ICEnews                                                                                  August 2011

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

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Welcome to the August 2011 issue of ICEnews, the Instrumentation, and Control Engineering news source.  ICEnews is a compendium of useful information which we endeavour to issue quarterly.

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

The mining industry as you know it is changing. Ensure you are ahead of the rest – Attend Mine Site Automation & Communication 2011. Find out about the latest and most reliable communication and automation systems that will improve the overall productivity and safety of your mine site. Download the brochure.

Saving Wildlife with Grimwood Heating and Invensys Controls - Grimwood and Invensys have combined their product and engineering capabilities to provide the North West Branch of Sydney wildlife with temperature controlled incubator boxes. The boxes are used by Sydney Wildlife volunteers in the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native wildlife. Volunteer Barbara Potts said “These boxes are absolutely brilliant, they are easy to set to the required temperature, and without them many of the animals in our care would not have survived to be released back into the wild.” These incubator boxes are temperature controlled using Eliwell electronic thermostats and heated with Elstein infrared emitters. With distributors in every state, Grimwood products are easily accessible for everyone requiring a quality solution to their application.

Conducting Electricity with Plastics - RESEARCHERS at the University of Queensland and New South Wales have developed a way to produce plastics which conduct electricity. Plastics normally conduct electricity very poorly, and are commonly used as insulation. However, they also carry desirable mechanical properties such as flexibility and low cost of production. As such, there is considerable interest in making plastics conductive. This is achieved by changing the chemical structure of the molecules which make up the plastic, or filling the plastic with a natural conductor such as metal powder. The new method from the Australian researchers, called ion beam metal mixing, coats a sheet of plastic with a very thin layer of tin - from

Mass-Manufacture of Nanoscale Sensors, on the Wings of Cicadas - RMIT University researchers have found a way to fabricate batches of nanoscale sensors on the tips of optical fibres, with insect wings playing a role in this research. This breakthrough is a critical step toward the mass manufacture of nanoscale sensors - from

Process Software and Engineering Services Provider PAS has Announced its Partnership with NovaTech, a provider of process automation, electric power measurement, and substation automation. NovaTech will offer PAS’ automation and operations effectiveness solutions to increase the safety, productivity, and reliability of their client’s facilities.

Subsea Water Quality Measurement Devices Joint Industry Projects - Seabed processing will play a very important role in maximising oil recoveries for offshore oil and gas fields.  Subsea separation and produced water re-injection or discharge, together with subsea raw sea water injection forms crucial parts of the seabed processing strategy.  However the lack of subsea water quality measurement devices has prevented a wide take-up of such seabed processing systems.  This is because without such a device, the only way to find out water quality (for discharge or re-injection subsea) is by manually taking a sample and then bringing the sample to surface using a remotely operating vehicle (ROV).  This is an extremely expensive and time-consuming operation and more importantly it does not serve well with production operations. Following a recent Measurement for Innovators project on the subject, NEL is embarking upon a research project to accelerate the development of subsea water quality measurement devices. The project aims to:
- Establish requirements, develop operating envelopes and review potential technologies for water quality measurements related to subsea raw sea water injection
- Recommend testing and a way forward for developing subsea raw sea water injection water quality measurement devices
- Conduct a further review on potential technologies that can be used for water quality measurements related subsea separation and produced water re-injection and or discharge
- Provide assistance to selected technology providers in further developing their subsea water quality measurement devices
- Carry out performance evaluation tests under laboratory, offshore surface environment
- Conduct additional environment tests and provide recommendations for subsea field trials
Please click here to express an interest in joining this project.

What will Solar Powered Tables Wirelessly Recharge?...Your Tools! - An interesting introduction to the very first renewable solution to re-charge wire-less all of your portable accessories, Panasonic's brand-new solar-powered wi-fi charging table. Due to be launched in late 2011 or early 2012, the new table will use solar powered energy gained by the solar cells on the face of the table to power the accessories placed on the table! This can be the potential future of a renewable pv technology that is Qi enabled. What exactly is Qi you ask? Qi has been invented by the wire-less power association as a normal specs to be employed by the makers of recharging gadgets, like our brand new table, and the products which they will charge, such as your brand new smart phone that is touchscreen display enabled, sees books and has a foldout full-sized pc style keyboard. This very new Qi technology has only been common since the beginning of this current year, but many people are wanting instant integration and a score of gadget launches. Using Qi with older wire-less devices is almost guaranteed, and we will positively be hearing and seeing more about Panasonic's brand new solar-powered wifi charging table and several other Qi facilitated battery chargers sooner.

Could the Power of Touch Create Everlasting Batteries?- Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have published some data about the ability of “piezoelectric” thin films to convert mechanical pressure into electric impulse. Translation: touching or putting pressure on these materials could create a charge.

ISA Releases ISA Automation Week 2011 Advance Program - The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the release of the Advance Program for ISA Automation Week: Technology and Solutions Event. This annual, international conference will take place 17-20 October 2011 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama, USA. The Advance Program provides the technical conference overview, as well as:

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has debuted its social media site, ISA Interchange - This new educational, news-and-blog site provides automation professionals with an opportunity for finding relevant, high-quality technical knowledge; engaging with each other for information sharing and problem solving; and strengthening professional networks.

Irrigation Telemetry System Saves Time, Fuel, Labor and Money - Supports Irrigation and Water Management Applications - Farmers and Water Districts will save time, fuel, labor and money with the new RemoteCONNECT™ RC45 Telemetry System from McCrometer, which is a wireless data collection system designed to provide information via the Internet from installed flow meters, pumps and other agricultural water management sensors operating remotely in the field.

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

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

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

The Alarm Management Handbook - PAS, recently published the second edition of The Alarm Management Handbook by Eddie Habibi, PAS Founder and CEO, and Bill Hollifield, PAS Alarm Management Principal Consultant. It is the most comprehensive best-practices book available for designing and maintaining an effective alarm management system. Ineffective alarm systems continue to haunt the processing and power industries worldwide, contributing to plant upsets and shutdowns. Alarm management improvement has been identified by many industrial companies as a critical business and safety improvement imperative in recent years. In response to this market need, PAS published the first edition of The Alarm Management Handbook in 2006. With the release of the new ANSI/ISA-18.2-2009 Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries, PAS has updated the book to incorporate the ideas presented in it. This new standard sets forth the work processes for designing, implementing, operating, and maintaining a modern alarm system in a life-cycle format. The 2nd edition includes a summary of the standard’s scope, regulatory impact, requirements, recommendations, and other details. It also includes much additional practical information on benchmarking alarm system performance, developing a comprehensive alarm philosophy, solving nuisance alarm problems, performing alarm rationalization, implementing advanced alarm handling techniques, and improving the operator HMI for optimum situation awareness and incident mitigation.

The print version of The Alarm Management Handbook, 2nd Edition is $89.95 USD and is available from PAS at The e-version of the book is available through the Apple iBookstore and

ISA publishes Instrumentation and Control Systems Documentation, Second Edition - The International Society of Automation (ISA) have announced the publication of Instrumentation and Control Systems Documentation, Second Edition, by Fred A. Meier and Clifford A. Meier. This second edition incorporates improvements suggested by readers and those that reflect subsequent changes in industry practice. 

