Friday, May 5, 2017

Flowmeter output growth requires new facilities.

The market for high-quality flowmeters has been growing for decades, with the name Endress+Hauser Flowtec AG in Reinach, (CH), closely linked to the last 40 years. “The new facility, finished to coincide with our company anniversary, is a symbol of this growth as well as a commitment to our production and business location in the Basel region,” says Managing Director Dr Bernd-Josef Schäfer.

1977
Endress+Hauser Flowtec’s success story began in the middle of the 1970s. In order to enter the water and wastewater market that was emerging at that time, Endress+Hauser acquired the company ‘Flowtec’ in Bern in 1977. The production of flowmeters in former military barracks in Reinach, Switzerland, started with only three employees. In the meantime, Endress+Hauser Flowtec has become a global company with over 1,700 employees.

Work was done on demand during the company’s founding years. “Whereas today,” points out Bernd-Josef Schäfer, “our production with its state-of-the-art technology and logistics spans six sites across the globe in Switzerland, France, the USA, India, China, and for the last five years in Brazil. This infrastructure has enabled us to produce three million flowmeters to date in accordance with the required quality standards.”

Sustained growth requires new facilities
For decades, demand for high-quality flowmeters in the process industry has shown no signs of slowing down. Liquids and gases that are transported through pipelines in massive quantities every day need to be measured and billed with greater accuracy than ever before – primarily due to increasingly stringent regulations and growing demand for quality across the globe. “In addition, there are process requirements that vary greatly depending on the industry. For this reason, we need to offer our customers a much wider range of flowmeters today than was the case 20 or 30 years ago. This requires further development of our measuring devices as well as the expansion of our production locations,” explains Bernd-Josef Schäfer.

2017
The new facility in Reinach has been built at the cost of 50 million Swiss francs. This recently completed extension offers an additional 25,000 square meters of space for offices and production, which brings the facility to a total of 74,500 square meters. “This enabled us to restructure the individual production lines and make them significantly more effective. This allows for greater efficiency in the use of expensive machinery and equipment now,” says Schäfer. Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG, the competence center for process automation and digital communication, is also housed in the new facility.

The new facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art building technology, in particular with a comprehensive energy management system and a photovoltaic system with approximately 3,000 square meters of usable space – one of the largest in the Canton of Basel-Landschaft. This means that nearly 500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity can be produced annually under optimal conditions, corresponding to the requirement of 100 single-family homes. Overall, Endress+Hauser Flowtec fulfills 5 percent of its own power requirement with this solar system.

Constant innovation guarantees customer satisfaction
The success of Endress+Hauser Flowtec is based on many factors. “For over 40 years, we have continuously managed to stay one step ahead of the competition,” says Schäfer. “Innovative products and sophisticated production methods enable us to focus continuously on the needs of the future. Digitalization and the Industrial Internet of Things, for example, offer completely new perspectives for comprehensive and reliable process control, which we hope will help us to sustain long-term growth.”

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto #Switzerland

The environment in Britain post Brexit!

Lord Whitty has been announced as the opening speaker of the Air Quality and Emissions Conference at AQE 2017 in Telford (GB). The two day event will start on Wednesday 24th May with Lord Whitty’s presentation covering ‘Environmental Protection Legislation in the Post-Brexit Era.'

 The Rt Hon. the Lord Whitty
“AQE 2017 was created to underpin the monitoring that makes environmental protection effective,” says organiser Marcus Pattison. “The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has created significant levels of uncertainty, so AQE attendees will be very interested to hear Lord Whitty’s views; not least because every other aspect of AQE 2017 is focused on the implementation of environmental protection regulations.”

Lord Whitty is Chair of Environmental Protection UK (EPUK), a national charity providing expert policy analysis and information on air quality. He is also a Labour peer sitting in the House of Lords since 21 October 1996, and has held the governmental positions of Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Food, Farming and Sustainable Energy) (2003 to 2005), and Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (2001 to 2003). He has been a non-executive director of the Environment Agency (2006 – 2012) and has also served on parliamentary committees addressing issues such as environmental protection, climate change, science and technology.

Registration for AQE 2017 is now open, with free entry to the Exhibition and Workshops, and a small charge for attending the conferences. Registered attendees will also receive free parking, lunch and refreshments.

#AQE2017 #Pauto #Environment

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Contacts in no time.

