ICEnews May 2011
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We are approaching Winter here in Western Australia so I thought it was time that I sorted out our open fire which we have not used for years because it smoked the house out. Years before we had used it without any issues...but "handyman Jim" noticed that the cap had rusted out and tootled off to the local hardware and bought a new one of a different design, very nice Stainless Steel as well. Well to cut a long story short I got a chimney sweep in (yes they still exist and I gather are in real demand because of the "pizza oven fad" at the moment), and it seems that the fire smoked because of an incorrect cap....it just goes to show that one must be competent to do any job. The same applies in automation whether you are an Instrument Engineer, Technician or Sales Engineer however with a few exceptions it still seems to be the case that true "workplace competency" is just viewed as being too hard. This applies both on an individual and company basis.
As renowned Professor Julius Sumner Miller used to say "Why is this so", well for the company a cost is involved in time, effort and producing a realistic competency standard which is based on the workplace rather than finding out if someone is competent to pass an exam which proves very little at the end of the day. For the individual there is the "fear factor" and a quite bit of work, however if you are a good Engineer or Tradesman you should have little to fear.
So what are the positives of a "competency standard" approach, for the company it is that you identify any shortfall in competency which in our line of work could result in catastrophic results and also your training budget can be focused into areas in which individuals are "not yet competent". For the individual it gives a great opportunity to have a real work based qualification which actually means something and shows your company what value you are to it.
There is thus no reason to be afraid of the concept, it is money well spent.
Food for thought, what do you think?
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PlantTriage Diagnostics Automatically Initiate Work Orders-ExperTune’s PlantTriage can now share information with maintenance planning and other enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools. PlantTriage’s diagnostics can be used to initiate work requests for instrument repairs, control tuning, and valve replacements. Proven in hundreds of plants worldwide, the PlantTriage control performance monitoring system automatically diagnoses and prioritizes process, control, and instrumentation problems, 24 hours a day. Integrated analysis and tuning tools improve plant results by focusing effort on the most critical issues.
New Dual-Redundant Pneumatic Pressure Regulator Safeguards Operation of Critical Process Control Valves - protects critical valve automation (SIS, ESD, ESV) in oil/gas and processing sectors against downtime and damage - Midland-ACS have launched a high-integrity pressure regulator for the pneumatic control systems that are widely used for valve actuation in the oil, gas and other processing industries. Called OPD Stemsaver, the device guards against any failure of the filter-regulator that controls compressed air system pressure, by providing dual-redundant over-pressure protection. It ensures that any downstream actuators for controlling process valves cannot be accidentally exposed to dangerous over-pressures that could be high enough to shear a valve stem or cause other damage.
Leaders are Obligated to the Future - This is an interesting viewpoint - Dean Ford highlights that in his view the automation profession has clearly suffered from a lack of leadership in the decades leading up to the 2000s. Organizations and people in charge of those organisations that should have had our profession’s future in mind were only focused on the now. Consequently, we let the information technology professionals take over our domain. We did not push industry for certifications and allowed the profession to be tainted. We did not demand training and education programs from academia to create the next generation of professionals. We allowed MBAs to minimise our rolls and reduce our staffs, making things more difficult for us and hurting manufacturing in general. We did not educate the public on the importance of the work we do, and now are faced with a daunting future of scarce resources with increasing demand - from the ISA and InTech.
Technical Instrumentation Information Sheets - These fairly general technical information sheets have been produced by NEL, the sheets provide an overview of the properties and technologies associated with fluid flow and its measurement.
A Beginner’s Guide to Measurement - This 30 page Beginner’s Guide from the National Physical Laboratory explains the fundamental concepts and basic facts about measurement, and in particular accurate measurement. It includes brief accounts of the role of measurement in modern and historical societies and explains the SI system, its base units and their relation to other units. The various organisations involved in measurement are introduced and their roles in linking all measurements to the SI base units through traceability chains explained. It includes general guidance about practical issues that affect the making of measurements, gives the meanings of key measurement terms, and explains the significance of such fundamental concepts as measurement traceability and calibration.
Honeywell have announced that it will expand its in-house engineering training and development programs to help deliver qualified talent for its industrial automation business. With a maturing workforce and a global reduction in student uptake of new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses each year, Honeywell is creating programs to develop the engineering talent of the future, including plant operators, maintenance technicians, implementation engineers, system administrators and management. This year the company expects more than 1,000 to graduate from its various programs." The shortage of engineering skills is an industry-wide challenge,” said Norm Gilsdorf, president, Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS). “Experienced engineers are retiring, leaving behind a void that is not being sufficiently filled by newly qualified talent. With a globally expanding business like HPS, the problem is magnified. Honeywell needs more engineers. For us to find them we have had to develop a number of programs, which are not only designed to deliver immediate results, but to also foster interest and desire in STEM careers for future generations.”
Weidmuller have announced Analogue signal converter ACT20M - The innovative, new dimension for converting and isolating analogue signals housed in a 6 mm width - The new ACT20M product line unites innovative technology with maximum functionality in an electronics housing that is only 6 mm wide. Up to two channels per module help to save space in the electrical cabinet. High galvanic isolation of 2.5 kV and an accuracy of up to 0.05 % strengthen the reliability and safety of the process.
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Reading a P&ID - This self-study workbook offers a concise course in how to read and understand Piping and Instrumentation Drawings (P&IDs). These drawings, also known as Process and Instrumentation Diagrams, or Process and Control Diagrams, are essential to many industrial operations. After completing the workbook you should be able to identify symbols and function labels commonly found on P&IDs, describe how system components are related, and trace process stream flow and control loop functions. Included are sample P&IDs, reference material explaining ISA symbology, answers to the problems, and a demonstration exercise that pulls together the skills taught in the course. The workbook, which has been reviewed for compliance with ISA standards and practices, covers the following subjects: Information on a typical P&ID, master sheets, symbols, instruments, line designations, tracing process flow, and controlling process operations.
Control System Documentation: Applying Symbols and Identification, 2nd Edition - This ISA classic provides the symbols and identification commonly used throughout the process industries. It contains sample P&ID and numerous examples of symbols and tagging concepts. It also provides most of the symbols and identifiers that are unique to instrumentation and gives practical examples of their use. Documentation changes and the evolution of control systems engineering and design work over the past decade are included in this edition. It is the intent of the authors to help people communicate ideas and concepts through the use of symbols and identifiers. Ideal for engineers, managers, sales people, technicians, and students, this book will improve and strengthen communications among not only instrumentation specialists, but all interested professionals.
