ICEnews                                                      May 2008

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

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Welcome to the May 2008 issue of ICEnews, the Instrumentation, and Control Engineering news source.  ICEnews is a compendium of useful information which we endeavour to issue quarterly.

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ICEart - Technical articles related to instrumentation and control

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.

Eurotherm have an excellent range of Tutorials by Arthur Holland, there are Articles on Temperature and Power Control Technology in Industry and Research. You have to register to get them but it is worth the effort.

AS/NZS 2381.1 Electrical equipment for explosive gas atmospheres - Selection, installation and maintenance - General requirements has been amended by Standards Australia. You can get a free download of the amendment.

ABB have released a new flow meter selection guide. It provides readers with information on flowmeter selection. Every fluid behaves differently when flowing through a pipeline and so no flow meter is suitable for every application. The flow profile explains the way in which the flow of a fluid behaves in a pipeline, based on its velocity and viscosity. Understanding the fluid flow profile is crucial to ensuring that the flowmeter you select will match your needs, but it can be a confusing task. Copies can be obtained by contacting ABB with the reference 'Flow Profiling Instant Guide' together with your name and company identity.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)’s specialist conformity assessment system dealing with equipment for use in explosive environments – IECEx – has today launched a new mark of conformity – the Ex Mark. This new Ex safety mark – which will be granted by approved IECEx certifiers (ExCBs) located in IECEx participating countries for equipment that is covered by an IECEx Certificate of Conformity and hence has been tested and manufactured under systems that are under ongoing surveillance by ExCBs – will help governments, safety regulators, and industry have greater assurance that the equipment being operated or supplied for use in areas where flammable gases and vapours and combustible dusts (termed explosive atmospheres) meets the world’s most respected and vigorous safety standards as established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Find the full article here.

Brooks Instrument has released a new filling and dosing solution which features the patented QTA Dosing Transmitter. This transmitter offers all the benefits of digital technology, in a package specifically designed for filling and dosing processes. This system is packed with features for precise control and delivery of fluids in small quantities over broad ranges of process conditions.

IDC have a technical downloads site with thousands of valuable pages of information, software and booklets on  Data Communications & Networking, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Industrial IT, Instrumentation, Automation & Process Control, Mechanical Engineering and Project & Financial Management. You have to register to get to the papers but it is worth it.

It may only be May, but  IDC Technologies are in the process of compiling their Engineering & Technical Planner for 2009 and want to hear from YOU.  If you have any favourite quotes or citations you would like to see in next year's planner, please forward them along with the source, your name (and company name if you want) and we will include it on the date page of your choice (your birthday ?) ! They are also looking for additions to the Useful Websites and Technical References section and your inspired ideas for the monthly specials, so please send your suggestions to by 31st May 2008. In return for your help, IDC will send you a link to download their latest 140 page Automation and Process Control pocket guide - for free!

Emerson Process Management has announced approval of the Fisher® FIELDVUE® DVC6000 digital valve controller for natural gas applications, making the instrument an "energy-responsible" choice for the natural gas industry. The CSA (Canadian Standards Association) approved instrument is designed to help customers improve plant safety. This new design for natural gas applications eliminates the need for an additional seal or an associated wiring termination box, creating an integrated and more cost effective option to actuating the valve assembly.

McCrometer have released a Multi-Mag™ L Series Flow Meter - With its advanced electromagnetic multi-point sensing technology for large line sizes, a smart programmable signal converter and a virtually noise-immune cable, it delivers exceptional performance in a NEMA 6/IP67 package that is ideal for demanding municipal water and industrial processes .

The National Physical Laboratory  in partnership with ETALON has developed a revolutionary new measurement system for high-speed, high accuracy calibration and verification of CMMs, CNC machine tools, and other leading-edge measurement applications.

The Analytical Science Team at the National Physical Laboratory have recently completed a Joint Industry Project comparing methods to measure the hydrocarbon dew point of natural gas. The project page has the full report and also contains the full dataset generated during the project.

Expertune have advised that their ProcessApex software now benchmarks and tracks the business results of fired heaters, heat exchangers, and dryers.  Use the results to make decisions that directly impact efficiency, throughput, operating targets, and bottom line of operations.