Wires and cables often have to be connected to copper busbars when manufacturing control gear and switchgear systems. The conventional approach is time-consuming and uses screw clamps or fixed conductor connection clamps. With a new generation of maintenance-free conductor connection clamps utilizing push-in technology, Rittal now offers the fastest method of easily and securely connecting conductors to busbars.

Push-in clamps have a whole host of advantages, including extremely quick and easy cable connection. The maintenance-free clamps can be used for many different types of conductors. Rittal has developed a new generation of conductor connection clamps so as to extend these benefits to busbar systems. This means panel builders and switchgear manufacturers will be able to connect cables and wires directly to busbars. The new push-in conductor connection clamps are available in two clamping ranges, 0.5 – 4 mm2 and 1.5 – 16 mm2, and for copper busbars 5 and 10 mm thick in each clamping range.

The push-in conductor connection clamps enable quick and easy attachment to the busbar. The stripped end of the conductor is connected to the busbar simply by pushing it into the clamping space. The initial benefits take effect as soon as the clamp is attached. For one thing, a separate spring mechanism holds the clamp in place on the busbar. For another, the spring optimises conductivity by removing oxide layers that have formed on the busbar. The integral contact block with its defined and raised contact points applies optimum contact pressure.

The second spring inside the clamp ensures secure clamping. Quick and easy insertion into the clamping space against the spring pressure is achieved for solid, multi-wire and ultrasonic welding conductors and also fine wire conductors with wire end ferrules. Designs with twin wire end ferrules can also be connected.

The new push-in conductor connection clamp can reduce potential defects such as incorrect compression/torques and clamp loosening. The maintenance-free design makes the system more reliable and cuts the costs of subsequent maintenance work.

The new push-in conductor connection clamp can be used for numerous applications, such as connecting protective and neutral conductors to busbars. Short circuit-resistant voltage taps on the copper bars of a main busbar system are a further area of use. It is also possible to make string distributors or distributor blocks with a large number of connector clamps for outgoing cables.

Thanks to its numerous UL and IEC certifications, the new conductor connection clamp can be used worldwide. This new development is also approved for use in maritime and offshore applications.

@Rittal #PAuto

IO-Link® communication option on platform!

The ASCO Numatics 580 Series fieldbus electronics platform has been expanded by Emerson with the introduction of an IO-Link® communication option. For use with the ASCO Numatics 500 Series valve islands, the new IO-Link module will allow machine automation designers a convenient, cost effective and reliable solution for solenoid valve control through direct digital data communication with the machine controller plus the ability for event-based and I/O mapped diagnostics – both important predictive maintenance requirements for Industry 4.0.

The 580 Series IO-Link is compatible with the full range of 501, 502 and 503 Series valve islands which offer from 400 to 1400 l/min flow rates in valve sizes of 11, 18 and 26 mm. Now available with base-plates that allow two pressure sizes to be combined in one convenient assembly, simplifying installation and allowing valve piloting and pneumatic systems from the same island. The modular range offers the market’s highest flow capability for its product size, keeping machine footprints compact and lowering system costs. A comprehensive range of options are available for complete application flexibility.

IO-Link is gaining increased popularity for automation systems, offering an internationally standardised I/O technology (IEC 61131-9) for communication at the sensor/actuator level in machine control. The ASCO Numatics 580 Series IO-Link module offers many advantages such as simple commissioning with unshielded 3-wire comms connection and 4- or 5-pin industry standard M12 connectors for power and communications. In addition to increased machine availability through enhanced diagnostics, further benefits include parameter setting with IO-Link’s integral device description protocol (IODD) plus simple configuration parameter update and uncomplicated component exchange. When used with the 500 Series valve islands and a compatible IO-Link master, a modular distributed I/O topology is easily achieved for up to 32 solenoid outputs per master in addition to third-party sensors, relays and other field level components.

IO-Link is independent of upper level fieldbus systems and is available for almost all major fieldbus protocols available today. This neutrality allows OEM’s to choose their preferred supplier for top-level machine controls - and automation machine upgrade or expansion costs can also be kept to a minimum by using existing PLC controls whilst increasing field level functionality. Programmers can also benefit from IO-Link’s impressive capabilities – I/O mapped diagnostics make for simplified PLC control and event based diagnostics offer cloud processing of the data via a compatible master.