The Handbook of Laboratory Measurements and Instrumentation presents experimental and laboratory activities with an approach as close as possible to reality, even offering remote access to experiments, providing to the reader an excellent tool for learning laboratory techniques and methodologies. Book includes dozens videos, animations and simulations following each of chapters. It makes the title very valued and different from existing books on measurements and instrumentation.

The National Physical Laboritory has launched the Learning Zone - Whether you are completely new to measurement, or need to learn specific measurement methods and skills, the NPL Learning Zone can help. NPL produces educational and informative resources to aid anyone wishing to learn more about the science of metrology or develop new measurement skills and techniques.

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

New ETHERNET Remote I/O Communication Gateway Enables Faster Data Transfer Using Modbus TCP - Pepperl+Fuchs have introduced ETHERNET Remote I/O - a new Ethernet communication gateway and backplane for the company’s established LB/FB remote I/O system.  The gateway and backplane enable the remote I/O system to speak a new communication protocol, building a virtual bridge between traditional field instruments and Modbus TCP-based Ethernet with data transfer rates up to 100 Mb/s.  

FDT Technology Recognized as ANSI/ISA Standards The International Society of Automation (ISA) and FDT Group have jointly announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) formally approved Field Device Tools (FDT) Technology standards—as previously adopted internationally as IEC 62453 and approved in the United States by the ISA103 Field Device Tools Interface (FDT) committee. These US standards will now be designated as ANSI/ISA standards.

The Fieldbus Foundation has Announced;
- New FOUNDATION Technology Blog - The Fieldbus Foundation has established a new blog addressing a wide range of issues affecting the world of Foundation technology. Located at, the blog will cover topics of interest to fieldbus equipment suppliers, end users, engineering firms, system integrators, and others.|
New enhancements to its open, non-proprietary Foundation fieldbus physical layer technology. The latest updates to the H1 (31.25 kbit/s) physical layer specifications will improve the robustness of fieldbus control systems by optimizing device interoperability and integration. End users will benefit from easier installation, faster commissioning and seamless startups.
- The release of the all-new Foundation fieldbus Flow Transducer Block Final Specification (FF-908 FS 1.0), which includes a standardized flow transducer block with a high-performance totalizer function. This specification will enable greater consistency in fieldbus device setup, configuration and maintenance, and make it easier for end users to utilize instruments from a wide range of automation equipment suppliers.
- The latest progress on its Wireless and Remote I/O (WIO) technology, including a suite of solutions to assist automation suppliers in developing WIO devices. WIO will enable the utilization of an open, interoperable fieldbus automation infrastructure incorporating both Foundation fieldbus High Speed Ethernet (HSE) and industrial wireless applications.
- It will conduct a series of free, half-day Foundation technology sales force training seminars for industrial automation salespeople, system integrators and manufacturer representatives during 2011. These events will be held in conjunction with the foundation’s end user seminar program across North America.
- It has registered the first two Foundation fieldbus hosts incorporating new, mandatory host profile “61b.” Fieldbus hosts supplied by Emerson Process Management (DeltaV Digital Automation System, with AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager) and GE Energy (GE ControlST) passed tests verifying their support for NAMUR NE107 field diagnostics, which is now required as part of the second phase of host testing and registration.

Emerson Process Management have announced the Rosemount 2051 pressure transmitter is available with PROFIBUS PA profile V3.02. PROFIBUS PA is the latest addition to the Rosemount 2051 pressure transmitter, which now includes a Local Operator Interface (LOI) option that features simple addressing and configuration at the transmitter. PROFIBUS PA with LOI are available on the complete line of Rosemount 2051 products, including 2051CF flowmeters, and 2051L level transmitters.

Get Connected to the Benefits of HART 7 - Suzanne Gill - Charles Larson was quoted in the HARTline Newsletter in In this story discussing the benefits of HART 7 it is highlighted that the introduction of HART 7 has “improved the ability of additional data and diagnostic information from devices” along with increasing “the awareness of users to the wealth of information in HART devices that can be used in plant efficiency.”

Specifying FDT Technology – Putting Your Assets to Work - This paper provides engineers that specify automation or asset management systems with an overview of FDT Technology and suggests text to use as a part of the request for proposal or ordering specifications to ensure that appropriate FDT products are purchased. It answers many of the most common questions including, What is FDT Technology?, What is a DTM?, What is a Frame Application?, How does FDT integrate into my automation or asset management system?, and How do I include FDT Technology in my project? The White Paper is available at no cost and can be downloaded after registering at

The FDT Group have announced;
- The Immediate Public Availability of their New FDT 2.0 Specification - The new FDT 2.0 standard maintains backward compatibility to the installed base, offers significant speed and performance enhancements, improves support and deployment in distributed applications, supports a full client / server environment, enhances security, ensures FDI compatibility, and provides a rich set of new features and capabilities for the benefit of the end users.
- A Joint Project to provide Off-the-Shelf Interoperability between the FDT 2.0 standard and the OPC Unified Architecture (UA) standard. The project envisions a standard plug-in for the new FDT 2.0 standard that will provide the necessary connectivity to enable data to be communicated throughout the enterprise using the OPC UA standard. Work is underway to make this capability available by the end of this year when the new FDT 2.0 standard is fully available.

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

E-learning * Training * Consulting

Abhisam Software is a leader in technical training. Innovative e-learning courses help technical professionals like you to stay on top of the learning curve. Their e-learning courses, technical training workshops and onsite training activities span areas in Instrumentation, Automation & Control Systems, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and  Process Plant Safety. These e-learning courses and traditional training courses increase the skill levels of employees in companies and other organizations. Their Instrumentation training courses, meet all your Instrumentation training needs, whether for Instrument technician training, industrial instrumentation training or control systems engineer training. Current training courses include Hazardous Area Instrumentation, an ebook on Hazardous Area Classification, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Gas Monitors, Safety Instrumented Systems , HAZOP and an ebook on Variable Frequency Drives. Abhisam's upcoming courses on Plant and Process Safety includes VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). Other courses and ebooks in the pipeline which will be launched soon are courses and ebooks on Fieldbus Technology, Level Instrumentation and Electrical Schematics. See the complete range of courses here. Abhisam now also offer a certification for each course, if the learner takes an online test and scores the passing grade. There is no additional charge for this. It is an excellent idea if somebody wants to have a "proof" of having taken training and acquired a new competency. All the current courses have free download demos of the first module.

Did you know that Abhisam also conduct workshops and on site training courses worldwide? They recently held a one day intensive training workshop on Hazardous Area Instrumentation in Andheri, Mumbai in association with the ISA Maharashtra section. This workshop had leading experts from industry and government organizations, who helped participants from leading industries & companies like Siemens, Reliance, SNC Lavalin, Tata Power, Essar and others learn all about this sometimes difficult to understand subject. 

Free USA Training Schedule for PROFIBUS and PROFINET in 2011 - Eighteen free training classes are scheduled for 2011. There are two different curricula: PROFIBUS and PROFINET

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

Are you an Electrical Professional from the Mining, Manufacturing or Utilities Industry? IDC are looking for a number of presenters to submit an abstract and present their papers at the upcoming Electrical Arc Flash Technical Forum which has been created to help drive our industry towards the completion of the Australian standards for arc flash safety. This event follows on from the sell out success of 2010 Arc Flash Event in Melbourne which attracted over 150 attendees. Arc flash is arguably one of the most topical issues being discussed in the electrical engineering community in Australia today (especially in the mining, utilities and manufacturing areas). Download the full call for papers.

