Thursday, 9 February 2023

Valve service provider acquired.

Coulter Valve Service (“CVS”), the specialty valve field services provider, has been acquired by Trillium Flow Technologies (Trillium) .

CVS specializes in on-site nuclear and commercial maintenance, repair, and modifications for Main Steam Isolation Valves, Feedwater Check Valves, and Free Flow Reverse Check Valves for major utilities across the United States. This acquisition strengthens Trillium's aftermarket business in North America and demonstrates continued commitment to investing in and further developing our global nuclear and commercial service capabilities.

Founded in 1998 by Felix Coulter, CVS has been a consistent partner of Trillium for many years. Coulter has built a business on long-standing relationships and has an excellent reputation for meeting customer demands, adapting to market changes, and continuously delivering outstanding performance in the space they serve.

This acquisition further expands Trillium's global service growth strategy. Trillium remains well-positioned to continue building its global service business to deliver unmatched support to our customers.

David Paradis said: “The acquisition of CVS adds extraordinary talent and technical knowledge to our North American service team. Integrating CVS with our Ipswich, MA, USA service team will allow us to provide our customers with a greater level and range of services during their regularly planned maintenance cycles.”

@Trilliumflow #PAuto #USA

Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Multi-site digitalization.

One of the world’s largest cement producers reports enhanced productivity, streamlined processes, reduced maintenance and energy savings through Industry 4.0 solutions

Advanced automation and digital technologies from ABB have been delivered to global building materials and sustainable solutions company Votorantim Cimentos, as it embraces Industry 4.0 in cement to simultaneously optimize production and decarbonize operations.

Industrial companies, including Votorantim Cimentos Europe, Asia and Africa Region (VCEAA) – which has the worldwide capacity to produce 55.7 million tons of cement per annum, are ramping up their efforts to ensure lower emissions as governments and international organizations push for net-zero emissions by 2030.

“Votorantim Cimentos has committed to a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030,” said Juan Antonio Gimenez Soriano, VCEAA Maintenance and Sustaining Capex Manager. “We are increasing our efforts to drive energy efficiency to meet our emissions targets. With the recent ABB installations showing better than expected results, our other plants are also pushing for the implementation of the ABB solutions.”

Digital solutions ABB Ability™ Expert Optimizer and ABB Ability™ Knowledge Manager have recently been installed in the customer’s plants in Spain, Turkey, Tunisia and Morocco with proven impacts for enhanced productivity, streamlined processes, reduced maintenance and energy savings. Expert Optimizer, deployed in Votorantim plants since the 1990s, ensures optimization of the complete process and reduces emissions significantly while Knowledge Manager helps in standardizing and ensuring consistency in collecting and analyzing laboratory data across the plants.

Expert Optimizer will minimize energy costs while maximizing the use of alternative fuels and at the same time maintaining and improving the quality of the product. Working closely with Votorantim in engineering and project management, ABB has also provided the Expert Optimizer RMP module to the raw mix to enhance the quality of raw material products going to the kiln. Regarding cement, discrete lab data is combined with continuous process data to optimize production while maintaining cement quality.

“ABB has proven for many years to be a reliable partner in developing one of our strategical pillars, to be the best-in-class in operations,” said Jose Maria Hidalgo, VCEAA Process Manager. “This, together with the ability of their managers and technicians to understand the cement process challenges and needs, has made us decide to continue with them in the current projects on digitalization and decarbonization.”

“Votorantim Cimentos is placing more focus on running an intelligent plant and this will ensure less impacts on the environment,” said Marie O’Grady-Hills, Global Sales Manager, Process Industries, ABB. “We are working with a forward-thinking and modern company focused on productivity but also on contributing to building a sustainable and safe planet. We look forward to supporting Votorantim in future digital endeavors while ensuring their operations remain economically viable.”

ABB has the expertise to ensure higher efficiency in the cement industry using tailored processes and laboratory reporting products. The variability of the feed and fuel will be optimized with the main aim to save money for the plant. During all this, the emissions will be controlled and reduced making the process more environmentally friendly. The company's Sustainability Strategy 2030 includes achieving carbon neutrality in its own operations and helping its customers reduce their CO2 emissions. ABB’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative as being in line with the 1.5°C scenario of the UN Paris Agreement.

@ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement @abb_automation  #PAuto #EMEA #Cement

General-Purpose RF testing.

The Field Master™ MS2070A handheld spectrum analyzers has been introduced by Anritsu. This provides the performance and field-proven durable platform of Anritsu’s Field Master family at an economical price. Providing necessary features and performance up to 3 GHz, the MS2070A conducts reliable and accurate RF measurements in a variety of general-purpose field, lab, and manufacturing environments.

With dynamic range of >105 dB at 2.4 GHz, typical DANL with a built-in optional preamplifier of -167dBm, coupled with a Third Order Intercept (TOI) of +11 dBm, and typical level accuracy of ±0.5 dB enable a full range of signals to be analyzed by the handheld spectrum analyzer.

The MS2070A is designed for standard swept spectrum analysis up to 3 GHz. It features sweep speeds of up to 32 GHz/s in common low noise configurations. A number of “smart” measurements, including occupied bandwidth (OBW), channel power, and adjacent channel power (ACP), are standard in the Field Master MS2070A.

