Thursday, May 9, 2019

Air velocity & Tempearture sensor for thermal management.

Posifa Technologies has announced its new PAV1000 series of air velocity sensors for data centre thermal management and HVAC applications such as filter monitoring. Measuring air velocity at 7 m/s (PAV1005V) and 15 m/s (PAV1015V), the devices offer extremely fast response times of 125 ms typical in a compact, robust package.

 The PAV1000 series was designed as an economical, high-performance air velocity sensor for thermal management and filter monitoring in even the most space-constrained locations, such as rack enclosures with air cooling in data centers. Unlike thermistor-based solutions, the Posifa MEMS sensor core is minimally affected by ambient temperature changes and provides instant real-time feedback on proper air flow at critical locations.

Air velocity data perfectly complements temperature information to provide the best insight into thermal efficiency. By identifying areas that require unusually high air flow to maintain stable temperatures, layouts can be modified to reduce cooling demands for increased energy savings. In HVAC applications, air velocity measurements can be used to determine when filters need to be replaced. This ensures hardware is adequately protected during heavy use, while allowing customers with light usage requirements to benefit from extended change intervals.

The devices feature Posifa's third-generation thermal flow die, which uses a pair of thermopiles to detect changes in temperature gradient caused by mass flow. The result is excellent repeatability of 1 % FS and accuracy of 5 % FS. The solid-state thermal isolation structure on the sensor die eliminates the need for a surface cavity or fragile membrane used in competing technologies, making the sensor resistant to clogging and pressure shock.

The PAV1000 series offers an output voltage range from 0 VDC to 4.5 VDC, supply voltage from 5 VDC to 5.5 VDC, and supply current of 20 mA. The devices operate over a -25 °C to +85 °C temperature range.

#PosifaTech #DataCentres #HVAC

Hazardous location luminaires.

A new solution for the oil and gas industry to easily and safely illuminate land-based drilling rigs has been unveiled by Emerson. The Appleton™ Rigmaster LED linear luminaire streamlines the cumbersome and time-consuming task of installing and maintaining bright, energy-efficient lighting in hazardous areas on drilling rigs.

“Rig maintenance workers require linear luminaires that are rugged and long-lasting yet compact and easy-to-install, which can be a difficult solution to find for the engineers responsible for designing rig electrical systems,” said Mustafa Bengali, lighting product manager for Emerson Automation Solutions. “The Appleton Rigmaster solves these challenges by integrating LED technology into a lightweight, low-profile package that performs durably, is resistant to harsh conditions and damaging vibrations, yet allows faster, safer installations throughout the drilling rig.”

Minimal weight is a top priority for rig hands who must climb a derrick hundreds of feet high to install or change a fixture. The Appleton Rigmaster LED weighs a mere 4.5kg, making it significantly lighter than similar fixtures that can weigh as much as 13.5kg. Although compact, it delivers 8000 lumens of uniform lighting to promote a safer working environment. Even when used under a canopy or inside an analyser house, the diffused lens option makes the Rigmaster LED an ideal solution for comfortable, no-glare illumination. Moreover, the Rigmaster LED’s wide distribution of light translates into fewer fixtures being needed in the rig’s mud pit, shaker, cellar and derrick. High-efficiency LED drivers consume less than half the energy of standard T8 fluorescent fixtures, further lowering direct cost of operations and minimising strain on the diesel generators that typically power drilling rigs.

Along with being lightweight, the Appleton Rigmaster LED provides installation flexibility in hazardous locations by offering a variety of mounting options that are well suited for retrofits as well as new rig builds. An easy-to-access hinged wiring compartment with captive hardware makes the installation experience smooth and safe. A wide operating temperature range of -40° to 65° C, and NPT (National Pipe Thread Tapered) hubs on each end for through wiring make this fixture a user-centric solution. To complete the package, an LED life of 60,000+ hours means years of maintenance-free operation, unlike fluorescents that may fail in six months or less and require constant maintenance.

Given safety concerns due to round-the-clock, high vibration boring, secondary retention of a light fixture on drilling rigs is critical to prevent it from plunging from a high-rise mast. To help create a safer workplace environment, the Appleton Rigmaster LED features a looping safety cable through the fixture and around the mounting structure which helps secure the fixture. In addition, while some manufacturers screw on eyebolts, the Appleton Rigmaster LED provides five casted-in openings for safety cable retention points. The yoke bracket is also designed to ensure the bracket will stay in position regardless of heavy vibration and maintain its structural integrity. To take it a step further, captive hardware eliminates the possibility of a screw coming loose and falling out.

Built with a high degree of corrosion resistance, the Appleton Rigmaster LED features a gasketed, copper-free aluminium housing, plus a thermal shock and impact-resistant polycarbonate lens. It is certified for Class I, Division 2 hazardous locations, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Type 3R, 4 and 4X wet and marine type areas. The fixture also meets IP66 rating requirements of being ‘dust tight’ and protected against powerful jets of water.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto #Oil @Emerson_News @HHC_Lewis 

Pulsating free dispensing.

