Friday, March 25, 2016

Compact data acquisition system.

The Memograph M RSG45 Data Manager, from Endress+Hauser, is a compact device that can serve as a data acquisition system for small process control applications. The RSG45 acquires up to 14 discrete and 20 universal/HART analog inputs from process sensors, displays sensor data on its 7-inch multicolor TFT screen, records the data internally, performs math calculations and alarm checks, and transmits the data to a PC or any control system via Ethernet, RS232/485, Modbus, Profibus DP or PROFINET digital communication links. Data can also be stored to a device plugged into the USB or the SD port.

Inputs to the RSG45 include 4-20mA, 4-20mA with HART, voltage, RTD, thermocouple, pulse, frequency and current. The base unit can accommodate up to 14 discrete inputs, 2 analog outputs and 12 relay outputs. Up to five I/O cards can be added to the base unit, allowing up to 20 universal/HART analog inputs.

Data is stored in tamper-proof internal memory, on an SD card or on a USB stick—all of which fulfill the security requirements of FDA 21 CFR part 11. An integrated web server allows browser-based access to the unit via laptops, PCs, smartphones, tablets, handheld maintenance devices and remote systems.

The built-in Advanced Data Manager includes packages for mathematics, alarm functions, batch management, wastewater + RSB (rain spillway basin) applications, and energy calculations.

With the mathematics package, measured values of the inputs or the results of other math channels can be linked mathematically. Custom formulas with up to 200 characters can be created using a formula editor. The Telealarm function can activate relays in case of alarm conditions, and can also send emails or SMS messages to alert personnel of process alarms or other important process events.

Batch management software allows users to reliably record and visualize process data. User-definable or externally controlled analysis intervals can be configured for up to four batches simultaneously. Batches are assigned batch-specific values and the measured data, start, end and duration of every batch, along with the current batch status, are displayed on the device. At the end of the batch, a batch print-out is automatically sent to the device’s USB or network printer, or can be printed out on a connected PC.

The energy package allows users to calculate the mass and energy flow in water and steam applications on the basis of the flow, pressure, temperature or temperature difference input variables. Other energy calculations are also possible for glycol-based refrigerant media.

The RSG45 has a HART gateway function that allows direct access from PC configuration software to the field devices connected to the unit without the need for an additional HART modem or a loop interrupt. This allows configuration of the field devices to be done easily and quickly from the control room. With this feature, detailed instrument health status is available as well. This helps simplify maintenance and troubleshooting.

The RSG45 is a panel-mounted device with an optional 316L stainless steel front panel and touchscreen. The stainless steel front, along with mounting the unit in a pressurized enclosure system, makes the standard device appropriate for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. Since the RSG45 is protected against contamination, it fulfills hygienic requirements in the food & beverage and the life sciences industries.

The RSG45 has UL and ATEX approvals, meets IEC 60529 and 61010-1 requirements for protection and safety, and is available in an ATEX Ex p hazardous area version.

@Endress_Hauser  #PAuto 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Calibration best practices at Space Center.


The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Strategic Partner for Calibration, Beamex, Inc., have opened attendee registration for Calibration Best Practices: Interactive Workshop, which will be held Thursday, 18 August 2016 at the Space Center Houston in Houston (TX USA)

The jointly sponsored workshop will explore the latest insights, trends and best practices for process plant technicians and engineers seeking to improve calibration quality, safety, accuracy and efficiency. Instructors will discuss day-to-day challenges and how best to solve them through new and innovative strategies and advances in calibration technology—all designed to save time while achieving quality metrics and improving safety. 

Admission to Space Center Exhibit included
Workshop participants will benefit from a highly interactive learning approach, providing the practical skills and know-how needed to improve daily maintenance processes and tasks. The day of personalized instruction includes:
  • Hands-on temperature and pressure calibration training
  • Automated switch-testing demonstrations
  • Instrument calibration competitions (with prizes!)
  • An open forum to ask experts about complex calibrations
“ISA is excited to be co-hosting this unique event with our partner, Beamex,” says Jennifer Infantino Halsey, ISA’s Director of Marketing & Communications. “For several years now, ISA and Beamex have worked together to educate our members, customers and other professionals within the automation community on calibration techniques and technologies. This event is particularly valuable and attractive because it emphasizes hands-on skills training for real-world application and because it’s offered in such a stimulating and fascinating scientific environment.”

