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The 2017 Survey: Process Safety and Risk Management 16 May 2018

The 2017 edition of Petrotechnics’ process safety and risk management (PSM) survey of senior leaders in the fields of process safety, asset integrity, and operational risk management in the hydrocarbon industry produced some interesting and occasionally startling insights into the state of operational risk and safety management. ...

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FTIR Gas Analysis 20 April 2018

FTIR (Fourier Transform InfraRed) spectroscopy is the most popular analytical technology for industrial applications requiring the continuous measurement of multiple parameters simultaneously. This article, by Nenne Nordström of Gasmet Technologies, looks at the advantages and uses of FTIR technology in these different applications. ...

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Benzene - where detection is better than cure 16 April 2018

Steve Billingham, CEO of Duvas Technologies, discusses the latest developments in air quality monitoring equipment and explores how UV spectroscopy innovation is helping to improve occupational health for workers operating across the petro-chemical industry....

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Greater emphasis on reducing dangerous undetected failures helps to improve plant safety 22 March 2018

There is a growing opinion that dangerous undetected (DU) failure rates are more relevant than safe failure fraction as a basis for selecting a safety-critical level instrument. Tim Hill, Technical Director at Emerson Automation Solutions, explains how the advanced diagnostics capability of the latest vibrating fork level switches enables them to help improve plant safety by reducing the number of DU failures....

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Why it pays to focus on functional safety management 13 March 2018

Quite apart from any moral considerations, skimping on lifecycle safety requirements can be an expensive mistake, say John Walkington of ABB. The right functional safety product and management systems focus can deliver long-term security and a lower life-time cost.  ...

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How Ex certified robots are finding a niche in remote and hazardous oil and gas sites 02 February 2018

It is perhaps surprising that although robots have been making cars for decades and are roaming the surface of Mars, we do not see them at onshore oil and gas facilities. Of course tethered, remotely operated vehicles are widely used by the subsea sector, but they have never made the evolutionary step onto land.  That is about to change, says Ian Peerless of ExRobotics. ...

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Developing a control system for a mobile robot for use in hostile and hazardous environments 25 January 2018

Founded in 1969, Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland is a pioneering institution that brings together the fields of science and business. The LUT international community includes approximately 6,000 students and experts engaged in scientific research and academic education....

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Defence in depth: protecting safety instrumented systems from cyber attacks 15 December 2017

The concept of complete connectivity is helping process plants become more efficient and increase productivity, but it also brings extra security risks. Rob Sharrock, Andy Crosland and Ben Worthy from Emerson Automation Solutions look at the issues facing operators, and explain what measures can be taken to help keep control and safety systems secure....

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Digitalising the oil and gas sector 08 December 2017

Digitalisation has already brought far-reaching benefits to the oil and gas industry. This increased connectivity has signalled many benefits in measurable innovations and efficiencies. The potential downside is exposure to cyber risks. Cyber security breaches can take businesses offline and lead to lost production, raised health, safety and environmental risks, costly damage claims and negative reputational impacts....

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ICS built-in security in today’s connected enterprise 30 November 2017

This article, by Glenn Schulz of FDT Group and Katherine Voss of ODVA, describes efforts by the automation industry to develop next generation standards and technology, which enhance security throughout the lifecycle of industrial control devices in today’s connected world....

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