In the production of electric motors - more precisely in the casting of the coil in the stator - very liquid, low-viscosity materials are processed. A continuous pulsation-free dispensing flow of the material is particularly important here.

By trickling or impregnating the rotating drive components, the coils are provided with a protective layer. This process later improves the performance of the motors and generally extends their service life. After curing, the applied resin becomes a hard-elastic moulding material. It retains its good mechanical and electrical properties even at high temperatures. It insulates, prevents vibrations and the coils become more robust.

In order for the resin masses to harden, they - and also the stators - must be heated. This requires perfect process reliability. The components are either charged with electricity (electricity heat / induction) or heated in special industrial furnaces (circulating air heat) in so-called impregnation machines or trickle systems. The aim is a perfect trickle result and a precise flow of the resins between the windings of the coil.

ViscoTec dispensing systems are excellently suited for the application of resin masses. They can easily be integrated into existing production lines. However, they are also impressive in newly designed customer-specific systems.

The endless piston principle used in the ViscoTec dispensing pumps enables pulsation-free, continuous dispensing. Continuously adjustable in application quantity and application speed. Therefore, the dispensing technology specialist can guarantee an ideal penetration behaviour and a completely clean impregnation result, both when processing 1- and 2-component resin masses or trickle resins. ViscoTec dispensing pumps function regardless of viscosity. Even if viscosity fluctuations occur due to storage time or storage temperature, the dispensing functions perfectly. Dispensing is carried out from a dispensing tip with hose. A hardening of the pump is conceptually prevented.

The dispensing pumps are combined with the ViscoTec treating systems ViscoTreat-R or ViscoTreat-Inline. Thanks to optional vacuum suction, they ensure a completely air-free supply to the 1- and 2-component dispensers. The operator has no contact with the material.

Trickling is impressive in many respects: Precise dispensing results in specific material consumption per component. This ensures optimum impregnation. Constant and automatic processes are created. In addition, the resin is perfectly distributed on the coils. This in turn means reliable electrical insulation and improved thermal conductivity.

@ViscoTec #PAuto #Pumps

Website & product catalogue update!

Moore Industries has rolled out an updated mobile-friendly website featuring a new easy-to-use and expanded product catalogue. The updated website contains all the same resources the previous site had including links to videos, white papers, applications, problem solvers, E-Help, download center, certification information, and news from our popular blog.

New features in addition to the Product Catalogue include an expanded Applications section, Find Your Rep Map, convenient UPS and Fed tracking, and expanded support section. Finding your rep using the Find Your Rep Map is as easy as hovering over a country or state.

There are now two ways for visitors to find products. The Products page provides an alphabetized list for current customers to find products they are familiar with while the Catalog page groups products by type and displays multiple related products and models with readily viewable details on every page. A powerful search function allows visitors to find product by selecting desired attributes and quickly zero in on the product model that meets their needs.

The product pages also provide access to all downloads for each product such as data sheet, drawings, documentation, and software on one easy-to-use page along with the product specifications. The catalog allows a customer to ask a question, create a request for quote, save a product selection for later by entering information, and print out key specifications directly from each product detail page.

@MII_Worldwide  #PAuto #WWW

Piezo switches!

TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced a range of anti-vandal illuminated and non-illuminated piezo switches. AVP Series switches are intended for use in various applications, including industrial control products, communication equipment and medical equipment.

They come in various sizes, with bushing diameters of 16mm, 19mm and 22mm.

“These new switches are strong and sturdy,” said Zackary Noel, TE product manager. “Obviously they have no moving parts, which reduces wear. Plus, they dissipate heat very efficiently, are corrosion-resistant and rated IP68 for dust and water resistant. The AVP switches also have long (500mm) leads, which help make them easy to install.”


 @TEConnectivity #PAuto

Appointment strengthens LIMS market penetration.

Autoscribe Informatics has announced the appointment of Jason Jones as Technical Sales Manager in Britain. The new position significantly strengthens Autoscribe Informatics capabilities and positions it for continued aggressive growth plans in the LIMS market during the next five years.

Jason has a proven track record spanning 23 years’ of implementing and managing the implementation of Laboratory Information Management Solutions across a broad range of market sectors.

John Boother, President of Autoscribe Informatics said: “The fast adoption of configurable Matrix Gemini LIMS solutions across the industry, from paper-based and previous generations of less flexible LIMS solutions, continues at pace. I’m excited that Jason has chosen to join Autoscribe Informatics and help drive and manage our continued expansion. Jason has an enormous amount of experience in the industry having previously been Country Manager with Abbott Informatics where he was responsible for Managing the Abbott Informatics UK Operation, and for sales and support within their EMEA Distributor Network.”