The 580 Series IO-Link is ideally suited to distributed machine architectures where sensors and pneumatic systems are located close to each other and where high reliability digital data communication between field devices and the machine controller is desirable. Applications include but are not restricted to conveying and robotics, pick and place and assembly machines, and all areas of packaging machinery.

@EmersonIndAuto #PAuto @ASCOValve

CEO for leader in electromagnetic compatibility & power quality appointed!

The Board of Directors of Schaffner Holding has appointed Marc Aeschlimann (48) CEO of the Schaffner Group. He will take up this position on 1 November 2017 at the latest. Until Marc Aeschlimann takes over operational management of the Schaffner Group, Kurt Ledermann, CFO and interim CEO, will ensure the continuity of Group management.

Marc Aeschlimann
Marc Aeschlimann from Switzerland, has an MSc in electrical engineering from ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and an MBA from Marshall Business School, University of Southern California. After completing his studies at ETH Zurich, he spent several years as a consultant at Helbling Management Consulting. Between 2002 and 2011, he held various management roles at the Franke Group, including five years in China as Head of Food Service Systems for the Asia, Pacific & Middle East region, and later as CEO of Franke Coffee Systems. From 2011 to 2013, he was CEO of energy technology company Pfiffner Messwandler AG.

He is currently CEO of the R&S Group, based in Sissach, (Basel Land, CH). The R&S Group is active internationally in electrical components for power distribution and electrical infrastructure, as well as in its core products transformers, circuit breakers and switches for medium- to high-voltage applications, which are marketed primarily in Europe and the Middle East. It has eight distribution and production locations in various countries.

@SchaffnerGroup #PAuto 

Controller certified against cyberattack.


The Secure Control and Communications (SCC) controller, from Bedrock Automation, has received Achilles certification from GE Digital. The Bedrock SCC, the first industrial controller with intrinsic cyber security protection, has achieved Achilles Level 2 Certification for communications robustness testing (CRT).

"“Compliance with cyber security standards is a fundamental objective of our platform. In 2016 we completed certification of the most extreme cyber hardening standard, MIL-STD-461G for EMP immunity, and have now completed Achilles CRT. This year we are focused on completing ISA Secure, as well as Achilles for secure IIoT communications to our field power and UPS products”," said Albert Rooyakkers, Bedrock Automation founder and CEO.

The Achilles® Test Platform helps manufacturers of mission critical infrastructure solutions ensure that their products are less vulnerable to cyberattacks. It tests communications robustness of networks and operational parameters, identifying vulnerabilities and reproducing, isolating, and resolving faults that cause them. The Bedrock SCC has achieved Achilles Level 2 certification.

Bedrock Automation joins nine of the top ten global automation vendors in using Achilles test products to verify and validate performance under real-world conditions, such as denial of service (DoS) attacks. The test battery is based on extensive experience in working with critical infrastructure systems and with manufacturers of devices that automate them.

"With the connectivity of devices continuing to increase at a rapid pace, there is a critical need to better understand potential vulnerabilities and ways to eliminate them. By using the Achilles Test Platform and earning the Achilles Communication Certification, Bedrock has demonstrated its commitment to network robustness testing and improving the quality of its products. We congratulate Bedrock on this milestone," said Felicia Nicastro, Senior Cyber Security Director at GE Digital.

@BedrockAuto #PAuto @GE_Digital #Cybersecurity

Eight port Gigabit Ethernet Switch!

The LDD-ES8, a Customisable Gigabit Ethernet Switch module for industrial, commercial and building automation data services has been introduced by LDD Technology.

“Our LDD-ES8 Gigabit Ethernet Switch is an excellent example of how our extensive custom design experience for many different clients can be used to create a flexible standard solution for many applications” states Malcolm Locke, Managing Director of LDD Technology.

The standard LDD-ES8 module is an 8 port unmanaged Ethernet Switch on a PC/104-Plus form factor intended for use in embedded applications. It features a high performance, low latency, switch able to handle full-rate gigabit packets on all ports simultaneously. Auto-negotiation allows each port to operate at 10/100/1000 Mbits with dual LEDs per port to indicate negotiated speed and link activity. Power is provided from the PC/104 stack or through a Molex Microclasp connector. The LDD-ES8 module is designed for fully independent operation but a USB port is provided to allow monitoring of port performance if required. Power consumption is typically 5W with all ports operating at 1 Gbit/sec.