The Field Master MS2070A provides many capabilities typically found in higher priced instruments. A zero span displays TDD and pulsed signals with narrow resolution bandwidth (RBW) of 10 Hz to 5 MHz for accurate measurements of power over time. Spectrograms are also standard for accurate detection of intermittent interferers.

As many as 6 traces can be set simultaneously with different detectors. Averaging can be applied to each, as well. Up to 12 markers are provided, so signals of interest can be highlighted and monitored how they vary over time, relative to themselves and other signals. Alerts for new interfering or lost signals are generated automatically. For long-term spectrum monitoring applications, the MS2070A has upper/lower, envelope, and alarm limits standard.

A ruggedized battery-powered instrument, the Field Master MS2070A has IP52 environmental protection when it is contained in the supplied soft carry case. A 5-watts RF input damage level protects the instrument from accidental overpower.

The handheld spectrum analyzer also has a durable IK08-rated 10-inch display with 1280x800 resolution that displays measurement results in large and clear formats. Common functions are always accessible and side menus collapse to maximize graphical results, as well.

The MS2070A measures 290 x 212 x 96 (mm) and weighs 3.8 kg. Its compact size and light weight make it easy to transport the handheld analyzer to remote sites.

Ethernet and USBTMC interfaces are standard on the Field Master MS2070A. A Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/a/n interface is available as an option to connect to wireless routers for common applications, including downloading digital maps and automatic software updates.

The Field Master MS2070A can be used for a variety of field applications. It can conduct basic transmitter testing, as well as interference hunting. Cellular network operators can configure the MS2070A with a PIM stick for PIM hunting, as well. In lab and manufacturing environments in which portability and space are at a premium, the MS2070A can be used for standard RF measurements.

@AnritsuEMEA @Anritsu @NapierPR #TandM #PAuto

Device configuration environment software.

FDT Group's PACTware consortium has released its latest software version, PACTware 6.1, based on the latest FDT3 standard. PACTware 6.1 is one of the first FDT3 stand-alone device configuration environments available. The software tool’s source code is available to the PACTware Consortium membership consisting of 22 automation vendors who offer the FDT-enabled hosting product to the user community at no cost. 

By leveraging the modern FDT3 Unified Environment for intelligent device management, PACTware 6.1 users will enjoy the ability to support their current FDT DTM install base and support modern FDT3 web-based DTMs that are scalable for IIoT architectures. This release also supports integration with FDI Device Packages.

Suppliers of industrial automation systems and devices want to provide solutions that enable the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). To meet their customers’ needs, it is vital for suppliers to enhance their system and device offerings with standards-based, platform-independent, information-driven business models. The new FDT3 standard is accelerating the digital manufacturing journey by enabling an ecosystem of FDT-based solutions providing a unified environment for industrial device management with IT/OT data-driven operations.

“Upgrading to FDT3 is a critical step to serve the best interest of the broad automation market and diverse membership looking for next generation intelligent device management solutions.” States Holger Sack, chairman of the board for PACTware consortium. “The updated PACTware 6.1 application empowers users with the flexibility to deploy their choice of device data model that now supports both FDI and FDT3 DTMs with a simple and recognizable tool to configure a wide range of field components, independent of the manufacturer or protocol deployed. This minimizes the amount of work involved, ensures application safety, and reduces training requirements.”

In addition to the new FDT3 standard that fully describes the FDT Desktop environment and FDT web-based device DTM, the standard also defines a cloud-based FDT Server environment for distributed control. The new FDT3 DTM and FDT Server are OPC UA- and -mobile ready without any coding, allowing users an easy to use and scalable migration path of OT data to IT enterprise applications.

“The PACTware consortium is a leader for products based on the FDT standard. The solution is widely deployed today as the most popular FDT Desktop point-to-point application simplifying configuration, operation, and maintenance practices,” observes Steve Biegacki, FDT Group managing director. “By supporting FDT3, PACTware 6.1 future proofs its platform and expands integration capabilities while supporting the millions of device DTMs in service today. Additionally, it creates a path for the FDT Server environment providing workforce mobility solutions, as well as data harmonization for enterprise-wide applications. This is a huge win for the industry."

@FDTGroup #PAuto 

Operating site compliance with the international cybersecurity standard.

The International Society of Automation (ISA), along with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI), is to create an all-new conformity assessment scheme for automation systems deployed at operating sites—a critical and long overdue addition to the landscape of operational technology (OT) cybersecurity solutions.*

Based on the world’s only consensus-based automation and control systems cybersecurity standards—ISA/IEC 62443—the OT cybersecurity site assessment scheme will apply to all types of automation and control systems in industries ranging from traditional process industries to critical infrastructure such as oil and gas, chemicals, and water/wastewater.

Suppliers have broadly adopted the leading international standard for OT cybersecurity, ISA/IEC 62443, as well as its certification scheme, ISASecure, for commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) automation and control system products and supplier’s security development practices. ISASecure recently released an IIOT component and gateway certification program (ICSA) to remain current with new technology advances. However, asset owners and plant managers have yet to coalesce around a single cybersecurity assessment scheme for OT deployed at operating sites, relying instead upon a patchwork of third-party specifications that may not promote industrial control system (ICS) security best practices, leaving operating sites vulnerable.

