Friday, April 8, 2016

Steam conditioning valve for Europe.

Fisher™ TBX combines pressure and temperature control in a single valve; helps avoid costly damage, and prevents start-up delays, excessive noise and vibration

Emerson Process Management has introduced to Europe the Fisher™ TBX steam conditioning valve, which combines precise pressure and temperature control in a single turbine bypass valve. The Fisher TBX is designed to optimise operating performance and reliability in the most severe steam applications, avoid potential damage to steam turbines or boilers, prevent start-up delays, and increase plant efficiency.

Turbine bypass applications in cycling power plants demand the highest levels of valve reliability and performance. The Fisher TBX meets those expectations with technology to solve noise, vibration, sticking, leakages and pressure/temperature control challenges. Its self-diagnostic capability helps to maintain peak performance and prevent unexpected problems.

“Increased energy costs and the desire for more efficient cycling power plant operation requires better control of steam conditions,” said Benoit Wagner, Europe Engineering Director of Emerson’s Fisher Valves and Instruments business. “The Fisher TBX has been designed to enable efficient control of steam pressure and temperature, providing optimised performance supporting the daily cycling of a power plant.”

The rugged cage-guide design of the Fisher TBX enables it to handle full main steam pressure drops, while Whisper Trim™ technology eliminates the risk of excessive noise and vibration, which could cause structural damage and performance degradation. The valve’s proven and well-established Whisper Trim III cages and WhisperFlo trims help to attenuate noise by up to 40 dBA.

The Fisher TBX uses a thermally compensated hung trim design which accommodates rapid changes in temperature - as experienced during a turbine trip - to enable smooth, continuous operation. The cage is hardened for maximum life and can expand freely during thermal excursions. This prevents the valve plug from sticking and therefore avoids delays in turbine start-up. To prevent leakages affecting steam production when the turbine is operating, the Fisher TBX uses Fisher Bore Seal Trim technology, which achieves tighter shut-off.

Atomisation and vaporisation are key elements in any steam conditioning application. For efficient and effective temperature control, the Fisher TBX incorporates a manifold of variable geometry type AF nozzles which inject a fine mist into the downstream flow pattern. These nozzles are placed strategically, based upon extensive computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis, and their efficiency has been validated by field performance feedback. By reducing both temperature and steam pressure, the valve protects the reheater tubes, condenser and piping.

The typical Fisher TBX valve assembly includes a Fisher FIELDVUE™ DVC6200 digital valve controller. The FIELDVUE instrument’s diagnostic capabilities enable the valve to be monitored remotely and help maintain peak performance, without surprise failures. By comparing the present valve/actuator signature against previously stored signatures, operators can spot emerging performance problems, pinpoint a probable cause and take corrective action before the process is affected, potentially without leaving the control room.

@EmersonProcess #PAuto  #Emrex

Automation in power!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has released the preliminary technical program for its 59th Power Industry Division (POWID) and EPRI Symposium, which will take place 27-30 June 2016 in Charlotte, (NC USA).

With robust energy-related research, development and engineering operations, and more than 260 companies tied to the energy sector, the city of Charlotte is a fitting, exciting venue to host ISA’s POWID Symposium—the longest-running conference devoted to automation, control systems and instrumentation in the power generation industry.

ISA is once again partnering with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)—a nonprofit research organization focused on the safe and effective generation, delivery and use of electricity—to conduct the event.

What you need to know to compete in an ever-demanding marketplace
A content-rich, value-packed program features leading energy experts and more than 50 technical paper presentations, delivering the critical insights and perspectives needed to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving energy marketplace. This year’s symposium, titled “Power Generation: Instrumentation and Control Solutions for Today’s Industry Challenges,” will address the key issues and dynamics impacting:
  • All forms of energy, including nuclear, fossil fuels, hydro and renewables
  • Data security and demands for improved industrial cybersecurity
  • Reliable, efficient power generation and delivery
  • Advanced technologies and emerging applications

Attendees will:
  • Learn about the latest innovations in instrumentation, controls and automation technologies
  • Stay informed of vital regulatory requirements and updates
  • Meet face to face with distinguished subject-matter experts
  • Network with a wide range of power generation professionals

Additional highlights of the symposium include: an opening night reception, keynote addresses by industry leaders, an honors and awards presentation, ISA Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Standards working group meetings, and an EPRI/ISA I&C interest group meeting.