Limited numbers
Access to this event is limited, so interested persons are encouraged to register soon. The registration includes access to all presentations, breakfast and lunch as well as admission to the Space Center Plaza exhibit, including the full-scale engineering mockup and other artifacts of NASA’s Orion spacecraft and a stellar science show.

In addition to offering extensive education programs, a museum of space artifacts and exhibits, and space attractions, the Space Center Houston serves as a gateway for touring the NASA Johnson Space Center.

The calibration workshop will conclude at an all-inclusive evening networking reception at TopGolf, a local entertainment and event venue. 


 @BeamexGlobal #PAuto #TandM #Calibration #ISAuto

Wirelessly-monitored storage tank PVRVs.

Emerson Process Management has introduced the Enardo 850/950 series of wirelessly-monitored pressure vacuum relief valves (PVRVs) that provide safety and emissions control by managing the pressure in storage tanks in the oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.

“Until now, PVRVs have remained unmonitored, with no feedback loops commonly seen in other pressure control devices. As the tank’s primary pressure control device, this wirelessly-monitored solution can be invaluable,” said Steve Attri, product manager for Emerson Process Management.

The pressure in storage tanks fluctuates due to changes in temperature, liquid level, or both. A PVRV opens and closes in response to these pressure fluctuations to ensure that safe pressure levels are maintained. However, because these PVRVs are located on the top of storage tanks, they are difficult to monitor. Site managers are increasingly looking for ways to increase safety and efficiencies. Emerson’s new wireless solution enables immediate response to prevent problems related to safety, emissions, and the quality of a tank’s content.

@EmersonProcess  #PAuto 

Flare process control.

CyboSoft has developed a flare process control solution that can effectively control the flare vent gas heating value to meet EPA regulations. An MFA flare control system has been running in a plant for 1.5 years and achieved substantial economic benefits for the customer.
EPA is ramping up its enforcement actions to investigate illegal air emissions by industrial flares. Since EPA will want to see the flare net heating value data from the previous 5 years when they issue a Clean Air Act (CAA) section 114 letter, it is very important for all flare operators to install a real-time heating value sensor and control system to comply with the limits and save records.

CyboSoft CEO Dr. George Cheng said, "We have the technology, products, and experience in flare control and want to help the industry effectively control this complex and difficult process."

Most refinery and chemical plants operate flares to burn off waste gas for operational and safety reasons. The vent gas heating value of a flare must be monitored and controlled based on EPA 40CFR60.18 rules. For steam-assisted or air-assisted flares, the net heating value of the gas being combusted must be 300 Btu/scf or greater. When the waste gas heating value is below this limit, supplemental gas such as natural gas must be added to assure sufficient combustion and minimal emission. The MFA control system diagram illustrates a flare process and its key variables.

There are online calorimeters on the market that can determine the heating value or Wobbe-index of a gas in real-time. However, adding a heating value (HV) control loop can be a challenging task due to the following reasons: (1) There are large and varying time delays in the HV control loop; (2) The HV process is nonlinear in different operating conditions; (3) Multiple waste gas streams in a plant are sent to the flare stack, where stream flows can vary widely causing big disturbances to the heating value; (4) The HV of each waste gas stream may change widely under operating condition changes; and (5) Nitrogen is often used as purge gas to keep positive pressure in the vent pipe, making the process more complex.

"The flare process is difficult to control using conventional PID controllers. On the other hand, model-based control can be costly to develop and maintain. CyboSoft's Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control methods and products are well suited for this application and we are confident to say that it is the most cost-effective and robust control solution for flare processes," Dr. Cheng added.

• See the case study Model-Free Adaptive Control of Flare Heating Value Process here.


@CyboSoftGCG #PAuto 

Smart environmental monitor.

AcSoft Health & Safety has recently added the Greenbee ® Environmental Monitor from Azimut Monitoring to its portfolio of market-leading products. This cost effective Smart City environmental management system offers ease of installation, almost zero maintenance and low energy consumption.