Emerson Process Management have introduced the CSI 9330 Vibration Transmitter which continuously monitors rotating machinery for early detection of developing mechanical issues. The CSI 9330 is available in two configurations. The CSI 9330VP provides overall vibration and PeakVue data when connected to a standard accelerometer. The CSI 9330VT provides vibration and temperature data when connected to an accelerometer with an embedded temperature capability.

Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. has released the SIMATIC SM 336, reportedly the world's first TUV SIL 3 certified HART failsafe analog input module which supports single, dual and triple redundancy architectures. The SM 336 module does not require redundancy to achieve SIL 3 certification. HART communications and diagnostics for the module are set up from a central computer. A 50 percent reduction in size provides greater packing density for this certified failsafe I/O, which also has six isolated HART analog inputs between channels and its backplane bus. The module provides short circuit protection and supports two or four-wire transmitters. Local LED displays indicate failsafe operation, channel specific faults and HART status.

An interesting paper is available from Advantech titled “Chasing Moore’s Law – The truth behind the OS and CPU Upgrades for Industrial PC Users”. It also has a GREAT picture of the physically younger Dick Morley.

International Standard ISO/IEC 29500 Office Open XML has been approved as a standard for word processing documents, presentations and spreadsheets that is intended to be implemented by multiple applications on multiple platforms. Ecma International, a Swiss based industry association, was the submitter of the specification. According to Ecma, one of the objectives of the specification is to ensure the long-term preservation of documents created over the last two decades using programs that are becoming incompatible with continuing advances in the field of information technology. ISO/IEC DIS 29500 was originally developed as the Office Open XML Specification by Microsoft Corporation, which submitted it to Ecma for transposing into an ECMA standard. Following a process in which other IT industry players participated, Ecma subsequently published the document as ECMA standard 376.

BS EN 60034-2-1:2007 Rotating Electrical Machines. Standard methods for determining losses and efficiency from tests (excluding machines for traction vehicles) applies to DC. machines and to ACC synchronous and induction machines of all sizes within the scope of IEC 60024-1 is now available from the British Standards Institute.

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

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

IDC produces five brilliant comprehensive Engineer's pocket guides which are now available for you to download. Subjects include: Instrumentation/ Communications/Electrical/ Electronics/Conversion & Engineering formulas, you have to register but it is worth the effort! 

IEC 61511 Guidelines - Written with guidance from members of CCPS’s Guidelines for Safe and Reliable Instrumented Protective Systems subcommittee, author and safety standards expert Dr. Angela Summers explores the decision making processes necessary for the management of the protection systems commonly applied throughout the process industry.
Based on the framework defined in the harmonized ANSI/ISA 84.01/IEC 61511 standards, Dr. Summers provides readers with much-requested guidance in an easy to understand discussion that addresses IPS planning, risk assessment, design, engineering, installation, commissioning, validation, operation, and maintenance activities.

Automation Applications in Bio-Pharmaceuticals -George Buckbee, P.E. and Joseph Alford, Ph.D., P.E., CAP. This book is a guide for engineers and designers new to the field of bio-pharmaceutical process control. For the experienced automation professional, this book outlines the unique design and application issues for the bio-pharmaceutical industry. For those already familiar with this industry, the book provides specific advice for automating these processes.

ISA have announced the latest in Gregory K. McMillan's collection of humorous cartoon books, "The Funnier Side of Retirement for Engineers and People of the Technical Persuasion”. Engineers or technical people thinking about retiring, already retired, suspect a career change or those who just need a good laugh will enjoy this unique book.

ISA recently announced its practical guide to the bio-pharmaceutical industry entitled "Automation Applications in Bio-Pharmaceuticals"  by George Buckbee, P.E. and Joseph Alford, Ph.D., P.E., CAP.
The book was developed to guide the new and experienced automation professional on how to apply automation to bio-pharmaceuticals, as well as try to accelerate the learning process.

The ISA20 Instrument Specification Forms for the pharmaceutical industry have been released on CD-ROM.

