Saturday, April 20, 2013

Tops in Europe!

Red Herring has recognised Europe’s leading private companies and celebrating their innovations and technologies across their respective industries as its Top 100 award winners were announced. 

The Top 100 Europe list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring’s editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work. Red Herring selects companies that show the most potential for disruption and growth. This year's Top 100 Europe 2013 list featured the Irish and international provider of process optimisation solutions, Automsoft. (Seven other Irish companies featured in other technologies such as mobile & internet communications.)

Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring said “We looked at hundreds and hundreds of candidates from all across the continent, and after much thought and debate, narrowed the list down to the Top 100 Winners. Each year, the competition gets tougher but we believe Automsoft demonstrates the vision, drive and innovation that define a Red Herring winner.”

Paraic O’Toole, Automsoft’s CEO said “It’s a great honour to be selected as one of Red Herring’s Top 100 Tech companies in Europe for 2013. It is a testament to the innovation and creativity of our team over the last number of years, as well as our many customers around the world who have implemented our software and are deriving tangible benefits for their business from our software.”

Automsoft is a software company that has developed revolutionary technology for managing time-series data – collection, storage and web-based analytics. Time series data is generated by sensor networks, control systems, metering systems across industries such as smart grid, process manufacturing, micro-grid, oil and gas and many others. Time-series data management is the last big challenge in Big Data – how to collect, store and analyze massive volumes of the data generated by the increasing network of devices generating this type of data. Typically, in database technology, the greater the volume of data in the database, the slower the performance. This has been particularly true for time series data. Automsoft’s revolutionary technology has, for the first time, broken the link between database volume and performance so that all of the data can be analysed without a performance impact. It is the result of many years of research, is live in thousands of sites around the world and is now starting to be applied in the smart grid and cleantech world.

Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation, management quality, overall business strategy and market penetration. This assessment was complemented by a review of the track records and standings of similar companies in the same verticals, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models in Europe.

Control system project in Korea

Yokogawa has won an order from Korea South-East Power Co., Ltd., (KOSEP), a subsidiary of Korean Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), to supply control systems for the No. 1 unit of the Yeosu Thermal Power Plant in the city of Yeosu, which is located in Korea’s South Jeolla Province.

The Yeosu Thermal Power Plant has been comprised of a 200-MW heavy oil-fired unit and a 329-MW coal-fired fluidized bed (CFB)* unit with a current total capacity of 528 MW. The No. 1 heavy-oil fired unit is going to be replaced with another coal-fired CFB boiler and a steam turbine that will generate 350 MW. The renewed No. 1 unit is scheduled to start operation in November 2015. This order is for a comprehensive range of control and instrumentation, including CENTUM® VP integrated production control systems for the power plant's boilers, turbine, and auxiliary facilities as well as engineering and installation. While turbine manufacturers generally also supply the control systems for their products, Yokogawa will be providing the turbine control system for this project.

Yokogawa Electric Korea has recently received many orders for international projects undertaken by Korean engineering, procurement, and construction contractors (EPC), and is a top supplier of control systems in its home market. It was able to win this order because of the high reliability of Yokogawa’s control systems, its excellent engineering capabilities, and its comprehensive maintenance services. Encouraged by the success in winning this order, Yokogawa will expand its power business in Korea by offering appropriate solutions to developers of innovative technologies that generate power more efficiently and are environmentally friendly.

* An environmentally friendly combustion technology that accepts a wide variety of fuels such as low-grade coal and biomass. Boilers of this type produce less NOx and employ a furnace desulfurization process that reduces SOx emissions.

Fibre-optic overall sensing!

The ability to measure multiple sensing points over large intricate surfaces can be a difficult task. Traditionally engineers have used electrical strain gauges to monitor many points over a structure such as an aircraft wing or large composite component. However applying many individual gauges is both time consuming and adds significant weight to the structure in the form of cabling.

Fibre optic sensing techniques make this task easier by combining many sensors on a single fibre. However with the launch of the FBGS ‘All Grating Fiber’ it is now possible to position sensors adjacent to one another, making it possible to monitor changes throughout the complete structure and see how mechanical influences at one point can affect another.

DTG-LBL-1550-AGF is a low bend loss fiber with densely spaced Draw Tower Gratings (DTG®s) over the full length of the fibre. It is designed to be used with an OFDR (optical frequency domain reflectometry) system that allows fast and precise measurements over a wide strain or temperature range with spatial resolution down to a few mm over the entire fibre length.

The chain can be configured such that more than 95% of the fibre contains gratings and the wavelength can be adjusted between 1510nm and 1590nm - and can vary within the array. The fibre is produced using a process that combines the drawing of the optical fiber with the writing of a Bragg grating. This process of simultaneously drawing the fibre and writing the grating results in spliceless, high strength FBG chains. The fibre coating is applied directly after the grating inscription and as such the commonly used stripping and recoating process of standard FBG’s is not necessary and the pristine fibre strength is maintained throughout the DTG manufacturing process.

The ability to build a high density of FBG’s into a single fibre with extremely high mechanical strength compared to conventional gratings, means sensing in harsh environments over large areas with a high resolution of measurement is now possible. With a breaking strength of >5% strain and a temperature operating range from -180°C to +200°C and although originally developed for use in the aerospace industry, the capabilities of the DTG fibre are also suited for structural testing within composites, automotive and the wind industry.

FBGS uses a unique method to develop and manufacture its optical sensing fibre. Through this draw tower production process, the position, the wavelength and number of gratings (sensors), can be selected to suit most sensing applications, without special conditions, inflated pricing or extended delivery.

Excel as a data logger!

Windmill Software has announced new software for easy data logging and control with Excel. Called Windmill Real Time Data, it lets an Excel spreadsheet collect readings from sensors and instruments over USB, Internet, Ethernet, Modbus, RS-485, RS-422, RS-232 and TCP-IP. It also enables users to control devices and output channels from Excel.

The software allows Excel to act when data readings cross an alarm threshold: automatically switching equipment on for example.

Users can choose how often to read data from devices and how often to update the data in Excel. Being able to set differing rates for reading and updating data is useful, for example, for showing average readings over time. All readings are timestamped, with the time each reading was taken being recorded in an adjacent column.

The Windmill Real Time Data software makes data collection with Excel both easy and robust. Once the software is installed, users simply enter a formula in a cell - or a line in a macro - and Excel turns into a data logger.

The software runs under Windows 8 and earlier versions of Windows. It is available for just 117 Euro, or 58 Euro for existing users of Windmill. The price includes free technical support for life.