The LDD-ES8 Gigabit Ethernet switch was developed in response to a number of enquiries for custom designed products from customers who had been unable to find suitable off-the-shelf products which met their performance, footprint and end product life requirements.

LDD Technology is able to offer an efficient and cost-effective customisation service in the event that customers require a design with a different number of ports or in a different form factor. The module has been designed using programmable FPGA technology which offers end users a further range of customisation options not normally found on competitive products based on dedicated devices with limited programmability. This allows customers the option of including the functionality of the standard Ethernet Switch into other designs which may require Ethernet switching as part of a more complex system with additional interfaces or processing being included in the FPGA as required.

#LDD_Technology #PAuto

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New norms a lift for tall buildings!

If we are to believe what experts from the CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) are telling us, the future of building technology is going to rise to new heights. During the next ten years, the number of buildings over 200 meters tall is forecasted to double, and by the year 2020, the number of skyscrapers over 600 metres will surge from two to ten. The estimation made by the CTBUH is further supported by the clear megatrend to urbanisation throughout the world.

At the same time, the market for high speed lifts is growing enormously. Meanwhile, safety standards for lift design and operation are continuously being raised. Starting on 1 September, the EN 81-1 and EN 81-2 norms for lifts will be replaced by EN 81-20 and EN 81-50.

What is the detailed impact of adapting to the new norms? The goal is even better protection for passengers and maintenance personnel. As well as flame-retardant cars and improved protection against pinching by lift doors, larger refuge spaces for maintenance personnel have to be created in the shaft pit and on the cabin roof. Here, Hengstler can use the H-480 safety relay to its full advantage, to give maximum support to lift manufacturers as they adapt to the future safety guidelines.

The new product family of safety relays was developed with the customers’ needs foremost in mind and taking the requirements of each different market into account. The heat dissipation from the relays has been significantly reduced, thanks to the low coil power. Insulation between each of the relay's six contacts has also been reinforced. One major advantage, appreciated above all by designers, is its low height. This opens up a range of new choices when selecting suitable printed circuit boards. The different available pin arrangements enable a variety of options, including the use of already existing PCB layouts, which help satisfy the requirement for 2nd source supplier solutions. Higher and higher buildings are being built in a huge variety of places across the globe. Whether in the hot deserts of Saudi Arabia or the cold regions of Russia, lift technology has to function reliably everywhere. Hengstler safety relays easily satisfy this requirement. The ambient temperature can range from -25 to +75 °C.

In future, even more people will ride in faster and faster lifts. To ensure that passengers and maintenance personnel are transported safely depends on high quality and reliable components. For safe opening and closing of lift doors, they must only be enabled when the car is stopped. At the same time, fast entry and exit is becoming more and more important. This trend is referred to as comfort control. It allows the lift doors to open a few centimetres before the final stop position, to enable faster passenger changeover. This dynamic and yet safe type of control is naturally supported by Hengstler safety relays.

For maintenance personnel to inspect the lift shaft when performing maintenance, they must be able to operate the lift with the cabin door open. For this purpose, it has to be possible to disable the safety systems. During normal operation, this safety loophole is blocked by a safety relay, but when operating the lift with doors open, maintenance personnel can still stop the lift at any time by pressing the emergency stop button.

Riding in a lift has never been faster, more efficient or more comfortable. And in future, new records in terms of speed and traffic numbers will be set. Safety relays have a special role to play in safely transporting passengers and maintenance personnel. With H-480, Hengstler's newest family of relays, lift manufacturers can avail of the latest components, capable of handling all today’s and future requirements.

#Hengstler @CTBUH #BAS

Select I/O and digital marshalling.

ABB has launched a new addition to its automation platform ABB Ability™ System 800xA; a redundant Ethernet based single channel I/O system called Select I/O. Select I/O supports ABB’s next generation project execution model called Intelligent Projects that provides efficiency improvement for automation projects, as well as faster start-ups while decreasing complexity, project delays and cost overruns.
“The cornerstones of ABB’s Intelligent Projects execution model are efficient cloud engineering, digital marshalling, standardization and automated data management,” says ABB’s Dan Overly Head of Product Management – Oil, Gas and Chemicals. “With the release of Select I/O, all of the data points that make up a project, whether hardwired to the control system or part of an integrated electrical substation, are now able to be digitally marshalled into the System 800xA architecture. Thus making it possible to execute projects more efficiently by decoupling tasks and becoming more resilient to late changes; delivering projects faster and more cost effectively.”

