ICEnews                                                                                  February 2011

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

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Editorial - Automation 2011 and Beyond - Where to From Here?

I was recently reading Jim Pinto's excellent blog "Automation Creativity Sleeps" where he states...Today, industrial automation is a stagnant backwater where slow growth is simply a self-fulfilling prophecy. He is right "On the Money", personally I started in the Automation Industry back in 1966 and was fortunately part of the heady development years of the 1970's and early 1980's, when dramatic technology advances occurred. How exciting were those times!!!  There has been many promises since then but other than utilisation of existing technology, the real potential of multivariable and non invasive technology has not been developed. Where are the miniature transmitters utilising nanotechnology, self validating transmitters, transmitters which "harvest power" from the environment etc. Fieldbus and Wireless was going to be the catalyst for this but what do we see...mainly recycled products which have been given some minor "tweeks". Surely the potential is there to have truly non invasive instrumentation and multivariables, what is needed of course is more research and development funds in the Automation sector with incentives from government. Are we going to see this?...unlikely, hence all we can look forward to is more of the same. 

Food for thought, what do you think?

Jim Russell

 

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

What is Electrical Process Tomography? - Electrical Tomography is a measurement technique for obtaining information about the contents of process vessels and pipelines. Multiple electrodes are arranged around the boundary of the vessel at fixed locations in such a way that they do not affect the flow or movement of materials.  Tomographic measurement techniques differ from point measurement techniques, because they sample a substantial proportion of the process volume rather than at a single point. Circular pipeline-based sensors measure an entire cross-sectional volume. The technology can be used for liquid/liquid, solid/ liquid, gas/liquid, gas/solid/liquid systems. The spatial resolution of the imaging method and the sensitivity of the method depend specifically on the electrical properties of the system being measured and upon the dimensions of the process. Typically, a sensor consists of 16 electrodes and for research applications up to 8 x 16 electrodes may be arranged within a process vessel. The technique can be used with a wide range of research and development applications demonstrated, including interrogation of mixing processes, investigating a solid-liquid filtration process, monitoring the performance of a hydrocyclone, measurement and control of bubble columns and measurement of multiphase flow - thanks to www.cheresources.com .

An Undeniable Impact - Ethernet and Its Variants Shape the Terrain of the Industrial World - Dan Hebert - Ten years ago, we suffered through the multi-headed fieldbus monster, when eight different technologies were established as standards. Today, that effort seems like a rehearsal for what we're going through with multiple wireless technologies, many Ethernet protocols, several instrument buses and different device buses. To some extent, this proliferation of networks and protocols is needed to meet application requirements, but the sheer multitude of options can be baffling to standards makers, OEMs and end users. This article will sort through available options, adding order to chaos - from www.controldesign.com 

Emerson Introduces Fully Scalable Tank Gauging System - Raptor system helps refineries and bulk liquid storage plants handle the ever-increasing demands on efficiency, accuracy, and safety. Emerson Process Management’s new Raptor tank gauging system makes it easy to install the devices needed today and add or replace units in the future.  This flexibility protects users’ investments so that refineries and tank farms can easily become and stay efficient. Additional benefits include lower installation costs, high accuracy, and built-in safety features. The Raptor system consists of a complete range of tank gauging instrumentation including high performance, non-contact radar level gauges, temperature and pressure transmitters plus water interface sensors and inventory management software. Tank hubs are used to communicate with the measuring instruments and control room via standard communication protocols. The design is based on open technology and is fully scalable with functionality and scope that can be adapted to any application and performance class.

Building on Years of Experience and Technology in Terminal and Tank Farm Logistics Operations, Emerson has added a Movement Logistics Management module to its Syncade™ Smart Operation Management Suite. The new application complements Emerson’s established base of instrumentation, control and custody transfer systems for tank farm and terminal product movements. Initial installations include terminals and tank farms in North America, Europe and Asia. 

Emerson Process Management have announced the addition of a unique temperature module for the CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor. The new A6630 temperature module complements the vibration monitoring capabilities already available in the CSI 6500 and delivers critical bearing temperature measurements. The A6630 module accepts RTD and thermocouple signals directly, reducing the installation cost and complexity of temperature monitoring.

Emerson Process Management has expanded its Advanced HART® Diagnostics Suite on the Rosemount® 3051S Series of Instrumentation for pressure, flow and level measurement. New features expand diagnostic coverage beyond transmitter electronics to identify and prevent abnormal process and installation issues. The new Power Advisory Diagnostic helps ensure the integrity of the electrical loop by detecting unwanted changing electrical conditions, such as water in the terminal housing, ground loop issues, corrosion of terminals, or an unstable power supply. The Advanced HART Diagnostics Suite also includes Statistical Process Monitoring technology, to measure and analyse previously unseen process noise, providing intelligent process insight. This has led to a significant expansion in the range of process diagnostic applications such as detection of furnace flame instability, incipient distillation column flooding, and valve or pump cavitation.

Acromag  has created a new Technology Community Page focused on advanced measurement and control solutions. The community page contains white papers, tech briefs and articles to aid engineers, programmers and manufacturers research, analyse and integrate signal conditioning, industrial PCs, high speed networks and embedded I/O processing into their products.


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Alarm Management: A Comprehensive Guide Second Edition - Bill R. Hollifield, Eddie Habibi - Various problems of alarm systems are covered with precise guidance on how they come about and how to effectively correct them. It is written by individuals with vast experience in the different plants, processes, and environments requiring effective alarm management. The second edition is filled with good examples and explanations of procedures, with practical lists and tips on how one should proceed. It is based on hundreds of successful projects


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

Foundation Fieldbus™ Certified Training
Since 2000, SAIT Polytechnic has been helping managers, engineers and technicians worldwide realize the potential of Foundation™ fieldbus technology. The five-day Foundation™ fieldbus Certified Professional Foundation program is intended for engineers, technologists, system integrators, EPC professionals and others who require comprehensive training in the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fieldbus systems. Also available in 2011 is a Certified Technician Program and Fieldbus Overview Webinar. Delivered in SAIT's state-of-the-art lab facilities or at your location with our mobile labs, SAIT’s programs presents theory and lab exercises in order to gain practical knowledge. To find out about upcoming dates  or for more information call (403) 210-5757 or visit sait-training.com.

ICEweb's Fieldbus Page has been completely remodelled and lots of new links included, thanks to our sponsor Emerson Process Management. Included are the following great technical links;
Justifying Fieldbus - This slideshow covers the benefits of fieldbus including Fieldbus Savings from Physical Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance. It also includes Multisensor Transmitters, Reduced CAPEX , Engineering and Installation costs, Maintenance Benefits, Ease of Troubleshooting, Increased Plant Availability along with examples. It is a super resource for an engineer looking to justify a fieldbus project to their Management.
Talk about a "Picture says a Thousand Words" Foundation fieldbus Videos - These videos are really useful real examples of FF Technology.
Rosemount 3095 multivariable Fieldbus Transmitter - This video shows a Rosemount model 3095MV ("multivariable") transmitter having the capability to measure differential pressure, gauge (static) pressure, and process temperature all in one unit. Furthermore, being a FOUNDATION Fieldbus device, it can execute function blocks useful in performing control tasks. This makes the instrument capable of measuring mass flow rate as well as executing control functions, passing an "output" signal to some other Fieldbus device such as a valve positioner to control flow without need of an external control system.
Foundation Fieldbus Robustness - A DeltaV product demonstration showing how Foundation fieldbus device-based control loops remain operational even when redundant control cards are disabled.
I/O on Demand—Foundation Fieldbus - A demonstration showing how the DeltaV S-series Foundation fieldbus cards integrate power and diagnostics to eliminate complexity and reduce engineering work.
I/O on Demand—Electronic Marshalling - Whilst not Fieldbus related this demonstration shows how DeltaV S-series electronic marshalling dramatically reduces installation and maintenance costs while increasing engineering and start-up flexibility.
Fieldbus Interoperability - An overview of how DeltaV can talk to other suppliers' field devices.
Foundation Fieldbus - DeltaV FOUNDATION fieldbus demonstration
Fieldbus and DeltaV - Machinery Health - A demonstration showing how the DeltaV system uses smart field device information to avoid abnormal situations caused by equipment issues
Fieldbus and DeltaV: Instrument Air Leak Example - A demonstration showing how information from smart field devices combined with the DeltaV system's control strategies helps avoid process upset conditions.
Fieldbus and DeltaV - Advanced Control Field Device Failure - A demonstration showing how DeltaV system control strategies can incorporate information from smart field devices to ensure uninterrupted operations.
Redundant Fieldbus Interface - A short demonstration of the world's first host implementation of FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 interface redundancy in the DeltaV system
Foundation Fieldbus Function Block Modes - Showing how we may view and change the operating modes of Fieldbus function blocks on the screen of an Emerson DeltaV DCS.
Foundation Fieldbus Function Block Signal Status - Showing how we may view the status of Fieldbus instrument signals on the screen of an Emerson DeltaV DCS.
Working with Multiple Fieldbus Networks -Russ Muller and James Powell discuss an application involving multiple fieldbus protocols.
Fieldbus Transmitter on DeltaV - This short video shows how a Fieldbus instrument appears on the display of DeltaV Explorer software. You can see all the available function blocks within this particular device (a Rosemount 3095 MV mass flow transmitter).
Fieldbus Network Voltage Measurements - Showing how to measure DC Volts and a simple check of Data flow using a multimeter.
Fieldbus
Network Voltage Measurements 2 - More useful simple checks.
Fieldbus Device Commissioning Label - A excellent video detailing the information on Rosemount fieldbus device commissioning labels. 
Fieldbus Network Voltage Oscilloscope Display - How to use an Oscilloscope in a fieldbus network.
Fieldbus pH Transmitter Calibration - Calibrating a Mettler-Toledo pH transmitter that is FOUNDATION Fieldbus instead of 4-20 mA. First, the calibration points were set using Emerson AMS software to access the digital parameters inside the transmitter. Then, the transmitter was standardized using two pH buffer solutions: 7pH and 4pH.
Back-up LAS - A DeltaV product demonstration of backup communications in interoperable fieldbus devices.
Fieldbus Coupling "brick" with Short-Circuit Protection - A demonstration of the short circuit protection and detection and how the segment is protected.