Increasing process efficiency while reducing maintenance costs in paper

Vortex flowmeter enables reliable and accurate flow measurement in paper mill, reducing downtime, lowering production costs and enhancing safety
BillerudKorsnäs has improved its pulp digester process efficiency and reduced maintenance costs at its paper mill in Gävle, Sweden by installing a Rosemount® 8800 Vortex flowmeter from Emerson Process Management. The accurate and reliable flow measurements provided by the new meter have reduced downtime and lowered production costs.

With over 1500 customers in 100 countries, BillerudKorsnäs is a world-leading manufacturer of strong primary fibre-based packaging material. The mill had previously used a magnetic flow meter to measure the flow of white liquor used in a pulp digester. This technology is frequently used for this type of application; however, it was unsuccessful in this case because the flowmeter was occasionally subjected to a significant vacuum that partially collapsed the liner. This caused the magmeter to read a higher flow rate, resulting in too little alkali input which reduced digester performance. As the process could not be stopped outside the scheduled shutdown period, it was not possible to replace the meter immediately.

"When the flow measurement was inaccurate, unreliable, or completely failed, the alkali-to-wood ratio could not be accurately controlled," said Peter Hallenberg, Project Leader Process Automation, BillerudKorsnäs. "Replacing the meter tied up our maintenance team and incurred a cost of about •3,400 per unit. We needed an accurate and reliable measurement device for this challenging application."

Since the pulp digester is a critical part of the production process, the company tried other technologies to overcome these issues including using an ultrasonic flowmeter. However, this trial proved to be unsuccessful as the solids and fibres in the liquor would build up on the meter walls, causing unpredictable flow readings.

The mill solved this flow measurement challenge by installing a Rosemount 8800 Vortex flowmeter, which is not affected by the high liquor temperature, vacuum, coating, or suspended solids in the flow.

Vortex flowmeters are not typically considered for this application, as the fluid contains solids and fibres that would clog the crevices and ports common to traditional vortex flowmeters, impacting the meter performance. However, the unique design of the Rosemount 8800 Vortex eliminates crevices and ports and thus eliminates the risk of clogging. In addition, the 8800 is balanced so it is not affected by vibrations in the pipes that are typical in mill applications. The resulting flow measurement is accurate, stable and reliable.

For BillerudKorsnäs, the more accurate flow measurements translated to more consistent pulp quality and a lower cost per tonne of pulp. The mill has also reduced maintenance costs by eliminating the need to remove and clean the failed flowmeter. This has also enhanced safety at the plant because operators no longer need to maintain faulty equipment. In addition, the reliability of the vortex flowmeter has enabled BillerudKorsnäs to detect that a decrease in the flow reading was being caused by progressive plugging of the heat exchanger. Operators are now able to proactively take corrective action, increasing process efficiency.

"Emerson’s flowmeter has been working reliably for two years with no downtime for cleaning or repair," Hallenberg added. "The accurate and reliable flow measurements provided by the Rosemount 8800 Vortex flowmeter have improved pulp digester process efficiency. In addition, process availability has increased and maintenance costs reduced."

Intelligent fuel delivery!

The NI Direct Injector Driver System provides the power stage for off-the-shelf ECUs to control high-powered direct injectors (DIs).


National Instruments has announced their Direct Injector Driver System, a full solution for engine control that are delivered to the customer ready to use. Digital command signals from an ECU are read on an NI 9411 digital input module and interpreted in a software application loaded on an NI CompactRIO controller. These digital commands are then used to schedule output signals from Drivven DI Driver modules to direct injectors.


NI DI Driver Systems come in 3-, 6-, 9- and 12-channel versions (2, 4, 6 and 8 channels, respectively, when used with piezoelectric DIs). System accessories include NI 9215 and Drivven Port Fuel Injector Driver modules so engineers can add rail fuel pressure control, synchronous pump control, analogue input measurements and more.

“The NI Direct Injector Driver System has saved us thousands of dollars in development costs as a piezoelectric injector control system for our V8 diesel research engine,” said Aakash Puntambekar, Senior Engineer for Combustion System Development at Navistar. “It is flexible, robust, accurate and consistent among all cylinders.”

Dr. Daniel Singleton, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California, added, “The product value of NI’s engine control and test products is greatly enhanced by terrific customer support. With the help of NI engineers, we rapidly and efficiently implemented the NI DI Driver System for our diesel research.”

Connector module with speedy termination technology

A new version of the Han® E industrial connector module from Harting is now available with the company’s Han-Quick Lock® termination technology.

The new Han E® Quick Lock Module offers speedy assembly without the need for special tools, making it ideally suited to on-site assembly in field locations. Contacts are reliable and vibration-resistant, ensuring maximum safety in demanding applications in industry and transportation engineering.

The electrical specification of the new Han E® Quick Lock Module with six contacts, designed for current and voltage ratings of 16 A and 500 V, respectively, matches that of the established Han E® Module with crimp terminals, and has 100% connection compatibility.

The new connector module further expands the HARTING Han-Modular® series in line with the existing Han® DD and Han® EE modules incorporating the Han-Quick Lock® technology.

One hundred thousand sensors!

In February 2013, almost 9 years after introducing VEGAPULS 68, the first radar sensor for bulk solids, VEGA have delivered the 100,000th sensor.

"This production milestone carries forward the success story of radar level sensors in process automation. Today, they are the all-round level transmitter for liquids and bulk solids," commented Günter Kech, Managing Director (removed production milestone, as he says it in his comment?). "Radar technology is on a success trajectory and we will ensure that it stays there, by further simplifying the level measurement of bulk solids with radar in the future."

The 100,000th bulk solids radar instrument is a VEGAPULS SR68. The landmark sensor went to Bühler AG in Switzerland. This Swiss technology group is using it for level measurement in a 25-metre-high cement silo.

VEGA Grieshaber KG launched VEGAPULS 68, the first radar sensor specifically tailored to applications in the bulk solids industry, on the market in 2004. Compared to radar sensors for liquids, the bulk solids radar sensor is capable of detecting and measuring signals a 1,000 times smaller – signals that were previously masked by ‘noise’.

These handy two-wire sensors have since become ‘the’ alternative to maintenance-intensive mechanical ‘plumb bob’ systems, or ultrasonic sensors, which require an absolutely clear view to the product. Thanks to simple application parameters, only a few settings are necessary to fine-tune the radar sensor to the respective measuring task. The result is a measurement completely independent of dust, filling noise, strong air currents and high temperatures.

Three sensor variants ensure the advantages of radar technology for all kinds of applications, as well as measuring and temperature ranges. VEGAPULS 68 is optimized for measuring ranges up to 75 m and temperatures up to 400° C, while VEGAPULS 67 and VEGAPULS SR68 are designed for standard applications. One basic technology thus covers a wide application spectrum – from level measurement in clinker coolers at 1,500° C or in grain elevators, to level monitoring in rock crushers for mineral ore extraction.