Hazop: Guide to Best Practice, 2nd Edition - The second edition of this bestselling title has been brought completely up-to-date. HAZOP is a technique developed specifically for use in the chemical and process industries, and is a detailed method for systematic examination of a well-defined processor operation, either planned or existing. This guide describes and illustrates the HAZOP study method, highlighting a variety of proven uses and approaches.

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

The ICEweb fieldbus pages have become available for sponsorship – this is a great opportunity as they receive an average of 700 page views a month! For further information please contact iceweb

Power plant sees green with new digital bus system - John Blaney, Jim Murray, and Gary Tingley - Chasing advantages in design and construction savings, the utility wanted to incorporate digital bus technology in as many areas as possible. Both Foundation fieldbus and PROFIBUS are used significantly throughout the balance of plant systems - From the ISA and InTech. See this paper and more at ICEweb's Fieldbus page.

Surge Protection for Fieldbus without Performance Limitations -This article discusses a complete surge protection solution for an entire Foundation Fieldbus system without performance limitations.

Yokogawa and Pepperl+Fuchs have announced the release of a new solution for managing the physical layer of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus H1. This is being released as one of the diagnostic solutions of Plant Resource Manager (PRM™) R3.02. In addition to supporting the use of powerful tools such as oscilloscopes and data historians, ADM's unique commissioning wizard can reduce up to 80% the amount of time required for the critical plant start-up phase.  

The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting its 2008 General Assembly in Antwerp, Belgium announced plans for FOUNDATION for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) demonstrations at multiple end user sites around the world.  Demonstrations of SIF technology will be conducted at Shell Global Solutions, Amsterdam , The Netherlands; Saudi Aramco, Dhahran , Saudi Arabia ; BP, Gelsenkirchen , Germany ; and Chevron, Houston , Texas , USA .

ODVA has announced that ControlNet, one of the family of CIP Networks, is now wholly under the management of ODVA. This action, unanimously endorsed by ControlNet International, the organization that established ControlNet as an open standard for automation networks, puts ODVA in the position of being the single standards development organization responsible for developing, managing and promoting the adoption of the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) and the family of CIP Networks. This family currently includes EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet and ControlNet.

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

Abhisam Software, a young knowledge based company set up to provide training to technical professionals by e-learning have developed several cost effective courses relevant to ICE personnel.  Subjects are Gas Monitors, RFID and Hazardous Area Instrumentation.

The IICA are running the ISA course , “Instrumentation Diagrams and Symbols” at various locations in Australia.

IDC's 2008 Safety Control Systems Conference is coming up May 28th to 29th in Calgary (Pre-conference workshops on May 27th). Conference topics include: Integrating HAZOP and LOPA, Functional Safety - Guiding Principles for End-Users and System Integrators, Process Safety Management Legislation - A History of Incidents, When SIL Suitability is Required for Final Control Elements, A Practitioner's Approach to IEC 61508/61511 and SIL Review: A Practical Methodology for Risk Assessments in Process Plants.

Another safety course the following week will be run by Spectral Design and Exida. The course will run from June 3 - 5, 2008 in Calgary. The cost is $2195 (Canadian +GST) per person.

ACM offer SIS TUV Functional Safety Engineering Courses across various locations in Canada .

Able Instruments and Controls (UK) have a range of Instrumentation and Control Courses.

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

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

If all you Foundation Fieldbus folks are wondering what happened to Maggie Carlson, she is now the North American Marketing person at the FDT Group. Maggie can be reached at or +1 512 428-4979.

Another person has made a change and should have been announced last issue, and that is Shannon Foos. Shannon is still in the Cleveland area but now works with Rockwell Automation where she is leading up a team focusing on Industrial network integration in the process automation arena. Shannon can be reached at (440) 585 – 8155 or via e-mail at .

Congratulations Shannon and Maggie.

Larry Wells has joined the world of the “semi-retired” departing from Georgia-Pacific to start as an independent consultant. The name of Larry’s company, CCSA, LLC "Confidential Control Systems Assessment" pretty much sums up what he is doing. Larry can be reached at or 404-993-8055.

