Services to enhance OTS at Lyondell Chemicals, France
Watford UK, 12th January 2006 Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd, which provides high quality custom made solutions and services to process industries worldwide, has provided comprehensive Services to Lyondell Chemicals, at Fos-sur-Mer, France, in order to enhance their Operator Training Simulation (OTS).   (read more...)
MatrikonT delivers record revenue and license revenue in the first quarter of 2006
Edmonton, AB -January 12, 2006 - Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK), a leading provider of solutions for industrial intelligence, today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2006, which ended November 30, 2005.   (read more...)
Ethanol Producers Quickly Capitalize on Unprecedented Demand
Austin, TX – January 9, 2006- Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions, today announced that it has secured four additional customer commitments for its industry-leading ethanol APC Solution. Companies such as Adkins Energy, Badger State Ethanol   (read more...)
Notice of Matrikon Q1 2006 Earnings Announcement & Conference Call
Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK) will report consolidated financial highlights for the first quarter ended November 30, 2005 on January 12, 2006 after market close. A conference call will be held at 5:00 pm Eastern time on January 12.   (read more...)
GSE Systems Secures $15 Million Contract To Develop Simulation Training Center in the Arab Gulf Region
Baltimore, Maryland, January 5, 2006 -- GSE Systems, Inc. (GSE) (Amex – GVP), a leading global provider of real time simulation and training solutions to the power, process, manufacturing and Government sectors, announced today the award of a major contract from the Emirates Simulation Academy,   (read more...)
Ingenious Inc & Aurel Systems Inc form Alliance Partnership to develop Operator Training Solutions (OTS)
Houston, Jan 04, 2006 Ingenious Inc. and Aurel Systems Inc. today announced that they have formed an Alliance Partnership to cooperate in the development of Operator Training Solutions for the chemical, petrochemical   (read more...)
Come join us at Siemens Chemtech in the USA
January 4, 2006: Siemens Chemtech was chosen for two consecutive years as one of the 150 best companies to work at in Brazil, according to a survey by the Great Place To Work Institute. Now we want to be one of the best companies to work at in the US too, and you can be part of our team.   (read more...)
PSE assists BP in Texas City accident investigation
January 4, 2006: PSE was called upon to provide expert information for the team investigating the fatal BP Products Texas City Refinery accident of 23 March 2005, where an explosion occurred during the start-up of the Isomerization Plant.   (read more...)
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Partnership with American and British companies renders Chemtech more efficient
December 30,2005: Siemens Chemtech is partner to major companies in the international high-technology software provision and support market.   (read more...)
CEPSA Implements Aspen RefSYS™ for Multi-Unit
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — December 23, 2005 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN) today announced that CEPSA, a major European oil and petrochemical company, is implementing the Aspen RefSYS multi-unit refinery modeling solution.   (read more...)
SABIC-Europe Successfully Implements AspenTech’s Polymer Advanced Control Solution
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — December 22, 2005 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN) today announced that SABIC-Europe has expanded its use of the Aspen Apollo advanced control solution for the polymer industry by implementing the solution at its low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in Geleen, Netherlands.   (read more...)
Gensym Launches Unified Reasoning Suite
Burlington, Mass. – December 19, 2005 – Gensym Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: GNSM), a leading provider of rule engine software for mission-critical solutions, today announced the immediate availability of version 8.2 of its flagship G2® real-time rule engine platform. G2 8.2 delivers a comprehensive and unified foundation for a wide range of reasoning-driven products and solutions available from Gensym and its partners.  
U.S. Bankruptcy Court confirms plan of reorganization for Combustion Engineering
Zurich, Switzerland, December 19, 2005 – ABB said today the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has issued an order confirming the revised plan of reorganization for Combustion Engineering (CE), an ABB subsidiary in the U.S and recommending the affirmation of the plan to the District Court   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Supports EU Emissions Trading Scheme
Brussels, Belgium – December 19, 2005- Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions, provides software solutions to answer the challenges of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) launched earlier this year. The ETS reflects the governments’ recognition that technology, not politics, will win the war against climate change.   (read more...)
Latest Version of PRO/II Simulation Software from SimSci-Esscor Delivers Enhanced Flowsheet Design and Process Optimization Capabilities
LAKE FOREST, Calif., USA - December 14, 2005 - The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys Process Systems has released Version 7.1 of its PRO/II steady-state flowsheeting and optimization simulation tool.   (read more...)
PSE releases gPROMS rate-based distillation Advanced Model
December 12, 2005: Process Systems Enterprise (PSE), developers of the gPROMS Advanced Process Modelling environment, today released the Advanced Model Library for Gas-Liquid Contactors (AML:GLC),   (read more...)
Expertune And IPCOS Form Partnership For Delivering Plant Performance Solutions
Hartland, Wisconsin (United States), Leuven (Belgium), 12 December 2005 ExperTune Inc. and IPCOS have signed an agreement to provide best-in-class performance supervision and process optimization solutions for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The combination of IPCOS consultants applying ExperTune's best-in-class software will benefit many processing plants in the region. IPCOS has more than 200 man-years experience in advanced control applications. ExperTune's software consistently wins awards for innovation and optimization.   (read more...)
