ICEnews                                                                      November 2009

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

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Welcome to the November 2009 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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Innovate and think about your Job, Products and Company Direction - Difficult Times are ideal for taking stock of just where one is at.

Here in Australia we have been most fortunate in that the "recession" did not impact us as seriously as our readers in other parts of the world. Difficult times however do actually give an opportunity to reflect just where you are going personally, in your job, reviewing your products and the directions that you are taking. How long is it since you have "brainstormed" with your staff putting innovation on the table. Your product may be stale and a simple idea may be just the impetus that is required to be ready for the upturn that will undoubtedly come. 

One area of instrumentation "innovation" that I personally am disappointed in is the slow development of multivariable instruments, especially with the opportunities and promise that "fieldbus" offers. Going back over ten years I was wishing for an instrument that would give me for example level, pressure, temperature, SG all in the one package, reducing the number of process connections dramatically and thus ensuring a much safer workplace. Where also are the self validating transmitters which utililise dual sensors (of different types as otherwise they would perhaps decay in the same way over a time frame), dual software etc? Whilst there have been some developments in these areas the innovation has not achieved the pace perhaps it could have. 

Sitting around the table and discussing all ideas , no matter how "stupid" they may initially look may just give you that critical idea that will move you or your company to the top of the pile. On a personal front you may actually be so busy because of the "doing more with less" mentality that you have not seen ways of achieving your goals without the stress of being overstretched. For instance are you doing low level tasks that could be done by others or a contractor, releasing you to concentrate on real issues that may just need that "innovation". 

Food for thought, what do you think?

Out of interest have a look at the article from Circor Instrumentation Technologies,  The Power of Speed - One Company’s Journey towards Operational Excellence , which whilst being about manufacturing rather than instrumentation just shows what can be achieved with innovation and embracing new ideas.

Jim Russell

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

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. 

Industrial Automation Networks Inc., an independent industrial network consulting firm announced that it commenced operations on November 1, 2009. The company has been formed to provide consulting services for all forms of field level industrial networks with the intent of “Making Industrial Networks Easy™ ". The core competencies of the company include assistance with Field level industrial networks – connecting you and your process (field devices to control system I/O) , Training , Design – mentor role to full responsibility as contract or subcontractor , Impartial third party verification of installations (did you get what you thought you did) , Audits for optimization of system , Troubleshooting your network to determine why it is not working as it should and Advocate services– representing  you with other parties such as Main Automation Contractors, Engineering Procurement Construction companies, etc. Director and Principle Consultant Ian Verhappen, P. Eng, CAP, ISA Fellow has the unique perspective of having worked as both an End User and a product supplier and can bring these unique skills to your project. Verhappen has over 15 years experience with Foundation Fieldbus technology and is the author of ISA’s popular “Foundation Fieldbus” book now in its third edition.

AAI have released an industry-proven and cost-effective solution for oxygen monitoring needs. Using surface-emitting laser technology, this system is built to produce accurate, fast, and stable oxygen measurements in even the most volatile process streams.

McCrometer have released a Wafer-Cone flowmeter designed to provide accuracy, versatility and low maintenance in the smaller line sizes utilized for natural gas wells.

Emerson Process Management have announced expansion of its Smart Wireless solutions family with the release of the Fisher® 4320 wireless position monitor. Beyond its wireless advantages, the 4320 monitor is the first and only linkage-less device to provide accurate position feedback.  The 4320 monitor uses industry standard WirelessHART™ communications.

Yokogawa supports the next generation - Yokogawa Australia has donated more than $45,000 worth of process control instrumentation to universities and TAFE colleges in Australia and New Zealand to assist in the training of the next generation of instrumentation technicians and engineers. The educational institutions that have received the Yokogawa instruments are RMIT in Victoria , Wagga Wagga TAFE in NSW, Challenger TAFE in Western Australia and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in New Zealand .

Emerson Process Management have announced the following;
 - Their new S-series platform featuring "I/O on demand" and "Electronic Marshalling" that eliminates work, reduces project cost, and increases operational flexibility .
- A unique approach to redundancy for Smart Wireless Monitoring and Control solutions. Available with the DeltaV™ S-series digital automation system, full redundancy protects the wireless network from any single point of failure by allowing primary failover to ensure that data is always delivered even if there is a malfunction.
- Machinery protection and prediction of critical mechanical equipment has been integrated with their DeltaV™ digital automation system. This new capability directly supports users' goals for improved availability and performance. As turbomachinery and mechanical equipment condition deteriorates, performance and throughput decrease and unplanned shutdowns become more probable. When plant operators have visibility to the performance of their high stakes assets, they can make process adjustments and reduce process disruptions.

The International Society of Automation recently unveiled plans for its new event, ISA Automation Week: Technology and Solutions, to be held 4-7 October 2010 at the Westin Galleria Complex in Houston, Texas, USA. ISA Automation Week will feature intensive educational and applications-based technical conference sessions delivered by subject matter experts. 

Getting Ready for Microsoft Windows 7 - National Instruments has put together an interesting webpage to explain how Windows 7 impacts engineers and scientists, to help determine whether you should adopt the new technology, and to understand best practices for developing engineering and scientific applications based on Windows 7.

JAZD and Grand View Media, publisher of Processing Magazine and Flow Control, have announced their new online processing and fluid handling industry marketplace – ProcessFlowDirect, is now live and open to buyers at ProcessFlowDirect delivers complete listings of companies and products, deep industry content, user ratings & reviews, geographical search, side-by-side product comparisons, videos, webinars, downloadable product specifications, pricing and marketing literature, along with an array of social tools for users to share information and network with peers. 

KROHNE has added a new sensor variant to its product range of clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters for measuring liquids: the new OPTISONIC 6300 XT for high temperature applications. It allows for a non-intrusive measurement of fluids with temperatures up to 200 °C or 392 °F.

In the face of 30% declining revenues The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced several major cutbacks during the recent Houston Expo in the first week of October, Jim Pinto gives his views.

The International Society of Automation have announced a new editorial strategy for the print, digital, and online content of its technical publication, InTech magazine. In addition to daily and weekly digital and online content, ISA will publish 6 print issues of InTech magazine in 2010. The first issue of the bimonthly print publication will be published in February.