View the scheduled lineup of outstanding speakers, sessions and other agenda items on the 2016 POWID Symposium website as they become available.

Sharpen your skills, improve your knowledge through expert ISA training.
ISA will be conducting three essential ISA training courses in conjunction with the conference—a great opportunity to boost technical knowledge and gain CEUs and PDHs.

#Pauto #Training  #POWID16 @EPRINews

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Self-contained measurement camera.

The new TrueChrome Metrics camera from Stemmer Imaging provides fully integrated digital image capture and measurement for micro and macro scientific and industrial imaging applications with no need for a PC.

By plugging a mouse into the camera and connecting the HDMI camera output to a monitor, a wide range of multiform measurement tools allows measurements to be made on the high quality images produced. The camera is capable of delivering measurements with a resolution of 10 nanometres to provide outstanding metrology capabilities in the most demanding situations.

High quality images are generated by the 2.3 MPixel Sony Exmor CMOS sensor, which delivers live colour images at 1080p 60 fps to the connected monitor. This allows the user to smoothly manipulate live images without any monitor lag. Up to 6 MPixel still images and Full HD video sequences can be recorded directly and replayed from a connected SD card along with measurements. An image compare mode also allows for side-by-side comparison of live and previously stored images.

With exposure settings from 1 ms to up to 10 seconds and 20 levels of gain adjustment, the camera can be used for a host of applications including low light fluorescence imaging. An incredibly efficient 3D noise reduction system overcomes any increase in noise associated with longer exposure times to guarantee sharp images containing plenty of detail.

Automatic optimisation of camera settings optimises image quality whatever the application. Exposure time, saturation and automatic white balance produce high quality images with minimal need for manual adjustment whether for bright field bio imaging or dark field birefringent crystal imaging. Full manual control is available should it be needed.

The extremely powerful built-in measurement functionality includes: freehand lines, rectangles, polygons, circles, bicircles, angles, point-line distance and much more. In addition to the ability to measure point-line distance, angles, the length of curves and lines, the camera can measure the perimeter & area of enclosed features such as: rectangles, polygons, and circles. Results can be exported as Excel or text files to the SD card.

The camera can be readily calibrated and up to 10 calibration files can be saved for different microscope or lens configurations. Quantitative measurements can be made in µm, mm and cm to support both micro and macro applications.

The embedded user interface is incredibly easy to use. There are only two icons on screen, one for image capture and the other for the settings menu. The measurement menu appears simply by right clicking anywhere on the live image.

For users who prefer integrated PC control instead of stand alone operation, the camera can also be connected and controlled directly to a computer via a USB2.0 cable and is supplied with a professional imaging software application that provides complete camera control, advanced image processing functions such as high dynamic range, focus stacking and image stitching, as well as the full range of image measurements, archiving and management.

@stemmerimaging #PAuto 

High current 4mm plugs and test leads.

JPR Electronics has announced the availability of the Schützinger GmbH range of products, including the 4mm high current lamella-basket plugs, widely used in test and measurement and instrumentation applications. Founded in 1950, Schützinger are a family managed independant company, providing flexible, high quality connector solutions into the railway, mechanical engineering, medical, automotive and low-voltage lighting sectors.

The Schützinger range of 4mm plugs feature lamella baskets made from high-grade copper-beryllium and are characterised by their high current carrying capacity with minimal contact resistance and low self-heating. The plug connectors are extremely robust, secure against vibration when plugged-in and guarantee excellent contact reliability.

39 standard models are available rated at 16 or 32A and with screw, solder or crimp cable termnations accepting cables up to 2.5mm diameter. Safety shielded touch-proof versions are available and a number of models feature in-line sockets for additional connectivity. For direct panel mounting a range of 2-sided fasteners with an M3, M4 or M5 thread in various lengths or stud for pressing into plastic or metal are also available. Contacts are may be supplied nickel or gold plated and all-metal versions for use up to 1000V according to EN 61010-031 are available.