A Technician's Guide - This comprehensive review of calibration provides an
excellent foundation for understanding principles and applications of the most
frequently performed tasks of a technician. Topics addressed include
terminology, bench vs. field calibration, loop vs. individual instrument
calibration, instrument classification systems, documentation, and specific
calibration techniques for temperature, pressure, level, flow, final control,
and analytical instrumentation. The book is designed as a structured learning
tool with questions and answers in each chapter. An extensive appendix
containing sample P&IDs, loop diagrams, spec sheets, sample calibration
procedures, and conversion and reference tables serves as a very useful
reference. If you calibrate instruments or supervise someone that does, then you
need this book.
Quality Calibration Handbook - Developing and Managing a Calibration Program - Quality calibration systems are the very foundation for improving research and development (R&D), production, and quality assurance arenas through accurate, reliable, and traceable calibrations of their test equipment. This book is about how to design, implement, maintain, and continuously improve a quality calibration system, with all the required documentation, traceability, and known uncertainty for each and every item of test equipment owned and used by any company, large or small. It will benefit companies that want to implement a program and also those that already have one in place. Calibration requirements vary across specific industries but every organization can use the quality calibration system described in this book as a foundation for its personalized program. By using the quality calibration system outlined and demonstrated, any organization can put together its own version to meet its specific requirements and/or regulations.
Loop Checking: A Technician's Guide - In today’s competitive markets, manufacturers strive to continually improve manufacturing performance to meet their business needs and goals. As process control loops have a major impact on a plant’s financial performance, focusing on loop performance is critical. This technician’s guide defines loop checking in the broader scope of control loop performance in addition to the more traditional terms of the plant startup. It discusses general methods and practices that can be applied across many processes/industries. Featured topics include: loop checking basics, factory acceptance testing, wiring and loop checks, performance benchmarking, and sustaining performance.
Troubleshooting: A Technician's Guide - Troubleshooting loops and systems is something all technicians must do, but that few truly master. This newly revised edition draws on the author’s long experience as an instrument and electrical engineer and his maintenance expertise to provide a detailed look at the skills and knowledge required for troubleshooting. Interspersed with a wealth of practical detail and real-world examples are Mostia’s no-nonsense discussions of what a good troubleshooter needs to know. He provides an in-depth discussion of the basic logical framework that underlies all troubleshooting as well as advanced troubleshooting techniques. He also explores the causes of failures and the techniques that engineers and technicians use to trace them down. This new edition covers troubleshooting methods, both basic and advanced, hints and troubleshooting aids, troubleshooting safety, basic maintenance concepts, information about training, and the developing troubleshooting skills. It also includes numerous examples of troubleshooting problems in mechanical systems, process connections, pneumatic systems, electrical systems, electronic systems, and valves. Mostia also explores test equipment, programmable electronic systems, communication circuits, transient problems, and software.
Start-Up: A Technician's Guide - When new plants or systems go online, the control systems technician (CST) faces special challenges. The author explores and explains the crucial role of a technician in this process. This book offers you a clear overview of typical start-up responsibilities. From the first team meeting to the last round of tuning and loop checking, Harris uses her extensive experience with process control plants to walk you through the issues and skills typically required. Each chapter includes self-study learning objectives, practice questions and exercises, answers, and listings of relevant standards. Written with the technician in mind, it is an application-oriented book that provides an overview of the scope of duties a technician must perform in real-world situations. Includes over 30 figures and tables; fully indexed.
Noble But Unappreciated - In this article from Automation World John Berra gives his views on the lack of appreciation of Automation Engineers - Why are automation engineers the least known and most underappreciated engineers in their companies? I have often called our profession a noble profession. Our work demands the broadest skill set of any engineering discipline—it requires knowledge of chemical processes, mechanical, electrical, electronics, software, networks and IT (information technology). In a typical project, the automation amounts to less than 10 percent of the total cost, yet it has the most impact on the performance of the process. All of the best equipment and process designs are rendered helpless if the automation doesn’t work. Conversely, when the automation is done brilliantly, the operation sings. So why do we labour in obscurity?
ICEbus - Information on any of the 26 different bus systems in use in the area of Instrumentation and Control.
Yokogawa has announced the launch of the FVX110 Fieldbus Segment Indicator. Although field instruments are generally equipped with indicators, standalone field indicators are used by customers to remotely monitor measurement data from field instruments that are in inaccessible locations, such as the top of a distillation column in an oil refinery.
Fieldbus: Intrinsic Safety Now Available without Power Limits - The New
DART System from Pepperl+Fuchs enables process users to take full advantage of
the benefits of fieldbus technology in intrinsic safety environments
EDDL Enhancements - Thanks to EDDL (Electronic Device Description Language), millions of field devices such as valve positioners, radar level transmitters, and bus diagnostics modules work together even if they are made by different manufacturers. PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) welcomes the incorporation of the latest enhancements of the EDDL technology in the second edition of the IEC 61804-3 international standard. These enhancements include the option for offline configuration with the standard parameter values suggested by the manufacturer in order to simplify and speed up device commissioning. Effective immediately, diagnostic messages and other texts can be displayed in many different languages – including Japanese and Chinese. Device diagnostics and setup information can be displayed in one easy to overview page, simplifying commissioning and maintenance.
The HART Foundation Supports Latest Enhancements to EDDL Standard -The HART Communication Foundation supports the latest enhancements to Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) incorporated in the second edition of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s IEC 61804-3 standard. EDDL is the key industry standard for integrating real-time diagnostic and asset management information from millions of intelligent field devices for optimum data and device interoperability with automation systems. The latest improvements to the EDDL standard benefit users throughout the process automation industry. Devices continue to get more sophisticated and EDDL makes them easier to use, transforming data into information so users can take full advantage of intelligent instrumentation. The EDDL standard delivers unparalleled ease of use, stability and backward compatibility for industrial automation – ensuring that existing DDs are protected and users have a continuous forward migration path with no investment loss.
CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the second version of the CiA 443 CANopen profile for sub-sea instruments. These SIIS level-2 devices are connected to a host controller, which controls the entire system (nicknamed as Christmas tree). These trees are connected to the offshore platform via an Ethernet-based network (SIIS level-3) providing the CiA 309 services. For the communication between host-controller and instruments, the SIIS (sub-sea instrument interface system) group has develop in co-operation with CiA the CiA 443 profile, which describes the CANopen communication.
MTL Instruments have launched a new range of Ethernet Connectivity products combining enterprise-class performance with rugged reliability, providing a “best of both worlds” solution for today’s industrial applications. The 9200-ET series of Ethernet products is designed to operate in the harsh and hazardous process control environment and features multi-port managed and unmanaged switches, Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability, multiple fibre-port options and Gigabit switches. The portfolio provides a core technology to the existing Tofino™ Network Security solution, Intrinsically Safe Ethernet and Wireless ranges and provides users with a complete suite of digital connectivity products.
Five Critical Factors for Selecting Fieldbus Valve Manifolds - Enrico De Carolis - In today’s highly automated machines, fieldbus valve manifolds are replacing conventional hardwired solutions. They more easily perform vital functions by integrating communication interfaces to pneumatic valve manifolds with input/output (I/O) capabilities. This allows programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to more efficiently turn valves on and off and to channel I/O data from sensors, lights, relays, individual valves, or other I/O devices via various industrial networks. The resulting integrated control packages can also be optimized to allow diagnostic benefits not previously available. This paper presents controls engineers, specifiers, and buyers with new insights into five crucial factors they must consider before selecting pneumatic fieldbus valve manifolds — commissioning, distribution, modularity, diagnostics, and recovery — while also outlining some shortcomings of conventional approaches. Finally, it highlights new designs that offer substantial improvements in the application, performance, and maintenance of these valve manifolds from the end users’ and OEMs’ points of view - from Numatics, Inc.
Power Over Ethernet - POE is a technology that provides electrical power to a Powered Device using conductors in a CAT5 cable. Power is delivered by means of a DC voltage and maximum current rating. Typical Power Sourcing Equipment devices are network switches. Even though there is a standard (IEEE 802.3af) there are a number of factors you should watch for as this technology emerges and evolves because as usual the devil is in the detail - from chipkin.com
Ethernet Cables - This article from chipkin.com covers; Cat5 and Cat5e - Where do the terms Cat5 and Cat5e come from and what is the difference and Ethernet Colour Coding.
The September 2010 and October 2010 CAS newsletters have some Excellent Modbus Information - Included in these two parts is; MODBUS - Introduction, 4 types of data, There are (were) a Max of 9999 points of each data type, 5 Digit vs 6 Digit Addressing, What about Scaling In Modbus, Floating Point Numbers In Modbus, Byte/Word Order – An ambiguous nightmare, Bit Order - Sometimes it’s a problem too, Modbus and Gateways, What about errors / exceptions, There can only be one master on a
How Real and 32-bit Data is Encoded in Modbus RTU - This article discusses some of the typical difficulties encountered when handling 32-bit data types via Modbus RTU and offers practical help for solving these problems - from chipkin.com.
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, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Gas Monitors and Safety Instrumented Systems.. Abhisam's upcoming e-learning courses on Plant and Process Safety include HAZOP and VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). Other e-learning courses in the pipeline which will be launched soon are courses on Fieldbus Technology and Level Instrumentation. 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.
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Advanced Diploma of Industrial Wireless Technologies - The developments in terms of wireless are nothing short of amazing, and promise to have far-reaching effects for industry. But here is the problem. Universities and colleges simply do not have the infrastructure to keep pace with the rapid rate of wireless system development. Not only do they seldom teach the basics of industrial data communications, but the exponential increase in the rate of wireless technology development requires a curriculum revision every six month to a year.
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Call for Papers - If you have an upcoming conference and are calling for papers please contact us.
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- Perth, Western Australia 30-31 August
|- Evaluating sustainable technologies in order to
future-proof your communication and automation channels
- Ensuring your communication systems are reliable and available to optimise mine productivity
- The installation and benefits of using wireless systems
- LTE wireless technology: where to next?
- Using wireless technology in control automation
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- Improving “bottlenecks” through process control systems
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- Remote control vehicles and their implementation to improve safety measures
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E-Learning - 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.
The Institute of Automation and Control Australia have announced the appointment of four new Fellows, they are Kevin Barnes from the Perth Branch and Phillip Ring, Geoff Rogers and Bob Weiss from Melbourne Branch. Congratulations to all on a well deserved award.
Control Systems Legends Charlie Cutler and Béla Lipták to Give Keynote Talks at ISA Automation Week 2011 - The International Society of Automation (ISA) have announced the keynote speakers for ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event. Charlie Cutler will discuss real-time optimization on 18 October and Béla Lipták will discuss the future of automation on 20 October. ISA Automation Week 2011 will take place in Mobile, Alabama, USA, on 17-20 October 2011 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center.
New ISA Technical Report Provides Guidance for EDDL Users - The ISA Standards & Practices Board has approved a new technical report, ISA-TR104.00.03, "EDDL: Meeting the requirements for integrating Fieldbus devices in engineering tools for field devices." This technical report is intended as a guideline in the use of the existing IEC 61804-3 international standard, "Function blocks (FB) for process control - Part 3: Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL)."
ISA Welcomes New President, Leo Staples - The International Society of Automation (ISA) have welcomed H. L. "Leo" Staples as its 2011 president. Staples opened the year with a call-to-action to all ISA members to dedicate themselves to a high level of involvement in, and collaboration among, their sections, divisions, and the Society. "We have exciting, yet tough, challenges ahead of us, just as any great association does," he said. "I believe that, with passion, dedication and focus, we can meet our new goals and create a very bright future for ISA."
Invensys plc has announced that Wayne Edmunds, who has been Chief Financial Officer of the Company since 2009, has been appointed Chief Executive with immediate effect.
The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the appointment of Larry O’Brien as global marketing manager. Formerly of ARC Advisory Group, O’Brien has 18 years of experience in the process automation business as a research director and analyst at ARC, and has been closely tracking and reporting on developments surrounding Foundation fieldbus for much of his career.