Highest density PXI matrix solutions

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of 2A matrices with the highest density solutions available in PXI. The new solutions increase the density of electro-mechanical relay matrices by up to 75% compared to their previous products and more than twice the density of competitor’s products.

The 40-575, 40-576, 40-577, 40-578 and 40-579 are all single slot 1 pole matrices with 2A current rating, up to 60W hot switch power and 150VDC/100VAC voltage rating. Each model sets new standards in the achievable density of PXI matrices with matrix sizes of 84x4, 64x6, 50x8, 36x12 and 28x16 (448 matrix crosspoints). For the first time matrix sizes have been introduced at Y sizes of 6 and 12 to compliment the usual 4, 8 and 16 sizes, giving users further choice of Y axis size and maximising the X axis size for each configuration.

The switching matrices can be easily expanded by linking the Y axis connections together to create matrices with a larger configuration across more than one PXI slot. User connections are provided by industry standard 160pin DIN41612 (40-575), 78 way D (40-576 and 40-577) and 50 way D type connectors (40-578 and 40-579) and are supported by the comprehensive range of connection solutions available from Pickering Interfaces.

A range of half density solutions is also being introduced to suit cost sensitive applications that require matrices of smaller size. The 40-505, 40-506, 40-507, 40-508 and 40-509 have the same Y axis size as 40-575 series but with half the X axis size.

The product range uses high quality electro-mechanical relays to achieve their 2A switch rating.

RFID - new, compact, and robust UHF read/write head

UHF read/write heads offer a higher range than LF and HF read/write systems, since the UHF technology communicates in the far field using "detached" waves and the LF/HF systems work in the near field. The range can be varied by changing the antenna design and the transmitted power. In addition to the existing F117 UHF antenna with a range of up to 6 m, Pepperl+Fuchs now offer a very compact solution, the new F190 UHF, specifically tailored to applications in production technology and intralogistics where the read distance of the LF and HF systems is not sufficient.

At a glance:

• For RFID, IDENTControl is the gateway to commonly used fieldbuses
• NEW: Compact UHF read/write head
• With a typical range of 0.2 m … 1.5 m, the compact UHF head closes a gap in LF and HF systems and enables new applications
• Consistent command and operating structure
• Extremely robust thanks to the metal housing with IP67 rating
• As easy to install as a sensor

The new F190 UHF read/write head is the ideal solution for applications where installation space is limited. The typical read range of 0.2 m to 1.5 m can bridge most distances to tags and cover additional tolerances. Since the detection range is adjustable, this permits selective reading of the required tag. The design of the UHF read/write head is not only compact but also extremely robust thanks to its metal lower section with encapsulated electronics and the antenna bonded into the upper part. This is confirmed by the industrial connection via M12 plug and the high IP67 protection. The UHF read/write head can be used in applications where reading multiple tags simultaneously is required, for example, to identify multiple individual products with tags in a container. This significantly reduces the reading effort. UHF tags are available as low-cost adhesive labels, providing a cost-effective way to integrate suppliers into the process sequence.

The new UHF read/write head has a similar command structure to all other read/write heads that can be connected to the IDENTControl, which makes integrating it into the control software very simple.

To assist with commissioning, we will be offering our customers the free RFIDControl software, which enables devices to be parameterized, diagnostic data to be retrieved, and test mode to be started if no controller is available yet. The multicolored and redundant LED displays make commissioning easier by providing information on the current device status.

Friday, April 19, 2013

New Ethernet modules

Acromag’s new BusWorks® XT Series Ethernet I/O Modules interface discrete I/O signals directly to an Ethernet/IP, Modbus/TCP or Profinet measurement and control system network. An innovative new module design features dual Ethernet ports, removable front-facing terminal blocks, and support for a rail power bus. A USB port provides an easy connection to a PC for fast configuration and setup with free Windows software. Two models offer sixteen digital I/O channels supporting any combination of inputs and outputs for monitoring or control functions involving discrete devices (on/off, high/low, open/close). The XT1110 and XT1120 have sinking or sourcing outputs, respectively, and read-back capability to verify the status. Suitable for use in harsh environments, modules operate from -40 to 70°C with noise immunity and surge protection. CE and UL/cUL Class 1 Division 2 Zone 2 hazardous location approvals are pending. All units are attractively priced at $320 in US or only $20 per channel.

“The BusWorks XT Series implements many new technologies for easier installation and superior performance. Innovative packaging adds convenience while the Ethernet interface leverages Innovasic’s PriorityChannel™ technology for increased reliability,” explained Don Lupo, process group sales and marketing director. “PriorityChannel ensures critical data are received regardless of network traffic.”

Each model offers a choice of Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP, or Profinet protocols. Peer-to-peer i2o® communication is also supported. Dual 10/100 Ethernet ports allow daisy-chaining units together to simplify cabling and minimize the network switches required, thus reducing overall system costs.

The sixteen channels on each unit are configurable for any mix of I/O. Inputs accept 0-32V DC discrete level signals with TTL thresholds. Outputs provide 0-32V DC open-drain discrete level control signals that are either sinking (up to 250mA) on the XT1110 or sourcing (up to 250mA) on the XT1120. All units run off a 12- 32V DC power source (2.5W) at the terminals or through an integrated power connector bussed along the DIN rail that can provide primary or redundant power.

For more dependable communication, BusWorks XT units employ Innovasic PriorityChannel technology which makes certain that critical data is received on time regardless of traffic on the network. PriorityChannel provides determinism at the device for consistent transmission of time-sensitive data with any of the Ethernet protocols.Many other features add greater flexibility and performance. Built-in 10K ohm pull-up resistors facilitate use with 2/3-wire sensors such as contacts, proximity, or TTL devices. The configuration software enables selection of normal or reverse input logic. For reliability, a continuously changing “heart-beat” register validates module operation. Watchdog timer control of failsafe outputs further enhances dependability.


Energy Seminars!

Fluke is offering an Energy Seminar at a range of locations in Britain and Ireland between May and November. The seminar offers guidance to electricians, electrical engineers and industrial maintenance technicians by focusing on quantifying energy consumption and identifying energy waste in industrial and commercial enterprises. Measurement data supports the decisions and actions that can be taken to reduce energy consumption and cost. All seminar dates and locations can be found at , with instructions on how to register.

The seminars will run from 8.30am to 4pm at a cost of £25 (refreshments and lunch included) in a number of locations across the country. Participants will be shown how, with the right tools, measurement data can support decisions and actions such as upgrading equipment, supply/demand right-sizing and optimisation, introducing controls and automation, applications for utility incentives, and repairs.