From Relcom
The Testing Fieldbus Wiring with an FBT-6 and FBT-5 application note provides information about using these two instruments together to test fieldbus wiring.
Non-Incendive Fieldbus for Simplified Maintenance is a paper that discusses the benefits of High Powered Trunk and Energy Limited Spurs for a Class I Division 2 or Zone 2 installation of Fieldbus systems.

From the Fieldbus Foundation
Foundation fieldbus has improved Safety and Availability of Chemical Additives Plant for over 10 years - This article describes how FOUNDATION fieldbus based control system was used to automate a chemical additives plant operated by Wuhan Youji Industries Co., Ltd. in the People's Republic of China. The process involves the production of sodium benzoate, a food and beverage preservative, from toluene or methylbenzene. In particular, the article discusses how a new, FOUNDATION fieldbus-based control system met the need for improved safety and fault tolerance at the plant, and provided a solution for increased availability and reduced losses of raw materials and finished products.
Selecting the Right Cable for FOUNDATIONTM fieldbus Control Networks – What you need to Know - Sandy Fulton - FF-844 is the new Fieldbus Foundation cable compliance specification. FF-844 includes the electrical requirements of ISA 50.02 and IEC 61158, but it also contains some additional requirements which help you know your cable is the right cable for use in FOUNDATION fieldbus control networks.
The World’s Largest Installation of Foundation Fieldbus at China’s Largest Petrochemical Complex - Mike Spear - Across the 10 plants and utilities there are over 48 000 control loops, with about 166 000 I/O tags and around 25 000 points hardwired to the automation system. There are 40 000 instruments and some 13 000 intelligent devices networked in the world’s largest Foundation Fieldbus installation. In total there are 2500 FF segments. Adrian Howell, SECCO’s process control manager, says that ‘while we knew that a fieldbus approach would save considerable amounts of cabling, a conservative approach was taken to the number of devices connected on each segment. Designs were limited to no more than 12 devices, and the average ended up as five devices per segment, where each segment varies between two to 11 devices.

From EDDL
The Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) - Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) technology is used by major manufacturers to describe the information that is accessible in digital devices. Electronic device descriptions are available for over 15 million devices that are currently installed in the process industry. The technology is used by the major process control systems and maintenance tool suppliers to support device diagnostics and calibration. Just "heaps" of information here on the EDDL site!
EDDL Makes Device Setup Easy - Device setup (aka configuration or parameterization) can be carried out using a handheld communicator in the field, a laptop in the workshop, or from intelligent device management software as part of asset management solution. Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) is the technology used by device manufacturers to define how the system shall display the device setup parameters to the technician. EDDL makes setup of intelligent devices easier thanks to user guidance such as wizards, illustrative images, and help text, and provides unparalleled consistency of use.
Device Revision and Lifecycle Management Guide - How to keep systems up to date and compatible with new devices using EDDL - DDL (IEC 61804-3) is a device integration technology created as a solution to the device revision problem. EDDL makes managing devices of different types and versions easier. EDDL2 is a file that is loaded onto the computer or handheld field communicator. There is no EDDL inside the device3 itself. Thus there is no such thing as an "EDDL device" or a "non-EDDL device". Devices are HART, FOUNDATION fieldbus, PROFIBUS, and WirelessHART devices, and these protocols support EDDL.
EDDL Makes Device Diagnostics Easy - Device diagnostics can be carried out using a handheld communicator in the field, a laptop in the workshop, or from intelligent device management software as part of asset management solution, either from a dedicated maintenance console or integrated in the operator console (see separate white paper on integrated operation). Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) is the technology used by device manufacturers to control how the device diagnostics is displayed to the technician. EDDL makes diagnostics of smart transmitters and other intelligent devices easier thanks to user guidance such as wizards and help, and provides unparalleled consistency of use.
EDDL Makes Calibration Easy - Calibration can be carried out using a handheld communicator in the field, a laptop in the workshop, or from intelligent device management software as part of asset management solution, either in a dedicated maintenance console or integrated in the operator console (see separate white paper on integrated operation). Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) is the technology used by device manufacturers to control how the device diagnostics is displayed to the technician. EDDL makes calibration of intelligent devices easier thanks to user guidance such as wizards and help, and unparalleled consistency of use.
Commentary on FDT/DTM vs. EDDL - This commentary is highlighting some observations in the WIB test report T 2768 X 07 "FDT/DTM or EDDL for asset management using FF technology" dated November 2007, usually left out when referenced by the FDT Group. It also explains some misconceptions, probably due to only one device having been verified.
EDDL makes Working in the Field Easy - Field communicators have existed for as long as intelligent devices. The early problem of plants having to grapple with many different communicators was solved already in the mid nineties by standard protocols like HART and Foundation fieldbus together with the Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL, formerly just known as DDL), an integral part of both technologies. A single universal field communicator supports all instruments, an arsenal of many communicators is no longer required.
Consistent Look & Feel - EDDL makes Intelligent Device Management Software Humane - When devices from multiple vendors were first integrated using bus technologies there were difficulties accessing all device features and there were difficulties to make full use of the features that could be accessed. Many plants were not able to use the device management software part of their asset management solutions to its full potential. A new concept was required to achieve even greater results with digital bus technologies. The new innovative solution to the problem was enhancements to an old technology that has been an unnoticed part of leading digital bus technologies for over fifteen years. This international standard, called EDDL (IEC 61804-3), with enhancements, makes bus technologies come alive and easy to use in exactly the same way the World Wide Web made the old Internet come alive and so easy that anyone could use it. Systems based on EDDL with enhancements now make maintaining intelligent devices very much easier for technicians and enable digital bus technologies to be fully utilized to derive greater result for the plant and there are no other means to achieve the same result. This article will explain how consistent look & feel is achieved in spite of each device manufacturer independently deciding display content any way they like.
EDDL Questions Answered - 20 FAQ questions about EDDL answered.
Keeping Systems and Communicators Up-to-date using EDDL - Technical Paper - Christian Diedrich, Jonas Berge, Ludwig Winkel and  Terry Blevins - Modern control systems as well as Device Management software and field communicators use electronic device descriptions, EDD, to define the interface and supported interactions with field devices for configuration, diagnostics and calibration. Over the long life of plants, new device types and versions keep getting added as part of replacements and modifications. Thus, these systems and maintenance tools must accommodate many new types, each generation also providing new features. For example, more than 1000 EDD’s are currently available from 85 different vendors. Also, many manufacturers are currently updating their device descriptions to take advantage of the visual enhancements recently introduced into the IEC61804-3 standard, Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL). Therefore, to achieve the best results, the latest electronic device descriptions should be used with your HART devices and Profibus and Foundation fieldbus devices. 

From the FDT Group
ISA103 Field Device Tool Interface - The FDT Group is dedicated to providing Open Access to Device Intelligence for the automation industry. Like other information technologies, the FDT Group is looking forward to the evolution of the FDT specification in response to the feedback from end users. The ISA103 Field Device Tool Interface Committee was formed in 2006 to consider the adoption of IEC 62453 Standard as an ISA Standard. In May 2009, the FDT Group achieved a significant milestone when the IEC 62453 Standard was unanimously accepted by the international standardization community.
Which is Better? - Currently, two technologies are available for doing so: DD (Device Descriptions) and its enhanced form eEDDL (enhanced Electronic Device Description Language), and FDT (Field Device Tool). In order to assess which approach delivers the best results, it was necessary to test and compare their performance in practice.
Value Proposition for FDT Technology Continues to Increase - Wil Chin and Paul Miller -  Even after achieving a significant milestone in 2009, IEC 62453 approval, the FDT Group’s efforts continues. Under its new leadership, the FDT Group continues to move forward at an increasingly faster pace as more suppliers and users alike embrace the technology.
FDT Technology—What Are DTMs? - Annie Sisson - It has been recognized time again that the ability to have open access to device intelligence is essential to enhanced reliability and reduced start-up times. In the area of industrial automation, FDT Technology provides this “open access” with a device type manager (DTM). With DTMs, users can configure device parameters, operate devices via a graphical interface and access advanced diagnostic information from any location - thanks to Control Global

 The FDT Group, AISBL has announced that Emerson Process Management joined the organization on its executive committee and board of directors. With its membership, Emerson will be in a better position to support field device users that deploy FDT/DTM technology.

Justifying Fieldbus - This slideshow covers the benefits of fieldbus including Fieldbus Savings from Physical Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance. It also includes Multisensor Transmitters, Reduced CAPEX , Engineering and Installation costs, Maintenance Benefits, Ease of Troubleshooting, Increased Plant Availability along with examples. It is a super resource for an engineer looking to justify a fieldbus project to their management.

