ICEnews August 2011
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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.”
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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 www.electronicsnews.com.au
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 www.electronicsnews.com.au
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.
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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 email@example.com .
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
The print version of The Alarm Management Handbook, 2nd Edition is $89.95 USD and is available from PAS at http://www.pas.com/Technical-Books/Alarm-Management-Handbook.aspx. The e-version of the book is available through the Apple iBookstore and Amazon.com.
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 http://foundationfieldbus.blogspot.com, 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 www.fdtgroup.org/specwp.
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.
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
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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
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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 Engineering, Instrumentation, Mechanical Engineering and Project Management .
Training and Workshop Schedules
IDC have a huge range of workshops and training courses in Australia and USA.
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.
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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,
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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
- 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.
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.!
New Items include:
- A new section on Burner Management System Standards.
- A new section on Burner Management Systems Definitions, Abbreviations and Acronyms.
- SIL Application in Burner Management Systems - A Case Study -Thermal Burner
- Burner Management – A Straightforward Approach for Typical Systems
- Selecting Safety System Designs
- Flame Safety
- Safety Controls and Burner Management Systems (BMS) on Direct-Fired Multiple Burner Heaters
- Microprocessor Based Burner Management Systems (BMS)
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 www.aveva.com/whitepapers.
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 www.aveva.com/instrumentation.
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 www.aveva.com/rgu
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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.
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 www.asgmt.com
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.
|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.
|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.
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.
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.
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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.
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#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.
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:
Expanded coverage for thermowell geometry;
Natural frequency correction factors for mounting compliance, added fluid mass, and sensor mass;
Consideration for partial shielding from flow;
Intrinsic thermowell damping;
Steady state and dynamic stress evaluations;
Improved allowable fatigue limit definition
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.
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- A Field-Proven Triple Modular Redundant (TMR) Digital System for Turbine Control and Safety Application in Nuclear Power Plants
- Qualified Safety Parameter Display System (QSPDS) in Nuclear Power Plants
- Safety Considerations Guide
- Basic Fundamentals Of Safety Instrumented Systems.
- Consistent Consequence Severity Estimation
- The Interrelationship of Risk Criteria and Conditional Modifiers
- Three Important Factors in Evaluating your SIL Certified Device
- A Brief Discussion over Safety Costs in New Enterprises
- Accurate Modelling of Shared Components in High Reliability Applications
- Field Failure Data – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- Functional Safety in the Life Science Industries
- Position Paper on IEC61508 2010
- Setting the Standard - How Process Plants can benefit through Proper and Careful Adoption of the IEC 61511 Safety Standard
- You Asked: Alarm Management
- Saved by the Bell: Using Alarm Management to make Your Plant Safer
- Alarm Management and ISA 18 - A Journey, not a Destination
- Get a life(cycle)! Connecting Alarm Management and Safety Instrumented Systems
- Achieving ALARP with Safety Instrumented Systems
- Alarm Rationalisation
- Hazards Equal Trips or Alarms or Both
- EC 61508 - Is it Pain or Gain?
- IEC 61511 - An aid to Control of Major Hazards Regulations (COMAH) and Safety Case Regulations
- Live Changeout of SIS
- Software tools for SIS Lifecycle support
- An introduction to Functional Safety and IEC 61508
- Reliability with Respect to Safety Instrumented Systems
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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 www.controlglobal.com
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.
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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.
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Distance Calculator - This distance calculator can find distance between any two cities or locations available in The World Clock. The distance is calculated in kilometers, miles and nautical miles, and the initial compass bearing/heading from the origin to the destination. It will also display local time in each of the locations.
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.
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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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They have e-learning courses on the following subjects:
E-learning course on Gas Monitors
E-learning course on RFID
E-learning course on Hazardous Area Instrumentation
M-learning course on RFID.
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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.
For more information
go to http://www.circortechnologies.com/
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
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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.
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.
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.
evaluations have consistently reported substantial gains in productivity
compared with rival products. To see why, visit www.aveva.com/instrumentation
for product information. To see AVEVA Instrumentation in action, visit www.aveva.com/events
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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