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

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

Control Engineering have a great range of newsletters covering;

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

Cooper Industries, Ltd. (NYSE:CBE) has announced that its subsidiary, Cooper Controls (U.K.) Limited, has acquired more than 98 percent of the outstanding shares of The MTL Instruments Group plc. Full story here.

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, and MTL Instruments Group plc, announced that the two companies have signed an agreement for GE Fanuc to acquire the assets of the MTL Open Systems Technology (MOST) product lines including the MTL8000 general purpose I/O, intrinsically safe I/O, SafetyNet system, and process control technologies. Full story here.

Martel Electronics Corporation has completed its acquisition of privately held Murch Associates. Murch has been a major supplier for mechanical parts and the manufacturing and assembly of pneumatic and hydraulic test pumps. With the acquisition Martel Electronics, through its Calibrator division will expand its offering of test pumps used in process instrumentation to a wider range of end users.

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the acquisition of Analytical Specialties, Inc. (ASI), a company with a unique gas analyser technology. ASI developed the TruePeak family of laser based analysers.

The Measurement Systems division of Cameron has announced the acquisition of Jiskoot Limited, a world leader in the design, manufacture and commissioning of sampling, blending and multiphase systems for the global oil and gas industry.

Metso Automation and The Linde Group have signed a purchase agreement regarding MAPAG Valves GmbH, a manufacturing company of high performance butterfly valves for the petrochemical, air separation and liquefied natural gas (LNG) industries.

ICEnet — Internet Related Topics and Sites that may be of interest to our readers. In addition to ICEWEB that is!

An interesting Forum on "PC-based" Industrial Automation solutions. The ADAM forum has been created to exchange information, thoughts, and opinions regarding with subjects of Software, I/O, Industrial Communications, and Vertical markets.

Want to learn more about OPC and DCOM?- either download the associated 9 page white paper or watch the series of videos that make the explanation of this important technology a little easier.

ICEnew — Great new Technical Links posted on ICEweb.

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

This is a section that highlights those useful technical links that are new to ICEweb.

Control Valves - Overboard Dump Valves - Overboard dump valves are valves that are typically used to control the flow of seawater being dumped overboard on off-shore installations. Process conditions that would be innocuous on standard applications, become severe when applied to overboard dump valves.  Often users fail to realise the criticality of the application which results valves being incorrectly specified, ultimately leading to vibration, erosion and failure. This technical article addresses this - From Weir Valves. More articles like this can be found on ICEweb's severe service page.  

Control Systems 
ICEweb's Control Systems Page has been extensively upgraded with new links on control systems, alarm management, process security and more!

A new section on Cascade Control has been added to our Control Systems Page and the following papers included.
- Cascade Control- Handle Processes that Challenge Regular PID Control - Arthur Holland, Holland Technical Skills- A paper which explains how Cascade Control can be used to cater for lags in Process Control.
 - Cascade Control - The Basics - from learn 

Corrosion - ICEweb's Corrosion Page has been updated with new links. 

DataLoggers - ICEweb has another new page! This one covers DataLoggers, have a look as it has a "heap" of great papers covering  the huge range of uses that this technology embraces. Thanks to our new sponsor HINCO. 

Development and Analysis of a Novel Vertical Axis Wind Turbine - Paul Cooper and Oliver Kennedy - This paper describes the development of a novel vertical axis wind turbine used for teaching and research purposes.

How much does it cost you to change a light globe? - Do you want to dramatically reduce your lighting maintenance costs and reduce your risk hazards? Lighting maintenance is a necessity and often an expensive job in the industrial work place today. The costs involved are usually high due to the positioning of light fittings. This no longer needs to be the case. The installation of an In2 Light Hatch® will dramatically reduce the costs involved in changing light globes on industrial work sites. Thanks to our sponsor Zedflo Australia.

Many new very useful links have been added to our Ultrasonic Flow Metering page, thanks to our sponsor Zedflo Australia .

University chilled water plant plays it cool with ultrasonic flowmeters - An application article - From InTech and the ISA

Top Tips for Flow meter selection- The huge array of flow technology options on offer can make selecting the correct flow meter for an application a bewildering task. A broad range of factors can influence flow meter selection, of which cost is just one. Dr Bryan Franklin, Flow Products Manager, ABB Limited recommends a list of top tips for selecting the best all round flow system for an application.