South East Asia Flow Measurement Conference 2012 - Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 August 2011. The 2012 Conference will have a flexible structure which will encompass both theoretical and real world experience, providing delegates the opportunity to schedule attendance around work demands.



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 in Australia and USA.

ICEfolks - News about Promotions and Changes for people in the Instrumentation and Control Engineering World.

PI North America, the home of PROFINET and PROFIBUS in the USA and Canada, has announced that Bernie Anger, General Manager Control and Communication Systems for GE Intelligent Platforms, has been elected to its Board of Directors. Read more here.

Scott Moffat has been appointed general manger of Pilz’s Australian and New Zealand subsidiaries, replacing outgoing general manager Frank Schrever. Moffat is a senior executive with over 20 years experience and extensive knowledge in the automation, energy, mineral processing and petrochemical industries and possesses a unique blend of engineering background and corporate finance coupled with strong business acumen and customer focus.

Thomas Kuiper has become a director of AMS and has taken on the position of Project Manager as of 1 July. He has been with AMS for more than nine years fulfilling several positions, and with his background of electronic engineering, accountancy and sales, AMS feels it will be a great fit for his new position. Announcing the appointment, General Manager at AMS Dirk Kuiper said: “Thomas’s expertise in his various positions will enable him to immediately contribute to the continuous growth of the company and allow the business to fulfil its market potential in Australia. In his new function he will be liaising with the branches and customers on major projects. 

ICEJobs – Vacancies and Wanted  

Put Your Engineering Career Today on the High Road - Thanks to Steve Mackay  of IDC Technologies here are some excellent suggestions to boost your engineering career today:

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

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

Control Engineering have a great range of newsletters covering;

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

Automation World offers some electronic newsletters of interest including;

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

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

ICEmerge — Mergers, Acquisitions and News from the Instrumentation Control Engineering Community.

Emerson Process Management has acquired Net Safety Monitoring, Inc., a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of fixed toxic and combustible gas detectors, flame detectors, safety systems, and other safety and security products.  The acquisition expands Emerson’s capabilities to provide comprehensive process controls and safety monitoring for the toughest industrial environments. 

National Instruments have announced its acquisition of Phase Matrix, Inc. (PMI). The acquisition brings key RF talent, technologies and manufacturing capabilities to NI and will significantly increase the capability of NI products in high-frequency RF and microwave applications,

ICEnew — Great new Technical Links posted on ICEweb.

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

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


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

A Technical article on General Humidity - Humidity Definitions, Details on Relative or Absolute Humidity, Practical Requirements of Humidy Measurement, State of the Technology and functional principles - from Vereta 

Analyser Sample Systems

Thanks to our new sponsor  Haldatec ICEweb's Analyser Sample Systems  page has been extensively upgraded with the addition of a swag of 38 new technical papers - so if you need more information on this subject just go to this page for fantastic technical information.

Papers include;
- Principles of Odorization - A discussion of odorant, odorizers, and odorization.
- Practical Considerations of Gas Sampling, Gas Sampling Systems and Standards - The need to be able to take a representative sample of a hydrocarbon product is necessary to ensure proper accounting for transactions and efficient product processing. 
- Spot and Composite Sampling for BTU Analysis - Determination and Natural Gas Physical Properties 
- Eliminating Guesswork – Predicting Gas Temperatures for Analysers - Industry now has available prediction techniques for calculating the temperature of pipeline gas that is being presented to on-line analysers. Thus the risk has been taken out of having a liquid laden sample or a non representative sample, that can damage analysers or not make the analysis meaningful. 
- Instrument Filters - These filters are used extensively for removing contaminates that include dust, aerosols and water from the gas before it is used for such duties as gas supply to pneumatic instruments, valve actuators, and analysers.
- Pressure Regulators for Analyser Applications - Pressure regulators are self contained devices that are often defined by their application. Hence similar regulators are described as Instrument or Analyser or High/Low Pressure. 
- Self Contained Pressure Regulator - Sizing - This technical paper gives a technical introduction on self contained pressure regulators, capacity sizing, turndown and relief sizing.
- Typical Crude Oil Sampling System - This technical diagram shows a typical crude oil sampling system. 
- Analyzer Liquid Shutoff and Eliminator Membrane Filter - The Liquid Eliminator is designed to protect analyzers from damage and contamination by removing liquids and particulates in gas samples. The gas sample enters the housing and flows through the membrane, effectively eliminating any free liquids from entering the analyzer columns.
- Flow Conditioner - This flow conditioner is designed to protect analytical instruments from liquids. 

To access these, the rest of the huge papers and much more for free just go to our Analyser Sample Systems  page.

Burner Management Systems

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

Thanks to our sponsor Invensys Triconex ICEweb's Burner Management page has been extensively upgraded with the addition of 8 technical papers and  - new sections, so if you need more information on BMS just go to this page for fantastic technical information.


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

Choke Valves  

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

Control Valves

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

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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All technical information will have live links to your company.

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Human Factors - Planning and Designing a Control Room - The emergence of new technologies, new ergonomic standards, and increased public awareness of workplace health issues have combined to inspire a dramatic shift in console design. Today’s control workstations are smaller, more functional, and more aesthetically appealing than earlier generations. The ergonomic approach to designing consoles into the layout of a control room should contribute to achieving the performance objectives established for the space in question, while ensuring that every aspect of interaction between human, machine, and the environment - from raised flooring to acoustical concerns, from indirect lighting to the overall well-being, health, and safety of each operator - is taken into account - from Winstead.


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

Condition Monitoring  

We are looking for more technical papers in this area.

Data Loggers 

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

Dynamic Process Simulators and Training Systems  

Plenty of information on this subject.


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

COMING SOON! - The Quick Guide to Reading Electrical Schematics - If you've been hunting for a quick and easy guide book that shows how to read electrical schematics, you've come to the right place! This ebook is due for release anytime soon and is eagerly awaited by many. Interested? You can pre-order your copy by sending an email to 

Free Guide Available to Evaluate Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment - This guide provides advice on the safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to water and outlines items that require complete replacement or that can be reconditioned by a trained professional. Equipment covered in the document includes electrical distribution equipment, motor circuits, power equipment, transformers, wire, cable and flexible cords, wiring devices, GFCIs and surge protectors, lighting fixtures and ballasts, motors, and electronic products

Electrical and Instrumentation Enclosures  


Thanks to our sponsor Weidmuller you can find information on Cabinet design, construction, NEMA and IP ratings, Maintenance, EMC and lots more! This page has been completely reworked and the following links added.