Jason Jones said: “This is an exciting opportunity for me. One of the main reasons that I decided to join Autoscribe Informatics was the safe configurable nature of Matrix Gemini LIMS and the benefits that this offers our customers across a wide range of markets including environmental/water, food/drink, veterinary/equine, biobanking and research/contract laboratories. The flexibility of the Matrix Gemini LIMS product provides enormous functionality and is refreshingly different from other LIMS products. It provides a highly competitive approach allowing changes to workflows without resorting to writing code and enables customers to make changes themselves in a safe manner without invalidating their support and maintenance plan.”

 @AutoscribeLtd #LIMS #TandM #Britain 

Automation and allied subjects examined in Nordic event!

Teknologia 19, the leading event in technology in the Nordic countries, will be held in Messukeskus Helsinki from 5 to 7 November. The current topics and phenomena of the field are prominent in the themes of the fair programme. More than 90 % of the stands at the fair have already been sold.

The Teknologia fair will offer programme at five different programme points as well as the stands of the exhibitors. The themes of the programme include, among other things, coding, robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as the development of digitalisation.

On 5 November, the first day of the fair, the programme is targeted especially at students in the field of technology, who can discuss different career options with representatives of companies in the field of technology at the stands of the exhibitors. The stage programme also includes information briefings and addresses to future technology professionals.

“Our member companies are excited to participate in the student day and are happy to welcome students to the fair. New people also bring new ideas to companies, and we feel that it is important to start a dialogue with people interested in the field as early as possible. In the future, companies will need increasingly diverse expertise,” says Advisor Jan Sucksdorff from the Association of Finnish Technical Traders.

The event includes exhibitors from all over the world.

“Almost all of the stands at the fair have already been sold, and the programme planning is also well underway,” says Annina Niemi, Sales Manager of the Teknologia 19 fair.

Competitions
In addition to students, Teknologia 19 attracts a large number of international companies to the fair. In addition to Finland, exhibitors from many countries in Europe and throughout the world.

Teknologia 19 presents several different fields of technology. They include automation, electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics, mechanical engineering, sheet metal work, maintenance, AI and robotics, as well as ICT. The theme of the event is Humans, Responsibility and Technology.

The Startup Competition and the Amazing Robots competition reach their finale at the fair
Entrants can participate in the competition until 31 August, after which the jury selects 5–7 participants for the finals held on Wednesday 6 November at the fair. The winner of the competition is awarded a stipend of €10,000 donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation. The Startup Competition is organised in cooperation by the Teknologia fair as well as Fiban (Finnish Business Angels Network).

Another competition held at the Teknologia fair is Amazing Robots, which aims to increase the visibility of and interest in information technology, robotics and artificial intelligence in Finland and encourage students to combine expertise from different fields with an open-minded approach. The practice before the robotics competition and possible qualifying rounds will be held on Tuesday 5 November, while the finals will take place on Wednesday 6 November. The first prize is a stipend of €10,000, the second is a stipend of €5,000 and the third is a stipend of €2,000. The competition is organised by the Finnish information technology and electronics association in cooperation with the Mikrobitti magazine and the Teknologia 19 fair.

The winners of both competitions will each receive their award at the evening event of the Teknologia 19 fair on Wednesday 6 November.

#PAuto #Finland @messukeskus

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Explosion-proof flow measurement.

A new member to Fluidwell's E-Series family, the E115 explosion-proof bi-directional flow rate indicator/totaliser which detects the flow direction with quadrature signal inputs. Such applications can be found by loading and unloading of ships where one bi-directional flowmeter is used. Another application is the correction of back-flow due to shocks in a pipeline caused by piston pumps or valve behavior. It requires two pulse signals from the same flowmeter which are 90° or 270° degrees out of phase.

The E115 saves time, money and hassle; is designed to withstand the toughest conditions and is simple to use. Daily operations and plant operations for running work permit procedures are no longer interrupted and even (partial) plant shutdowns can be avoided as the covers do not need to be opened. Operating and setting the display functionalities is fast, safe and easy thanks to the through-glass keypad. This unequalled bi-directional flow rate indicator/totaliser delivers user-friendliness in the toughest conditions.

The robust stainless steel 316L E-Series housing is designed to guarantee safety. It takes the E115 bi-directional flow rate indicator / totalizer beyond the legislative requirements for hazardous areas. In the harshest conditions of punishing weather, desert and maritime climates and extreme temperature fluctuations, the durable E-Series consistently delivers accurate measurements. A solid die cast aluminum housing with the same ingress protection rating is available for cost-effective applications.

The E115 is extremely practical in use. The through-glass keypad enables you a safe and effortless operation of all functionalities without having to open the cover. The menu, display and navigation structure are designed according to the Fluidwell “know one, know them all” principle, which enhances easy and intuitive control of various Fluidwell totalizers, flow computers and other displays.

@Fluidwell  #PAuto #EX


Monitoring Key Performance Indicators.

