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UCDS working with Sunoco

August 20, 2016

UCDS Helps Sunoco Design a New centralized control facility that aims to optimize their Philadelphia refinery Console Operator Bill Johnson, a 24-year Sunoco veteran, makes changes in the operations of the new low sulfur fuels unit from the new central control room. The recently finished low sulfur gasoline unit is the first plant to be…

Operators Can Operate at 100% Capacity (Optimization Means Money)

August 11, 2016

Arnold Oliver of Worsley Alumina challenged his process control group to improve process efficiency. The goal was to get operators to set setpoints closer to the maximum process capacity. To achieve this, operators needed an environment that was optimized. Operator effectiveness was the major focus for changes that proved to provide significant returns on their…

Control Room Operators and the Key Hole Effect

July 13, 2016

The key hole effect: Your control room operator is monitoring a process with several loops and several points, they have multiple screens and each screen has hundreds of graphics to navigate through, uh oh, several alarms start to activate! The operator begins to navigate through several graphics to determine the problem but has a very limited view because there are so many screens to…

50 Shades of (Grey Scaled Graphics)

June 3, 2016
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Why Switch Your Rainbow Graphics to a Boring Shade of Grey? First of all, you’re not just changing the background color on your existing graphics, your reducing the number of graphics by incorporating human factors into the design, using analog objects, trends, and regrouping objects so that the graphics provide visual interpretation of what’s important…

New Book – Control Room Design guide

April 17, 2016

We have recently released a new book on Control Room Design. Here is the summary: Since the introduction of distributed control systems into control rooms, the mining, refining, chemical, and power industries have lived with, and suffered from, many behavioral problems common with this design. When Human Factors/Ergonomic design is introduced into a centralized control…

Podcast 12- Disasters and Emergencies Part 3

December 28, 2015

This is part 3 of a 3 part series where Ian Nimmo, president of User Centered Design Services, discuss Disasters, Diagnosis and Emergencies. To learn more about UCDS and Ian Nimmo please visit MyControlRoom.com

UCDS December 2015 News: Automation Safety Webinar

December 24, 2015

It has been a very different year for UCDS. Our traditional work patterns dramatically changed which meant we did a lot more travelling than usual. I started the year recovering from foot surgery for a snapped Achilles issue but managed to make a trip in March to Sweden to visit with CGM and work on…

Podcast 11- Disasters and Emergencies Part 2

December 14, 2015

This is part 2 of a 3 part series where Ian Nimmo, president of User Centered Design Services, discuss Disasters, Diagnosis and Emergencies. To learn more about UCDS and Ian Nimmo please visit MyControlRoom.com

Podcast 10- Disasters and Emergencies Part 1

November 30, 2015

In this special 3 part episode Ian Nimmo, president of User Centered Design Services, discuss Disasters, Diagnosis, and Emergencies. If you would like more information about UCDS and Ian Nimmo please visit MyControlRoom.com

Borregaard Biorefinery Moves to a Centralized Control Room With the Help of UCDS

November 16, 2015

Borregaard biorefinery pulp and paper operation in Sarpsborg, Norway, was originally established in 1889. Over the years, significant investments have been made in the facility, including a new pulp-drying machine; new cutting, baling and, reeling equipment; and conversion of the bleaching plant to sulphite pulp. The original digester house, built in the early 1950s, was…

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