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

Abhisam Software have released their E-Book - Practical Guide to Hazardous Area Classification
, this inexpensive publication only costs US$27!

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

 The following free E-Books are compliments of IDC Technologies.

Greatest Engineering Disasters - Disasters can strike at any time. From the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius to Hurricane Katrina, disasters have caused a tremendous loss of life and environmental catastrophes. Some disasters are natural; some are man-made, while some are due to failures in engineering. This chronologically arranged e-book covers the greatest engineering disasters of history to date.
Crazy Inventors - This book explores some of the craziest inventors of our time.
Crazy Inventions - Some "wacky inventions" can be found here!
Impossible Engineering Jobs -
Some engineering projects seem to be utterly impractical because of the various factors influencing them. But these impossible engineering jobs after their successful completion open a surprising window into the world revealing avenues of hope. It is the human brain that overcomes hurdles and completes the impossible job. This E-Book explores some of such seemingly impossible but successfully completed engineering jobs.

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! 

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

PROFIBUS and PROFINET Books - These books are available for those who want a deep understanding of PROFIBUS or PROFINET.

Catching the Process Fieldbus, An Introduction to PROFIBUS for Process Automation - James Powell and Henry Vandelinde - The book is designed to speak to the beginner, to take that interested newbie by the hand and guide him/her through the bus route to communication success. However, this is not a how-to manual. Rather, think of it as a primer laying the groundwork for communication design, providing information for the curious to explore and motivation for the dedicated to go further. Jörg Freitag, Chairman of PROFIBUS International enthuses, "the book is an excellent appetizer - a great introduction to the world of PROFIBUS."  Available at  

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

SPECIAL OFFER - THIS ISSUE ONLY - The ICEweb fieldbus pages have become available for sponsorship at half price– this is a great opportunity as they receive around 1300 page views a month! For further information please contact iceweb

Achieving Redundant Intrinsically-Safe Fieldbus Segments for Fisco & Entity Devices - Mike O’Neill - During the last year or so, a variety of approaches have been released offering users new fieldbus segments with redundancy and FISCO device connectivity. This paper describes and compares those new designs with regard to segment capacity, MTBF, overall availability, installation areas and implementation cost. 

Fieldbus Installation -  Short-Circuiting Fieldbus Installation Problems - Tim Wilson and Jeff Marsh - Like other process industry operations, bio-fuel production plants seek state-of-the-art automation technology in order to reduce raw material costs, increase yields, comply with regulatory standards and maximize revenues. However, plant managers must ensure control systems provide reliable operation and a low cost of ownership over the life of installed assets. Although modern, fieldbus-based process control systems offer many operational benefits, ethanol producers need effective measures to protect the fieldbus physical layer against short circuits, improper termination and other problems that can adversely affect system performance and reliability. They also need solutions enabling a quick ramp-up from installation to operation of the control system in order to improve their time to market - from Moore Industries-Pacific, Inc.  and Control Global.

Ethernet Based Instrumentation - While extending Ethernet to a PLC or DCS I/O block is very common, the idea of using it to connect to individual process or discrete sensing devices is relatively rare. But is that assessment changing? In this article, Control Engineering magazine's Peter Welander discusses the role of Ethernet based instrumentation in device-level networks.- from Control Engineering and Moore Industries-Pacific, Inc.

Using FDT Technology to Expedite Fieldbus Commissioning - Users Embrace Advancements to Installation and Commissioning Practices with FDT Technology 

WIB Evaluates Smart Device Integration Technologies for Asset Management Using Foundation Fieldbus Technology = FDT and EDDL, Have Been Standardized to Manage Data Flow from the Device to the Hosting Application 

FDT Technology Achieves IEC Global Standard Approval - FDT Technology Gains International Standard Approval 

Fieldbus Foundation Releases Updated H1 & HSE Test Kits - The Fieldbus Foundation have announced the release of its latest Foundation fieldbus conformance and interoperability test kits for use by plant automation equipment suppliers.  The updated test kits include the H1 Interoperability Test Kit (H1-ITK) 5.2.0 and High Speed Ethernet Conformance Test Kit (HSE-CTK) 2.0.1.

The Fieldbus Foundation has announced that its Device Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) Profile Final Specification (FS 1.0) is now available. The purpose of the new specification is to offer an easy way of mapping field device requirements to the foundation’s ITK versions, including unique Foundation technology features such as advanced field diagnostics.

Fieldbus Diagnostics latest Advancements Optimise Plant Asset Management - Stephen Mitschke - Since May 2006, the Fieldbus Foundation has been collaborating with NAMUR an international process industry end-user association based in Germany, on fieldbus performance enhancements such as device diagnostics, which both parties identified as requiring further clarification and guidance for the user community. A key objective of this collaborative effort is to unify the integration of fieldbus self-monitoring data to ensure the availability of valuable device diagnostic information to process plant personnel. Advancements in field diagnostics support a structured approach to asset management, which simplifies operators’ tasks and increases their confidence in utilizing equipment diagnostics and asset software.

Economic Case for Using FOUNDATION Technology - Modern DCS systems are major distributed networks with multiple data paths, which, in the interests of security and the highest plant availability, are almost always duplicated and made redundant. This article describes how FOUNDATION fieldbus systems can now incorporate redundancy and fault-tolerance right down to the H1 field layer. The major impact is on project ROI and plant revenues, and only FOUNDATION technology can offer this level of security and benefit to the plant operator - From  the Fieldbus Report.

HARTING Publishes Industrial Ethernet Handbook for Engineers - Engineers working to understand the nuances of Ethernet topologies, interconnection schemes, and application guidelines will find HARTING’s Industrial Ethernet Handbook a valuable engineering reference source. The detailed, 168-page handbook covers the technical details of Ethernet, comparing it to other fieldbus systems, and explaining its Open System Interconnection (ISO/OSI) Reference Model. Its Annex details pertinent standards and application guidelines, such as EN, IEEE, IEC, UL, and HD/VDE. This Annex also contains an extensive bibliography on fieldbus and Ethernet technology, along with Internet links to other resources.
The HARTING Handbook explains:
• Open System Interconnection (ISO/OSI) Reference Model
• Comparison of Ethernet to other fieldbus systems
• Power over Ethernet (PoE) connectivity
• 26-page glossary of terms/acronyms

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

NEWSFLASH - Abhisam Software have announced a discounted rate for all e-learning products. The RFID and Gas Monitors courses will be available for just $69 and the Hazardous Area Instrumentation course for just $ 99!