The Fieldbus Foundation have announced that updated device development solutions for its Foundation Fieldbus for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF) technology are now available. The new release includes the FF-SIF Technical Specification, Foundation for SIF Interoperability Test Kit (SIF ITK), and DD Library. These solutions support development of interoperable fieldbus devices intended for use in industrial plant SIF applications.

The Fieldbus Foundation has announced it has registered the first Foundation fieldbus devices incorporating advanced field diagnostics technology. The new registration requirements help to standardize how fieldbus devices communicate their diagnostic data to the host and asset management tools within a plant automation system. Advancements in field diagnostics support a structured approach to asset management, which simplifies plant operators’ tasks and increases their confidence in utilizing equipment diagnostics and asset software. This, in turn, will enable improved process performance, greater reliability, increased uptime and lower operating costs.

The Fieldbus Foundation has announced that its Foundation High Speed Ethernet Remote I/O (HSE-RIO) preliminary specification is now available to its membership for review. Part of the foundation’s Wireless and Remote I/O initiative, this specification defines the first in a series of interoperable gateways (a smart RTU) to bring control I/O (both analogue and discrete) back to plant automation systems over the an international standard, high-speed network.

Fieldbus Foundation Releases DesignMATE™ Segment Design Tool - This free tool simplifies planning, validation and documentation of Foundation H1 segments - The Fieldbus Foundation have announced the release of DesignMATE a complete software tool for planning, validation and documentation of Foundation fieldbus H1 segments. User-friendly DesignMATE automatically audits segment layouts for conformance with the Foundation physical layer specification, which is based on the international IEC 61158-2 (Type 1) standard. This assures end users their Fieldbus infrastructure will work with desired parameters such as cable length, number and type of installed devices, and selected power supplies. To download a free copy of DesignMate, visit the Fieldbus Foundation’s Technical Reference Page.  Technical support for DesignMATE is available on Fieldbus Forums.

Pepperl+Fuchs have introduced the FieldConnex Diagnostic GatewayThis gateway significantly enhances inter-operation between the individual Advanced Diagnostic Modules (ADM) of a fieldbus infrastructure and the Diagnostic Manager in the control room.  It does so by allowing information to be exchanged in both directions via Ethernet, enabling additional features such as remote setup of ADMs. Advanced Diagnostic Modules monitor the quality of fieldbus communication for FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 and PROFIBUS PA networks. The combination of the FieldConnex Ethernet Gateway and Diagnostic Manager results in a highly intuitive monitoring system that provides deep insight into the fieldbus physical layer directly from the control room. With this technology, the physical fieldbus layer becomes fully transparent, and can be managed for maximum availability without the need for detailed expert knowledge.  

The Fieldbus Reference List by Rob Hulsebos is an extensive listing of links to would you believe 362 systems.

Industrial Ethernet
Industrial Ethernet - A 100 page book! - The use of Ethernet as an industrial network is a subject for which still very little documentation is available. This publication focuses entirely on this type of usage of Ethernet, and how this relates to the operation of Ethernet. A difference between an office-user of Ethernet and an industrial user of Ethernet is that the former is not interested in (seemingly trivial) details of internal Ethernet operation, while the latter must sometimes know all the details in order to assure that the network operates correctly under all circumstances. Despite many publications in the trade press about industrial Ethernet, it is difficult to find relevant technical information void of marketing hype and commercial interests. This excellent 100 page publication addresses this - thanks to Rob Hulsebos

New EDDL / DDL Host Test Suite Verifies Compliance of EDD-enabled Host Products - The HART Communication Foundation have announced the release of the new enhanced HART EDDL/DDL (Electronic Device Description Language) Host Test Suite. The test suite is used by suppliers and developers of host products to test compliance of their implementation and is used by the Foundation to verify and validate compliance of host products submitted for HART Registration.

Control Magazine Supplement Shows How HART Covers the World of Process Automation - The 2010 supplement, HART Covers the World of Process Automation, includes: HART Ecosystem—interoperability breeds competition and that’s good for end users; Wired and Wireless—HART has always been more than a handheld calibrator; and Using HART and Wireless—WirelessHART extends HART 7 capabilities for asset management

Free USA Training Schedule announced for PROFIBUS and PROFINET in 2011 - Eighteen free training classes are scheduled for 2011. There are two different curricula: PROFIBUS and PROFINET. Specific dates and venues are selected at least 30 days prior to the class. If you are interested in attending this year, bookmark this page and check back frequently for updates or subscribe to our newsletter. Click here to access class details with a link to registration.

PI North America’s blogger has added a YouTube channel for PROFIBUS and PROFINET videos.  The initial content includes an introduction to the new All Things PROFINET website and a PROFIsafe series that includes functional safety for discrete and process automation.  Access the channel here.

Profibus International - In this section you'll find several sets of downloadable files, ranging from simple forms to join PI to executables to help you engineer and commission PROFIBUS and PROFINET devices. Much of it is free, although to get some files you'll need to join PI to gain access. The 'key' icon tells you which file needs a password. Included are; 
- PROFINET Installation Guideline for Planning, 
- PROFINET Installation Guideline for Cabling and Assembly
- PROFINET Installation Guideline for Commissioning 
As the name indicates, the Installation Guidelines are intended to provide information on how to properly install and to commission PROFINET wiring and to provide practical guidance on the best ways to achieve this.

COMING SOON! - E-learning Course on Fieldbus - This e-learning course will cover Fieldbus in general, as well as Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus and HART networks, which are the most commonly used fieldbuses out there. So if you are an Instrumentation engineer or technician, or a Control Systems Engineer who needs an easy Fieldbus training course, you are soon going to get it. If you've been hunting for an easy to understand training course on Fieldbus, 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 sales@abhisam.com 


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

E-learning * Training * Consulting

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

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

Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E &I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities - Registrations Now Open! - This 18 month Advanced Diploma is conducted by live, interactive e-Learning. The course is presented by a team of professional, industry experts, and includes hands on practical exercises using simulation software, remote labs, case studies and more! 

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.

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


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Showcase your Expertise, Increase your Thought Leadership by Presenting at ISA Automation Week 2011 - The Program Committee of ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event has issued a Call for Papers inviting authors, experts, innovators, thought leaders and automation professionals to submit abstracts for presentation consideration at the conference to be held at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Centre in Mobile (AL US) 17-20 October 2011. Abstracts for presenting are now being accepted -Top to bottom, beginning to end, ISA Automation Week 2011: Technology and Solutions Event is designed to offer a personalized and customized event to anyone in the automation field. ISA's unique concept will provide attendees knowledge depth or knowledge breadth, depending on each individual’s goals and interest. Subjects include: Advanced Process Control,  Analysers, Automation and Control System Design, Energy and Environmental, Human Asset Optimization, Installation, Operations, & Maintenance, Networks and Use of Data, Safety, Security and Wireless Technology and Applications.


E-Learning 

 

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


Training and Workshop Schedules

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


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

Emerson's John Berra Says Farewell - It was the end of an era at Emerson Process Management as John Berra, chairman and long-time leader, retired on 30th September  after 41 years in the process automation industry. Berra's career spans the movement from pneumatic instrumentation to wired analog, to digital control, to fieldbus and now to wireless control.

The Fieldbus Foundation have announced that Dr. Gunther Kegel, president, Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, has been elected chairman of the foundation board of directors. Dr. Kegel replaces John Berra of Emerson Process Management, who is retiring after serving 16 years in his foundation leadership post. Other executives named to the foundation’s board include: Daniel Huber, senior group vice president, business unit manager - open control systems, process automation division, ABB; Takuji Hosoya, managing executive officer - advanced automation company, Azbil (Yamatake); Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer, Emerson Process Management; and Ralph Carter, president, Rockwell software business, Rockwell Automation. The remaining board members include: Farshad Amir, DuPont; Timm Madden, ExxonMobil; Masatsugu Tomotaka, Fuji Electric Systems, Co. Ltd.; David Eisner, Honeywell, Inc.; John Eva, Invensys/Foxboro; Fred Cohn, Schneider Electric; Hans Georg Kumpfmueller, Siemens AG; and Kimikazu Takahashi, Yokogawa.


ICEJobs – Vacancies and Wanted  

How to Ask for a Salary Increase - Steve Mackay - IDC Technologies -One thing that we as engineering professionals tend to shy away from, is asking for a raise or an increase in fees for services we deliver to clients. Engineers and technicians tend to enjoy and focus on the engineering and technical issues and generally get short changed on their fees and salaries. We get enormous satisfaction from doing technical things but contemplating our fee or hourly rate is often considered demeaning and unprofessional (and indeed for most of us, it can be somewhat boring).
However, there does come a time when you need to consider the fact that you may be underpaid. Even in tough times, you may be making an incredible contribution to your company’s success or providing a client with some incredible value in terms of service. 

Looking for a job? See ICEweb's employment pages.


ICElinks - Electronic newsletters and links of potential interest to our readers.

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

Control Engineering have a great range of newsletters covering;

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

Automation World offers some electronic newsletters of interest including;

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

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


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

Alicat Scientific, a manufacturer of mass flow and pressure technology, has been acquired by Halma plc., a provider of safety, health and sensor technology based in the United Kingdom. Alicat will join Halma’s global group of fluid technology businesses.

ABB to Acquire Baldor Electric Company to Become a Global Leader in Industrial Motion - ABB the power and automation technology group, and Baldor Electric Company  a North American industrial motor company , have agreed that ABB will acquire Baldor in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4.2 billion, including $1.1 billion of net debt.

Servomex has Announced the Acquisition of the Delta F Corporation, a manufacturer of process analyser technologies, based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

GE Intelligent Platforms has Announced that it has Completed the Acquisition of SmartSignal, a privately-held, analytics software company based in Lisle, Illinois. SmartSignal specializes in providing Remote Monitoring & Diagnostics solutions to the Power Generation, Oil & Gas and other industrial sectors.  


ICEnew — Great new Technical Links posted on ICEweb.


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


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


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


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


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

How to Stop the Noise with Shielded Cable - The Importance of Being Properly Shielded - Electrical Interference or noise is the bane of all complex (and high speed) industrial electronics system and product designers. And why not? In Industrial controls systems, for example, it's estimated that well over 50 percent of all system hardware failures are caused in part by electrical noise. This is not just an issue for microprocessor based systems. With today's infinitely more complex communications and control systems that incorporate higher transmission and switching speeds, the implications of noise related failures are increasing exponentially. There is growing industry concern as well as increasingly more rigid regulations related to electrically radiated emissions, and EMC (electromagnetic compatibility). How to shield power and signal cables has never been a bigger issue. Based on the ever increasing distances that signal and control communications are required to travel, cables are the system components most highly exposed to interference. In fact, EMC and effective shielding have become just as critical as any other design concern, particularly in mission critical applications such as: medical, defence, industrial machinery, sensing and control, and communication - from Alpha Wire.

Heat-Shrink Tubing: The Versatile Tools for Maintenance and Repair -  Think of heat-shrink tubing as the duct tape for electrical wiring on the factory floor. Heat-shrink tubing is versatile, easy to use, and finds wide applicability in maintenance and repair. Heat-shrink tubing can be used for preventive maintenance to avoid problems, and it is a wonderful tool for making minor repairs to cables and connectors - from Alpha Wire.

Specifying High-Performance Cables - The Devil Is In The Detail  - Still, cables fail and systems go down. Why? Many of the problems that surround cable failure, especially in extreme and harsh operating environments could have been avoided by selecting the correct cable from the outset. "But specifying cable is easy," you say. Well, yes and no. Sure, it's easy to match temperature ranges and then count on a PVC jacket for protection. But there's a lot more to it than that. Understanding how the cable will work when exposed to extreme temperatures; quantifying the type of chemical, oil, fuel or solvent the cable will be exposed to; understanding the difference between flexible and flexing, considering the level of mechanical abuse, UV exposure and EMI/RFI interference concerns are just a few of the details that engineers need to consider before "fully" specifying an appropriate "hazard-matched" cable - from Alpha Wire.


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


Control Valves - A Control Valve Repository which has heaps of great, useful technical information. Fantastic links covering Diagnostic Tools for Control Valves, Valve Sizing, Control Valve Handbooks, Self Operated Regulators, Control Valve Noise Calculation and Prediction, , Positioners, Selection and Application, Maintenance and a mass of other really useful Links  to Articles on Control Valves. Thanks to our sponsor Samson Controls this page has been completely remodelled. 


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

ICEweb Advertising - Did you realise that there are over 500 pages on ICEweb!! This includes the very popular Control Systems page which is available for sponsorship, for details please contact ICEnews 

Sponsorship of many GREAT pages are available to advertisers. 

Page exclusive sponsorship for a year with your logo in a prominent position.

All technical information will have live links to your company.

 ICEweb will search for suitable technical information from your website http and include this in a priority position on the page.

To sponsor/advertise in  ICEweb, please contact Jim Russell, ICEweb Director.  

Trend the Process on Your Mobile Device - ExperTune's PlantTriage has announced  real-time trending of process variables on your mobile phone. Live data from a control system is relayed to your cell phone's browser. This feature allows users to have immediate access to control-room data, even when working remotely out in the plant.


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

Q&A: Corrosion Monitoring & Control - Michael I. McElroy - This is a useful question and answer article - From www.flowcontrolnetwork.com 

Selecting Fluid System Components for use in Sour Oilfields - The conditions under which oil and gas are brought from their reservoirs to the surface can be outright hostile to many common materials used in fluid system components employed in industry. Potentially dangerous mechanisms include localised corrosion, stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and sulphide stress cracking (SSC). SSC has become increasingly common as more sour reservoirs are being developed - for example, those in the northern part of the Caspian Sea that contain up to 20% hydrogen sulphide (H2S). Ageing reservoirs can also turn sour as abiotic and biotic reactions take place. This article describes how to select the optimal materials of construction for components that need to perform reliably for many years in the demanding sour environments of oil and gas exploration and production - from Process Online and Swagelok.


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


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


Dynamic Process Simulators and Training Systems  

Plenty of information on this subject.


Electrical

Many pages on various Electrical subjects.

Embedded Motor Condition Monitoring, Diagnostics - Adam Krug -  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.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published RV 3-2010 Application and Installation Guidelines for Flexible and Liquid tight Flexible Metal and Non metallic Conduits. The standard was last published in 2006.Before this newest revision, RV 3 only contained guidelines for Liquidtight Flexible Metal Conduit (LFMC). Through a cooperative effort of NEMA’s Flexible Metal Conduit Voting Classification (7WC-1) and Polymer Raceway Products Section (5TC) Technical Committee, Liquidtight Flexible Nonmetallic Conduit (LFNC) guidelines were added. The new guidelines for LFNC cover general construction aspects, such as available trade sizes and conduit materials and surfaces, as well as grounding, marking, and codes and standards. Guidelines on LFNC fittings are also addressed in detail, covering fitting selection, environmental considerations, marking, grounding and installation considerations including conduit preparation, assembly torque, assembly technique, and attachment to boxes or enclosures and support systems. RV 3 may be downloaded at no charge, or a hardcopy purchased for $85, by visiting www.nema.org/stds/rv3.cfm

 

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 sales@abhisam.com 

 


Electrical and Instrumentation Enclosures  

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

Know your Instrument and Electrical Enclosure - This document details some pertinent design requirements for Instrument and Electrical Enclosures.
Typical Instrument and Electrical Enclosure Specification Index - Although you will need to "fill in" all the technical details, this typical index does make sure that most requirements are covered.
Global Enclosure Standards within the Electrical Industry - Industry standards for electrical enclosures exist to promote safety, encourage design efficiency and define minimum levels of product performance. In the European and North American electrical industries, several standards are enforced for these reasons. Across the global marketplace, these or other standards may be followed or there may be no standards at all, which can lead to wide variations in product performance and price. In many cases, the end customer is not aware of the standards or does not clearly understand them and, therefore, does not insist that suppliers provide products that meet the standards. Focusing solely on low price without fully understanding or requiring industry standards can yield a low initial product cost, but could ultimately lead to high maintenance expenses, component failure and in the worst case, worker safety issues. The purpose of this paper is to: (a) Clearly define the industry standards that exist for electrical enclosures (b) Compare the most commonly used standards so enclosure users can understand the key differences (c) Equip decision makers with the knowledge needed to select an electrical enclosure that has the appropriate rating and price to value relationship for its intended application - from Hoffman


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

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

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

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.

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

Find out more about AVEVA Instrumentation and other products here


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


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

Flowmeter Selection Strategies for Liquid Measurements - How to Choose the Right Technology for Liquid Measurements - John Frederick - With so many different flow measurement technologies available, optimal flowmeter selection can be difficult and confusing. In an effort to provide some valuable strategies to simplify the flowmeter selection process, here we provide the first instalment of a two-part article addressing flow measurement. The article describes common types of liquid flowmeters and provides guidelines for their selection and usage. It also discusses the influence of fluid properties and installation effects on meter performance, and examines methods and equipment for accurate calibration - from www.flowcontrolnetwork.com 

Flowmeter Selection Strategies for Gas Measurement Applications - In this second instalment of a two-part article, we address the topics typically covered in a comprehensive gas flow measurement course. The following describes common types of gas flowmeters and provides guidelines for their selection and usage. It also discusses the influence of basic gas properties on meter performance and examines methods and equipment for accurate calibration - from www.flowcontrolnetwork.com 


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

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

Thanks to ICEweb sponsor Honeywell Analytics the following Technical Information has been added to or Gas Detector Page.

Plant Safety Engineers take aim at a Wireless Future - Dr.Patrick Hogan - Equipping the mobile worker with a personal gas monitor that not only can monitor a range of hazardous gases, but also report the worker’s exact location, continuously, in real time—over a wireless communications grid—represents one small step forward for today’s control room operator, yet one giant leap forward for plant safety - thanks to Honeywell Analytics and HazardEx.

Ask the Experts - Although certain principles of gas detection require less maintenance than others, the calibration and servicing frequency of gas detection equipment is largely dependent on the environment and application where it is being used. Weather conditions, dust, dirt, water and even the types of compounds being used nearby can have an effect on the performance of equipment and influence the frequency of maintenance activities.

Gas Leak Detection for Boiler Rooms in Commercial and Industrial Property - Natural gas is one of the most widely used fuels for heating commercial and industrial property. In the event of an undetected leak it can present an explosive risk leading to structural damage, the loss of life or an expensive waste of fuel. Most boiler plant rooms are visited infrequently and therefore any leak will go undetected. An automatic gas detection system will provide early warning of a gas release during unmanned periods.

