Friday, July 5, 2013

Automation for the Statue of Liberty!

In the week that's in it how could we not publish this story!

When it retrofitted the Statue of Liberty with a new emergency rescue elevator, Tower Elevator Systems Inc. (Tesi) opted to use an automation solution from the Siemens Industry Automation Division. By using control technology based on the Engineering Framework TIA Portal, rack and pinion elevator specialist Tesi succeeded in reducing the time required for development and commissioning by over 50 percent, saving significant costs.

The special passenger lift constructed for New York’s Statue of Liberty is used by firefighting and emergency service personnel for rescue operations or to provide emergency assistance. Talking about the project, Tesi President Todd Grovatt explained how the “TIA Portal as an integrated work platform for safety-related Siemens control technology used together with the Comfort Panels boosted the efficiency and reliability of the project.” 

Forming the nerve center of the elevator control system is the Simatic ET200S in a safety-relevant configuration featuring digital input and output modules.

All the devices are connected to the Comfort Panels via Profinet or Profibus, allowing diagnostic operations to be simply executed and faults remedied. To ensure operating safety, aspects such as travel speed and height, emergency stop circuits and the opening and closing of landing and car doors all have to be taken into account. To achieve this, Tesi relies on redundant systems such as safety-relevant controls from Siemens which come with a redundant design as standard. One control system alone is responsible for the emergency stop switches, which it monitors constantly for wire breakage or short circuits, irrespective of whether they are switched on or off. An ingenious laser positioning system continuously monitors the position of the elevator in the shaft and transmits precise position signals to the elevator control system. The hydraulic lowering system is also integrated into the control technology. This ensures that the elevator can be lowered manually to the next landing in case of a power cut and that emergency service personnel can exit safely.

Harting's robust lightweight connector is ideal for outdoor applications

Han-Eco® Outdoor is a new addition to Harting’s Han-Eco® connector family specifically designed for outdoor applications.

The Han-Eco® Outdoor connector housing is based on robust high-performance plastic material, which gives the added benefit of light weight to the customer. Further weather-resistant features are provided by the specially designed housing profile and the use of flange gaskets in fluorine rubber (FPM).

The Han-Eco® connector family is specifically designed for applications that do not require the full range of product features offered by the Harting Han® B series of hoods and housings, but can benefit from the weight and cost advantages of thermoplastic housing material.

Like the Han® B standard series, the Han-Eco® series is available in sizes 6 B, 10 B, 16 B and 24 B. Depending on size, versions of the hoods with straight or angled entries and housings for bulkhead mounting can be supplied.

When the connector is closed and locked, it provides a protection level of IP 65 as defined in DIN EN 60 529. The material also meets demanding flammability requirements of UL 94 Class V 0.

New express digitizer - high sampling rates

Offers high sampling rates and onboard signal averaging for long-term, high-speed data recording

ADLINK Technology has released its new high-speed PCI Express digitizer, the PCIe-9852, featuring two simultaneously sampled 200 MS/s input channels with 14-bit resolution, 90 MHz bandwidth, and up to 1 GB DDR3 onboard memory. Highly accurate measurement, up to 800 MB/s data streaming, and onboard signal averaging technology, combine to make the PCIe-9852 ideal for long-term high-speed data recording applications such as distributed temperature sensing, radar signal testing, and atmospheric science research.

“ADLINK’s PCIe-9852 benefits Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) applications, by enabling significantly increased accuracy in temperature measurement.” stated Catherine Wu, Product Director of ADLINK's Measurement and Automation Product Segment. “The PCIe-9852’s two analog inputs simultaneously receive both Stokes and anti-Stokes lines generated in the application, and increased high resolution sampling rates meeting requirements for sensing distances of 30 km and more. In addition, onboard signal averaging technology isolates even minor detected data from crowded environments”

High Sampling Rate with Low-distortion Front End and High-Dynamic Performance
The PCIe-9852 provides 14-bit high resolution ADC and up to 200 MS/s sampling, delivering 83 dB SFDR, 62 dB SNR and -81 dB THD, leading the field in high dynamic performance. The PCIe-9852 provides a flexible set of input ranges ±0.2V, ±2V, or ±10V, software selectable 50Ω or 1MΩ input impedance, and a wide variety of triggering options and tight synchronization capability, all maximizing convenience of use.

