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  • Remote partial proof-testing of overfill prevention systems supports safer operations

    16 June 2021

    Overfill prevention systems must be periodically proof-tested to confirm their ability to perform correctly when required. AnnCharlott Enberg, Global Functional Safety Manager at Emerson, explains how the digital technology in advanced level measurement devices enables partial proof-testing to be performed remotely rather than on location, and describes the benefits this provides....

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  • Why thermal mass meters offer the solution for accurate and safe biogas measurement

    16 June 2021

    After years of heavy reliance on fossil fuels, societal and environmental pressures are leading governments worldwide to look for new ways of meeting their energy demands. One of these alternative fuel sources is biogas, a side product of anaerobic digestion in wastewater treatment processes....

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  • Remote support for plant maintenance – anytime, anywhere

    16 June 2021

    Challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic, personnel costs and shortage of specialists are putting companies under an increasing amount of pressure. It is becoming more and more difficult to maintain extensive facilities efficiently and in line with requirements, and to solve problems in a timely manner....

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  • Displaying important real-time information clearly in hazardous environments

    16 June 2021

    Being aware of critical process variables is important in most manufacturing environments. In the past, measurements were limited to true physical variables, such as pressure, temperature, weight, and speed....

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  • Protecting people and equipment from explosions: IEC Technical Committee 31

    16 June 2021

    Martin Thedens is the Chair of IEC Technical Committee 31: Equipment for explosive atmospheres. The Technical Committee publishes safety standards relating to equipment used in hazardous areas, where flammable liquids, vapours, gases or dusts are likely to occur in quantities sufficient to cause an explosion....

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Ex Special Interest Group Briefing Note: Ex Inspection Sample Nomination 24 May 2021

The Institute of Measurement and Control Explosive Atmospheres Special Interest Group (Ex-SIG) aims to promote good practice and support continuing professional development in the Ex discipline through a range of activities and publications. The group produces briefing notes to help inform members on key topics. This article is one such briefing note on Ex inspection sample nomination....

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Sensing an improvement in mining safety and productivity 05 May 2021

The mining industry contributes significantly to the global economy in countless ways and plays a pivotal part in our everyday lives. We are constantly looking at ways to mine more efficiently, lower our costs to be more profitable and drive environmental and social responsibility....

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How AI can manage equipment knowledge transfer and tackle the skills gap 05 May 2021

The process industry workforce is changing. In the UK, a recent survey showed that by 2026 19.56% of engineers will have retired or be close to retiring. Similar studies in the US show that 23% of the American chemicals manufacturing workforce will be eligible to retire within ten years....

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Case study: automation and digitalisation at scale 05 May 2021

ANYbotics has collaborated with global chemical manufacturer BASF to deploy ANYmal at one of the company’s sites. The autonomous, four-legged robot has helped display the efficiency, quality, and scalability of robotic inspection and data-collection capabilities in complex industrial environments....

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The age of the ‘interconnected worker’ 05 May 2021

Many years ago, life was simple, or so it seemed. If something needed to be done, appropriate forms would be filled in and we’d disappear off into some part of the plant and return later when the work was completed or left in a state where we could carry on with it tomorrow. Aside from the odd visit or the radio message, we would be left alone and depending on the work, might not appear back in our normal break area for quite some time....

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