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

AVEVA Instrumentation - Instrument and Systems Engineering, Design, Documentation and Management for the Entire Plant Lifecycle

AVEVA Instrumentation is a proven, feature-rich software suite for Instrumentation and Control engineering. Its advanced graphical user interfaces, extensive use of design rules and catalogues for data creation, and maximum workflow flexibility make AVEVA Instrumentation the preferred choice for projects of all sizes. Stand-alone or fully integrated, AVEVA Instrumentation is functionally rich, both for the EPC in design and for the Owner Operator in everyday plant operations. An extensive range of customisable deliverables may be created, including: Cable Block Diagrams, Loop Diagrams, Instrument Index, Datasheets, Hookup Diagrams, Termination Diagrams, Cable Schedules and Bill of Materials.

AVEVA Launches New Operations Integrity Management Paper - AVEVA have announced the publication of a comprehensive Operations Integrity Management (OIM) strategy for Owner Operators in the oil & gas industry. Exploring critical business areas for both project and asset performance, the business strategy paper seeks to identify how Owner Operators can reduce operational cost and risk through an optimised information management strategy. At the centre of the OIM strategy is the Digital Information Hub, a secure store of information and its associated relationships, allowing users to search, modify, control and collaborate across major capital projects and throughout the long-term operation of their assets. The supervision of major capital projects, complex handover operations, maintenance, engineering and regulatory compliance all demand structured information integrity. Poor information leads to poor decisions with potentially catastrophic consequences. AVEVA's OIM strategy allows Owner Operators to control the quality and accessibility of critical project and operational information, increasing productivity and profitability while reducing operational risk. To read the business paper please visit

New Business Value Calculator helps Instrumentation Engineers Quantify Potential Project Savings - AVEVA have announced the worldwide launch of the Instrumentation Business Value Calculator (BVC), a brand new interactive tool that calculates the savings that can be achieved by engineering companies by adopting the latest instrumentation technology. The BVC assists with estimating the time and cost savings a business could achieve by implementing AVEVA Instrumentation, a true lifecycle solution for designing, installing and maintaining instrumentation in both plants and ships. You can request access to the BVC by clicking here

RGU and AVEVA present findings on Health & Safety Report -AVEVA has announced that the findings of a research project conducted by Robert Gordon University (RGU), will be debated during a panel discussion at an event in Aberdeen on 1st September. Using both quantitative and qualitative responses, the report will seek to gain a better understanding of the role information management plays within health and safety environments for the Oil & Gas Industry. It goes on to explore how organisations achieve improvements in health and safety performance based on factors that range from culture to technology. Should you wish to attend the panel discussion, please register your interest at

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

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.

Process ESD Systems - This power point presentation is a large 9.48 Mb download but contains some really useful information on ESD systems and ESD Valves - from ICEweb sponsor Emerson Process Management and Centralian Controls.


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

The 2011 American School of Gas Measurement Technology will be held September 19-22nd at the Marriot Westchase Hotel, Houston, Texas The ASGMT combines lecture classes, Hands-on Classes, Plant Tours, Educational Exhibits and networking functions with the objective of providing the skill sets required to safely and effectively install, operate and maintain natural gas transmission and distribution measurement facilities. Registration fee $125. Registration increases to $150 after September 1st, so register early. Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s) through Texas A&M Kingsville are also available for an extra $25. To register online, or for additional information visit their website at 

Diesel Fuel Flow Measurement – Avoiding Common Pitfalls - As the price of fuel increases and environmental regulations tighten, it is more important than ever to measure the amount of fuel used by diesel engines and standby power generation systems. However, accurate monitoring of diesel fuel consumption presents a significant challenge for end users in various industries. The following white paper addresses a number of common pitfalls to help ensure the best flow measurement solution for diesel fuel applications - from Flow Technology.

V-Cone Steam-Injection Flow Meter Supports Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) - Upstream oil/gas engineers will find McCrometer’s precision V-Cone® Steam-Injection Flow Meter supports enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technologies that produce heavy oil from demanding environments, such as shallow oil sands deposits and other challenging formations. Featuring unique differential pressure (dP) technology, McCrometer’s self-conditioning V-Cone Flow Meter provides superior flow measurement accuracy and repeatability over a broad flow range regardless of fluid dynamics. Accuracy is ±0.5 percent with repeatability of ±0.1 percent over a wide turndown. With virtually no maintenance or recalibration requirements, the V-Cone also operates over a long life with a low cost of ownership.

Emerson have introduced its globally certified, mass-based measurement system for marine bunkering -  Their Micro Motion® Certified Marine Bunker Measurement Solution is the first traceable, transparent, mass-based measurement system with third-party certification for heavy fuel oil (HFO) bunkering.  Installed on a vessel, barge, or at a terminal, the Certified Marine Bunker Measurement Solution monitors the bunker delivery, reports final totals, and provides a ticket that can be used for custody transfer.   This globally-certified bunker custody transfer system meets international standards and provides highly accurate, transparent bunker fuel deliveries that will minimize the number of disputes between barge operators and ship operators, while enabling operators to very accurately monitor fuel and improve operational efficiencies.

McCrometer, the flow measurements specialists, have appointed AMS as their distributor for the industrial product range. McCrometer and AMS Instrumentation & Calibration have entered into an exclusive agreement for AMS to become McCrometer’s Australian distributor to supply their range of products to the oil and gas and industrial market place.

Fire and Gas

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

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

Honeywell Analytics have announced the launch of the H450EN Carbon Monoxide alarm -  a device designed to provide additional peace of mind with clearly visible status indications that ensure a fault is never mistaken for an alarm.

Gas Monitors e-courses from Abhisam Software

Now available for US$89 for the online version or direct download for just US$99! - 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.

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 e-courses from Abhisam Software

Hazardous Area Instrumentation e-learning Course. The online version is now available for US$135 or the direct download is just US$150. It covers; Area and Material classification, Different standards used for hazardous areas, including the later regulations like ATEX, Different methods of protection such as Explosion proof, Intrinsic Safety, Increased Safety, Pressurization and Purging, Non-incendive and some more methods too, Implementation of Fieldbus systems in hazardous areas, Selection of  the best method of protection for your application, in your plant or facility, Certification and labelling of instruments, learn what a label means and how to maintain the safety and integrity of a hazardous area installation in your plant. See the New Video

Practical Guide to Hazardous Area Classification - Hazardous Area Classification :A Lack Of Knowledge Can Cost You Your Job, Your Money, Your Business... Even Your Life! This is a practical guide to classifying hazardous areas in your plant or facility- Learn everything you need to know about hazardous area classification...including gas, vapour and dust explosions, various area, materials and temperature classifications, the differences in various standards. Also includes a practical case study of an actual area classification exercise, with actual engineering drawings and photos, details on the state of area classification in today's process plants and facilities along with the pitfalls of wrong area classification. Importantly it details how you can SAVE MONEY and MAKE YOUR PLANT SAFER with proper area classification. The cost?  Only US$47.

Quality Systems for Ex Equipment - New IEC Standard to be used as basis for IECEx certification - This International Standard specifies requirements for a quality system that can be used by an organization for the production of equipment and protective systems for explosive atmospheres. This standard is written in the form of using ISO 9001 for the base requirements and format, and then adding additional specific requirements to relevant clauses for explosive atmospheres. It also contains a detailed informative annex with information relevant to particular types of protection and specific products.