Yokogawa Electric Corporation have announced that Dr. Maurice J. Wilkins of Yokogawa Corporation of America has been selected by CONTROL, a prestigious and influential industry magazine in the US, to be inducted into the Process Automation Hall of Fame, Class of 2011. Dr. Wilkins is Vice President of the Yokogawa IA Global Strategic Technology Marketing Center (USMK) in Dallas, Texas - Read more here.
Festo have announced Richard J. Huss as the new CEO of Festo US. Huss comes to Festo US from Bosch Rexroth, where for the past 10 years he was Vice President and General Manager.
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..
Emerson has announced it has acquired full ownership of its Fisher Sanmar Limited joint venture from Sanmar Engineering Corporation, expanding the capabilities of Emerson Process Management in India. This acquisition adds to Emerson Process Management’s offering of control valves, industrial regulators and other process technologies and services through the Fisher brand. The purchase price was $135 million for the business and additional land. The company, expected to be renamed Emerson Process Chennai Pvt Ltd., will expand sales, service and industry coverage of Emerson Process Management in India and the region and strengthen its supply base. Sales of the joint venture in FY2010 were about $40 million.
GE Intelligent Platforms has acquired technology assets from CSense Systems of Pretoria, South Africa. The acquisition includes CSense’s analytic software products and engineering solutions. This distinctive technology provides advanced capabilities to proactively identify and solve potential process problems before they impact operations.
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California Analytical Instruments, Inc.have announced their new 600/6000 Series FTIR, which provides fast, continuous and stable analysis of virtually any gas which has an infrared absorption spectrum. Unlike other FTIR Analyzers, the 600 Series FTIR does not require liquid nitrogen thus eliminating the need to constantly fill LN2 dewars with associated safety and cost issues.
LPG, LNG and Other Liquid Hydrocarbon Standard Mixtures - Sometimes getting a standard sample can be hard this may be the answer - NPL can produce LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), LNG (liquefied natural gas) and other liquid hydrocarbon standards in two forms of vessel technology: constant pressure (piston) cylinders or dual-port valve dip-tube cylinders.
pH Measurement - A sample chapter from the title Practical Analytical Instrumentation in On-Line Applications - This chapter shows the need for pH measurement, Describes the properties of water, Defines pH, Demonstrates the principle of both the measuring and reference electrodes and their relationship to each other, Explains the Nernst equation and its dependence on temperature, Lists the various sources of error in the measurement of pH and shows how calibration is carried out - Thanks to IDC
The following are from United Wire & Cables.
5kV Cables to Shield or not to Shield - Shielding of an electric power cable is the practice of confining the dielectric field of the cable to the insulation of the conductors. It is accomplished by means of conductor and Insulation shields
Pulling Wire & Cable - Instructions on how to calculate the pulling tensions necessary to safely pull cable through conduits, trays, etc
What is TDR - A quick tutorial on Time Domain Reflectometry and its use in testing Cables - Time Domain Reflectometers have been around for many years and remain the fastest, most accurate way to pinpoint cabling problems. Historically, the TDR has been reserved for only large companies and high level engineers. This was due to the complexity of operation and high cost of the instruments. The TDR has been greatly under utilised. Due to advances in today's technology, the operation and interpretation of a TDR have been greatly simplified. Because of its ability to identify cable problems, the TDR is now rapidly regaining popularity throughout communications industries
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Choke Valve Maintenance and Inspection, Common
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, Choke Papers and Applications, Subsea Choke Valves, Choke Control Systems and some great links to technical papers.
- 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.
Emerson expands FIELDVUE™ digital valve controllers to include FDT/DTM system interface - Emerson’s Fisher® FIELDVUE digital valve controllers with HART and FOUNDATION fieldbus communications can now be integrated into any process control system that supports FDT/DTM technology. Using ValveLink DTM software, users can communicate with any FIELDVUE digital valve controller, to perform startup, commissioning and diagnostic activities. ValveLink software has been certified by the FDT Group for compliance with FDT standards. It has also been tested and certified for use with FDT compliant host system manufactures including Honeywell, Invensys and Yokogawa.
Invensys Operations Management has released the newest version of its SimSci-Esscor® PRO/II™ software, a steady-state process simulator used to design, analyze and improve chemical processes and help industrial users achieve productivity excellence.
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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Aware Technology has been formed, based on NASA R&D, additional layered intellectual property and the vision of industry professionals, to deliver the next step in the evolution of HMI/SCADA, DCS Systems and Historians - layered analytics delivering “Automation Confidence through System Awareness.” Aware Technology will deliver an automated learning solution that builds a Knowledge Base of Process Experience, to deliver both operational Confidence Metrics and Anomaly Detection. The product, Process Data Monitor (PDM), will integrate with all existing HMI/SCADA, DCS and Historian solutions through both native interfaces and industry standards such as OPC – www.opcfoundation.org. PDM will also integrate directly with automation components – sensors and controllers through a PDM Data Gateway. Gateway collected data will be delivered to PDM running as an Enterprise Appliance, or to PDM running as a hosted “Private Cloud” application.
Working with Legacy Hardware: Tips and Tricks - Danny Budzinski - For a DMC engineer it is not atypical to be faced with outdated, legacy technology. Maybe a customer has come to us to upgrade a system that an intern did in the 90's; maybe a company's engineers have built up a system over the past decade and need help configuring or adding more pieces to it; or maybe a factory has used a controller that was made when you were in middle school and all of a sudden that controller breaks down and needs to be replicated and replaced. Regardless of the situation, DMC engineers need to be able to find the tools to connect to, read from, write to, and add on to whatever equipment someone may have. Finding information on old industrial hardware, unfortunately, isn't as easy as looking up technical support on your new Dell computer. Chances are that if you are looking at something really old, it will fall into 1 of the 4 oldest manufacturers (in order with oldest first): Modicon, Allen Bradley, General Electric, and Omron. All of these manufacturers are still around today, in addition to many others, and make a wide array of products from basic relays to PLC's and HMI's to other various controllers. It is important to remember though that product lines can and have shifted owners many times through acquisitions and takeovers. This means even if something is labelled as a "Modicon" you might actually have to go somewhere completely different to find the support you need.