Climate control

Climate control applications vary in many different ways, from control to air routing. Rittal offer a range of accessories that may be tailored to satisfy specific requirements.

Energy-saving philosophy that has resulted in many motors being controlled by inverter drives may also be applied to Rittal’s fan-and-filter unit; a speed control device may be used to vary the fan speed in response to the cooling demand, ultimately switching the fan off when not required.

Ingress protection of Rittal’s fan-and-filter unit may be improved by installing an additional fine filter mat or an IP56 hose-proof hood fitted with the same blue sealing material that is used in Rittal’s Hygienic Design enclosures, a proven success, particularly in the food and beverage industry.

To direct cooled air towards the bottom of an enclosure, Rittal’s air diverter may be used, or an internal fan may be fitted to optimise air distribution, as natural convection currents and the flow of air through wall-mounted cooling products will pull it upwards immediately upon entry.

Rittal’s roof-mounted cooling products have multiple supply air spigots to offer a great degree of flexibility when air distribution is being considered. Rittal’s air duct systems, duct extensions, angled deflectors and stoppers provide the ability to target those areas in the enclosure in which cooled air is required. This particular range of accessories has recently been extended to include an adaptor that allows the shallow air duct system to be used with Rittal’s smallest roof-mounted cooling units.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Reducing global mercury emissions!

A legally binding agreement to reduce global mercury emissions was signed by 140 countries in January this year (2013), amid delight that an important milestone had been reached in the control of toxic mercury emissions. However, the effectiveness of the treaty will be assessed by a panel of experts during ‘Mercury 2013’ - the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) which will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 28th July – 2nd August 2013.
The negotiations which led to the development of the treaty were convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the signatories will implement controls and reductions across a range of products, processes and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted. These range from thermometers and energy-saving light bulbs to emissions from the mining, cement and coal-fired power sectors. The treaty also addresses the direct mining of mercury, export and import of the metal and safe storage of waste mercury.

Mercury and its various compounds have a range of serious health impacts including brain and neurological damage especially among the young.

Susan Egan Keane of the Natural Resources Defense Council in the United States, and Dr. David Evers a leading wildlife toxicologist will co-chair a session at Mercury 2013 entitled ‘Evaluating the effectiveness of the Global Mercury Treaty’.

A panel comprised of scientists and policy makers will explore the gaps, needs, hurdles, government participation and scientific capacity (especially in the developing world) for creating a global mercury monitoring system that can evaluate the effectiveness of the new mercury treaty.

The panel will discuss issues such as: How to create standardised and replicable methods for monitoring the effectiveness of efforts to reduce mercury among different countries of the world; How to best communicate information about progress; What basic components are needed for cost-effective and customised national plans for monitoring; and Where standardised monitoring stations should be located.

Panel topics will include (a) monitoring changes in the largest source of mercury pollution - artisanal small-scale gold mining; (b) monitoring changes in environmental mercury resulting from treaty actions, using the Global Mercury Observation System; and (c) evaluating changes in human exposure through bio-monitoring.

As the importance of mercury as a pollutant becomes better understood, Mercury 2013 is likely to generate a great deal of interest throughout the world as between 800 and 1200 delegates will travel to Scotland from all over the world.

New Business Development Manager for process automation!

Festo has appointed Tony Gillard as New Business Development Manager, Process Automation, with a focus on the water and wastewater treatment industry. Recognising the significant role the water industry will play in the future, Festo has created this new position to support customers with the development of reliable automation solutions, enabling them to save time, money and resources, and increase efficiencies.

Tony is joining a team working closely with customers to realise the benefits of process automation across many industries. In his new role, Tony is responsible for growing Festo’s business in the water industry, with a specific focus on valve actuators and control systems.

Tony has over 20 years’ sales experience, the last seven of which have been in the water industry. Prior to joining Festo, Tony worked at MHW Treatment, a global leader in wet infrastructure, and formerly Biwater Treatment as Business Development Manager, where he had responsibility for the sales of capital equipment, including scrapers bridges, aeration equipment and rotors and grit removal technology.

“The water industry is a significant focus for us,” says Steve Sands, Product Manager at Festo. “Efficient solutions for water and wastewater treatment are particularly crucial when it comes to dealing sustainably with water as a resource. As a result, more and more attention is being focused on the automation of water and wastewater treatment plants. Tony’s extensive experience, coupled with his industry knowledge, makes him perfect for the role and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Commentating on his appointment, Tony says: “Festo has an excellent reputation for manufacturing and supplying automation technologies. From standard pneumatic and electric components, ready-to-install sub-systems, and the complete automation of customers’ processes, Festo has many solutions for improving process efficiencies. I’m looking forward to being part of such an innovative company, identifying new business opportunities for them as well as helping our customers to operate as efficiently as possible."

OPC UA for SCADA system!

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has released the OPC Unified Architecture (UA) client for the company’s FAST/TOOLS version R9.05 Web-based SCADA system.

The Unified Architecture is the next generation OPC standard that provides a cohesive, secure and reliable cross-platform framework for access to real-time and historical data and events. Yokogawa’s FAST/TOOLS OPC UA Client is the first SCADA software which meets the requirements of the OPC Certification programme in terms of interoperability and robust performance.

OPC relates to Open Productivity & Connectivity in industry - and especially automation of the enterprise systems that support industry. Interoperability is assured through the creation and maintenance of open standards specifications such as OPC, and there are currently seven standards specifications completed or in development.

Using fundamental standards and technology from the general computing market, the OPC Foundation adapts and creates specifications that fulfil industry-specific needs. OPC will continue to create new standards as needs arise and to adapt existing standards to utilise new technology.

OPC UA Certification will become a requirement for all OPC UA Servers and OPC UA Clients. By making certification mandatory, the overall quality and experience of OPC UA based products will be much more satisfactory, with significant cost savings for systems integrators and end-users who use them.

Nobuaki Konishi, Vice President and head of Yokogawa's IA Control Systems Business Headquarters, comments: “Yokogawa is a market leader in the process automation industry with leading-edge products and services, and OPC UA is a major step forward in this sector.”

“Yokogawa is the first industrial automation SCADA vendor to release an OPC UA client certified to meet the latest OPC UA standard”, he added: “This is a major opportunity to reinforce our proven expertise to the industry and our goal of providing the highest quality of products and services for sustainable solutions to the industrial automation sector. The FAST/TOOLS web-based real-time management and visualisation software brings revolutionary changes to real-time process information intelligence.”