Amin Rawji succeeds Nizar J. Somji as CEO of Matrikon™
Edmonton, AB – December 9, 2005 — The board of directors of Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK) is pleased to announce that, as previously announced, Amin Rawji has been appointed as Matrikon’s chief executive officer (CEO) effective immediately.   (read more...)
The Open Applications Group and ISA-SP95 announce intent to converge standards
Atlanta, GA, USA (8 December 2005) -- Working in support of the OpenO&MTM Initiative, the Open Applications Group and ISA-SP95 today announced their intent to converge standards for manufacturing interoperability. The groups are collaborating on development   (read more...)
ABB to sell operator training simulation business
Norwalk Connecticut, December 1 ,2005: ABB Announced today that it has agreed to sell its operator training simulation business to RSI...   (read more...)
10 years that changed the world
December 6, 2005: Ten years ago, Netscape and others introduced "browser"; Yahoo! was just a peculiar name; Amazon.com was mainly about books; and the two founders of Google (billionaires today) were Stanford students.   (read more...)
Glacial Lakes Increases Ethanol Yields And Capacity With Pavilion Technologies
Austin, TX – December 5, 2005- Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control and environmental compliance solutions, today announced that Glacial Lakes Energy has deployed Pavilion’s advanced process control   (read more...)
Formosa Plastics U.S.A. Extends Pavilion Technologies Throughout its Polyethylene Business
Austin, TX – December 5, 2005- Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions, today announced that Formosa Plastics Corporation (FPC), U.S.A. is expanding its use of Pavilion’s polymer control solution to four additional polyethylene production lines.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF UOP LLC
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Dec. 1, 2005 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today it has completed its acquisition of the 50 percent interest in UOP LLC formerly indirectly owned by Union Carbide Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, giving Honeywell full ownership of the entity.   (read more...)
Finding the Most Important Plant Upsets
November 28, 2005: PlantTriage now shows the impact that cyclic upsets have on your plant’s performance. PlantTriage’s new “Oscillation Significance” identifies cycling problems in a plant, and ranks them according to importance. Oscillatory upsets are always a problem. They cause energy losses, lower product   (read more...)
Growth in Developing Countries Buoys DCS Market
November 24, 2005: The Distributed Control System (DCS) market, primarily buoyed by growth in developing countries such as China and India and a slowdown in hardware price declines, has experienced healthy growth between 2003 and 2004. This growth is expected to continue through at least the 2006-2007 time frame, resulting in overall market growth of 6 percent between 2004 and 2009.   (read more...)
Oracle Brings Business Strategy and Technical Seminars to Independent Software Vendors Worldwide
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif 22-NOV-2005 Responding to strong interest from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Oracle today announced a series of seminars on Oracle(r) Database 10g and Oracle Fusion Middleware 10g specifically tailored to the ISV community. Beginning in North America and moving into the EMEA, LAD and APAC regions in 2006   (read more...)
Bayer MaterialScience AG standardizes on Matrikon's alarm management solution
Edmonton, Alberta & Köln, Germany - November 22, 2005 Matrikon Inc. (TSX:MTK), a leading provider of industrial plant intelligence solutions, today announced that Bayer MaterialScience AG, one of the world's largest producers of polymers and high performance plastics, has chosen ProcessGuard as its process control technology standard for alarm management at 40 sites across the globe.   (read more...)
Award Of $11M Contract By China Petroleum And Chemical Corporation (“SINOPEC”)
London UK and Houston, Texas, USA - 22 November 2005. KBC, a leading independent process engineering consulting group, announced on 2 September 2005 that it was in discussions which may lead to the award of a major consultancy and software contract.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies and Nouri Industrial Host an Environmental Seminar In Kuwait
November 17, 2005: Pavilion Technologies Inc., the leader in advanced process control and environmental solutions, and Nouri Industrial Est. Co., a leader in the trading and supply of specialized engineering industrial equipment to the oil, petrochemical, and power industries will host a seminar to discuss how Pavilion’s world-class environmental solutions   (read more...)
SimSci-Esscor and Koch-Glitsch Collaborate on Rate-based Distillation and Tower Design Technologies
LAKE FOREST, CALIFORNIA, USA – November 10, 2005 – The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys Process Systems will integrate Koch-Glitsch, LP’s RATEFRAC® and KG-TOWER® modules in PRO/II® software, the companies announced today.   (read more...)
Gensym Launches webSCOR.com™
BURLINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS, November 9, 2005 — Gensym Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: GNSM), a leading provider of rule engine software for mission-critical solutions, today announced immediate availability of its webSCOR.com service for collaborative design of supply-chain networks, policies, and practices.   (read more...)
