ICEnews February 2013 

All "that's cool" in Instrumentation and Control Engineering - "It's Purely Technical" - For Engineers by Engineers!

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Welcome to the February 2013 issue of ICEnews, the Instrumentation, and Control Engineering news source. ICEnews is a compendium of useful information which we endeavour to issue quarterly.

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ICEart - Technical articles related to Instrumentation and Control (Just "click" on the Hyperlink for the full article or paper)

Engineers - The Imagination Knows No Limits - This 'U Tube' video is just brilliant with some "interesting" automation ideas!

The Scale of the Universe - This application whilst not being automation related is very "cool" and demonstrates just how insignificant the human race is in the larger scale of things.

Metso has acquired U.S. Software Company ExperTune Inc- ExperTune's products are widely used as software tools to analyze and monitor the performance of industrial processes and to identify the associated maintenance and improvement opportunities.

ICEbooks – Useful Books, Software and New Releases related to Instrumentation and Control

Need Some Technical “know-how”? ICEweb has a page which details a selection of excellent Instrumentation, Automation, Control, Electrical, Electronic and Information Technology books from IDC Technologies. These can be purchased from ICEweb . Also detailed are other links to more useful references.

What’s in your pocket? Why not fill your pocket with an IDC pocket guide. Their six Engineering Pocket Guides are bursting with over 500 pages of valuable information. The six titles include: Instrumentation, Electrical Engineering, Data Communications, Formulae and Conversions, Electronic Engineering and Industrial Automation. Whether you are interested in just the one title or if you need the whole set send an email to .

New ISA publication - Advanced Control Foundation: Tools, Techniques, and Applications - The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that it has produced a new book that explains the concepts and terminology of advanced control, and highlights the advanced control tools and techniques most widely and effectively applied in the process industry today. Advanced Control Foundation: Tools, Techniques, and Applications by Terrence  L. “Terry” Blevins, Willy K. Wojsznis and Mark Nixon is designed to help control engineers and process engineers gain a more thorough understanding of the concepts and capabilities of advanced control products and solutions, which have been proven to reduce variation in plant operation, achieve production targets and improve plant production. “The book is ideally suited to process and control engineers who have a sound understanding of conventional control techniques but have little or no background on advanced control,” says Blevins, who was instrumental in establishing Emerson Process Management’s Advanced Control Program and, along with his co-authors, has extensive experience in the design and startup of advanced control solutions. “It provides practical examples that allow readers to quickly become familiar with the advanced control techniques commonly utilized in the process industry today. In addition, the web site that accompanies the book ( presents workshops on commercially available solutions that apply the advanced control concepts and techniques outlined in the book.”

101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career - Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas - Do you want to:
- Know more than your boss?
- Sleep like a baby before a startup (less crying in the middle of the night)?
- Get back early from startups?
- Have vendors ask what you think works best?
- Become the “Go To Person?”
- Have your CEO smile at you?
- Inspire your children to become automation engineers?
- Get a knowing twinkle in your eyes like the technologist about to retire?
- Get asked what is your key to success?
- Get invited by operators to special meals in the control room kitchen?
- Create a worldwide recognition of the value of the automation profession?
- Become famous and a regular guest on late nite TV?
- Be remembered for all the right reasons?
While this book cannot guarantee the above results, the content should provide an automation engineer with a proven path to career and technical success. So much of the automation field depends upon experience, and many feel that experience can only come with grey, thinning hair and lots of wrinkles. However, with this book, we invite you to take full advantage of two lifetimes of hard-fought lessons learned and to avoid many of the technical and career pitfalls made by the authors.

ICEbus - Information on any of the 26 different Fieldbus systems in use in the area of Instrumentation and Control

Foundation Fieldbus, Fourth Edition - Ian Verhappen and Augusto Pereira

The fourth edition of Foundation Fieldbus significantly expands the subject matter of the earlier editions of this popular book not only to help you stay current with this evolving technology but to also enhance your understanding of Fieldbus. This edition provides in-depth coverage on Fieldbus communications and configuration, including calculation of macrocycle for Control-In-Field and in the Host system and how the different forms of communication on the H1 network work with each other to make Control-In-Field possible, including the use of these different methods to optimise network bandwidth.

Part of the field network evolutionary process includes a need to understand better how the changes in Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL), Field Device Tool (FDT), and Field Device Integration (FDI) will affect the way Fieldbus and other networks work together with asset management systems of the future, and your interaction with field devices.

More comprehensive step-by-step procedures are discussed for each stage of a typical FF installation: Inspection and electric commissioning to ensure cable integrity, H1 Network commissioning, configuration, and communications tests in the segments and the spurs. Several new photographs and explanations help emphasize the proper installation procedures so you can quickly identify and prevent potential problems when installing Fieldbus systems.

The contents of the entire book are then put to use with a full sample network design. The example is based on a typical simplified distillation tower and includes sample calculations/documentation-based.

The fourth edition explains Foundation Fieldbus in a convenient, easy-to-understand way, regardless of your level of experience; a novice wanting to learn what FF is all about or an experienced user looking for a few more tips and a single handy reference.

Industrial Ethernet Handbook - A Practical Guideline - This guideline is intended for planners, installation engineers and startup engineers for Industrial Ethernet (IE) networks. It communicates, from experience, tips, tricks and shortcuts that make the work easier. This guidelines is not an IE compendium from a basic manual. Thanks to valued ICEweb sponsor Weidmuller Australia

Fieldbus Foundation 2013 General Assembly to Be Held in Shanghai, China - The Fieldbus Foundation has announced that its 2013 General Assembly would be held in Shanghai, China, on March 12-15, 2013. This annual event is open to Fieldbus Foundation members and non-members, and will be attended by leading Foundation fieldbus suppliers, end users and industry participants from around the world.

Updates to FOUNDATION Technical Specifications - The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the latest updates to its open, non-proprietary Foundation fieldbus specifications. These updates help automate device replacement and enable backwards compatibility among different revisions of Foundation devices used in plant automation systems. End users will benefit from greater predictability in fieldbus implementation, while reducing integration risks and eliminating manual intervention for device configuration. The most significant updates to the Foundation technical specifications are a revised series of function block and transducer block profiles, as well as requirements for H1 (31.25 kbit/s) device replacement that are now part of the Fieldbus Foundation’s device registration process. This enhancement enables the H1 interoperability test kit to verify consistent behaviour between device and host implementations in fieldbus-based control systems.

Updated FOUNDATION for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) Interoperability Test Kit Available - The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the release of the latest version of its Foundation for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) Interoperability Test Kit (ITK). This powerful test solution has been updated with new test cases to verify the functionality of H1 (31.25 bit/s) fieldbus devices based on the current Foundation for SIF technical specifications, including the newly introduced H1 dual-mode device capability employing powerful field diagnostics.

The Fieldbus Report - In This Fall 2112 Issue - Foundation for ROM Demos, Ease of Fieldbus Implementation, Value of Global Seminars, Updated Engineering Guide, Advances in Fieldbus Diagnostics, Host Registration Update and First Registered Device Couplers.  

HART Communication Device Information can now Integrate into FOUNDATION fieldbus Systems - Due to the collaborative efforts of the Wireless Cooperation Team (WCT), specifications for transducer blocks for HART and WirelessHART devices have been added to the latest Foundation™ fieldbus (FF) technical specifications. This addition enables full integration of HART and WirelessHART device information, including device diagnostics, into a Foundation for ROM (Remote Operations Management) system.  

Workshop - Practical TCP/IP and Ethernet Networking for Industry – Perth 14 & 15 March / Brisbane 18 & 19 March / Sydney 21 & 22 March / Adelaide 25 & 26 March 2013 - The internet has made a substantial impact on the way we do business, as well as the plant and factory environment. One of the great protocols inherited from the internet is TCP/IP, which is used by most present-day automation and process control systems. SCADA systems, Programmable Logic Controllers and even low level instruments are using TCP/IP and Ethernet to transfer information. TCP/IP and Ethernet are truly open standards, available to competing manufacturers and providing the user with a common standard at low cost. This workshop covers the main aspects of TCP/IP and Ethernet in detail, including the practical implementation of TCP/IP in computer and industrial areas and the practical use of the internet and intranets. You will learn to troubleshoot and maintain TCP/IP networks and communication systems in an office and industrial environment. The workshop is designed to give you a superb fundamental grounding in TCP/IP and the internet, as it is applied to industrial automation and process control.  The objective is to provide a useful and practical toolbox of skills that can be applied immediately to your plant or facility.

ICEed - Educational links associated with Instrumentation, Control and Fire & Gas

Call for Papers - If you have an upcoming conference and are calling for papers please contact us.



IDC have a range of E-Learning courses Covering Data Communications, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Instrumentation, Mechanical Engineering and Project Management .

Training and Workshop Schedules

IDC have a huge range of workshops and training courses in Australia and USA.

Free Courses! - The Engineering Institute of Technology, in conjunction with IDC Technologies will be running regular hour workshops covering basics, troubleshooting, new developments and much more including;

6 February 2013 - Electrical Power System Fundamentals for Non-Electrical Engineers - Register Here

13 February 2013 - Principles of Intrinsic Safety - Register Here

20 February 2013 - Mechanical Design Concepts for Non-Mechanical Engineers - Register Here

27 February 2013 - ** LIVE SESSION ** Troubleshooting of SCADA and Data Acquisition Systems - Register Here

6 March 2013 - Nuts and Bolts of Temperature Measurement - Register Here

13 March 2013 - A (VERY) Short Trip through Digital Signal Processing - Register Here

20 March 2013 - Nuts and Bolts of Industrial Ethernet - Tips and Tricks - Register Here

27 March 2013 - ** LIVE SESSION ** Lightning, Earthing/Grounding and Surge Protection - Register Here

Downloads of slides from past technical courses

Full Workshops


Practical Project Management for Engineers and Technicians
Practical Instrumentation for Automation and Process Control


Practical Electrical Wiring Standards - AS3000:2007
Fundamentals of Industrial Automation
Practical TCP/IP and Ethernet Networking for Industry


Practical Power System Protection
Practical SCADA Systems for Industry

ICElinks - Electronic Instrumentation Newsletters and links of Potential Interest to our readers.

