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OCTOBER 27, 2011


General Mills Quits Throwing Energy Down the Drain
DeltaVBy industry standards, the maintenance team at General Mills’ refrigerated and frozen dough facility in Murfreesboro, Tenn., was doing pretty well at keeping up with monitoring steam traps. They didn’t always get to their preventive maintenance rounds in a timely fashion, but they’d still eventually identify failures and were replacing about 20% of their traps every year. They were also throwing $44,000 worth of energy literally down the condensate drain. That turns out to be more than enough to justify a project to install Emerson 708 wireless acoustic monitors on the facility’s 93 steam traps. » Read more

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SyncadeMaking the Case for Electronic Document Management
Are you the Director of Quality Assurance or Regulatory Affairs? Do you oversee Documentation Control and Management? Are you the Director of Operations? If so, you may be looking for a tool to better maintain, distribute and utilize your employees’ valuable knowledge. Learn how in an upcoming webinar from Emerson Process Management’s Robert Dvorak, Ph.D., director Syncade/data integration management. This live Syncade webinar is on December 7, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. (EST). Register now.

Unique HMI Implementation Ensures That Operators Think Twice
Control ValveWhen folks debate about how to set up an operator interface, the conversation usually heads toward making things as easy and as intuitive as possible. But what if your goal in life is to make things harder for the operator? System designers at Savannah River Remediation (SRR) decided that things were too easy for their operators. It was too easy to set operations in motion with single clicks of a mouse. "I want to slow the operators down; I want to force them to think twice," said Jim Coleman, principal engineer at the Savannah River site in Aiken, S.C. » Read more