This webinar will explore best-in-class approaches to DCS migrations in the chemical industry. It will focus on how to begin a successful DCS migration by addressing the justification and defining scope to gain insights into cost, schedule and impact on operations. As part of the discussion, MAVERICK Technologies and Rockwell Automation will share examples of how they help customers be innovative when migrating their DCS to help enable data-driven operations. Don’t simply replicate decades-old technologies – innovate.
More than 70% of all products contain ingredients that are handled in bulk solid form at some point during the production process. While bulk solid and powder handling is extremely common in industry, even some of the most basic fundamentals of material handling remain poorly-understood – largely because our education generally only focuses on handling liquids and gases, while bulk solids handling is usually left out. This lack of understanding often leads to numerous problems that can significantly delay project startup, bottleneck production, increase labor requirements, impact product quality, and potentially create unsafe working conditions. This presentation will focus on some of the most common material handling problems – e.g., flow stoppages/plugging, erratic flow, material non-uniformity, etc. – and will discuss proven and practical scientific approaches for solving them.
Many operating process facilities work around highly hazardous chemicals and are faced with having to manage their process risks using sophisticated programmable safety instrumented system (SIS). As one might expect, employing the use of such technology opens up plenty of opportunity for human error such as; incorrectly specifying the wrong technology, level of redundancy needed, as well as properly managing the entire system after installation.
Over the past several years, national and international standards that were focused on the implementation of SIS’s moved towards performance oriented, rather than prescriptive. This simply meant, that these standards didn’t mandate the type of technology, level of redundancy, or maintenance test intervals, etc., instead they described what must be done to manage your process risks to tolerable levels. This was in line with OSHA’s national legislation for the U.S. (29 CFR 1910.119) on process safety management (PSM), which states that users must ‘determine and document’ that their facilities are designed and operating in a safe manner.
Chemical plants and refineries around the world are dealing with unreliable legacy 2-wire flow points and are looking for an upgrade migration path to a more accurate and reliable measurement. Traditionally, Coriolis meters have not been considered part of the 2-wire upgrade option, but Emerson’s recent release of the Micro Motion 4200 2-wire Coriolis transmitter that is now a possibility.
The 2-wire Coriolis flow meter improves reliability by providing an accurate mass flow and density measurement. It accommodates change by replacing unreliable legacy 2-wire devices and optimizing production, ensuring safety by producing accurate fills, resulting in less exposure or spills due to overfilling. Upgrading to 2-wire Coriolis also reduces cost because of reduced need for engineering and planning time.
Owners need easy access to accurate, up to date, engineering information and they need tools that make it simple to keep that engineering data up-to-date over the lifecycle of the plant, reflecting changes due to routine maintenance, turnaround or large-scale revamp projects. It takes too much time and effort to gather and verify the information they need to make decisions effectively, and for older plants that do not have 3D models, there is simply no visual way to verify and check information easily.