Standard sleeve colours include black, red, blue, green, yellow and grey with customer specific versions available to order. Other lamella-basket plugs are available in 2mm and 2.4 mm diameters.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, commented, “Schützinger offer an extensive range of high quality connectors for test, development, laboratory and educational requirements.  With in-house design and manufacture and short component supply chain we can offer our customers an excellent product on a short lead time at a competitve cost.“

@Jprelec #PAuto 

Learn Labview from a distance!

National Instruments has launched a series of new live webcasts called: Live Webinar - LabVIEW Introduction and Demonstration -19th April 2016. The 1-hour long live webinars are intended for all engineers and researchers that feel like they are spending too much time on implementation instead of innovation.

In this live webinar, an NI engineer will walk attendees through the world of LabVIEW and the graphical system design approach. Attendees will learn how LabVIEW can help them in their daily tasks while developing any measurement or control system.

Webinar contents
Designing and testing today’s complex systems requires companies and individuals to rapidly prototype and deploy new applications flawlessly. LabVIEW is a unified graphical platform for designing, prototyping, and deploying applications. Attendees will learn about the LabVIEW platform: how to approach graphical system design for the first time and how to start programming exactly the way you think. Through live demonstrations, attendees will learn about LabVIEW features and functions, and how these will enable them to create their first program. Attendees will be introduced to the different levels of complexity of LabVIEW through quick live demos.

Webinar format
Listening to NI experts in a live session of one hour, asking questions directly and interacting with NI during the presentation on a live chat or after the presentation. The session are held in English.

@Labview @niukie #PAuto #Training

pH Process Modeling and Control Simulation in Industry 4.0.

CyboSoft has released a Real-Time pH Process Modeling and Control Simulation Software package. It is the first in CyboSoft's virtual plant software family to help engineers learn how a pH process behaves, and how to effectively control this extremely nonlinear process to comply with EPA wastewater discharge codes and save chemical reagent.

CEO Dr. George Cheng said, "We are entering the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, where everything is supposed to be 'smart'. Ironically, about 90% industrial wastewater pH processes are still controlled by on-off Bang-Bang control, resulting in chemical reagent wastes, equipment corrosion, and environmental pollution. It is our mission to provide software tools and control solutions to help the industry improve control systems and achieve better safety, higher quality, and lower costs."

The Real-Time pH Process Modeling and Control Simulation Software is built in National Instruments' LabVIEW platform and includes:
    (1) pH process diagram,
    (2) a strong-acid-strong-base pH model,
    (3) a weak-acid-strong-base pH model,
    (4) a strong-acid-weak-base pH model,
    (5) a weak-acid-weak-base pH model,
    (6) MFA control simulation for the 4 pH processes using an MFA pH controller,
    (7) PID control simulation for the 4 pH processes,
    (8) On-Off control simulation for the 4 pH processes,
    (9) graphical interface with control faceplates and real-time trends,
    (10) LabVIEW diagrams, and
    (11) pH process model description, MFA controllers used, and recommended control strategy.
"Most process models are presented as mathematical equations or formulas, which are important but have limited usage. A real-time process model can be used as a virtual process to simulate a real process with minimal setup time and cost. Using a virtual plant software tool to solve real problems is a powerful and cost-effective way to help build a Smart Industry," Dr. Cheng added.

CyboSoft's pH process models are delivered as VIs (virtual instruments) in LabVIEW. The user can design and test their pH control systems using the pH process models running in real-time. For instance, a pH process model can run in a PC with real-time interface to a popular pH controller on the market or to an existing pH controller in service. The control results can be compared with the MFA pH control results obtained in MFA control simulations. The user can then take the results, estimate the chemical reagent savings, and show the potential return-on-investment (ROI) when applying for budget to buy the proper pH controller or control software to improve pH control performance.

