Safety Beyond the Classroom

Time & energy are spent learning about safety through various trainings and educational forums, it’s important to actually apply that knowledge to the everyday workings of your application. Consider the unique needs of your workplace and find what best supports your safety goals.

Here are some questions to help get you started:

Safety Award for the Advanced Technology Industry

Jeff Sampson, Control Instruments Corporation Executive Client Relations Manager, presenting the first annual Control Instruments Excellence in Safety award to Tim Salaba, Division Engineering Manager for 3M Company Process Information & Control Solutions.

On March 5, 2014, Jeff Sampson, Control Instruments Corporation Executive Client Relations Manager, presented the first annual Control Instruments Excellence in Safety award to Tim Salaba, Division Engineering Manager for 3M Company Process Information & Control Solutions.

Here's a little more information about 3M-PC&IS, our Safety Award recipient in the Advanced Technology Industry: 

2014 Safety Award for High Excellence

The marketplace is demanding that companies be sustainable; and they should only be considered sustainable if they protect their most important asset: their people.

Keeping personnel and facilities SAFE is Control Instruments’ #1 goal. Our company was founded all those years ago because of it. We care that much about it. Productivity, sustainability, and energy savings all ultimately begins & ends with keeping our customers, and their people safe.

Safety:The Highest Priority

There’s an old saying about flying small planes, “any landing you walk away from is a good landing” - and in a sense this is true for gas detection, especially in the process industry. Saving lives is the highest priority. Loss of life has become rare, and, in spite of some high profile cases, most years bring fewer accidents and injuries. It might be ironic then, to consider that this progress might make people tend to relax their standards in the belief that somehow everything is going to be OK.

Monitoring the Complexities of a Growing Infrastructure

With Shale gas reinvigorating the midstream sector, so has the need to meet the many complexities of this growing infrastructure.

One of them includes Natural-gas processing. This is a complex industrial process designed to clean raw natural gas by separating impurities and various non-methane hydrocarbons and fluids to produce what is known as pipeline quality dry natural gas. But what happens to the waste that is created as result of the cleaning process? It is often dumped into a flare stack, which presents an opportunity for the gas monitoring.

The Barge is Back

A couple weeks ago we talked about the extreme growth in the U.S. oil and gas industry due to the fracking revolution that unearthed a plethora of natural gas and shale oil across North America and how it gave rise to some little known players in the industry falling under the midstream sector umbrella. The increase gave way to constrained infrastructure problems (how do we transport all this fracked energy??) which has forced refiners to think outside the box…in other words, the barge is back! 

Fuel Additives and LHV Readings

Today let's look at another key player in the midstream sector of the oil and gas industry, manufacturers of fuel additives. They are operating in an era of striking changes and tighter margins, one in which environmental legislation to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy is having a great impact.

Monitoring the Midstream

Shale gas refers to natural gas that is trapped within shale formations. Shales are fine-grained sedimentary rocks that can be rich sources of petroleum and natural gas. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, over the past decade, the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has allowed access to large volumes of shale gas that were previously uneconomical to produce. The production of natural gas from shale formations has rejuvenated the natural gas industry in the United States.

Graphics are the Key to an Effective HMI Experience

As we discussed last week, there are some key factors to creating an effective HMI experience, including layout, navigation, and design elements, like color and text. But one area that should be closely examined is the graphics, especially when doing a redesign of your operator interface.

Best Practices for Designing an HMI

When designing the software for our newest accessory, the multi channel operator interface, John, the Manager of our Engineering Department took a few best practices into consideration: