ICEnews                                                                                  August 2010

All "that's cool" in Instrumentation and Control Engineering

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Welcome to the August 2010 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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Editorial

Watch Out there are Sophisticated Thieves about in the Instrumentation and Control World!

ICEweb had an interesting email from Eric Byres from Tolfino Industrial Security highlighting a potentially serious new threat to Control Systems World that might affect your organisation. He highlighted that his team has been investigating a new family of threats called Stuxnet that appear to be directed specifically at Siemens WinCC and PCS7 products via a previously unknown Windows vulnerability. The objective of the malware appears to be industrial espionage; i.e. to steal intellectual property from SCADA and process control systems. 

This just highlights how aware one must be to secure systems, although this example shows how devious some thieves can be. Of course not only are there these types of threats very real, there is the 'old chestnut' of reverse engineering of products, ripping off the automation world with inferior engineering and quality. The only way to stop this practice is not to go for a too good to be true price and look at quality. On the other hand anyone choosing these products will undoubtedly come unstuck with increased maintenance and more failures.

So the message is keep vigilant with your Automation  as you would with your own bank account, otherwise potentially someone will take the opportunity to rip you off. 

See the full Tolfino press release and details on access to a white paper on the subject in the Security section of this newsletter.

Jim Russell


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


Now for something different in the Instrument World - An Instrumented Steering Wheel System - For Ride and Handling Test Applications  - PCB® Load & Torque, Inc., have announced that the release of their Instrumented Steering Wheel Systems for vehicles are developed from a standard steering wheel to enable true-to-life data measurements. The telemetry-based steering wheel with supplied adaptors can be installed in the same position as the OEM steering wheel to provide similar ergonomic feel and driving dynamics. The unit is equipped with integrated sensors to measure angle, angular rate, and torque. The vehicle’s active Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is fully supported and not compromised. The units provide advanced integrated function keys, which include autozero for both steering angle and steering torque, shunt calibration, and function lock. Four switches allow the unit multiple user-programmable controlling options. Equipped with an integrated inductive power supply, the Instrumented Steering Wheel Systems provide continuous running wireless operation.

Emerson Process Management has announced that it has been appointed by Technip Samsung Consortium to serve as Main Automation Contractor for the Shell “Prelude” project, which will potentially be the world’s first Floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) development.  Emerson Process Management was selected by Technip Samsung Consortium due to its Global Framework Agreement with Shell, announced in February 2010.  This is the first project award for Emerson Process Management resulting from its Global Framework Agreement. Read more here.

Emerson Process Management's AMS™ Suite Intelligent Device Manager v11 extends asset management leadership by adding PROFIBUS DP v1 asset support when used with the DeltaV™ digital automation system. AMS Device Manager v11, a key component of the PlantWeb digital plant architecture, will help users streamline maintenance procedures by providing a single application for managing all field devices using HART®, FOUNDATION™ fieldbus, PROFIBUS DP, and IEC 62591 (WirelessHART®) communications. By having a central point to actively manage all asset information, users can better leverage predictive diagnostics to ensure equipment reliability and availability. Adding PROFIBUS DP protocol support provides AMS Device Manager users with an expanded range of assets manageable from one application. In addition to instrumentation and valves, users can now communicate with motor starters, motor control centres, drives, and other high value equipment as well, accessing diagnostics and configurations for more assets than ever before. Read more here.

ABB has signed a long-term cooperation agreement with Fluor Corporation, the major US based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, giving ABB a preferred status in the supply of automation, communications and electrical supply systems during the planning of Fluor’s contracts.

Invensys Operations Management has teamed with Byres Security Inc. and MTL Instruments to deliver a ground-breaking cyber security solution. The new Triconex® Tofino™ Firewall for OPC will harden industrial safety systems against network accidents and attacks. It is the first firewall that protects integrated applications based on OPC Classic, the world’s most widely used industrial integration protocol. What’s really cool about the Triconex Tofino Firewall is that:
- It is the first ever industrial firewall for managing OPC traffic.
- It is ready to use out of the box – no complicated rule configuration is necessary. Instead, all required firewall rules are created automatically from the standard safety system configuration files.
- Its OPC Sanity Check' feature blocks OPC requests not conforming to the DCE/RPC standard, preventing many common cyber attacks.

Applied Analytics have recently signed Environmental Consultancy services as a new Distributor in Australia.

Endress+Hauser have announced the availability of its Applicator design tool at www.us.endress.com/applicator.The Applicator tool helps instrument and control engineers select the appropriate flow instrumentation for various process conditions and for specific wastewater, potable water and cement applications.  

Interested in Pumps? The Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter offer a variety of free educational tools and documents on their web sites. You have to register but it looks like it is worth the effort. 

ODVA have announced that it has published New Editions of the Specifications for ODVA networks, enhancing the EtherNet/IP™, DeviceNet™, CompoNet™ and ControlNet™ technologies. ODVA’s biannual updates of these network specifications allow end users to meet an ever increasing scope of industrial automation applications. Coupled with the updates to the specifications published in November 2009, there have been 46 enhancements made over the past six months.

NPL Launches new Measurement Network to Encourage Innovation - The network is for anyone with an interest in measurement. It aims to facilitate the sharing of measurement knowledge and information between NPL scientists and members of the network, as well as providing a forum for the sharing and exchange of information and advice between members and other measurement experts. It does this primarily through a programme of seminars and conferences, as well as by involving members in working groups or other activities.

MicroStrain Expands Integration with National Instruments' LabVIEW and Emphasizes Commitment to Open Architecture Throughout Its Sensors -  This integration allows MicroStrain customers including engineers, universities and manufacturers to rapidly create and customize data acquisition applications using LabVIEW.  "We are committed to open architecture and offer free software developer kits throughout our sensor range.  This latest integration further expands the number of our sensors that can seamlessly connect to LabVIEW to facilitate data acquisition, graphical display, analysis and data storage," said Steven Arms, President of MicroStrain.

In June hundreds of automation users and industry experts gathered at the Honeywell Users Group Americas to explore the latest industry trends and technology developments. The event featured hands-on demonstrations of the latest technology, one-to-one interaction with products experts, and group discussion with other Honeywell users. The robust technical conference provided invaluable education and insight that will positively impact attendee's bottom line. You can download the conference presentations here.

Required Urgently: Supertechs - In this interesting article from John Immelman his concern about the dearth of instrumentation engineers and technicians available in Australia, or coming through the system is highlighted - Thanks to PACE.


ICEbooks – Useful books, software and new releases related to Instrumentation and Control.


Abhisam Software E-Book - Practical Guide to Hazardous Area Classification
, this inexpensive publication is now available for just US$17!

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 books@idc-online.com .

30% savings from IDC before 16th August - The following titles are usually priced at $139.95 but if you purchase before the 16th August 2010 you will receive each title at the discounted price of $97.95 - a 30% saving! Prices are exclusive of postage and taxes.
Practical Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering - This title aims to cover the fundamental concepts of chemical engineering and provide you with a solid working knowledge.  If you are a non-chemical engineer this book will enable you to confidently talk to and work effectively with, chemical engineers and process equipment. You will have the ability to apply this newfound knowledge to specify, design, operate, maintain and troubleshoot chemical processes. Book Code: CE  
Practical TCP/IP and Ethernet Networking - This book will help you understand and construct a secure robust Local Area Network. You will be able to an analyse and construct a typical firewall and optimize your company’s connectivity with LANs/Intranets and the Internet.  Book Code: TC    
Practical Power Transformers: Operation, Maintenance and Testing
- Power transformers are among the most important and most expensive components of power systems; their failure can impose extraordinarily high costs on plants, factories and utilities of all descriptions. Installation of high voltage distribution and transmission equipment has increased significantly over the years due to ongoing global demand for power. As a result, the need to ensure the reliability of the operation of power systems is paramount. Practical Power Transformers contains information on both theory and operation of power transformers. It will develop and enhance your understanding of what is involved in the maintenance of these essential components of power systems, through the tips and tricks learnt and developed by some of the world’s pre-eminent electrical engineers. Book Code: TF  
Practical Process Control
- Aimed at those involved in the design, implementation and upgrading of industrial control systems, this book introduces the fundamentals of process control and the new techniques surrounding it. Book Code: PC   
Practical Hydraulic Systems: Operation and Trouble Shooting
- Whatever your hydraulic applications you can increase the knowledge of the fundamentals, improve your maintenance programs and become an excellent troubleshooter of problems in this area by acquiring this information-packed book. Book Code: HD  
Practical Industrial Networking
- This book provides a simplified introduction to the world of industrial networking. The focus is on the physical layer and installing and commissioning simple industrial networking systems. Despite the focus on the basics and fundamentals you will still finish this book with valuable tools in designing, commissioning and installing your own industrial network. Book Code: IT  
Operation and Maintenance of Diesel Power Generating Plants
- Diesel generating plants have an important role in power plants as well as industry and commercial installations to meet continuous and emergency standby power requirements. A good knowledge of basic operation principles, layout requirements, associated components and maintenance practices for diesel power plants help the career development of many engineers and technicians in today’s world. Book Code: DG  
Practical Boiler Control and Instrumentation - This book introduces the basic practices of control systems and safety controls for industrial steam generating boilers. It focuses on the control and safety requirements applicable to most types of boilers from small gas-fired units to large multi-fuel installations.  This book is a comprehensive text teaching you everything that you will need to know on this subject. Book Code: BI  
Practical Process compressors - This book guides you from the basics of thermodynamics to every practical aspect of air and gas compression as used in any process industry. It covers the principle, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the most commonly used types of compressors. The topics attempt to encompass the latest in compressor hardware and their manufacturing processes, covering the various designs and materials of components and details their special features. Book Code: CO
Practical Project Management
- More and more engineering and technical professionals are making career transitions from product design into project management, requiring formal training and a willingness to learn new skills. However, all the technical know-how in the world will not deliver a project successfully – with the required level of quality, within cost constraints and on time – without proper project management skills. Book Code: PM 
For more information on all of the above titles visit IDC's website:  http://www.idc-online.com/ or for a quote or for further information please contact books@idc-online.com

The International Society of Automation (ISA) have announced the publication of Control Systems Safety Evaluation and Reliability, Third Edition, by William M. Goble. This updated third edition, intended to serve a wide variety of users, provides the detailed background necessary to understand how to meet important new safety regulations; and discusses reliability engineering topics. Professional control system designers will learn to properly evaluate control system components and various system architectures and will learn how to better communicate with vendors and increase accuracy of life-cycle cost estimates.


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

One Network Topology Is Not a Silver Bullet - Relationships Make the Difference: Engineering and Thought Are Critical in Determining the Optimal Network Topology Solution - Ian Verhappen - A number of different industrial network topologies such as star or chicken foot are in use today for the various levels of the enterprise. The field level has different environmental and bandwidth requirements than the control system backbone. These requirements significantly influence the decision-making process of today's automation professional - from Industrial Automation Networks and www.controldesign.com 

Industrial Automation Networks Inc. Joins the FDT Group - The FDT Group AISBL announced today that Industrial Automation Networks Inc., (IAN) a Canadian engineering consultancy firm that specializes in field level networks, has joined the FDT Group. “FDT Group membership provides valuable insight into the internationally standardized device integration technology for process and factory automation. We welcome IAN and anticipate that the FDT Group will provide distinct benefits as IAN engage with clients around the globe in a variety of industries,” states Glenn Schulz, managing director of the FDT Group. FDT membership was a natural choice for IAN. IAN offers services ranging from front end design, detailed network design, commissioning, operational support, economic analysis, and training.

The Ethernet Buzzword Guide - This Guide gives you the low-down on network & TCP/IP Terms: What does 10BASE-T mean? How about half- and full- duplex? What's the difference between a hub and a switch? A port and a socket? What is CSMA/CD? You'll find answers to all these questions, and concise definitions on this simple 3-page guide - from B&B Electronics.

Ethernet Basics - This Industrial Ethernet Basics Guide defines all of the basic network building blocks like hubs, switches, routers, bridges, terminal servers and gateways; it explains issues in selecting cables for demanding applications, and issues regarding software drivers and network speed. It explains network design rules for hubs and repeaters; and it explains the 7-Layer networking model in plain English - from B&B Electronics.

The Fieldbus Foundation have announced the release of the H1 Conformance Test Kit (H1 CTK) 3.0. The kit provides enhanced capabilities for development and testing of Foundation fieldbus H1 (31.25 kbit/s) device communications stacks, and has been updated to support a current hardware platform and operating systems and expanded test case functionality. The H1 CTK is a complete testing solution enabling fieldbus device developers to ensure their H1 communication stack conforms to the Fieldbus Foundation’s test requirements. The fieldbus communication stack is the messaging component of a field device. Specifically, the stack is composed of the data link layer, the fieldbus access sub-layer, the fieldbus message specification, and system/network management agents. 

The Fieldbus Foundation have also announced that Trine University, Angola, Indiana; and SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, have successfully completed the rigorous certification process under the Foundation Certified Training Program (FCTP). This program, which establishes uniform standards for fieldbus educational curriculum around the world and defines acceptable levels of learning for students of Foundation technology, ensures the availability of thorough, comprehensive and accredited training to the process automation marketplace. Read more here.


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

NEWSFLASH - Abhisam Software have announced a discounted rate for all e-learning products. The RFID and Gas Monitors courses will be available for just $69 and the Hazardous Area Instrumentation course for just $ 150!

Abhisam Software, a young knowledge based company set up to provide training to technical professionals by e-learning have launched new versions of their cost effective courses relevant to ICE personnel as follows;

Gas Monitors e-learning course. The Professional version is now available for direct download for just $69US! - Gas Monitors are used in a wide variety of applications ranging from ranging from semiconductor manufacturing, wastewater treatment plants, power plants, chemical plants and oil & gas production facilities. Millions of gas monitors work everyday in these places,  to warn personnel working in these places about potential disasters like leaking gases, explosive vapours or toxic emissions. If you are an Instrumentation  professional, safety professional, or a similar professional, working in any of these places, you would be certainly interested in knowing more about these instruments and to know how they can help you prevent disasters. Unfortunately, up to now, there was no single classroom training course, or e-learning course which could provide sufficient information, in an easy to understand way, how to select gas monitors, install them correctly and maintain and calibrate them, so that they continue to work well.

RFID e-learning course. A comprehensive training course on RFID, that makes a pro out of YOU,  without being away from home or office and with a discounted cost of only $69 US it will not out make a hole in your pocket!  See the new video.

Hazardous Area Instrumentation e-learning course. The Professional version is now available for direct download for just $150US and covers; - Understand Area and Material classification.
- Understand the different standards used for hazardous areas, including the later regulations like ATEX.
- Understand different methods of protection such as explosionproof, Intrinsic Safety, Increased Safety, Pressurization and Purging, Non-incendive and some more methods too.
- Understand the implementation of Fieldbus systems in hazardous areas.
- Select the best method of protection for your application, in your plant or facility.
- Understand certification and labelling of instruments, learn what a label means.
- Learn how to maintain the safety and integrity of a hazardous area installation in your plant
Now - also included as part of the course is the E-book
Practical Guide to Hazardous Area Classification !
See the new video

New e-learning course on SAFETY INSTRUMENTED SYSTEMS - Covering all aspects of Safety Instrumented Systems including;
  • Basic Concepts of SIS
  • Hazard & Risk analysis
  • Failures & Reliability
  • Safety Integrity Level
  • Standards used in SIS
  • SIS in practice including maintenance
This course is a blend of Flash based animations/videos, graphics, real-life photos and text that explain key concepts in a easy to understand method. This is totally different from the stale power point presentations that are touted as "training courses" by others.
Price-an "early bird" unbelievable US$ 177 !
Please send your requirement to sales@abhisam.com .

Engineering Institute of Technology - The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides endorsed engineering Diplomas and Certificates (Masters Degrees accreditation pending), designed for students working in industry who need a practical, relevant education that is delivered efficiently. Our students work in the fast-moving engineering and technology fields where time is precious. They choose the EIT online delivery because it provides many of the benefits of live classroom based study without the inconvenience of travel. EIT courses are run by expert instructors who present in a friendly, interactive manner. The EIT offers engineering Diplomas and Certificates (Masters Degrees accreditation pending) in the areas of;
- Data Communications and Industrial IT
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control
- Mechanical Engineering
- Engineering Management
- Preparation Courses


Call for Papers - If you have an upcoming conference and are calling for papers please contact us.
Instrumentation Conference for the process industries. In February of 2011 in Houston, Texas, Hydrocarbon Processing will hold a technical conference devoted to advancing process control and instrumentation. You are invited to submit an abstract to present at the conference. Abstracts submitted for consideration should be approximately 250 words and should include all authors, affiliations, pertinent contact information and proposed speaker(s). Please submit abstracts by October 8, 2010 to Events@GulfPub.com , re: PCI Abstracts. Topics for consideration include, but are not limited to: Fieldbus, Advanced regulatory control, Advanced process control, Planning and scheduling, Six Sigma, Process and laboratory analysers, Safety-instrumented systems, Wireless networks and Real-time optimization.


E-Learning 

 

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


Training and Workshop Schedules

IDC have a huge range of workshops and training courses worldwide. 

Remote Monitoring & Control Technologies Conference 10th, 11th & 12th August 2010 Perth, Australia - This conference is committed to bringing you the latest information in the area of remote technologies with an impressive selection of speakers from Invensys Process Controls, Calibre Controls , ABB, National Instruments (USA), Emerson, Fastwave Communications, University of NSW, Hyder Consulting and TechnologyCare.  You will also hear case studies from Western Power,  Motherwell Automation, the Water Corporation and the Northern Territory Government. The conference seeks to inform delegates about the advancements in remote technology in Australia and worldwide and explore how this technology can be used to enhance workplace efficiency and reduce costs when dealing with remote locations.  Delegates will learn how to properly design remote service systems for their customers and protect them. 

The following courses and workshops are from TUV/NEL

September 14 2010 Oil-in-Produced Water Measurement Training Course Calgary, Canada
September 17 2010 Introduction to Commercial Measurement Uncertainty- Training Session Calgary, Canada
September 23 2010 Oil-in-Water Monitoring Workshop Aberdeen, Scotland
October 25 2010 Multiphase & Wet Gas Training Course St Andrews, Scotland
October 25 2010 Measurement Uncertainty Training Course St Andrews, Scotland
November 09 2010 Principles and Practice of Flow Measurement Course East Kilbride, Scotland

Belden will present the Hirschmann™ 2010 Mission Critical Network Design Seminar, September 19-22, 2010 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld Hotel in Orlando, FL. This seminar provides a multitude of high quality training options to fit specific levels of expertise. This seminar is focused on just one particular area of technology: Industrial Ethernet Networking. Expertise in designing, implementing and maintaining industrial Ethernet networks will be critical as intelligent use of data becomes the difference between market leaders and also rans. The seminar is intended for system integrators; network design engineers (with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) or Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) firms); and anyone involved with the design, implementation and maintenance of mission critical Ethernet networks. During the seminar, attendees will learn how to effectively reduce costs and installation time by implementing a highly resilient network design.


ICEfolks - News about promotions and changes for people in the Instrumentation and Control Engineering World.

K-TEK have announced two additions to the company's product management team: Charles Richard, Global Product Manager for Radar Products, and Andrew Navarre, Global Product Manager for Magnetostrictive and Ultrasonic Level Products. The company also announced the appointment of Pablo Anzueto as National Sales Manager, K-TEK Solids Level Division. Read more here.

The Fieldbus Foundation have announced that Hartmut Wallraf, Technology Advisor - Invensys Operations Management, and Chairman - FDT Group, has been elected as Chairman to its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Executive Advisory Council (EAC) for the next annual term of office. It has also been announced that Jean-Marie Alliet, EMEA Technology Consulting Director, and Country Business Leader – Belgium, of Honeywell Process Solutions, has been elected as Vice-Chairman for the same term. Read more here.

Please let us know of any personnel or other job changes in your organisation.


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ICElinks - Electronic 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..


ICEmerge — Mergers, acquisitions and news from the Instrumentation Control Engineering community.

ABB, the global power and automation technology group has announced that it has completed its acquisition of Prairieville, Louisiana company K-TEK, which becomes part of the Measurement Products business unit within ABB’s Process Automation division. Read more here.

Honeywell has completed its acquisition of Matrikon. MatrikonOPC will operate as a separate business entity within Honeywell Process Solutions.

O’Brien Corporation has announced the acquisition of Universal Analyzers Inc. and Barben Analyzer Technology as part of its strategy to broaden the company’s offering to the process and emissions analytical markets. Located in Carson City, Nevada, USA, Universal Analyzer manufacturers high quality, engineered products such as dilution and extraction gas and process sample probes, gas coolers and complete sample systems. Barben Analyzer Technology manufactures world-class PH, ORP and conductivity sensors as well as oxygen analyzers.

Emerson Process Management has acquired Clifton Park, N.Y.-based Innovative Control Systems Inc. (ICS), a leader in turbine control upgrades for power generation applications. The acquisition expands Emerson’s capabilities in the growing combustion turbine automation market.


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
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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.


Analysers - ICEwebs Analyser pages cover many types of analysers plus their associated sample systems.

ICEweb's Humidity Measurement page has been completely upgraded to assist users to find their interest area quickly. 

Trace Moisture Measurement in Inert, Reactive and Corrosive Ultra High Purity Semiconductor Gases - from Able Instruments and Controls.

Moisture Behaviour in Ultra-High Purity Gas Distribution Systems - The purpose of this application note is to familiarise users of CQC systems with the difficulty of making ultra-trace level moisture measurements, to set a practical expectation for moisture analyser performance and to establish guidelines for the proper use of these analysers in controlling and monitoring moisture in UHP gases - From Delta F.

Detecting Single-Digit parts per billion Levels of Moisture in Ammonia Gas - Andrew O. Wright, Clayton D. Wood, Kimberly J. Reynolds and Mark L. Malczewski - An increasingly important chemical used in the manufacture of electronic devices such as high-intensity light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is ultrahigh-purity (UHP) anhydrous ammonia. However, the presence of residual trace moisture iUHP ammonia is a matter of concern. Especially in blue and white LEDs, there is a strong correlation between device performance and moisture content in the process ammonia used during manufacturing. In addition, increasing chemical consumption is forcing many facilities to use bulk storage tanks as a single supply source instead of cylinders as supply sources for individual tools. In light of these trends, it is imperative to have a robust, continuous process instrument with a single-digit parts-per-billion detection limit that can measure moisture in ammonia.

The following application sheets and technical papers are from Applied Analytics Inc.
- Incoming Materials Validation by UV/VIS/SWNIR Absorbance; An On-line Recognition Method - Yoav Barshad and Yael S. Barshad - In the fine chemicals and the pharmaceutical industry, validating the contents of incoming materials is critical. To maintain high efficiency it is beneficial to utilize continuous online techniques. Since many of the incoming chemicals show unique UV/VIS or NIR absorbance spectra, it was the analytical technique of preference. In order to handle a variety of incoming substances a recognition method to differentiate between the “correct” substance and all other possible streams was developed. The recognition method uses a pattern recognition algorithm to give the similarity/differences between two spectra in terms of a single number. An example of such an application will be described. A diode array process UV/VIS/SWNIR (short wave near infrared) spectrophotometer was employed to differentiate between a stream of mixed xylenes and other process streams. It was shown that there are significant variations in spectral features between the xylenes and the other samples. A recognition factor was defined and used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the method. A user defined threshold value for the recognition factor was used for a continuous and automatic identification of the process stream.
- Diode Array Process Analyser for Sulphur - Aaron J Rollo - this paper reviews the utilisation of spectroscopy with diode arrays, a time tested, industry accepted technology for sulphur recovery applications. One analyser with different sampling systems can be used for a variety of applications. Common applications include Hydrogen sulphide (H2S), Tail Gas, Natural Gas and Mercaptans.
- Purity Levels by a UV Transmittance Method (MEG and Acetonitrile) - This application sheet details analysis of purity levels for Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG) which is a raw material in fibre production. The quality of the fibres is highly dependent on the MEG purity level. Currently most MEG manufacturers use off-line methods for MEG quality control, where a sample is withdrawn from the process stream for laboratory analysis several times a day. The same measurement can be performed online utilising an industrial spectrophotometer. 
- Spectrum Analysis of a Tail Gas Stream - This application sheet details how the analyser measures a complete spectrum of the process and analyse the data via a calibration method to give very accurate and reliable concentration readings. In addition standard gases can be introduced at any time to test the accuracy and reproducibility of the analyser. In the continuous operation the complete spectrum is display, this allows the operator to check the system and the validity of the actual reading - As oppose to filter based units where the operator has no access to the actual detection only to the final numbers. The tail gas stream , depending on the source, contain various amounts of sulphur. The measurements are being performed in situ while the sulphur is reduced significantly by this ‘cold-finger’ probe, no coating or plugging usually associated with sulphur streams are seen.
- Clean in Place-Monitoring Trace Impurities in a Reaction Chamber - Validation of cleaning procedures are of utmost importance to the pharmaceutical, food, and specialty chemicals industries. The application is an example of how an industrial spectrophotometer could be applied to the development, validation, and control of a Clean In Place (CIP) process.
- BTX and Total Aromatics by UV Absorbance -  Manufacturers are required to verify that household solvents do not contain aromatics above the hazardous carcinogenic levels. Hydrogenation processes in which an aromatic compound reacts with hydrogen over a metal catalyst are commonly used to purify solvents of trace amounts of aromatics. To maximize product yield, several parameters are optimized based on instantaneous indication of the total aromatics, a measurement that is also essential for verification of product purity.


Burner Management Systems  

Wow! ICEweb welcomes Invensys Triconex as another new Sponsor 

As a result the Burner Management System page has around 70 fantastic technical links , many which are new, to assist you if you work in this area. 


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


Choke Valves  

ICEweb's Choke Valve Page has a NEW sponsor in Mokveld - Super new information added!

Thanks to our new sponsor Mokveld ICEweb's Choke Valve page has been completely reworked with many new 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 just has heaps of great useful technical information.


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,  Pneumatic Controllers,  Process Sequence Control Documentation Standards, Programmable Automation Controllers, Loop Tuning and much more.

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Tuning the Forgotten Loop - We can tune PID controllers, but what about Tuning the Operator? - Steve Rubin - The purpose of tuning loops is to reduce errors and thus provide more efficient operation that returns quickly to steady-state efficiency after upsets, errors or changes in load. State-of-the-art manufacturers in process and discrete industries have invested in advanced control software, manufacturing execution software and modelling software to “tune” everything from control loops to supply chains, thus driving higher quality and productivity. The “forgotten loop” has been the operator, who is typically trained to “average” parameters to run adequately under most steady-state conditions. “Advanced tuning” of the operator could yield even better outputs, with higher quality, fewer errors and a wider response to fluctuating operating conditions. This paper explores the issue of improving operator actions, and a method for doing so. From Longwatch. 

MatrikonOPC's free webcast entitled "The Basics of OPC - Part 1 - Theoretical" is designed to provide attendees with an Introduction to OPC Technology. This webinar is perfect for anyone looking to advance their knowledge of OPC and the many benefits that it offers. If you are interested in building a cost effective, standards-based communication system that will provide you maximum flexibility and efficiency then this training is for you. The Basics of OPC - Part 1 - Theoretical Webcast provides something for everyone. Whether you are an advanced user, or just starting out, this Webcast will provide you the knowledge to hone your skills. You will need to register to get access. 

Real-Time Video Provides a Fourth Dimension for Intelligent Visualization and Control -Craig Resnick - Adding video to today’s HMI operator stations in automation and process control can play an important role in improving a company’s ergonometrics, while also enhancing safety, security, and regulatory compliance. integrating real-time live video into human machine interface (HMI) tools provides an excellent opportunity to maximize operator effectiveness and ergonometrics. Live video adds a "fourth dimension" to today’s excellent intelligent visualization and control solutions. Integrated, recorded video can also improve operator training and provide cause-and-effect insight for process improvements - Thanks to ARC Advisory Group.


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


Condition Monitoring - This is a new page on ICEweb, hence we are looking for more technical papers. 

Emerson Process Management have announced a new, physically smaller version of the CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor to allow predictive condition monitoring for rotating equipment in a greater number of applications. This smaller version is more versatile for installation in remote or skid mount applications, while still delivering the same innovative capabilities for improving availability and reliability of critical equipment. With this solution, critical machinery health monitoring does not have to be sacrificed because even the most remote machines are cost-effectively included in the overall picture of machinery health.

Condition-Based Maintenance - How Predictive Strategies Can Effectively Limit Downtime - Eduardo Ba - A series of useful questions and answers on Condition Based Maintenance - from www.flowcontrolnetwork.com


Data Loggers - ICEweb has added numerous papers and articles to our  Comprehensive Data Logger page thanks to our valued sponsor HINCO.


Dynamic Process Simulators and Training Systems - Plenty of information on this subject.


Electrical - Many pages on the various Electrical subjects.

Power System Protection & Electrical Safety Forum (including Arc Flash & Other Electrical Hazards) 22nd & 23rd September 2010 - Brisbane, Australia. The objective of this forum is to provide you with the latest developments and best practice in dealing with power system protection and electrical safety in Australia. IDC have lined up an impressive selection of speakers from Welcon Technologies, PACE Engineers Group, ABB Australia, RPS Switchgear and the Eaton Corporation. You will also hear case studies from Ergon Energy & Loy Yang Power.
The event also features two half day workshops:
Half Day Workshop 1:

An Introduction to Arc Flash, Australian Standards & Arc Flash Hazard Analysis Demo and Strategies
Sesha Prasad - Welcon Technologies
Half Day Workshop 2:
Power System Protection, Arc Flash and Aging Equipment
Roger Royal - IDC Technologies
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Enclosures  - Thanks to our sponsor Weidmuller you can find information on Cabinet design, construction, NEMA and IP ratings, Maintenance, EMC and lots more!


Instrumentation, Control, Elecrical, Fire & Gas and SIS Design Engineering

AVEVA Instrumentation – Delivering on Promises 

AVEVA launched AVEVA Instrumentation in June 2009, and the last 12 months have seen this solution warmly welcomed by their customers, proving that the industry has been crying out for a modern solution, in tune with the way engineers carry out their daily duties. Back then, AVEVA promised that they would build even more value into the solution over time, to further meet users’ needs. This is exactly what they have done. 

Engineering Design or Plant Operations? AVEVA Instrumentation suits both - AVEVA Instrumentation has always focused closely on meeting the requirements of engineers - the need for intuitive, simple-to-use solutions that suit their working methods and make their jobs easier. This end-user focus has made AVEVA Instrumentation a hit with both Owner Operators and EPCs, across the full lifecycle of instrument information. Control systems play a vital role in all aspects of modern living, from helping us drive our cars, to safely running large petrochemical complexes and power stations. The largest area of spending in new plants is control and instrumentation, and the largest area of spending for operating plants is the day-to-day management and maintenance of this instrumentation. With an average shutdown cost of $8 million, the savings that can be made by properly managing instrumentation and therefore preventing downtime are persuasive, to say the least. Read the full article.

AVEVA – the world's leading engineering software provider, whose vision and commitment have completely redefined the plant, power and marine industries.

Find out more about AVEVA Instrumentation and other products here

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 - thanks to www.automation.com 

Check out ICEweb's Brand New page on  Instrumentation, Control, Fire & Gas and SIS Design Engineering

This page is available for sponsorship - with the nature of the subject it is likely to achieve a considerable readership, so if you are interested please contact the editor.

I was quite amazed how little information there is on the web on this important subject, so if you have any please send it here 


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.


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

V-Cone Reduces Installation Costs for Aging Power Plant - Markku Metsarinne Kouvo Automation Oy, Finland, Terttu Tuominen
Metso Power Oy, Finland - Metso Power Oy, located in Finland, began a new project in 2002 to design and build a new flue gas treatment operation within the new power plant for client, Kotkan Energia Oy, located in Kotka, Finland. Metso Power had to design the flue gas treatment plant to fit into the section of the new plant, which was pre-determined by Kotkan Energia. The fact that the location of the flue gas treatment plant was selected in advance, added to the complexity of the project. It was necessary to fit the equipment into a limited space. From our valued sponsor McCrometer.

Straight-Run Requirements for Flow Accuracy -David W. Spitzer  - Have you ever seen the inside of a carbon steel pipe used for sodium chloride brine service? The inside pipe wall has ridges, mountains, boils and other strange shapes. How can you accurately measure flow in such a pipe? The upstream and downstream piping might be straight in your installation. However, the inside of the pipe can be far from straight/smooth. In this application, the strange shapes on the inside of the pipe can affect the velocity profile and, in turn, the flow measurement - from www.flowcontrolnetwork.com

A Standard for Users and Manufacturers of  Thermal Dispersion Mass Flowmeters - Dr John G Olin - This 49 page standard establishes common terminology and gives guidelines for the quality, description, principle of operation, selection, installation and flow calibration of thermal dispersion flowmeters for the measurement of flowrate and to a lesser extent, the volumetric flowrate of the flow of a fluid in a closed conduit. Multivariable versions additionally measure fluid temperature. Thermal dispersion mass flowmeters are applicable to the flow of single-phase pure gases and gas mixtures of known composition and, less commonly, to single-phase liquids of known composition - from Sierra Instruments.

Legendsof Flow.com - The purpose of this website is to provide information and knowledge about those people who have made substantial contributions to the field of flow measurement. There are three levels or tiers of people on this site including Pioneers of Instrumentation - Historical figures who have developed theories or made important contributions to flow measurement. Legends of Flow - Living or contemporary people who have developed theories, founded companies, or otherwise made important contributions to flow measurement and Movers and Shakers of Flow - Important people and decision makers in flow who have not yet achieved legendary status, but who nonetheless play an important role today in the field of flow measurement and instrumentation. One can also find plenty of technical information on this site.

Flowmeter Turndown Overkill - Is 1,000-to-1 Really Better Than 100-to-1? - David W. Spitzer - It would be fair to say that the overwhelming majority of instrument suppliers make valid claims about the instruments they sell. For example, a supplier may claim that its flowmeters perform within a specified accuracy, such as 0.5 percent of flowrate. The supplier has presumably tested the flowmeter and found that its performance falls within this specification. The user can then decide whether this particular flowmeter meets the needs of the application - from www.flowcontrolnetwork.com 

Which of the following Flowmeters can Measure both Forward and Reverse Flow? - David W. Spitzer -A. Differential-Pressure B. Magnetic C. Turbine D. Ultrasonic - The answers from www.flowcontrolnetwork.com can be found in this article.

Dealing with Unpredictable Flow Profiles - Eliminating Transitional Flow Effects via Flow Conditioning - Mike Bess & Don Lundberg - Flow conditioners are widely recognized and applied in order to correct flow profile distortions caused by upstream flow disturbances. These unpredictable flow profile variations can be neutralized by a well-designed flow conditioner. Such flow conditioners are capable of presenting a consistent and predictable outlet flow profile to the flowmeter, resulting in accurate and repeatable flow measurements. However, often overlooked in wide-turndown flow measurement applications with Reynolds number ranges that go below 4000, are the effects of three naturally occurring transitional flow profile phenomena. These transitional flows have dramatic differences in the flow velocity profile that disrupt flowmeter accuracy and repeatability. A well-designed flow conditioner can also efficiently neutralize transitional flow effects - from www.flowcontrolnetwork.com 

Emerson Process Management has upgraded the Micro Motion® 9739 transmitter to include multivariable-digital (MVD) technology for faster performance and improved measurement accuracy. Existing users are supported with an easy-to-install retrofit kit that provides a convenient and cost-effective upgrade path. MVD technology is high-speed signal processing, embedded in electronics, to deliver measurement accuracy in the toughest conditions.  The front-end digital processing MVD technology offers dramatically reduced signal noise while delivering a faster response time to improve the overall measurement quality. They have also launched an online resource to help users find new ways to increase their knowledge while connecting with peers on Coriolis flow and density measurement issues.  Based on feedback from users of Emerson's Micro Motion flow and density meters who wanted to access and share such information online, the Micro Motion Online Community was developed to serve this customer base and introduce Coriolis flow and density measurement technology to new users. 

Fire and Gas - Technical Papers covering many aspects of Fire and Gas Engineering.

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.

Abhisam Software have announced a discounted rate for all e-learning products. The Gas Monitors course is just US$69!

An introduction to Toxic Gas Monitors - Industrial plants that manufacture chemicals, fertilizers, petroleum products, or, facilities that produce oil & gas, have to handle various toxic chemicals in their day to day operations. Many of these toxic chemicals are in the form of gases or vapours. This article will give a brief overview of the various kinds of toxic gas detectors used to detect these poisonous materials - From our valued sponsor Abhisam Software

Honeywell have announced the launch of Sensepoint XCD Remote Flammable Detector (RFD), a gas transmitter specifically designed for use with remotely mounted flammable gas sensors.  Sensepoint XCD combines cost-effective performance and maintenance with ease of use and the flexibility to meet the demands of a wide range of varied environments requiring the detection of flammable gases.  The remote mount aspect of Sensepoint XCD RFD makes the device ideal for challenging environments where detection is difficult, such as locations that are hard to reach and require separate sensor mounting from the transmitter or hot environments where ambient temperatures reach up to 150°C/302°F. The transmitter can be mounted at a suitable location up to 30 metres/100 feet away from the sensor, providing users with easy access to the device’s interface and the ability to remotely configure the transmitter away from the sensor itself.


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

Exd Flanged Immersion Heaters with IEC Certification -Over the years it has been difficult to source Exd Certified immersion heaters and often this has led to a certification nightmare for those engineers responsible for the associated equipment packages. At last industry now has a choice when it comes to ensuring that their hazardous area electrical heating requirements are met. Until now the only option has been to import equipment from the UK , or to continue using equipment not fully complying with current flameproof requirements.

Grimwood Achievements in Hazardous Area Heating - So what makes Grimwood different? There are two fundamental points of difference; lead-time and engineering. Often major projects overlook the need for heaters until they are on the critical path. Grimwood has repeatedly saved the day for project engineers when they suddenly realised that their multimillion (multibillion?) dollar project is rapidly going down the gurgler because they made some assumptions about what they thought was a simple thing like a little electric heater. 

Hazardous Area Instrumentation E-learning course - Only US$150!
Abhisam Software have announced the release of a new updated version of the popular Hazardous Area Instrumentation e-learning course. This updated training course covers all aspects of Hazardous Area Instruments and Controls, with changes to the IEC standards and ATEX directives fully reflected in the course contents. The original Hazardous Area Instrumentation training course, was very well received by engineers and technicians in oil & gas, chemical processing, pulp & paper, power and other industries, as also by engineering consultants, contractors and even regulatory authorities. The updated version of this course is even better than the earlier version.

Abhisam Software have announced a discounted rate for all e-learning products. The Hazardous Area Instrumentation course is now available for just US$150!  

Also their E-Book - Practical Guide to Hazardous Area Classification only costs US$17!


High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems - (HIPPS) -A swag of information on this interesting subject.

ICEweb's HIPPS Page has a NEW sponsor in Mokveld - Super new information added!
Thanks to our new sponsor Mokveld ICEweb's High Integrity Pipeline (Pressure) Protection Systems page has been completely reworked.  This includes the addition of so many new technical links that it is impossible to list them here! So if you have an interest in this area just have a look, ICEweb is sure that you will find the resources very useful.

SIS- TECH have announced the DIAMOND-SIS High Integrity Protective System, a low-cost standalone logic solver certified for use in applications up to Safety Integrity Level ( SIL ) 3. The DIAMOND-SIS HIPS is used to provide overpressure protection for scenarios where the opening of the pressure relief valve poses unacceptable process safety risks. API 521 and Code Case 2211 of ASME Section VIII, Division 1 and 2 allow the use of a High Integrity Protective System (HIPS), such as the DIAMOND-SIS HIPS, in lieu of a pressure relief device as long as the instrumented system meets or exceeds the protection provided by the pressure relief device. To achieve this performance, the HIPS design and management must also follow IEC 61511 and the logic solver should be compliant with IEC 61508 SIL 3. The DIAMOND-SIS HIPS complies with these requirements.... Read More.


Hydraulics - Need some information on Hydraulics?  Look at ICEweb's page. 


Instrumentation Valves and Fittings - ICEweb has very comprehensive pages on this subject. 


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


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

Prepare for Tomorrow's Digital Plant - Ubiquitous and Cheap Data will Transform how an Enterprise Operates - Ian Verhappen - Rethink Applications - As sensors become more rugged, reliable, smarter and smaller it becomes possible to embed them on the surface of vessels much like is being done today with skin thermocouples on boiler furnace tubes. In the near future, such sensors will be available to measure, e.g., pressure, strain and corrosion. There even will be miniature analysers. A wireless gateway installed through a nozzle in a vessel will eliminate the need for any wires or connections inside the vessel itself. A few years from now a reactor may boast IP-enabled sensors surface-mounted on its baffles. Pressure, temperature and other sensors, each about the size of a dime, will create a complete vessel profile. Their data will allow us to operate the reactor much closer to optimum conditions, resulting in higher yield at lower overall risk. In addition, we'll be able to detect hot spots, build-up, fluid mal-distribution, localised corrosion and much more -- enabling much earlier identification of abnormal situations. The possibilities for integrated sensors will be limited only by our imagination. From Industrial Automation Networks and www.chemicalprocessing.com


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

Seven Steps to Select a Pressure Gauge - Covers those important considerations required when selecting a pressure gauge - from Ashcroft.

There are a huge "swag" of Pressure Regulator papers on the excellent CEESI website, just go to their technical page and type in "Pilot Operated Regulator" on their search engine. 

Selecting Instruments for Vacuum Service - David W. Spitzer - I recently read an Internet posting by a well-respected instrumentation engineer about selecting instruments for vacuum service. His comments are informative in that he mentions that instruments can be damaged when operated under vacuum. Vessels can also be damaged. The plant in which I worked in a previous professional life a tank that held somewhat less volume after it encountered a vacuum. In this case, pumping liquid out of the tank while the inlet and vent valves were closed caused a vacuum to be created in the tank. The tank partially collapsed, but fortunately no one was hurt and no liquid escaped - from www.flowcontrolnetwork.com


Pressure Relief Valves - A very comprehensive resource covering Technical Papers, Technical  Manuals, Engineering Handbook, Calculations, Sizing, Selection and Relief Design.

Q&A: Pressure Relief Valve Scenarios - Technology Trends & Best Practices for Critical Applications - Matt Buchanio - A useful list of questions and answers on relief valves, covering areas such as:
- What pressure relief valves are.  
- Best practices in the areas of specification, installation and maintenance of pressure-relief valves to ensure long-term performance, \
- Pitfalls that end users are commonly encountering in pressure relief valve applications - How end users can best avoid and/or respond to such application pitfalls. 
- How, if at all, does the sizing and selection of pressure relief valves differ from the sizing and selection of more traditional valve styles? What are some key considerations the end-user should make when sizing and selecting pressure-relief valves?
- The horizon in terms of pressure relief valve technology and how pressure relief valves of tomorrow may be more effective/efficient in ensuring overall process safety than the pressure relief valves of today?
Thanks to TYCO and www.flowcontrolnetwork.com 


Rupture Discs - Specifications, Standards, Technical Papers and Articles.


Security - We all need to be much more today of security issues and the technology available to overcome them. 

Tolfino Industrial Security have highlighted a potentially serious threat to the control system world that might affect your organization. Their  team has been investigating a new family of threats called Stuxnet that appear to be directed specifically at Siemens WinCC and PCS7 products via a previously unknown Windows vulnerability.  At the same time they also became aware of a concerted Denial of Service attack against a number of the SCADA information networks such as SCADASEC and ScadaPerspective mailing lists, knocking at least one of these services off line.

 As best they can determine, the facts are as follows:

The Tolfino team has attempted to extract and summarize all the relevant data and assemble it in a short white paper called “Analysis of Siemens WinCC/PCS7 Malware Attacks” which is posted on the Tolfino website in a secured area that can be accessed from www.tofinosecurity.com/professional/siemens-pcs7-wincc-malware . If you would like to down load the white paper, you will need to register on the web site. Tolfino have chosen to keep the whitepaper in a secure area as they do not want this information to be propagated to individuals that do not need to know and might not have our industries’ best interests at heart. 

High Security Integration Using OPC - OPC Classic, the popular industrial integration standard based on DCOM, has made the interfacing of different industrial control products significantly easy. Unfortunately, it also brought with it a number of serious security concerns for the designers of control, SCADA and safety systems. This White Paper looks at these issues and reviews the solutions proposed over the past decade from researchers and academics. It looks at new technologies in advanced firewall port management and embedded OPC servers that offer true defense-in-depth and read-only security for better reliability and security of all control systems, but especially for safety integrated systems. You will have to register to download this paper.


Severe Service Control Valves 

ICEweb's Severe Service Control Valve Page has a NEW sponsor in Mokveld - Super new information added!
Thanks to our new sponsor Mokveld ICEweb's Severe Service Valves page has been completely reworked and includes the following new links, so just go the new page and pick up the following:-

- 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.
- Axial Excellence in China's Gas Transmission Network - By nature of design the axial control valve has unique benefits that make the valve specifically suitable for the more special and severe service control applications. In this article, Mokveld presents some benefits of the use of axial control valves and provides some specific project application examples.
- Axial Surge Control Valves in Russia - Anti surge control at -60°C (-76°F)
- Avoiding Pressure Surge Damage in Pipeline Systems? - Pressure surges occur in all fluid pipeline systems. There arise two types of damage from the surge phenomenon, fatigue and catastrophic failure. This paper addresses this phenomenon from the viewpoint of the available solutions rather than the mathematics and modelling involved in determining the quantum of the surge pressure.
- Are You at Risk from Not Considering the Potential for Surges in a Piping System?  - Geoffrey D Stone - This article raises a number of issues in respect of the risks you may be exposed to from the requirements to consider the pressure transients in a piping system design. The risks not only relate to physical damage but also the consequential risks that arise from such damage whether it is contractual, branding or loss of use. Piping systems are designed in Australia and overseas to a number of National Codes and Standards. In addition to this there are industry bodies that publish design guides and codes that are referred to in contract documents. These require that design for surge are taken into account to determine the loads and stresses in a piping system. This paper only addresses surge events from a liquid pressure transient. Events arising from condensate in steam or gas lines are not covered here. These events may be even more catastrophic as the velocities of the liquid column are much higher than in a liquid system. If nothing, read the section on Contract Requirements and consider the risks you run by being ignorant of this engineering topic.
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Diffusing Bubble Bombs - Proper Valve Sizing for Severe Service Can Help Lessen Wear and Damage from Cavitation - Gerald Liu, PE - Instrument technicians are often called by their instrument engineers to look at repeated control valve failure problems during plant shutdowns. From a maintenance point of view, the definition of "severe service" in control valves can be based on how long the valves last.
- When all Else Fails - A Kinetic Energy Criterion for Control Valves via Trim Retrofit is the Final Solution - Herbert Miller, Laurence Stratton, and Mark Hollerbach -The retrofits took place because the valves were not performing their intended control function. The database shows that after retrofit and using trim that limits the kinetic energy below 70 psi (480 kPa), a valve application results that meets or exceeds the user's expectation.


Solenoid Valves   - A comprehensive Technical Reference


Standards - Not yet a page on ICEweb but we have found a really fantastic resource for all Oil and Gas Instrument and Automation Engineers- The report "Instrument & Automation Standards and Committees for the International Oil & Gas industry" from OGT provides an overview on instrument & automation standards available and relevant committees/working groups that work in this area of interest for the oil & gas industries. Need to find a standard...look here!


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.

ICEweb has added the following to our Test and Calibration page thanks to our valued sponsor ZEDFLO Australia


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


Valves - ICEwebs Valveweb page has been completely reworked to help you get to your required information quickly and efficiently.  Thanks to our sponsors tyco flow control pacific


Variable Speed Drives - Check out ICEwebs new Variable Speed Drives Page. We are looking for more technical papers on these and other Electrical subjects. 


ICEsafety — Information and News on Safety Instrumented Systems , Burner Management Systems, Manufacturing & Safety Automation,  and Health & Safety.

ICEweb is pleased to announce Invensys Triconex as our new sponsor of the Safety Instrumented Systems page.

With it's Massive Vault of  Technical Information covering Applications, Design, Certification, Standards, Competency, Installation, Maintenance this page would just about be the "first port of call"  for any SIS Engineer, Technician or others involved in this very important area. Thanks to Invensys Triconex many more fantastic new links have been added. 

New Triconex Safety System Modules from Invensys Enhance System Response Time and Analytics for Rotating Equipment - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the manufacturing and infrastructure operations industries, today announced the availability of version 2.1.1 of its Triconex® Trident™ safety system. The new version has two new input modules that enhance worker safety, reduce downtime and deliver more accurate trip analysis in power and turbomachinery applications, helping customers to achieve safety excellence. One new module enables faster response to unsafe equipment conditions another optimises trip data analysis to prevent future upsets.

Integrated SIS DCS versus separate SIS and DCS-Which one is Better? - In the past Safety Instrumented Systems were strictly separate from the normal plant control systems (referred to as a BPCS (Basic Process Control System-which most people refer to as the "plant DCS"). This was done for a variety of reasons, but mainly to segregate the safety and control functions and to have higher availability and reliability.Lately, there have been many launches of new "integrated" control systems, that have both DCS and SIS systems in the same package. For those of you are not familiar with these terms, an SIS is short for "Safety Instrumented System", which is a special kind of control system that is used for the safety critical parts of process plants, turbomachinery, boilers and so on. Emergency Shutdown Systems (ESD for short), can be considered a subset of the SIS category of control systems. Also other kinds of high reliability specialized systems like HIPPS (High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems), BMS (Burner Management Systems) and so on can be considered as belonging to the same class, i.e. a SIS rather than a BPCS -  - From our valued sponsor Abhisam Software

Safety Instrumented Systems design Tips for Instrumentation and Control Engineers - Modern chemical and hydrocarbon processing plants, oil & gas production facilities, power plants and other similar process plants all have some instrumentation and automation that ensures safety. These are known as Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS for short). These systems also are known by various other names such as Emergency Shutdown Systems (ESD for short), Safety Shutdown Systems, High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems (HIPPS) and so on. But all of them belong to the class of systems that are referred to as SIS. With  respect of Designing a Safety Instrumented System no, here we are not talking about designing the next breakthrough in a great logic solver (also commonly referred to as a "Safety PLC"). We are addressing the situation in which many  Instrumentation and Control engineers find themselves in, when assigned a job to design the SIS for a process plant. Here, the entire process involves finding out what kind of systems and devices to use in the application that the client or user wants. These design tips should make the task somewhat easier -  - From our valued sponsor Abhisam Software
Abhisam Software Comprehensive E-learning course on Safety Instrumented Systems - This course on Safety Instrumented Systems is designed to make the learning experience comfortable and easy. Everything is explained in easy to understand terms, with plenty of graphics, interactive simulations and worked problems. Everything that you need to know about Safety Instrumented Systems, put together, in an easily digestible form, stripped of all the complexity, but still useful to impart skills to you that you can actually use in your work.

This course is NOT a rehashed power point presentation. It is a full fledged e-learning course with interactive animations, simulations, graphics and text. It also has many worked out example problems, to help understand the logic behind designing and operation of Safety Instrumented Systems. 

It covers ALL aspects of Safety Instrumented Systems in seven modules covering the following; Introduction  to SIS, Hazards, Risks and their analysis, Failures and Reliability, Safety Integrity Level (SIL), SIS Standards, SIS in Practice, SIS Testing and Maintenance. For full details of the contents see here

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Emerson Process Management have launched the Rosemount 702 Wireless Discrete Transmitter with Tyco’s TraceTek leak detection sensors for liquid hydrocarbon detection.  The integration of Emerson’s Smart Wireless technology and Tyco® TraceTek sensors enables cost-effective liquid hydrocarbon leak detection for single tanks, large tank farms, and pipelines.
Smart Wireless and Tyco Thermal Control's TraceTek technologies make it easy for operators to quickly and inexpensively add leak detection and monitoring to their operations to comply with government regulations and ensure that valuable hydrocarbons are not wasted.  Distant tanks, pipelines and valves can now be monitored without the need to run expensive signal wires back to the control room.  This can result in savings of up to 60% of the total system cost.

Development of a Business Excellence Model of Safety Culture - Michael S Wright, Philip Brabazon, Alison Tipping and Medha Talwalkar -  This report gives the results of a study carried out by Entec UK Ltd to provide a comprehensive review of research on how to assess and develop safety culture, and thereafter produce a safety culture improvement matrix (SCIM).

Root Causes Analysis - Literature review - This report contains the findings of a literature search, outlining the principles, structure and method of application of each identified root causes analysis technique.

Best Practice for Risk Based Inspection as a part of Plant Integrity Management - J B Wintle, B W Kenzie Mr G J Amphlett and S Smalley -This report discusses the best practice for the application of Risk Based Inspection (RBI) as part of plant integrity management, and its inspection strategy for the inspection of pressure equipment and systems that are subject to the requirements for in-service examination under the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR). It can also apply to equipment and systems containing hazardous materials that are inspected as a means to comply with the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH).

A Review of Experience from Two Offshore Design Projects - D Piper -  This report describes the outcome of a review of experience from two recent offshore design projects, primarily from a safety perspective, to identify key issues and any lessons that may be learnt for future projects.

Application of QRA in Operational Safety Issues - Andrew Franks, Richard Whitehead, Phil Crossthwaite and Louise Smail - This study has performed research into the use of risk in Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) operational decisions in the context of the COMAH regulation 4. The research focussed on the use of regulatory guidance, risk matrices and Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) to demonstrate compliance with the ALARP principle. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses, for any particular situation. Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) when used in conjunction with QRA is able to provide an economic justification as to whether risk reduction measures should be implemented.

A Methodology for the Assignment of Safety Integrity Levels (SILs) to Safety-Related Control functions Implemented by Safety-Related Electrical, Electronic and Programmable Electronic Control Systems of Machines - Mark Charlwood,  Shane Turner and Nicola Worsell - This contract research report describes the development by the authors, with funding from HSE, of a methodology for the assignment of required Safety Integrity Levels (SILs) of safety related electrical control systems of machinery. The rationale behind the methodology and how to use it in practice are also explained in some detail. The methodology has been developed and accepted for inclusion in an informative annex of the International Electrotechnical Committee standard IEC 62061: "Safety of Machinery Functional Safety of Electrical, Electronic and Programmable Electronic Control Systems for Machinery"

Explosion Hazard Assessment: A Study of the Feasibility and Benefits of Extending Current HSE Methodology to take Account of Blast Sheltering - Dr C Catlin, Dr M Ivings, Mr S Myatt - Dr D Ingram, Prof D Causon, Dr L Qian - This study concerns the methodology used by MSDU, HSE in assessing Land Use Planning cases (LUP) near Hazardous Installations storing LPG and presenting a Vapour Cloud Explosion (VCE) hazard. The work is also relevant to all risk assessment and consequence models that are used to assess the hazard posed by blast.

Fire & Explosion Hazard Management - The aim of the fire and explosion hazard management strategy is to reduce the risks from fires and explosions to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP). The Oil and Gas UK guidance [1] and COMAH regulations [2] identify the following aims:
• Identify, analyse and understand all fire and explosion hazards and associated effects.
• The risk corresponding to fire and explosion hazards identified above should be as low as reasonably practicable.
• A suitable order of priority, and a suitable combination, of prevention, detection, control and mitigation systems for fire and explosion hazards should be implemented and supported throughout the life cycle of the offshore platform. In other words risks should be reduced to ALARP using inherently safe design principles.
• The above prevention, detection, control and mitigation systems should have performance measures proportionate to the required risk reduction.
• The design, operation and maintenance of the above prevention, detection, control and mitigation systems should be carried out by competent staff.
• Any changes that may occur throughout the lifecycle of the installation, and that may affect the likelihood and / or consequence of any fire or explosion hazard event (and therefore may make the risk on the installation deviate from an ALARP state) should be identified and assessed.  The prevention, detection, control and mitigation systems should be modified and updated as necessary to take into account any such changes. Thanks to Fabic

Glossary of Terms for  Safety Instrumented Systems - This is a useful Glossary of terms - from  SISTech and flowcontrolnetwork.com.

NOPSA have released the document Control Measures and Performance Standards - This guidance note discusses the process of identifying, considering and adopting control measures, and the development of performance indicators for these measures. They will be of use to those involved in the development of a facility safety case and will also be highly relevant to those responsible for managing ongoing operations and maintenance activities.

The risks from hydrocarbon vapours or harmful gases resulting from cargo tank venting have been highlighted in a new safety notice from the UK Health and Safety Executive. The notice was issued after a fire which occurred as the result of the ignition of flammable vapours from an FPSO cargo tank vent. The incident occurred during calm low-wind weather conditions, which were considered to be a contributing factor to the event. Such weather conditions reduce the effective dispersion of flammable or toxic emissions, and are significant factors for inclusion in the evaluation of the major accident hazard potential for fires, explosions or toxic exposure from such releases.

Authoritative workplace health and safety guidance is now available to download free of charge from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Around 250 'HSG' and 'L' series publications that previously could only be purchased as printed documents can now be viewed or saved as PDFs, or printed on a desktop printer if preferred. The publications cover the full range of the HSE’s health and safety advice and guidance, as well as approved codes of practice (ACOPs) and guidance on regulations. Making the information available free of charge is intended to help employers gain a better understanding of their legal duties and what health and safety precautions they need to take - and also help safety representatives to maintain and improve health and safety in the workplace. Ultimately, the aim is to improve standards of health and safety. HSE guidance downloads are available from HSE Books

Recent incidents on Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facilities in Australian waters have highlighted the dangers of unignited fuel accumulating in boiler furnaces. In two cases there were explosions in boiler furnaces resulting in structural damage to the boiler. Fortunately no one was injured.

Risk of Fires from Inverter Drives - A  transformer in the thruster circuit for an accommodation support vessel caught fire after the internal insulation was damaged by overheating due to the effects of harmonic currents introduced by variable frequency drives.

Compressor Failure and Subsequent Fire on Facility - A high pressure gas compressor experienced a catastrophic failure during start up on an FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offload) vessel. This failure caused a hydrocarbon gas release that auto ignited, resulting in a local jet fire at the compressor and a second fire within the gas turbine enclosure.

A new Guidance Note in NOPSA’s series to assist operators of offshore petroleum facilities with safety case preparation is now available. The Risk Assessment Guidance Note provides information to assist operators with the process of conducting risk assessments which are an integral part of the formal safety assessment within a safety case. The new guidance note explains risk assessment approaches which could be applied to offshore facilities and activities, and demonstrates that there is a wide range of analysis, including qualitative, semi-qualitative and quantitative, that can be used to help operators understand trisk levels at their facilities. Hazards need to be identified and the associated risks assessed before operators It will be of use to those with responsibility for planning and developing facility safety cases, and those involved in safety case implementation, maintenance, and ongoing risk management.

‘Back to Basics’ on Maintenance Report - This is a very interesting report for risk professionals - Findings from NOPSA’s three year national programme on facility integrity demonstrate that the safety of offshore personnel is often compromised by a lack of basic maintenance. The national programme on facility integrity examined issues including the operator’s onshore facility management systems, the topside maintenance systems, topsides process and pressure integrity , topsides corrosion and erosion, topsides structural integrity and small-bore piping, tubing and flexible hoses (Interestingly the overall degree of meeting expectations varies widely. For example, the programme indicates that Net Industry Operator performance in the area of Small Bore Piping/Tubing/Flexible Hoses fared the worst with this area only achieving 40%) The programme also considered outcomes from inspections and trends from accident and dangerous occurrence reporting, including uncontrolled hydrocarbon release data. Inspections and analysis of uncontrolled hydrocarbon releases showed areas of concern in maintenance backlogs generally, and particularly in conjunction with :- 
- Inadequate management of deferred maintenance
- Failure to test and maintain safety critical equipment
- Inadequate performance standards

Through two seminars on 7 and 8 April, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) highlighted various challenges related to ageing and lifetime extension. The presentations from the seminars have now been published on the Internet.

The Failure of a Spring Return Pipeline Emergency Shutdown valve (ESDV) has prompted a Safety Alert from the HSE (UK). The failure of the ESDV actuator spring end-plate retaining tie rods due to corrosion, led to the spring being released from the ESDV. This left the primary platform isolation device inoperable with the valve failed in the open position. The Safety Alert recommended that following this incident, where identified valves are defined as Safety Critical Elements (e.g. ESDVs), or where release of the spring could present a risk of injury to personnel or damage to plant, duty holders should make these a priority for inspection / modification.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American National Standards Institute have issued a recommended practice on the use of leading and lagging indicators for process safety which have relevance across a wide range of industries including upstream petroleum.

The initial key safety recommendations made by US authorities in the wake of Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico. The recommendations issued are, please note that some are Instrumentation, Control and Electrical:
- Examine all well control equipment (both surface and subsea) currently being used to ensure that it has been properly maintained and is capable of shutting in the well during emergency operations. Ensure that the Remotely Operated Vehicle hot-stabs are function-tested and are capable of actuating the Blow Out Preventor (BOP)
- Review all rig drilling/casing/completion practices to ensure that well control contingencies are not compromised at any point while the BOP is installed on the wellhead
- Rreview all emergency shutdown and dynamic positioning procedures that interface with emergency well control operations
- Inspect lifesaving and firefighting equipment for compliance with federal requirements
- Ensure that all crew members are familiar with emergency/firefighting equipment, as well as participate in an abandon ship drill. Operators are reminded that the review of emergency equipment and drills should be conducted after each crew change out
- Exercise emergency power equipment to ensure proper operation
- Ensure that all personnel involved in well operations are properly trained and capable of performing their tasks under both normal drilling and emergency well control operations.

The risks from hydrocarbon vapours or harmful gases resulting from cargo tank venting have been highlighted in a new safety notice from the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The notice was issued after a fire which occurred as the result of the ignition of flammable vapours from an FPSO cargo tank vent. The incident occurred during calm low-wind weather conditions, which were considered to be a contributing factor to the event. Such weather conditions reduce the effective dispersion of flammable or toxic emissions, and are significant factors for inclusion in the evaluation of the major accident hazard potential for fires, explosions or toxic exposure from such releases.

K-TEK, have announced a unique blend of technologies that reduce risk and increase the safety ratings of level measurement systems. The company now provides a complete safety level package that combines redundant systems, independent technologies, and a SIL2 certified device. 

SIS- TECH have announced the release of their Automated Overfill Protection System (AOPS), a safety instrumented system (SIS) that can prevent dangerous overfill conditions in terminals, tank farms and process vessels. The AOPS incorporates a non-programmable Logic Solver (suitable up to SIL -3) that receives signals from switches or transmitters, determines if an abnormal process condition is present, and provides outputs to close isolation valves, shut down transfer pumps, or open diversion valves. The system operates independently of the plant’s process control system with the capability to communicate to the control system via hardwire, Modbus, Ethernet or wireless communications. The AOPS prevents overfill conditions that can result in vessel damage and release of hazardous chemicals to the environment. It can also be configured to prevent underfill conditions. Underfill conditions can cause loss of suction to transfer pumps with the potential for pump damage, or cause significant hazards when a floating roof tank is used and level is too low.  

The Abnormal Situation Management (ASM®) Consortium has released the third in its series of best-practice publications based on 15 years of research in the prevention of abnormal situations. Effective Procedural Practices is written for operations managers, operators, process engineers, training personnel, and safety and reliability engineers tasked with the development of safe operating procedures or procedure management practices and policies within their organization. It details best practices designed to produce consistently usable procedures and ensure that process operators can use procedures effectively in both normal and abnormal situations. Read more here.

Using HART To Improve Safe Failure Fraction in Protective Measures - Peter Russell -  Evaluation International (EI) is a technology club for large scale users of instruments for measurement and control, their Members wished to show, by the use of simulation testing (and other reliability data not part of this testing), that the combination of a Moore Industries HIM converter, a Moore Industries STA trip-amplifier and a Yokogawa EJX110A pressure transmitter would be suitable for use up to Safety Integrity Level 2 (SIL2). The key to this is the use of diagnostics via HART.


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Pilz has expanded its range of operator and visualisation systems with the operating mode selector switch PITmode. The PITmode provides two functions in one compact unit: selection of operating mode and authorisation control for machine access. The operating mode selector switch has been developed for use in plant and machinery with a range of control sequences and operating modes.

Manipulation Impossible – Safety Gate Monitoring Made Safe - This article details how non-contact safety gate systems PSENslock are a safe alternative to existing mechanical technology. With an electromagnetic holding force of up to 1000 N, PSENslock units prevent swing gates and sliding gates from being opened unintentionally. The actuator is manipulation-proof, providing added safety.

Australia must heed Safety Deadline - Functional safety standards that govern the manufacture and safety-rating of such machinery and their components are evolving to accommodate the latest technological advancements. Machine builders and component manufactures must be vigilant, and remain up to speed with changes to performance requirements and the standards that specify them - from PACE


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Wireless Security and Standards Are Still Hurdles to Potential Users -Industrial Wireless Worries: Security and Standards Delay Adoption and User Affinity- Ian Verhappen - Industrial wireless networks are the "next big thing" for industrial automation and industrial networking in particular. However as with all new technology, the adoption rate often lags both the level of coverage in the press and, of course, the number of purchase orders that companies developing the technology need to recover their investment, at least in the short term. Experience has shown that any new technology in the industrial arena follows the traditional chasm model of early adopters and major companies that install small-scale pilot plants or test systems to see how it works and understand the technology. The results of these small-scale tests then form the basis of corporate standards and practices for larger-scale rollout and adoption of the new technology. A recent study by ON World (www.ControlDesign.com/onworld) confirms that this trend is being repeated for industrial wireless. As a result, it is unlikely that large-scale adoption of industrial wireless will take place until the middle of this decade. If the challenges of security and standards are not addressed, this date likely will move farther into the future - from Industrial Automation Networks and www.controldesign.com 

Control Microsystems Inc. (CMI) has published Improving SCADA Operations Using Wireless Instrumentation,” a non-commercial white paper that shows how Integrating wireless instrumentation with SCADA systems can drive operational efficiency and reduce deployment costs. SCADA engineers and operators are facing the challenge of integrating wireless instrumentation networks with other communication infrastructure available in the field. Managing and debugging dispersed wireless networks presents a new level of complexity to field operators that could deter them from adopting wireless instrumentation despite the exceptional savings. The business case behind deploying wireless instrumentation is a compelling one. By eliminating cabling and trenching, you can dramatically reduce the cost of deployment by as much as 70%. Since wireless instrumentation is battery powered, they are much easier to deploy in the field relative to their conventional counterparts. Wired systems can take days or weeks to be properly installed. Wireless instruments require only the sensor to be installed in the process, saving hours or days and valuable resources. Other instruments can be added as needed. So if the business case is that strong and the return on investment is solid, why are some companies still reluctant to deploy wireless instrumentation in their facilities? This paper describes the reasons why companies remain reluctant to use wireless instrumentation and the advances in wireless technology and SCADA software that solve wireless integration problems.

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has approved the WirelessHART® specification as a European National Standard (EN 62591). CEN released the standard to CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, whose members are the national electrotechnical committees of 31 European countries. CENELEC approved the WirelessHART European Standard on 01 June 2010. In March, the WirelessHART specification was approved by the International Electrotechnical Commission as a full international standard (IEC 62591Ed. 1.0). Approval as a European National Standard further confirms acceptance of the technology by users and suppliers as a technically sound, reliable and secure solution for wireless communication in process automation. The IEC Standard was approved by CENELEC as a European Standard without any modification. According to the announcement of approval issued by CENELEC, “members are bound to comply with the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations which stipulate the conditions for giving this European Standard the status of a national standard without any alteration”.

Yokogawa snubs WirelessHART users at the launch of the “World’s first” ISA100.11a wireless transmitters -  “ISA100 is the standard that has been developed by the user community, and expresses the wishes of the users, rather than the approach imposed by vendors, as exemplified by WirelessHART,” said Joost van Loon, Yokogawa Europe director of industrial automation. “Additionally ISA100 is technologically superior to other approaches, in that it can cover all the wireless solutions that might be required. Users have also requested just one standard, so in the Yokogawa view this should be ISA100. Read more thanks to the instrument signpost. 

The Wireless Option - Harcros Chemicals Rethinks Its Position on Valve Positioning - Kurtis Jensen, Kevin Root & Lloyd Hale - From the outside, a chemical plant may look like a series of pipes, tanks, and railcars. However, within these plants, there are many valves that are employed to move liquids throughout the chemical production process. Some of these valves may be operated manually, which, generally speaking, increases the chance that they may be left in a position that is unwanted. In such a scenario, it would be advantageous to have some automated valve monitoring capability to ensure the appropriate positioning of valves in real-time. However, the complexity of hard wiring such valves is cost-prohibitive. Hence, the evolution of industrial wireless systems has opened up new opportunities for valve positioning applications in the chemical processing industry - from www.flowcontrolnetwork.com 

Selecting the Right Wireless Technology - Understanding technology capabilities and application requirements is important when selecting a wireless technology for your application. The reasons to choose wireless include reduced installation costs, installation and deployment flexibility, and the ability to address new applications. Before selecting wireless, you first need to ensure the bandwidth available with wireless meets your application requirements - from National Instruments.

Introduction to Wireless Technology - This video explains how understanding technology capabilities and application requirements is important when selecting a wireless technology for your application. You need to consider three key factors when evaluating wireless technologies: bandwidth, range, and power requirements. It provides an introduction to Wi-Fi technology based on IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.15.4. Learn the core technology capabilities between these wireless technologies to help select the right wireless technology for your application - from National Instruments.

Integrating Wireless Instrumentation with SCADA Systems can drive Operational Efficiency and Reduce Deployment Costs -  Hany Fouda - The use of wireless instruments in pipelines and gas production operations has been gaining momentum over the past few years. Driven by cost cutting measures and the need to gain more operational visibility to meet regulatory requirements, wireless instruments eliminate expensive trenching and cabling while providing access to hard-to-reach areas using self-contained, battery-powered instruments. However, SCADA engineers and operators are facing the challenge of integrating wireless instrumentation networks with other communication infrastructure available in the field. Managing and debugging dispersed wireless networks presents a new level of complexity to field operators that could deter them from adopting wireless instrumentation despite the exceptional savings. This paper looks into the particular ways in which operators can tightly integrate wireless instrumentation networks with SCADA and realize the full benefits of such an integrated solution - from Control Microsystems Inc

ISA100 – THE Standard for Wireless Systems for Industrial Automation - Wayne W. Manges - The ISA100 committee arose from an uproar from end users who had tried various wireless offerings available and found them all to be lacking in some important aspect. The conclusion was that a standards organization was needed to wade through the hype and arrive at a viable approach to successfully deploying wireless in the harsh environments familiar to the ISA member community. The first ISA members to come to the table were from the process industries (petrochemical, chemical, pharmaceutical, water, wastewater, etc.) so the first activity to emerge became focused on that market and is now known as ISA100.11a. This paper looks at the reasons that the community demanded the development of the standard, what attributes were important to those early voices, and what early outcomes are emerging from the committee established. The concepts established early in the formation of the ISA100 (formerly SP100) committee still ring true and carry the group forward in producing the group’s “work products” including technical reports, normative standards, and guidance documents. The committee established early goals related to universality, transparency, and “future-proofing”. Today’s committee carries forward with over 500 members, greater than 10 sub-groups, and many weekly telephone-enabled conferences - from IDC

Industrial Wireless Ethernet Systems: Implications & Applications for the Smart Grid - Peter L. Fuhr, Ph.D. - Electrical systems worldwide are being upgraded and/or expanded by the introduction of demand-response systems, alternative energy sources (wind, solar, etc), and home metering. The net result is a wide cross-sections of technologies that are intertwined into what is being called the Smart Grid. Potential applications for industrial wireless ethernet systems in this arena abound - and will be reviewed - from IDC

The Technology behind the ISA100.11a Standard - The ISA100.11a standard was architected based on end user’s requirements and feedback. This presentation  offers insights into how these requirements are implemented in the underlying technology foundations.

A multi-vendor solution of ISA 100.11a in action is shown in the following video download. Days after the ISA 100.11a standard was approved, an ISA 100 network was installed at Arkema, a world-class producer of industrial chemicals, in Crosby, Texas with devices from Yokogawa, Nivis, Gastronics and Honeywell.

The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute has announced the availability of its ISA100.11a Stack Conformance and Device Interoperability Test Kits designed to verify conformance to the ISA100.11a standard. Both kits verify the correct communication behaviour of a wireless device as defined in the ISA100.11a standard and provide comprehensive packages and tools for troubleshooting, debugging and regression testing of ISA100.11a products.

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced that it has developed the world’s first field wireless devices based on the ISA100.11a Industrial Wireless Communications Standard and will release them to the market in July. These wireless products include an EJX-L series differential pressure and pressure transmitter, a YTA series temperature transmitter, and an integrated field wireless gateway.

Honeywell have announced enhancements to its OneWireless™ offering that will give industrial facilities more options to tailor wireless networks to best fit their needs. OneWireless R200, which is now fully compliant with the ISA100.11a standard, will allow plants to design a wireless network with different types of wireless coverage. Depending upon application requirements, plants can now design networks that provide either wireless coverage for field instruments only, or coverage for both field instruments and Wi-Fi devices. This provides plants with more flexibility while reducing the total cost of ownership. 


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August

3 - 5  5th ISA Water/Wastewater Automatic Controls Division Symposium (WWAC) - Doubletree Castle Hotel. Orlando, FL , United States

10 - 12 Remote Monitoring & Control Technologies Conference - Perth, Western Australia

19 - 22 Mission Critical Network Design Seminar - Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld Hotel - Orlando , FL, USA

20 - 22  International Colloquium on Computing, Communication, Control, and Management (CCCM 2010) -  Yangzhou China

September

1 - 3  13th IMEKO TC1-TC7 Joint Symposium "Without Measurement No Science, Without Science No Measurement" - City University London, UK

27th to October 1st 2010 Emerson Global Users Exchange conference - Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Centre in San Antonio, TX. 

October

4 - 7 ISA Automation Week: Technology and Solutions - Westin Galleria Complex, Houston, Texas, USA.

26 -29 International North Sea Flow Measurement Workshop - St. Andrews, United Kingdom 

26-28 Hazards Conference 2010 - Arc Flash Hazards & Hazardous Areas - Perth, Western Australia 

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