Data Streaming Up to 800 MB/s for Real-time High-speed Data Recording
Based on Gen 2 PCI Express technology, the PCIe-9852 streams data on both channels at maximum data rate (200 MS/s), enabling continuous delivery to the host PC at rates up to 800 MB/s, and a complementary 8 x 500 GB driver RAID system (4 TB) further extends capture sessions beyond one hour. The PCIe-9852 combines high bandwidth, dual channel simultaneous data streaming, and built-in memory up to 1 GB for massive data storage, making it ideal for real-time high-speed data recording.

On-board Signal Averaging Technology
The PCIe-9852 is equipped with onboard Signal Averaging Technology, allowing detection of small repetitive signals in noisy environments, with no CPU loading, suitable for applications requiring extraction of small signals from background noise as occurs in distributed temperature sensing.

ADLINK PCIe-9852 supports multiple operating systems including Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, and Linux, and is fully compatible with third-party software such as LabVIEW ™ and MATLAB ®. Users can simply complete the programming through ADLINK DAQPilot software development kit.

Calibrate your gas analyser on site with a portable calibration rig

On-site calibrations of gas analysers are now not only possible, but easy to perform, thanks to a new Portable Calibration Rig (PCR).

The PCR, from Michell Instruments, is a mobile gas blender utilising premium mass flow controllers housed in a tough transport case that can be used for a huge variety of applications and analysers. It can mix two or three gases from: Air, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide, Methane and Hydrogen and is easily controllable so that the perfect blend can be achieved for the application.  

Provided the customer has zero or spans gas cylinders available – it is possible to ‘factory’ calibrate an analyser such as the XTP601. For example, an analyser range 0-10% O2 in N2 could be calibrated with synthetic air and N2.

A field calibration of an analyser can be carried out in under 1 hour including set up time.  For a complete factory calibration, with multiple calibration points (to change the range/background/both), 4 hours would be all that is required.  These time-scales represent a minimal downtime compared to the alternative of sending the instrument away for calibration.

Although the unit is designed for field calibrations, it can also be used in a laboratory to mimic changing process gases for research work.

This new portable gas blender is the latest calibration offering from Michell, who are world leaders in the field of moisture calibration. Their head office and main manufacturing site in Ely, UK, houses a UKAS accredited calibration lab for dew-point and humidity calibrations. The company also provide a wide range of moisture calibration equipment, from large-scale systems for calibration laboratories to small, transportable units designed to enable cost-effective moisture calibrations of relative humidity probes.

Michell Instruments are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology Ltd.

Valves can operate in closed media circuits

For water, air and neutral media 

The valve VZWF is one of a number of new Festo process solutions that now gives customers a one-stop-shop for Festo high productivity and quality automated systems. Festo’s process offerings also include ball, butterfly, and gate valves, and associated automated controls.

Festo has introduced the VZWF valve, a force pilot operated solenoid valve that can be used with water, air, and neutral media. This new valve utilises relatively small solenoids to control high pressures with large nominal diameters. The units can switch at pressures as low as zero bar and close automatically in the case of a pressure loss in the circuit. These valves can be applied in closed media circuits.

The VZWF series is suitable for applications in which the medium can be vented downstream of the valve into the atmosphere or a tank. The VZWF is used for gaseous and liquid material flows up to a maximum viscosity of 22 mm²/s. Actuation is supported by the pressure of the medium, which enables smaller coils to be used with lower power requirements to open the valve.

Applications for the VZWF valve include: filling systems (secondary circuit), water treatment, pipeline construction, steam boiler construction, liquid gas installations, hot water applications, heating circuits, power plant systems, petrochemical industry, pump systems, storage tank installations, and pneumatic automation systems.

“Gas and liquid valve solutions expand Festo’s process offering that already include lines of ball, butterfly, and gate gas only valves and automated controls,” says Steve Land, process industry segment manager, Festo. “Process valves provide OEMs and end users the convenience, quality, and dependability of a one-stop-shop for both discrete and process automation solutions from Festo. And Festo offers a host of online productivity tools that speed up time to market.”

Speeding up of MES project timelines

Pre-configured PAS-X content "Out of the Box"

Werum Software and Systems offers content packages for its customers "Out of the Box" to enable best practice based configuration of the PAS-X software.

When setting up PAS-X, the customer no longer needs to start with an empty application, but can instead utilize pre-configured content targeted to the specific processes of pharma and biotech companies. The new content packages, with their GMP-compliant templates, ensure an easy setup of the system and speed up the overall project timeline. They are based on the best practices of Werum customers and driven by the PAS-X User Community PFU.

