Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Grandmother retires!

After almost 20 years of reliable service a Gasmet FTIR multigas analyser has finally been retired. The instrument, which is a Gasmet 9540 was purchased at the end of the last century by VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland.

“We have utilised this analyzer in a variety of research projects over the years and it has performed extremely well. However, some of the spare parts are no longer available so we have purchased a new Gas DX4000 as a replacement,” comments Mari-Leena Koskinen-Soivi, a Research Scientist at VTT working in sustainable syngas R&D and analytics.

Mari-Leena Koskinen-Soivi
The old Gasmet 9540 was originally purchased for online wet gas analysis on a pressurised flat bed reactor conducting research work on catalysts, providing simultaneous analysis of compounds such as ammonia, hydrogen sulphide, methane, ethane, ethene, benzene, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and others.

Mari-Leena says: “We affectionately call this instrument the ‘Grandmother’ - the main advantage of the old Gasmet 9540 over our laboratory instruments was its speed and simplicity. We still have a requirement for the continuous analysis of multiple gases – usually over 60 compounds – so we are excited to see how the new Gasmet DX4000 will perform.”

Jari Jaakkola, from Gasmet says: “The core technology is still the same, but our FTIR instruments have continued to develop and improve since VTT bought their first instrument. Apart from the new instruments being smaller and lighter, VTT will see a vast improvement in performance. However, I am sure that Mari-Leena will be pleased to discover that the newer instruments have retained the speed and simplicity of their ancestors.”

Established in 1942 and employing over 2,400 staff, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is the leading research and technology company in the Nordic countries. VTT has a national mandate in Finland, using research and knowledge to provide expert services for domestic and international customers and partners in both the private and public sectors.

VTT develops new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovative products, production processes, methods and services to produce technologies that benefit society. Much of Mari-Leena’s work is focused on efficient methods for the generation of renewable energy, and is therefore contributing to the global fight against climate change.

Mari-Leena has worked at VTT since 1979; starting in peat research and later moving to gasification. For the last 15 years she has been working with catalysts and synfuels. “Accurate multigas analysis is therefore a crucial element of our work,” she adds. “Continuous online monitoring provides much greater insight into process conditions and helps us to understand the chemical processes that are taking place. With the ability to fulfil this role on hot, wet complex gas mixtures, FTIR is one of our most important analytical tools, and with proven reliability lasting 20 years we don’t have to worry about the quality of Gasmet instruments!”

@Gasmet_Tech  #PAuto #Finland @VTTFinland

Modular cable interface.

Modular connector interface enables compressed air delivery with thousands of mating cycles

Harting has developed a new compressed air module to meet the increased demands on pneumatic interfaces in flexible production processes.

The new Han® Pneumatic Module Metal uses robust, durable high-mating-cycle metal contacts that can be plugged and unplugged at least 10,000 times. It means that users can exploit the benefits of compressed air technology in frequently converted production facilities – in order to supply drive units, control units, brakes, holding and unloading units, for example.

The new interface operates at a high maximum pressure: instead of the previous upper limit of 8 bars (for the Han® Pneumatic module with plastic contacts), contacts can now withstand permanent pressures of up to 10 bars. This means that the Han® Pneumatic Module Metal now covers the entire low pressure range, extending the possible applications for pluggable compressed air systems.
Harting has used flow simulations to minimise contact pressure loss. Pressure loss in the socket contacts with internal valves is now half that of conventional pneumatic interfaces.

This innovation opens up new combination possibilities for pneumatics in modular connectors for high connection cycles (HMC). Electrical contacts for the transfer of signals and power can now be combined with contacts for the transfer of fibre-optic signals and compressed air in HMC connectors for the first time – saving users valuable build space and assembly time.

@harting #PAuto

Early-bird registration deadline for Water/Wastewater symposium.

The deadline for early-bird registration for the 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium has been extended to 1 July 2017. The original deadline was 15 June 2017.

ISA members who register by Saturday, 1 July will pay only $350—a discount of $150 off the regular rate. Additional registration discounts are available for AWWA, WEF and ITA members.

The 2017 ISA WWAC Symposium, to be conducted 8-10 August 2017  in Orlando (FL USA), is expected to draw between 200 and 250 attendees. The event is presented by the ISA Water/Wastewater Industries Division (WWID), in collaboration with the Florida Section of the AWWA (FSAWWA), the Florida Water Environment Association (FWEA), the WEF Automation and Info Tech Committee, and the Instrumentation Testing Association (ITA).