AcSoft’s Greenbee® environmental monitor offers multi-sensor and permanent measurement. It allows simultaneous monitoring of various outdoor environmental parameters on a convenient 24/7 basis. These include noise, odour pollution, climate (temperature, relative humidity and wind speed and direction), photochemical and PM1 particulate matter.

The Greenbee® system is self-powered on solar panel and buffer battery, requiring no wiring. A special fixing mechanism means it can be easily installed on any upright stand.

Utilising a variety of Smart Technology, Greenbee® communicates via GPRS and continuously transfers collected data to Azimut Monitoring’s secure servers. It is linked to various web applications for relevant and contextual data exploitation.

A secure web portal called Agora allows data browsing for in-depth and long term analysis, whilst WebTV is a dynamic and optimised interface for screen display or website integration to facilitate promotion of environmental initiatives.

A warning can be transferred by SMS or email where there has been a threshold overrun for optimum reactivity in abnormal situations. Greenbee® can provide downloadable tailor made reports in CSV or html format through FTP link or collaborative platforms.

Azimut Monitoring’s Didier Dufournet comments: “We are delighted that AcSoft is now offering our popular Greenbee® Smart City environmental management system in the UK. Economic downturn resulted in a major drop in public funding for environmental monitoring solutions - considered expensive in terms of investment and operation. At the same time, awareness of the health risks associated with exposure to various noise and air pollution nuisances has continued to increase.

“However, the recent emergence of Big Data and Smart City initiatives has meant that environmental protection monitoring applications are now being successfully applied on a local and regional scale. This trend led to the development of our Greenbee® monitor.

“Importantly, it doesn’t offer over specified accuracy. It does boast ease of installation, low energy consumption, reduced size and weight, and close to zero maintenance requirements. It has already proved successful in monitoring high nuisance activities such as airports, construction, racing circuits and ports, as well as urban environmental management like noise observation, festivals and public safety.”

 @Acsoft_Sound #PAuto #Environment

Process Oxygen gas monitoring.

Quantitech has prepared a comprehensive White Paper on the measurement of Oxygen gas in furnaces and other industrial processes.

Click to download
Quantitech’s Craig Day says: “Oxygen gas concentration measurements are essential for the effective management of many industrial processes, providing an important indicator of combustion performance, fuel usage and process safety. In many processes, oxygen measurement enables process operators to monitor the progress of chemical reactions; thereby enabling optimisation of product yield.”

The White Paper explores the benefits of oxygen monitoring and examines the technologies available for continuous oxygen monitoring. These include Zirconia and Paramagnetic sensors and Tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS).

The relative merits of each technology are discussed and a number of applications for oxygen monitoring are discussed. These include: waste incineration, furnace control, sulphuric acid manufacture, process heaters / FCC regenerator off-gas in refineries, and re-heat furnaces and hot rolling mills in the iron & steel industry.

 @Quantitech #PAuto 

Explosion proof cabinets for field instrumentation in process plants.

Intertec has launched a new range of explosion proof cabinets to protect field instrumentation operating in hazardous areas.

Ex p explosion proof cabinets 
According to Klaus Dieter Meyer of Intertec, “There is a growing need for Ex p field protection cabinets and enclosures in the process sector. Analyzers are getting smaller and plant operators are keen to site these as close to the process as possible, in order to shorten sample lines and thereby improve the accuracy and speed of results processing. Our ability to create Ex p cabinets and enclosures of virtually any design and complexity provides system integrators with a very flexible and cost-effective solution.”

Available in a diverse range of standard sizes, as well as in custom shapes up to walk-in shelter size, the cabinets are certified for use in Zone 1 and Zone 2 hazardous areas. They are ideal for housing forward-placed analyzer equipment in industrial process facilities such as petrochemical/oil refineries and fertilizer production/storage plants, and also provide the possibility to install non-Ex rated analyzers and instrumentation inside Zone 1 or 2 classified environments.