Troubleshooting the Workhorse of Engineering Industry – the PLC - Steve Mackay -One of the workhorses in industry – no matter whether you are in industrial automation, electrical or mechanical engineering, you are likely to be confronted with one of these little fellahs - a Programmable Logic Controller or PLC (or indeed, Programmable Automation Controller – PAC). A critical cheap building block for all automated systems. Effectively, an industrially hardened digital electronic device in which a sequence of instructions are stored, which enable the PLC to replace hard wired relay logic and perform counting, sequencing and timing. As well, as reading analog inputs (e.g. from a flow meter) and outputting analog output control signals to valves and other control devices. A few tips on troubleshooting these devices are detailed in this blog (yes – the veterans amongst you will sigh, when you know your enormous depth of experience built up to do this – as against my short note below). I have presumed in the suggestions on troubleshooting, that your PLC has been operating correctly and there are no recent program changes.
EEMUA launches Second Edition of Industry Guide to Human-Computer Interfaces - EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users’ Association, has launched the second edition of its popular guide to Human-Computer Interface (HCI)* systems developed in consultation with the British Health and Safety Executive. EEMUA Publication 201 - “Process plant control desks utilising Human-Computer Interfaces - A guide to design, operational and Human-Computer Interface issues” has been extensively revised and updated since first published in 2002. It gives practical guidance on: the factors to take into account when designing an HCI, display hierarchies, screen display format design and control room design attributes which affect HCI.
Real-Time Corrosion Monitoring - Integrating Corrosion Data with other Process Variables - Russell Kane and Keith Briegel - Existing programs on the control system can assess, identify key plant relationships - The petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors spend $2.5 billion annually to combat corrosion. Worldwide, the cost of corrosion in the process industries appears to be about $50 billion per year and will probably climb higher over the next five years. Many operators currently see corrosion on a “straight-line basis” in terms of repair, maintenance, and replacement during fixed interval turnaround inspections. New technology, however, is available that assesses corrosion deterioration in real time using the plant control and automation system. This makes linking corrosion to process conditions more direct and immediate. It also allows the assessment of corrosion in much shorter time intervals with the ability to control and mitigate the rate of damage and more accurately factor in its true economic impact on plant operations - from ISA and InTech.
Embedded Motor Condition Monitoring, Diagnostics - Embedded condition monitoring and remote diagnostics prevent equipment failure, reduce energy consumption, improve reliability - Only a very small percentage of critical motors and motor loads in the U.S. actually are equipped with any sort of condition monitoring. This lack of adoption largely stems from the costs and complexity of conventional condition monitoring equipment. Industry-leading solid-state, motor control technology provides customers with the ability to monitor parameters, albeit not the exact same parameters, to gain a more precise and real-time perspective on performance, far more simply than traditional condition monitoring methods - from ISA and InTech.
Because the number of new links are too numerous to detail here, you will need to go to the ICEweb Data Logger page to access them.
Plenty of information on this subject.
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 email@example.com
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systems for electric vehicles have entered the final stage of approval at ITU.
Power Meter- Get to know your Power Meter - What is Real, Apparent and Reactive Power - This useful article from chipkin.com discusses some of the traps to avoid.
Power Factor Correction & Energy Savings - Harmonics - a misunderstood phenomenon - Jean-Guy Boudrias & Jeff Barnnard - Harmonics in electrical distribution systems are created from a number of sources and produce a variety of undesirable side effects, therefore it is important to understand all solutions that are available. Phase shifting will be reviewed as one concept for solving certain types of problems related to power quality . Both theoretical concepts and a case study are presented - from United Wire & Cables.
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Weidmuller have announced a New Klippon® TB enclosure series - Stainless steel enclosures for use within hazardous areas - The Klippon ® TB enclosure series offers excellent performance characteristics and meets the stricter requirements of hazardous areas. The enclosures are available in twelve sizes and three standard depths. They consist of 1.4404 (316L) stainless steel and meet the requirements of the IP66 and IP67 protection classes. The enclosures are tested with this equipment to the latest international standards, including EN 62208 and EN 60079
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.
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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.
KROHNE Produces New Multiphase Flowmeter for Shell - Shell and KROHNE have signed an agreement to commercialize a new multiphase flowmeter based on the Magnetic Resonance principle for oil and gas field installations. The agreement comprises the manufacturing, marketing and sales of the new meter which was developed through an R&D collaboration between Shell and magnetic resonance specialist Spinlock. The aim is to bring the first generation flow meter into operation in 2012.
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
ICEweb's V-Cone Flowmeter page has been completely reworked and upgraded thanks to our sponsor McCrometer. Lots of new links have been included including;
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I have applied the Siemens clamp-on meter in many configurations in the field and will describe purposes and findings on the way to precise meter certainty. The clamp-on system provides an effective new tool for insight into the flowing regime within a pipe - from the American School of Gas Measurement Technology.
- Wayne Haner - The increased use of natural gas as the primary source of energy internationally, combined with the increased market price is driving the expansion and modernization of gas transportation infrastructure and is encouraging more accurate measurements of gas flows. To ensure the fair transaction at custody transfer locations, gas pipeline companies are demanding credibility and excellence of meter calibration as a main parameter in ensuring accountability for the gas invoiced.
|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.|
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A news section "Combustible Dust in
Industry: Preventing and Mitigating the Effects of Fire and Explosions - Spark
Detection" has been added to ICEweb's Fire and Gas page, links include;
Safety for your Production - Bob Barnum - Spark Detection and Extinguishment systems eliminate personnel injuries, equipment damage and loss of production from fires and explosions. In any type of production facility, fire control encompasses a wide range of equipment or systems from building sprinklers to plant site fire departments. A spark detection and extinguishing system must be thought of as part of a plant’s overall security and safety network. Just as a residential alarm system provides protection to a homeowner, a spark detection system provides preventive protection against potential loss of human life, production facilities, equipment and costly downtime - from GreCon
Spark Detection Systems-Podcast - John Astad - Spark detection system manufacturers discuss important aspects of spark detection engineering controls in lessening the probability and reducing the severity of combustible dust related fires and explosions at facilities - Combustible Dust Policy Institute
Ask Joe! Spark Detection & Extinguishment Systems - Sparks are a very common danger. Although they may not be readily apparent, this does not mean that they do not exist. In most cases, close attention is focused on this problem only after it is too late, namely when there has been an explosion or fire - from www.powderandbulk.com The following technical articles are from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Hazard Communication Guidance for Combustible Dusts- Hazard Communication Guidance for Combustible Dusts is a new guidance document recently published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that assists chemical manufacturers and importers in recognizing the potential for dust explosions, identifying appropriate protective measures and the requirements for disseminating this information on material safety data sheets and labels. The document addresses the combustible dust hazards in relation to the Hazard Communication Standard, which is designed to ensure that chemical hazards are evaluated and the information concerning them is transmitted to employers and workers - from OSHA
Combustible Dust Materials List - Does your company or firm process any of these products or materials in powdered form? If your company or firm processes any of these products or materials, there is potential for a “Combustible Dust” explosion - from OSHA.