The Danger of Confined Spaces - Areas with a volume of less than 100m³, where there is no natural ventilation or areas that measure less than 2 metres in diameter, length, width and depth are classed as confined and enclosed danger zones. Special attention needs to be drawn to the dangers posed by gases when space is restricted and typical examples of confined spaces within industry include: shafts, trenches, pits, boilers, tanks, pipelines and containers, as locations for emergency response units.

Why is Hydrogen Leak Detection Important? - Hydrogen is one of the three most dangerous combustible gases; the other two are Acetylene and Carbon Disulphide. These gases are particularly dangerous as they need very small ignition energy to ignite them (the minimum ignition energy of Hydrogen is just 40uJ) and for this reason have a separate gas group IIC as per the European standard.

The Following technical bulletins are from FireFly and ICEweb sponsor PROdetec.

How to Protect Industrial Processes from Fire and Dust Explosions
- Anything that has been transformed into fine particles can explode. Unfortunately, all too often it does. - Every year, many serious fires and explosions occur in industrial plants as a result of dust. Yes, dust. Fine inflammable material is explosive! The statistics speak for themselves. Dust explosions lead to considerable material damage and long production shutdowns. Every year there are also accidents with fatal consequences 
Detection Down to the Right Temperature - The detector is of vital importance in a preventative protection system. Firefly has a unique position in the market for detecting ignition sources in different applications. The Firefly technology detects dangerous particles, flames and are designed to minimise the risk of false alarms. All fires and dust explosions have an ignition sequence. An effective means of protection is to neutralize the small amounts of energy (ignition sources) before they manage to ignite the fine particles.
Extinguishing is as Important as Detection - This technical bulletin covers;
- Water Extinguishing - Different applications and problems of fire require totally different types of water extinguishing methods. Large water droplets with powerful full cone water spray is needed to penetrate material flows in chutes or pneumatic conveying systems. For extinguishing of flames in enclosed volumes or open areas, smaller droplet sizes are an advantage due to their high evaporation rate, efficient heat absorption and its ability to displace oxygen. Designing a superior extinguishing system is a well-defined science.
- Isolation and Inerting -  In some processes, gas may be more suitable as an extinguishing agent. Carbon dioxide and nitrogen are excellent extinguishing agents provided that the affected section of the process can be isolated. This requires extremely fast acting valves.
- Diverting - Another extinguishing method used in the Firefly system is mechanical diverting. When an ignition source has been detected, a divert valve is opened which redirects the material flow out of the process line. The process itself need not even be stopped.
- Steam Extinguishing - The choice of extinguishing agent is generally determined by the products handled in the process. Another factor is the availability of an extinguishing agent.

Plant Safety Engineers take aim at a Wireless Future - Dr.Patrick Hogan - Equipping the mobile worker with a personal gas monitor that not only can monitor a range of hazardous gases, but also report the worker’s exact location, continuously, in real time—over a wireless communications grid—represents one small step forward for today’s control room operator, yet one giant leap forward for plant safety - thanks to Honeywell Analytics and HazardEx.

 

The following papers are from General Monitors

How to Select a Flame Detector - Process and plant engineers in the oil and gas industry and a wide range of other hazardous process and manufacturing industries require continuous flame monitoring equipment to prevent catastrophic fires. In order to select such detection equipment, users should understand the principles of flame detection and review the types of detectors available today. Armed with this knowledge they will be better able to match the appropriate flame detector to process and site performance requirements and to the type of hazard whose consequences the instrument is designed to mitigate - from General Monitors.

Detecting Hydrogen Fires -Hydrogen fires emit large amounts of UV and IR radiation and almost no visible light radiation. Detecting a hydrogen fire is difficult due to mostly an invisible flame. The Kennedy Space Centre uses flame detectors designed to detect hydrogen fires during launch operations. The flame detectors are used on the cross-country fuel lines, launch pad service structures, and Mobile Launcher Platforms (MLP)  - from General Monitors.
Maintaining Catalytic Combustible Gas Detectors - Even the best of safety monitoring equipment requires periodic inspection. There must be a maintenance plan in place with documented procedures, a regular schedule of inspections, repair or replacement activity as necessary, problem reporting, etc. It is important to train employees to know when inspection is necessary and what type of maintenance procedures must be performed on a specific type or model of gas detector.
Detecting Combustible and Toxic Gases in HVAC Ducts - Air handling systems are used throughout industry to provide comfort and health in manned areas. Nevertheless, if unprotected, facility ventilation systems can transport combustible and toxic gases from a source area to other parts of the building, bringing the dangerous substances into non-hazardous areas, like control rooms, living quarters, electrical switch rooms, and equipment rooms. Because of the potential for the inadvertent transport of dangerous substances, government agencies, industry groups and many leading companies have established procedures for exhaust/ventilation system safety. One important element in the protection of these systems is gas detection.
Detecting Combustible Gas Leaks in Compressor Stations -In gas compressor stations, there is a high risk of fire and explosion due to a combination of intense heat, pressure and vibration. Gas detection solutions help to maintain safety in gas compressor stations. Ultrasonic, Infrared and Catalytic Bead gas detectors can be used alone or in integrated systems to help stabilize hazardous environments.  

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

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.

Gas Monitors e-courses from Abhisam Software

Now available for US$69 for the online version or direct download for just US$99! - Gas Monitors are used in a wide variety of applications ranging from ranging from semiconductor manufacturing, wastewater treatment plants, power plants, chemical plants and oil & gas production facilities. Millions of gas monitors work everyday in these places,  to warn personnel working in these places about potential disasters like leaking gases, explosive vapours or toxic emissions. If you are an Instrumentation  professional, safety professional, or a similar professional, working in any of these places, you would be certainly interested in knowing more about these instruments and to know how they can help you prevent disasters. Unfortunately, up to now, there was no single classroom training course, or e-learning course which could provide sufficient information, in an easy to understand way, how to select gas monitors, install them correctly and maintain and calibrate them, so that they continue to work well.


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

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

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

Hazardous Area e-courses from Abhisam Software

Hazardous Area Instrumentation e-learning Course. The online version is now available for US$99 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.

ATEX and Explosive Atmospheres - Explosive atmospheres in the workplace can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapours or by combustible dusts. Explosions can cause loss of life and serious injuries as well as significant damage. These pages from the UK HSE will tell you more about explosive atmospheres and ATEX.

Static Electricity Ignition Hazards - The Following technical papers are from Newson Gale;
Achieving Safe Tanker Truck Loading / Unloading - The loading and unloading of tank trucks containing flammable or combustible products, has long been recognized as one of the most serious fire and explosion risks for hazardous industry operations. A study conducted by the American Petroleum Institute in 1967, for example, identified static discharges as being responsible for more than 60 incidents in tank truck loading operations. Since then more stringent preventive standards have been developed and significant advancements have been made in the technology of static electric discharge prevention. Yet accidents traced to static electric discharges still occur with sometimes tragic results.
Static Grounding Clamps & Cables, Key Factors Too Often Overlooked -Michael O’Brien - According to reports from NFPA in the Unites States and from HSE in the UK and continental Europe, reports of static electricity incidents are much more common that one would expect, given that simple and reliable means of prevention is readily at hand.
You Don’t have to be a Rocket Scientist… To Guard against Static Electricity Hazards - For the person who is responsible for the safety of employees, colleagues, plant equipment and plant property, one of the most potentially confusing aspects of providing a safe operating environment is determining if the manufacturing or handling processes have the potential to discharge static sparks into flammable or combustible atmospheres.
Controlling Static Hazards is Key to Preventing Combustible Cloud Explosions - Michael O’Brien - Recent studies covering plants in the U.S., UK and Germany show that controlling static electricity build-up is the key to preventing combustible cloud explosions. In the U.S. alone during the period 1980 to 2005 The Chemical Safety Board reported 281 explosions caused by ignitable combustible dust atmospheres. They resulted in 199 fatalities and 718 injuries. Similar data was compiled in the UK, where the Health and Safety Executive reported 303 explosions over a nine year period. And German records show 426 similar incidents over a 20 year period.
Static Electricity: The Hidden Danger in Hazardous Area - National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and guidelines highlight safe working practices in hazardous areas, and specifically how to control static electricity, which in many cases is capable of providing the ignition source for a fire or explosion.
Road Tanker Earthing - The loading and unloading of road tankers with flammable and combustible products, presents one of the most serious fire and explosion risks for site operations within the hazardous process industries. A study conducted by the API in 1967 identified static discharges as being responsible for over 60 incidents in road tanker loading operations and demonstrates just how long this potential threat has been acknowledged. The natural presence of static electricity in product transfer operations, combined with its associated ignition hazards, ensures that regulators take static control precautions for road tankers very seriously - from Newson Gale.
Technical Articles on Static Control - This link from Newson Gale contains in-depth technical information that enables you to research static control hazards that may pose an ignition risk for your manufacturing and distribution processes.

A Useful Tool - Cordex Instruments has launched a custom-designed distance measurement tool that is said to be well suited for offshore workers. The anti-hazard handheld measuring device complies with stringent offshore health and safety regulations. The handheld tool with its robust IP65 flameproof design is Atex and IECEx Zone 1 IIC T4 hazardous (explosive) area certified. This makes it a suitable device for offshore personnel working on high-risk rigs and installations who currently have to obtain 'hot work permits' to use standard electronic measuring devices. It provides accurate distance, volume and area measurement within explosive areas.

Pepperl+Fuchs have introduced their 5000Q Purge and Pressurization System - the latest addition to the company’s extensive family of purge and pressurization products.  With a robust display screen and intuitive menus, the field-configurable 5000Q system facilitates simple installation and safe, seamless operation of general purpose equipment, mounted in certified enclosures, within Zone 2, Zone 22 hazardous areas.