Abhisam Software, a young knowledge based company set up to provide training to technical professionals by e-learning have launched new versions of their cost effective courses relevant to ICE personnel as follows;

Gas Monitors e-learning course. The Professional version is now available for direct download for just $69US - 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.

RFID e-learning course. A comprehensive training course on RFID, that makes a pro out of YOU,  without being away from home or office and without making a hole in your pocket! The Standard version costs just $69 US whilst the Professional version is now available for direct download for just $100 US.

Hazardous Area Instrumentation e-learning course. The Professional version is now available for direct download for just $99US and covers; - Understand Area and Material classification.
- Understand the different standards used for hazardous areas, including the later regulations like ATEX.
- Understand different methods of protection such as explosionproof, Intrinsic Safety, Increased Safety, Pressurization and Purging, Non-incendive and some more methods too.
- Understand the implementation of Fieldbus systems in hazardous areas.
- Select the best method of protection for your application, in your plant or facility.
- Understand certification and labelling of instruments, learn what a label means.
- Learn how to maintain the safety and integrity of a hazardous area installation in your plant
Now - also included as part of the course is the E-book
Practical Guide to Hazardous Area Classification !

Soon to be launched- a new e-learning course on SAFETY INSTRUMENTED SYSTEMS - Covering all aspects of Safety Instrumented Systems including;
  • Basic Concepts of SIS
  • Hazard & Risk analysis
  • Failures & Reliability
  • Safety Integrity Level
  • Standards used in SIS
  • SIS in practice including maintenance
This course will be a blend of Flash based animations/videos, graphics, real-life photos and text that explain key concepts in a easy to understand method. This will be totally different from the stale power point presentations that are touted as "training courses" by others.
Price-Unbelievable! for the kind of material that you would get.
Please send your requirement to if you are interested in their early bird price

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

Safety Control Systems Conference Calgary, Canada - 11th & 13th May 2010 -Are you a Professional in the Safety Industry? Presenters are required to submit an abstract and present their papers for the upcoming Safety Control Systems Conference 2010. Presenters are also required for Johannesburg South Africa - – 6th, 7th & 8th July 2010 and Electrical Arc Flash Technical Forum, Melbourne, Australia – 14th & 15th April 2010



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


Advanced Diploma of Industrrial Automation - Commences 8th March 2010. View the detailed course brochure.


Training and Workshop Schedules

IDC have a huge range of workshops and training courses worldwide. 

PROFIBUS Ireland through its Competency Centre in Limerick offers a number of  Certified and Non-Certified courses. 

CEESI have scheduled a number of Gas and Flow Measurement training courses. 

PROFItech PROFIBUS Certified Network Engineer Class - November 9-13 PROFI Interface Center, Johnson City, TN, USA and November 16-20 ROFI Interface Center, Johnson City, TN, USA. This hands-on training covers the installation, operation and maintenance of PROFIBUS products and networks. This course is an intensive, four-day training program. Attendees passing the test receive an official PROFIBUS Certified Network Engineer Certificate.

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.

ICEJobs – Vacancies and Wanted  

Are YOU looking for good people? With ICEweb’s 140,000 page views a month plus ICEnews getting out to 7500 quality contacts a quarter at only we are a very cost effective method of advertising, contact
ICEweb for further details. 

Engineering Careers for 2009 Growing technology in the world means that careers in engineering have a bright future. Some ups and downs can slow down the growth but the trend of development will continue and engineers will have new career opportunities every day.

Job Interviews Made Easy - Great tips for job interviews, just take the time to read this and it might make the "difference". 


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.

Fluke Networks has announced that it has completed the acquisition of AirMagnet, a leader in performance, security and compliance solutions for wireless LANs.

Sixnet, a market-leading supplier of innovative machine-to machine (M2M) data communications products have announced that they have reached an agreement to acquire JBM Electronics Co. a leading provider of reliable networking connectivity solutions.

RuggedCom has announced that it has purchased WiNetworks Ltd., a leader in the development of systems based on WiMAX 802.16e mobile broadband wireless technology. WiNetworks’ technology is used by large private networks and service providers to extend mobile broadband connectivity over metropolitan areas. The WiNetworks WiMAX products will form the new RuggedMAX™ product line and augment Ruggedcom’s growing RuggedWIRELESS™ portfolio.

Sira Certification, the principal UK ATEX Notified Body and sole provider of MCERTS certification services for the Environment Agency has been acquired by CSA International, the testing and certification division of the CSA Group.

GE and FANUC have announced that the two companies have agreed to dissolve the GE Fanuc Automation Corporation joint venture. This agreement would allow each company to refocus its investments to grow its existing businesses and pursue its respective core industry expertise. GE and FANUC expect the transaction to be completed by the end of this year, subject to satisfactory customary closing conditions.

Emerson Process Management has announced that it has acquired Missouri City, Texas, USA, based EIM Controls Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality valve actuators. EIM Controls will join the company’s Valve Automation division, expanding Emerson’s electric actuator portfolio, while strengthening the company’s applications for FOUNDATION™ fieldbus and other major bus protocols.

FMC Technologies, Inc has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Multi Phase Meters AS (MPM). MPM, based in Stavanger, Norway, is a global leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance multiphase flow meters for the oil and gas industry.

ICEnew — Great new Technical Links posted on ICEweb.

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

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

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

NeSSI™ Generation II Specification - A Conceptual and Functional Specification Describing the Use of Miniature, Modular Electrical Components for adaptation to the ANSI/ISA SP76 Substrate in Electrically Hazardous Environments -  This functional and conceptual specification is based on the use of the miniaturized, modular analytical systems designed to the ANSI/ISA SP76.00.02-2002 standard substrate. This 2nd generation specification deals chiefly with integrating electrical components such as sensors and actuators (collectively referred to as transducers) onto the substrate in a manner suitable for use in electrically hazardous areas commonly found in petrochemical, refining and chemical facilities - Thanks to CPAC

CT76 Modular Substrate and Component  System - This bulletin from ICEweb sponsor Circor describes why this is "State of the Art" for modular systems. 

Rethink Sample System Automation - NeSSI provides new tools to tackle the challenges and improve performance - By Robert N. Dubois, consulting analytical specialist - Thanks to

Streamline Your Sampling System - Selecting the right stream selection assembly can improve performance - John Wawrowski, Doug Nordstrom and Joel Feldman - Thanks to

50 years: Online Gas Chromatograph - Stephen M Bostic & Dr Jerry M Clemons - The most prolific and flexible online analytical measurement device for analysing discrete hydrocarbons in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) is the process gas chromatograph (GC). It is estimated that there are more than 30,000 process gas chromatographs installed worldwide- This article takes a look at the past, present and a glimpse of the future of the online process gas chromatograph. Thanks to ABB and PACE.

Breathe Easy - Darrell Leetham -For many organisations today, one aspect of the manufacturing process that needs to be monitored and controlled, for both efficiency and environmental benefit, is gaseous emissions - Plants are constantly looking for means to increase production and decrease costs. Increases in production are generally associated with an increase in fuel consumed and, in turn, a subsequent increase in emissions generated. In addition, regulatory entities are increasingly implementing standards and setting requirements for monitoring and reporting data on plant emissions. In order to improve efficiency throughout a manufacturing process and at the same time meet the needs of sustainable development goals, industry is finding an increased need for robust, reliable and accurate gas analysis methods. To meet the needs of this demand, different technologies for gaseous emissions sampling and analysis have been developed over the years. One particular technique is to extract a gas sample and dilute that sample prior to analysis. This article explains some advantages of the dilution extractive method. From Thermo Fisher Scientific and 

Center for Process Analytical Chemistry - CPAC, established at the University of Washington in 1984, is a consortium of Industrial, National Laboratory and Government Agency Sponsors addressing multidisciplinary challenges in Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and Process Control through fundamental and directed academic research. The present CPAC program can be summarized by two main components;
(1) new measurement approaches including the miniaturization of traditional instrumentation and the development of new sensors and non-traditional instruments.
(2) mechanisms for interaction, collaboration, and communication of Center activities, research programs, and information related to process analytical technology (PAT) among sponsors, other universities and academic departments, government agencies, and the general measurement and control community.  CPAC has an established track record in fostering academic/industrial/national laboratory interactions, which aim at bridging the gap between basic research and full-scale process/product development.

Cables - Check out ICEweb's new Cable Pages. We are looking for more technical papers on these and other Electrical subjects. 

Control Valves - A Control Valve Repository which just has heaps of great useful technical information.

Q&A: Trends in Valve Actuation & Control - B. P. (Bob) Urbanowicz the president of Samson Controls fields questions from Flow Control on trends in valve actuation and control. From Flow Control Network. 

Emerson Process Management has integrated machinery protection and prediction of critical mechanical equipment with its DeltaV™ digital automation system. This new capability directly supports users’ goals for improved availability and performance. As turbomachinery and mechanical equipment condition deteriorates, performance and throughput decrease and unplanned shutdowns become more probable. When plant operators have visibility to the performance of their high stakes assets, they can make process adjustments and reduce process disruptions.

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.

This GREAT page which gets over 330 page views per month (this is control people actually looking at the content rather than hits) is available for sponsorship, for details please contact ICEnews 

ICEweb Advertising - Did you realise that there are over 500 pages on ICEweb!!
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.  

Back to Basics: SCADA - What's a SCADA? Editor Walt Boyes takes you Back to Basics with Supervisory Control and Data Aquisition systems with this really interesting video.

Greg Shinskey's Advice Now Available in Real-Time - World-renowned process control expert F. Greg Shinskey will soon be providing advice to hundreds of plants, in real time.  ExperTune's PlantTriage software has captured much of Mr. Shinskey's process control knowledge in an on-line expert system.  The software takes real-time data from any control system, then applies Mr. Shinskey's rules, giving an instant analysis of process, control, instrument, and control valve issues. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Controls Engineers - George Buckbee - Highly successful control engineers didn’t become that way by accident. The most successful engineers develop habits that improve results and recognition of those results. This paper addresses specific habits that you can develop or enhance to be more successful. From ExperTune, Inc.

Expertune has a fantastic Library of Articles and White papers covering:

Exceptional Process Control Opportunities - This slide presentation with voice over by Greg McMillan covers Wireless Measurement and Control, Sample Time, Integrated Process Controller Tuning, Precision Control Valves for pH Control and lots more!

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

Forms of Corrosion - This article from cheresources covers Uniform Attack, Galvanic, Crevice, Pitting, Intergranular, Selective Leaching, Erosion, and Stress Corrosion.

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

Data Loggers

DataTaker have a range of online training options  including; 
- DataTaker Online Training Workshop
- The complete set of presentation slides developed for the 3 day dataTaker Training Workshop. Designed to be used on your own, at your own pace. The presentation focuses on understanding the fundamentals of data acquisition and data logging. Including detailed programming examples, covering basic to advanced users of data loggers. Used in conjunction with the self paced worked example exercises within a hands on environment.
- Online Video Tutorials 
- Online Workshop Exercises 
- Need to program a DataTaker? - The datataker WIKI is a really great site specific to datataker programming

Dynamic Process Simulators and Training Systems - Plenty of information on this subject.

3 new papers have been added to ICEweb's Dynamic Process Simulators and Training Systems page.

Electrical - Many pages on the various Electrical subjects

Considering Pumping Efficiency & Reliability Matt Migliore editor of Flow Control magazine.- The key advance in pumping technology over the last decade has been the emergence of “smart” pumping systems. Using variable-frequency drive (VFD) technology in conjunction with system performance and feedback controls to monitor the process, the latest generation of smart pumping technologies offers the promise of improved efficiency, de-materialization of the process loop, and protection from process upsets. Yet, by some accounts, the end-user community has been slow to employ such technologies.