Hazardous Areas Instrumentation and Electrical Equipment
Abhisam Software have announced that it has launched a new version of its popular hazardous area instrumentation e-learning course.

A Intrinsic Safety Technical Manual from Cooper Crouse-Hinds covers;
- Determining Safe Energy Levels
- Intrinsically Safe Barriers - Grounded Zener Barrier  - Isolation Barriers- Remote I/O Products
- Selecting the Proper Product for Your Intrinsically Safe Application
- Installation, Maintenance & Troubleshooting of Intrinsically Safe Circuits

ICEweb's Australian Standards for Electrical Apparatus in Hazardous Areas- Explosive Gas Areas paper has been updated. 

A new section  "On Line Hazardous Areas Ex Newsletters and Journals" has been added to the Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas Technical Information page. This includes;
- HazardEx: The Journal - A bi-monthly publication distributed to 8,500 readers in the months of January, March, May, July, September and November.
- HazardEx & Hazardous Areas International (HAI): The eNewsletters - Hazard Ex is emailed to safety & hazardous area engineering specialists throughout the UK. HAI is distributed across EU & the Middle East; Includes legislation updates, comment, products & services round-up editorial.

AS2380.9 has been superseded by Standards Australia  on 31 December 2007 by AS/NZS 60079.15:2006 (Electrical apparatus for explosive gas atmospheres - Construction, test and marking of type of protection, ‘n’ electrical apparatus)

Standards Australia have updated the Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas Handbook HB2007 - The main objective of this updated handbook is to provide a basis for understanding the principles involved in the identification of a hazardous area, relevant statutory requirements and the selection and installation, maintenance, testing, overhaul and repair of appropriate electrical equipment. This handbook also provides a basic introduction to the relevant Australian, New Zealand , Joint (Australian/New Zealand) and International Standards dealing with hazardous areas.

New Page!
Check out ICEweb's new Laser Instrumentation page, it covers General Theory, Laser Level, Laser Positioning, Laser Measuring, Laser Survey and more. Thanks to our sponsor Zedflo Australia.

A Free 20-page Sight Glass Application Handbook from LJ Star is a convenient reference for experienced engineers and a great primer for those new to sight glass selection. It offers a full overview of sight glasses for chemical and pharmaceutical processes, including types of glass, construction, lighting, installation and maintenance.

Test and Calibration
The following technical articles have been added to ICEweb's reworked Test and Calibration pages.
- Low Pressure Calibrations - When you're performing a low pressure calibration, there are some things you can do to make the job easier and better (more accurate) .
- Temperature Calibrations (Thermocouple Edition) -There are a few "gotchas" in temperature calibration when we're talking about T/Cs and RTDs. Each has its own problems, This article focuses on the calibration of T/C instrumentation.
- What is the difference between calibration and adjustment?

- Calibrating Non Destructive Testing Instruments
- Automated calibration planning lowers costs 
- Calibrating Fieldbus Transmitters. 
- How often should calibrators be calibrated? 
- How often should instruments be calibrated? 
- Traceable and efficient calibrations in the process industry.
The Safest Way to Calibrate - An introduction to intrinsically safe calibrators 

Calibrating and Testing Control Components on your Heat Process - What, When and How Should I Calibrate? - Arthur Holland, Holland Technical Skills - an excellent explanation on the basics of calibration.

Signals - A look at 4 - 20 Milliamp Signals - Arthur Holland, Holland Technical Skills - A good description of 4-20Ma technology.

Chemical industry gets serious about security: Perfecting programs, educating users - Ellen Fussell Policastro - This excellent article describes how the industry is sharing its knowledge about security and helping manufacturers build their fortresses, to not only comply with new government regulations, but to enhance the overall security of control systems throughout the industry - ISA and InTech

Protecting Process Control Systems & Networks - Chris Taylor, Larry Falkenau and  WBF org.