A new version of the M2Web service which enables users of Ewon® Flexy products to instantly monitor KPI’s, Key Performance Indicators, from remotely located machines has been announced by HMS Networks. Using a standard PC, tablet or smartphone, Machine Builders and End Users get full insight into their installations thanks to a new intuitive graphical interface, a mobile-friendly responsive view, and a map view of all connected machines.

The ability to quickly check the status of machines is becoming more and more important for machine builders and end users. However, full IIoT solutions are often too complex, and too time consuming and costly to deploy. HMS targets this situation with M2Web, an innovate service which is included free of charge for all Ewon Flexy products registered on the Talk2M® secure cloud platform.

With M2Web, users benefit from secure browser-based mobile access to KPI’s from remote machines via Ewon Flexy products, enabling users to connect to e.g. a remote HMI, web server, PC, panels and more. M2Web does not require any software installation – the user simply needs to open a standard browser. In M2Web, the information is presented in a modern responsive graphical interface, and a map view has been implemented to enable a global perspective of installed machines in the field.

The brand-new KPI feature enables users to easily get instant information about the health and performance of all connected machines. The user simply defines up to 6 desired KPIs by selecting parameters inside the tag-database of each Ewon Flexy. Each KPI visually displays the alarm status: Blue for normal state, Yellow for warning, and Red for Alarm.

While M2Web is an easy way for machine builders to monitor all their machine KPIs in one place, it is also a very handy tool for end users. A machine builder can easily put M2Web at the disposal of the end user customers, allowing each end user to utilize M2Web as an easy monitoring tool, including a summarized view of all connected machines on site.

Powered by the proven Talk2M secure cloud platform from HMS Networks, M2Web provides machines builders, end users – and their system integrators - a new way to instantly access their installations from any device, such as a PC, tablet or smartphone, all. Thanks to the key information made available through M2Web, users can avoid any production downtime and improve operational efficiency.

@ewonrouters #PAuto 

Labeling in high temperatures.

TE Connectivity (TE) is offering its SP self laminating polyester label as an ideal labeling solution for applications that can withstand temperatures from minus 40 C (minus 40 F) up to 150 C (302 F).

TE’s SP is a thermal transfer printable, low-profile translucent polyester film with a permanent acrylic adhesive. It is supplied with a white printable area, which is over-laminated upon application with the translucent portion of the label. This ‘self-laminating” feature better protects the printed area from exposure to oil, solvents, water and abrasion.

SP’s low-profile design provides conformability to wires and cables due to its label thickness of only 45μm (0.0018”). It is conformable to round, irregular or flexible surfaces and is ideal for wire and cable identification, including flat ribbon cables subject to repeated bending. SP is recommended for when maximum temperature resistance is essential.

SP labels are available in a range of sizes 12.7mm (0.5 inches) to 50.8mm (2.0 inches) wide and from 25.4mm (1.0 inch) to 151.0mm (5.94 inches) high. SP is supplied die-cut, in roll format and is available in white as a standard colour.

@TEConnectivity #PAuto

Safety innovations in automation.

While automation continues to bring innovation and technologies that can enhance manufacturing efficiency and improve asset productivity, it is also a strong advocate for safety. In particular, worker safety is especially essential in the manufacturing and process industries, where employees are exposed to electrical, chemical or mechanical hazards. In order to help industrial organizations enhance their worker safety, Automation.com has produced their 2nd safety ebook to keep the entire workforce safe.

This ebook is dedicated to promoting workplace safety strategies and new technologies. With articles and tips devoted to safety, this ebook has the tools and resources to help ensure an incident-free workplace.

Included in this edition:
  • Endress+Hauser’s step-by-step guide on conducting effective risk assessments for storage tanks: With a new edition of API 2350 expected to release in 2019, are your petroleum storage tanks ready for updates to API 2350? This article will detail the process that engineers can use to find out and address any issues.
  • Moore Industries’ deep dive into the background of Safety Instrumented Systems and what to expect from the next generation: Safety practitioners are seeing new equipment specifically designed and approved for use in Safety Instrumented Systems that utilize Electrical and/or Electronic and/or Programmable (E/E/PE) technologies. This article will explore the advances in Safety Instrumented Systems technologies.
  • nVent’s technical article on Arc Flash Safety and preventing worker injury in the electric industry: Balancing productivity and system optimization with worker safety is a challenging act that requires a disciplined approach. The damages created by an arc flash incident are preventable if safety precautions are implemented and followed.
  • Neutronics informative checklist on the safety considerations of tank blanketing processes: For readers looking to specify blanketing or inverting in their process, this article was intended to take out some of the gotchas and head scratching regarding the decision making, this guide lays out ten sections which to help develop a working specification.


 @automation_com #PAuto #Safety


Water/wastewater systems coverage strengthened by acquisition.

Tesco Controls (TESCO), the leading North American control system solutions provider for the water/wastewater industry, today announced that it has acquired Trimax Systems, Inc. (TRIMAX) for an undisclosed sum. TRIMAX is a Southern California-based systems integrator serving the water/wastewater market; and is also a leader in the utility, solar and renewable environmental energy industries.

The union with TRIMAX will provide opportunities for TESCO to increase its water/wastewater market share in Southern California and gain entry to additional industries served by TRIMAX. Combining the talents of both organizations will expand professional services capabilities and add technological synergies to enhance the customer experience. TESCO’s financial strength and manufacturing capabilities will enable TRIMAX to take on larger projects, and the combined companies are expected to increase profitability and U.S. market share.

Shain Thomas, CEO for TESCO, commented, “TRIMAX is an impressive company and a competitor that we have come to greatly respect. We both share a customer-first philosophy to deliver industry-changing solutions while providing a healthy work environment for our employees. TRIMAX’s talents and experience in multiple industries will add significantly to TESCO’s long-term strategic growth initiatives.”

TRIMAX will continue to provide systems integration services under the name TRIMAX, a Tesco Controls Company. TESCO’s current CEO, Shain Thomas, will serve as CEO for both entities. The current TRIMAX executive team will stay on after the transaction. The combined company will now have 13 locations in the continental U.S. and Hawaii.

Dean McLaughlin, TRIMAX CEO, stated, “We have always respected TESCO’s ethics and customer-focused business philosophy. Now we will be able to complement each other’s competitive advantages by combining our experience and resources to pursue larger opportunities in our markets. Our employees are excited to become part of an employee-owned company and to enjoy additional opportunities for professional growth.”

@tescocontrols #Water #Waste #USA

Why are current sensors important?

A new whitepaper for engineers involved in developing power management solutions for a wide range of industrial applications has been issued. Written by Khagendra Thapa, VP Current Sensor Product for ACEINNA, this new whitepaper outlines the basic issues that are addressed by current sensors and why they are important.

The white paper also explains what AMR (Anisotropic Magnetoresistive) technology is and what are its advantages for current sensing versus other technologies like hall effect, transformers and shunt resistor.

“Integrated, AMR based current censors provides the best performance for the price in the industry,” says Khagendra Thapa, VP Current Sensor Product for ACEINNA. “An AMR based sensor is especially valuable for applications where isolation is needed, due to its construction, compared to legacy methods.”

Additionally, this white paper explains how a unique U shaped current path architecture that utilizes two side by side AMR sensors is able to nullify external magnetic fields, providing the design engineer with a great deal more flexibility regarding the sensors placement on the end device.

@MEMSsensortech #Power

Edge into the future.

How an edge programmable industrial controller can simplify, reduce costs, and increase security for IIoT and other data-intensive applications.

A new white paper, “Meet the Future: Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers,”  has been issued by Opto 22. This discusses how controls engineers can meet today's demands for obtaining, using and sharing data.

The white paper focuses on three main communication challenges: complexity, security, and expense. IIoT and other data-intensive automation applications typically require many steps and a lot of middleware: hardware, drivers, parsers, and custom software. These steps are time-consuming to set up, difficult to maintain and change, and create major security concerns. This white paper explains how a new kind of industrial controller—an edge programmable industrial controller, or EPIC—can simplify and secure automation and IIoT projects, while reducing cost and complexity. In addition to IIoT and data-based projects, EPIC devices can be also used to provide real-time control for all kinds of traditional automation applications.

Included application examples bring these concepts to life by demonstrating how automation professionals are using EPIC devices to improve operations.EPIC devices free you to focus on what you want to do: connect legacy systems and smart systems, get data, transform it into actionable information, visualize it when and where you want, and perform real-time control.

Because EPIC systems are scalable, they can be applied to smaller applications and then expanded with virtually no limitation, allowing you to see how EPIC can work for you before committing significant resources. An EPIC device offers a simple, secure, maintainable, and cost-effective solution for data communication. If solving your latest challenge involves complex steps, expensive middleware, or security issues, take a look at an EPIC device. You may very well find it can shrink those steps, reduce your costs, and help provide the security you need.

@opto22 #PAuto 

Perception asset tracker.

The Neoception Asset Tracker offers cloud-based monitoring of production equipment. RFID readers from the Pepperl+Fuchs IDENTControl System use a tag to identify assets, whose object-specific information is sent via a gateway to the Neoception Cloud, where the data can be viewed at any time. This leads to a more detailed overview and makes it easier to plan production processes.

The number of cycles of certain components during production are determined via RFID, thus creating a more precise overview of the current plant utilization. The generic, cloud-based RFID solution makes it possible to monitor a wide range of production equipment that requires maintenance. In addition to high levels of reliability and self-sufficiency, it offers a number of other advantages.

RFID readers from the Pepperl+Fuchs IDENTControl System use a tag to identify assets, whose object-specific information is sent via a gateway to the Neoception Cloud. Users of the service can view the data in the cloud at any time and from anywhere. Different settings can be adjusted on the intuitive user interface to configure the assets and manage notifications.

The system is highly customizable, meaning that it can be perfectly tailored to the requirements of individual production plants. For example, it is possible to define a threshold for the number of cycles that assets can complete before a service notification is generated. This makes it easier to plan device maintenance and prevents failures. It is also possible to integrate multiple production lines into the system. The user can make status requests and couple or decouple tags to or from objects in the user dashboard of the Neoception cloud.

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto

Seeing air leaks!

Compressed air systems can lose a significant amount of air through leakage. For example, according to the United States ‘Compressed Air and Gas Institute’ (CAGI), the average compressed air system loses 30 percent of its air through leaks. Locating those leaks has been a time-consuming and tedious process. The new Fluke™ ii900 Sonic Industrial Imager enables maintenance teams to quickly, and visually, pinpoint the location of compressed air, gas, and vacuum system leaks even during peak production periods. Leaks can be detected in a matter of minutes.

“We rely heavily on air - it’s one of the most important utilities we have coming into the building,” said Josh Stockert, Maintenance Technician III at Genie (a Terex Brand). “With the Fluke ii900 Industrial Imager, we can stand on the sideline and inspect the air line that goes across while carts and people are moving underneath. We’re not affecting them, but we can tag it then fix it at lunch instead of waiting for a premium weekend shift to fix it.
“Now we don't have to look at adding new, bigger compressors or receiver chains, so not only is it capacity and energy savings, but now we’re talking about capital savings.”

With minimal training, technicians can identify compressed air leaks considerably faster than using traditional diagnostic methods. Now checking for air leaks can be performed during the typical maintenance routine.

Featuring an array of microphones combined with the new SoundSight™ technology, the handheld Fluke ii900 Sonic Industrial Imager filters out background noise so maintenance teams can accurately locate leaks in compressed air systems, even in the noisiest environments.

The seven-inch LCD touchscreen overlays a SoundMap™ on a visual image for quick leak location identification. The straightforward, intuitive interface allows technicians to isolate the sound frequency of the leak to filter out loud background noise. In a matter of hours, the team can inspect the entire plant – during peak operations. Images can be saved and exported for reporting purposes.

The Fluke ii900 was designed in partnership with Sorama, an Eindhoven-based company specialising in noise control and sound analysis solutions. The combination of Sorama’s long history and expertise in acoustic imaging and Fluke’s leadership in diagnostic industrial test and measurement equipment led to the creation a tool that has the durability and usability required for industrial maintenance applications.

@FlukeCorp #Buildings #Environment

Support for North Sea platforms.

Following safe start-up of Clair Ridge, Emerson to enable remote monitoring and provide real-time data to maximise production for UK offshore assets

A five-year contract with BP to provide predictive maintenance and operational support services has been awarded to Emerson. This is to ensure safe, optimised production from its Clair Ridge platform and Glen Lyon floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in the North Sea.

As main automation contractor for the Clair Ridge project, which achieved first oil at the end of 2018, Emerson was responsible for implementing its advanced integrated control and safety systems, and measurement and control devices to ensure safe, efficient operation of the two bridge-linked platforms. BP used Emerson’s Project Certainty methodology and consulting to define project goals that would eliminate costs, reduce complexity and risk, and accommodate late-stage changes.

Using the latest technology, Emerson’s cloud engineering services enabled global project personnel to remotely collaborate on design, development and testing in a common virtualised environment. This allowed project changes and testing to be managed efficiently and remotely, reducing travel, time, costs and project risk.

Emerson trained BP operators using its new, high-fidelity dynamic simulation model, enabling them to experience real-world scenarios before the system went live. This prepared them to effectively handle abnormal situations and resolve any operational issues that might have delayed reaching first oil.

“This is another example of our collaboration with BP and commitment to combining proven technologies and the best expertise to help ensure safe, optimised production for many years to come,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business.

Emerson’s ongoing operational support, remote monitoring and predictive maintenance for Clair Ridge and Glen Lyon rely on Emerson’s Plantweb™ digital ecosystem technologies, software and services which equip plant personnel with relevant, real-time production data and analytics. This includes its DeltaV™ integrated control and safety systems, AMS asset management software, and measurement and control devices, all helping BP locally control operations, while remotely monitoring production and asset health from an onshore location.

Clair Ridge is a multi-billion-pound investment developed by BP and its co-venture partners ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Shell. Construction of the platforms was completed in 2016, with first oil announced on November 23, 2018. Clair Ridge is designed for 40 years of production. The development is targeting 640 million barrels of oil reserves, with peak production expected to be around 120,000 barrels of oil per day.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto #Oil #Britain @HHC_Lewis 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Digital integrator for Rogowski coil.

The integrator AI-PMUL has been introduced by LEM to complete its flexible clip-around Rogowski coil offering. AI-PMUL is a versatile digital signal conditioner of Rogowski coils secondary signal which offers a wide range of standard analogue True RMS and instantaneous outputs.