CyboSoft will release a number of real-time process modeling and control simulation software products in its virtual plant software family that can be purchased from CyboSoft's online store. The pH Process Modeling and Control Simulation Software can also be purchased from National Instruments' Tools Network store, where a 30-day trial version is available. Customers can contact CyboSoft for various MFA control products or for consulting and engineering services. The pH control device vendors can contact CyboSoft for embedding MFA pH control software in their devices.

 @CyboSoftGCG #PAuto @labview

Appointment of security expert as VP.

Ultra Electronics, 3eTI® has announced the appointment of Nick Khoubbieh to the new position of vice president and general manager, integrated cyber and security solutions. In this new role, he will lead 3eTI's solutions-consulting business to deliver comprehensive applications that improve customer experience in line with emerging cyber threats.

Nick Khoubbieh
"3eTI offers best-of-breed products to protect interconnected control systems that are vulnerable to malware and cyber-attacks. Nick will strengthen customers' operational posture through optimized combinations of products and implementation programs that eliminate weaknesses in infrastructure network design, production and productivity," said Benga Erinle, president, 3eTI. "Our customers require highly advanced and precise guidance as they upgrade their cyber defenses to assure comprehensive protection. We are delighted to welcome Nick as a strategic executive to this end."

As the process of reliably cyber-securing critical infrastructure without degrading operations becomes more complex, operators of large networks in the critical infrastructure space increasingly seek guidance for new or upgraded implementations. Khoubbieh comes equipped with this expertise, having led multilayered operational programs for companies that include Digital Signal Corporation (DSC), SAIC and Accenture. A seasoned veteran with nearly 30 years of experience aligning information technology with business needs, Khoubbieh has excelled in profitably guiding diverse customers in the areas of cyber security, physical security, biometrics and C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence).

#UltrElectronics #PAuto 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Multi-carrier cellular RTUs are safe for use in hazardous environments.

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, has announced that its Sixnet® series RAM® 9000 industrial cellular RTUs have received ATEX zone 2, category 3 approval and are safe for use in potentially hazardous environments. This approval follows recent announcements that Red Lion’s rugged RAM industrial cellular RTUs support high-speed 4G LTE worldwide throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Ideal for deployment in industrial M2M networks such as oil and gas, water/wastewater, utility and transportation applications, RAM 9000 cellular RTUs provide a seamless network extension to remote locations. With more I/O than many competitive offerings, the RAM 9000 serves as a robust control platform that enables customers to simplify remote site equipment by combining separate functions into one feature-packed cellular RTU. The secure all-in-one RAM 9000 platform combines built-in I/O, a powerful event engine and data logging capabilities to securely monitor and control remote devices via 4G LTE cellular communications.

“Earning ATEX approval will allow the RAM 9000 to be deployed in even more hazardous and industrial environments,” said Denis Aull, vice president of products at Red Lion Controls. “As the Industrial Internet of Things continues to grow, approvals such as ATEX coupled with global 4G LTE communications will help connect critical data from rugged applications to next-generation IIoT platforms regardless of location.”

Features of the RAM 9000 include:
• High-density on-board I/O: lowers total system cost with two digital inputs, two digital outputs, three analog inputs and one relay output
• Powerful built-in event engine: triggers actions based on real-time operational data
• Detailed data logging capabilities: record I/O registers on SD Card or internal memory
• Remote connectivity: securely monitors serial devices via separate RS-232 and RS-485 ports
• Secure routing: enables reliable data exchange over 4G LTE cellular communication

• Red Lion products are marketed through Instrument Technology.

@redlioncontrols #PAuto

Gas analyser ensures effectiveness of glove boxes.

Glove boxes are used extensively to handle hazardous or sensitive materials, often with a protective or highly controlled atmosphere. Michell’s XGA301 industrial gas analyzer provides a reliable and cost-effective method to monitor for air leaks combined with moisture measurement.