Intertec’s pressurised explosion proof (Ex p) cabinets are constructed from GRP (glass reinforced polyester) composite materials. These materials are highly resistant to corrosion and have a similar strength to stainless steel, but are about 75 percent lighter, making them ideal for equipment containment and personnel shelter applications. They are especially suitable when robustness and rigidity need to be combined with low mass – such as on offshore platforms. They are also ideal for areas where there is a need to mitigate injury to personnel or damage to equipment, such as on sites where there is risk of an explosion.

GRP composite materials also have a much higher thermal resistance than metal. This simplifies the construction of cabinets that provide excellent insulation, greatly reducing the energy required to heat or cool the equipment. It also makes it easier to build cabinets without any thermally conductive links between their exterior and interior surfaces, thereby avoiding creating cold-spots which can lead to problems with condensation.

Intertec is capable of producing single-piece panels of GRP composite as large as 6 x 12 metres. This enables the company to create cabinets of virtually any size. The panels can be chemically bonded to create very tight sealing that prevents the ingress of hazardous gas and reduces the consumption of air, which is used to create the slight positive over-pressure needed for Ex p protection. Any requirement for special air locks to allow unfettered access to equipment inside the cabinet or shelter can be accommodated very easily.

The pressurised cabinets are equipped with a control unit that regulates the flow of inert purging gas or compressed air, and then monitors the pressure inside the cabinet to ensure that it is maintained slightly above atmospheric pressure by automatically compensating for any leakage losses. Intertec works with a number of controls manufacturers to equip its Ex p cabinets with the most appropriate type of purging and pressurisation systems.

Each partially equipped enclosure is then tested by Intertec at one of its manufacturing plants, before being delivered to the system integrator for installation of the analyzer instrumentation. Final safety testing of the complete unit is carried out at the integrator’s facility, prior to its installation at the customer’s site. Intertec is certified by various competent bodies – including PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) – to perform the necessary compliance testing.

 #Intertec #PAuto #Ex

Industrial emissions for examination in Lisbon!

CEM 2016, the international industrial emissions monitoring event, is scheduled to run over three days in Lisbon (PT) from 18th to 20th May. Organiser Marcus Pattison says: “CEM 2016 is a technical event, providing an opportunity for experts to share knowledge and experience in order to further improve the accuracy, relevance and reliability of industrial emissions monitoring.”

Comprised of a technical conference and an international exhibition, CEM 2016 (www.cem.uk.com) is the 12th in a series of events that began in 1997. Since that time, the event has taken place in a variety of countries including Britain, Netherlands, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic and Turkey. However, Marcus says: “The objective has always been the same; CEM events were created to provide the latest information on technologies, methods, applications, legislation and standards in relation to the measurement of atmospheric pollutants including particulates, SO2, NOx, CO, CO2, VOCs, trace pollutants and greenhouse gases.”

The Conference will feature speakers from 13 countries and the Exhibition will include over 50 of the world’s leading providers of measurement technology and analytical services, in addition to regulators and standards organisations. As a result, visitors to CEM 2016 will be able to access the latest help and advice on the regulations that affect their sector, the methods that apply to their processes, the applicable standards and the latest technologies for achieving accurate reliable measurement data that meets the requirements of their environmental permit.

• Registration is now open, and delegates are able to register for single days or for the whole event, which runs over 2½ days. An early-bird rate applies to registrations until 15th April. For those visitors that only wish to visit the Exhibition and poster presentations, a small daily fee applies, which includes lunch and refreshments.

Summarising Marcus says: “With reference to air pollution and climate change, the automotive industry is keen to highlight the significance of industrial emissions, so it is vital that industry continues to provide ‘real-world’ data that can be trusted, and CEM 2016 is designed to help achieve that goal. We are therefore greatly looking forward to welcoming the emissions monitoring world to Lisbon in May 2016.”

#CEM2016 #Environment #Emissions #PAuto

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Pharma & Biopharm experts to discuss MES.

Following an invitation of Werum IT Solutions America, experts of leading pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies will meet at the 14th North American PAS-X User Group Meeting on May 12th and 13th 2016 in NJ USA.

The MES user conference is the most important annual meeting of PAS-X users in the U.S. and of great value to all participants. “Leading industry experts are discussing the latest trends and challenges facing the FDA regulated industry,” states Benjamin Pieritz, Senior Vice President Operations of Werum IT Solutions America, Inc. “PAS-X users present their best-practice MES implementations and benefit from exchanging experiences with their peers.”