A really great website for the latest news is the Read-Out Instrumentation Signpost.

Control Engineering have a great range of newsletters covering;

Are you into Hydraulics? Brendon Casey's Inside Hydraulics Newsletter contains loads of technical tips and money saving techniques.

Automation World offers some electronic newsletters of interest including;

The Flow Control Network has a excellent newsletter for flow "buffs".

Jim Pinto's Website has lots of great content pertaining to Automation.

Looking for some Technical Information on Control, Electrical Instrumentation, Fire & Gas, Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) and many other subjects?

ICEweb has nearly 100 Control, Instrumentation, Fire & Gas, Safety Instrumented Systems core pages and a total of more than 300 pages - It Really is Cool Engineering - By Engineers for Engineers it must be just about the World's first choice for Technical Information.

Search the vast ICEweb Free Technical Engineering Library for information on Control, Fire & Gas Systems, Electrical, Instrumentation and Safety Instrumented Systems.



ICEnew — Great new Technical Links posted on ICEweb.

ICEweb has developed the following pages thanks to our sponsor Prochem Pipeline Products;
Heat Tracing and Bundles - Heat Tracing, Bundles, Heated Hose, General theory, Applications and more!
Instrument Valves, Accessories, Enclosures, Sunshades and Supports
Pressure Regulators - General Theory, Technical Papers, Maintenance, Applications and more.
Samplers - On-Line Samplers Liquid Samplers, Gas Samplers, Solids Samplers, Applications and more
Monoflanges, Instrument Manifolds - Technical Data, Specifications, Application Data, Installation, Operation, Maintenance and more.

Just click on the title header to go to ICEweb's super pages on each of the following subjects.


ICEweb's Analyser pages cover many types of analysers plus their associated sample systems.

2013 Designated the Year of Air Quality - As many countries fail to meet air quality targets and large numbers of premature deaths still result from air pollution, Jim Mills, a particulate monitoring specialist and Managing Director of Air Monitors, explains why 2013 should be a pivotal year - Local Authorities monitor
ambient air quality and publish data for the benefit of the public. However, as a result of public sector cutbacks environmental health professionals are focused on maintaining performance whilst implementing cost savings.

Black Carbon – the Elephant in the Room! - Jim Mills - Traditionally, ambient particulates have been measured gravimetrically according to their size. This article Jim Mills, demonstrates that the time has come to change or at least augment the way ambient particulates are monitored and regulated. It explains why the measurement of Black Carbon could change the way we look at particulate pollution, so that focus will be given to strategies that could result in improvements to human health AND make a very significant contribution to the fight against climate change. Also outlined is the rationale behind a new €3million EU funded project (Carbotraf ) which will use Black Carbon measurements to inform traffic management systems in both Glasgow and Graz.  

Analyser Sample Systems

Thanks to our sponsor Haldatec ICEweb's Analyser Sample Systems has a swag of technical papers - so if you need more information on this subject just go to this page for fantastic technical information.!

Verify Fluid Flow to Your Analyzer and Keep Your Plant Running - Sam Kresch - No matter how sophisticated a fluid analyzer system may be, it will be ineffective if a sample flow fails to reach the analyzer sensor or if the sample is contaminated or stale. The most advanced systems in the world cannot provide accurate results without a valid fluid sample. Gas chromatographs (GCs), mass spectrometers, optical spectrometers and photometers are a few examples of analyzer technologies applied in process and plant systems that need sample flow assurance. It is an accepted industry best practice that sampling systems have some type of flow monitor to assure valid samples and analysis - from Fluid Components.

How to Manage Vaporization in an Analytical System  - D Nordstrom  and T Waters - When done properly, this process ensures that all compounds vaporize at the same time, preserving the sample’s composition - from Swagelok and Hydrocarbon Processing.

A New Era of Liquid Chromatography: Improving HPLC Throughput with Automation and Real Time Diagnostics - Today's drug discovery labs are charged with moving thousands of samples through HPLC and MS screening processes. If your lab is operating 24x7 to keep up with the throughput demand, every second counts. To achieve high throughput, not only must the run time of a single analysis be shortened, but the total cycle time of the injection sequence and run time needs to be optimized. Solvent management automation and real time diagnostics allow you to increase sample throughput and maximize system uptime while meeting the need to produce reliable results and identify leads. This automation and diagnostics can be achieved by installing an in-line real time flow measurement device in the solvent management system - from Brooks Instrument.

Burner Management Systems

Thanks to our sponsor Invensys Triconex ICEweb's Burner Management System page has around 70 fantastic technical links , many which are new, to assist you if you work in this area.

Welcome to Invensys OpsManage 2013 Conference

Whether you are an existing Invensys client, or involved in using, optimizing, specifying or applying automation and operations management technology the Invensys OpsManage conference will have something for you. Our event has developed over more than 10 years from a humble user event to a significant conference that embraces Invensys customers old, new and prospective, identifies industry trends, show cases best practises, creates a positive networking environment and profiles latest solutions in the automation and industrial IT arena. Having traditionally been held on the eastern seaboard, it’s the first time we have hosted the event in the West. So please keep an eye on this web site, we will update as content is developed with input from the industrial and process automation community.
Engage:Envision:Empower - This year’s conference is specifically designed for your functional, technical and business needs. Scheduled are 2 Days of Interactive Sessions, 1/2 day of Workshops, Case Studies, Demo Alley area, networking events. Click here for the schedule at a glance.
User Presentations, Case Studies & Technical Training covering four different streams: Safety and Critical Control , Control Systems , SCADA and Wonderware Business Intelligence .

Don't miss out on this event, there is something for everyone!


Loads of links to cable information can be found on this page.

Identifying Tray Cables for Your Next Installation - Though rapidly increasing in popularity, tray cables are still a point of confusion for many. While the term “tray cable” is being heard everywhere, many do not understand what exactly a tray cable is or the benefits of using tray cables. Another gray area for many comes from the variety of types of tray cable, what each means and in which applications each type should be used.  This paper defines what a tray cable is, describes the different types of tray cables, provide uses and standards for each type of tray cable. It will also provides a reference guide regarding the applications and governing standards for each tray cables type - from Turck.

What to Know When Selecting Your Cable Solution - When selecting the proper cabling for industrial applications, it is important for users to consider performance strengths and limitations associated with each cable solution in order to select cabling that meet an application’s exact needs. This white paper will address the differences between AWM recognized cable and UL listed cable, describing the testing requirements listed cables must satisfy and highlighting the benefits associated with ITC and PLTC cables, such as durability, reliability and longevity – from Turck

NEMA Publishes NEMA RV 1-2012 Application and Installation Guidelines for Armored Cable and Metal-Clad Cable - RV 1 provides installers and code enforcement personnel important comprehensive guidance on the proper application and installation of armored cable and metal-clad cables and systems. These guidelines explain critical installation issues such as bend radius, markings, securing, supporting and terminating, and maintaining the integrity of the grounding system. Focus is placed on important fundamentals and recent changes to codes, product standards, and installation practices. RV 1 is available for download at no cost by visiting NEMA’s website.

Choke Valves

ICEweb's Choke Valve page has links to some fantastic technical information. This includes Choke Valve General Information, Choke Valve Design Specification, Choke Valve Maintenance and Inspection, Common Choke Valve Problems and Solutions , Choke Papers and Applications, Subsea Choke Valves, Choke Control Systems and some great links to technical papers.

Control Valves

A Control Valve Repository which has heaps of great, useful technical information. Fantastic links covering Diagnostic Tools for Control Valves, Valve Sizing, Control Valve Handbooks, Self Operated Regulators, Control Valve Noise Calculation and Prediction, , Positioners, Selection and Application, Maintenance and a mass of other really useful Links to Articles on Control Valves.

Thanks to our sponsor Samson Controls a total of 33 new technical papers and engineering articles have been added to ICEweb's Comprehensive Control Valve Page. The page covers a broad range of design, selection, specification and maintenance subjects.

Predicting Control Valve Reliability Problems and Troubleshooting in Petrochemical Plants - Critical Outlet Velocities - The Hidden Valve Enemy - Holger Siemers - In the complex area of the prediction control valve reliability, the various aspects of the cost-driven market, which have forced valve manufacturers to develop valves for typical market segments, have to be looked at. In the oil and gas market, a significant portion of valves are severe service valves with high power consumption. A good balance between commercial aspects and necessary safety requirements for the long-term has to be found. This article recommends steps for long-term control valve reliability.

Fail-safe Control Valves in Case of Fire - W. Schneider - An essential part of equipment safety is the fail-safe position to be maintained when a fire breaks out. In case of pneumatic linear actuators, the fail-safe position must be assumed and maintained when air supply fails or the diaphragm ruptures - from SA Instrument & Control.  

Control Valve Styles - Control valves exist in innumerable styles and options. The most common constructions used in process industries today are discussed. To reach a certain systematic in the description of the various styles, a distinction is made regarding essential criteria and functionalities. A rough overview of the control valves most frequently used is given.  