The Rogowski* coils output voltage is proportional to the derivative of primary current. An electrical integrator circuit is therefore necessary to convert this signal, so it is proportional to the value of the primary current. This integrator is an essential component in current measurement with a Rogowski coil, and the amplification stage architecture and implementation have a major impact on the sensor’s electrical performance such as linearity, phase-shift and frequency bandwidth.

With a linearity error below 0.1% and combined with LEM ART & ARU (coming soon) class 0.5 Rogowski coils, it offers a universal metering and monitoring solution with an exceptional measurement accuracy up to 5000 A.

The integrator AI-PMUL covers in one universal product all the ratings that are expected. The simple configuration and the clear status visible from the front fascia allow it to configure with ease. The setting of the current range, input sensitivity and output selection is made through a simple, reliable and error free system using ergonomic push buttons (x2) and visible bi-colour led where green is for current range and red is for input sensitivity and output selection.

Users can select between 12 current ranges from 100 A to 5000 A, 6 Rogowski coil sensitivity from 22.5 to 120 mV/kA and 6 possible outputs (4 true RMS output: 0-20 mA, 4-20 mA, 0-5 V and 0-10 V and 2 instantaneous voltage outputs: 0-225 mV and 0-333 mV).
A 1 A instantaneous output version is also foreseen soon.

Working over a temperature range from -25°C to +70°C and operating from a single supply voltage of +24V, AI-PMUL it is offered in a very compact size 100x78x15 mm to be mounted on a 35mm DIN rail. For small current measurement and difficult conditions, an input SMA coaxial connector is proposed as an option. Specifically, for three-phase system up to 3 x AI-PMUL models can be stacked together with an optional connector to share a single power supply.

AI-PMUL integrator series is CE marked and covered by LEM’s five-year warranty.

* A Rogowski coil is a toroid of wire used to measure an alternating current I(t) through a cable encircled by the toroid.

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Calibration for crash test accelerometers.

MB Dynamics, Inc. (MB) has announced the global market launch of its Win475 CRASH-CAL automated accelerometer calibration system, offering a measurable 50% time-savings over traditional sequential calibration methods.

The industry-exclusive design of the CRASH-CAL system seamlessly integrates MB’s own Model CAL25AB air bearing shaker, together with its Model 407-8X multi-channel signal conditioner; MB 500VI power amplifier; and proprietary Win475 CRASH-CAL software, facilitating the accurate, efficient, and simultaneous calibrations of up to eight piezoresistive accelerometers (DUT’s) of the same model and type, over a frequency range of 10 to 4000 Hz, complying with SAEJ211, SAE2570, and other global automotive industry test standards. Its versatile design further supports individual calibrations of non-piezoresistive DUT’s, including charge mode and IEPE accelerometers, in frequencies from 5 Hz to 10 kHz.

The MB CRASH-CAL system automatically measures and saves relevant accelerometer characteristics, such as ZMO, Zin and Zout, as well as input & output impedance values. As a highly flexible system, an end-user can choose from among seven individual (six internal, one external) high-precision resistors for shunt calibration. The system also reads onboard sensor electronic identifications, such as 1-Wire Dallas ID memory chips or TEDS piezoelectric accelerometers (per IEEE 1451). The MB CRASH-CAL may be further integrated into customer-specified databases for additional automation capabilities with reduced calibration data transference errors.

System automation mitigates the risks of human errors inherent to manual calibration systems, thereby freeing up technicians for other measurement tasks. The increased frequencies of accelerometer calibrations afforded by the MB CRASH-CAL can lead to improved test data quality and reduce measurement uncertainty. The system has proven especially useful within crash test, in applications where larger volumes of piezoresistive accelerometers are in use, both on the vehicle and ATD’s therefore requiring more frequent recalibrations. In addition, the MB CRASH-CAL provides a number of value-added end-user benefits, including bottom-line cost savings, with its elimination of outsourced calibration service needs; implementations of more efficient and effective in-house calibration processes; and simplifications of internal recordkeeping accuracy, further aiding in ISO audit compliance.

As with all MB products, the CRASH-CAL system is accompanied by full technical support, with in-house training provided by recognized industry calibration experts of nearly 40 years.

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Gas detector for offshore platform operations.

United Electric Controls, a leading producer of safety, alarm and shutdown technology, is demonstrating the latest version of its Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector, with new features of value for offshore platforms.

Magnetic mounting and adjustable pipe clamp options enable offshore operations teams to increase detection of toxic and combustible gases. High stability and high-resolution offerings improve reliability and accuracy of detection and the addition of carbon monoxide (CO) detection to existing wireless hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and methane CH4 detection reduces cost of compliance with air pollution regulations.

"By eliminating the need to install and locate wiring, wireless technology reduces installation cost by as much as 90 percent and preserves valuable platform space. The new capabilities of the Vanguard WirelessHART detector make it even easier for platforms to benefit from wireless gas detection by giving them more flexibility to locate detectors on the platform, and the CO detection capability helps control one of the largest sources of offshore air pollution,” said Andrew Liptak, United Electric Controls Product Manager for Gas Detection.