Main target markets and applications for the OPC UA client for FAST/TOOLS include process monitoring and asset management in industries such as oil & gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, iron & steel, and water and wastewater treatment.

Since 1978, Yokogawa has sold more than 10,000 FAST/TOOLS packages worldwide for use in all types of SCADA and process management projects. Yokogawa continually endeavours to meet its customers’ needs by providing highly reliable enhancements to this product based on leading-edge technology.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Large digit display indicators!

Taking on board suggestions from its customers, particularly in the marine and offshore industry, LCM Systems has launched a new range of Large Digit Display indicators for use in crane, lifting and hoisting applications. There are three models within the LD Range: the LD-Process is suitable for process analogue current and voltage signals; the LD-Strain is for use with strain gauge based sensors and the LD-Serial, which is proving to be the most popular, is used as a slave display with connection by RS232 or RS485 interfaces.

There are a number of options available that can be mixed and matched, depending on a client’s particular application. All 3 indicators come in either 4 or 6 digit versions with digit heights ranging from 57-400mm that can be viewed from 25-200metres, respectively. Each indicator can be supplied as a suspension, panel or wall-mounted version, with a wide choice of analogue, relay or digital outputs available. All products are IP65 sealed to ensure they withstand harsh and rugged conditions. Different input signals are available, depending on which indicator is used.

Both the LD-Serial and LD-Strain indicators are suitable for simple crane weighing applications, hoist and winch monitoring, while the LD-Process is also suitable for use in process plant monitoring.

Rationalisation of British subsidiaries

As part of its strategy to simplify Group structure, Yokogawa Electric Corporation  announces that from 1st April 2013, its wholly owned British subsidiary, Yokogawa Measurement Technologies Ltd will merge with fellow group company Yokogawa United Kingdom Ltd and trade under the name Yokogawa Measurement Technologies – a division of Yokogawa United Kingdom Ltd. Apart from a change in invoicing and bank details, customers will not be affected and it will be business as usual. All contacts at Yokogawa will remain the same.

The Test & Measurement Division of Yokogawa United Kingdom Ltd not only supplies a comprehensive range of test and measurement instrumentation and solutions to a wide variety of businesses but also prides itself on partnering these companies to develop test solutions that meet future testing requirements.

"Turning point in analysis!"

Krohne introduces SMARTSENS, the first family of 2-wire loop powered analytical sensors with integrated transmitter technology. SMARTSENS sensors significantly reduce the risk of failures along the chain from sensor to process control system and ease the handling of analytical sensors in a revolutionary way. The first step includes the sensors for pH, ORP and conductivity, followed by other parameters.

Until today, analytical sensors require an external (proprietary) transmitter on site that translates the sensor signals to the process control system. Considering the possible error by the requirements of IEC 61508/IEC 61511 in the chain from sensor to process control system, the transmitter represents the main source of error in percentage. False installation, cabling or configuration of the transmitter are frequently occurring problems. To eliminate these risks, they miniaturised the transmitter and fitted it into the sensor head: Any SMARTSENS sensor can be connected directly to the process control system, featuring direct communication via 4…20 mA/HART. Thus Krohne is the first provider to offer a direct connection from sensor to the process control system via a standardised fieldbus, what they call a "Turning point in analysis!"

Due to influences such as medium, temperature, humidity, environmental conditions or pollution, analytical sensors lose their accuracy over time and need to be calibrated, cleaned, regenerated and ultimately replaced. Today, most of the analytical sensors in the field use analog technology and have to be calibrated on site together with the transmitter, even if they are installed at remote or difficult-to-reach measuring points under open sky. This presents far from ideal conditions for a calibration which may result in false values in the process control system. Here, SMARTSENS offers a secure alternative: all these sensors are digital sensors and can be (re-)calibrated offline in a laboratory under controlled conditions. The sensors will store the calibration data and can just be plugged in again on site. For offline calibration, the sensor can be connected directly to a PC running the same PACTware (FDT/DTM) as applied in the assetmanagement system, using an USB interface cable for bi-directional HART 7 communication and power supply.

Target industries for these sensors include chemical, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage as well as power, water and wastewater applications. Each sensor is specifically designed for its area of application: approvals and certificates range from installation in explosive areas (zone 0) to hygienic areas. Along with the sensor family, Krohne introduces a large portfolio of accessories, including loop powered displays, USB interface cable and mounting assemblies.

Measurement demand emphasised by fracking!

Fracking has emphasised the need to clean up water produced from oil and gas wells, and proper measurement is vital for this effort.

Endress+Hauser's white paper “Instrumentation for Produced Water Applications” (pdf 6mb) talks about the type of instrumentation required.

Produced water refers to any water brought up to the surface during oil and gas production, typically as the result of drilling, exploration and hydraulic fracturing. Before disposing or reusing the water, it must be treated to extract hydrocarbons and satisfy environmental code regulations.

Cleaning produced water costs 300 times more than cleaning municipal waste water and 3,000 times more than cleaning irrigation water. Since each water treatment system can vary based on the water quality and the environmental regulations for its reuse, there is no universal treatment process. Nevertheless, basic requirements must be met when dealing with produced water.

It is important for companies to understand these factors so that oil and gas production can be maximized while containing costs and complying with regulations.

This non-commercial white paper explains where produced water comes from, how it is treated, and the instrumentation needed at every stage of the process.

Supplier of the year!

WEG has won the prestigious ‘Supplier of the Year’ category at the 2013 Pump Industry Awards for the third consecutive year. This accolade is awarded to a supplier to the pump industry that has demonstrated consistently high levels of technical innovation and developments, environmental awareness, customer service and satisfaction, market penetration and growth.
Naga Munchetty (host speaker), Russell Maccabe (WEG UK Sales Manager), Andy Glover (WEG UK Product Manager), Peter Ullmann (Process Industry Informer).

“We’re delighted to have won this award as it truly demonstrates our commitment to the industry,” says Marek Lukaszczyk, European Marketing Manager at WEG. “WEG is dedicated to technical innovation, reducing energy consumption and giving customers the highest level of service, and we’re proud to have been recognised by our customers and the industry alike. This is the third successive year that we have won this category, which is a real testament to our team and cements our position as the leading supplier to the pump industry.”

Over the years WEG has built excellent relationships with its partners, listening to their needs and the needs of their customers, and developing innovative products which meet and far exceed the needs of legislation. For example, WEG’s full range of W22 Super Premium standard induction motors already comply with the yet-to-be implemented IE4 regulations, enabling customers to maximise on the potential energy savings at an affordable cost.