Valve Style Advantages and Disadvantages - This is a useful spreadsheet.

Butterfly Valve Styles - Butterfly valves contain a concentrically or eccentrically oriented disc which can be rotated in a normally sandwich-like housing or body. The angle of rotation is usually 90 degrees for ON-OFF service; for continuous control applications the aperture angle is normally limited to only 60 degrees. Because of the ease of manufacture and the cost-saving construction butterfly valves are - particularly at big nominal sizes and low pressure differentials - a more economical alternative to standard control valves.  

How to Select Control Valves - This very useful information from the renowned Béla Lipták comes in three parts - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - When it comes to selecting and sizing control valves, the non-commercial chart in this article not only helps you pick the right one for the job, but also serves as a fantastic reference tool you can download! From Control Global.  

Practical Control Valve Sizing, Selection and Maintenance - Dave Macdonald BSc(Eng) - This manual is intended to provide an understanding of the key issues involved in the selection of control valves for typical process industry applications. This chapter looks  at the fundamental principles involved in the control of fluid flow and it describes how the adjustment of flow capacity is typically used to control pressure, flow, level and temperature in processes - thanks to ICEweb Sponsor IDC.

Control Valve Selection and Sizing Engineering Design Guideline - There are many available  guidelines developed to aid  engineers in selecting and sizing the valves, but mostly these guidelines are developed by certain companies and might only be suitable for  the application of the valves provided by their own companies. Hence, it is important to get the general understanding about control valve sizing and selection first. Later, whenever changes are needed in a process system, this basic knowledge is still applicable. This guideline  is made to provide that fundamental knowledge and a step by step guideline; which is applicable to properly select and size control valves in a correct manner. Control valve supports the other devices and work together resulting and ideal process condition. Hence, it is crucial to make some considerations before deciding the correct control valve sizing and selection. The selected valve has to be reasonable in cost, require minimum maintenance, use less energy, and be compatible with the control loop. Malfunction in control valve might cause process system does not work properly - from

Ease Control Valve Selection - Trevor Bishop, Meredith Chapeaux, Liyakat Jaffer, Kiran Nair and Sheetal Patel - With so many types and options available, choosing the right control valve can seem daunting. Selection can be simplified by considering the process fluid, the service requirements, and how the various valves function - from CEP Magazine.

Control Systems

Covering vast array of technical subjects on Control Systems such as Advanced Process Control, Alarm Management, Batch Control, Cascade Control, Compressor Surge Control, Control Room Design, Control Forums, Fuzzy Logic, Decentralised Control, Modelling and Optimisation, Pneumatic Controllers, Process Sequence Control Documentation Standards, Programmable Automation Controllers, Loop Tuning and much more.

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New ISA publication - Advanced Control Foundation: Tools, Techniques, and Applications - The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that it has produced a new book that explains the concepts and terminology of advanced control, and highlights the advanced control tools and techniques most widely and effectively applied in the process industry today. Advanced Control Foundation: Tools, Techniques, and Applications by Terrence  L. “Terry” Blevins, Willy K. Wojsznis and Mark Nixon is designed to help control engineers and process engineers gain a more thorough understanding of the concepts and capabilities of advanced control products and solutions, which have been proven to reduce variation in plant operation, achieve production targets and improve plant production. “The book is ideally suited to process and control engineers who have a sound understanding of conventional control techniques but have little or no background on advanced control,” says Blevins, who was instrumental in establishing Emerson Process Management’s Advanced Control Program and, along with his co-authors, has extensive experience in the design and startup of advanced control solutions. “It provides practical examples that allow readers to quickly become familiar with the advanced control techniques commonly utilized in the process industry today. In addition, the web site that accompanies the book ( presents workshops on commercially available solutions that apply the advanced control concepts and techniques outlined in the book.”

Human Factors Engineering in Projects - This report is concerned with human factors issues that can reasonably be expected to be within the scope of Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) funded engineering projects, including the design and layout of platforms, process plants and associated piping, equipment and facilities; control rooms (including the Human Machine Interface (HMI) to Distributed Computer Systems (DCS) and other computer systems), as well as buildings (including administration, accommodation, warehouses and workshops) - from OGP.

Tuning of PID Controllers in both Open and Closed Loop Control Systems - This covers the application of procedures for open and closed loop tuning and how to calculate the tuning constants according to Ziegler & Nichols - from ICEweb sponsor IDC.

Workshop - Fundamentals of Industrial Automation – Perth 11 & 12 March  / Adelaide 14 & 15 March / Hobart 18 & 19 March 2013 - The workshop is aimed at you if you are interested in gaining an overall appreciation and general understanding of industrial automation and control technology. this ranges from the factory floor (sensors, instrumentation, actuators, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Distributed Control Systems (DCSs)) Programmable Logic Controllers, Distributed Control Systems, SCADA systems, Industrial Ethernet, Fieldbus, wireless to OPC – best practice and trends.

Workshop - Practical SCADA Systems for Industry - Adelaide 8 & 9 April / Melbourne11 & 12 April / Brisbane15 & 16 April / Perth 18 & 19 April 2013 - SCADA has traditionally meant a window into the process of a plant or gathering of data from devices in the field, but now the focus is on integrating this process data into the actual business and using it in real time. The emphasis today is on using open standards such as communication protocols (eg., DNP3, MODBUS, and TCP/IP) and ‘off-the-shelf’ hardware, such as industrial Ethernet to keep the costs down. This comprehensive two day workshop covers the essentials of SCADA systems. The first half of the workshop gives an introduction to SCADA systems then focuses on the SCADA system hardware and software, including Alarm Management and Human Management Interface (HMI) issues.  This is followed by a review of the RS-232/RS-485 interface standards and the MODBUS and DNP3 protocols. The second half gives a review of industrial Ethernet, TCP/IP and MODBUS/TCP. The role of Open Process Control (OPC) in plant SCADA systems is also discussed.  This is followed by discussion of network security, SCADA historians and troubleshooting issues. This workshop will be an excellent opportunity to network with your peers as well as gain significant new information and techniques for your next SCADA project. Although the emphasis of the workshop will be on practical industry topics highlighting recent developments using case studies and the latest application of SCADA technologies the fundamentals of SCADA systems will be covered. The workshop is aimed at those who want to be updated on the latest developments in SCADA systems and want to get a solid appreciation of the fundamentals of SCADA design, installation and troubleshooting. The comprehensive workshop manual covers other topics for your reference, including Fieldbus systems, maintenance, system specification, installation and commissioning issues. It also includes various case studies and design exercises.


Need to know about a corrosion issue? You are likely to find an answer in these pages.

Condition Monitoring

We are looking for more technical papers in this area.

Data Loggers

There are numerous Data Logger technical papers and articles in this updated page thanks to our valued sponsor HINCO.

Design Engineering for Instrumentation, Control, Electrical, Fire & Gas and Safety Instrumented Systems

New AVEVA Electrical offers Plant market up to 30% man-hour savings - Open interface supports use with customers’ existing systems or as part of AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design approach - AVEVA has announced the release of the completely new AVEVA Electrical software application, a feature rich design solution for electrical engineers and designers in the plant environment. Pre-release customer testing has demonstrated man-hour savings of up to 30% when compared to traditional design applications. It is quick and easy to deploy and has a very open interface, allowing it to be used with design applications from other vendors or as part of AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design approach. “Electrical & Instrumentation represents 60% of the maintainable items on a plant facility and the data is accessed by operations and maintenance more often than other disciplines,” said Bruce Douglas, Senior VP Marketing & Product Strategy, AVEVA. “AVEVA Electrical can be used both on new projects and also on brownfield activities where the integration of legacy data is critical. We have worked with numerous customers to ensure that AVEVA Electrical does exactly what they need from design to plant operations. Because of its advanced graphical user interface and sophisticated design rules, we believe that AVEVA Electrical will quickly become the preferred choice for all sizes of plant projects.” The open nature of AVEVA Electrical means it can interface with both AVEVA and third-party design, document management and material control systems”, added Dave Wheeldon, Chief Technology Officer, AVEVA. “As part of our Integrated Engineering & Design approach, this product enables electrical engineers to collaborate fully across inter-discipline design anywhere in the world. The automated deliverables generated by AVEVA Electrical are completely consistent and accurate which can dramatically improve productivity and shorten ROI.” To learn more visit

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Using this interactive Business Value Calculator, they will also be able to illustrate the savings that your business could achieve on your typical projects with selected products from the wider AVEVA portfolio. Contact them here.