“The proposed site assessment scheme will have a critical role in the OT cybersecurity landscape—the automation systems at the operating site itself,” said Brandon Price, ExxonMobil Senior Principal Engineer for ICS Cybersecurity and current ISCI Board Chairman. “This standards-based program is unique, and we anticipate it will become the global standard used by operating sites, certification bodies, internal auditors, and public policy makers.”

The program will encourage the broad industry adoption of the ISA/IEC 62443 operating site cybersecurity standards and best practices. ISA and ISCI plans include building and overseeing a related training and credentialing program for site assessors. ISA and other training organizations already offer training for the ISA/IEC 62443 operating site standards.

“We are inviting companies who are interested in supporting and promoting this program to participate; particularly end-users whose support is critical to this program’s success. Supporters may participate in specification development, provide funding, or simply provide public support,” said Andre Ristaino, Managing Director of ISA Consortia and Conformity Assessment Programs. “We anticipate a development schedule of 12-14 months and expect to formally launch the program in Q4 2023 or early 2024.”


*An informational webinar will also be held on 28 February at 11 am Eastern - Register here!

@ISA_Interchange @ISA_Secure #PAuto #Automation #Cybersecurity

Enhanced US Service Center meets international standards.

Service and calibration center helps customers get the best performance from their instrument.
AMETEK Land has enhanced its support for customers in the US with its state-of-the-art calibration and service facility. Located in Pittsburgh (PA USA) the center is a high-temperature infrared calibration and service facility, providing inspection, calibration, certification and repair for all Land pyrometers, scanners and thermal imagers.

Through their highly trained field service engineers and in-house service technicians, customers will receive the highest standard of after-sales services as well as general maintenance and support. The team proactively maintains products and systems to minimize downtime and maximize performance. Customers will also benefit from expert advice and skills through access to the service team, improving their knowledge in the process.

Approved and traceable certification equipment is used by fully trained technicians to carry out services, with specially manufactured standards that enable the accurate reporting of measurement uncertainties. Features of the service center include: Temperature calibrations accredited by ANAB in accordance with the internationally recognized ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

Extensive calibration temperature range for infrared pyrometers, thermometers, thermal imagers and scanners from 0°C to 2300°C / 32°F to 4172°F Opacity monitor certification to US EPA Performance Specification 1, using NIST-traceable standards

The US service center uses NIST traceable standards accredited to the international standard ISO 17025 (general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories). The calibration service verifies the accuracy of the instrument by quantifying errors and reporting them in a certificate.

The benefits of certification for instruments are numerous. Firstly, quantifying an instrument’s temperature measurement errors enables the operator to apply the error data to compensate and improve the practical measurement uncertainty. Also, performing traceable certification confirms compliance of the instrument, offering improved insight into its long-term performance, aiding process stability, improving quality, and minimizing expense.

Certification also means traceability to national and international standards - for measurements to be interchangeable, they must relate to a common standard. For temperature measurement, this standard is the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS-90) and traceability refers to a chain of measurements linking an instrument’s performance to ITS-90. Certification under the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard assures the user that their instrument’s certification is traceable, giving continued confidence in interchange of measurement.

Larry Smith, Director of US-Sales, said, “Customers can be assured that our service center technicians carry out servicing and repairs to the highest standards to ensure safety and efficiency in your process. Approved and traceable certification equipment is used by fully trained technicians to carry out services, with specially manufactured standards that enable the accurate reporting of measurement uncertainties.”

@landinst @codacomms #PAuto #USA #Standards

Access to process data available via XML files.

dataFEED OPC Suite Extended, from Softing Industrial, is an all-in-one solution for OPC communication and cloud connectivity, providing access to controllers and IoT devices of leading manufacturers. With the new File Read functionality, the suite ensures access to brownfield PLCs, devices and machines that deliver data via XML files.

File Read allows process values from XML files to be integrated quickly and securely into production control applications such as MES or OEE via the standard OPC Classic or OPC UA interfaces. The production data can also be integrated into IIoT cloud solutions via MQTT or REST. Furthermore, there is the option of data logging for documentation, analysis, or verification in a separate database.

The dataFEED OPC Suite enables access to the controllers of leading manufacturers such as Siemens SIMATIC S7, Rockwell ControlLogix, B&R, Mitsubishi as well as Modbus controllers (e.g., from Wago). It acts as a gateway between the two OPC standards so that existing OPC Classic components and applications can be integrated into modern OPC UA solutions for Industry 4.0 applications. Production data is transferred to IoT Cloud or Big Data applications via the MQTT and REST protocols. 

The suite supports the storage of production data in a file, in an SQL database, or in MongoDB and CouchDB. Thanks to the extensive data pre-processing functionality, data can be easily and flexibly customized. With OPC UA Reverse Connect functionality, the suite also ensures secure communication between OPC UA components separated by firewalls or DMZs.

@SoftingIA @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Communications