The award comes weeks after WEG was also presented with a customer value enhancement award from Frost & Sullivan. The judges praised WEG for its focus on customer support and feedback. Motors can have a long operating life, and WEG is dedicated to maintaining a service commitment to its customers to make sure that its motors always run well and reliably. This also gives WEG the opportunity to sustain interaction with users, making sure they are getting the best from their equipment and keeping them informed of developments in technology, legislation, etc

Control & Status panels

Stadium IGT provides bespoke control and status panels for many diverse applications including; professional audio and broadcast equipment, industrial systems, safety and alarm panels, marine monitoring equipment, agriculture and building services and automation

Panels may be simple illuminated displays or more complex ideograms to graphically indicate system status and incorporate capacitive switches and slider controls, joysticks, tracker balls and displays. Panels can be water and vandal resistant and can be operated through front panel thicknesses of up to 13mm thick glass.

System designers will appreciate the very low profile and even illumination of control and status panels from Stadium IGT. These are direct benefits of the use of their patented “Thin-Film” LED backlighting technology which also offers colour changing LEDs, “secret until lit” signs and high impact product branding options. Operating from a 12volt supply removes any high voltage requirement that alternative video monitor based systems may require and allows the use of an N+1 redundant power source for safety critical installations.

Stadium IGT’s Sales and Marketing Director, Terry Moss, says “Control and system status panels are at the heart of many broadcast, safety and industrial monitoring systems and need to be simple to use and easily understood. Our long experience of HMI technologies coupled with our unique “thin-film” backlighting allows us to offer our customers a no-compromise display and control solution for almost any application.”

Stadium IGT has been at the forefront of Man Machine Interface technology for more than twenty years and has been responsible for many technological innovations now in common use. These include numerous backlighting techniques, integral RFI screening and most recently the development of capacitive switching systems, both touch screen based and single press control panels with optional back-lighting. Stadium IGT products are widely used in rail, marine, aviation, industrial and medical markets.

Small, high-performance sensors for tight spaces

Pushing the limits of physical possibility is the greatest challenge facing technology. In addition to technical excellence, the economic aspect is taking on an increasingly important role. The machine construction market is continuously aiming for more compact, faster machines with higher capacity. Special packaging machines or machines for manufacturing PCBs are being constantly optimized to enhance their overall power density. In addition to mechanical components, electronic components that control the systems must also be consistently adapted. There is an increasing demand for smaller sensors that offer the performance, speed, and precision of larger sensors. In addition to functionality, it should also be possible to integrate these sensors discretely into the machine.
Small, high-performance sensors for tight spaces
To meet these demanding requirements, Pepperl+Fuchs offers small, compact sensors that incorporate different types of technology:
• Inductive technology
• Ultrasonic technology
• Photoelectrics
• AS-Interface

Inductive sensors for metals
Sensors that operate according to the inductive functional principle detect metallic objects without contact and are therefore wear-free.
Advantages of inductive proximity switches include a complete absence of maintenance and outstanding resistance to sources of interference in the direct vicinity of the application. Dust, dirt, vibration, and moisture do not influence the capability of these sensors to detect, count, and control processes in numerous applications.

Our inductive miniature sensors are available in a wide range of versions:
• Cylindrical housings from only 3 mm in diameter
• Smallest cubic housings

Ultrasound solves material issues
The new ultrasonic generation of the F77 series with a compact design can accurately detect objects made of the most problematic materials, such as reflective or transparent objects.

The narrow projection cone and extremely small blind zone of 10 mm enable the detection of objects through extremely dense clusters of machine components. The F77 series offers an impressively high degree of immunity to plant noise and can be easily integrated in machines with limited space.

The F77 compact series is available in the following versions:
• Diffuse mode sensor with background suppression
• Retroreflective sensor
• Thru-beam sensor with large detection range

Optical precision
The latest development in the miniature housing category is the R2 series. The special features of the ultra-small series include extreme robustness, user-friendliness, and ease of installation. The extremely small housing with 45° cable outlet allows for space-saving installation in the plant. Due to the flat, scratchproof glass front, the R2 can be mounted close to the moving object. The small light spot and wide selection of functions open up a whole new range of solutions.
The miniature photoelectric sensor category contains an extensive selection of designs for almost every application:
• Smallest cubic standard housings such as the ML6, ML7, and ML100 series
• Application-specific housings such as the ML8 and ML10 series as well as various fibre optics
• Miniature GL5 photoelectric slot sensors

Perfectly interlinked with AS-Interface
AS-Interface is the standard solution for the simple and cost-effective interlinking of sensors and actuators in the field. Pepperl+Fuchs developed the ultra-compact G10 series, which is the smallest interface module worldwide in IP68/69K. These one-piece modules fit in any cable duct and are notable for simple mounting—just insert the flat cable, snap shut, and tighten the screw. The unique swivel mechanism ensures a reliable contact.

These compact interface modules can intelligently control motors, for example, and help save energy. Sensors and DC motors are connected directly. This innovative, energy-efficient concept from Pepperl+Fuchs won this year's German industry prize "Automation with AS-Interface as a Contribution to Climate Protection."

New in the ultra-compact G10 series:
• Digital module now also available with two outputs
• Smallest safety module worldwide with IP67
• A large variety of junction blocks

ISA standards for effective decision support

The Ireland Section of the ISA has landed a big hitter for their May technical talk.

Dr Maurice Wilkins is Yokogawa's Head of Global Strategic Marketing on the 29th May 2013. Putative attendees should not the this meeting is scheduled for the afternoon at 15.30.

Dr Maurice Wilkins

The presentation is on "The Integration of ISA Standards for Effective Decision Support" is scheduled for Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork (IRL). Dr Wilkins will highlight and incorportate the followimng ISA standards:-

• Alarm Management (ISA-18.2)
• HMI Management (ISA101)
• Procedure Management (ISA106 & ISA-88 - Batch Control)


Dr. Wilkins has made many significant contributions to automation and control. He has been dedicated to the establishment of a procedural automation standard for the continuous process industries to improve safety and efficiency at manufacturing sites and to capture the knowledge of the aging workforce.

He was responsible for proposing the ISA106 (A standard framework for automating operating procedures in continuous processes) standard defined by the International Society of Automation (ISA) and is now managing director of the ISA106 committee.

From 2004 to 2009, he was chairman of the World Batch Forum (WBF), an association of users and manufacturers that helps with understanding and implementing standards for manufacturing automation. In this role, he demonstrated strong leadership and commitment, and contributed to the progress of the association even during the global economic downturn.

He was selected in 2011 for the Control Magazine's Process Automation Hall of Fame.

He is known for strong expertise and experience in leadership and team building, strategic consulting, batch control, procedural automation, APC, human factors, process analysis and has worked for Exxon Chemical, Honeywell, KBC, Breakthrough Process Consulting, Millennium Specialty Chemicals, Lyondell, ARC  as well as Yokogawa.).