Australian and New Zealand Ex Standard Updates
Amended Standard - AS/NZS 60079.17:2009/Amdt 1:2011 - Explosive atmospheres - Electrical installations inspection and maintenance has been amended.
Updated Standard AS/NZS 60079.18:2011 Supersedes AS/NZS 60079.18:2005 - AS/NZS 60079.18:2011 - Explosive Atmospheres - Equipment Protection by Encapsulation ‘m - This Standard was prepared by the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee EL- 014, Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres, to supersede AS/NZS 60079.18:2005, Electrical apparatus for explosive gas atmospheres, Part 18: Construction, test and marking of type of protective encapsulation ‘m’ electrical apparatus. The objective of this Standard is to establish the specific requirements for design, construction and testing of electrical equipment protected by encapsulation for use in flammable gas and vapour atmospheres and explosive dust atmospheres. See a preview here.
Updated Standard AS/NZS 60079.25:2011 supersedes AS/NZS 60079.25:2004 - AS/NZS 60079.25:2011 Explosive Atmospheres - Intrinsically safe electrical systems - Adopts IEC 60079-25:2010 to establish the specific requirements for construction and assessment of intrinsically safe systems, type of protection ‘i’, for use where Group I, II and III apparatus is required.The objective of this Standard is to establish the specific requirements for construction and assessment of intrinsically safe systems, type of protection ‘i’, for use where Group I, II and III apparatus is required. It modifies but should be read in conjunction with, AS/NZS 60079.0 and AS/NZS 60079.11, in particular. See a preview here.
New Standard - AS/NZS 60079.29.4:2011- Explosive Atmospheres - Gas Detectors - Performance requirements of open path detectors for flammable gases.The objective of this Standard is to establish the specific requirements for design, construction and performance testing of electrical equipment for open path detection of flammable gases and vapours. It is complementary to AS/NZS 60079.29.1, which applies to the other detection techniques available for this purpose. It is intended to be read in conjunction with AS/NZS 60079.0 for its electrical protection. See a preview here.

The Australian National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), in conjunction with Standards Australia, is hosting the 75th IEC General Meeting in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 24 – 28 October 2011. "The IEC General Meeting is the world’s pre-eminent gathering of electro-technical experts and represents an excellent opportunity to showcase Australian innovation and technical expertise," said Colin Blair, Chief Executive, Standards Australia. Read more here.

High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems - (HIPPS)  

A swag of information on this interesting subject.


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Instrumentation Valves, Tubing  and Fittings  

ICEweb has very comprehensive pages on this subject. 

The Following is a Safety Alert from NOPSA Highlighting the need for Audits and Competency in Instrument Fittings and Tubing - Did you know that The Institute of Petroleum & UKOOA Tubing Guideline states that nationally collected incident statistics collated by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive)  indicates that small bore tube systems are the single largest contributor to the incidents of process containment rupture on potentially hazardous plants”

Tube Compression Fitting Failure - What happened? A recent near miss incident has identified that compression fittings associated with high pressure tubing lines have the potential to fail by working loose under certain conditions. Potential failure will not be evident without adequate post-assembly inspection and may not become apparent for a number of years due to a range of factors including operating conditions and the material of the tube and fittings. Even during regular pressure testing, it is not uncommon for these ‘compromised’ fittings to pass the initial and subsequent tests prior to the main failure event. In relation to this recent incident, subsequent inspections by the operator determined that approximately 50 per cent of similar fittings required attention as a result of: incorrect insertion depth with ferrules set at the end of the tube (see above photograph); or ferrules had worked loose over a period of time because of improper fitting assembly at installation followed by exposure to vibration or pressure pulsations. Materials such as MP35N alloy, used for ferrules for some compression fittings, are of a very high yield and tensile strength. This quality however, can prevent the ferrule from "biting" into the parent tube material if insufficient pressure and torque is applied when assembling the fitting. What could go wrong? Compression fitting ferrules exposed to vibration and pressure pulsations could work axially along the tube over a period of time if incorrectly installed or the tube compression fittings are composed of incompatible materials. This event can potentially lead to a loss of containment of high pressure flammable vapour or fluid and subsequently result in a dangerous occurrence or major accident event

Key lessons - A manufacturer of any plant has a general duty of care under the OPGGS Act 2006 to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the plant is designed and constructed to be safe and without risk to health. In addition, the manufacturer is responsible for carrying out the research, testing and examination necessary to identify, and eliminate or minimise, any risk to health and safety that may arise from the use of the plant.

Operators should carry out an audit of compression tube fittings and ensure that these fittings have been installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and that the ferrules remain in the correct location.

Operators are to ensure installation and inspection competency in personnel including contractors and third parties undertaking the fitting and maintenance of compression fittings. This may include the implementation of a maintenance audit regime that routinely inspects compression fittings subjected to vibration and pressure pulsations, with comprehensive and complementary training and procedures.

Recommended guidelines are available in the Oil and Gas UK publication HS016 Management, Design, Installation and Maintenance of Small Bore Tubing System. Also the HSE Loss of Containment Manual Part 2 is a very useful reference- Small Bore Tubing and Piping systems -  This part reviews the way in which small bore tubing and piping systems are managed, together with small bore flexible hoses which may be used for hydrocarbon duties. The guidance notes are largely based on Institute of Petroleum / UKOOA Guidelines for the Management, Design, Installation and Maintenance of Small Bore Tubing Systems.

Our Sponsors Prochem Pipeline Products and Hoke International can assist with Instrument Tubing and Fitting Audits, Competency Accredited Training and Inspections on a Worldwide Basis.

HOKE have announced Type Approval Certification for Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Standards for Certification 2.9 No. 5-792.20 for 316 SS and 6Mo GYROLOK product. They have also announced that they have certified GYROLOK® 316 Stainless Steel fittings from ¼" to 1" to the ASTM F 1387-99 (2005) performance standards for mechanically attached fittings. This certification establishes performance characteristics for fittings which directly attach to pipe or tube by deforming the pipe, tube or fitting which creates a seal and therefore a restrained joint. Historically ASTM F-1387 certification was a requirement for all naval surface ships. In recent years it’s become a requirement for fittings used in petrochem applications and other key markets.

Laser Instrumentation  

Technical Information on Laser Level and Other Laser Instrumentation Applications.

Thanks to our sponsor Zedflo Australia ICEweb's Laser Instrumentation page has been extensively upgraded.


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

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Emerson Process Management has released the Industry’s First Digital DP level Architecture, the Rosemount 3051S Electronic Remote Sensor System.  With over ten patents, the 3051S ERS System is a breakthrough technology that replaces mechanical impulse piping with two 3051S pressure sensors linked together electronically.  Differential pressure is calculated in one of the two sensors and is transmitted using a standard two-wire 4-20 mA HART signal.  Ideal applications for the 3051S ERS System include tall vessels, distillation towers, and other installations that traditionally have required excessive lengths of impulse piping or capillary.

New Technologies

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


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

Emerson have launched a New Wireless Tool to Measure Pressure Behind Well Casing and Improve Offshore Safety - The new instrument measures online and in real-time previously inaccessible pressure and temperature information behind the casing in subsea production wells, providing operators with an important new tool for well integrity monitoring.

Pressure Relief Valves

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

The Pressure Relief  Valve page is available for sponsorship and gets an average MASSIVE 900 page views per month. As an ICEnews "special" we are offering a 50% discount on this page for the first year. Contact ICEweb for further information.