Applications for glove boxes are numerous, but may include:
• Electrochemical experiment handling
• Chemical and sample storage
• Welding
• Semiconductor manufacturing
• Pharmaceutical handling
• Photovoltaic research

The instrument is one of the most adaptable in Michell’s range, offering a choice of zirconia or electrochemical sensors for measuring oxygen with optional moisture measurements via a built-in Easidew transmitter

Glove boxes often have an inert gas, such as nitrogen or argon introduced as an atmosphere. The XGA301’s electrochemical sensor can be calibrated to detect trace oxygen from 0.1ppm to 10,000ppm alert users early to any leaks of air into the system. Where a dry atmosphere is also needed, the option of moisture measurements using an Easidew enable users to monitor for moisture ingress.

• Michell Instruments products are marketed through Instrument Technology.

@Michell_Inst #PAuto 

Spring 2016 instrumentation training courses in USA.

Endress+Hauser in the US has announced its Spring 2016 schedule of instrumentation training courses. Classes typically are a combination of classroom and hands-on training on either the Endress+Hauser PTU® (Process Training Unit), a full-scale, working process skid with on-line instrumentation and controls, or live instruments in training stands, both designed to simulate operating conditions.

Courses include:
A-101 pH & Conductivity Measurement School
This course will start by providing maintenance and engineering personnel with a basic understanding of pH and conductivity analytical technologies. This basic portion will focus on concepts applicable to virtually any manufacturer's equipment. Following this introduction, we will proceed with in-depth training on pH and conductivity. The class will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training.

I-101 Basic Instrumentation School
This hands-on introductory course to instrumentation will start by providing maintenance and engineering personnel with a basic understanding of wiring, signals, instrumentation technologies, applications and installations. Fundamental operation of the common instruments found in today's process industries will be examined from a view applicable to virtually any manufacturer's equipment. Typical troubleshooting procedures for instrumentation will be covered and practiced.

I-102 Instrumentation Technology School
This extended course in process instrumentation will provide maintenance and engineering personnel with a deeper understanding of the principles explored in our Basic Instrumentation School (I101). Fundamental and detailed operation of the common instruments and applications found in today's process industries will be examined from a view applicable to virtually any manufacturer's equipment. Typical troubleshooting procedures for instrumentation will be covered and practiced.

L-101 Level School – Introductory
This introductory level course will start by providing maintenance and engineering personnel with a basic understanding of numerous level technologies. This basic portion will focus on concepts applicable to virtually any manufacturer's equipment. Following this introduction, we will proceed with in-depth training on Time of Flight (ToF) technologies that include a variety of radar types as well as ultrasonic level transmitters. This will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training.

L-101/L-102 Level School – Introductory/Level School - Advanced
Take a deep look into level measuring technology and learn about proper configuration, calibration and troubleshooting techniques in this comprehensive training course.

L-104 Free Space and Guided Wave Radar Level School
This is an introductory course (8 hours) for Free Space and Guided Wave Radar Level for maintenance and engineering personnel. We will dedicate a half day to each technology to give you a basic understanding of these level technologies. The class will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training on a PTU® (Process Training Unit).

C-101 Pressure, Temperature and Calibration School
This introductory course will by provide maintenance and engineering personnel with a basic understanding of numerous pressure, temperature and calibration technologies. This basic portion will focus on concepts applicable to virtually any manufacturer's equipment, as well as the skills needed to set up and maintain such equipment. Introductions and lectures on the technologies will be followed with in-depth demonstrations and hands-on training exercises.

F-103 Coriolis School
This Coriolis flow course (8 hours) will start by providing maintenance and engineering personnel with a basic understanding of the Coriolis principle. This basic portion will focus on concepts applicable to virtually any manufacturer's equipment. Following this introduction, we will proceed with in-depth training on density and concentration measurements. This class will be a combination of classroom and hands-on training in our PTU® (Process Training Unit).

DC-101 Field Device Tooling
After completing this course, participants will understand what Field Device Tooling means, what can be the scope and how it can be used to improve a process. Maintenance and engineering personnel will understand the basic concepts and lay out of FDT frames. Students will then be given detailed instruction of proper DTM maintenance to keep software running smoothly.

Pump Guy Seminar
The Pump Guy Seminar is presented by world-renowned pump expert Larry Bachus (a.k.a. "Pump Guy"). The training is designed to provide process plant engineers, managers, technicians, operators, and others involved with pumping systems technical knowledge on industrial pump design, operation, and maintenance.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Enclosures for Zone 1 Remote I/O solutions.

