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White paper: Automating on/off process valves
White paper: Automating on/off process valves A comparison of actuation methods for pneumatic actuators

On/off process valves can be automated in different ways using pneumatics. This white paper looks at automation using an individual valve, a valve terminal and a digital valve terminal, and compares the three actuation methods in terms of:

• Required hardware/components and the installation

effort involved

• Investment costs

• Potential for compressed air savings and increased

energy efficiency

• Diagnostic and maintenance options

• Potential for function integration

• Possible applications in safety-related circuits

• Possible applications in potentially explosive areas

White paper: Minimizing risk SIL for the chemical industry
White paper: Minimizing risk SIL for the chemical industry

This white paper has the following aims:

  • What is SIL, why is the topic relevant for plant operators, and what are the common misunderstandings?
  • What do certificates mean and how do you read them correctly?
  • To what extent do durable components offer a helpful advantage?
White Paper: Digitalisation – new opportunities to optimise systems in the process industry
White Paper: Digitalisation – new opportunities to optimise systems in the process industry

This white paper covers the following topics:

  • Digitalisation as an opportunity in the process industry
  • How decoupling software and hardware opens up completely new opportunities for already established technologies, based on the example of the Festo Motion Terminal
  • Why do manufacturers, OEMs and system operators obtain very tangible benefits from analysing the data sent via the IoT gateway to the cloud – and what does this mean for their business?
White Paper: Four Myths About Pneumatics – And One Key Advantage
White Paper: Four Myths About Pneumatics – And One Key Advantage Why pneumatic actuators pay off in the water industry

This white paper has the following aims:

  • To examine reservations that are frequently mentioned in connection with pneumatics: are pneumatic actuators really more easily damaged, expensive over their lifetime and higher on energy consumption compared to electric actuators? The reality is more complex.
  • To provide concrete tips and hints for users in the water industry: why a lifetime calculation is a good idea, how leakage can be avoided – and some of the advantages of pneumatics that may not be obvious at first glance.
White paper - Controlling process valves and considering functional safety (SIL)
White paper - Controlling process valves and considering functional safety (SIL)

Functional safety in the process industry is a topic that has very much moved centre stage since IEC 61508 came into force. It is frequently only indicated by the abbreviation SIL. But what exactly is SIL and how can it be used to control process valves?

White Paper: Pneumatics or electrics
White Paper: Pneumatics or electrics Important criteria when choosing technology

This white paper describes the important points to bear in

mind when it comes to choosing the right technology.

White Paper: The future role of ethernet and the trend to decentralised control solutions
White Paper: The future role of ethernet and the trend to decentralised control solutions field bus / Industrial Ethernet

The driving force behind progress in Industrial automation in the last 20 years has without doubt been the networking of automation products via bus systems. The importance of industrial communication within machines and installations is increasing exponentially, especially in the context of recent Industry 4.0 (Internet of Things, IoT) discussions. Networking is decentralised from its starting point – communication at control system level – down to the connection of front-end devices, sensors and actuators, which perhaps already feature decentralised intelligence.

White paper: Plants based on the Lego principle
White paper: Plants based on the Lego principle Modular automation with valve terminals

Smaller batches and different types of product in the same plant – these are the market demands to which more and more manufacturers in

the process industries need to adjust. The answer is plants based on the “Lego principle”. Users can add modules or switch them off in line

with requirements. But this is only possible with modular automation.

Pneumatic automation concepts
Pneumatic automation concepts A comparison of individual valves and valve terminals

Individual valves or valve terminals – which is the most suitable option for actuating pneumatically automated process valves? What are the technological and economic differences between the two? We will use a cost comparison to compare and contrast the two options. And what are the differences in terms of commissioning? Which diagnostic options are available with valve terminals for reducing unscheduled downtime? These are the questions that will be examined in this article.

White paper: Comparative evaluation of automation concepts for water industry systems
White paper: Comparative evaluation of automation concepts for water industry systems Tools for optimising life cycle costs

Energy efficiency and the optimisation of specific production costs are important commercial and business challenges which we must face for a variety of reasons. Energy-efficient technologies are often more expensive than traditional technologies in the investment phase. However, measures to increase efficiency and reduce life cycle costs (LCC) throughout the entire life cycle of a production plant usually pay off.

White Paper: Compressed air preparation in pneumatics
White Paper: Compressed air preparation in pneumatics Improving the process reliability, machine availability and service life of all components

Particles, water and oils in compressed air reduce the service life and functionality of components and systems. They also impair

productivity and energy efficiency. Proper preparation, on the other hand, significantly increases process and product reliability, and it

increases the availability of your system.

White paper: Reduce energy costs in compressed air systems by up to 60%
White paper: Reduce energy costs in compressed air systems by up to 60%

In order to survive in a tough competitive environment, many companies are searching for ways to make savings in their production. Such savings can often be found in their existing compressed air systems, which have generally been in place for years. Up to 60% of energy costs can be saved through optimisation at both the production facility and system level.

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