KBC Forms Alliance with TTS
London, UK, and Houston, Texas, USA – (November 9, 2005) – KBC Advanced Technologies (KBC), the Center for Process Plant Management (CPPM), and TTS Performance Systems, Inc. (TTS) have formed a strategic alliance with the goal of helping our clients achieve and sustain Operational Excellence (OpX) through the integrated use of people, information and technology best practices and solutions.   (read more...)
Aspen Technology Announces Financial Results for First Quarter 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — November 8, 2005 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, today announced its financial results for its fiscal 2006 first quarter, ended September 30, 2005.   (read more...)
Yara and IPCOS sign a framework agreement for Advanced Process Control
November 7th 2005: On September 5th 2005 Yara and IPCOS signed a framework agreement for the deployment of Advanced process control within YARA. This frame agreement can also be used towards Yara's Joint Venture companies such as Qafco.   (read more...)
Chemtech receives ISO 9001 certification
November 7, 2005: Chemtech has just received from the BVQI Institute the ISO 9001:2000 certification, providing a worldwide recognition of the efficiency of the quality management system in the delivery of engineering services, process optimization, and information technology.   (read more...)
ARC Field Report: ISA Expo 2005
November 4, 2005: With the White Sox winning the World Series, the atmosphere in Chicago was electric. Unfortunately, that energy did not carry over to ISA Expo 2005, as evidenced by the 10,532 registrants reported by ISA, a 27.5 percent decline compared to 2004.   (read more...)
METSO AUTOMATION JOINS HONEYWELL PKS ADVANTAGE PROGRAM
PHOENIX, Nov. 02, 2005 –Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that Metso Automation’s Neles Product Group has joined Honeywell’s PKS Advantage™ Program – a collaborative effort that integrates automation suppliers’ products with Honeywell’s award-winning Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS). Metso’s participation expands the program’s options for integrated control valves and   (read more...)
Sasol wins HART plant of the year award
PHOENIX, Nov. 01, 2005 – The HART* Communication Foundation announced at the recent ISA show in Chicago that Honeywell’s (NYSE:HON) customer, Sasol, has won the 2005 HART Plant of the Year award for its chemical plant at Sasolburg, Free State in South Africa.  
Dr. Mike Morshedi, Co-Inventor of Dynamic Process Control Awarded for his Work in Real-Time Optimization and Non-Linear Multivariable Control
Cincinnati, OH - November 1, 2005 – The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), announced today that Dr. Mike Morshedi, inventor and co-inventor of several multivariable predictive control technologies in widespread use today, has been awarded the Computing Practice Award. The award is given for Dr. Morshedi's ongoing contributions to advance the field of real-time process control and optimization.   (read more...)
CenterPoint announces the delivery of release 2.0 of its APC\Platform in December 2005
Villach, Austria October 31, 2005: With this release the complete APC\Platform has been moved to a service oriented distributed architecture (SODA), allowing easier integration into an existing IT environment. Through the redesign of the authorization and authentication service, centralized   (read more...)
Training for Automation based on Virtual Reality
October, 31, 2005: Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) has enhanced its Sitrain training courses with Virtual Reality (VR). Learning contents, such as for maintenance, can thus be presented   (read more...)
ORACLE UNVEILS FREE DATABASE –ORACLE(r) DATABASE 10g EXPRESS EDITION
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. 31-OCT-2005 Oracle today announced Oracle(r) Database 10g Express Edition (Oracle Database XE), a free, starter edition of the world's leading database software. A beta version of Oracle Database XE is available for download today.   (read more...)
Hyperion gains ISO 9001:2000 certification for the provision of Modelling & Simulation services
Watford UK, 28 October 2005. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd, which provides world class custom made solutions and services to process industries worldwide, announced today that it has successfully   (read more...)
Yokogawa Wins Series of Orders in the Middle East
Tokyo, Japan - October 28, 2005 The oil and gas sector in the Middle East is currently experiencing rapid growth that is being driven by strong global demand and rising prices for petrochemicals and crude oil. Oil producers and petrochemical companies  
Chemtech becomes premier software and services partner for oil & gas market
October 27, 2005: Spescom Software Inc (OTC BB: SPCO), a leading provider of enterprise content, configuration and change management software solutions for mission-critical industrial applications, today announced that Chemtech, has become a Premier Partner for distribution of Spescom eB products and providing professional services for the Oil & Gas market.   (read more...)
Ingenious Inc releases ProPlan 3.6
Houston, October 26,2005: Houston based Ingenious Inc has released the new version of ProPlan. It’s a radically improved software loaded with new features making it even more user-friendly and capable than before.  
Participants Looking Forward to MatrikonOPC Conference 2006
Houston, TX - October 26, 2005 - During the week of October 16, 2005, Houston, Texas played host to the inaugural global MatrikonOPC Conference. The conference which attracted presenters, participants, integrators and users from around the world focused on the theme, "Transforming Industrial Connectivity"   (read more...)
KPS Software Analyses subsurface reservoir behaviour for Talisman Energy
October 26, 2005: KPS has successfully completed an analysis of subsurface interactions in the Claymore field of North Sea operator Talisman Energy using their patented Well Interactions Software.   (read more...)
Microsoft and Siemens launch European MES Expertise Centre
France - 25 Oct 2005: Today at the Siemens SIMATIC IT Users Conference in Paris, Microsoft Corp. and Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) announced the launch of a joint European Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Expertise   (read more...)
CyboSoft and Siemens Sign MFA Control Software License Agreement
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., October 25, 2005 – CyboSoft today announced that it has signed a long-term software license agreement for its Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control software with Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. in Buffalo Grove, Ill. CyboSoft’s patented MFA control technology has been embedded and delivered as part of the Siemens APOGEE®   (read more...)
Rockwell Automation Charts Path for Expanding Plant-Wide Information Software
MILWAUKEE, Oct. 24, 2005 — Rockwell Automation today announced plans for expansion of its plant-wide information software that includes extending its manufacturing execution system (MES) offerings, deploying a service-oriented architecture (SOA), and bringing together the company's software product offerings into a single integrated suite – Rockwell Software FactoryTalk.   (read more...)
ADVANCE NOTICE & CALL FOR PAPERS :ERTC Asset Maximisation Conference 2006 (ERTC Computing & ERTC Reliability)
October 24, 2005: ERTC ASSET MAXIMISATION THROUGH COMPUTING AND RELIABILITY Conference is the premier independent European forum for these subjects. They are of specific interest to the oil production, oil refining, petrochemical, power industries.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Appoints Gregory Ayres to Board of Directors
Austin, Texas – October 24, 2005 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control and environmental compliance solutions, today announced the appointment of Gregory Ayres to its Board of Directors.   (read more...)
Matrikon announces record fiscal 2005 results; Amin Rawji to succeed Nizar J. Somji as CEO
Edmonton, AB –October 20, 2005 — Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK) today reported consolidated financial highlights for the fourth quarter and year ended August 31, 2005. Fiscal year revenue grew by 25% to $67.81 million from $54.40 million in 2004.   (read more...)
Process Control Academy an Outstanding Success
October 19, 2005: The world-class Applied Technology Control Consortium (ACTC), administered by ISC Ltd, is delighted to announce the overwhelming success of its recent Process Control Academy in Leicester, UK, hosted in the training facilities of Emerson Process Management.   (read more...)
Shenhua to Implement Axens’ Simulator for Coal Liquefaction
October 18, 2005 - Axens Performance Programs (P2) has been selected by China’s Shenhua Coal Liquefaction Company Ltd. to provide an operator training simulator (OTS) for the direct coal liquefaction and H-Oil®DC units being constructed in the Peoples Republic of China.  
Notice of Matrikon Earnings Announcement & Conference Call
Edmonton , AB –October 18, 2005: Matrikon Inc. (TSX: MTK) will report consolidated financial highlights for the fourth quarter and year ended August 31, 2005 on October 20, 2005. A conference call will be held at 5:15 pm Eastern time on October 20.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL BECOMES ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF CAPE-OPEN LABORATORIES NETWORK
PHOENIX, Oct. 13, 2005 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced the approval of its membership in the CAPE-OPEN Laboratories Network (Co-LaN). Co-LaN is a neutral industry and academic association promoting open interface standards in process simulation software.   (read more...)
SAP Releases 28 New Versions of Best Practices Offerings for Midsize Enterprises
WALLDORF, Germany - October 12, 2005 - Further delivering on its commitment to meet the unique software deployment requirements of midsize enterprises, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today unveiled new versions of its fixed-scope, pre-defined packages of software and services.   (read more...)
ENGlobal Opens Calgary Office, Provides Hurricane Rita Update
October 11,2005 - HOUSTON, TX, – ENGlobal Corporation (AMEX: ENG), a leading provider of engineering services, announced today the opening of the first ENGlobal Canada office in Calgary, Alberta. ENGlobal Canada is a subsidiary of ENGlobal Automation Group, Inc., a subsidiary of ENGlobal.   (read more...)
Dash Optimization and Artelys announce Xpress-Kalis
October 10, 2005 LONDON and PARIS: Dash Optimization Ltd. and Artelys SA today announced the release of Xpress-Kalis, the new Constraint Programming software component for the Xpress-MP Suite.   (read more...)
Oracle Announces the Acquisition of Open Source Software Company, Innobase - Oracle Plans to Increase Support for Open Source Software
October 7, 2005, Oracle Corporation announced the acquisition of Finland-based Innobase OY. Innobase is the developer of discrete transactional database technology, InnoDB, that is distributed under an open source   (read more...)
Ingenious Inc releases ProPlan 3.6
Houston, October 2005: Houston based Ingenious Inc has released the new version of ProPlan. It’s a radically improved software loaded with new features making it even more user-friendly and capable than before.   (read more...)
SAP and Siemens Financial Services Make Financing SAP® Solutions Easier and More Affordable
WALLDORF and MUNICH, Germany - October 05, 2005 - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Siemens Financial Services (SFS), the Siemens Group responsible for the implementation of financial solutions, today announced simple, affordable and all-inclusive financing for existing and prospective SAP customers of all sizes.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL TO ACQUIRE REMAINING STAKE IN UOP LLC JOINT VENTURE
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., October 3, 2005 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the 50 percent interest in UOP LLC currently owned by Union Carbide Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, giving Honeywell full ownership of the entity.   (read more...)