Solenoid Valves
The Following new papers can be found on ICEweb’s Solenoid Valve Page, thanks to our sponsor ASCO.
- Solenoid Valve Engineering Information- This excellent engineering information sheet details most of what you need to know in regards to selecting a solenoid valve.  It details maximum/minimum pressures and temperatures, viscosity, response times, valve seat tightness and degrees of protection provided by electrical enclosures (IP code).
- How to Install, Troubleshoot and Maintain Solenoid Valves- Good Installation and Maintenance Tips.

Surge and LightningProtection
The following new papers have been added to ICEwebs Surge and Lightning Protection page – Thanks to our sponsor MTL Australia.
- Lightning Protection for Wind Turbines - The Lightning Protection Project was conceived by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to improve the understanding of lightning caused damage to wind turbines and how to protect them. This project report is very comprehensive.
- A New Lightning Protection System for Wind Turbines Using Two Ring-Shaped Electrodes - Yasuda Yoh - This technical paper focuses on a method for protection of low-voltage and control circuits in a wind tower, detailing a new lightning protection system with two ring-shaped electrodes attached to the wind turbine.
- Surge Protection for Fieldbus without Performance Limitations -This article discusses a complete surge protection solution for an entire Foundation Fieldbus system without performance limitations.
- Preventing Direct Lightening Strikes - Roy B. Carpenter, Jr - This paper looks at lightening strikes and how to prevent them - from 

ICEsafety — Information and news on Safety Instrumented Systems along with Health and Safety.

HIMA Australia are running 1-Day IEC/AS 61511 Safety Lifecycle Awareness Courses in Brisbane 3rd June, Gladstone 5th June and Melbourne 25th June. The outcome of the workshop will be an understanding of how to practically apply the AS61511 standard. The workshop will cover the requirements of each stage of the life cycle and how they apply to process industry projects today.

HIMA Australia are running a 4-Day TÜV FS Engineer Course in Melbourne 30th September - 3rd October - HIMA’s functional safety course is a TÜV Rheinland Group certified training course for engineering professionals. The course focuses on functional safety for the process, oil & gas, and chemical industries according to IEC/AS 61508 / 61511 and gives engineers the opportunity to certify their functional safety knowledge through TÜV.  

A huge swag of new technical papers have been added to ICEweb's Safety Instrumented Systems Page, thanks to our sponsor Hima Australia . 

HIMA safety controllers monitor heating installation on the Queen Mary 2  - Two safety-related controllers, acting as a Boiler Management System, reliably provide operational safety to the application.

Looking for more on Burner Management Systems? ICEweb's comprehensive BMS page has it!

When did you last inspect your safety light curtains? - Companies using light curtains to safeguard machinery often do not appreciate the implications of the regulatory requirement for inspections. Thanks to Pilz. For this an more articles like this see ICEweb's Manufacturing and Automation Safety page

How functional safety helps to save lives -In this article Ron Bell explains functional safety and looks ahead to the revision of the IEC 61508standard that is due for publication in 2010.

Emerson Process Management has announced enhancements to its SIL 3 certified Fisher® FIELDVUE® DVC6000 digital valve controller for Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS). The enhancements help improve reliability, flexibility, and availability of Emergency Shutdown (ESD) valve solutions.  The ESD final control system components are integrated with safety-certified sensors and SIL3 rated systems in Emerson's digital smart SIS solutions. The DVC6000 SIS instrument enhancements include manual reset, a stored safety demand event log, pass / fail status after a partial stroke test, and third party certification to SIL3, SIF loop.

ESD Valve Fire Shelter - This is a neat idea, these cabinets will provide the valve actuators with a minimum of 30 minutes of protection against fire, so that the plant's emergency shut down systems and services can quickly isolate and minimise damage, to protect employees, assets and environment. See more technical information on SDV/BDVs and ESD valves on ICEwebs ESD valve page.

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced that it is releasing an enhanced version of the ProSafe®-RS Safety Instrumented System, ProSafe-RS R2.01.00. This new version is smoothly integrated with Yokogawa's latest production control system, CENTUM®VP, and offers improved security and support for Windows Vista.