The new Vanguard WirelessHART gas detector version also features its new FLEXmountTM installation, which augments Vanguard standard mounting with magnetic and universal options. The magnetic option enables installation on I-beams without drilling. The universal option uses adjustable clamps that enable installation on pipes from 3” to 12” in diameter, without a hot work permit.

Among the locations in which gas detection might be located on a platform are mud logging units, mud pit room, drilling derrick and mud gas separator, and well-test areas, or wellheads, where H2S is prevalent. Locating near gas flaring locations, venting storage tanks, dehydrators, and pig launchers can detect CH4 releases, and locating near burners can detect CO emissions.

Vanguard WirelessHART version 1.2 also includes the following new features:

  • New WiHART communication accessories, which enable users to extend system range, get more out of their installed HART instruments by receiving WirelessHART data via 4-20 mA inputs, and further extend range with powered repeaters.
  • A new touchscreen configurator, which streamlines onboarding of the gas monitor to a WirelessHART network.
  • Upgraded diagnostic software, which detects and pre-warns of system faults, providing more visibility into sensor messages, more ways to code the status of the signals and fewer false alarms.

The Vanguard WirelessHART Gas Detector version 1.2 is available immediately, supporting interchangeable detection heads for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and methane (CH4) as well as carbon monoxide (CO). Beta testing is now underway for ammonia (NH3) detection heads.

Twin cable with integrated pneumatic hoses.

HRADIL Spezialkabel  has introduced a new hybrid cable which has been specially designed for the controlling of robots, such as the KASRO® sewer rehabilitation robots, and for their power and pneumatic supply. Four 4 mm PA pneumatic hoses are combined with the copper wires to form one cable, a fifth PUR hose of 16 mm is the twin. Technical construction: 6 x 1.5 mm2, 17 x 0.5 mm2, 4 x (2 x 0.25 mm²), 4 x PA hose 2.5 x 4.0 mm², PUR hose 13 x 16 mm².
What makes the new twin cable so special is that it combines an incredible packing density with a very small diameter. The high mechanical loads - in the form of tensile and tear stress as well as alternating bending stress – which are brought to bear on the inner components of the cable during sewer rehabilitation work are no problem for HRADIL. An extremely robust outer jacket made from a particarly strong PUR special compound provides stability to the assembly and protects it against abrasive wear. HRADIL’s twin cable is resistant against oil and petroleum and also against ozone and UV radiation as well as cooling fluids and lubricants.

This twin cable is suitable for use as a replacement cable for KASRO® working and rehabilitation robots. Thanks to the selection of high performance materials and state of the art cable engineering, HRADIL’s twin cable wins points for significantly enhanced bending radii, obptimized cable diameters and longer service life.

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Terminal management.

Integrated solution combines logistics management and distributed control systems to drive greater uptime and reduce operating costs to help Britain’s largest bitumen operation achieve Top Quartile performance

Eastham Refinery Ltd., located on the Wirral Peninsula near Liverpool in England, selected Emerson to design and implement its terminal automation system to cost-effectively enhance system reliability and availability for bitumen loading operations at the refinery’s Eastham Terminal.

The scalable, enterprise-level midstream logistics management solution based on Emerson’s TerminalManager™ software and DeltaV™ distributed control system (DCS) is helping the terminal achieve its goals of digitally transforming its operations and accelerating on a path toward Top Quartile performance, achieving operational and capital performance within the top 25 percent of peer companies.

“We have transformed how we operate with Emerson’s solution,” said Doug Watt, senior process engineer of Eastham Refinery Ltd. “Our previous system resulted in many operator interventions on a daily basis. Today, there are practically zero interventions due to the reliability of our new system, leading to a significant reduction in downtime and maintenance costs. The accuracy and performance of Emerson’s solution have also helped us maximise tanker load quantities and minimise the potential for safety incidents. As a result, loading delays that were commonplace are no longer a burden and our customer service levels have significantly improved.”

“Operational challenges are common in terminals and lead to losses in productivity and profitability,” said Pedro D’Ascola, vice president and general manager for remote automation technologies at Emerson. “Addressing critical system and asset availability issues requires modernisation, and our integrated solution is enabling optimisation at the Eastham site. Operators can now access real-time inventory levels and other operational data on demand to minimise costly errors and delays.”

Eastham Terminal is an example of how Emerson helps customers identify operational challenges to develop a highly effective automation strategy that can lead to Top Quartile performance. By performing in the top 25 percent of their peers, terminals can improve shareholder value through asset optimisation and greater operational efficiencies.

Emerson’s terminal automation solution for Eastham Terminal includes TerminalManager software for management of terminal operations and commercial activities and the DeltaV DCS for accurate blending control and movement.

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