Rupture Discs

Specifications, Standards, Technical Papers and Articles.


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

#1 ICS and SCADA Security Myth: Protection by Air Gap - A blog from Eric Byres - In his blog article, Fix the Problem, Stop Bailing out Vendors, Dale Peterson made a brief comment about “fantasy of the air gap”. It was an important comment, but one I think got lost in the other messages Dale offered. So today, I am going to focus on the topic of air gaps. The existence of an “air gap” between control system networks and the rest of the world has been one of the most enduring fairy tales in the field of SCADA / ICS security. The idea is that in a properly designed system, there is a physical gap between the control network and the business network. Since digital information cannot cross such a gap, bad things like hackers and worms can never get into critical control systems. From this, a corollary flows: “Companies that get worms in their systems (like the unfortunate Brazilian Power Company of last week), obviously have not created the proper air gap and deserved to be infected.

Final Version of Industrial Control Systems Security Guide Published - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued the final version of its Guide to Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security (SP 800-82), intended to help pipeline operators, power producers, manufacturers, air traffic control centers and other managers of critical infrastructures to secure their systems while addressing their unique performance, reliability, and safety requirements.

Severe Service Control Valves  

A swag of technical papers can be found here.

Solenoid Valves  

This is a comprehensive Technical Reference on Solenoids 

Surge and Lightning Protection  

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

Test and Calibration

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

Terminals -  Electrical and Instrumentation Wiring  

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


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

Following are a number of technical articles on the new Thermowell Design Standard ASME PTC 19.3 TW-2010, the correct design of thermowells is very important especially in respect of stress failures - this standard addresses this.

New Standard for Thermowell Design - ASME PTC 19.3 TW - 2010 - The long awaited PTC 19.3 TW-2010 is a completely new standard that establishes the practical design considerations for thermowell installations in power and process piping. This code is an expanded version of the thermowell section contained in the PTC 19.3-1974, and incorporates the latest theory in the areas of natural frequency, Strouhal frequency, in-line resonance and stress evaluation. ASME responded to changing industry demands for a more comprehensive set of thermowell evaluations. Key enhancements over the 1974 edition include:

PTC 19.3 has been the standard used by piping designers since it’s release and has been highly successful in the industry. The new, expanded PTC 19.3 TW edition—developed by end users and manufacturers—builds on decades of industry and research data to make it the new worldwide authority for thermowell design safety. Intended for piping designers, instrument engineers, instrument designers and plant I/C engineers/designers, plant engineers, plant safety engineers, process engineers, thermowell manufacturers, instrument manufacturers, anyone who assembles thermowell bids or design specifications, and regulatory agencies.

Thermowell Calculations - Dirk Bauschke, David Wiklund. Andrew Dierker  and Alex Cecchini - Thermowells are essentially a circular cylinder installed like a cantilever into the process piping. They allow a temperature sensor to be located within a process flow while providing a process seal and protecting the sensor from the process fluid. As a process fluid passes around the thermowell, low pressure vortices are created on the downstream side in both laminar and turbulent flow. The combination of stresses, generated by the static in-line drag forces from fluid flow and the dynamic transverse lift forces caused by the alternating vortex shedding, create the potential for fatigue-induced mechanical failures of the thermowell. Until recently ASME PTC 19.3-1974 has been the standard by which most thermowells are designed.  For the most part, though, ASME PTC 19.3-1974 was used successfully in both steam and non-steam applications. Several key factors caused ASME to re-form the committee in 1999 to completely rewrite the standard; advances in the knowledge of thermowell behavior, a number of catastrophic failures (Monju among them) and the increased use of Finite Element Analysis for stress modeling. When combined, these factors caused many in the industry to move away from the rudimentary methods and simplified tables laid out in ASME PTC 19.3-1974 in favor of more advanced methods for predicting the thermowell natural frequency and calculating the forced frequency. Rather than simply update the existing version of ASME PTC 19.3-1974, the committee decided to release a new standard due to the significant changes associated with the effort. The thermowell calculation portion of ASME PTC 19.3-1974 was 4 pages. By comparison, the new standard, known as ASME PTC 19.3TW-2010 (“TW” for thermowell), is over 40 pages due to the explanations of theory and the sheer complexity of the process. By February 2010, ASME PTC 19.3TW-2010 was approved through all applicable committees and it was finally released in July 2010.

Thermowell Design Standard ASME PTC 19.3 TW-2010 - An explanatory video 

Typical  Thermowell Calculations Report per ASME PTC 19.3TW-2010

Velocity Collars: No Longer Best Engineering Practice - A velocity collar is a metal ring machined into the shank of a thermowell and installed tightly in to the standoff of a pipe.  Due to the nature of thermowell vibration behavior, installation practices, and ASME’s position, Emerson does not recommend velocity collars as a best practice for means of reducing vibration-related failure. Emerson also feels that other installation methods that attempt to reduce unsupported length in a similar fashion to velocity collars, such as DIN Weld-in style thermowells, are not a best practice.


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

Composite Valves - Thanks to our sponsor Austral-Powerflo Solutions ICEweb's Composite Valve page has been completely reworked and the following links have been added;

Specialist Power Plant Valves - Thanks to our sponsor Austral-Powerflo Solutions ICEweb's Specialist Power Plant Valve page has been completely reworked and the following links have been added;

Variable Speed Drives

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

The Quick Guide to AC Variable Frequency Drives - Variable Frequency Drives are growing in importance every day as you see them being increasingly used The reason is easy. Variable Frequency Drives are the best thing that ever happened to the ac induction motor, as you can now control these motors in a variety of ways, which were not at all possible earlier. However, information on how to use these drives is not very easily available. Your search is over! Download now the quick guide to ac variable frequency drives immediately and never have to search for anything else on VFDs again! Price only US$57


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

Thanks to our sponsor Invensys Triconex ICEweb's Safety Instrumented Systems page has been extensively upgraded with the addition of 31 technical papers - so if you need more information on SIS just go to this page as a first "port of call"! 

Comprehensive E-learning course on Safety Instrumented Systems -from Abhisam Software 

E-learning course on SAFETY INSTRUMENTED SYSTEMS This comprehensive course covers ALL aspects of Safety Instrumented Systems in seven modules including ; Basic Concepts of SIS, Hazard & Risk Analysis, Failures & Reliability, Safety Integrity Level - Includes how to assess and verify Safety Integrity Level (SIL) , Standards used in SIS and SIS in practice including maintenance.. For full details of the contents see here
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Coming Soon - E-learning Course on HAZOP (Hazard and Operability Study) - This e-learning course will cover HAZOP in detail, with worked examples, interactive animated simulations, real plant photos and examples/case studies. If you've been hunting for an easy to understand training course on HAZOP, you've come to the right place, but just a wee bit early. That's great, because you are now eligible for an "early bird unbelievable discount offer"! Claim it by sending an email to  

Coming Soon - E-learning Course on VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) - This e-learning course will cover VOCs in detail, with worked examples, interactive animated simulations, real plant photos and examples/case studies. If you've been hunting for an easy to understand training course on VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), you've come to the right place, but just a wee bit early. That's great, because you are now eligible for an "early bird unbelievable discount offer"! Claim it by sending an email to  For those of you who do not know what VOCs are look here.