Attendance is free of charge however they would like pre-registration if possible here!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Energy efficient motorised valves

New motorised valves are compact and lightweight. Suitable for AC or DC operation they have a low power consumption of just 12W.

ASCO Numatics has introduced a range of compact and lightweight motorised valves for applications where electric actuation is required. The new valves are quiet in use and can be operated by a 24V DC power supply or by AC voltages of 24 to 48 and 110 to 250 (50 or 60Hz). The low power design requires just 12W of power during opening/closing, compared with 40 to 50W for similar products.
ASCO Numatics Series 290 motorised valves are rated to IP65 and have stainless steel bodies

Available as G ⅜”, ½” and ¾” body in stainless steel, the motorised valve is suitable for fluid temperatures up to 90°C and is rated to IP65, making it suitable for outdoor use without an enclosure. The angled seat design provides a high flow rate and testing has proved that the valves are reliable for more than one million cycles, reducing maintenance costs and downtime.

With a fast response time of less than 2 seconds per cycle (open and close), they do not require a current to maintain position. Low operational power consumption enables cabling and power supplies to be minimised - saving cost and reducing footprint. LED’s indicate the status of the device and these are visible through 360° to aid installation and troubleshooting.

The new valves complement ASCO Numatics’ range of pressure operated valves and share many of their industry proven characteristics. They have many applications in the water treatment industry, wine production plants, industrial heating and cooling systems, car wash equipment and on-board systems for vehicles.

Money-saving Temperature Combo Kits

Fluke is offering three new money-saving Temperature Combo Kits targeted at industrial, electrical and HVAC service and maintenance professionals. The kits are based around the latest Fluke 62 MAX+ IR thermometer, which is ideal for quick temperature scans of systems from a safe distance to look for anything from unusual hot spots, that signal electrical and electro-mechanical malfunctions, to undesirable air intake/output patterns in the building envelope. Alongside the 62 MAX+, the kits include a true-rms clamp meter and voltage detector, or a laser distance meter, or an electrical tester and voltage detector, and offer savings of up to 20%.

The Fluke 62 MAX+/323/1AC IR Thermometer, Clamp Meter and Voltage Detector Kit comprises: the rugged, IP54-rated Fluke 62 MAX+ IR thermometer, which features dual, lasers to accurately identify the measurement spot size; the CAT IV 300V/CAT III 600V safety rated Fluke 323 true-rms Clamp Meter, offering current measurement up to 400A AC, voltages up to 600V AC/DC and resistance measurement; the CAT IV 1000V safety rated Fluke 1AC-II Volt Alert that gives both visible and audible recognition and continuously self-tests to indicate it is working; and a Fluke C115 soft case.

The Fluke 414D/62 MAX+ Laser Distance Meter/Infrared Thermometer Combo Kit comprises: the rugged, IP54-rated Fluke 62 MAX+ IR thermometer; and the Fluke 414D Laser Distance Meter, offering measurement up to 50m with an accuracy of ±2mm, quick calculations of area and volume and a Pythagoras function to calculate heights.

The Fluke T5-600/62 MAX+/1AC-II IR Thermometer, Electrical Tester and Voltage Detector Kit comprises: the rugged, IP54-rated Fluke 62 MAX+ IR thermometer; the CAT III 600V safety rated Fluke T5-600 Voltage, Continuity and Current Tester measuring up to 600V AC/DC, AC current up to 100A using OpenJaw™ technology, and featuring a continuity beeper; the Fluke 1AC-II VoltAlert™ Voltage Detector with CAT IV 1000V safety rating; and a Fluke C115 Soft Case.

Instrumentation tubing optimised for high reliability in harsh environments

The design of fluid instrumentation systems for use in harsh and corrosive environments has been boosted by an optimised new grade of 6Mo tubing. The mechanical characteristics of the new ‘Parker Grade’ 6Mo tubing have been optimised to ensure integrity of connections made using instrumentation compression type fittings from the Instrumentation Products Division of Parker Hannifin – the global leader in motion and control technologies.

Parker’s long history in special-purpose alloy tube fittings has enabled it to build up a wealth of expertise and knowledge about corrosion resistant materials such as 6Mo. The company has played a formative role in the industry take-up of the alloy, which is now the material of choice for many instrumentation tubing systems on new and refurbished North Sea oil and gas production platforms.

Containing at least 6 percent molybdenum, 6Mo alloy is a super-austenitic stainless steel. The material is more resistant to chloride-induced pitting, crevice attack and stress corrosion cracking than standard 300 series or duplex stainless steel, making it ideal for offshore applications demanding durability and reliability in a hostile environment. Parker produces 6Mo versions of various types of instrumentation tube fittings, together with a series of 6Mo tubing clamps, and can also machine instrument valves and manifolds in the material.

Many instrumentation system designers specify two ferrule compression fittings for the assembly of small-bore tubing, with the 6Mo version of Parker’s A-LOK design proving a popular choice for today’s offshore projects. As with all two ferrule fittings, the rear ferrule needs to be harder than the tube it is gripping so that it ‘bites’ into the tube material during assembly helping to create a reliable, pressure-tight seal. Parker hardens the rear ferrule of 6Mo A-LOK fittings using its unique Suparcase process, which provides market-leading corrosion resistance.

However, when ordering instrumentation tubing, customers often simply specify an ASTM standard to their supplier. These standards do not always guarantee an optimum material property for a high integrity tube and fitting combination. The result can be tubing that is harder than necessary, for example, and therefore less than ideal for use with twin ferrule compression fittings.

As part of its ongoing commitment to helping users improve the integrity and corrosion resistance of instrumentation systems, Parker ensures that all tubing stocked by the company and its distributors is fully compatible with its range of fittings. After exhaustive testing and analysis of 6Mo tubing, Parker has defined a stringent specification and tolerances for its manufacture that allows the material’s properties to be controlled very precisely. By collaborating with its supplier and auditing the company to verify compliance, Parker is able to provide the new Parker Grade 6Mo tubing with mechanical characteristics that are optimally matched to the capability of its 6Mo instrumentation fittings.

According to Paul Shaddick, Product Manager for Parker Hannifin's Instrumentation Products Division, “Extending the reach of our quality control standards to encompass the manufacturing processes used by our supplier of 6Mo alloy tubing is a major step forward in our product development strategy. Our customers can now obtain all the 6Mo instrumentation connection technology they need for an offshore project from a single source, secure in the knowledge that the components are compatible. This simplifies component procurement and distribution, helps speed installation, and eliminates potential leak paths in 6Mo compression fittings.”