OSHA - Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program - This instruction contains policies and procedures for inspecting workplaces that create or handle combustible dusts. In some circumstances these dusts may cause a deflagration, other fires, or an explosion. These dusts include, but are not limited to: • Metal dust such as aluminium and magnesium. • Wood dust • Coal and other carbon dusts. • Plastic dust and additives • Biosolids • Other organic dust such as sugar, flour, paper, soap, and dried blood. • Certain textile materials
Combustible Dust in Industry: Preventing and Mitigating the Effects of Fire and Explosions - This Safety and Health Information Bulletin (SHIB) highlights: Hazards associated with combustible dusts; • Work practices and guidelines that reduce the potential for a combustible dust explosion, • or that reduce the danger to employees if such an explosion occurs; and, • Training to protect employees from these hazards.
NFPA 654: Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids, 2006 Edition - This standard applies to all phases of the manufacture, processing, blending, pneumatic conveying, repackaging, and handling of combustible particulate solids or hybrid mixtures, regardless of concentration or particle size, where the materials present a fire or explosion hazard. It also applies to systems that convey combustible particulate solids that are produced as a result of a principal or incidental activity, regardless of concentration or particle size, where the materials present a fire or explosion hazard.
Combustible Dust Policy Institute Blog - The goal of Combustible Dust Policy Institute Group is to minimize the severity and reduce the occurrence of combustible dust related fires and explosions in the global workplace. Through ongoing exchange of best practices and lessons learned of combustible dust related incidents, which identifies and evaluates risk, the group shares risk assessment information that a diverse spectrum of members utilize in effectively controlling combustible dust hazards. There are many useful links here.
Excuse the Dust - "When shredding electronics, hard drives and some products sparks can be created. If the spark reaches the dust collector, it could ignite a fire or cause an explosion," Dietterich says. "The dust generated from shredding these items has different explosive characteristics than paper dust as measured by the Kst factor of the dust." He adds, "... The conveyance ducting should be equipped with a flame and spark detection and extinguishing system that will detect and extinguish the flame or spark while moving through the ductwork prior to entering the dust collector". - from Recycling Today
Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard - Dust from industrial processes can become the fuel for devastating explosions. Investigation Details: Imperial Sugar Company Dust Explosion and Fire Hayes Lemmerz Dust Explosions and Fire CTA Acoustics Dust Explosion and Fire West Pharmaceutical Services Dust Explosion and Fire - from U.S. Chemical Safety Board
The Danger of Combustible Dust - Scott Pelley reports on the deaths and property damage caused by dust explosions at American factories, a problem critics say the government needs to do more to prevent - from CBS news
Combustible Dust Dangers: Too Dangerous for a 'Wait and See' Approach - The list goes on, involving a wide range of industries and types of combustible dust. This is a list your organization never wants to be on, yet OSHA estimates 30,000 U.S. facilities may be at risk for combustible dust incidents. This article provides background on combustible dust issues to help you evaluate whether your organization is doing everything it can to minimize that risk - from ohsonline.com
Dust -When a Nuisance Becomes Deadly - Many people never knew sugar could explode until February 7, 2008, when an explosion rocked the Imperial Sugar Company in Port Wentworth, Georgia, killing 13 people and injuring 40. Located just outside Savannah, this 91-year-old facility processed granulated and powdered sugar - from NFPA Journal
Combustible Dust Becomes National Target - Combustible dust, a hazard that has historically received little attention from employers and government agencies alike, is a hidden danger that every company operating a saw should address. Sawdust often goes unnoticed in all manners of nooks and crannies although it poses a major hazard if a secondary explosion occurs - from palletenterprise.com
Reduce Your Risk of Dust Fires and Explosions - Spark and ember generation is a constant danger in production facilities where combustible materials are being worked, processed, transported, dried, filtered or exhausted. Insurance companies’ statistics point out that silos, dust filters, bins, and even complete production lines are the areas of greatest risk - from bulk-online.com
Ask Dr. Knowledge - What Exactly is a Dust Explosion, and Should I Worry about House Dust? - An explosion is really a kind of build-up of pressure (that's the "bang") and to get that, you usually need a combination of quick burning and something to contain the hot gases released to build up pressure. You might do without the container if the burning is fast enough, but we needn't worry about that for the question you're asking - from www.boston.com
This demonstration illustrates the principle behind a grain elevator explosion. - Grain dust, like lycopodium powder, is not especially flammable, but when grain is dumped into a grain silo, some of the finer dust particles can remain suspended in air surrounded by oxygen. This mixture can be ignited by a spark, resulting in an explosion - from jchemed.chem.wisc.edu
Reduce Dust Explosions the Inherently Safer Way - Inherent safety is a proactive approach for hazard and risk management during process plant design and operation. Although it offers an attractive and cost-effective methodology for risk reduction, inherent safety has not been used as widely as engineered (add-on) and procedural (administrative) measures. This article is aimed at the development of a framework for dust explosion prevention and mitigation that explicitly incorporates the principles of inherent safety - from www.aiche.org
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.
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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 Explosionproof, 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.
The IEC has announced that the United Nations via United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has just issued a publication that helps address the hazards in environments with a high risk of explosion such as mines, refineries, chemical plants and mills. The booklet, A Common Regulatory Framework for Equipment Used in Environments with an Explosive Atmosphere, can be used by countries that lack regulation in this sector as a blueprint for their legislation, and also for aligning existing national regulations with internationally harmonized best practice.