Torsten Isenberg
PAS-X Rights and Roles Content Package
One of these Content Packages is the PAS-X User Rights and Roles Content Package. It is available for the configuration of PAS-X user rights based on global profiles targeted to GMP compliance and pharmaceutical manufacturing. The already included user profiles, with predefined rights, are designed for defined roles in a GMP organization. Examples include Shop Floor Operator or MBR Designer. These roles can be combined with each other, if needed. In line with Werum's project experiences, the "descriptive names" of the profiles make it clear which user these roles are targeted to.

"The pre-configured content along with supporting consulting services clearly defines a new standard and facilitates harmonization in the industry" says Torsten Isenberg, Director Head of Department Consulting & Training, Werum Software & Systems AG.

The User Rights and Roles Content Package considerably simplifies the configuration and maintenance of PAS-X's highly flexible user rights capability. Based on the clear and well-structured documentation of the rights and profiles, system administrators and project team members can save up to 95 % of the time usually required for the initial configuration and testing of rights.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Process automation technology for vast Gladstone LNG project (AUS).

Operation centre enables real-time monitoring and improved collaboration for facilities up to 1000 kilometres apart

Australian oil and gas giant Santos uses process automation technology from Emerson Process Management to coordinate and enhance operations across its €14.32 billion (US$18.5 billion) Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas project in Queensland (AUS). Emerson served as Main Automation Contractor for the project, providing technologies and expertise to help Santos gather and integrate real-time information from thousands of wells.

Artist's impression of GLNG plant (Gas Today)
The pioneering project will convert coal seam gas to liquefied natural gas (LNG) for export to global markets. Gas from the Bowen and Surat Basins in eastern Queensland will be transported by a 420 kilometre underground pipeline to an LNG plant on Curtis Island, near Gladstone on the coast. Santos’ operations centre at Brisbane, approximately 500 kilometres south of Gladstone, integrates data from the gas fields, pipelines and plant for 24/7 real-time monitoring and collaboration with teams in the field.

"We have developed a world-class remote operation centre," said Santos general manager of operations Rob Simpson. "The centre has changed the way our gas fields in the Bowen and Surat Basins are operated. Emerson’s team brought the process automation expertise we needed to meet global standards, and their solutions have equipped us with the ability to centrally monitor the production and progress of our intelligent assets up to 1,000 kilometres apart."

Santos and Emerson collaborated to plan and equip the Brisbane remote operations centre where management, engineers and planners can use real-time information from the intelligent fields to anticipate issues, collaborate, improve decisions, and take actions to maximise key performance indicators.

Emerson technologies for the Gladstone LNG project include the DeltaV™ digital automation system using Electronic Marshalling with CHARMs technology, as well as Rosemount® measurement and analytical instruments, Fisher® valves, Bettis™ actuators, Roxar™ multiphase meters, ROC remote operations controllers, and AMS Suite predictive maintenance software.

"We are excited about our work with Santos on this world-class remote operations centre," said Sabee Mitra, president of Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific. "It showcases the integration of control and asset information that helps make GLNG a reliable, safe and efficient operation."

The GLNG project is on track to make its first LNG shipments in 2015. Initial capacity is planned to be three to four million tonnes annually.

Cameras with IP 65/67 protection for demanding applications

Ten new IP protected models in its GigE camera series have been developed by Baumer for particularly demanding industrial environments. With the IP 65 and IP 67 protective housing, every sensitive camera component, all the way to the lens, is protected from dust, water spray and temporary immersion.

The cameras have an x-coded M12 connector that ensures a reliable connection to the data interface. Designed for industrial uses, they can be powered by a 12 to 24 volt or Power over Ethernet (PoE) supply.

The new VisiLine IP cameras have CCD or CMOS sensors and are now available in VGA, 1.3, 2 and 4 megapixel resolutions. They achieve frame rates up to 160 fps. Production-integrated color comparison ensures virtually identical color reproduction by every camera in a model series. This greatly simplifies applications with multiple cameras operating simultaneously. In addition, the CMOS cameras feature FPN (Fixed Pattern Noise) correction and HDR (High Dynamic Range). This eliminates sensor-related structural irregularities and enables acquisition of images with wide differences in scene brightness.

E+E Elektronik wins large contract for humidity transmitters!