Process companies rethink outsourcing strategies
Engineer Live: October 3, 2005: A new report finds that hidden costs and added complexity have prompted many of the world's major process companies to reduce their outsourcing activities. Sean Ottewell reports.   (read more...)
BatchMV improves productivity at Fine Chemicals Plant
October 3, 2005: Perceptive Engineering has recently completed a project with a Speciality chemical company based in the North West of England.The solution provided for the customer estimates the optimal   (read more...)
Alarm management is now part of Chemtech’s portfolio
October, 3,2005: Chemtech, in partnership with Dutch company UReason, is now able to offer the market one more quality solution: alarm management. This solution allows intelligent treatment of different   (read more...)
BR&E ProMax® 1.2 (1.2.5273.0) Release Notes
September 30, 2005: Welcome to the release of ProMax 1.2 (build 1.2.5273.0). ProMax has been in research and development for several years and we hope you will greatly benefit from this extensive work and major investment.  
2005 Invensys Process Systems Customer Conference to proceed as planned
September 27, 2005: We wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that the 2005 Invensys Process Systems Customer Conference, scheduled to take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston next week, October 3-5, will still proceed as planned. While the most recent devastating storm to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast – Hurricane Rita – created considerable havoc in the areas east of Houston, Houston itself escaped most of the damage and business in the city itself has already returned to normal.   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Announces 2005-2006 Customer Advisory Council
Austin, Texas – September 26, 2005 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions, announced today the members of its 2005-2006 Customer Advisory Council (CAC). The council was created last year to provide customers with a forum to share their needs and influence Pavilion’s solutions and product roadmap. The new Pavilion8™   (read more...)
ENGlobal Provides Initial Assessment of its Gulf Coast Operations
September 26 2005 - HOUSTON, TX, – ENGlobal Corporation (AMEX: ENG), a leading provider of engineering services, today announced its preliminary assessment and probable overall impact to its operations as a result of Hurricane Rita. The Company has not received reports of flood damage to any of its Gulf Coast locations, but at least two buildings sustained wind damage that will impact the Company’s operations.  
OSISOFT AND NRX DEVELOP JOINT SOFTWARE SOLUTION TO IMPROVE ASSET PERFORMANCE
San Leandro, Calif. (September 22, 2005) -- OSIsoft, Inc., the global leader in performance management software, and NRX Global, a leading provider of collaboration and data management solutions for asset-intensive organizations, today announced an agreement to develop a joint software   (read more...)
WinSim will be closed on Friday, September 23 due to approaching hurricane Rita
September 21, 2005: Please note that WinSim will be closed on Friday, September 23, 2005 due to the approaching hurricane Rita. We plan to reopen on Monday, September 26, 2005 if all is OK. We are in a high area (50 miles inland) that is not normally subject to flooding so all should be OK. WinSim Inc   (read more...)
HP to Acquire Peregrine Systems, Adding Powerful IT Asset and Service Management Solutions to HP OpenView Portfolio
PALO ALTO, Calif. and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 19, 2005 HP and Peregrine Systems, Inc. (OTC:PRGN.PK), today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which HP will acquire Peregrine in a cash merger for $26.08 per share representing an aggregate equity value of $425 million.   (read more...)
SABIC Europe Expands Use of Pavilion Technologies’ Polymer Solution
Brussels, Belgium – PolyPropylene 2005 14th Annual World Congress – September 19, 2005 - Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions, announced today that SABIC Europe, the fourth largest polyolefin producer in Europe, has expanded its use of Pavilion’s polymer solution to two Unipol polypropylene lines.   (read more...)
AspenTech’s Polymer Advanced Control Solution Implemented at Lyondell’s La Porte Complex
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — September 14, 2005 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AZPN) today announced that Lyondell Chemical Company (NYSE: LYO), a major global manufacturer of ethylene, propylene and polyethylene, is the latest in a growing list of companies to have selected the Aspen Apollo™ non-linear advanced control   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Awarded Fourth DOE Grant in Five Years
Austin, Texas – September 12, 2005 – Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control and environmental compliance solutions, announced that it has been awarded a Phase II grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Technology Transfer program. The fourth consecutive DOE grant awarded to Pavilion   (read more...)
Jim Pinto - Connections for Growth & Success™
September 11, 2005: E-newsletter No. 191   (read more...)
ISA Responds to Hurricane Katrina
September 9, 2005: On behalf of the more than 30,000 members worldwide, ISA extends its condolences to the victims of the hurricane. We join with the world in sorrow over the magnitude of the loss and suffering.   (read more...)