Shift Handover -The Importance of Continuity - Shift handover has been shown to be a common source of revenue loss and safety incidents in plant operation. Both economic and regulatory pressures demand substantial improvement in the shift handover process. Every engineer knows that discontinuities are invariably a source of weakness, whether in physical structures or in continuous processes. This is particularly true in the case of shift handover but, whereas physical discontinuities may be easy to identify and remove, discontinuities in working procedures can be far more difficult. It has long been recognised in the plant industries that the discontinuities of shift handover are among the most common and potentially serious sources of problems. These can range from minor impacts on operational efficiency to the most serious safety incidents; all incur corresponding levels of economic cost. The root of the issue is the transfer of information from outgoing to incoming shift teams. This paper looks into the problems arising and describes how the latest information management technology can be used to overcome them. To download AVEVA's paper on Shift Handover visit 

Sustainable Energy Management - Putting Information Assets to Work in the Process Industries - This paper outlines the challenges facing process plant operators in implementing effective Energy Management strategies. It describes how these challenges may be overcome through the use of currently available Information Management technologies supported by a comprehensive, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). Information Management technology can overcome the technical barriers to effective Energy Management and provide the means to harness an enterprise’s extensive, but often under-exploited, information assets. Such capability supports the key elements of a sustainable, long-term Energy Management programme: best practice methodology and an integrated framework to address its information requirements. Rather than being just a short-term initiative with a single objective, this type of programme constitutes a substantial step on the road to implementing a comprehensive Operations Integrity Management strategy to deliver enterprise-wide business benefits. An Energy Information Management strategy can thus lead to more extensive and sustained optimisation of all aspects of asset operation. To download AVEVA’s paper on Sustainable Energy Management visit

Top Ten Instrumentation Headaches - AVEVA spoke to instrumentation and control experts across the industry and identified no less than ten key areas where other vendors’ instrumentation design technologies fail to meet engineers’ and designers’ requirements. These are the top ten headaches that the engineers and designers face on a daily basis. The good news is that companies can avoid these headaches entirely by deploying the ‘visual engineering’ approach at the heart of AVEVA’s field-proven instrumentation solution. Register to read the full paper here.

A Shocking Waste of Money - Eight Reasons Why Electrical Design Costs More Than it Should - Electrical engineering and design is one of the most complex and demanding challenges facing EPCs and shipbuilders, in new builds, in-plant projects, and marine refit. Recent capital expenditure on electrical engineering and design has been estimated to reach $3 billion in the hydrocarbon plant industry alone. But should we be shocked by this figure? Surely such a complex discipline necessarily comes with a high price tag? Expense is inevitable, certainly. But wastefulness is unforgivable. Unfortunately, the technology used to plan and design electrical systems, just like that used to design instrumentation and control systems, is often just that – wasteful. Because it has been developed with little regard for engineers’ and designers’ natural working methods, it results in cumbersome and error-prone methods of handling data, and prevents users from making effective technical use of the natural synergies that exist between many activities. Register to read the full paper here

AVEVA releases the Latest and most Powerful Version of AVEVA Instrumentation - AVEVA has announced that AVEVA Instrumentation 12.1, an enhanced version of its highly successful and market leading instrumentation and control engineering software is available. AVEVA Instrumentation 12.1, the most powerful instrumentation application on the market and one of AVEVA’s fastest growing products, is available for both plant and marine environments. Like AVEVA’s recently launched brand new application AVEVA Electrical, it has been designed and tested in close collaboration with AVEVA customers who have demonstrated up to a 30% man-hour savings with the new product.“AVEVA Instrumentation has proven to be a highly successful engineering product for AVEVA”, commented Bruce Douglas, Senior Vice President- Marketing & Product Strategy, AVEVA. “AVEVA Instrumentation integrates with AVEVA Electrical, which is a compelling piece of additional functionality to this platform. No other supplier provides such close synchronisation between these two important disciplines enabling true integration. “We are excited to be able to provide the plant and marine markets with two mission-critical applications that are so tightly integrated and offer our customers such compelling quality improvements and efficiency savings.” AVEVA Instrumentation can be implemented stand-alone, integrated as part of AVEVA’s Integrated & Engineering Design approach or with other third party software. New functionality includes an improved intuitive and easy to use interface, with enhanced graphical engineering capabilities. This allows tabular data such as component references to be represented at the click of a button, dramatically increasing productivity. To learn more visit

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The following Instrument Design Articles are from  
Instrument Interconnection Block Diagram
– An Instrument Interconnection block diagram is a drawing showing interconnection between each device including;  the instrument, junction box, marshalling cabinet, panel, etc. This drawing can provide a glance view of overall connection of the system.
Typical Instrument Block Diagram 
Instrument Datasheet - An Instrument Data Sheet is a document containing specification and information of an instrument device. It specifies general information of instrument such as tag number identification, service description, location (line number/equipment number), P&ID number or drawing number reference, process data (if applicable), calibrated range (if applicable), material, performance details (such as accuracy, linearity – if applicable), hazardous certification (for electrical device), accessories required, etc. The details of information in data sheet may differ among each types of instrument such as transmitter, switch, gauge and control valve.
Cable Schedule – A Cable Schedule is a document containing list of instrument cables. This document shows cable as well as gland requirements  for each instrument or connection. The information of the cable schedule includes ; Cable Number, Cable Type / Specification, Cable Size, Cable Length , Source and destination termination description and Cable gland type / size for each incoming cable.
Typical Cable Schedule  
Instrument Tubing Layout - Instrument Tubing Layout shows routing of instrument tubing according to plant layout and the location of source and destination points connected by tubing. In addition, instrument tubing layout shows the details related to instrumentation tubing such as; Tubing number/identification, Tubing orientation, Type of fluid carried inside the tubing i.e hydraulic or pneumatic (air/gas) by appearance of different tubing symbol.
Shutdown Logic Diagrams – A Shutdown logic diagram (also known as ESD logic diagram) shows a hierarchy of shutdown level within a plant or platform.
An Example Shutdown Logic Diagram
I/O List - An I/O list is a document containing a list of instrumentation which serve as an input or output of control system. Therefore, only the tag number that physically has a cable which connects to the control system appears on I/O List.
I/O Schedule Example - A useful example of an I/O Schedule.
Cause and Effect - Some projects categorize cause and effects as part of process document and some other projects consider them an instrument deliverable. Literally, “cause” means something that makes something else happen and “effect” is what happens as a result of the cause. Cause and Effect is presented as a form of matrix. The causes are listed in left section while the effects are listed on top section, both are described in form of tag number with their descriptions (other additional information such as P&ID may supplement). The marked intersection between both means that they are related as cause-effect. Marks could be in form of letter “X” which mean effect will be activated, “T” which mean effect will be activated with time delay, “P” which mean cause will give permissive to an effect.
Example Cause and Effect - A useful example of an Cause and Effect diagram.

Workshop - Practical Project Management for Engineers and Technicians Adelaide - 11 & 12 February  / Melbourne 14 & 15 February  / Townsville 18 & 19 February / Sydney 21 & 22 February 2013 - More and more engineering and technical professionals are making career transitions from product design into project management.  This, however, requires formal training and a willingness to learn new skills. All the technical know-how in the world will not deliver a project successfully, without proper project management skills. Unfortunately very few engineering professionals have any degree of formal project management training, which results in a great deal of personal stress as well as cost blowouts and other woes. To address this problem, the workshop will focus on the critical project related activities such as work breakdown, scheduling, cost control and risk management, and show how these can be performed with software to lighten the project manager's workload. The 'soft' (but equally important) aspects such as team leadership and contract law are also covered in detail. All topics will be supplemented with practical exercises focusing primarily on the areas of electrical/electronic (including instrumentation) and mechanical engineering. If delegates wish to do so, they can choose small projects from their work environment as a basis for the practical exercises.  

Workshop - Practical Instrumenta tion for Automation and Process Control - Perth 14 & 15 February 2013 / Melbourne 18 & 19 February 2013 / Townsville 21 & 22 February 2013 - This workshop is for engineers and technicians who need to have a practical knowledge of selection, installation and commissioning of industrial instrumentation and control valves. In many respects a clear understanding and application of these principles is the most important factor in an efficient process control system. You can only achieve excellent control of your processes when your instrumentation provides the correct information.  This would involve the design, specification and implementation of control and measurement equipment. The workshop focuses on real applications, with attention to special installation considerations and application limitations when selecting or installing different measurement or control equipment. Download the full brochure here.

Design Engineering Software Database for Instrumentation, Control, Fire & Gas and Safety Instrumented Systems

Thanks to AVEVA take a look at this page with just masses of information on the Instrument Database Approach to ICE Design Engineering.

Make or Break with Project Management - Bill Lydon - Project management is critical to ensuring projects are implemented correctly, on time and within budget. Good project management also communicates to your management or stakeholder that you are a professional. These are thoughts from my experience managing many projects and consulting to clients on projects. The most valuable lessons were learned when taking over projects that were in serious trouble - from

Walking the Fine Line - Scott Sommer and Christopher Russell - Systems integration is tough work. Often we implement someone else’s design to the complete satisfaction of the owner.  Every project produces a list of lessons; the challenge after completing the project is to learn from those lessons and avoid repeating the same mistakes. We have compiled 25 lessons in hopes that systems integrators, end users, and managers alike will not only gain respect for the role of systems integration in industrial project execution, but also avoid pitfalls and errors that keep a good project from becoming an excellent one - from ISA and InTech

Communicate: Avoid Assumptions like the Plague - Michael Whitt - There are certain design tasks and group interactions key to the development of a computerized process control system. Systems integration (SI) represents a vast category in that development, and it includes software development, data communications, and operability issues - from ISA and InTech.

Dynamic Process Simulators and Training Systems

Plenty of information on this subject.


Many pages with Numerous Technical Links and White Papers on various Electrical Subjects.

ABB Solves 100-Year-Old Electrical Puzzle – ABB have announced a breakthrough in the ability to interrupt direct current, solving a 100-year-old electrical engineering puzzle and paving the way for a more efficient and reliable electricity supply system. After years of research, ABB has developed the world’s first circuit breaker for high voltage direct current . It combines very fast mechanics with power electronics, and will be capable of ‘interrupting’ power flows equivalent to the output of a large power station within 5milliseconds- that is thirty times faster than the blink of a human eye.  

Minimizing Arc Flash Exposure in Industrial Applications - This white paper will discuss the definition of an arc flash, including its risks, consequences and causes, industry standards to protect against arc flash and a solution to minimize arc flash exposure – from Turck.