Baldor has released a software estimating tool that enables users to evaluate the energy efficiency of electric motors and variable speed drives. Known as BE$T, the Baldor Energy Savings Tool can be downloaded free of charge from the company’s website. The software analyses the efficiency and annual electricity usage of users’ existing motors, and calculates the cost savings that can be achieved by replacing them with equivalent higher efficiency models. Built-in motor performance and pricing information enables the software to suggest optimum replacements and to estimate the investment payback period.

Relays Show Staying Power: As Their Control Capabilities Increase, Relays Encroach on PLCs - Jim McConahay contributes to this article outlining advantages of relays and programmable relays over PLCs. Relays have many electrical and safety advantages over PLCs, and programmable relays can outshine PLCs in real-time control and monitoring. From and Control Design.

SAFETY NOTICE - Fluke is voluntarily recalling certain 333, 334, 335, 336 and 337 Digital Clamp Meters that were manufactured between January 29, 2008 and February 27, 2009. They have discovered a potential short circuit connection on the circuit board. This may lead to inaccurate voltage readings including a low or no voltage reading on a circuit energized with a hazardous voltage. This finding could create a hazardous situation if the user were to contact live voltage based on an erroneous instrument reading.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published VE 1-2009 Metal Cable Tray Systems. The standard is also published by the Canadian Standards Association as CSA C22.2 No. 126.1-09.NEMA VE 1-2009/CSA C22.2 No. 126.1-09 is the third edition of the common NEMA and CSA specification for metal cable tray systems for use in North America, providing technical requirements concerning the construction, testing, and performance of metal cable tray systems. It supersedes the second edition, published in 2002. Revisions include changes to the fill depth section and requirements for load testing for wire mesh. The load class designation table was also split into separate tables for the U.S. and Canada.


AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules - The first amendment to AS/NZS 3000:2007 is a newly released 43 page document which sets out changes to over 120 pages of the mandatory requirements for the design, construction and verification of electrical installations. It includes significant new information regarding additional protection by residual current devices and Earthing system parts.


Enclosures - We have added additional technical references to our Enclosures page, thanks to our sponsor Weidmuller Australia .

Engineering Tools for Control, Fire and Gas, Instrumentation and Electrical Engineers - Watch Out - a new ICEweb page coming soon!

Deloitte Report: AVEVA NET - Woodside post-implementation review Prior to 2004, Woodside was experiencing difficulty in managing and accessing the large amounts of data and drawings required for the development and maintenance of their facilities. Furthermore, much of Woodside’s plant information was maintained by third parties, leading to additional challenges in accessing and sharing their own engineering information. To address this issue, Woodside accepted tenders from engineering data management (EDM) providers to provide a solution to improve the management and delivery of Woodside’s engineering data. Through this selection process AVEVA NET was identified as having the best fit to Woodside’s needs. Deloitte was commissioned to conduct a post implementation review of AVEVA NET at Woodside Energy Limited (WEL); to identify the return on investment (ROI) achieved to date and forecasted through to 2014. This report shows actual dollar values for the savings and productivity boost experienced by Woodside Energy Ltd. as a result of their use of AVEVA NET, AVEVA’s information management solution.

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ESD Valves - Shutdown and Blowdown

Gas to flare system ESV & ESD valves - This application note from Metso Automation describes the requirements.

Yokogawa Electric Corporation have released PST Scheduler, an optional feature of the Plant Resource Manager (PRM®) device management package. PST Scheduler was developed through the Vigilant Integration Partners (VIP) Initiative by Yokogawa and four world-leading valve suppliers: Dresser-Masoneilan, Flowserve, Metso, and Samson AG. Interoperability with the emergency shutdown (ESD) valves manufactured by these companies is assured, making this the world's first multi-vendor valve partial stroke test solution.