BOREALIS POLYMERS TO TRAIN OPERATORS WITH HONEYWELL SIMULATOR
PHOENIX, Sept. 9, 2005 - Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has received a one million dollar contract with Borealis Polymers to supply a training simulator for its ethylene factory in Porvoo, Finland. Honeywell's UniSim(tm) simulator will train operators at the factory to take the correct action  
Pavilion Technologies and Hatch Forge a Worldwide Partnership Agreement
Austin, Texas – September 7, 2005 – Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions, announced today that it has formed a worldwide strategic alliance with Hatch Ltd., a preeminent global engineering firm with special expertise in mining, metallurgy and energy.   (read more...)
Katrina: Automation companies offer support
September 06, 2005: SPECIAL report from the ARC Advisory Group says Hurricane Katrina will have "a huge and lasting impact" on the US refining and petrochemical industries, with many plants located in the heart of the Gulf Coast. Many automation companies have responded to the natural disaster with offers of help and support.   (read more...)
ERTC Asset Maximisation 2006 call for papers
September 2, 2005: The abstract deadline date for next year's ERTC Asset Maximisation Conference to be held on the 8 – 10 May 2006 is 24 Octiober 2005. To contact ERTC with your abstract,   (read more...)
ARC Advisory Group Special Report: Impact of Hurricane Katrina on US Oil & Gas Industry Will be Lasting
September 2, 2005: As we have already seen from the significant price increases at the pump, Hurricane Katrina is going to have a huge and lasting impact on the US oil and gas industry.   (read more...)
ENGlobal Assists Hurricane Relief Efforts
September 1,2005 - HOUSTON, TX, – ENGlobal Corporation (AMEX: ENG), a leading provider of engineering services, today announced a program to match ENGlobal employee donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army Hurricane Relief Funds on a dollar for dollar basis.   (read more...)
Halliburton implements Ingenious Inc software
September 1,2005: Halliburton implements Ingenious Inc software KBR, a division of Halliburton Inc has recently engaged in transactions with Ingenious Inc, a Houston based software company. KBR’s main interest is the state of the art simulation program, known as ProDyn   (read more...)
New standard application, m:version1 from m:pro
September 1, 2005: m:pro has developed a new standard application, m:version1, that supports server-side configuration management for applications based on the m:pro platform. This application consists of a user-interface that displays all applications that are installed in the m:pro Object Warehouse (m:owh) along with full installation histories.  
Emerson partners with Huntsman to enable asset optimization savings program at plant in Holland
AUSTIN, TEXAS (August 31, 2005) – Emerson Process Management has announced the initiation of an asset optimization improvement program at the Huntsman Holland plant at Rozenburg near Rotterdam. Based on a consultative audit performed by Emerson, Huntsman is implementing a combination of planned and predictive maintenance   (read more...)
Xpress-MP 2005A Software Review
August 25,2005:The new release 2005A of Xpress-MP adds a number of enhancements to an already impressive suite of optimization and modeling software. Since its inception, Xpress-MP has distinguished itself for fulfilling the efficient implementation of algorithms to solve linear   (read more...)
ProSim reinforces its operations in Spain through a partnership with J. MABRES
August 24 2005: ProSim, the French process simulation software developer, strengthen its presence in Spain through a commercial representation agreement with the local company J Mabres S.L.   (read more...)
ISA at the Crossroads - PINTO'S PROSE
August 24, 2005: In the business environment of the new century, most membership-based technical societies are declining. The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) is one example.   (read more...)
AIMMS Newsletter - August 2005
August 24, 2005: Content: 1. Paragon celebrates 15th anniversary 2.What can be expected from AIMMS 3.6 3. AREVA and Paragon enter 3-year Business Contract 4. Ab Ovo becomes AIMMS Service Partner 5. LeasePlan optimizes European purchase of tires 6. Conference Calendar 7. AIMMS Workshop Calendar 8. Register to stay up to date   (read more...)
Emerson enables any plant to use FOUNDATION fieldbus strengths for online asset management and control
CHANHASSEN, Minnesota (August 22, 2005) -- Emerson Process Management has announced the latest release of the Rosemount® 3420 Fieldbus Interface Module (FIM). Designed for users in facilities without fieldbus I/O, the Rosemount FIM enables installation of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus devices with any host system.   (read more...)
For the second consecutive year Chemtech is chosen as one of the 150 best companies to work at in Brazil
August 22,2005: Once more Chemtech was chosen as one of the 150 best companies to work at in Brazil. This survey is part of the ninth edition of Guia Exame/Você S/A – As 150 Melhores Empresas para Você Trabalhar   (read more...)
Perceptive Engineering at The Chemical Engineering Show 16-17 November 2005
August 22, 2005: Perceptive Engineering are exhibiting and presenting at The Chemical Engineering Show, Harrogate on 16-17 November 2005. Professor David Sandoz will present a paper on "Real-time Monitoring of an Industrial Batch Process.   (read more...)