AAI have unveiled the ePurge X, a next-generation solution for air-purging electronic enclosures. Unlike conventional purge controllers, this new offering is entirely solid state and much more in line with the design of AAI's highly automated process analysers. The ePurge X is slated to be available both to distributors and the general public in March. The ePurge X has an ultra-slim profile that barely protrudes from the surface of the enclosure. It also has half as many components to install as the purges that are currently available. AAI is also introducing an entirely new concept with the utility-saving feedback feature. The ePurge X uses a digital mass flow sensor to monitor the flow rate of purge gas through the enclosure. Along with the differential pressure, this flow value allows the ePurge X to provide data on instrument air consumption by specifying the exact demand that will keep the enclosure safely pressurized without wasting any extra utilities. 


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


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


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


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

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 sales@abhisam.com . This e-learning course will cover Level Measurement in depth including technologies such as Radar (Microwave) . 

K-TEK have announced that their MT5000 Series of Guided Wave Radar Transmitters have been certified for use in SIL2/3 (Safety Integrity Levels 2 and 3) applications. The MT5000 Series is the only guided wave radar transmitter in the industry to be certified to the demanding, performance-based IEC 61508 safety standard. 


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


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

Emerson have retired an old stalwart after 41 years - the 1151 Pressure Transmitter ...an ICON disappears!


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


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


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

Using Tofino Security to Control Stuxnet - New Application Note - Eric Byres - One of the three pathways Stuxnet uses to infect other computers is via the Local Area Network communications inside the control system (the other two are via infected USB drives and via infected Siemens project files). This blog post addresses how to restrict network-driven infections using the Tofino Industrial Security Solution as the example product for mitigation. 

Cyber Security Standard To Protect Global Critical Infrastructure - The International Instrument Users Association (WIB), an organization that provides process instrumentation evaluation and assessment services for its over 25 end-user members, announced version 2 of the Process Control Domain Security Requirements For Vendors – the first international standard that outlines a set of specific requirements focusing on cyber security best practices for suppliers of industrial automation and control systems.

Byres Security Inc  have Started a New Service - Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre Information (CCIRC) information notes on Cyber Threats and Vulnerabilities Against SCADA Systems are now being posted on tofinosecurity.com. These CCIRC notes are published by the Government of Canada and are excellent summaries of the numerous CERT, Bug-trak, and CVE security bulletins, condensing 100’s of pages of information down to 3 or 4 pages. In order to access this information, you need to become a member of tofinosecurity.com. Just go to the tofinosecurity.com registration page and fill out the member application form. If you are a bona fide ICS or SCADA security professional, you will then be able to download the information note

The Can of Worms Is Open-Now What? - John Cusimano and Eric Byres - The recent Stuxnet worm that targeted Siemens HMI and PLC systems highlights the fact that designing a good cyber defence for your SCADA or process control system is no longer an option. While the motivations of the worm's designers are still not clear, the undisputable fact is that this worm was designed to let an outsider gain unauthorized access to control systems using the most widely deployed brand of PLC and SCADA products in the world. To their credit, Siemens and Microsoft responded rapidly to the Stuxnet threat, and provided a patch to address the vulnerability and a utility to detect and remove the virus. But everyone knows it's always better to prevent a threat than to react to one. So, how can you protect yourself from the next Stuxnet? From www.controlglobal.com 

Stuxnet: Cybersecurity Trojan horse - What does it mean to industrial control system cybersecurity? - Joe Weiss - Much has been written about Stuxnet from many different sources and perspectives. However, there are still many misconceptions and lessons to be learned. The purpose of this article is to provide observations and recommendations for industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity practitioners and standards organizations to consider. Stuxnet is not just an Information Technology (IT) worm but a weapon developed to attack physical processes - from InTech

First Certification Lab to Achieve ANSI/ACLASS Accreditation for ISASecure EDSA Certification program  - The ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) has announced that exida has earned provisional accreditation for providing ISASecure EDSA Certification services under ISCI’s globally recognized cybersecurity conformance scheme.

Honeywell selects Tofino™ Modbus Read-only Firewall to Secure Critical Safety Systems - Honeywell is expanding its use of Tofino technology with the release of its third Byres Security/MTL Instruments product – the Honeywell Modbus Read-only Firewall. Designed to secure any Safety Integrated Systems (SIS) used in industrial processes, the firewall detects and blocks any network messages that might change data, programs or settings in critical systems. The new security appliance provides an additional layer of protection against unwanted and harmful network traffic, thereby increasing network security, reliability and performance.


Severe Service Control Valves - A swag of technical papers can be found here.


Solenoid Valves   - This comprehensive Technical Reference page has been reworked thanks to our sponsor Asco Valve.


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


Test and Calibration - Technical Papers and Articles on  how to test and calibrate along with typical equipment. Thanks to ZEDFLO Australia  


Terminals -  Electrical and Instrumentation Wiring - ICEweb's Electrical and Instrumentation Terminals pages have been upgraded thanks to our sponsor Weidmüller and the following links added;
- Certification of Termination Tools- Regular quality checks of Weidmüller processing tools and the assemblies made with them guarantee optimum safety. In order to keep it that way and to prevent possible machine stoppages during production, regular maintenance and precise tool calibration is simply indispensable. In order to receive a certified tool, customers have the option of either returning an existing Weidmüller tool for re-certification, or of purchasing a certified Weidmüller tool on submitting a new order.
- Cutting Tools - A large number of cables and conductors in many different types and designs are used to connect electrical and electronic components. The cables and wires must be accurately prepared for the various types of connection. The quality of the cutting process is therefore of critical importance. Mechanical efficiency together with the special cutting pattern reduces the manual force required to a minimum.
- Stripping Tools - After a conductor has been cut it is then prepared for the next step or for crimping. For this purpose, a specific length of the conductor insulation has to be removed, while preventing damage to the conductor. The length of the conductor insulation to be removed depends on the terminal clamping point or the crimp to be processed. Professional stripping tools guarantee perfect results due to precise adjustment of the tool to the corresponding insulation and the conductor cross-section. Precision tools by Weidmüller guarantee that the user will always obtain consistent, reliable stripping results. “Stripping” means the cutting and removal of the insulation. The methods required to perform this task correctly are detailed in this download.
- Crimping Tools -  After stripping, appropriate contacts or wire end ferrules can be crimped to the cable end. Crimping produces a reliable connection between conductor and contact, and has more or less completely replaced soldering. Crimping describes the production of a uniform, nondetachable connection between conductor and connecting element. This should be achieved exclusively by the use of a high-quality precision tool. The result is a safe, reliable connection in both electrical and mechanical terms.
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FieldPower Solution - Animation of  Weidmüller FieldPower Solution for Power Distribution along conveyor belts.
- Connection Technologies for the World of Automation
- In today’s tough markets, cost-cutting has long since ceased to be a sufficient means of remaining competitive. Developing ever more compact components has become a crucial factor for concepts to succeed.  Weidmüller can help you to master this tricky task while developing and producing automation systems by supplying optimum solutions.

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


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


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

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

Picking the Right VFD Cable - Reduce Problems and Increase Reliability -Variable-frequency drives (VFD) allow sophisticated control by AC motors by allowing their speed and torque to be precisely adjusted. Control is achieved by varying the frequency to the motor. It does not, however, send a pure sine-wave frequency to the motor. Rather it sends a series of pulses, whose width varies, to the motor. This technique—pulse-width modulation— supplies the drive with the same power profile as a sine-wave frequency. PWM also allows the effective voltage to the motor to be varied. While PWM provides an excellent way to control a motor’s speed and torque, it creates several phenomena that can affect the power, create noise, reduce the life of the cable, and disrupt operation of the drive system. Understanding these phenomena explains why selecting the proper VFD cable is important to maintaining reliable, long-term operation - from Alpha Wire.


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

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

E-learning course on SAFETY INSTRUMENTED SYSTEMS This comprehensive course covers ALL aspects of Safety Instrumented Systems in seven modules including ; Basic Concepts of SIS, Hazard & Risk Analysis, Failures & Reliability, Safety Integrity Level - Includes how to assess and verify Safety Integrity Level (SIL) , Standards used in SIS and SIS in practice including maintenance.. For full details of the contents see here
Price is an unbelievable US$ 199! Please send your requirement to sales@abhisam.com .


Coming Soon - E-learning Course on HAZOP (Hazard and Operability Study) - This e-learning course will cover HAZOP in detail, with worked examples, interactive animated simulations, real plant photos and examples/case studies. If you've been hunting for an easy to understand training course on HAZOP, you've come to the right place, but just a wee bit early. That's great, because you are now eligible for an "early bird unbelievable discount offer"! Claim it by sending an email to sales@abhisam.com  

Emerson Process Management has Extended the Capability of its Rosemount 2100 Series of Vibrating Short Fork Level Switches with the introduction of the Rosemount® 2130 for (Safety Integrity Level) SIL 2 safety instrumented systems. This new version features built-in fault monitoring / self-checking diagnostics and is ideal for high and low level alarms.

Functional Safety of Control Systems What happened? - NOPSA has encountered a number of instances, in a diverse range of applications, where Operators have introduced equipment or systems that have potential weaknesses in the design of their safety-related control systems. In some cases, Operators have been unaware of the significance of control systems as control measures against Major Accident Events and Dangerous Occurrences, and have consequently not used appropriate safety management techniques in their design and operation.