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

The following additional technical information on the V-Cone flowmeter can be found on ICEweb's new look V-Cone page - thanks to our sponsor McCrometer 
Wet Gas Metering with V-Cone - Dr. Richard Steven and  Dr. RJW Peters - With the industrial requirement to meter wet gas flows increasing worldwide McCrometer has tested the performance of the single phase V-Cone meter (a Differential Pressure (DP) type meter) in wet gas flows in both the NEL and CEESI wet gas loops. These tests have shown how the V-Cone meter responds to different amounts of liquid entrained in a gas flow and have enabled correction factors to be developed.
API 22.2 Revised from API 5.7 -A Summary by Dr R.J.W. (Bob) Peters - McCrometer V-Cone Meters Tested in Accordance with API 5.7 "Testing Protocol for Differential Pressure Flow Measurement Devices" and Subsequently Further Tested to meet the Additional Requirements of API 22 "Testing Protocol" Section 2 – "Differential Pressure Flow Measurement Devices" (a Revision of API 5.7 ).
Custody Transfer Measurement with the V-Cone Flowmeter - Stephen A. Ifft - This paper discusses the approval of the McCrometer V-Cone flowmeter for custody transfer measurement in Canada.
V-Cone®, An Alternative to Orifice Meter in Wet Gas Applications - Stephen A. Ifft - This paper will discuss the use of the V-Cone differential pressure flowmeter to measure the flow of wet gas. Wet gas flow measurement is gaining considerable attention due to its importance in the oil and gas industry. Separator and well-head flow lines are two examples where wet gas can occur in a production system. Orifice plates have long been used for these applications. While orifice plates offer good measurement in clean gas applications, an alternative is needed that will provide better performance in the harsh environment of wet gas flow.
Partially Closed Valve Effects on the V-Cone Flowmeter - Stephen A. Ifft - Research conducted indicates that the V-Cone flowmeter is less susceptible to upstream flow disturbances than traditional flowmeters. This  testing has placed various flow disturbances upstream of the V-Cone including single elbows, double elbows out-of-plane, valves, and swirl generators. In an effort to further quantify the effects of partially closed valves on the V-Cone, McCrometer has completed the first in a series of valve installation effects tests.
Permanent Pressure Loss Comparison Among Various Flowmeter Technologies - Stephen A. Ifft - This paper explores the issue of permanent pressure loss through various types of flow metering technologies. Of particular interest is the V-Cone. The V-Cone flowmeter is a differential pressure device produced by McCrometer, Hemet, California, USA. By design, the V-Cone measures differential pressure created by a cone positioned in the centre of the pipe. The open area through which the fluid passes is stretched over the edge of the cone. This annular space appears to constrict flow dramatically compared to other metering technologies. This paper compares the permanent pressure loss among meters in a typical application.
Don’t Let Valves Come Between You and Accurate Flow Measurement - Jim Panek -  Getting valves and flow meters to work together is sometimes a challenging task within industrial water and wastewater applications. Valves tend to create the kind of irregular media flow patterns in pipelines that make it a real challenge to achieve accurate flow measurement of liquids, gas or steam. That’s why many types of popular liquid flow meters require straight pipe runs. Unfortunately, the nature of the process or the kind of space required for long straight runs of pipe is often an impossible luxury in many of today’s plants.
Flow Meter Research for APS Beam-Lines - Jeff T. Collins & Brian Batzka - Many critical APS beam-line components, such as the photon shutters and fixed masks, utilise porous media for heat transfer enhancement and consequently rely on steady operation at design flow rates to ensure that the proper levels of heat transfer enhancement are maintained. it is therefore necessary to ensure that the flow metering system, which the component is interlocked on, has a high degree of reliability.
Flowmeter Smoothes City's Troubled Waters - An application note for the water industry.
V-Cone Coke Oven Gas Case Study - Flow monitoring of coke-oven gas is difficult due to solids build up on interior surfaces. Heavy accumulation often renders venturis, orifice and segmental orifice plates incapable of accurate flow measurement. In addition, the pressure-sensing ports of venturi or orifice plate flowmeters become plugged, making the readings of these primary differential pressure devices difficult, if not impossible.
Wellhead Metering Using V-Cone® Technology - This paper describes the McCrometer V-cone D.P. meter as currently used by the Oil and Gas industry in the role of wellhead injection and allocation metering in on-shore, topside and sub-sea production applications.
The Economic and Technical Justification for changing from a Nozzle Flow Meter to a V-Cone Flow Meter on the outlet of a Steam Recovery Boiler in a Paper Plant - A very large integrated Paper Plant desired to improve productivity of paper production utilizing the existing equipment. The technical paper describes the reasons why the Paper Plant considered the replacement of a flow meter on the steam outlet of a Recovery Boiler.
Use of V-Cone Fuel Flow Meter to Measure Coke Oven Gas & Natural Gas Flow in a Combined Heat and Power Plant - Ann McIver and Dr. R.J.W. Peters - This paper describes key aspects of the Citizens Thermal Energy district energy system in Indianapolis. It will present the requirements imposed, through the continuous emissions monitoring rules established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as delineated in 40 CFR 75. The reason for the choice of the V-Cone, which is not a fuel flow metering technology specifically addressed in the regulations, will be presented and the tests required by the EPA to enable the V-Cone to be accepted. The results of the flow tests in an independent laboratory before and after a period in service will be given.
Signal Noise Ratio Comparison for V-Cone and Orifice Plate Flowmeters - Stephen A. Ifft - This paper discusses and compares the relative signal noise between the V-Cone differential pressure flowmeter and a typical orifice plate differential pressure flowmeter.
Space/Weight Saving V-Cone Flow Meter Is Ideal for Multiple Module Applications in Oil/Gas Production and Refining - Designers of mounted module systems for a wide variety of oil/gas applications will find that the rugged McCrometer V-Cone Flow Meter from McCrometer fits into tight places, saving space and reducing weight while providing the highest levels of performance and accuracy.

Diaphragm Seal Installation Considerations - David W. Spitzer - Level measurement using a transmitter with diaphragm seals and capillary tubing can exhibit different problems.  Thanks to Flow control Network.

Emerson Process Management have introduced the Rosemount 3051S MultiVariable transmitter which measures three variables and provides mass and energy flow output, reducing the number of devices traditionally required to make DP flow measurement from ten to one.  This multivariable transmitter improves productivity and makes energy management and environmental compliance easier. They have also introduced a new version of their Daniel® ultrasonic meter diagnostic firmware and software with advanced real-time monitoring and alarming capabilities that reduce measurement uncertainty and improve uptime. The new software detects  oil and gas flow disturbances that may affect measurement, delivers maintenance alarms prompting action to avoid failure, and provides an intuitive view of the meter health.

Fire and Gas - Technical Papers covering many aspects of fire and gas engineering.

Abhisam Software have announced a discounted rate for all e-learning products. The RFID and Gas Monitors courses will be available for just US$69.

Fire Alarms & Mass Notification Systems – the Same or Different Any threat to your facility is a threat to your staff, business and customers. Adopting a mass notification system as an extension to your fire and gas detection system should be viewed as a critical step to your overall risk management plan. Mass notification systems facilitate transmission of event-specific instructions to building or area occupants. With such a system, emergency instructions can match the emergency situation and all your risks can be minimized.

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

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Abhisam Software have released their E-Book - Practical Guide to Hazardous Area Classification , this inexpensive publication only costs US$27!

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Technical Information and Intrinsic Safety, Barriers and Isolators pages have just become available for annual sponsorship. Statistics show that these pages receive around 800 page views per month. Our rates are very competitive and can equate to around Aust$4 PER DAY.

Hazardous Areas in Africa - This is a beauty and just shows some of the risks one can encounter.

IECEx, the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres, is making rapid progress in setting up its Certified Persons Scheme, which was announced at the end of 2008 and expected to be operational later this year. For the Ex industry, this is a first. The IECEx Certified Persons Scheme is indeed the world’s first international scheme for the certification of persons associated with equipment, installations and servicing used by Ex industries, e.g. oil and gas, coal mining, chemical plants and so forth.

The standard ANSI/ISA-12.20.01-2009 General Requirements for Electrical Ignition Systems for Internal Combustion Engines in Class I, Division 2 or Zone 2, Hazardous (Classified) Locations has been released. This standard is intended to enhance the safety of personnel by providing minimum requirements for electrical ignition systems for spark-ignited reciprocating internal combustion engines, parts of which are installed or operated in Class I, Division 2 or Zone 2 hazardous (classified) locations.