R. Stahl now provides five standard Zone 1 field enclosures for the IS1+ Remote I/O system. As these STANDARD solutions do away with time consuming specification and planning processes, they can be delivered within just three weeks.

5 STANDARD enclosures for Remote I/O system IS1+    
The AISI 304 stainless steel enclosures with IP65 ingress protection come ready-to-install and include all cable entries, cable ducts, terminals, shielding bars and a hinged lid. Once required IS1+ modules are fitted within, the system is ready for use without any extra inspections or certifications. The STANDARD enclosures meet the requirements of EN 61439.

The choice of five available sizes was based on three decades of experience with customer-specific Remote I/O-system solutions around the world. STANDARD enclosures will cover a wide scope of common application requirements ranging from field installations with 40 analogue or 80 discrete signals to larger volumes with 112 analogue or 224 discrete signals per station. In addition, STANDARD+ offers a number of options to easily extend application possibilities through various individual additions or modifications, all of which only add another week to the delivery time.

These extras range from a front window for the lid, to metal cable entries for armoured cables, to a heater for exposure to extremely low ambient temperatures. Quickly available STANDARD+ options also include models for Zone 2 and redundant systems. Of course, Stahl continues to provide customised systems solutions and tailor-made concepts for explosion protection for all applications where STANDARD or STANDARD+ solutions will not suffice. The new "STANDARD for REMOTE I/O" flyer is now available for download.

• Stahl products are marketed in Ireland by Douglas Control & Automation.

@STAHL_USA #Pauto 

Engineer brings FEA expertise to resistor manufacturer.

To mark another successful year, power resistor manufacturer Cressall Resistors has appointed Damiano Natali as research and development and finite element analysis (FEA) engineer. Natali relocated from Genoa (I) to join the Leicester-based company (GB) after working as a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) engineer for three years. He also has a PhD in Fluid Dynamics and Environmental Processes from the University of Genoa.

Damiano Natali
Since joining the team in November 2015, Natali has already developed a complex piece of R&D software that allows the department to accurately record test voltage waveforms. The software increases the productivity of the testing process, enhances the reliability of the outcomes and increases the precision with which Cressall meets customer specifications. The software, coined by Natali as CR Lightning also allows Cressall engineers to quickly verify that tests comply with BS EN 60060 requirements.

In a constantly evolving marketplace, ensuring its product range is both cost-effective and flexible enough to satisfy its customers' technical and commercial requirements is one of Cressall's main focuses. To stay ahead, the resistor manufacturer recently invested in advanced software packages, including Ansys Workbench. This, along with the guidance of Cressall engineers, will help Natali develop Cressall's innovative products even further, as well as optimising their existing product range.

"So far, Damiano has had an enormous impact on the Cressall team," explained Andrew Keith, engineering director of Cressall Resistors. "Damiano has a wide skill set, ranging from the ability to accurately analyse raw materials, to conducting advanced CFD operations effectively.

"Damiano joins the team at an exciting time, and the biggest impact of his initial work will come in the next few months, when he will use our 3D modelling and FEA software to optimise an existing design as part of one of our largest projects to date."

In his spare time, Natali is an enthusiastic cyclist and is keen to tackle some of Leicester's toughest cycling routes, including Beacon Hill and Polly Botts Lane.

"Cressall is one of the leading manufacturers for resistor production and its worldwide customer base and wide range of product requests was certainly appealing when considering the job prospect," commented Natali. "At Cressall, I have the opportunity to apply my mechanical engineering background to a wide spectrum of applications, such as the seismic analysis of resistor enclosures, to wind loading on high-stacked banks."

@CressallR #PAuto 

Automation training in Saudi Arabia.