IDC's 2008 Safety Control Systems Conference is coming up May 28th to 29th in Calgary (Pre-conference workshops on May 27th). Conference topics include: Integrating HAZOP and LOPA, Functional Safety - Guiding Principles for End-Users and System Integrators, Process Safety Management Legislation - A History of Incidents, When SIL Suitability is Required for Final Control Elements, A Practitioner's Approach to IEC 61508/61511 and SIL Review: A Practical Methodology for Risk Assessments in Process Plants.

Another safety course the following week will be run by Spectral Design and Exida. The course will run from June 3 - 5, 2008 in Calgary. The cost is $2195 (Canadian +GST) per person.

ACM offer SIS TUV Functional Safety Engineering Courses across various locations in Canada .  

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.  

Want to learn more about Ethernet?  You may want to consider signing up for the Educational Link on the Ethernet Direct website.

National Instruments has a 10 page document Fundamentals, System Design, and Setup for the 4 to 20 mA Current Loop” that is a good refresher for all of us on how analogue current loops work. Another useful article is “Five Tips to Reduce Measurement Noise”..

Here is the link to an on-line unit conversion calculator that was passed on to us by reader MD. Perwaiz Alam.

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

The following wireless links are thanks to our sponsor Abhisam Software

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". .

Emerson Process Management have added the Rosemount Analytical® Model 6081-P wireless pH transmitter to its growing Smart Wireless plant solutions.  Closely following approval of the WirelessHART standard, the new field device is the industry's first wireless pH/ORP transmitter.

Emerson Process Management is the first process automation supplier to begin taking orders for WirelessHART™ enabled products, based on the recently approved open standard for in-plant wireless communications. These measurement and communications products are available as a core part of Emerson's Smart Wireless plant automation solutions portfolio.

The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting its 2008 General Assembly in Antwerp, Belgium announced ongoing progress in its cooperative initiative with the HART Communication Foundation and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO) to develop wireless technology used in the manufacturing and process industries. The wireless project is an extension of the organisations' successful collaboration on Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and another step to deliver consistent functionality to automation end users.

Dive into wireless technology with this free, On-Demand webcast titled from Automation World, "The Range of Wireless." Engineers, managers and IT professionals will find information of interest in this first series of webcasts on Wireless Technologies.

ELPRO’s Industrial Wireless Handbook provides a single-source reference on wireless technology. Included in each chapter is relevant information on basic telemetry, security, wireless reliability, antenna technology and useful data on applications and installation techniques.

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.



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28-29     Safety Control Systems Conference- The Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Calgary , Canada


9-11    Sensors Expo & Conference - Rosemont, IL United States

10-11    Subsea Control and Data Acquisition – Total Conference Centre – PAU , France,com_extcalendar/Itemid,99999999/extmode,view/extid,307/  

11-12    Engineering Solutions to SA’s Power Crisis Conference - Midrand, South Africa

11-13    2008 American Control Conference - Seattle, Washington

15-19   Honeywell User Group Americas - Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix , Arizona

19-22   Canadian Process Control Association Annual General Meeting, Halifax , Nova Scotia

20       Geek Pride Day at “The Barn” in New Hampshire USA . Theme this year is biotech. Contact Deb Morrison for information and to register. Registration is limited to approximately 75 people. 

23-26    ISA France Forum on Wireless Technology (ISA-100 Committee will also meet at this time) -      Nice France

29th June-2nd July - The 6th International Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies

4-7     Cyber Security Conference Focusing on Potential Causes, Prevention of Recent Power Blackouts and Plant Shutdowns (Trips), Burr Ridge, Illinois  

24-27  Honeywell Pacific Users Group - The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia

17-18    Second Annual Oil & Gas US Exchange, Crowne Plaza-Reliant Park, Houston Texas

21-28    Singapore Technology Management Council Chapter in cooperation with the IEEE Singapore Section will be hosting an engineering  management conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

29- 3rd Oct — 2008 Emerson Exchange - Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Washington, DC

10-12 — WBF 2008 European Conference - Barcelona , Spain -  

17-19 — Brazil Automation - ISA Show 2008, XII International Congress of Automation, Systems and Instrumentation, Expo Center Norte – São Paulo – Brasil  

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