John Rezabek’s Column in Control: Smart Pipe?

John Rezabek of Ashland Chemical, who also happens to be chairman of our End User Advisory Council, has a monthly column in Control Magazine.  This month he ruminates on the existence of “Smart Pipes”, which have built in sensor capabilities.  Could they change the way we use automation technology in a significant way?  

From the article:

“What if the pipe and vessels that contain your physical process were embedded with sensors for flow, pressure, temperature and composition? No more vessel penetrations for thermowells or process taps for DP cells. No more worries about plugging impulse lines or zero shifts. Distillation column temperature profiles would be continuous and automatic.”

It seems like an interesting proposition, but what would this mean for all the automation equipment (and networks) that we sell today?

About FieldComm Group

The FieldComm Group is a global standards-based organization consisting of leading process end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations that work together to direct the development, incorporation and implementation of new and overlapping technologies and serves as the source for FDI technology. The FieldComm Group’s mission is to develop, manage and promote global standards for integrating digital devices into automation system architectures while protecting process-automation investments in HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus communication technologies. Membership is open to anyone interested in the use of the technologies. For more information, visit their web site at www.fieldcommgroup.org.

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