Building on its worldwide presence and mission of global collaboration, the International Society of Automation (ISA) today announced it has signed an agreement with Jubail Industrial College in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) that enables the college to sponsor, market and conduct a specified set of ISA training courses.
3 Sets of courses in agreement

ISA technical skills training courses

  • Mathematics for Instrumentation Technicians

  • Introduction to Industrial Automation and Control

  • Installing, Calibrating, and Maintaining Electronic Instruments

  • Tuning Control Loops

  • Troubleshooting Instrumentation and Control Systems

  • Developing and Applying Standard Instrumentation and Control Documentation

  • ISA certification review courses

  • Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) Level I Review Course

  • Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) Exam Review Course

  • Control Systems Engineering (CSE) PE Exam Review Course

  • ISA certificate program courses

  • Safety Instrumented Systems: Design, Analysis, and Justification

  • Advanced Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Selection

  • Advanced Design and SIL Verification

  • An Introduction to Safety Instrumented Systems

  • Using the ANSI/ISA-62443 Standards to Secure Your Industrial Control System

  • Jubail Industrial College is an engineering and business college that primarily serves the educational and training needs of Jubail Industrial City—the largest industrial city in the Middle East—and other industrial areas within the Eastern Province.

    “Jubail Industrial College plays a very important role in the success of Jubail Industrial City by furnishing the skilled workforce needed to meet the operating demands of one of the largest industrial and engineering complexes in the world,” says Patrick Gouhin, ISA Executive Director and CEO. “This agreement will make ISA training—proven throughout the world to improve the performance, efficiency, safety and security of advanced manufacturing—accessible to the companies and workers in this economically vital region.”

    Eid M. Al-Hajri, MD, the Acting Managing Director of Jubail Industrial College, says the agreement with ISA supports the college’s commitment to academic and training excellence and its mission to be the preferred choice for technology education in the KSA.

    “Demand is growing within Jubail Industrial City and the surrounding region for workers skilled in the automation and control technologies and techniques essential to modern manufacturing,” reports Dr. Al-Hajri. “ISA training programs are recognized globally for providing the practical, real-world automation and control skills workers need to compete for well-paying careers in industry and manufacturers need to operate safely, reliably and profitably.”

    @IrJubailcollege #PAuto #ISA

    Thermal imagers with free smart phone or tablet on offer.

    Until 15th June 2016 and while stocks last, Fluke is offering further money-saving thermal imager packages. With two thermal camera models from its entry-level TiS Performance Series and two models from the Ti Professional series, Fluke is offering a specific free ‘smart’ tablet or mobile phone. Fluke Connect® enables the user to share images with colleagues off-site via a smart phone or tablet. Details are available at on their website, enabling an interested buyer to contact Fluke for more information about how to receive a demonstration and make the purchase.

    Subject to the special ordering conditions on the Fluke web site, purchasers of a Fluke TiS75 Performance Series thermal imager will receive a free Apple® iPad Air. The Fluke TiS20 Performance Series thermal imager comes with a free Samsung® Galaxy Tab 4. Both models feature IR-Fusion® technology to blend IR and visible light images, capture measurements from other Fluke Connect tools, and enable emailing, from the field, of images and reports from the tablet using the free Fluke Connect app.

    Subject to the special ordering conditions on the Fluke web site, purchasers of a Fluke Ti300 or Ti400 Professional Series thermal imager can choose between a free Apple® iPhone 6s 64 GB or a Samsung® Galaxy S6 64GB Edge. The Ti400 enables the user to wirelessly stream live video to co-workers. Both models instantly capture an in-focus image with patented LaserSharp® Auto Focus technology, feature IR-Fusion® technology to blend IR and visible light images, capture measurements from other Fluke Connect tools, and enable emailing of images and reports from the field.

    Using the Fluke Connect app enables users to capture and trend measurements. As part of Fluke Connect, technicians can wirelessly transmit measurement data from the thermal camera and other test tools to their smartphone or tablet for secure storage on the Fluke Cloud™, and for team access from the field. With the Fluke Connect app, technicians can combine measurement data from multiple Fluke Connect test tools to create and share reports from the job site via email and collaborate in real time with other colleagues with ShareLive™ video calls, increasing productivity in the field.

    @FlukeCorp #PAuto #TandM

    Monday, April 4, 2016

    VA purgemeters with surface passivation for trace-level analysis.