The National Meteorological Service of Germany relies on sensor technology from Austria

The Austrian sensor specialist E+E Elektronik has won the contract from the Deutscher Wetterdienst - DWD (National Meteorological Service of Germany) to equip its weather stations with new humidity/temperature transmitters.

The DWD is Germany's highest authority for meteorology, weather and climate and operates almost 2000 weather monitoring points and stations. All previous humidity transmitters across the entire measurement network are to be replaced by 2015. The high-end transmitters deliver precise measurement results for exact weather and climate forecasts.

The humidity/temperature transmitters in use here are the EE33 series (type J). The devices feature high-precision and reliable measurement results even under the most challenging of ambient conditions. At the heart of this transmitter is the monolithic HMC01 measurement cell developed by E+E using thin-layer technology. Thanks to the unique E+E sensor coating, the measurement cell is optimally protected against condensation and chemical contamination. This was a factor that also persuaded the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) to procure these transmitters for themselves.

Previously humidity and temperature were each recorded using a separate transmitter. With the new humidity/temperature transmitters from E+E Elektronik, both these measurements can now be taken using a single instrument. A further benefit: measurement results will in future be transmitted digitally, not via analogue means.

All instruments are manufactured in Engerwitzdorf (A). The first hundred transmitters are scheduled to ship during August 2013.

E+E Elektronik itself operates a state-accredited calibration lab and holds the National Standards for relative air humidity and air flow velocity in Austria on behalf of the Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen - BEV (Austrian Federal Office for Metrology and Surveying).

• E+E products are marketed in Ireland by Instrument Technology.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New wing/hammer union pressure sensors

Honeywell Sensing and Control has announced two new additions to our Wing Union / Hammer Union pressure sensor portfolio.

Potential Applications include: Oil and gas drilling, Mud pumps / mud logging, Fracturing and cementing, Acidizing, Well head measurement and Standpipe Stimulation.

Model 425
Model 427

    • The Model 425 is available in two accuracy levels (±0.2 % BFSL [Best Fit Straight Line] – Standard) or (±0.1 % BFSL – High Accuracy). 
     • The Model 427 (±0.2 % BFSL) provides a wide and shallow sensing port that facilitates the seamless flow of more viscous media blends.
Built on Honeywell’s time-proven Wing Union one-piece design, both models provide highly accurate and reliable data for more confident detection of small changes in pressure, allowing the operator to quickly adjust media flow pressure during drilling operations. This helps drilling operators optimize oil withdrawal rates and profile potentially dangerous conditions such as gas bubbles to increase drilling personnel safety.

Other features include:
    • Quick Installation/Serviceability – Designed for quick field installation, offers resistance to torque stress at hammer up with field adjustable zero and span for reliable long term performance. 
    • Reliability / Durability – All welded stainless steel construction, with Inconel® wetted parts for resistance to abrasive or corrosive media. Shock and vibration tested; CE, CSA / ATEX - Intrinsically Safe approvals. 
    • Longevity – Hit it and forget it! Honeywell’s class leading reliability plus an annual calibration cycle allows customers to install and move on. • Quick Availability – Multiple configurations available for quick shipment in less than 5 days, others available within 2 weeks.

100 tunnels under control in Italy!

One of the most impressive things about Italy is the engineering skill employed in the design of its motorway system especially in the mountanous regions. Due to its mountainous topography, the country is a country rich in road tunnels. In the Lombardy region, a new supervision and remote control system has been designed and implemented by Gemmo S.p.A. Based on the PcVue SCADA system from ARC Informatique, it ensures the comfort and safety of users along over 140km of tunnels.

The wide alpine arc that surrounds and contains Italian territory is crossed by roads which include many tunnels. The tunnels are of variable vintage and the plant used inside them is inconsistent, due to differing implementation dates and technologies adopted. Thanks to a new wide-ranging project, the tunnel system of the road network is now managed by a new supervision and control system that is unique due to its size and complexity.
The supervision and telecontrol system, designed and implemented by Gemmo S.p.A. and based on PcVue  SCADA  from ARC Informatique
€140 million Project Financing
The application falls within a project concerning the technological requalification and safety management of approximately 100 tunnels on state roads managed by ANAS S.p.A in Lombardy. The wide scope includes the technological requalification of the tunnels and standardization or renovation of power, lighting, ventilation, video-safety and data transmission plants. The single or dual ‘pipe’ tunnels have lengths ranging from 250m to 5km.