With PAS-X 3.1.8, Werum will demonstrate the latest version of its market-leading PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. PAS-X 3.1.8 unites best in class MES features on latest technology platforms and addresses current trends in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Werum’s customers also have the opportunity to register for PAS-X classes during which Werum consultants explain how to leverage existing PAS-X features and how to incorporate new features into the customer’s processes.

 @Werum #USA


Sales appointment for noise and vibration company.

Svantek is continuing to expand its workforce and has announced the appointment of Debra Gill to the newly created position of Internal Sales Executive.

Debra Gill
Debra brings a wealth of sales and telemarketing experience to her new role. Prior to joining Svantek, she was Sales and Telemarketing Executive at Asphalt Reinforcement Services where she was pivotal in helping achieve a 44% increase in sales. She also spent four years as Marketing and Advertising Co-ordinator at Turpin Barker Armstrong.

In line with Svantek’s ambitious growth plan, Debra will be responsible for business development and strategic account management whilst providing administrative and prospecting support to the British field sales team.

@Svantek_UK #PAuto 

Reducing cyber threats!

Emerson Process Management’s DeltaV™ version 12.3 distributed control system (DCS) and its security project and engineering support services is the first to pass the Achilles Practices Certification (APC) annual recertification of security best practices. Wurldtech, a GE Company, and a leader in cybersecurity solutions for operational technology environments, performed the audit in certifying mission-critical connected systems, devices and practices. The IEC 62443-2-4 standard defines security requirements to be used by integration and maintenance service providers of industrial automation and control systems.

Because cyber threats facing its users are constantly evolving, Emerson is driven to meet APC annual recertification by updating its DeltaV DCS with system hardening and well-informed cybersecurity service offerings. By undergoing Wurldtech’s annual recertifications, Emerson can further deepen its cybersecurity processes and practices, development, testing, commissioning, maintenance and support throughout the DeltaV lifecycle.

Supporting industry standard security requirements set by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Wurldtech created its certification programme to independently verify that manufacturer policies and practices meet or exceed IEC 62443-2-4 requirements.

"Wurldtech Achilles Practices Certification is the cybersecurity certification most widely requested by our customers,” said Emerson Process Management’s chief strategic officer Peter Zornio. “Achieving Achilles Practices Certification demonstrates Emerson’s commitment to help our customers meet current and emerging international cybersecurity standards and regulations. Most importantly, this assists them in protecting their process and assets.”

“Best-in-class companies are proactively taking steps to comply with security industry standards. We congratulate Emerson on achieving this benchmark,” said Nate Kube, chief technology officer and founder of Wurldtech. “By recertifying its DeltaV system and its service practices for project engineering and support, Emerson can better address cybersecurity needs through globally recognised standards.”

@EmersonProcess #PAuto @Wurldtech #Cybersecurity

Fibre optic connector!

Fischer Connectors has launched its new single fiber optic connector (FO1) within its Fischer FiberOptic Series. This miniature, lightweight, rugged connectivity solution is easy to use and ensures premium performance even in harsh environments.

The FO1 connector is available either in pre-configured reels or integrated into custom assemblies for applications in instrumentation, sensing, defense and broadcasting – to name only a few of the various fields for which this new product is ideally suited.

Combined miniaturization and robustness
The new connector fulfills the growing market need for higher data transmission rates over long distances, while reducing space and guaranteeing performance by means of rugged miniature solutions.

The FO1 connector integrates fully into the existing Fischer FiberOptic Series, well-known for its robust and faultless optical performances in any conditions, combined with easy use, cleaning and maintenance even in the field. UPC & APC polishing reduces insertion and return losses, making devices more secure, while IP68 sealing provides highly valuable device protection. The push-pull locking system allows quick and easy connections and disconnections, making these connectors ideally suited for outdoor environments. The removable sleeve holder (monobloc mate adapter) ensures that end faces can be cleaned easily, keeping electronics in top condition.

