Monday, August 29, 2016

Acclaimed speakers for Process Control & Safety Symposium.

The best and brightest minds in process industries—including three distinguished keynote speakers—will come together at the 2016 ISA Process Control & Safety Symposium and Exhibition, 7-10 November in Houston, (TX USA).

Attending engineers, technicians and plant managers will be able to gain the latest insights, news and trends in process measurement and control—particularly in the chemical and energy processing and other key process industry sectors. Particular attention will be placed on the critical issues in instrumentation, communications, control systems, safety and security.

Three outstanding keynote presentations
Three notable automation and control industry professionals will deliver keynote addresses. A keynote presentation will be delivered on each day of the conference.

Paul Gruhn
Tuesday 8 November
“Process Safety: Are we getting any better? Recollections on four decades of experience and more”
Keynote Presenter: Paul Gruhn
Paul Gruhn, Global Functional Safety Consultant at aeSolutions, is a highly acclaimed and awarded safety expert in the automation and control field, with more than four decades of experience. He is an ISA Fellow, the co-chair of the ISA 84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems), and a developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems.
An accomplished author, he has written two ISA textbooks (Safety Instrumented Systems: Design, Analysis & Justification and Sell More through Effective Technical Presentations), other book chapters and more than two dozen published articles.
Gruhn developed the first commercial safety system modeling software. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas, a member of Control System Engineer (CSE) exam team, a certified functional safety expert (CFSE) and an ISA84 expert. He received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Dr Bonnie Dunbar

Wednesday 9 November
“Inspiring and Recruiting Engineers into the 21st Century”
Keynote Presenter: Bonnie J. Dunbar
Bonnie J. Dunbar, Ph.D., is a retired NASA astronaut, engineer, and educator. She currently is a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Distinguished Research Professor in the university’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, and has a joint appointment as the director of the TEES Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation (IEEI).
A member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Dunbar comes to Texas A&M from the University of Houston where she provided leadership in the development of a new integrated university science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) center. At the University of Houston, she served as an M.D. Anderson Professor of Mechanical Engineering and directed the SICSA Space Architecture graduate program.
Prior to that, Dr. Dunbar worked for The Rockwell International Space Division Company building Space Shuttle Columbia and worked for 27 years at NASA. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degrees in ceramic engineering from the University of Washington and a doctorate degree in mechanical/biomedical engineering from the University of Houston.

Thursday 10 November
Steve Mustard
“Safe and Secure? The State of Industrial Cybersecurity”
Keynote Presenter: Steve Mustard
Steve Mustard is an ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®), UK registered Chartered Engineer, and European registered Eur Ing and consultant with extensive development and management experience in business process automation across multiple sectors.
A widely recognized expert in industrial cybersecurity and an ISA99 Security Standards Committee member, Mustard played an essential role in the development of the world’s only consensus-based series of industrial cybersecurity standards—ISA/IEC 62443. He also actively participates in cybersecurity working groups formed by the Automation Federation, ISA’s umbrella organization.
Mustard’s previous and current client list includes: the UK Ministry of Defence; NATO; major utilities, such as Anglian Water Services and Sydney Water Corporation; major oil and gas companies, such as BG Group and Aera Energy; Quintiles Laboratories; and other leading organizations.

A world-class technical program and vendor exhibition
In addition to the keynote presentations, the symposium offers an expert-led technical program that will cover the critical issues in instrumentation, safety, security, communications and control systems. Among the wide-ranging topics to be covered include: Instrumentation; Communications; Control Systems.

An exhibit showcase will feature the latest product and service information at engaging vendor and supplier exhibits. Daily luncheons and nightly receptions allow for ample networking and socializing.

Attendees may add value to their event experience by taking an on-site ISA training short course. The following three courses will be conducted on Monday, 7 November—prior to the commencement of the technical program:



Register for this professionally rewarding event today

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Counting in Chinese!

With China proving to be one of the world’s fastest growing economies in recent years, Hengstler has added a comprehensive Chinese font set to the firmware of its popular eXtendo range of receipt-type printers. Designated eXtendo XF, which comprises the X-56 and X-80 models – both of which feature a larger memory – Hengstler receipt-type printers are now ready to meet the demands of ticket vending machine OEMs serving Chinese-speaking markets.

The Chinese language is the world’s most widely spoken, dwarfing the next most popular language, Spanish, by a factor of nearly three. Beyond China, the language is spoken in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore, and is present extensively in countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia, not to mention sizable Chinese communities in almost all Western economies. With this in mind, incorporating the Chinese language into tickets machines found at locations such as car parks, outdoor kiosks, railway/metro stations, betting shops and ATMs, for example, can now be facilitated with Hengstler’s eXtendo XF.

To store the large GB18030 national standard master font set, which contains more than 27,000 Chinese characters, Hengstler has doubled the memory within its eXtendo XF family printers to 4 MB. In fact, both the X-56 and X-80 (the numerals represent the receipt width in millimetres) now offer larger flash and RAM. Furthermore, due to the required Unicode addressing scheme and the larger number of characters that must be stored, hardware and firmware redesigns were also implemented.

A further benefit of the increased memory means that there is no longer any limitation on the size of customer font and bitmap images that can be uploaded, thus delivering greater product functionality.