The estimated value of the work is approximately 140 million euros, 50% financed by ANAS and 50% by the private sector. Tunnel Gest (a company whose majority shareholding is held by Gemmo S.p.A.) will be responsible for the management of the realized project for the next 17 years, starting in June 2013 when the 3-year construction and requalification period will be complete. This time frame, which was defined in the financial plan at the start of the project, will allow the company make a return through the provision of services such as plant maintenance. The road management will remain ANAS’s responsibility.

View of the ANAS operations centre,
located in Bellano (Lecco)
“The first stage, nearing completion, scheduled the technological requalification of the tunnels according to ANAS guidelines, which adopt the main European standards in terms of tunnel safety,” says Ing. Ciro Ascione, Systems Business Unit Manager at Gemmo S.p.A. “Depending on their length, the tunnels are provided with plant of different complexity: from simple lighting, to equipment for ventilation, pollution analysis, heat detection, video-surveillance and image analysis, SOS management, audio for emergency situations, variable-message display panels and radio communication to support rescue organizations”. Each tunnel is provided with its own PLC-based automation system and is connected for supervision and control to the ANAS operations centre, located in Bellano (Lecco), through a communication network (WAN) using both fibre optic and microwave technology. For the integration of local systems with the WAN the Modbus TCP/IP protocol has been widely used because it allows direct and reliable control of peripherals and relevant data.

Supervision and remote control
The supervision and remote control system configured by Gemmo S.p.A., a certified OEM partner of ARC Informatique, is based on a customized application of PcVue SCADA. Approximately 50,000 data points, 800 network nodes and over 500 graphical pages are managed.

From the main page which offers a system overview, it is possible to access the various tunnel subpages listed on the display. When a subpage is accessed an information window opens which aids navigation within the subpage. At the same time, when a particular system is selected (the lighting system for instance) it is possible to visualize its status in any or all of the tunnels. Finally, by opening the information window of a particular piece of equipment it is possible to visualize several aspects of its operational status, set alarm limits, visualize alarm notifications and by-pass the local control logic to remotely control the equipment.

In fact all represented objects can operate in either automated or remote manual mode. In the case of a problem (like fire risk or high pollution) the relevant automated procedures take over, but the operator can manually intervene for better management of the situation. For instance, when an alarm procedure due to an excessive pollution in a tunnel is started automatically, the operator can watch the situation through the video system (composed of approx. 1500 cameras) and perhaps override fan settings and variable-message display panels to facilitate the outflow of the vehicles from the tunnel before the tunnel access is inhibited.

The hardware includes two servers in a hot backup configuration with a further server devoted to database management, two clients for ANAS, two clients for Tunnel Gest and one client for the Traffic Police. Two maintenance clients are used by the Gemmo team.

Each workstation at the control centre has two 42” monitors side-by-side which can be used independently. This allows, for instance, management of the SOS system in a tunnel and simultaneous monitoring of the complete system.

“We centralized all the tunnel plant monitoring at the ANAS operating centre of Bellano,” Ing. Ascione explains. “The SCADA shows the operator a series of video graphic maps that supply the status of all equipment in real time.”

Thanks to the network connection, it is possible to connect through the web to the individual controllers. Locally, using a portable PC, it is also possible to connect as a PcVue client and query a controller, or to navigate with a browser to the network server.

Starting from the graphical pages displayed by the supervision system the operator can instantly know where an alarm was triggered or if a user is calling from inside a tunnel.

Maximum safety
The whole system is characterized by several safety levels. In every tunnel there is a redundant LAN connected to the general WAN, to which all automation peripherals and subsystems refer. The automation system of every tunnel is independent of the centre and therefore all the subsystems interact through the tunnel LAN.

“When an SOS is triggered from any tunnel, a general alarm procedure is activated,” says Ascione. “From the main page, with a maximum of two steps, the operator is always guided to the point indicated by the alarm.”

The historical data is stored for approximately two months, depending on the number of recorded alarm events.

In case of over-pollution the ventilation is activated with an intensity that is a function of the detected pollution level, increasing until the potential closure of the tunnel. At the same time, user warnings are shown on the variable message display panels and possibly the audio system is activated, inviting the users to abandon vehicles. All this information is monitored by the SCADA system, giving the operator the opportunity of overriding the automatic system to directly interact with the involved systems by remote control. Tunnels have mainly axial ventilation, but some of them also have cross- or half-cross ventilation. Substantially, they have a ventilation central unit with ducts.