Workshop - Practical Electrical Wiring Standards - AS/NZS 3000:2007 – Brisbane 14 & 15 March / Adelaide 18 & 19 March / Perth 21 & 22 March 2013- This workshop aims to familiarise the participants with the requirements laid down in the standard AS/NZS 3000:2007, commonly known as Australia-New Zealand Wiring Rules. For those installations covered in the scope of this standard, its provisions are mandatory and  must be followed. Any engineer involved in the planning and design of electrical systems, their installation or maintenance must have a clear idea about the various requirements contained in the standard.

Workshop - Practical Power System Protection for Engineers and Technicians – Perth 8 & 9 April / Sydney 11 & 12 April  / Townsville 18 & 19 April 2013 - This workshop has been designed to give plant operators, electricians, field technicians and engineers a better appreciation of the role played by power system protection systems. An understanding of power systems along with correct management will increase your plant efficiency and performance as well as increasing safety for all concerned. The workshop is designed to provide excellent understanding on both a theoretical and practical level. Starting at a basic level and then moving onto more detailed applications, it features an introduction covering the need for protection, fault types and their effects, simple calculations of short circuit currents and system earthing. This workshop includes some practical work, simple fault calculations, relay settings and the checking of a current transformer magnetisation curve.

Electrical and Instrumentation Enclosures


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ESD Valves - Shutdown and Blowdown

This comprehensive page includes technical and design information on Emergency Shutdown Valves, Shutdown Valves, Blowdown Valves, Actuators, Fire Safe Actuators, ESD Valve Fire Shelter and Partial Stroke Testing.

Emergency Shut Down Valves (ESD) - Quarter-turn valves are the most common ESD control valves for actuation. Automatic control valves are fitted with hydraulic, pneumatic and electric actuators that respond to changes in pressure, flow or temperature, and automatically open or close the valve. Danger and damage from fire at refineries, petrochemical and offshore installations can be minimized by efficient protection of the systems controlling the plant. Remote valve operation station of fire proof actuator with accessories and air reservoir system to guarantee three complete cycle in the event of fire pneumatic operated with “Darchem” fire proof protection -  from our sponsor Samson Controls.

Functional Safety of Globe Valves, Rotary Plug Valves,  Ball Valves and Butterfly Valves - This manual is intended to assist planners and operators during the integration of control valves into a safety loop as part of the safety function and to enable them to safely operate control valves. This manual contains information, safety-related characteristics and warnings concerning the functional safety in accordance with IEC 61508 and concerning the application in the process industry in accordance with IEC  61511 - from our sponsor Samson Controls.

General notes for the Calculation and Selection of Actuators - These general notes from Samson Controls are useful.

Partial-Stroke Testing on final Elements to Extend Maintenance Cycles - Thomas Karte and Karl-Bernd Schärtner - In the process industry, the testing of safety instrumented systems is an inherent part of the safety approach. Usually, function tests are performed once a year on the entire instrumented system, consisting of sensor, logic solver, and final element.  Further scheduled testing routines depend on local requirements and even involve removing valves from the plant and inspecting them in the workshop. These common procedures have not lost their importance even in view of the IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 standards. However, these standards require a quantitative analysis of safety equipment and SIL (Safety Integrity Level) ratings. The probability of failure for the safety loop and its individual components need to be calculated. The degree of coverage of the performed tests plays a key role. As a result, maintenance cycles can be planned more flexibly and even extended in some cases. This changed approach to safety is accompanied by the development of smart positioner diagnostics. This article discusses the opportunities of partial-stroke testing and the risks involved - from ICEweb sponsor Samson Controls.  

Functional Safety of Globe Valves, Rotary Plug Valves,  Ball Valves and Butterfly Valves - This manual is intended to assist planners and operators during the integration of control valves into a safety loop as part of the safety function and to enable them to safely operate control valves. This manual contains information, safety-related characteristics and warnings concerning the functional safety in accordance with IEC 61508 and concerning the application in the process industry in accordance with IEC  61511 - from ICEweb sponsor Samson Controls.  

Reliability Data and the use of Control Valves in the Process Industry in accordance with IEC 61508/61511 - Thomas Karte, Eugen Nebel, Manfred Dietz and Helge Essig - IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 are the relevant standards for the specification and design of safety-related control loops in the process industry. Control valves used in these loops play a key role when it comes to determining the safety integrity level (SIL) of the safety instrumented function (SIF). A wide variety of sensors and PLCs, the other key components in the safety loop, are available with validated data concerning their probability of failure. However, this sort of data is only available for a limited number of control valves as statistical proof is difficult to obtain due to the multitude of process conditions that exist in the chemical industry. This paper describes the investigation method used for a series of control valves. The user can determine the SIL achieved using this investigation data, the planned plant structure, and an exact analysis of the process  - from ICEweb sponsor Samson Controls.  


These pages cover; Coriolis, Metering, Multiphase, Orifice Plates, Ultrasonic, Thermal, V-Cone, Vortex and more!

Working Towards the Calibrate-Once Flow Meter - New research at NEL, supported by NMS, will independently review, test and analyse novel technologies involving secondary sensors and measurements that will aid in the development of condition-based monitoring of flow metering systems.  Previous work at NEL established that, by using secondary and diagnostic measurements, variations in flow rate indications due to real changes in flow rate could be reliably discriminated from those caused by anomalies such as calibration drift.  Therefore, an initial objective is to develop an ability to determine, in-situ, when recalibration of a flow meter is required - based solely on its measurement performance.  

Five Flowmeter Trends to Watch in 2013 - The following blog from Jesse Yoder, Ph.D and the excellent publication Flow Control highlights “5 Flowmeter Trends to Watch”  and provides a series of market snapshots covering key flowmeter technologies.

Calibration and Standards in Flow Measurement - Richard Paton - Calibration is defined as follows: ‘The set of operations that establish, under specified conditions, the relationship between values of quantities indicated by a measuring instrument or measuring system and the corresponding values realized by standards.’ It is important to recognize at the outset the definition of a ‘calibration’ and to note that the ‘comparison’ applies only to the conditions at the time of the calibration. The purpose of calibration is to increase the confidence in the reading obtained from the flowmeter in service - From IDC.

Fire and Gas

Technical Papers covering many aspects of Fire and Gas Engineering. Thanks to Honeywell Analytics this page has been extensively re-modelled with many new links added.

Honeywell Analytics Gas Book - This updated handbook is intended to offer a simple guide to anyone considering the use of gas detection equipment. It provides an explanation of both the principles involved and the instrumentation needed for satisfactory protection of personnel, plant and environment. The aim has been to answer as many as possible of the most commonly asked questions about the selection and use of industrial gas detection equipment.

Thanks to Honeywell Analytics A Total of 26 new Fire and Gas Technical links have been added to ICEweb's Fire and Gas pages. They cover Gas Detection Design and Selection, Fire and Gas Design Engineering including, Fire and Explosion Protection and Much More. Pages include;
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Fire Protection
Gas Detection

Selecting and Placing Gas Detectors for Maximum Application Protection - Dave Opheim - Many industrial processes involve dangerous gases and vapors: flammable, toxic, or both. With the different sensing technologies available, and the wide range of industrial applications that exist, selecting the best sensor and locating them properly for the job at hand can be a challenge - from Detector Electronics Corporation.

The Detection of Hazardous Gases - The detection of hazardous gases has always been a complex subject and makes choosing an appropriate gas monitoring instrument a difficult task. This chapter provides A simple guide to the various sensor technologies available and Terms Definitions and Abbreviations - from International Sensor Technology.

Gas Sensor Calibration - Gas sensors need to be calibrated and periodically checked to ensure sensor accuracy and system integrity. It is important to install stationary sensors in locations where the calibration can be performed easily. The intervals between calibration can be different from sensor to sensor. Generally, the manufacturer of the sensor will recommend a time interval between calibration. However, it is good general practice to check the sensor more closely during the first 30 days after installation. During this period, it is possible to observe how well the sensor is adapting to its new environment - from International Sensor Technology.

Sensor Selection Guide - Each of the following sensor, electrochemical, catalytic bead, solid state, infrared and photoionization detectors must meet certain criteria to be practical for use in area air quality and safety applications - from International Sensor Technology.

Catalytic Combustible Gas Sensors - Catalytic bead sensors are used primarily to detect combustible gases. They have been in use for more than 50 years. Initially, these sensors were used for monitoring gas in coal mines, where they replaced canaries that had been used for a long period of time. The sensor itself is quite simple in design and is easy to manufacture. In its simplest form, as used in the original design, it was comprised of a single platinum wire. Catalytic bead sensors were produced all over the world by a large number of different manufacturers, but the performance and reliability of these sensors varied widely among these various manufacturers - from International Sensor Technology.

Hydrogen Detection in Oil Refineries - This white paper offers a practical approach for the deployment of fire and gas detectors that maximizes detection efficiency. The approach is based on the notion that any one detection technique cannot respond to all hazardous events and consequently, the risk of detection failure is reduced by deploying devices that have different strengths and limitations.

Diversified Technologies for Fixed Gas Detection - Edward Naranjo and Gregory A. Neethling - Over the years, a variety of gas detection technologies have been developed for the oil, gas, and chemical process industries. The advent of embedded electronics, sophisticated firmware, new materials, and spectral techniques has prompted remarkable improvements in detection. In many cases, technology development proceeds through parallel routes with each technology staking its own specialist market. Catalytic bead sensors and infrared detectors are two examples of conventional sensing methods with wide customer acceptance. Likewise, comparatively newer technologies like open path, gas cloud imaging, and ultrasonic gas leak detection have made inroads into the safety instrumentation market, not due to their novelty, but because they solve customers’ problems like no technology before them. In such a world of competing solutions, it is tempting to think single technologies will provide answers to most industry challenges. Offshore platforms, onshore terminals, gas compressor stations, and other facilities, however, are complex environments no single type of detector is bound to cover completely. Experience has shown it is in fact the combination of gas detection schemes that provide the enhanced level of safety that customers demand.