Some of the most highly regarded experts, including six distinguished speakers, will address the critical issues and challenges in automation facing the water/wastewater industry. Speakers and sessions will highlight the importance of instrumentation, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and automatic control applications to the safe, effective treatment and distribution of water, and the collection and treatment of wastewater.

Attendees will gain the latest news and trends in automation and control systems, instrumentation, cybersecurity, alarm management, and emerging technologies across the industry. Twenty-four technical presentations will be delivered on various aspects of automation and control.

In addition to an acclaimed keynote speaker and five notable guest speakers and the extensive technical program, the symposium will feature a hands-on instrumentation workshop (introduced for the first time), an exhibit showcase, a tour of a nearby water facility, high-value training opportunities and more.

The symposium also provides an excellent opportunity to gain valuable technical information, networking, professional development and continuing education credits (CEUs and PDHs).

“I continue to receive feedback that this event is truly one of the best of its kind due to the fact that the attendees and exhibitors are focused on solutions to real-world challenges and what’s actually experienced in on-the-job settings,” reports Kevin Patel, Director of the 2017 ISA Water/Wastewater Industry Division. “Adding to its value are the training opportunities, and the networking, professional development and continuing education credits.”

“Our secret is our focus,” says Patrick Gouhin, CEO and Executive Director at ISA. “Our annual ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium specifically caters to the needs of professionals involved with automation, instrumentation and SCADA in the municipal water and wastewater sectors. It is a unique niche event and we are proud of its increasing popularity. There is no other event like it in North America.”

#WWAC. #PAuto #Water #ISAuto

Wireless area gas monitor approved to INMETRO standards.

The BM25 & BM 25 Wireless area gas monitor, from Tyco Gas & Flame Detection, have been INMETRO* approved as per governmental regulation n°179-2010 and has received certification N°15.0200 X.

The BM 25 packs the benefits of a fixed system area monitor into a rugged, user-friendly and transportable instrument. It was designed to detect one to five gases for mobile or temporary work applications, team protection, area surveillance, or places where fixed detection systems are not suitable. The Wireless version allows several BM 25 devices to communicate on the same network or to send information wirelessly to a controller.

Less than 7 kilos, the BM 25 is easily transportable and its robustness makes it resistant to harsh environments. The monitor emits a powerful audible alarm of 103 dB @ 1m and has an ultra-bright flashing signal viewable at 360°. The BM 25 Wireless version allows an alarm transfer up to 1 km line of sight with the network. With 170 hours autonomy, the BM 25 allows to work longer in dangerous area.

* INMETRO The National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology was created by Federal law in December, 1973, to support Brazilian enterprises, to increase their productivity and the quality of goods and services.

@TycoGFD #PAuto @Inmetro

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dual-mode wireless gateway.

New gateway provides ISA100.11a users a path to industry-leading WirelessHART® portfolio

A new dual-mode wireless gateway which supports both IEC 62951 WirelessHART® and ISA100.11a industrial wireless communications standards has been announced. This latest addition expands Emerson’s wireless portfolio and provides customers an easy way to take advantage of WirelessHART technologies from many suppliers.

“With our new dual-mode gateway, we’re excited to give ISA100.11a users an easy path to the improved operating performance they are seeking,” said Bob Karschnia, vice president and general manager, wireless, Emerson Automation Solutions. “WirelessHART has proven in 10 years of successful deployments around the world to provide the highest reliability and most robust self-organising, self-healing network, for the lowest cost.”

With more than 31,000 WirelessHART installations worldwide and over 9.1 billion operating hours, Emerson leads the automation industry in wireless networking. Emerson’s wireless portfolio helps customers extend their automation ecosystem for improved operating reliability with sensing, monitoring and control technologies such as temperature, pressure, level, corrosion, flow, acoustic, gas and vibration, plus wireless adapters for valve positioners and digital valve controllers.

Serving as the backbone of a wireless infrastructure, wireless gateways and access points increase the amount of real-time information available to automation systems, applications and analytics tools to help organisations improve responsiveness and decision-making. Critically, they must possess robust, ‘always-on’ security to limit network vulnerability. When deployed efficiently, they can require the least hardware necessary to keep costs low while keeping operating reliability high. Lastly, customers consistently seek ease-of-deployment as a key consideration.