In the SCADA main page the most important information is collected: the ventilation level, the status of the sign system and the pollution with different settable thresholds. Moreover, the status of every object is shown. In the simulation mode it is possible to change the alarm thresholds. Special algorithms are incorporated. For instance, in the ventilation system, algorithms prevent oscillations by taking into account the dilution power of the air. Moreover, it is possible to cycle fan operation so that all fans simultaneously reach the number of hours scheduled for the programmed maintenance, minimising normally invasive interventions (the tunnel must be closed).

In case of fire detection, the ventilation system is driven not only by opacity and CO sensors, but also by the image analysis and thermometric system. The operations centre can intervene with messages that directly reach drivers through the FM radio system. The fire-fighting system is based on one or more pumping and pressurization units that guarantee the water supply. The storage tanks provide flow rates from 600 l/m for tunnels with length greater than 1000m, or a flow rate of 300 l/m for tunnels with length between 100 and 500m; special fire hoses are located in SOS containers arranged every 150m within the tunnels. The containers are also provided with VOIP phone communication equipment that is integrated within the network.

A fully open system
“We selected ARC Informatique’s PcVue because we appreciated that the system is really open,” says Ing. Ascione. “The openness is fundamental in our work as system integrators, because we can get inside the product to customize it and better use its capabilities, while exploiting the 50 years of experience that we acquired in the road industry. On PcVue we combined our specific know-how with the most advanced SCADA technology to reach a double target: on one hand, to be able to constantly monitor all the plant by presenting an interface that is relatively user-friendly while providing all the relevant information; on the other hand, to be able to collect the details that the technicians require to keep the plant efficient.” Gemmo S.p.A. has therefore used a single tool, but with two completely different purposes. A manager needs to use the graphical pages tool to better monitor the events on the road. On the other hand, the technician uses the tool with such detail that he/she can make a diagnosis and therefore prevent a malfunction. “This is the purpose of the concessionary company,” Ing. Ascione emphasizes. “By keeping the plant operating efficiently through adequate remote control, we are able to prevent faults and to guarantee ANAS that they can perform their job, with the ultimate target of improved safety for the users.”

Further benefits of PcVue for the system integrator include online modification and the possibility of editing the graphic pages in text format to perform a high volume of modifications in a short time: in fact, in applications of this size, the capability of parallel working on multiple pages speeds up the construction.

“We understood the graphical editor of PcVue, because it was also used by FactoryLink®, a product that we knew in depth. This was another plus of the ARC Informatique solution and another reason why we selected it. We have been able to carry on to this platform all the know-how and the solutions that we developed with FactoryLink®.”

Future developments
“Our application based on PcVue is therefore an efficient management tool at ANAS’s disposal,” concludes Ing. Ascione. A future expansion of the system will concern the energy management system. This will allow ANAS to monitor consumption and to save energy by switching the lights off when the traffic in a tunnel is moderate and by regulating the fans as a function of the pollution level reached inside a tunnel.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Digitising at the Vatican

Rittal involved in mammoth cultural operation in heart of historic 600 year old facility

Sistine Hall at Vatican Library (Wiki)
The Vatican Apostolic Library is making a valuable contribution to cultural history by completely digitising around 180,000 manuscripts. Set to run for four years, forty million pages will be being recorded during the course of the digitisation project.

Home of the digitised documentation will be a data centre from Rittal combining both energy efficiency and maximum flexibility, with Rittal’s IT infrastructure forming the project’s backbone.

Located next to the offices of the Vatican Library’s employees, the data centre floor plan and the construction were planned carefully and accurately by Rittal.

The draft plan included four sections; eight Rittal TS 8 server racks and four liquid cooling packages (LCP) units to be installed in each of them. Two of these sections have already been expanded during the first phase of the project. Climate control in the server racks is performed by LCP Inline units. Warm air is then transported via air/water heat exchangers to ensure the servers in the IT racks do not overheat.

Installed security, video surveillance and access control systems provide a high level of security for the archived data. Rittal’s Computer Multi Control (CMC III) monitoring system will guarantee the smooth operation of the data and report immediately any malfunctions such as a sudden rise in temperature in the server rack. An uninterrupted power supply will back up all four sections of the data centre to ensure the highest possible availability.The security concept is completed by Rittal’s RiZone management software application.