Standards Australia has published Three New Hazardous Areas Standards which supersede existing standards in Australia and New Zealand. 
- AS/NZS 60079.10.1-2009 Explosive atmospheres - Classification of Areas - Explosive gas atmospheres. These supersedes the 2004 edition of AS/NZS 60079.10 and the AS/NZS 2430.3 series of Standards.
- AS/NZS 60079.14-2009 Explosive atmospheres - Electrical installations design, selection and erection
- AS/NZS 60079.17-2009 Explosive atmospheres - Electrical installations inspection and maintenance 
AS/NZS 60079.14 and AS/NZS 60079.17 will run in parallel with the AS/NZS 2381 series of Standards and AS/NZS 61241.14 for two years, at which time the earlier Standards will be withdrawn.

This is an interesting Safety Alert on Hazardous Area Electrical equipment from the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA), the photos are pretty awful examples of REAL installations.

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. 

Advice For Maintaining Hydraulic Accumulators - Brendan Casey - Gas-charged accumulators are ubiquitous on modern hydraulic systems. They carry out numerous functions, which include energy storage and reserve, leakage and thermal compensation, shock absorption, and energy recovery. While accumulators present a number of advantages in hydraulic system operation and can provide many years of trouble-free service, they are a maintenance item.

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

The Power of Speed - One Company’s Journey towards Operational Excellence - Whilst not really about Instrument Fittings this excellent article by Jon Weldon is worth a read and just shows why CIRCOR is at the forefront in terms of Instrument Valves and Fittings - In today’s tough economic times and changing market dynamics, the challenge is to continue to optimize costs, while maintaining high quality and providing short lead times.  For companies like this, the operational goal can be summed up in one word: SPEED.

Signal Isolators 

Signal Isolators, Converters and Interfaces: The "Ins" and "Outs"- Parts 1 and 2 , This primer details how to select and use the correct signal isolator in the correct way to optimise your process. Learn about selecting isolators that share, split, boost, protect, step down, linearize and even digitise process signals- from Moore Industries-Pacific, Inc.

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

Back to the Basics: Basics of Level Measurement Video - This excellent U-Tube video is from Editor Walt Boyes.

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

Synthetic Cells Shed Biological Insights While Delivering Battery Power - This is neat Nanotechnology!

Five Technologies That Could Change Everything - This article from the Wall Street Journal is very interesting and covers Space Based Solar Power, Advanced Car batteries, Utility Storage, Carbon Capture and Storage and Next Generation Biofuels.

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

A Technical Glossary of Pressure Regulator Terms has been added to our comprehensive Pressure Regulator Page. Thanks to ICEweb sponsor Emerson Process Management.

Pressure Relief Valves - A very comprehensive resource covering Technical Papers, Technical  Manuals, Engineering Handbook, Calculations, Sizing, Selection and Relief Design.

Relief Valve Orifice Sizes - This article details general relief valve information along with orifice sizes. Thanks to

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

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

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

Solenoid Valves   - A comprehensive Technical Reference

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 - You can find a huge range of Test and Calibration technical papers and articles in ICEweb's comprehensive page, thanks to our sponsor Zedflo Australia

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

Challenges of Temperature Sensing - Measuring each of the "big four" process variables has its specific peculiarities, but temperature seems particularly controversial. In fact, this apparently simple task often gets complicated. This tutorial explains why- from Control Engineering Magazine and Moore Industries-Pacific, Inc.

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

Valve Configuration Goes Next Generation - Today’s Online Tools Ease the Valve Selection Process - Matt Migliore - The process of fluid handling systems design, like many engineering tasks, has changed drastically with the emergence of Internet-based business over the past 10-15 years. And perhaps nowhere is this evolutionary trend more evident today than in the area of valve specification, as the era of massive binders full of product data sheets makes way for a new generation of online tools aimed at streamlining the valve selection process - Thanks to our sponsor ASCO.

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

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

HIMA Australia are running the following training courses; 

TÜV Functional Safety Program - This course has been developed to provide an overview of current industry standards, functional safety concepts and current tools used to determine safety levels while applying industry recognised techniques and methodologies.
Brisbane - Tuesday  8th December to Friday 11th December 2009

HIQuad Maintenance & Troubleshooting Course - The objective of this 2 day course is to provide detailed hands-on system troubleshooting exposure for engineers and technicians maintaining HIQuad SIL rated safety systems.
Brisbane - Thursday 12th November

Machine Safety Using Programmable and Relay Based Electronic Systems Course - Designers and maintainers of these complex electrical safety systems need to have a thorough understanding of legislation, guidelines, standards and available technologies relevant to their application. HIMA Australia recognises this need and have developed a Machine Safety Course focusing on the specific needs of safety control system designers.
Melbourne - Tuesday 24th November and Wednesday 25th November

IDC Reliability Calculator - This System Reliability Calculator is a utility that allows calculation of protection system reliability, PFD and supported SIL.  The utility uses a spreadsheet format that makes operation perfectly straightforward and intuitive.

Networked Safety- Mainstream or Marketing? Discussing the advantages and potential caveats of networked safety systems, and specifically the Fieldbus Foundation’s FF-SIF safety protocol, this article offers expert testimony and answers key questions about the technologies. Moore Industries’ Director of Technology, Charles Larson, contributes to the debate noting the considerable benefits of networked safety - from  Moore Industries and Automation World.

Emphasis on Safety - Rob Stockham, Moore Industries-Europe General Manager and safety expert, looks at the latest method being employed by the UK nuclear industry to access control systems in safety-related and safety-critical applications in power stations.

Integrated Safety: Has its Time Arrived? - Engineers, integrators, and industry representatives offer a variety of viewpoints on this hot button topic. Through all the discussion, one thing is clear: Consensus has yet to be reached. Where do you stand on this issue? An excellent article from Control Engineering. 

Concepts for Secure Safety Gate Monitoring -The Right Sensor for every Requirement - Increasing automation in mechanical engineering means that the demands on machine safety are also rising. Aspects of process safety, availability and cost-effectiveness must all be reconciled. Safety guards or gates ensure that operating personnel are protected against flying metal swarf or hazardous movements on plant and machinery. Their position can be monitored by a wide range of safety switches available on the market, which take into account not only safety-related aspects but economic considerations too. The switch you use will depend partly on the machine and partly on the safety-related requirements. 