    Optional surface treatment for all wetted parts to eliminate surface adsorption of chemically active compounds in analyser feed

    Krohne now offers the option of surface passivation for trace-level analysis for its variable area flow meters DK 32, DK 34 and DK 37.

    Trace-level analysis is used for providing evidence of very small concentrations in the range of ppm (parts per million) to ppb (parts per billion). Here, it is very important that none of the particles to be detected are already adsorbed in the sample feed line as this would lead to a delayed or even wrong analysis result. Examples are the measurement of H2S content in natural gas or oil, mercury, or NOx/SOx flue gas analysis in various industries.

    To avoid adsorption, sample feed lines, fittings and valves can be surface passivated. This can now also be applied to the DK 32, DK 34 and DK 37 all-metal purgemeters that are used for adjustment and monitoring of the sample flow to the analyser.

    Before being assembled and calibrated, all metal components in contact with the medium such as cone, float, valve components, etc., receive a SilcoNert 2000 inert silicon coating, a patented surface treatment at a temperature of 400°C / 752°F. The same is possible for wetted metal components of DK 46, DK 47, DK 48 and DK 800 glass devices.

    • SilcoNert 2000 is a registered trademark of SilcoTek.

    #Krohne #PAuto

    Biopharma alliance announced.

    Zenith Technologies and GE Healthcare’s Life Sciences business have announced a collaboration to support biopharmaceutical manufacturing deployment.

    As part of the partnership, Zenith Technologies’ methodologies, systems and libraries will be offered as a service to GE Healthcare’s clients in bioprocessing. The combined offering is aimed at helping biopharmaceutical manufacturers increase productivity, improve efficiency and reduce costs.

    The two companies will integrate process control systems, manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions and other supporting technologies with GE Healthcare’s start-to-finish technologies and solutions for the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

    Jan Makela, general manager at BioProcess GE Healthcare said: "The development of our KUBio modular manufacturing facilities and FlexFactory single-use manufacturing platform was fuelled by the need for customers to deploy biopharmaceutical manufacturing capacity more quickly and at a lower cost.

    “Implementing these advanced technology platforms requires automation expertise for which we partner with a number of world class companies. With Zenith Technologies’ expertise in automation integration and customer support, we will be able to offer more choice to customers.”

    Brendan O’Regan, founder at Zenith Technologies, said: “This is a significant milestone in our development and ushers in a new era of opportunity for both companies.

    “GE offers an unprecedented solution to our pharmaceutical customers to help rapidly deploy capacity and significantly reduce time to market. Combined with our manufacturing software systems and on the ground, global support services, we can help biopharmaceutical manufacturers improve their processes and ultimately increase their competitiveness.”

    • Headquartered in Cork (IRL) and with 14 offices globally, Zenith Technologies delivers manufacturing software systems that enable life science businesses to be compliant and competitive. The company combines pharmaceutical industry expertise and full life-cycle support, including managed services, with a portfolio of technology application and platform 

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    Gas analysis company acquired.

    Gasmet Technologies has acquired Quantitech Limited. Gasmet’s products are employed globally in regulatory monitoring, process control and environmental/safety applications, and Quantitech has been its sales and service partner in Britain and Ireland since 1995.

    “Quantitech has an excellent reputation and has established a comprehensive customer base, and with the retirement of the current owner, this acquisition is designed to secure the long-term future of the business and to exploit the growth opportunities that we see in the UK market,” commented Mikko Ahro, CEO Gasmet Technologies Oy.

    Established in 1983, Quantitech represents a small number of leading global manufacturers including Gasmet. Providing advanced environmental and process monitoring instrumentation in Britain and Ireland, the company's success is built upon the quality of the products and customised systems that it is able to offer, coupled with outstanding levels of service.

    Following the acquisition, Quantitech will remain at their Milton Keynes (GB) location, trading under the same name and continuing to supply the same range of products. Looking forward, Mikko Ahro continued: “We believe there are significant growth opportunities for FTIR analyzers in the UK, so it is our intention to strengthen the resources at Quantitech to further improve the experience and expertise that drive the company’s high levels of customer support.”

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