Can Process Control Prevent Oil Well Blowouts? - Oil Drilling Accident in the Gulf of Mexico: What caused it? Could We Have Prevented the Blowout with Properly Designed Process Control Systems? From the excellent 

Invensys Operations Management have announced that it will be the exclusive provider of a unique process safety decision-support solution from ACM Facility Safety, a division of ACM Automation Inc. Under the terms of a new partnership agreement, Invensys will now offer ACM Facility Safety’s process safety decision-support software, Machu Picchu, to the global process industry.

Safety Control & Instrumentation Systems Conference

20th, 21st & 22 September 2011 - Perth, Australia

This conference will focus on the technology and application of safety-related control and instrumentation systems in the chemicals, energy, mining and manufacturing industries. In particular, it will discuss the changes to the IEC 61508 standard and the implications this will have on your industry. Case studies and practical applications will be presented by specialists experienced in safety life cycle activities such as hazard and risk assessment and the determination of Safety Integrity Levels (SILs). Topics will be relevant to a wide range of industry sectors.

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Condition and Operation of your Facility’s TEMPSC - Recent inspections conducted by NOPSA and information provided to NOPSA have raised concerns regarding the general condition of some Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft (TEMPSC) currently in use in the offshore regime. Inspection findings have resulted in nine enforcement actions on facility operators in the past four months. The enforcement actions focused primarily on the lack of effective routine maintenance and inspections being conducted on facility TEMPSC. TEMPSC were identified with damaged or broken safety harnesses, unsecured and loose items, and illegible safety and operating instructions. A shortfall in the competencies of personnel assigned to essential lifeboat duties was also noted.

Tube Compression Fitting Failure - A recent near miss incident has identified that compression fittings associated with high pressure tubing lines have the potential to fail by working loose under certain conditions. Potential failure will not be evident without adequate post-assembly inspection and may not become apparent for a number of years due to a range of factors including operating conditions and the material of the tube and fittings. Even during regular pressure testing, it is not uncommon for these ‘compromised’ fittings to pass the initial and subsequent tests prior to the main failure event.

E-learning Course on HAZOP (Hazard and Operability Study) -A HAZOP study is a well known hazard analysis tool used for process safety management and HSE risk assessment of plants and facilities. However, there are very few training courses out there that teach the HAZOP study technique thoroughly well, in a structured manner. Ditto for books-many of them are outdated and not as relevant as they once were. Hence Abhisam Software created this e-learning course, so that you need not refer to boring, outdated and irrelevant books to learn HAZOP. What you need is a practical, "why-we-do-it and how-to-do-it" training course and this is it! This e-learning course covers HAZOP in detail, that will make you a pro in hazard and risk analysis, HSE risk assessment and related areas of process safety management. It has plenty of graphics and interactive animations that make learning so much more easier and fun! You can even download a free trial here! - Thanks to our sponsor Abhisam Software

Manufacturing and Automation Safety

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


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

General Instrument and Control Engineering Tips

The following articles are contained in IDCs Steve Mackays "Little Red" book which is not so little at 160 pages. There are some really useful tips to be found here. This pdf is worth putting on your computer for reading on those long trips. You can get it for free here.
Be foolish more often in engineering Don’t spend another penny on formal training  Fearsomely outstanding engineering presentations Engineering innocence
Is there anything left for us to do? Where have all our engineers and technicians gone? Roadshow through the Outback The Great Move
Fingertip engineering knowledge Have we forgotten the important aspect of our business  Excellence in Australian engineering

Why our engineering education system is broken and what to do about it 

Woz – What an inspiring engineer Real time engineering collaboration Giving it all away – or retirement from engineering  Tethered to your desk and smothered by your work – whilst mobile
Safety – different countries/different standards or not? Invest in your people before you lose ‘em As an engineering professional – what are you really worth? Where on earth has the electronics (or indeed, plain old) hobbyist gone to?
Where have all our engineering leaders gone? The (erratically) mobile engineer In the thrall of politicians

Putting your engineering brain into overdrive – with guaranteed improvements

Trust your guts and not always your engineering brain Nuclear power: to hell? Or maybe, just maybe … heavenly bliss What on earth do you expect the world to do with your rubbish? One of education’s greatest confidence tricks – lectures

Making up for the problem solving toolbox defect in our formal engineering education

How many of us are guilty of negligent engineering and potential disasters?

Don’t communicate with a battering ram or a twisted whisper, but with engineering panache!

Don’t despise engineering advice from so-called simpletons
Accountants are killjoys and engineers over-engineer Why nanotechnology is important to engineers Are we tilting at windmills with solar or wind energy The myth of bottling your techie’s know-how before they leave
How to avoid engineering career killers – 11 tips Can we make engineering safety standards work? Welcome to another brilliant year Engineering and the ‘long tail’ distribution
Testing engineering systems: but only perfunctorily

Power travails of Africa or Don’t let your politician walk over you

Common sense with safety is not so common around here A sure-fire way to electrocution and immediate sacking
Why is battery technology so slow in growing up?

Hard-won experience makes you master of the engineering universe

Innovation in engineering using (mainly) the KISS principle Engineering multi-skilling in your part of the universe

Invisible engineers and technicians – undervalued, disappearing and needing your support

Engineering conference papers for you

Originally from the Wild West, we engineers now need to be attuned to style and culture

Grasp the engineering nettle in biology and medicine
Beat a gadget-strewn path to your local geek fair Collaborate in creating your next engineering project

Freely-available know-how and our Automation and conversions guides

Engineering cloud computing
Your list of favourite engineering videos What’s better? Real engineering or styling and marketing?

We all need an engineering mentor (or advisor, teacher, role model, friend)

Does management know how to retain engineering professionals?

Fossil fuels are almost done for

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Travel Time Calculator - Ever wonder what time it will be in New York when you arrive in Hong Kong? Or how much longer your trip will be with a stop-over in London? This service calculates the total traveling time for a round trip or a multi-city trip (up to 8 cities) between cities or locations available in our World Clock, as well as display the local time for the selected cities, time zone information, and a map showing the path of the journey.

Find out what any Acronym, Abbreviation, or Initialism stands for. With more than 1,000,000 human-edited definitions, Acronym Finder is the world's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. Combined with the Acronym Attic, Acronym Finder contains more than 5 million acronyms and abbreviations.

Pipe Flow Rate Calculation Calculate Pipe Pressure Drop - This excellent Pipe flow calculation web site offers fluid flow calculators for pressure drop calculation, pipe diameter calculation, control valves sizing, air flow calculation, Venturi tube and orifice flow, Reynolds number calculation, pressure drop in natural gas line, lpg pipe sizing calculator, Prandtl probe, thermal energy calculator and more... - from Pipeflow Calculations.

Humidity Calculator for Conversion of Humidity Measurements - The humidity calculator from E+E Elektronik is used for the rapid conversion of humidity measurements. Uniquely, the humidity calculator also includes measurement uncertainties in the calculation. This is helpful for obtaining realistic and reliable overall uncertainties based on the specification of the measuring device. 