Yokogawa Receives FOUNDATION Fieldbus™ based Integrated Process Control System and Field Instrumentation Order
Tokyo, Japan - August 22, 2005 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that Yokogawa India Ltd. received a US$1.2 million contract in June to construct a production control system based on FOUNDATION fieldbus technology at an oil refinery operated  
It's here! PerceptiveAPC V2.0 released
August 15, 2005: We are pleased to announce the release of PerceptiveAPC V2.0. This major release of our automation suite represents the culmination of 12 months of product development and testing. PerceptiveAPC V2.0 features a revised user interface, improved access to system parameters,   (read more...)
PID Tuning Translator Eases Conversion to New Control System
August 15, 2005:ExperTune's PID Tuning Translator easily converts PID tuning from one industrial PID controller to another. It converts PID values from any of over 490 different industrial PID controllers to the new system.   (read more...)
Chemtech and ExxonMobil sign three new contracts
August 11, 2005: Chemtech has been a partner of ExxonMobil – one of the world oil and gas leaders – since June de 2002, and has just signed three new contracts with that American oil company.   (read more...)
CyboSoft Introduces Ultra High Speed MFA Controller
August 10, 2005 – CyboSoft (Rancho Cordova, California) today announced the delivery of an ultra high-speed adaptive control solution running on National Instruments CompactRIO embedded control and data acquisition platform.   (read more...)
Hyperion to Provide Support and Maintenance Services to GS-Caltex in Korea
Watford UK, 8th August 2005. Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd, which provides high quality custom made solutions and services to process industries worldwide, has announced a new contract to provide comprehensive Application Support and Maintenance Services for Operator Training Simulators (OTS) to GS-Caltex in Yeosu, Korea.   (read more...)
In Memory of Chris Uehlinger
It is with the deepest of sorrow that we announce the death of Chris Uehlinger, 49, PAS' president and chief operating officer. Chris passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening (7/20/2005), having lost his battle with heart disease. With his death, PAS has lost a great friend and business partner, and the process controls industry worldwide has lost an admired industry leader and visionary.   (read more...)
Shell Global Solutions becomes implementer of choice
08 Aug 2005: Shell Global Solutions International BV has become an authorised, value-adding reseller and implementer of Aspen Technology, Inc.’s (AspenTech) leading software module aspenONE™ Planning, Blending and Scheduling for Petroleum.   (read more...)
GSE Systems Announces Process Simulation Project Awards
Columbia, Maryland, August 4, 2005-- GSE Systems, Inc. (GSE) (Amex – GVP), a leading global provider of real-time simulation and training solutions to the power, process, manufacturing and Government sectors, announced it has been awarded several contracts for process plant simulators.   (read more...)
Free AIMMS Pre-Conference Workshop OR 2005, Bremen
August 4, 2005: Our next workshop on September 6 is conveniently planned just prior to OR 2005 conference in Bremen (Germany, Sep 7-9). In this half-day workshop, we will introduce you to AIMMS' advanced algorithmic capabilitities. Materials will be available and include a personal trial license of AIMMS.   (read more...)
SAP and Siemens Announce Cooperation with the Intention to Deliver Integrated Solution to Manufacturing Companies
August 1, 2005: SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) are announcing their intent for a preferred strategic partnership to deliver an integrated solution that will help companies eliminate the disconnect of mission-critical information between Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and business software solutions.   (read more...)
Chemtech receives engineering students from the university control and automation course
July 28,2005: For the second time in less than a year Chemtech receives engineering students from the control and automation course at UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais), in the southeast region of Brazil, for the PEC (Complementary Technical Experience Program), an initiative of the university itself.   (read more...)
What can be expected from the AIMMS 3.6 release
July 27, 2005: For the upcoming AIMMS 3.6 release, to be released in October of 2005, we are developing the following new and extended functionality: Pivot Table, a new advanced interactive GUI object  
AREVA T&D and Paragon sign Business Agreement
July 26, 2005AREVA T&D and Paragon sign Business Agreement Bellevue (USA) / Haarlem (The Netherlands) - AREVA T&D’s Automation & Information Systems business unit in the US and Paragon Decision Technology have entered into a 3-year Business Agreement.   (read more...)
HONEYWELL INTRODUCES OFFLINE SIMULATION SOLUTION FOR PROCESSING PLANTS
PHOENIX, July 19, 2005 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced the release of UniSim™ Design Suite R350, the latest component of the UniSim family of software and engineering services for plant life cycle support.  
ProSimPlus sets new standards in flexibility with the new Windows Script module
July 18 2005: The new version of ProSimPlus, the steady-state process simulation software of the French software house ProSim, sets new standards in terms of accuracy, efficiency and of flexibility.  
TOP 2004 Award for Chemtech
July 15,2005: Chemtech was one of the companies awarded with the Top 2004 Award, which is organized by the specialized Brazilian magazine “Controle & Instrumentação”.   (read more...)
ExperTune and TiPS Form Partnership to Integrate Best-in-Class Plant Performance and Alarm Management Tools
July 13, 2005: ExperTune and TiPS® Form Partnership to Integrate Best-in-Class Plant Performance and Alarm Management Tools Alarm Management and Performance Monitoring have until now, been independent software applications. TiPS and   (read more...)