Preventing Process Accidents requires Vigilance

The passing of time without a process accident is not necessarily an indication that all is well and may contribute to a dangerous and growing sense of complacency.

When people lose an appreciation of how their safety systems were intended to work, safety systems and controls can deteriorate, lessons can be forgotten, and hazards and deviations from safe operating procedures can be accepted.

Workers and supervisors can increasingly rely on how things were done before, rather than rely on sound engineering principles and other controls.

People can forget to be afraid

Baker Panel Report - Thanks to NOPSA for an IMPORTANT REMINDER

ANSI/ISA-TR96.05.01, Partial Stroke Testing of Automated Block Valves - The technical report provides guidance on various criteria to consider when determining whether partial stroke testing would be beneficial and on the different methods used. Use of this technical report involves familiarity with the operation of automated block valves and with the quantitative analysis of its average probability of failure on demand (PFDAVG).  Users of ANSI/ISA-TR96.05.01 will include:
- owner/operators who use automated block valves in operating environments requiring partial stroke testing;
- designers who identify automated block valve applications where it is apparent more frequent and stringent proof testing is required;
- operations and maintenance personnel who need to understand the process and results of partial stroke testing.

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


Manufacturing and Automation Safety - See ICEweb's comprehensive page which covers a huge volume of super information on this subject!  

Pilz have introduced a remote IP67 module is now available for the wireless system InduraNET p (Industrial Radio Network). The remote module for the wireless system has been specially developed for use under difficult industrial conditions and can withstand water, dirt and heavy vibration. As a result, reliable wireless data transmission is now available on mobile plant and machine sections.

Robot Safety Standard to be Revised - Jeff Fryman -  This article discusses in detail the progress being made with the International Standard for Industrial Robot Safety – the ISO 10218-1 and 10218-2.  They are expected to be published in early 2011.  It details the changes that affects the American National Standards – ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999(r2009) and ANSI/RIA/ISO 10218-1:2007 - From Robotics On-Line.

Mechanical Rotary Cam Arrangement Faces Competition from an Electronic Version In metalworking, presses are among the machines with the highest hazard potential. The demands on safety concepts and safeguards are correspondingly high. However, they must not adversely affect availability. Solutions must combine both these aspects, offer flexibility and be attractive in terms of cost. A purely electronic approach is a more elegant solution. A fully redundant and diverse absolute encoder with two separate interfaces constantly provides details of the shaft position to the connected control system. This reads both encoder interfaces and verifies the absolute values for the safe shaft angle. Not only does this allow the number of strokes or the direction of rotation to be calculated with each movement and output as a value, it also opens up a whole range of new possibilities in combination with the control system.

Playing it Safe - Comply with all the Standards when Interlinking Machinery - Many budgets do not provide for the purchase of new machinery in difficult economic times. That’s why the option to upgrade existing plant and machinery is a practicable and significant alternative to buying new. However, in the process, operators often overlook the fact that a machine’s existing declaration of conformity is rendered invalid if it undergoes a significant change.

All in Line - Connecting Safety Gates Safely in Series - A typical task in the machinery safety sector is safety gate monitoring. If a safety gate is opened during operation, the machine must stop immediately; while the safety gate is open, it must not be possible for the machine to start up. A safety switch monitors the position of the safety gate. As machines are often fitted with several safety gates, it seems obvious to switch or wire these in series. See Page 5.

Secure Pillar for Manufacturing - Safe Camera System Improves the Ergonomics of a Robot Welding Station - Wherever robots perform manufacturing tasks, human operators are usually not too far away. To ensure that both can work safely “hand in hand”, danger zones must be monitored reliably, without causing an unnecessary obstruction to the production process. High quality standards in the automotive industry mean that precision robot welding is often required. At the same time, the operator must be able to access the manufacturing cell quickly at any time, without putting himself at risk. That’s a job in which the safe camera system SafetyEYE can really show its strengths.

Don’t Open the Door to Risk - Clever Gate Management offers Safety and Productivity - Provided an operator does not have to set foot in an installation, his safety can be easily guaranteed using simple means. Gates, flaps or covers provide mechanical protection. However, maintenance, cleaning or set-up require direct access. This must be risk-free, as far as possible, and must not obstruct the production process.

In Control - Safety relay PNOZsigma can now Monitor Standstill, Speed and Direction of Rotation - Pilz is expanding its range of PNOZsigma safety relays: the new PNOZ s30 monitors safe standstill, speed and direction of rotation. Safe working practices with the safety gate open, reduced setup times and rapid access to the machine once standstill is initiated - these are the key benefits for users. Application of the new speed monitor also allows you to meet the Machinery Directive's requirement for safe speed monitoring.

Flexibility Counts - Modern Safety Concept for Packaging Machines - What do chocolates, CDs or books have in common? Their film packaging. Fully automatic packaging machines take care of the shrink wrapping. The aim is the highest possible flexibility plus a high output, without cutting back on the safety of man and machine. A co-ordinated solution comprising sensor and safety relay not only meets current requirements for functional safety but also simplifies engineering and handling.

Well Recycled - A Safe Recycling Process with Pilz Control Technology - Jute bag or plastic? Until recently, you had to decide whether you wanted your packaging to be environmentally aware or economical. Latest developments will practically make this decision redundant: now even plastic bags are recyclable. Prior to the actual recycling process, sorting plants guarantee that the input of material is as homogeneous as possible, without contaminants. Safe, flexible control technology ensures that sorting processes run at optimum level.

Efficiency Classification - Standards and Laws for Electric motors are Intended to Increase Energy Efficiency - The efficiency of motors has recently been classified with a new international system, the IE-Code. This replaces the previous efficiency classes. European legislators are also using the system as the basis for a new regulation, which describes the statutory minimum requirements for the efficiency of motors and the use of electronic variable speed drives.

There are Two Sides to Everything - Convert to EN ISO 13849-1 Early and Exploit the Opportunities - At the end of 2009 the EU Commission applied the brake to the standards: By extending the transition period for EN 954-1 until 31.12.2011, it initially halted the sole application of EN ISO 13849-1. Machine manufacturers and operators now have two more years in which to convert to the new standard. Only time will tell if they really know how to take advantage of this deferral. Many are only counting the additional cost. The fact that the new standard also offers benefits is often overlooked. See Page 4.

New GL Guideline for the Certification of Wind Turbines - This guideline calls for measures on wind turbines to reduce risk through control functions. Their purpose will be to keep the plant within its design specifications under all expected influences and fault conditions. The design of safety-related control functions in accordance with EN ISO 13849-1 is named as an appropriate measure. This applies not only when the wind turbine is in automatic mode but also for the period in which service personnel are working on the turbine during regular maintenance, for example (DIN EN 50308).

Safe Designs for Safe Workplaces - New Guide to Applying ISO 13849-1 and IEC 62061 - One of the big challenges facing machine builders has been choosing between ISO 13849-1 and IEC 62061. The IEC published a new guide at the end of July, 2010 called Technical Report IEC/TR 62061-1 ed1.0 Guidance on the application of ISO 13849-1 and IEC 62061 in the design of safety-related control systems for machinery. The new 38-page guide is available as a hard copy or a PDF file. Written jointly by Technical Committee IEC/TC 44, Safety of machinery – Electrotechnical aspects and Technical Committee ISO/TC 199, Safety of machinery. The Technical Report was published in parallel by ISO as ISO/TR 23849.Technical Reports don’t have the same status as International Standards, but provide the TC’s with  a means to provide guidance and explanation to help users implement the standard.

Guide: Common Machine Safety Standards, Terms, Violations: Terms you need to know - Understanding machine safety standards and terms remains a challenging first step to spotting and reducing risks and increasing profitability. Sources for help are many. Standards organizations covering machine safety include American National Standards Institute (ANSI), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Robotics Industries Association (RIA), and U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), among others. Requirements are numerous; some are more obvious than others. From automationworld.com and Siemens.

Impact of the New International Safety Standards - A presentation full of Information - from NHP

No more Cable Chaos - Connect Decentralised Sensor Technology Quickly and Easily - When you need to connect field-based sensor technology to the evaluation device in the control cabinet, it’s not always necessary to use a fieldbus. Used in conjunction with an evaluation system, the new digital IP67 modules provide the perfect alternative between individual wiring and a fieldbus system. They make installation simple, save time and money and at the same time provide the highest level of safety.

Non-Stop Safety- One-Stop Technology and Expertise - High demands are placed on power stations these days: not only should they be safe, they also have to handle the planet’s resources efficiently. Modern safety technology contributes greatly in this respect, enabling all control processes to be designed to be safer and more efficient.

Cross Without Danger - Automation Solutions make Level Crossings Safe - Whether you’re going by road, rail or on foot, unsecured level crossings present a high risk to all travellers. Safeguards are an absolute necessity. Building contractors are increasingly turning to modern, safe automation technology. That’s because safety control systems – like those used for decades in mechanical engineering – not only increase safety but also save costs

UK Health and Safety Law - What You Need to Know - All workers have a right to work in places where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Health and safety is about stopping you getting hurt at work or ill through work. Your employer is responsible for health and safety, but you must help - from HSE.

Guidelines for Safe Machinery – Six Steps to a Safe Machine - This 118 page document contains an extensive set of guidelines about the safety of machinery and the selection and usage of protective devices. It shows various ways in which you can protect machinery and people against accidents - from SICK


ICEtools— Software and offers that will help with engineering design.