Fundamentals of Combustible Gas Detection - A Guide to the Characteristics of Combustible Gases and Applicable Detection Technologies - from General Monitors.

Combustible Gas Safety Monitoring: Infrared vs. Catalytic Gas Detectors - When designing a combustible gas safety monitoring system for oil/gas, petrochemical or other applications, how do you decide whether to use infrared or catalytic gas detector technology? Both sensing technologies have their advantages dependent upon your application’s specific requirements. A thorough analysis of your application’s unique field environment is needed to ensure optimal performance, safety, reliability and cost-effectiveness. A quick decision, of course, can lead to poor detector choices as well as safety, performance, maintenance, and life-cycle cost consequences - from General Monitors.

Combustible Gas Detector Sensor Drift: Catalytic versus Infrared - Kelly Rollick, Allan Roczko, and Leslie Mitchell - Catalytic bead combustible sensor technology, used for decades to measure combustible gas concentrations, dates back to the 1830s. The infrared spectrum was discovered in 1800. The 1950s saw a surge in infrared spectrum use for many technological applications, including gas detection. These distinct gas detection technologies offer advantages and disadvantages, with conditions determining the better choice for specific applications - from ISA.

Performance Based Gas Detection System Design for Hydrocarbon Storage Tank Systems -Srinivasan N. Ganesan and Edward M. Marszal - The design of hydrocarbon gas detection systems using risk analysis methods is drawing a lot of attention because industry experts have come to a consensus that design codes used in traditional gas detection system design work are not sufficient for open door process areas having serious hazards, such as fire, flammable gas and toxic gas.  The ISA Technical Report TR 84.00.07 provides guidelines for the design of fire and gas systems in unenclosed process areas in accordance with the principles given in IEC 61511 standards. This paper presents an overview of the design of gas detection systems using risk assessment methods that are described in the ISA technical report. These methods are statistical in nature and are used to assign and verify targets for the performance metrics (detector coverage and safety availability) of gas detection systems. This paper also provides an overview of the performance based safety life cycle of gas detection systems from conceptual design stage to operations and maintenance - from

Gas Detection Reference Guide - This comprehensive design guide from Scott Safety covers; 
- System architecture and application, Designing a Gas Detection System, Industrial Hazards, Common Hazards by Industry, Fixed vs. Portable Detection, Warnings, Alarms and Response Functions.
- Sensor technology including; Catalytic Bead Sensors, Infrared Sensors, Electrochemical Sensors, Photo Ionization Detector, Metal Oxide Semiconductor Sensors,Sensor Performance Factors and Flame Detection.
- Glossary of gas detection terms

Gas Detection Infrared Sensors Broaden Scope of Platform Gas Analysis - Jeff Markley - Catalytic detectors reveal the presence of combustible gases through a change in the resistance of the embedded coil - but their sensitivity can be affected by airborne contaminants. Infrared sensors allow open path detectors to detect gas up to 200 metres away - from Offshore.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Information - The European standard for domestic Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms is EN50291 and this also provides details of where you should and should not install a CO alarm in a domestic property. The key points from this standard are as follows:
- Ideally, an alarm should be fitted in every room that contains a fuel burning appliance
- If there is an appliance in a room where people sleep then a unit should be installed in that room.
- If a room has a flueless / open flued appliance then a unit should be located in that room.
- If an appliance is in a frequently used room (kitchen, sitting room) then locate a unit in the room(s).

Fixed-Point Industrial Gas Detection - These gas detectors are used extensively on floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels, as well at onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities.

Gas Detection Sampling Systems for use in a wide range of Applications including the Printing and Coating Industry - Sampling systems are particularly useful when detection of flammable or toxic gases cannot be done by simply locating a detector in the required area. Factors preventing this may include physical location, temperature, humidity, dust, air flow and corrosive environments. A sampling system can be used to precondition a gas sample to enable accurate detection in both safety and process control type applications.

The Benefits of IR Gas Detection for Oil and Gas Applications - Gem Bayless - Gas detection has been through a number of evolutions since the birth of the industry over 50 years ago. A major milestone in its history has been the introduction of Infrared (IR) gas detection, which uses a Hydrocarbon gases ability to absorb IR light at a pre-determined wavelength. Thanks to its notable value, which includes a fast speed of response (typically T90 in less than 5 seconds), fail-to-safety operation, immunity to poisons and ability to work in inert atmospheres, IR detection is fast becoming a popular method of detection - particularly within the oil, gas and petrochemical industries -from Honeywell and PetroOnline.

Integrated Fire and Gas Solution - Improves Plant Safety and Business Performance - Fire and gas (F&G) detection and mitigation systems are key to maintaining the overall safety and operation of industrial facilities. F&G systems include offshore petroleum exploration and production, onshore oil and gas facilities, refineries and chemical plants, marine operations, tank farms and terminals, pipelines, power plants, mining and paper mills. A F&G safety system continuously monitors for abnormal situations such as a fire, or combustible or toxic gas release within the plant; and provides early warning and mitigation actions to prevent escalation of the incident and protect the process or environment. By implementing an integrated fire and gas strategy based on the latest automation technology, plants can meet their plant safety and  critical infrastructure protection requirements while ensuring operational and business readiness at project start-up - From Honeywell.

Code of Practice for Visual Alarm Devices (VADs) Used for Fire Warning - This Code of Practice gives recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of facilities using VADs to give the primary warning of fire to certain persons in and around buildings, other than single-family dwellings - from LPCB.

Hazardous Areas Instrumentation and Electrical Equipment

A huge technical library of Technical Information covering a wide range of Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas.

Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules - Amendment - AS/NZS 3000:2007/Amdt 2:2012 - Electrical installations (known as the Australian/New Zealand Wiring Rules) - Summary of the major (not all) changes detailed in this Amendment.

Standard Update - AS/NZS 3800:2012 - Electrical equipment for explosive atmospheres - Repair and overhaul.

New Standard - AS/NZS 60079.33:2012 - Explosive Atmospheres - Equipment Protection by Special Protection ‘S’ - The objective of this Standard is to provide requirements and the specific methodology for the assessment, testing and marking of electrical equipment, parts of electrical equipment and Ex components with special protection ‘s’.

High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems - (HIPPS)

A swag of information on this interesting subject.


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Instrumentation Valves, Tubing and Fittings

ICEweb has very comprehensive pages on this subject.

Laser Instrumentation

Technical Information on Laser Level and Other Laser Instrumentation Applications.

Level Instruments

Technical Information covering a wide range of level subjects including General Theory, Capacitance, Displacer, Float/Magnetic, Radar, Ultrasonic, Boiler Level and more!

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New Technologies

This section of ICEweb is dedicated to new and emerging technologies.

Pressure Instruments

Covers General Theory, Technical Papers, Transmitters, Regulators, Safety Tips, Blockage Tool and more Pressure Related Technologies.

Comparing Differential Pressure Transmitter Accuracy - Ted Dimm - Differential pressure transmitters are extremely versatile instruments fitting a broad range of applications in various process industries. Accuracy is a key performance measure for any process-measuring device, and is an important factor for proper device selection and maintenance. Differential pressure devices are very versatile, but it is not always easy to understand, calculate, or compare accuracies between devices. This document is intended to help the reader better understand what manufacturers’ accuracy statements mean, what specifications are important for a given application, and how to properly compare various product capabilities - From Honeywell Process Solutions.  

Pressure Relief Valves

This must be just about the world's most comprehensive Pressure Relief Valve resource covering Technical Papers, Technical Manuals, Engineering Handbook, Calculations, Sizing, Selection and Relief Design.

Rupture Discs

Specifications, Standards, Technical Papers and Articles.

Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)

Thanks to our sponsor Invensys Triconex ICEweb's Safety Instrumented Systems page has been extensively upgraded with an alphabetical listing - so if you need more information on SIS just go to this page as a first "port of call"!

This industry leading conference will focus on the technology and application of safety-related control and instrumentation systems in the chemicals, energy, mining and manufacturing industries. Fourteen World class speakers will present an array of technical papers which will demystify the complex and challenging issues of using control systems technology to maintain and improve the safety of people and plant whilst ensuring profitability. Featuring International Keynote Speakers Paul Gruhn and Ron Bell, this is an event which really makes the most of your valuable time and is just too good to miss! Download the Conference Brochure.

Paul Gruhn (USA) - ISA Fellow, ICS Triplex Training Manager

Paul is an ISA Fellow, a member of the ISA 84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems), the developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems and the primary author of the ISA textbook on the subject. Paul developed the first commercial safety system modelling program over  17 years ago. He has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Texas and an ISA 84 Expert.

Ron Bell (UK) - IEC 61508 Expert, Director, Engineering Safety Consultants

From 1992 to 2006, Ron was head of the Electrical and Control Systems Group in the Health and Safety Executive (UK government safety regulator). In 1998 he was appointed as one of the five UK members of the binational Channel Tunnel Safety Authority which is a post he held for 13 years. He chaired one of the two IEC working groups responsible for developing IEC 61508 (the international standard dealing with safety critical systems). He also chaired one of the two teams responsible for the recent revision of IEC 61508. He is a Director of Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd (ESC), a technical consultancy specialising in functional safety. In 2005 he received the IEC 1906 Award for his work on functional safety and in particular IEC 61508. He received the OBE in the Queen's 2006 New Year Honours.