Fieldbus: Intrinsic Safety Now Available without Power Limits - The New
DART System from Pepperl+Fuchs enables process users to take full advantage of
the benefits of fieldbus technology in intrinsic safety environments
Smart Controller for Explosion- Proof Heaters Provides Ultra Flexible Temperature Control for Process Instrumentation - Approved for Zone 1 & 2 and Class I & II hazardous area use worldwide - Highly suited to maintaining analytical equipment at high temperatures. Intertec has launched an explosion-proof smart programmable controller for precision temperature regulation of process instrumentation and analyzer enclosures in hazardous environments. Suitable for use with any explosion-proof electric heater from Intertec's extensive range of compatible heaters, the new generation Smart Controller 2.0 brings exceptional flexibility to thermal management. Advanced facilities include fieldbus networking, extensive monitoring and diagnostic routines, programmable temperature ramping, data logging, and temperature monitoring with user-definable limits.
Reducing Ex Risk in Hospitals- When asked to name hazardous or explosive areas, most people will mention the oil and gas industry, mining and fuelling stations as obvious cases of high explosion risks. There are many more. Sugar refineries, flour mills, grain silos and the paper and textile sectors also belong in this category…as do hospitals. IECEx complements health-care certification programmes When asked to name hazardous or explosive areas, most people will mention the oil and gas industry, mining and fuelling stations as obvious cases of high explosion risks. There are many more. Sugar refineries, flour mills, grain silos and the paper and textile sectors also belong in this category…as do hospitals. High-risk areas in hospitals include storage rooms that contain flammable gas tanks and operating rooms and anterooms. Risks of fire and explosion are high in these areas because flammable gases are in abundant supply due to anaesthesia requirements. Operating rooms also have flammable materials that can fuel a fire, such as drapes, sponges and packaging. The main ignition sources are electrosurgical or laser equipment. Ignition of anaesthetic vapours can occur as a result of a spark due to unsuspected static electrification of the equipment. The use of oxygen, while a non-flammable gas, is an accelerant in fires and at high pressure poses similar risks.
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- Video - PYPLOK fittings installed in a BOP (Blowout preventer) installed in the Gulf of Mexico at a depth of 2.400 m
- Video - PYPLOK fittings - Assembly Using a Hose Crimper - Pyplok fittings can be also crimped with a hose crimper, allowing companies the use of the fittings without having to buy a portable unit. The time and cost savings compared to welding, cutting ring or flaring are huge.
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Thanks to our sponsor Zedflo Australia ICEweb's Laser Instrumentation page has been extensively upgraded. New links include;
Thanks to our sponsor Austral-Powerflo Solutions ICEweb's Level page has been completely reworked and the following links have been added;
COMING SOON! - E-learning Course on Level Instrumentation - If you've been hunting for an easy to understand training course on Level Instrumentation, you've come to the right place, but just a wee bit early. That's great, because you are now eligible for Abhisam's "early bird unbelievable discount offer"! Claim it by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . This e-learning course will cover Level Measurement in depth including technologies such as Radar (Microwave) .
Emerson Process Management has released the Fisher® CS800 Series of direct-operated, spring-loaded regulators with overpressure protection options. The CS800 Series’ application flexibility and installation adaptability make them ideal for industrial and commercial applications needing accurate control, fast speed of response and easy maintenance.
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.
your ICONICS GENESIS SCADA HMI System from Security Vulnerabilities (plus White
Paper) - Tofino have published a White Paper that analyzes the
vulnerabilities for one of the product families, the ICONICS GENESIS HMI
platform. This White Paper covers:
Vulnerability Details, Affected Systems, Detection and Removal, Mitigations and Compensating Controls, Frequently Asked Questions and References.
Tofino have also released another White Paper that may be important in protecting Industrial Control and SCADA Systems - Analysis of the 7-Technologies IGSS Security Vulnerabilities for Industrial Control System Professionals - A number of previously unknown security vulnerabilities in the 7-Technologies Interactive Graphics SCADA System (IGSS) product have been publically disclosed. The release of these vulnerabilities included proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit code. This White Paper summarizes the current known facts about these vulnerabilities. It also summarizes the actions that operators of SCADA and ICS systems can take to protect critical operations.
Security Task Force Formed - The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that the ISA99 standards committee on Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security has formed a task group to conduct a gap analysis of the current ANSI/ISA99 standards with respect to the rapidly evolving threat landscape, as demonstrated by the highly publicized Stuxnet malware. The purpose is to determine if companies following the ISA99 standards would have been protected from such sophisticated attacks and to identify changes needed, if any, to the standards being developed by the ISA99 committee. The new task group intends to produce a technical report summarizing the results of its analysis by mid-2011.
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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.
- Understanding and Measuring Low Resistance to Ensure Electrical System Performance - The purpose of this booklet is to help the engineer, technician or operator to understand the rationale behind low resistance, how to make a low resistance, how to select the proper instrument for the testing application and how to interpret and use the results - from Megger and Tech Rentals
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- Composite Valves can Solve your Internal and External Corrosion Problems - Valves are exposed to corrosive environments both internally (media) and externally (ambient conditions). Since either source of attack can ruin a metal valve or a plastic valve, such as PVC, each deserves serious attention.
- Nil-Cor® Valve Seminar - Wiliam Simendinger - This comprehensive composite valve seminar whilst being a huge download at over 20 Megs is well worth taking a look at, it covers the Basics about Composites, Composite Processing Methods, Composite Valve Design and Advantages, Composite Valve Applications and More.
- Typical Composite Control Ball Valve Specification
- Typical Composite Ceramic - Lined Ball Valve Specification
- Typical Composite Butterfly Control Valve Specification
- Fiberglass Ideal For Dry Deluge System Applications - Around 1982, offshore platforms began using dry deluge systems, where the ring main is kept full of seawater but the downstream piping is dry. The dry piping is separated from the ring main by deluge valves, which automatically open and distribute water through the dry pipe to spray nozzles during a fire. This practice saves weight and minimizes corrosion-induced that the deluge piping is typically routed to avoid hazardous areas on the platform means that conductivity is not a requirement, but fire resistance is essential.
- Composites World - Composites World is a useful website which is focused on composites.
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Functional Safety Training Courses in Mumbai , with the opportunity to get certified by TUV SUD have recently commenced. The course covers all aspects of Functional Safety including Risk Assessment, a deep study of IEC 61508 and IEC 61511, understanding of Safety Integrity Level Assessments and verifications. The next course is scheduled for September, contact email@example.com for further information.