Select I/O allows users to install standardized cabinets with the bases for field wiring early during a project, then select the type of I/O much later. It digitally marshals signals instead of using space and labor intensive marshalling panels and allows loop checks to be done before the rest of the system is delivered. This minimizes the impact of late changes and allows for project tasks to be done in parallel, which reduces project schedules.

The Select I/O solution’s network is connected via an Ethernet Fieldbus Communication Interface (FCI) with embedded redundant switches and uses individual Signal Conditioning Modules (SCMs) for process and safety I/O. In addition to being field ready with temperature ratings of -40 to 70 degrees Celsius and having galvanic isolation per channel, each SCM is current limited and has a unique ‘field disconnect’ mode for added protection and flexibility. Line monitoring DIs, SOE and high current options are also available to reduce the need for ancillary third party equipment which aids in I/O cabinet standardization.

The redundant Ethernet FCI of Select I/O makes this solution even more flexible and useful for all projects. In addition to being used for Select I/O, the FCI can accept System 800xAs’ multi-channel S800 I/O allowing the user to select the I/O solution that best fits the application.

“With this extension of the ABB AbilityTM System 800xA offering our customers get many new cost saving opportunities for their automation projects. The flexibility that Select I/O brings with it will certainly change the way of executing projects.” says Ilpo Ruohonen, BU Managing Director Control Technologies.

ABB AbilityTM System 800xA and its extended automation concept has over 10,000 installations world-wide, in practically every industry, automating processes, controlling and monitoring electrical equipment, and reducing risk through high integrity safety systems. Now, through its integration capabilities and flexible I/O solutions, it’s taking the drama out of automation projects and removing them from the critical path.

@ABBgroupnews #PAuto @ABBUKInst 

Low-current power distribution.

Manufacturers are moving away from stand-alone power distribution enclosures for individual control units. Instead, they are looking to create an overarching system within a single enclosure, serving multiple controllers – each one assigned to a specific machine. The new Rittal RiLine Compact, designed for control units that require a maximum current of 125 A, addresses this need. Despite its size, the busbar system distributes power effectively and reliably, in compliance with all applicable standards. The innovative technology is ideal for small switchgear and controllers, and for direct integration into plant and equipment.

RiLine Compact marks Rittal’s entry into a new market segment for low-current power distribution. Currently, most systems designed for up to 125 A feature comb busbars or conventional wiring. However, this type of wiring devours time and effort, and can result in numerous individual connections – and a confusing configuration. Moreover, the drawback of comb busbars is that they vary by manufacturer and design type, and are not standardised and modular. And busbar systems are rare below 125 A, meaning many have a highly customised configuration, making assembly and installation complex and time-consuming.

All-round contact hazard protection
RiLine Compact comprises a board with busbars entirely enclosed in covers that safeguard against unintentional contact. A connection can be easily established anywhere along the length of a busbar via a series of access apertures (called the pitch pattern) in the board. Switchgear and control units can be simply “plugged in” using a variety of adaptors. In addition, a adapter for connection to round conductors is available, as well as a variety of functional modules for motor and power control.

One of RiLine Compact’s primary strengths is that it can be rapidly configured, assembled and installed. The main board and diverse components can be securely mounted without the need for tools. Because the entire system is shielded by covers, users are protected against live parts. This enhances safety for operators and for the system as a whole. Furthermore, it saves time and cuts costs.

@Rittal #PAuto

Academic performance rewarded.

Ciarán Nugent and Ronan Byrne  both received the 'David Berber Mitsubishi Electric Award' at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Student Award Ceremony recently.
Awardees Christopher Dunne, Ronan Byrne and Ciarán Nugent with Ciarán Moody of  Mitsubishi Electric
This award is named in memory of David Berber, customer, distributor and friend to Mitsubishi Electric, is awarded to the Best Overall Academic Performance in the Final Year of the BEngTech in Electrical & Control Engineering (DT009).

Congratulaions also to Christopher Dunne who received the Best overall Academic performance in the Second Year of the BEngTech in Electrical and Control Engineering (DT009/2).