Parker Grade 6Mo instrumentation tubing is available in a wide range of imperial and metric sizes up to 1 inch/25 mm OD, and its 6Mo A-LOK two ferrule compression fittings are suitable for the majority of topside applications involving pressures up to 413 bar/6,000 PSI.

High capacity 18-Slot PXI express chassis

ADLINK Technology, a leading global provider of trusted testing and measurement products, today announced a new PXI Express chassis for applications requiring enhanced bandwidth and higher density and capacity. ADLINK’s PXES-2780, an 18-slot PXI Express chassis with ten hybrid peripheral slots provides a configurable PCIe switch fabric, enabling configuration with two-link x8, and four-link x4 PXI express deployments, allowing full utilization of the PCIe gen2 bandwidth. Featuring fast data throughput, flexible configuration, innovative structure, and intelligent management functions, the PXES-2780 ideally meets the needs of a wide variety of testing and measurement applications, such as wireless and RF testing.

High Data Throughput, Flexible Configuration
The ADLINK’s PXES-2780 18-slot PXI Express chassis provides one system slot, one system timing slot, ten hybrid peripheral slots, and six PXI Express peripheral slots, for up to 8 GB/s system bandwidth and 4 GB/s slot bandwidth for dedicated peripheral slots. Support for 2-links x8 deployment by a configurable PCIe switch fabric eases higher bandwidth system upgrades. The ten hybrid slots preserve backward compatibility to accept PXIe/PXI/cPCIe/cPCI modules, providing maximum flexibility in PXI and PXI Express module slot replacement, reducing the costs of system upgrade.

High Availability and Quality Design
The PXES-2780’s innovative structural design delivers high availability in reliable testing systems, and built-in high quality reference instrumentation clocks for module synchronization ensure performance of modules from 3rd party vendors. Our innovative cooling system, dissipating 38.2W for each peripheral slot, and a high quality independent power module for all rails, together maximize operational reliability. For noise-sensitive environments, the PXES-2780 presents a low operating noise level of 46.3 dBA at room temperature.

Intelligent Chassis Management
The PXES-2780 offers built-in intelligent chassis management, enabling communication with embedded controller via SMBus, or remote management from a remote system via a standard RS-232 port. With ADLINK’s software-configurable “PXES-2780 Intelligent Management Interface”, users can easily monitor and manage test equipment, whether bench-top system or connected external test instruments, including settings for the PCIe switch fabric, fan speed, chassis status monitoring and reporting, remote chassis power on/off, and notification when user-configured limits are met.

“The ADLINK PXES-2780 PXI Express chassis’ enhanced bandwidth, higher density, & capacity are typically designed for multi-channel testing applications. As an example, for customers who require a dual channel signal analyzer for RF/Microwave signals, ADLINK’s 18 slot PXES-2780 chassis can accommodate large numbers of modules to test dual DUT at the same time, saving space and increasing testing system efficiency.” noted Catherine Wu, Product Director of ADLINK's Measurement and Automation Product Segment.

The PXES-2780 follows the Q1 2012 release of the ADLINK PXI/PXIe high bandwidth product family for functional test applications.

PXI on Grand Prix course!

Silverstone - site of event!
The PXI Show is a one-day event focusing exclusively on the world's most popular modular Test, Measurement and Automation platform. Conceived and organised by a consortium of T&M professionals, the show offers Design, Test & Production managers and engineers a unique location in which they can experience first-hand the extensive range of PXI products currently available from the industry's leading vendors. New for 2013 is the inclusion of PXI System Integrators and Service providers. The event also presents a perfect opportunity for networking with both peers and suppliers in a relaxed and informal setting.

Building on the success of the inaugural 2012 event, the show will again take place in the Interna-tional Media Centre at the Silverstone Wing, situated in the heart of the legendary Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone, on Wednesday 5th June 2013. The Media Centre offers panoramic views of the historic race track, where the F1 British Grand Prix will be held a few weeks after the show.

The Exhibition Hall will showcase a wide variety of PXI products and systems from the Britain's leading suppliers and integrators, while the Auditorium will feature a varied programme of in-formative presentations covering many different aspects of PXI system development and imple-mentation. A complimentary hot & cold buffet lunch will be provided for all attendees and a se-lection of beverages will be available throughout the day.

Asset monitoring installation improves reliability

Emerson's new Essential Asset Monitoring solutions improve equipment insight for CO2 separator installation

A CO2 separator installation is taking advantage of Emerson Process Management’s new integrated Essential Asset Monitoring solutions to improve equipment reliability.

The Essential Asset Monitoring solutions are installed at the University of Texas J.J. Pickle Research Centre  (USA), a cooperative industry/university programme that performs fundamental research of interest to chemical, biotechnological, petroleum refining, gas processing, pharmaceutical, and food companies. CO2 removal from stack gas is a current focus project.

"Our Essential Asset Monitoring solutions provide the capability for 24/7 automated monitoring and continuous asset health analysis of the CO2 separator’s bottoms pump, air water column blower, stripper cross exchanger and boiler blower," commented Pete Sharpe, Director Applications Development, Emerson Process Management. "Engineered and installed in 2011 and 2012, these four applications have demonstrated the cost effectiveness of pre-engineered plug-and-play solutions that combine wired with wireless technology to enable expansion of automated monitoring."

The installations were tailored to the CO2 separator applications by using the scalability feature of the solutions, which allows a user to define which faults to monitor for, and which process and asset health measurements are available. The module for pumps can monitor for cavitation, vibration, high bearing temperature, suction strainer plugging, auxiliary seal flush pot level, seal fluid leaks, and hydrocarbon leaks. The solution for blowers can monitor for vibration, bearing temperature, blower differential and discharge pressure, and flow. The solution for exchangers monitors exchanger duty, fouling, optimal cleaning required, and differential pressure and temperatures.

"Upon installation, the Essential Asset Monitoring application highlighted to local operators and rotating equipment experts, an anomaly with the trended vibration and monitored process variables versus baseline," continued Sharpe.  "A large spike in one of the monitored vibration parameters every time the blower cycled on pointed out an existing fault that had gone undetected for who knows how long.  Repairing the fault resulted in decreasing vibration peak amplitudes from a range of 4 to 14 g’s to a range of 1.5 to 2 g’s.  With a history of integrity problems on this particular blower, it was a good thing we caught it in advance."

Emerson’s family of Essential Asset Monitoring solutions reduce installed costs through pre-engineering software and the easy implementation of wireless networks. Essential Asset Monitoring solutions are available for pumps, blowers, compressors, corrosion, fin fans, heat exchangers and cooling towers.