More flexibility for more efficiency
“We’ve extended our Fischer FiberOptic Series bearing our customers’ needs for flexibility and efficiency in mind”, says Christopher Martin, FiberOptic Product Manager at Fischer Connectors. “The product line’s main benefits – high optical stability in harsh environments, robustness, and ease of use, cleaning and maintenance – remain the same. But we’ve designed this smaller product to be even lighter and more flexible so that it’s easy to integrate into existing solutions, saving time and money for our customers.” As a reminder, the Fischer FiberOptic Series already includes two versions: a rugged fiber optic connector with two or four fibers, and a rugged hybrid connector with two fiber channels and two electrical contacts.

Selecting fiber optic solutions made easy
The FO1 connector can be pre-configured with Fischer FiberOptic Series reels of any required length, a convenient and flexible turnkey solution. To enable customers to choose the right connectivity solution for their specific needs, Fischer Connectors also provides a user-friendly request form that guarantees the mistake-proof configuration of cable assemblies.

@FischerConnect #PAuto 

Food & Pharma symposium almost doubles in size!

ISA conducted its third annual Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) Symposium last week in Cork, Ireland. This year's event—first time held outside of North America—draws nearly twice as many attendees as previous year, says ISA in this account. 

• Read-out's own account on this event is here: Food & Phramaceutical Futures.

Nearly 240 professionals within the automation and control field and the pharmaceutical and food industries gathered last week in Cork, Ireland to explore solutions to automation challenges in food processing and drug manufacture and distribution.

ISA President Jim Keaveney & Ireland Section
President Alan Batemen at the Symposium
The 2016 ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) Symposium, held 14-15 March, outlined best-practice approaches in automation to leaders of pharmaceutical and food processing companies seeking to improve quality, safety, reliability, profitability, cost control and production throughput. The turnout nearly doubled the attendance of last year’s event, which was held in Philadelphia, (PA USA).

This year’s technical program featured 40 technical presentations and the perspectives of 33 subject matter experts. Particular attention was given to how automation can help solve key, front-and-center challenges—such as meeting regulatory requirements, reducing manufacturing costs, and countering security threats—and the role of automation technology and innovation in addressing longer-term global dynamics and demands.

“This was truly an internationally focused event because it tackled the significant issues and trends in automation affecting the food and pharmaceutical industries on a global scale,” emphasized André Michel, President of Efficient Plant, Inc., and the Director of ISA’s Food and Pharmaceutical Division. “The technical presentations and content honed in on the vital concerns of attendees and how they can be overcome.”

Michel added that ISA’s Ireland Section played a key role in promoting the event locally and attracting a large base of attendees. 

Billy Walsh, chair of ISA’s Assembly of Operational Department Vice Presidents and a member of the Society’s Executive Board, said the event brought together a wide range of global experts—across end user and vendor communities and from industry research and development—that were eager to "exchange leading-edge viewpoints and ideas.” 

Conference sessions covered a wide range of essential topics, including:
  • Serialization
  • Track and Trace
  • Data integrity
  • Digitization
  • Cybersecurity
  • Automation/biotech
  • Process optimization
  • Automation to Survive – Industry 4.0
  • Equipment effectiveness
  • Jim Keaveney, ISA President,
    was presented  with a shamrock
    by Cork Mayor, Claire Cullinane.
    The event was held just prior to
    Ireland's national day
    St Patrick's Day
  • Alarm management
Other highlights of the event included:
  • Featured presentations by two visionary experts in automation and control: Paul McKenzie, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Global Biologics Manufacturing & Technical Services at Biogen; and Peter Martin, Ph.D., Vice President and Fellow at Schneider Electric Company.

    Dr. McKenzie’s presentation, titled “Driving Change through Innovation and Standards,” discussed the importance of process and product innovation geared to customer value and standards-based thinking on product lifecycle management and partnership models.

    Dr. Martin’s presentation, titled “Innovation and a Future Perspective on Automation and Control,” investigated: the different levels of innovation; why industrial automation and control may be at an inflection point leading to inspirational innovation; and the prospects of performance improvements for food and pharmaceutical companies.
  • A welcome address to attendees given by Cork County Mayor Councillor Claire Cullinane.
  • A vendor exhibit featuring the products and services of 28 leading companies. Eleven sponsors and eight media partners supported the symposium.
  • The opportunity to gain professional development hours (PDHs).
ISA’s 2017 FPID Symposium is tentatively scheduled to take place in Boston, (MA USA) during March of next year. Symposium organizers are already recruiting volunteers, participants and speakers for the event.