@MitsubishiFAEU #PAuto @ditofficial

Safely cutting costs.

Baumüller is now offering a new safety solution for the stackable converter generation b maXX 5000. Here the electric motors are no longer shut off in a decentralized process in the individual motor converters but centrally, with one of the STO modules (Safe Torque Off) integrated into the feeder unit.

As a standard, the safety function for drive systems is integrated decentralized in the individual motor current converters. When the electric motors are equipped with just a centrally switched STO control unit, the installation and wiring expenditures of the drive system are reduced, resulting in lower manufacturing costs.

The new safety concept fulfills the safety requirements SIL 2 according to IEC61508 or PLd, Category 3 according to DIN EN ISO 13849-1 and can be used for all applications where the feeder units and axis units have the same STO requirements.

#Baumüller #PAuto

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lighting control solution.

The new Cortet Lighting Control Solution and the Cortet™ by CEL “Powered By Cortet” partnership program enables lamp and luminaire OEMs to provide a full range of local and IoT connected control systems, integrated solutions and lighting accessories to their clients and customers.

As a “Powered By Cortet” partner, a lamp or luminaire OEM can expand its product lines and increase overall profit margins by leveraging Cortet’s industry leading lighting control system with a full line up of tested and certified accessories like sensors, switches, luminaire control adapters, LED drivers, etc. Additionally, the Cortet engineering team, with decades of experience in real world commercial control systems, can provide integration expertise to help with the design, installation and fine tuning of entire systems required for industrial and commercial buildings.

By adding a lighting control system to its portfolio, a luminaire and lamp OEM can increase sales of its existing product lines by selling more luminaires and/or lamps, gain new revenue by selling lighting controls, and open the door to sell new products and services that build on an IoT connected system.

One of the most critical issues that luminaire and lamp OEMs face today is the more rapid than expected deterioration of profit margins for LED products (which last longer than incandescent and fluorescent products, which is another stress on OEMs’ top and bottom lines).

“They need new, higher margin revenue to protect their businesses,” says Erik Davidson, Cortet’s Director of Marketing and Product Management. “We have heard this described to us many times in many ways. That is why CEL developed the ‘Powered by Cortet’ program that gives these OEM’s something new to sell. It’s an added bonus that they can attach this new thing to sell to their higher margin existing products.”

Cortet’s proven technical advantages as well as its unique user interfaces, enable lighting manufacturers to differentiate themselves from the competitors and to better establish long and rewarding relationships with their industrial and commercial facility customers.

According to Paul Minton, CEO Cortet by CEL, “Our new “Powered by Cortet” program, similar to the classic ‘Intel Inside’ program, provides both the technology and the engineering expertise that will enable lighting OEMs to accelerate time to market for new products, expand their service and product offerings, and to increase overall sales and profit margins without having to add more staff. This is a fast and safe way for these technology companies to expand further into their market sector, establishing new customers and expanding engagement with existing relationships.”

The program includes access to the newly launched “Cortet Certification” program - a comprehensive offering of tested and certified to interoperate lighting products and accessories from leading suppliers like Leviton Manufacturing, Illumra, Magnitude Lighting, and more to come. The Cortet Certification program ensures that these lighting products and accessories have been tested to fully interoperate with each other and to be controlled by the Cortet Lighting Control Solution.

In addition, the “Powered by Cortet” program will enable lighting and luminaire OEMs to expand their next generation product offerings over time into additional automated and smart systems such facility security, air conditioning and heating, building communications, and other emerging industrial IoT solutions.

@celwireless #PAuto #IoT

IIoT-enabled artificial lift optimisation software.

Energy producers seeking to maximise production from proven reserves now have access to next-generation artificial lift optimisation solutions from Emerson.

The Dynamic Lift Optimization (DLO) software allows producers to extract greater value from existing assets and reduce field decline rates by ensuring a field or platform is producing at maximum efficiency given current production constraints. Using the DLO software, a typical site operating multiple wells can experience a 10 percent production improvement because it responds immediately to changes in the field operation, continually reallocating available lift resources. DLO software is one of the technologies featured by Emerson at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference, this week (Houston, TX USA).

DLO software can impact the industry at a critical time. Energy producers seek to maximise the productivity of existing wells and offset the natural decrease in production from an oil well over time. As decline rates increase and wells produce less oil, energy producers are forced to find alternative methods to meet production targets, preferably without the added cost of drilling new wells.