With the integral font manager, customers can upload any type of font desired (up to 10 fonts) using the upload tool that is included in the printer’s driver package. Font manager selects and matches all the characters of the font type as defined in the code page. It is also possible to select and/or deselect single characters. Hengstler only uses the font manager for licensed fonts but customers can use it to upload their own licensed or open source fonts.

As a point of note, the expanded memory also means that Hengstler is able to service languages such as Japanese, Korean, Hebrew or any other language containing proprietary character sets. Importantly, however, to avoid burdening OEM customers that do not require special character sets with the cost of expanded memory, the basic versions remain available.

The original eXtendo family of receipt type printers has been in worldwide circulation for over a decade. The successful X-56 and X-80 models enjoy a market reputation as highly reliable direct thermal print mechanisms capable of operating in environments where there are wide variations in temperature and humidity, while further benefits include compact design, accurate cutting and an extensive feature set. The need to print and cut thick paper, handle large paper rolls and detect jams are among additional capabilities ensuring the ongoing popularity of these advanced printers.

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Level in high temp applications.

Magnetrol® International has announced the release of the E3 Modulevel® displacer level transmitter with an increased upper temperature rating. E3 MODULEVEL transmitters now handle process temperatures of up to +450 °C (+850 °F) for non-steam applications and +425 °C (+800 °F) for steam applications. This capability helps protect downstream equipment by providing accurate, reliable liquid and interface level control in extreme process conditions.

Using linear variable differential transformer (LVDT)/range spring technology, E3 MODULEVEL transmitters offer outstanding output stability, structural integrity and ease of use. Vertical in-line design of the transmitter results in low instrument weight and simplified installation.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

High-density multi-conductor terminal blocks.

Phoenix Contact has introduced their PT 2,5/S-QUATTRO terminal blocks. These four-position terminal blocks occupy the same amount of space as the company’s two-position terminal blocks. This allows for a high wiring density without sacrificing space across the DIN rail.

Up to four 12 AWG conductors can be connected in one feed-through terminal block. The terminal
blocks feature Phoenix Contact’s push-in connection technology, for quick, tool-free wiring of the
pre-assembled conductors. Ground terminals are also available in the same shape.

These multi-conductor terminal blocks also have a double function shaft for easy potential
distribution with plug-in bridges and large-surface marking options. Each current path can be
individually tested for the terminal blocks.

As part of Phoenix Contact’s CLIPLINE complete terminal block system, the PT 2,5/S QUATTRO
accepts standard accessories and marking products, which can reduce inventory costs.

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Oxygen measurements in natural gas.

A new application note is available to download from Michell Instruments’ website: Oxygen Measurement in Natural Gas.

There are many reasons why oxygen is undesirable in natural gas, on top of meeting the regulatory requirements for purity:

·       Oxygen combines with other chemical gases, especially H2S, to form acids.
·       Oxygen does not add to the heating value of the gas and is not of benefit.
·       Oxygen degrades amine, which inhibits the process of removing carbon dioxide and H2S from the gas chemically.
·       Oxygen can degrade some mercaptans reducing the effectiveness of these odorants in the gas.
·       Oxygen accelerates corrosion in the mechanical components that come in contact with the gas.
·       Oxygen in sufficient quantities and with a heat source can cause explosions.


The application note discusses the various oxygen measurement methods available, along with their benefits and disadvantages.

• Michell Instruments products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

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Next generation freezing point analyser.

The next generation of PAC's ISL FZP 5G2S, "the world’s leading Freezing Point Laboratory Analyser."

The new OptiFZP offers improved productivity with proven reliability and accuracy. The user-friendly interface on a 7” color touch-screen allows users to start a test with just the touch of a button and view a real-time graphic display of the test, improving customer experience and accelerating lab productivity.

The patented built-in cooling system, unique detection cell, and automatic cleaning help lower the cost of ownership, while producing accurate results up to -100°C (-148°F) in under 15 minutes. The new model includes all the standard data exporting capabilities (USB, RS232, network printing) as well as LIMS connectivity through the IRIS platform.

OptiFZP offers superior correlation to the manual method with excellent sensitivity to contaminated samples. This proven analyzer is compliant with ASTM D7153 and IP 529 and has perfect correlation to ASTM D2386 and IP 16.

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Record growth at noise & vibration specialist.

Svantek has reported a 20% increase in sales for the first half of 2016, compared to the same period last year.

Anticipating record growth by the end of 2016, the specialist in noise and vibration instrumentation for occupational health and environmental monitoring attributes this latest success to a series of exciting new product launches, including the introduction of the world’s first personal hand-arm vibration exposure meter. The SV103 easily attaches to the operator’s arm whilst the lightweight MEMS accelerometer straps to the hand making it the only device to accurately measure the vibration dose being received.

Another key reason for the increase in sales is Svantek’s strengthened position in the construction market which is stipulating a preference for its high performance indoor and outdoor noise and vibration monitoring stations.

Paul Rubens, General Manager at Svantek comments: “We are delighted to see such an excellent performance from Svantek with a new record in half year sales by a wide margin. The products that we introduced last year have helped set a new benchmark in noise and vibration monitoring instrumentation ensuring they have been well received by both the occupational health and safety and environmental industries as a result.
“The team has also been successful in expanding the market penetration of our products within the construction industry, with us rapidly gaining preferred supplier status with contractors.”


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