Friday, January 10, 2014

Video shows how to reduce power consumption in gas & oil sites!

Natural gas and oil wellhead application video

Moore Industries has released a new video showing how its HCS HART® Concentrator System saves money and time by consolidating wiring and reducing power consumption at remote natural gas and oil production sites. The video is available for viewing at the Moore Industries Interface Solution Video Library and uses a real-world example from a natural gas site to show the value of the HCS in these settings.

The video shows a typical natural gas wellhead set-up, which includes tanks that store liquid and gas remnants. These tanks need to be monitored by level transmitters while temperature, flow and pressure transmitters are at other points in the process, with signals sent to a Remote Terminal Unit (RTU).

Power is typically supplied by solar panels. All of these transmitters consume up to 20mA per measuring point, creating significant power needs and often requiring the use of large and expensive solar panels. Using the HCS allows up to 16 HART smart transmitters to be multidropped onto one twisted pair, locking the power consumption at 4mA. The HCS also solves issues relating to hazardous area wiring requirements when installed in conjunction with a HART-capable Intrinsically Safe barrier.

ISIS linear accelerator upgraded at RAL

Diversified Technologies, Inc., (DTI) has recently installed two solid-state switches at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) to eliminate numerous operating difficulties with their legacy systems and reduce operating costs.

RAL, one of the national scientific research laboratories in Britain, has been operating the ISIS Linear Accelerator since 1984. Recent tetrode switch tube failures, however, prompted them to replace their legacy, low power cathode modulators used on its 2 MW RF triodes with high power, solid-state anode modulators from Diversified Technologies, Inc.

DTI installed the solid-state switches between the power supplies and tetrode which prevented high fault energy from destroying the tetrode, saved approximately 25% in electricity costs, and increased the overall reliability of their older generation ISIS Linear Accelerator.

According to Michael Kempkes, DTI VP, “the solid-state switches are drop-in replacements. DTI specializes in modernizing any vacuum tube RF amplifier or transmitter such as Klystrons, TWTs, and magnetrons.”

Monday, January 6, 2014

Cataologue on enclosures, systems , climate control etc


Rittal’s new Catalogue 34 provides the essential product guide for industrial and IT solutions. Over 700 pages outline latest developments and acts as a comprehensive information resource about available product types, sizes, specifications, software and services, as well as a source of advice and support for customers.

Providing the complete solution for enclosures and enclosure systems, power distribution, climate control and IT Infrastructure across industry and IT applications, Rittal’s latest edition of the Catalogue turns the spotlight onto added value for customers.

Crystal clear navigation allows users to track down the right product in minimal time, make their final selection with ease, find out straight away what accessories are available and then place an order.

Web-based enterprise operations solution! #PAuto

Yokogawa has announced Release 10 of FAST/TOOLS® – the latest version of a web-based real-time operations management and visualisation software package that brings revolutionary changes to real-time process information intelligence. Originally developed in 1978 for a large gas collection, processing and distribution system in the Netherlands, FAST/TOOLS has evolved from SCADA and HMI software to an enterprise-wide solution used by Yokogawa customers worldwide in over 10,000 installations.

Main Features
1. Cost-effective Enterprise solutions where operator and engineering clients are served from FAST/TOOLS web servers without the requirement for external databases or thick clients. FAST/TOOLS architecture is very efficient on system resources, able to scale from small deployments of a hundred points to over a millions points enterprise solution with two hundred thousand points plus updates per second on a single server (based on actual deployments).

2. Information model (process hierarchy) - items (tags) can be segmented in up to 128 levels and 255 characters to better match enterprise topologies and naming conventions.

3. New RDBMS interfaces to the enterprise environment allows seamless bidirectional use of traditional database based information within FAST/TOOLS environment and process data within database environment.

4. Wireless mobility solution enhancements extend FAST/TOOLS support to portable touchscreen devices through HTML5 based displays that include process visualization, reporting, and trending.

5. Enhanced ProSafe-RS support for upstream oil and gas applications where it is now possible to easily support gas flow rate calculation functions in the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system and reporting and data retaining capabilities in FAST/TOOLS.

6. Distributed Temperature Sensing support for DTSX200 where advanced trending supports distance versus temperature in addition to temperature versus time to allow for accurate display of temperature in both linear (e.g., down hole) and three dimensional (e.g., wrapped LNG vessel) configurations.

Vice President Nobuaki Konishi, head of Yokogawa’s Industrial Automation Systems Business Division, had the following to say about the new release: “Based on the findings of design workshops with FAST/TOOLS users and developers, Yokogawa has embarked on a new approach to operation management. Version R10.01 offers significant enhancements in operator efficiency and application usability. More task-oriented menus, greater context sensitivity, and improved configuration frameworks will enable our customers to tailor applications that are a good fit with the way they work.”

Target Markets
Oil and gas upstream/midstream, petrochemicals, chemicals, renewable energy, power, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, food, iron and steel, water supply, wastewater treatment