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

The Unit Converter Add-in for Excel® - Download the Unit Converter Add-in for Excel for free and start using it right now. Change between thousands of different units in more than sixty different physical properties.  The add-in's functions are intuitive to use and dimensionally aware.  Common abbreviations and conventions are followed throughout, and the functions will check that the units are compatible before converting. Engineers, contractors, and chemists will find the number of dimensions and units available invaluable.  From the very smallest units to the largest, this converter can handle them all. Compound dimensions without common standard units are not a problem.  The add-in comes with complete documentation, examples, a quick start, and installation help. The Unit Converter Add-in for Excel requires you to have Excel, the Microsoft® spreadsheet application which is more than likely already installed on your computer. For more help and examples, please see the Documentation section - from tenderwire.

Change Units - Convert Units Your Way - Easily convert any units.


ICEwireless – News and technical links to Industrial Instrumentation Wireless items of interest

ICEweb's Wireless Instrumentation and Technologies Page has been completely remodelled and lots of new links included, thanks to our sponsor Emerson Process Management. Included are the following Super Wireless Instrumentation Technical links;
The Virtual Wireless Plant Tour - This highlights areas of Emerson's Virtual Wireless Plant Tour - a web-based, interactive tool that shows how wireless technologies can solve operational challenges today.
Smart Wireless Solutions for Field Network Applications - This comprehensive brochure highlights the depth of Emerson's expertise and breadth of offering for wireless solutions in the field. It's full of use cases and actual applications where Smart Wireless has delivered customer value.
Smart Wireless Solutions for Plant Operations - This comprehensive brochure highlights Emerson's Smart Wireless capabilities for plant-wide applications including Control Network bridging, Field Data Backhaul, Safety Mustering, Video Monitoring, and more.
Wireless Now - Think Beyond the Wire' (Issue #1) - A 16-page supplement discusses how to apply wireless - includes customer applications and easy-to-understand benefits.
Wireless Now - How Wireless Speeds Innovation at BP' (Issue #2) - This 16-page supplement explains how Emerson Smart Wireless is enabling BP to speed innovation, as well as practical information on how to get started.
Wireless Now - Who Says You Can't Take It With You?' (Issue #3)  - This supplement explains how Emerson Smart Wireless solution for Plant-wide operations can unleash a new era of worker productivity. It also contains articles on wireless in capital projects, and proven wireless applications from multiple industries.
Wireless Now - Wireless Comes of Age' (Issue #4)  - This brochure explains how wireless has come of age - taken mainstream and ready for control applications. Includes articles on the impact of wireless on work practices and capital projects.
WirelessHART - Simple, Reliable, Secure - This brochure explains how WirelessHART is the first Simple, Reliable and Secure wireless standard for process monitoring and control.
EC 62591 WirelessHART System Engineering Guide - This comprehensive 82-page document provides guidelines for implementing WirelessHART systems in the project process, and helps to address key project questions.
Putting Wireless to Work in Process Operations - Wireless technologies offer process operations new opportunities for improvement. With a wireless strategy and architecture that align with your business needs, you can begin gaining the benefits today while facilitating additional applications in the future.
Can Multiple Wireless Technologies (like field and plant networks) Co-exist without Harmful Interference - Rajiv Singhal and Eric Rotvold -  Some process operations may have been hesitant to adopt in-plant wireless applications because of concerns that radio frequency interference between wireless solutions could affect the reliability of essential communications. An open, standards-based wireless architecture from Emerson Process Management and Cisco Systems addresses these concerns by using mesh network technology and other methods to provide high levels of communication reliability at both the field-network and plant-network levels. Coexistence tests of real-world applications using this architecture demonstrated no noticeable impact on network reliability.
Videos 
BP Refinery of the Future: Using wireless for business value  
Wireless Case Study on an Offshore Platform 
Putting Wireless to Work at PPG Industries' Chemical Division plant 
Putting Wireless to Work at BP's Cherry Point refinery  
Go to Emerson's Video Central - over 15 Wireless Videos to choose from
Other Links
Remote Safety Shower Monitoring Using Wireless Transmitters - A chemical manufacturing and refining plant needed to upgrade remote safety shower monitoring systems to comply with regulations. Though the existing shower facilities fall under a grandfather clause and are not subject to more stringent regulations, the customer wanted to ensure personnel safety while reducing the potential for issues that could occur with on the- job accidents - from Honeywell and www.wina.org.
Cost Effective Leak Detection and Repair Monitoring of Fugitive Emissions - Finding hazardous leaks and fugitive emissions in a refinery or chemical plant is a huge but critical job to ensure regulatory compliance, safety, and to prevent costly fines. Each plant can have over 35,000 valves and as many as 200,000 monitoring points. Both refineries and chemical plants have seen the cost of their lead detection and repair (LDAR) programs skyrocket as the number of monitoring points has increased - from Honeywell and www.wina.org.
Utilising Wireless Instrumentation in Well Automation - Denis Rutherford - The use of wireless instrumentation in well automation and production optimization has just started gaining momentum in the marketplace. Driven by cost-cutting measures and the need to gain more operational visibility (to meet regulatory requirements), wireless instrumentation eliminates expensive trenching and cabling while providing access to hard-to-reach areas using self-contained, battery-powered instruments - from Control Microsystems and the American School of Gas Measurement Technology.

The following Wireless Links are thanks to our sponsor Abhisam Software  http://www.abhisam.com/index.htm

RFID Case Study ebook -This excellent 61 page technical reference has details on 25 different RFID applications from around the world. The password to the document is "abhisam". . http://www.iceweb.com.au/Newtech/RFID/RFIDCaseStudyBook.pdf

RFID e-learning course. A comprehensive training course on RFID, that makes a pro out of YOU,  without being away from home or office. With a discounted cost of only US$69 for the online version or direct download for only US$99 it will not out make a hole in your pocket!  See the new video.

Sponsor Abisham Software have provided the world's first FREE RFID e-learning course which is a no obligation , no strings attached, absolutely free RFID course, that can be downloaded to your own PC and you can view it without any restrictions at all! Plus it's a REAL e-learning course, NOT somebody's stale Power-Point presentation! It has plenty of flash based animations, graphics and text, with a self-assessment test. The visuals help you learn key concepts QUICKLY and EASILY.

The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute have Announced the Success of its recently held “Wireless Plugfest,” a structured WCI member program conducted periodically to validate interoperability of wireless products compliant with the ISA100.11a standard. The event was held in December 2010, at National Technical Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ:NTSC) (NTS) laboratories in Los Angeles, California. NTS is an independent third-party engineering, testing and certification company. The WCI Technical Steering Committee designed and planned this series of test scenarios to confirm interoperability characteristics in four functional categories: Provisioning, Networking, Application Configuration and Data Publishing. Test engineers successfully demonstrated interoperability of ISA100.11a based \manufacturer field devices, provisioning devices and gateways. 


ICEtime¾ Seminars, Tradeshows, Conferences and Events of interest to our readership.

If you would like to have your event listed in ICEtime, please send a note or press release to ICEnews.

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

 

 

2011

February

13 - 15 Smart Energy Canada 2011 - Hyatt Regency,  Toronto, Canada

23 -25  Australasian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference - Perth Western Australia

23 - 26 Chemtech World Expo 2011 - Mumbai, India

23 - March 3 The 2011 North American SCADA and Process Control Summit - Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA

March

8 -9     2011 ISA Oil Sands Automation Conference - Oil Sands Discovery Centre, Fort McMurray, Alberta

8 -10   South East Asia Hydrocarbon Flow Measurement Workshop - Hotel Nikko, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

28 - 30 OSIsoft Users Conference 2011 - Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, California USA

30 -31 Earthing, Lightning & Surge Protection Forum - Brisbane, QLD

May

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

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

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

18 - 19 Produced Water Workshop - Aberdeen UK

June

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


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Learn anytime, anywhere by taking advantage of our e-learning courses. These e-learning courses are available in a variety of ways including as online learning courses, SCORM & AICC compliant courses which can be hosted on your Learning

Management System (LMS) or as stand alone courses on CD ROMs.


Abhisam Software  have also started an m-learning course on RFID, which can be downloaded to your mobile phone.

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.

The Quick Guide to AC Variable Frequency Drives

For further details please contact via their website Abhisam http://www.abhisam.com/  

 

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/ 

 

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

For more information go to http://www.iceweb.com.au/Suppliers/honeywell_analytics.html

 

 

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.

http://www.grimwoodheating.com.au/flangeheaters.htm 

 

 

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.

http://www.prochem.com.au 

Foundation Fieldbus™ Certified Training
Since 2000, SAIT Polytechnic has been helping managers, engineers and technicians worldwide realize the potential of Foundation™ fieldbus technology. The five-day Foundation™ fieldbus Certified Professional Foundation program is intended for engineers, technologists, system integrators, EPC professionals and others who require comprehensive training in the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fieldbus systems. Also available in 2011 is a Certified Technician Program and Fieldbus Overview Webinar. Delivered in SAIT's state-of-the-art lab facilities or at your location with our mobile labs, SAIT’s programs presents theory and lab exercises in order to gain practical knowledge. To find out about upcoming dates  or for more information call (403) 210-5757 or visit sait-training.com.  


Industrial Automation Networks


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

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

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

http://www.industrialautomationnetworks.com 


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

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

Customer evaluations have consistently reported substantial gains in productivity compared with rival products. To see why, visit 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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