DLO software dynamically adjusts lift gas flows or electric submersible pump (ESP) speed based on the most recent well test curves. Once configured, the application optimally allocates the available lifting power to the wells to maximise production, at the same time adjusting to changing conditions such as wells coming on or off or compressor trips. By contrast, traditional gas lift adjustments are typically handled manually and infrequently, resulting in missed opportunities and lower field performance.

Earlier versions of the software have helped oil and gas producers generate millions of dollars per year in increased production throughout the last decade. The new version is easier to implement and comes IIoT-ready allowing cloud-based infrastructure. The new graphical user interface enables production engineers to safely and securely access crucial field optimisation data from any location with an internet connection.

In addition to a new user-friendly web interface, the DLO software now uses the OSIsoft PI System - a highly scalable open data infrastructure and historian that provides a common data architecture from the plant floor to the enterprise level - making information available wherever needed for better business decisions.

“Emerson’s Dynamic Lift Optimization software is the first of its kind that helps production teams dynamically adjust lift rates closed-loop based on current conditions, ensuring efficient, high-yield recovery,” said Jose Jimenez, director for Emerson Automation Solutions’ global O&G industry business. “It is critical to direct lift resources precisely to the highest value wells, and Emerson’s optimisation solution has proven to increase oil recovery rates and slow well decline rates. The new software platform lowers implementation cost significantly.”

Since DLO utilises well test curves to determine how to allocate lift resources, it’s important that these curves are updated as the well declines. For maximum benefit, oil producers have the option of pairing DLO technology with Emerson’s integrated well testing solution, which allows for more frequent updating of well curves – information that is fed to DLO software to ensure field production is continuously maximised.

The integrated well testing solution consists of a multi-port flow selector, a 3-phase flow meter and a full-featured remote terminal unit that is delivered as pre-engineered and fabricated on a skid. This improves the quality and frequency of well test data with a significantly reduced footprint and weight as compared to a traditional test separator and manifold. Each skid can handle up to seven wells, significantly eliminating piping, valves and vessels. The 3-phase flow meter provides instantaneous readings for the oil, gas and water from that well, eliminating the settling time required for a traditional test separator. The well test schedule can be programmed in advance and can occur without manual intervention, eliminating the need for an operator to manually line up valves.

Together, DLO software and integrated well testing solutions offer producers enhanced capabilities for gathering real-time data from the field, automating the well test procedures and closed-loop optimisation of lift rates based on current field conditions and operating constraints. This solution automatically allocates available lift resources, where they have the most potential to drive additional profit.

 @EMR_Automation #PAuto @OTCHouston #OTC2017

Valve & controls business purchased.

Emerson has completed the purchase of the Valves & Controls business from Pentair plc for $3.15 billion (€2.89 billion).

David Farr
“This acquisition enables us to continue to grow our global footprint in automation and expand our leadership position in key served markets such as chemical, power, refining, mining and oil and gas,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David N. Farr. “By adding these highly respected products and aftermarket services to our portfolio, Emerson is better positioned to serve the needs of our global customers.”

Headquartered in Schaffhausen (CH), the Valves & Controls business is a leading provider of valve solutions and services with nearly 7,500 employees around the world. The business will be integrated into Emerson’s Automation Solutions platform.

Mike Train, Automation Solutions executive president, said, “Pentair’s Valves & Controls business fits extremely well with Emerson’s existing portfolio of Fisher control valves and regulators and Bettis actuators. The addition of market leading product brands such as Anderson Greenwood, Vanessa and Keystone creates the most comprehensive global valve business. Emerson’s final control portfolio now includes control valves, pressure relief, butterfly, gate, globe, ball and check valves, and an extensive global network of more than 200 service centres. The combination of these two leading businesses will allow us to better support and help customers select the right product and maintain it for the life of the asset.”


@EmersonProcess #PAuto @Pentair

Precise control and efficient cooling.

The temperature of the cooling medium in machine tools needs to be controlled accurately so as to ensure high-precision machining. The cooling system must also be energy-efficient, versatile, reliable and easy to maintain. Rittal has factored these requirements into the development of a completely new generation of Blue e+ chillers. The result is a liquid cooling system for process plant and machinery that sets a new market standard.