The Hidden Costs of Successful Safety - Luis Duran - This article describes many of the hidden costs and side effects associated with safety instrumented systems (SISs), especially those embedded with distributed control systems (DCSs). It covers some of the safety-related questions users need to ask their DCS vendors, even though many suppliers don’t want to answer them. Thanks to

Ten Truths of Safety Instrumented Systems - Selection and design of safety systems is not trivial, and it never has been. Operating companies in the process industries must face compliance with new safety standards such as IEC61508 and IEC61511, while implementing safeguards that provide asset protection without disrupting asset utilization or compromising production targets. What are the fundamental selection criteria for safety and critical control equipment? What key principles must be clarified in order to ensure successful selection and implementation of the system?

When a SIL Rating is not Enough - Robin McCrea-Steele, TÜV FSExp Invensys-Premier Consulting Services - SIL rating is a measure of the risk reduction capability and probability of failure-on-demand. It measures only the "Fail Safe" nature of the device and should not be the primary or sole measurement considered when selecting a safety system.

Quality of a SIS has a Direct Impact on Plant Performance - Quality isn't always implemented the same way by every company. Quality Assurance procedures differ between vendors, regardless of product compliance with safety standards and certifications. Nevertheless, a vendor must make sure that their SIS performs to the intended specification.

Smart Valve Positioners and their use in Safety Instrumented Systems - Thomas Karte, Jörg Kiesbauer - As part of efforts to reduce life cycle costs of control valves in the process industry, smart electro-pneumatic positioners play an important role due to their self-adaptive features and their highly developed diagnostic functions. Their use can lead to decisive improvements in availability and reliability. To make full use of this potential, which has often been discussed in theory in the past but hardly been put into practice to date, NAMUR Recommendation 107 and Guideline VOl 2650 provide information on the scope of diagnostics and the generation of alarm states. Applications in safety instrumented systems are of particular interest as smart positioners are used more and more with on/off valves in place of classic solenoid valves. In the process industry, the use of on/off valves in safety instrumented systems is governed by the IEC 6 1511 standard. The basic principle behind this standard is the safety management life cycle, which can be effectively supported by the diagnostic functions of positioner - from our sponsor Samson Controls.

Applying Tank Farm Safety Standards for Petroleum Storage Tanks in India - S. K. Ravindran and John Joosten - Like other process industry operations, petroleum tank farms present difficult challenges for automation and safety technology. Tank farms, storage areas and loading/unloading sites all need effective safety solutions to protect personnel, assets and the environment. The consequences of incidents at these facilities can be enormous. The tank farm environment, being a hazardous area, requires continual monitoring of critical process parameters. Accurate and reliable tank level monitoring is especially important to prevent overfill situations. Some overfills are small and easily contained, but the accumulation of product from repeated overfills or a single large spill can cause significant soil and ground water contamination. Worse yet, recent catastrophic incidents at tank farms and terminals can be traced to ineffective safety technology leading to loss of level control and, ultimately, to loss of containment. Tank farm operations benefit from a holistic approach to industrial safety, which integrates advanced technology at all plant protection layers - and the people who interact with that technology - to help end-users achieve their safety objectives.This white paper describes various standards and recommendations as per international and Indian publications addressing safety in petroleum storage tank farms. It also discusses possible technologies/solutions, which can be used to comply with industry guidelines and create a safe work environment - from Honeywell.

Safety Critical Valve Testing - Do you Comply?

A recurring theme of pipeline facility inspections relates to the testing of safety-critical riser emergency shutdown valves (RESDV).  NOPSEMA views the testing of safety-critical valves against defined performance standards to be crucial in demonstrating the ongoing functionality of risk mitigation measures described in the safety case for a facility. RESDV functional and seat leakage rate testing is generally scheduled, with defined frequencies, within the facility planned maintenance system. Planned functional tests are frequently recorded as complete due to opportunistic valve operation/activation coinciding with planned process shutdowns or process trips.  While this in itself is not a problem, crucial performance data can be overlooked or omitted if not captured by the maintenance system. Operators held incomplete records of RESDV testing, with minimal data relating to valve time-to close and seat leakage rates.  This lack of data will prevent meaningful comparison against defined performance standards, or accurate assessment of any deterioration in valve performance. While valve time-to-close and seat leakage rate performance standards were generally specified, they were often applied generically across all pipes and pipelines associated with a facility.  It is considered good practice to ensure that maximum tolerable time-to-close and seat leakage rates are identified for individual valves based on duty, location, product, size, blow-down rates and  isolated inventory volume and justified by a risk assessment process.

Inspection findings of greatest concern were those which indicated that test procedures did not always reflect real life service and, therefore, produced false or misleading outcomes.  Inspections identified poor practices, such as operating the valve repeatedly prior to the test or shock loading the valve seats to ensure tight closure. 


This comprehensive page has numerous technical papers on Process Control Security issues

Automation Federation Representatives Confer With White House Officials on Growing Cybersecurity and Economic Threats - Representatives of the Automation Federation (AF) recently met with President Barack Obama’s staff to help confront two serious threats to US national security and economic growth: cyberattack, and the lack of advanced manufacturing skills among American workers.  

Address SCADA Security Vulnerabilities NOW, Not Later - Eric Byres - Who is responsible for fixing the thousands (some say 100,000) of vulnerabilities that exist in PLCs, DCS, RTUs and other automation devices that are in use in facilities around the world?

SCADA Security Basics: Integrity Trumps Availability - Eric Byres - There is more to consider when it comes to industrial security priorities.

SCADA Security Basics: Why Industrial Networks are Different than IT Networks - Heather MacKenzie - This blog looks at SCADA security from another angle, which is “Why is securing Industrial Networks different than securing IT Networks?” It covers three ways to address these differences.

Shamoon Malware and SCADA Security – What are the Impacts? - Heather MacKenzie - The most destructive post-Stuxnet discovery of advanced threats is a malicious malware known as Shamoon. Like Stuxnet, Duqu and Flame, it targeted energy companies in the Middle East, this time Saudi Aramco, Qatar’s RasGas and likely other oil and gas concerns in the region. It is a new species however, because it did not disrupt an industrial process as Stuxnet did, nor did it stealthily steal business information as Flame and Duqu did. Instead it removed and overwrote the information on the hard drives of 30,000 to 55,000 (yes those numbers are correct!) workstations of Saudi Aramco (and who knows how many more at other firms). Nothing this damaging has been seen in a while. As a Kaspersky Lab expert commented “Nowadays, destructive malware is rare; the main focus of cybercriminals is financial profit. Cases like the one here do not appear very often.”What does Shamoon mean for SCADA and ICS Security? This is an interesting article into what is in effect cyber terrorism.

The iPhone is Coming to the Plant Floor – Can we Secure it? - Eric Byres - This is an issue that industry needs to come to terms with quickly if we are ever going make our plant floors secure. What is your company doing about mobile devices on the plant floor? Does it have a strategy?  

Severe Service Control Valves

A swag of technical papers can be found here.

Axial Surge Relief Valve - The high-capacity proportional pilot design allows fast response and will eliminate the dangers of a pressure surge. All components operate solely on fluid static pressure to provide ultimate protection. Owing to stable opening behaviour, pilot design and consequently high effective capacity, the valve can fully protect the piping systems against dangerous and costly surge pressure damage.

Control Valves for Critical Applications - Dr J Kisbauer, Samson A.G.- Know the causes of cavitation and how to prevent them.

Solenoid Valves

This is a comprehensive Technical Reference on Solenoids

Solenoid Valves - Solenoid Valves are among the most frequently used control valve accessories. They are integrated into the fitted pipes of the pneumatic actuator and fulfil versatile tasks depending on required procedures, safety regulations or other factors. The solenoid valve often represents the only interface between the pneumatically operated control valve and the electric control system where as other devices, as e.g. positioner or signal transducer might be completely omitted. This is, above all, the case in discontinuous operations (batch-processes), where the control valve is for part of the time either open or closed. Intermediate valve positions are usually not required for these applications.

Specialist Oil & Gas Valves

Technical information on Cryogenic Ball, Gate, Globe and Check Valves - In the Oil and Gas industry, valves are exposed to some of the most extreme conditions imaginable. Corrosive and erosive environments and extremely high and low temperatures for example, require tough equipment, tough materials and tight tolerances. The technical links here provide engineering solutions. Check out our sponsor Prochem who have these solutions.

Control, Instrumentation, Fire & Gas and Safety Instrumented Systems Engineering Standards - This is a New Page under development so bear with us, lots more information will be added over the next few months.

Catalogue of International Standards Used in the Oil & Gas Industry - The purpose in collecting and maintaining this information is to provide an International Standards catalogue for the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industry. The objective of this document is to provide a tool for making potential users aware of International Standards available to them. By this means it is anticipated that more such standards would be used in place of regional, national, or company / project – specific standards. As a result, the costs associated with the procurement of oil and gas industry materials, equipment, and structures will be reduced, and greater efficiency will be realised in the use of resources that would otherwise be required to develop and maintain local standards and specifications - from OGP.

Surge and Lightning Protection

It will never happen to me? Don't you believe it...Globally, some 2000 on-going thunderstorms cause about 100 lightning strikes to earth each second!! This page provides a comprehensive range of links to help resolve the potential effects.