Joint Chemtech/Pavilion Symposium held in Brazil
July 6, 2005: The I Chemtech/Pavilion Symposium brought together companies like Monsanto, Braskem, Oxiteno, Suzano, and Vicunha, last June 29, at the Camaçari Petrochemical Pole, in the northeast region of Brazil.   (read more...)
Next Generation On-line Process Modeling and Optimization Solution – ROMeo Version 4.0
LAKE FOREST, CA, USA – July 5, 2005 – The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys Process Systems today announced the release of version 4.0 of the ROMeo plant modeling and optimization software solution for use in refineries, petrochemical plants, and other process facilities.   (read more...)
SAP Opens Research and Development Center in Budapest, Hungary
BUDAPEST, Hungary - July 01, 2005 - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today officially inaugurated its tenth research and development center in Budapest, Hungary. Located in Graphisoft Park, SAP Labs Hungary is encharged with the primary mission of developing new features and functionality for mySAP™ Supply Chain Management (mySAP SCM) and will also offer   (read more...)
Paragon celebrates 15th anniversary in hot air balloon
July 1, 2005:Haarlem (The Netherlands) - Fifteen year ago, Jan Bisschop started Paragon with the vision of developing an advanced mathematical modeling environment, one with which modelers could easily both develop their mathematical models and build complete decision support applications to ensure the practical usage of the models.   (read more...)
Emerson announces predictive capability in AMS™ Suite: Equipment Performance Monitor
AUSTIN, TEXAS (June 28, 2005) – Emerson Process Management has released version 4.0 of AMS™ Suite: Equipment Performance Monitor that enables users to predict future performance of mechanical and process equipment.   (read more...)
Dassault Systemes and i2 Announce New Milestone in Strategic Partnership
Paris, France, and Dallas, Texas -- June 28, 2005 Dassault Systemes (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the world’s leading developer of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and i2 Technologies, Inc. (OTC: ITWH), a leading provider of demand-driven supply chain solutions, today announced that they have reached an important milestone in their strategic partnership   (read more...)
Golden Grain Energy Achieves Environmental Compliance With Pavilion Technologies
AUSTIN, Texas – June 28, 2005 – Pavilion Technologies announced that the company’s predictive emissions monitoring software solution (PEMS) that is used to monitor and predict nitrogen oxide (NOx) and oxygen (O2) emissions at Golden Grain Energy demonstrated conformance with Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR)   (read more...)
Chemtech opens new offices and expands its Rio de Janeiro structure
June 24, 2005: In order to provide better-quality and closer services to its northeastern Brazil customers, Chemtech has just opened a support office in Bahia. This unit is situated in the Siemens building, in Salvador, in the Costa Azul district   (read more...)
Pavilion Technologies Drives Winning Edge for Emirates Team New Zealand
AUSTIN, Texas – June 24, 2005 – Pavilion Technologies, a leader in the field of performance enhancement software, today announced that Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), the America’s Cup competitor that won ten out of 11 flights in this year’s first regatta, is leveraging Pavilion’s predictive modeling software as a critical component in its bid to recapture the America’s Cup trophy.   (read more...)
Gensym Unveils Real-Time Trading Management System with Rule-Driven Compliance Engine
New York, N.Y. – June 21, 2005 – Gensym Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: GNSM), a leading provider of rule engine software for mission-critical solutions, today announced that its partner, Lumitec, Inc., is unveiling its new rule-driven Trading Management System in booth 4120 at the Securities Industry Association’s (SIA) annual technology management conference being held in New York   (read more...)
BP Texas City Refinery Fatal Accident Investigation Report
June 17, 2005: "Failure to follow the startup procedure contributed to the loss of process control."   (read more...)
Free event joins two large companies. Register now!
June 13, 2005: Next June 29, the city of Camaçari, situated in the Brazilian northeastern state of Bahia, will host the I Chemtech/Pavilion Symposium, and this event promises to move the Petrochemical Pole.   (read more...)
Invensys Process Systems Opens New Technology Center in Beijing
FOXBORO, MASS, USA – June 8, 2005 – Invensys Process Systems today announced the opening of a new technology center in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The new facility includes well-equipped technology demonstration   (read more...)
Dash Optimization Announces Release of Xpress-MP 2005A
June 6, 2005: ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ and LONDON: Dash Optimization today announced the release of Xpress-MP 2005A. Xpress-MP continues to provide state-of-the-art modeling and optimization tools to customers in a wide range of vertical industries.   (read more...)
i2 Expands Strategic OEM Partnership with Informatica
June 6, 2005: Informatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA), a leading provider of data integration software, today announced a renewed and expanded OEM partnership agreement with i2 Technologies, Inc. (OTC: ITWH). With the Informatica PowerCenter data integration platform already embedded in the i2 Supply Chain Operation Services (SCOS) solution, the new agreement adds PowerCenter’s real-time capabilities to i2 SCOS, extends the companies’ existing OEM agreement by three years, and opens the door for PowerCenter to be co-distributed across Asia-Pacific by NEC Corporation.   (read more...)