A future release of Emerson’s dual-mode wireless gateway will be integrated into the Cisco 1552WU, a combined WirelessHART and WiFi solution for industrial hardened wireless, and will seamlessly integrate into Emerson’s industry-leading security and network management tools, including Emerson’s Plantweb™ Insight applications for Industrial IoT, which help industrial facilities improve operations and maintenance by simplifying asset monitoring.

• You may also find this account of the recent Emerson - NIBRT Life Sciences event in Dublin (IRL) of interest.

@EMR_Automation #PAuto #Hart @ISA100WCI

DP Transmitter on very long train!

ADZ NAGANO develops and manufactures pressure sensors and transmitters that meet the highest industrial requirements for standard and specialist applications ranging from mobile machinery to aerospace equipment. Represented in Britain by Variohm EuroSensor, ADZ is especially active in technologically demanding projects such as the following railway braking application that call upon its considerable expertise to solve unusually challenging tasks.

On very long railway trains, the multiple locomotives positioned at the beginning and in the middle and probably at the end of a train, usually communicate via radio. Commands for braking or accelerating, for instance, are transmitted in that way. However, in difficult terrain such as in the mountains or in tunnels, communication may be interrupted or not sufficiently reliable. This may result in severe problems. A back-end train segment, for example, that is not braked or whose speed in a bend is too high, involves a risk of accident that must not be underestimated.

Remedial help can be provided by ADZ’s SMD Differential Pressure Sensor, which measures the flowrate in the braking system. The values will determine whether a signal for braking or for releasing the brakes is required. The locomotive in middle position or at the end of the train, which then has no radio link, receives this information and initiates braking or loosening the brakes for the respective train segment.

The sensors are additionally used to make sure prior to departure from a station that the brake system is completely tight and has no leak. The proof that such a test is performed before leaving a station and the measured data recorded is statutorily required in Canada and the US, for example.

The sensor must withstand typical rail requirements with a view to prevailing temperatures, vibrations and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). This in turn requires the sensors neither to be interfered by mobile phone signals or other radio sources nor to influence them.

The sensor design is custom-made, individually fitting the respective requirements regarding the available space, necessary connecting configurations or electrical contacts.

@Variohm  #PAuto #Transport

CompEx Competency Validation.

Martin Jones* of JT Limited is to discuss the development of competency after the Piper Alpha Disaster in 1988 at a technical meeting of the Ireland Section of the International Society of Automation (ISA). The meeting is scheduled for Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork Wednesday 12th July 2017, 19:30pm.

Piper Alpha, North Sea 1988
He will examine how major users assisted the development moving on to the methodology of validating core competency and why it is important for employers to maintain a safe workplace to protect staff, contracting staff and the capital asset. The importance of utilising an accredited scheme will be stressed to ensure variability is reduced to a minimum as well as an overview of where the CompEx Scheme currently addresses competency and its strategy moving forward.

Peadar Walsh (Jones Engineering Group) will also be in attendance. Jones along with their partners ExVeritas operate the first and only CompEx certified training center in Ireland.

Pre-registration on the section website would be helpful (not necessary to attend) as it would give an indication of how many to expect on the night.

*About Presenter and Company
Martin Jones is the CompEx Operations Manager of the Internationally Accredited CompEx Scheme which validates core competency for Responsible Persons, Application Design Engineers and Operative/Technicians who work in explosive atmospheres. Martin has worked in heavy industry most of his working life, 20 years in British Coal Corporation from a Craft/Student Apprentice to Electrical Engineer, then General Manager / Production Director at Europe’s largest board panel producer.

Studying an MBA whilst working at Marlin Industries, he left to take up an Operations Directorship with NWP in Commercial Electrical and Mechanical Contracting which led to his current role. He joined JTL, the UK’s largest work based learning provider and the CompEx Certification Body in 2006 and took up the CompEx Scheme responsibilities in 2007 where he has grown the CompEx Scheme from 11 center’s to 56 center’s worldwide and in 2010 achieved ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation for the scheme with the British Accreditation Service UKAS.

#ISAuto #PAuto #Ireland #EX