NOPSA has recently released a technical safety bulletin offering additional guidance on Functional Safety in the Australian Offshore Petroleum Industry. Following a number of issues where the use of control systems containing programmable devices or software was identified as a possible cause of a dangerous event, NOPSA published Safety Alert 45 outlining the issue and giving preliminary advice to Operators on a way forward. This technical bulletin is intended as a more detailed supplement to Safety Alert 45, offering more in-depth analysis of the issues and legal duties imposed by the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006. This document provides duty holders with guidance on possible methods for reducing risks from functional safety issues to as low as is reasonably practicable (ALARP). It covers; What is functional safety? / Programmable systems / Goal-setting regulation / Legal duties / Operators / Persons in control of parts of a facility or particular work, and employers / Manufacturers / Suppliers / Functional safety in Safety Cases / As Low as Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) / The need for demonstration / The role of standards / Any other equally effective means
From the NOPSA Regulator - Recent inspections by NOPSA have highlighted concerns that adequate control measures to detect explosive gases in ballast tanks and voids adjacent to cargo tanks have not been implemented by facility operators on their Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facilities. The potential for leaking cargo tanks and subsequent build-up of flammable or toxic gases in these areas is a recognised risk in the industry and incidents have occurred in the past with unacceptable frequency. Regular gas monitoring enables early detection of leaks, allowing the facility operator to take immediate action to prevent an explosion or other incident. The installation of online gas detection monitoring systems on ballast and void tanks is recommended and considered good industry practice. These systems provide an added benefit of helping to identify structural issues within the tanks. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) recognises the risks associated with leaking hydrocarbons into tanks and voids surrounding cargo tanks. Relevant measurement and detection requirements for FPSOs are described in IMO’s publication Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 2010 amended edition1. Oil tankers of 20,000 tonnes dead-weight and above, constructed on or after 1 January 2012, will be required to have a fixed hydrocarbon gas detection system compliant to the amended Fire Safety Systems Code as outlined in the SOLAS 2010 amended edition2. NOPSA encourages all facility operators with FPSOs to review their control measures for detecting hydrocarbon build-up in adjacent tanks. Where current detection systems are deemed inadequate, facility operators should modify their systems as required in order to reduce the risk of hydrocarbon leaks to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP).
Guidance on Notification and reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences now updated - NOPSA has recently published an update of its guidance in relation to the notification and reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences as required by the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Storage Act 2006 (OPGGSA) and the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety) Regulations 2009. The new Guidance Note - Notification and reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences (N-03000-GN0099), in double-sided A3 format, features a flowchart to assist facility operators to comply with their legal obligations to notify NOPSA of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences at or near their facilities, and to provide a report. Concise guidance is also included along with the full text of NOPSA’s Determination. In addition a new form, Report of an Accident or Dangerous Occurrence (N-03000-FM0831) has also been published to assist facility operators when providing NOPSA with a report of an Accident or Dangerous Occurrence to ensure all the requirements of the Determination are addressed.
Invensys Operations Management Signs Technology Partnership with ACM Facility Safety - Invensys Operations Management has 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.
A Map to the Latest Safety Standards - James R. Koelsch - Safety standards and their terminology continue to multiply and evolve, generating a confusing sea of letters and numerals that few can navigate. This guide should help novices to chart a course - from Automation World.
Webcast: Functional Safety - What It Is, Why It's Important, and How to Comply - In this 1 hour presentation industry experts Kevin Connelly and Thomas Maier from Underwriters Laboratories define functional safety, why it is important, and the common functional safety standards you need to know. For functional safety compliance, manufacturers must consider their systems as a whole, and the environment with which they interact. A functional safety assessment determines whether your systems meet the standards and requirements created to protect against potential risks. You will have to register to view this webcast.
Invensys Operations Management has released its Triconex® Priority Logic Module (PLM), the first of a series of modules to satisfy stricter regulatory requirements in the nuclear power industry.
AS61508 - Functional Safety
of Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic Safety-Related Systems Parts 1
- 7 have been updated to AS61508 - 2011.
- AS 61508.1-2011 - Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems - General requirements
- AS 61508.2-2011 - Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems - Requirements for electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems
- AS 61508.3-2011 - Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems - Software requirements
- AS 61508.4-2011 - Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems - Definitions and abbreviations
- AS 61508.5-2011 - Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems - Examples of methods for the determination of safety integrity levels
- AS 61508.6-2011 - Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems - Guidelines on the application of IEC 61508-2 and IEC 61508-3
- AS 61508.7-2011 - Functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems - Overview of techniques and measures
Developing Functional Safety Systems with TÜV-Qualified FPGAs - This white paper discusses how market trends, the need for increased productivity, and new legislation have accelerated the use of safety systems in industrial machinery. This TÜV-qualified FPGA design methodology is changing the paradigms of safety designs and will greatly reduce development effort, system complexity, and time to market. This allows FPGA users to design their own customized safety controllers and provides a significant competitive advantage over traditional microcontroller or ASIC-based designs - from Altera
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SI Unit Converter - Have you ever need to convert millimetres in to inches, or Miles in to Kilometres then this utility is for you. It can convert just about anything to anything else. More then 50 different units in 20 categories - this useful utility resides on your computer - from chipkin.com
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Industrial Wireless Update – Where No Wires Have Gone Before - Bill Lydon - While the intense debates continue over industrial wireless standards many automation professionals are applying industrial wireless solutions to achieve greater efficiency and profits for their companies. The growth of wireless applications will continue to be exponential. In an ARC report, Wireless for Process Manufacturing, the market is forecasted to grow at a 32% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) reaching $1.1B in the year 2012 - from Automation.com
ISA100 and Wireless Standards Convergence - Harry Forbes - ISA100 is one of three standards competing in industrial wireless sensing. What is distinctive about ISA100? What are the prospects for convergence of standards? What would convergence be worth to the industrial wireless market?
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10 -12 Principles and Practice of Flow Measurement Training Course - East Kilbride, UK
18 - 19 Produced Water Workshop - Aberdeen UK
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21 - 23 2011 Ultrasonic Meter User’s Workshop - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
30 - 31 3rd Annual Mine Site Automation & Communication Conference - Perth, Western Australia
14 -15 Sensors + Systems for Control and Instrumentation - Five, Farnborough, UK
19 - 22 The 2011 American School of Gas Measurement Technology - Houston, Texas, USA
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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.
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