Test and Calibration

Technical Papers and Articles on how to test and calibrate along with typical equipment. Thanks to our sponsor Zedflo Australia ICEweb's Test and Calibration Instruments page has been extensively upgraded.

We thank our sponsors Zedflo Australia for the following information.
Low Pressure Calibrations - When you're performing a low pressure calibration, there are some things you can do to make the job easier and better (more accurate) - From Martel Matters Newsletter.
Temperature Calibrations (Thermocouple Edition) -There are a few "gotchas" in temperature calibration when we're talking about T/Cs and RTDs. Each has its own problems, This article will focus on calibration of T/C instrumentation - From Martel Matters Newsletter.

Terminals - Electrical and Instrumentation Wiring

Need to know how to wire and terminate your control consoles, marshalling cabinets and junction boxes? Thanks to our sponsor Weidmüller ICEweb's Electrical and Instrumentation Terminals page has some great information

Precisely Connecting Signals in Process Control Systems - Proper signal transmission is often an immense project, particularly in process plants: Several thousands of field signals need to be wired to the DCS (Distribution Control System). In doing so, the clear and simple connection of the wires, their shielding, the protection against lightning and surges, as well as the conversion of the signals must be implemented in a precise and efficient way. In response to these requirements, Weidmüller has designed a variety of precisely tailored solutions for connecting signals in process control systems.

Weidmüller App - Latest news and information about Weidmüller's products whenever you want - Information is available via buttons aptly named ie. 'News', 'Product Catalogue', 'Search', 'User Information', 'Enquiry List', 'Company Profile' and 'Innovations'. 

Quick Selection Guide Modular Terminal Blocks - Need a terminal? Choose from the huge range detailed here.

Just the Right Tool for your Application - This informative brochure is sorted by application areas. That way you can quickly find the quality tool you are looking for. It also contains useful tool tips

Temperature Instruments

Covering a whole range of temperature measuring techniques along with General Theory, Conversions, Selection and Application this page must be your first choice when looking for quality technical information.

Self-validating Thermocouples - NPL has been working with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop in-situ self-validation of thermocouples, up to 2300 °C.

Valve Actuators

JUST HAVE A LOOK AT THIS PAGE! A huge repository of information on Actuators including Compact Actuator Solutions and Systems, Subsea Valve Actuator Applications, Offshore Valve Actuator Applications, Safety Related Systems Valve Actuator Systems, Spring Return Hydraulic Actuators, Spring Return Pneumatic Actuators, Compact Double Block & Bleed (DBB) Valve Actuators, Double Acting Actuator, Valve Actuator General Information, Scotch Yoke Design Valve Actuators, Firesafe Actuators, Hydraulic Actuator Design and Operation, Electrical Actuator Design and Operation, Control Valve Actuator Design and Operation and Valve Actuator Accessories. Check out our sponsor Prochem who have these solutions.


ICEwebs Valveweb page has been completely reworked to help you get to your required information quickly and efficiently.

Variable Speed Drives

Check out ICEweb's Variable Speed Drives Page. We are looking for more technical papers on these and other Electrical subjects.


Information and News on Health & Safety.

Shift Handover -The Importance of Continuity - Shift handover has been shown to be a common source of revenue loss and safety incidents in plant operation. Both economic and regulatory pressures demand substantial improvement in the shift handover process. Every engineer knows that discontinuities are invariably a source of weakness, whether in physical structures or in continuous processes. This is particularly true in the case of shift handover but, whereas physical discontinuities may be easy to identify and remove, discontinuities in working procedures can be far more difficult. It has long been recognised in the plant industries that the discontinuities of shift handover are among the most common and potentially serious sources of problems. These can range from minor impacts on operational efficiency to the most serious safety incidents; all incur corresponding levels of economic cost. The root of the issue is the transfer of information from outgoing to incoming shift teams. This paper looks into the problems arising and describes how the latest information management technology can be used to overcome them. To download AVEVA's paper on Shift Handover visit

"I Could Have Saved A Life That Day" – A poem from NOPSEMA that is worth reading because it has an important message.

I could have saved a life that day, It wasn't that I didn't care, I had the time, and I was there. ...But I didn't want to seem a fool, Or argue over a safety rule.

I knew he'd done the job before, If I called it wrong, he might get sore. The changes didn't seem that bad, I've done the same, he knew I had.

So I shook my head and walked on by, He knew the risks as well as I. He took the chance, I closed an eye and with that act, I let him die.

I could have saved a life that day, but I chose to look the other way. Now every time I see his wife, I'll know I should have saved his life.

That guilt is something I must bear, but it isn't something you need share. If you see a risk that others take, that puts their health or life at stake.

The question asked, or thing you say, could help them live another day. If you see a risk and walk away, then hope you never have to say,

I could have saved a life that day, but I chose to look the other way.

Attributed to Don Merrell

Human Factors: Competency Assurance - This information paper is designed to foster continuous improvement in the area of competency  assurance.  It provides information that organisations may wish to consider in the design and implementation of effective and robust competency assurance systems - from NOPSEMA

Applying Tank Farm Safety Standards for Petroleum Storage Tanks in India - S. K. Ravindran and John Joosten - Like other process industry operations, petroleum tank farms present difficult challenges for automation and safety technology. Tank farms, storage areas and loading/unloading sites all need effective safety solutions to protect personnel, assets and the environment. The consequences of incidents at these facilities can be enormous. The tank farm environment, being a hazardous area, requires continual monitoring of critical process parameters. Accurate and reliable tank level monitoring is especially important to prevent overfill situations. Some overfills are small and easily contained, but the accumulation of product from repeated overfills or a single large spill can cause significant soil and ground water contamination. Worse yet, recent catastrophic incidents at tank farms and terminals can be traced to ineffective safety technology leading to loss of level control and, ultimately, to loss of containment. Tank farm operations benefit from a holistic approach to industrial safety, which integrates advanced technology at all plant protection layers - and the people who interact with that technology - to help end-users achieve their safety objectives.This white paper describes various standards and recommendations as per international and Indian publications addressing safety in petroleum storage tank farms. It also discusses possible technologies/solutions, which can be used to comply with industry guidelines and create a safe work environment - from Honeywell.

Manufacturing and Automation Safety

See ICEweb's comprehensive page which covers a huge volume of super information on this subject!

Useful Free Software and Tools for Engineers

Software and Tools that will help with engineering design. Really excellent free tools to help you in your job and at home can be found on ICEweb’s “Tools” page.

Commonsense Engineering Safety Tips When Commissioning Plant - IDC have compiled a list of tips on working safely when commissioning a plant or with machinery from an electrical, mechanical, instrumentation and IT point of view 

Instrument Signal Conditioners, Signal Concentrators, Transmitters, Transducers, Isolators and Converters

This brand new page covers technical aspects of all the above devices! The signal problem solver from Moore Industries is very useful, have a look at it along with many other useful links here.

Signal Isolators, Converters and Interfaces: The “Ins” and “Outs” - whether you call them signal isolators, signal converters or signal interfaces, these useful process instruments solve important ground loop and signal conversion challenges everyday. Just as important, they are called upon to do a whole lot more. They can be used to share, split, boost, protect, step down, linearize and even digitise process signals. This guide will tell you many of the important ways signal isolators, converters and interfaces can be used, and what to look for when specifying one - from our sponsor Moore Industries.

Instrumentation Technology - Techweb

A Gateway to a huge amount of Instrumentation Technology Information.


News and technical links to Industrial Instrumentation Wireless items of interest

Fieldbus Foundation and ISA100 Wireless Collaboration Delivers Backhaul Architecture Model -The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the approval of a backhaul architecture model, developed in collaboration with International Society of Automation standards committee ISA100. It provides a common framework enabling multiple industrial communication protocols to run over a shared wireless backhaul network in process automation systems. Completion of this work is a key milestone supporting implementation of the Fieldbus Foundation’s wireless High Speed Ethernet (HSE) backhaul included in Foundation for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology.  

Wireless Technology Guide - Wireless Communication is used by all of us on a regular manner: Cellphones, WLAN and DECT telephones are all around and widely accepted in consumer applications. As these technologies have improved, they have started to make their way into industrial applications. But the requirements and boundary conditions in the industrial world are different from the consumer world. Industrial applications require higher quality products and, more important, an increase in technical support. To set up a wireless system which fullfills its duty in the required quality, some knowledge of the following topics are required:
- physical basics of wireless communication
- antennas
- modern wireless technologies
- available standards, their properties, advantages and disadvantages
- requirements in industrial applications
If some of these topics are unknown, setting up a wireless system can be difficult and debugging a nonworking wireless system is based on luck and not on know-how. Therefore, it can be very valuable to understand some basic principles rather than skill or knowledge. This short introduction describes some information which might be useful when setting up and debugging a wireless system in an industrial application – from Pepperl + Fuchs

ICEtime - Seminars, Tradeshows, Conferences and Events of interest to our readership.

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Take a look at ISA's comprehensive calendar of Automation events



4 - 5 South East Asia Flow Measurement Conference 2013 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

12 - 15 Fieldbus Foundation 2013 General Assembly -Shanghai, China

25 - 28 ABB Automation & Power World - Orlando, Florida USA


1 - 2 The Americas Flow Measurement Conference 2013 - Houston, USA  

1 - 4 CSIA 2013 Executive Conference - TradeWinds Island Grand - St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA  

5 -8  Invensys OpsManage 2013 Conference - Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

7 - 10 National Manufacturing Week - Melbourne, Australia  


1 - 3 Australian Gas Technology Conference & Exhibition - Perth Convention Centre, Perth, Australia

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