Cooling accounts for up to 15 percent of a machine tool’s entire power consumption. The amount of power used is so high because the temperature of the cooling medium needs to be controlled very precisely, with a maximum hysteresis of just 0.5 K. Larger temperature fluctuations would lead to inaccuracies in the workpiece being machined due to thermal expansion of the components

In order to achieve this temperature precision while also meeting the demands for high energy efficiency, Rittal is launching the new Blue e+ series – a chiller generation that enables a huge leap in energy efficiency. The measure of energy efficiency for refrigeration is the Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER), the ratio of cooling capacity to electrical power consumed. Conventional chillers with hot gas bypass control systems have an EER of 1, while an EER of 3 is possible with the new Blue e+ chillers. The basis for this high degree of energy efficiency is a variable speed compressor. Instead of operating the cooling compressor at full capacity and destroying a large part of the cooling power as with hot gas bypass control systems, the inverter-controlled DC refrigeration compressor can provide exactly the cooling output required. This minimises the hysteresis without having to waste cooling power unnecessarily.

Energy savings of up to 70 per cent
To drive the compressors, Rittal uses DC synchronous motors that achieve a higher efficiency than conventional AC asynchronous motors in most areas of operation. An inverter in conjunction with DC radial fans and an electronic expansion valve enables the speed of these motors to be controlled with high precision, which means Blue e+ chillers always operate at the optimum speed. This innovative drive and control technology results in energy savings of up to 70 percent compared to chillers with hot gas bypass control systems. Because the motors are rarely switched on and off, the components also have a longer service life.

A further innovation that Rittal is using in the new chillers is microchannel technology in the heat exchangers. The larger surface in relation to volume for exchanging heat between refrigerant and cooling water enables the quantity of refrigerant to be reduced by up to 55 percent.

Three flexible performance classes
The new chillers are available in three performance classes with cooling outputs of 2.5, 4 and 6 kW (adjustable between 20 and 100 percent). They are highly flexible and can be used at ambient temperatures of -5°C to 50°C. Various pre-configured option packages are available, for example with a more powerful pump, an inverter pump, for outdoor use (down to -20°C), with oil cooling, with integrated free cooler (hybrid operation) or with integral heater to pre-adjust the temperature of the medium.

Intelligent control concept
A control panel with touchscreen displays all messages in plain text. The Blue e+ app already used with Blue e+ cooling units, which communicates with the units using NFC, is also suitable for Blue e+ chillers. This enables wireless transmission of important information and makes life far easier, especially if the configuration includes several chillers. RiDiag III parameterisation and diagnostic software can also be used with Blue e+ chillers. This software can communicate with the chillers via USB and, in the future, will be able to do so via various network protocols using communication modules.

Certifications for all key markets such as cULus Listed, EAC, CCC and GS make international utilisation even easier.

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Very cool precision accelerometer.

The new Type 8712B high sensitivity, voltage mode accelerometer from Kistler Instruments is designed to operate reliably at cryogenic temperatures as low as the -196°C (minus 196°C) needed by many aerospace applications.

With its range of ±5g and high 1,000mV/g sensitivity, the new accelerometer is ideally suited to applications involving low amplitude vibrations over a wide frequency range. On large structures, low amplitude vibrations as low as 100μg can be measured accurately and reliably over the long term. Typical applications include microvibration testing in spacecraft, seismic and any low amplitude vibration testing on heavy structures.

Their exclusive PiezoStar® sensing element and K-Shear® design combination produces an accelerometer with very low sensitivity to base strain, thermal changes and transverse acceleration. The unique sensing elements provide long-term stability, which ensures repeatable and accurate measurements for many years. In addition to the PiezoStar® shear elements contained within the titanium hermetic housing, integrated Piezotron® micro-electronics convert the high impedance charge signal into a ±5V signal. This low impedance voltage output minimizes noise pick-up and eliminates the need for highly insulated low noise cables.

The Type 8712B accelerometer can be attached to any clean and flat surface on a structure by a single threaded hole on the base of the sensor. Signal Conditioning & Data Acquisition can be provided by the Kistler LabAmp Type 5165A or any IEPE Compatible Data Acquisition equipment.

The rugged, welded, hermetic construction makes the new accelerometer ideally suited for accurate long term measurements in adverse conditions down to cryogenic temperatures.

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