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Switching to Wireless - Now you can detect level without incurring the cost and complexity of laying cables, says Jonas Berge - A level switch can be used in applications with liquids and slurries, including coating and aerated liquids. Sensing is virtually unaffected by flow, turbulence, bubbles, foam, vibration, solid particles, build-up, or fluid properties. Applications include high and low level detection in liquid tanks as a backup to a continuous level transmitter, activating a pump based on level, and starting or stopping a mixer based on level around the blades. Now, new developments in wireless communications are enabling an easy and cost-effective solution for level monitoring without laying cable or associated risk of damaging the existing installation, and enable configuration and troubleshooting from a central location - from Emerson Process Management.

Straight to the Heart - The wireless war is not over yet, according to Yokogawa, which believes ISA 100.11a is not only a technologically superior standard to WirelessHart but also caters more widely to the requirements of end users.

Reliability of Wireless Communication - The general perception that wireless communication is easily disconnected seems to be attributed to our daily experience with mobile phones and wireless LANs. The rapid progress of mobile phone technology meant that the latest digital wireless communication technology could be used to solve the very tough challenge of ensuring that high-speed data transmission rates and reliability are maintained while users are walking or moving at high speed in cars and trains. However, the facts that a user moves at a certain speed and that the location of use is not fixed impose difficult conditions on wireless communication for which the radio wave environment changes dynamically, resulting in the instability typical of wireless communication. Meanwhile, in many industrial measurement applications, the measurement location is considered and then fixed at the point of installation, and even if the user moves, the movement speed is very moderate and the movement range is also limited, and the required data transfer rate is also relatively low, so the environment is such that reliability can be easily maintained for wireless communication. In other words, it is possible to set conditions to ensure sufficient stability for wireless communication beforehand. By introducing the latest digital wireless technology in such a relatively privileged environment, reliability comparable with wired communication can be ensured.

Modbus Organization Joins the Wireless Cooperation Team - Modbus has joined with Fieldbus Foundation, PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V., and the HART Communication Foundation, to work cooperatively on the development of wireless gateway specifications based on WirelessHART and the emerging ISA SP 100.11a standard.

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ExperTune  2011 User Conference, to be held May 10-12 in 


7 - 9  Automation Technology Egypt 2011 - Cairo Int'l Conferences Centre, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt

10 - 12 ExperTune  2011 User Conference - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

10 -12 Electric Power Conference - Donald E Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL, USA

10 -12 Principles and Practice of Flow Measurement Training Course - East Kilbride, UK

18 - 19 Produced Water Workshop - Aberdeen UK


14 - 17 IMTeC 2011 - Micro-Analysis and Online Analysis - Lyon, France

21 - 23  2011 Ultrasonic Meter User’s Workshop - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA


13 - 15  ChemInnovations 2011- Houston, Texas, USA

14 -15 Sensors + Systems for Control and Instrumentation - Five, Farnborough, UK

19 - 20 Advances in Process Control - York, UK

19 - 22 The 2011 American School of Gas Measurement Technology - Houston, Texas, USA


17 -20  ISA Automation Week 2011 - Mobile, AL, USA

24 - 28 75th IEC General Meeting - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre - Melbourne, Australia

25 -27 Honeywell 23rd Users Conference - "Where Technology Shapes Solutions" - Baveno, Laggo Maggiore, Italy


8 - 10 Brazil Automation ISA 2010 (15th International Congress and Exhibition of Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation) - São Paulo, Brazil

29 - Dec 1 AVEVA World North America User Conference - Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel in New Orleans, LA, USA

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Abhisam Software is a young knowledge based company which has been set up to provide training to technical professionals by e-learning. The innovative e-learning courses help professionals to stay on top of the learning curve. What better way to get training, other than by enrolling in an e-learning course? E-learning frees you from attending classrooms, or cramping your work or leisure schedule in any way. It enables you to learn & get training anywhere & at anytime. Get trained anywhere & at anytime by making use of ON DEMAND LEARNING!

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They have e-learning courses on the following subjects:

E-learning course on Gas Monitors

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E-learning course on Hazardous Area Instrumentation

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Well recognised by such brand names as Circle Seal Controls, Hoke Gyrolok fittings and Go Regulators, CIRCOR International Inc is a leading supplier of valves, related products and services to a wide range of users who require precise, efficient and safe fluid control systems.  For over 125 years they have been providing a complete array of fluid control products and technologies to a highly fragmented industry. 

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The Honeywell Analytics group of companies provides gas detection solutions in industries where potentially hazardous chemicals and gases exist.  A full range of fixed gas, portable gas and flame detection equipment is available for the measurement of flammable gases, toxic gases and oxygen concentrations.  The company provides design, development and manufacture of electrochemical, catalytic and infrared sensors, along with Chemcassette technology, placing the company at the forefront of innovation. The company offers solutions to increasingly difficult gas detection and monitoring applications.
They also offer project management for specialized fire and gas systems, a global network of service centres and 24-hour on-line technical support.

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The Grimwood range of flanged immersion heaters can now be manufactured to provide hazardous area protection for users in the Asia Pacific region. Depending on the location and operating environment, units can be made in either carbon steel or stainless steel. The benefits of using locally designed and manufactured product fully complying with hazardous area requirements are shorter supply chains and lead times and quicker, clearer communication. 



Prochem is Australia’s leading supplier of quality stainless steel piping and mechanical instrumentation products. They are agents for a huge range of instrumentation products including Hoke Gyrolok, Hoke Instrumentation Valves, Circor Tech Products, Go Regulators, Circle seal, Atkomatic Solenoid Valves, Classic Filters, Manual Sample Systems, King Instrument Company , Hoke Pipe Fittings , Anderson Greenwood Instrument Valves , Anderson Greenwood Primary Isolation Valves , Pacson Valves and ATC Actuators, BSM Valves, O'Brien Tracepak and O'Brien Analytical, BuTech , Stainless Steel Tube, Saddles and Leak Check , Teflon Lined Braided Hoses. 

Industrial Automation Networks

Industrial Automation Networks Inc. provides field level network services that help our global clients seamlessly connect their field devices and controllers.

Digital communications is becoming more prevalent in the industrial environment but unfortunately the skills necessary to implement the technology have not kept pace with either its introduction or scale of acceptance. Industrial Automation Networks has been created to fill the gap in knowledge and expertise in this area for all phases of a project life cycle.

Industrial Automation Networks Inc. intent is to "Make Industrial Networks Easy" by making them reliable and of high value to you the End User. 

AVEVA Instrumentation; instrument and systems engineering, design, documentation and management for the entire plant lifecycle.

AVEVA Instrumentation provides a comprehensive, powerful and intuitive suite of software tools which support the entire lifecycle of a plant’s instrumentation and control systems. Engineers and plant designers will find their work easier and more productive, thanks to its extensive catalogue- and rules-based functions and unique features such as graphical ‘drag and drop’ design. Plant operators will appreciate a dedicated, affordable solution which makes handover and commissioning more efficient and which goes on to save time and cost throughout the continuing processes of maintenance, modification and upgrade.

Customer evaluations have consistently reported substantial gains in productivity compared with rival products. To see why, visit for product information. To see AVEVA Instrumentation in action, visit for details of AVEVA roadshows and events near you, or contact your nearest AVEVA sales office to arrange a demonstration on your premises.

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