“Given the great success of this year’s event, many of the attendees, speakers and exhibitors I met with are very much looking forward to the 2017 symposium in Boston,” said Declan Lordan, Marketing and Sales Director at Douglas Control & Automation and a long-time ISA volunteer leader in Ireland.


#FPID16 #ISAuto #PAuto

3 Phase logger.

Fluke has introduced the 1738 Three-Phase Power Logger which offers extensive power quality and energy measurements, making it an ideal tool for conducting energy studies, power quality logging and wireless logging of associated analogue data. The Fluke 1738 is enabled with the Fluke Connect® app and the new, optional Fluke Connect Assets software, making it an ideal test tool for storing, archiving and tracking power quality measurement data. Other Fluke Connect 3000 Series modules can be connected to the Fluke 1738 to simultaneously log up to two other measurement parameters.

This Three-Phase Power Logger features an optimised user interface and an intelligent measurement verification function designed to reduce measurement errors by digitally verifying and correcting common connection errors. Setup can be further simplified by powering the logger directly from the measured circuit. The standard flexible current probes cover most applications, and optional current measuring accessories offer the ability to measure very low currents or up to 6,000A on larger conductors.

As part of the family of Fluke Connect tools, technicians can wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smartphones for secure storage on the Fluke Connect® Cloud and for team access from the field.* With the Fluke Connect smartphone app, the data from the power logger can be viewed from a safe distance, reducing the need for protective equipment, site visits, and check-ins.

It
will automatically capture and log more than 500 power quality parameters to give technicians and engineers more visibility into the data needed to make better power quality and energy consumption decisions. It can capture and log voltage, current, power, harmonics, and associated power quality values to deliver comprehensive data for load studies, energy assessments, harmonic measurements, and voltage event. The included Fluke Energy Analyze Plus software provides detailed analysis of energy consumption and power quality and generates reports automatically.

All three phases and neutral can be measured using the four flexible current probes. More than twenty separate logging sessions can be stored on the instrument. All measured values are automatically logged so that measurement trends are not lost: they can be reviewed during logging sessions, and before downloading, for on-the-go analysis.

The bright, colour touch-screen enables convenient in-the-field analysis and data checks with full graphical displays. The instrument provides event waveform snapshots, along with date and timestamp, to capture dips and swells and help pinpoint root causes of power quality issues. The Fluke 1738 has 600V CAT IV / 1000V CAT III safety ratings.

@FlukeCorp #TandM #PAuto

Monday, March 21, 2016

Improving accuracy by matching PRT to transmitter!

One method to eliminate 85% of the interchangeability error in a measurement system is to use a Burns PRT in conjunction with a transmitter that has matching capability.

The Burns T-Series Transmitters with matching capability allow a specific R vs. T relationship to be entered into the transmitter software. In the case of an analog transmitter, the potentiometers for zero and span are adjusted to match the unique PRT resistance at the end points of the range. This method will nearly eliminate the interchangeability error, however, errors due to calibration and some external influence effects will still be present.

When the matched calibration option is specified there is no need to select a PRT with a tight interchangeability because the actual R vs. T relationship, which is determined by a comparison calibration, is used to calibrate the transmitter. A less expensive Grade B sensor can be specified. The table below shows the improvement in accuracy that can be achieved using this method.

Example of system accuracy for a process with a critical temperature of 121°C using a transmitter with .10°C accuracy. transmitter with .10°C accuracy.

As can be seen, the matched sensor and transmitter accuracy of ± 0.11°C is over three times better than a standard grade A sensor with ± 0.35°C accuracy and seven times better than the grade B sensor. This differential gets larger as the temperature increases or decreases from 0°C.

If high accuracy in your process measurement is needed,  a matched calibration of a Burns PRT and transmitter is certainly a method to consider.

• Burns Engineering products are marketed in Ireland through Irish Power & Process.

 @TempTalk #PAuto @irishpwrprocess