Metal Lathes - Can they be made Safe? - Frank Schrever - How can these risks be minimised? A simple interlocked chuck guard connected via a Category 4 control system in accordance with AS4024.1 that prevents the machine from starting while open, will remove or significantly reduce most lathe safety risks.  

Software that Connects - PNOZmulti Configurator for PNOZmulti Mini & Co -  Pilz has expanded its range of hardware, but at the same time made sure that every automation function – from the simple to the complex – can be configured universally and uniformly with just one software package.

Newson Gale have announced the release of the "next generation" of Earth-Rite static earthing systems. This incorporates newly developed ground monitoring electronics and a new operator interface situated in a modern and robust universally approved  IIC explosion proof enclosure. 

Yokogawa Electric Corporation have announced the release of an enhanced version of the ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System. The enhancements include a new CPU module that is 3.5 to 4 times faster than the module used in the preceding version and a new digital output module that is intended for use with higher voltage devices. This new system satisfies users’ latest safety instrumentation requirements, improves efficiency, and ensures operational safety.

exida  is the first company to offer a holistic evaluation of the most important attributes of an automation product – functional safety, functional security and availability. exida’s Functional Integrity Certification™ is the only independent, third party assessment that examines functional safety, security and availability attributes of an automation product through assessment of its design, testing and manufacturing. The program also scrutinizes how a product performs under stress, in the field and over time.

International Oilfield Service company Expro has announced the successful qualification and field trial of its FlowCAT™ retrofit wireless safety valve. The valve has recently completed a six-month trial in a gas well located onshore Southern Italy.

Honeywell have announced that its Honeywell Enraf Servo Gauge has received SIL-2 certification from TUV Rheinland for use in safety applications, such as tank overfill protection, that help prevent hazardous incidents in bulk-liquid storage facilities. The approval enables terminals and storage facilities utilizing existing Honeywell Enraf Servo Gauge technology to comply with stringent environment and safety regulations without installing additional or new hardware. There are more than 30,000 Servo Gauges installed that can become SIL-2 compliant for overfill protection with a simple software upload.

BP fined record $87 million in Texas City blast aftermath - US Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $87 million in fines against BP for failing to make safety upgrades required under a settlement agreement with the agency following the deadly 2005 blast at the company’s Texas City refinery, as well as for new safety violations.

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.

Technical Writing Made Easy - E-Book - Technical writing is the profession that involves translating scientific and technical information into easy-to-understand language. Technical writing is a style of formal writing and is used in fields as diverse as - computer hardware and software; chemistry; aerospace industry; finance and more. Technical writers explain technology and the related ideas to technical and non technical audiences.

Save Money with Best Practices and an Energy Inspection Checklist - With the economic downturn, many facility managers are facing very tight operation and maintenance budgets. Luckily, many facilities are sitting on multiple energy conservation opportunities that can save thousands of dollars per year with relatively little capital investment. From Fluke. 

Invaluable Conversion Tool for Humidity Calculations and Conversions - NPL has been a pivotal contributor to a new British standard that will radically simplify humidity calculations and conversions. The new tool has been published in the form of validated MS Excel macros enabling calculations of and conversions between key humidity quantities including: saturation vapour pressure (pure water vapour, and water vapour in air); dew-point (and frost-point) temperature; relative humidity; and amount fraction and ratio. There are also functions for calculation of enthalpy, density, volumetric humidity, humid volume, wet-bulb and dry-bulb temperatures, and water vapour enhancement factor of humid air.

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

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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.

ICEweb's comprehensive wireless page has many links to a wide range of excellent papers on wireless.

The ISA-100.11a wireless standard, “Wireless Systems for Industrial Automation: Process Control and Related Applications,” is now an official ISA standard. The standard is intended to provide reliable and secure wireless operation for non-critical monitoring, alerting, supervisory control, open loop control, and closed loop control applications. The standard defines the protocol suite, system management, gateway, and security specifications for low-data-rate wireless connectivity with fixed, portable, and moving devices supporting very limited power consumption requirements.

Wireless Networking in Plant -Dick Caro -  The advantages of a mesh network are redundancy, increased total distance, and removal of the line-of-sight restriction. The reduced cost of Ethernet-based networks is driving this fast, low-level, and low-cost technology to the field and shop floor. Another Ethernet side effect is the application of wireless technology in the Wi-Fi group of wireless protocols. Wi-Fi is essentially wireless Ethernet. Any higher-level application layer and user layer can communicate via Wi-Fi at data rates up to 600 Mbps, without knowledge of the fact that it is on a radio link. From the ISA and InTech.

What a Mesh! Part 1 - The Ins and Outs Of Mesh Networking - Joel K. Young - The first part of this two-part article discusses the basics: what do you need to know about wireless mesh networking and what criteria you should use when assessing a mesh networking technology.
What a Mesh! Part 2—Networking Architectures and Protocols - Joel K. Young - In the second part of this two-part article we tackle network architectures and compare and contrast point-to-multipoint, ZigBee PRO (ZigBee 2007), 6LoWPAN, Wireless HART, and Digi Mesh networking protocols, laying out their key characteristics, benefits, and limitations.
Both parts thanks to and Digi International.

Responding to end-user requirements, Emerson has announced a unique approach to redundancy for Smart Wireless monitoring and control solutions. Available with the DeltaV™ S-series digital automation system, full redundancy protects the wireless network from any single point of failure by allowing primary failover to ensure that data is always delivered even if there is a malfunction. The enhancements include redundant Wireless I/O, power and communications and a redundant Smart Wireless Remote Link.  The Remote Link can be mounted in class 1/Div 1/zone 0; it easily links the wireless field network into a DeltaV system which makes an optimized PID available for wireless control. 

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25 - 26 Pumps: Maintenance, Design & Reliability Forum - Auckland, New Zealand


1-3 Industrial Wireless & Ethernet Conference -Manchester, United Kingdom

3 - 4 CIA2009 Industrial Bus and Wireless Technology Conference - Singapore



31 to Feb 4  IFPAC Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, USA


14 -15 Electrical Arc Flash Forum Melbourne, Australia


26-28  Chinese Control and Decision Conference (2010 CCDC) - Xuzhou, China 


29 to July 2  The 3rd International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation: IMETI 2010 – Orlando, Florida, USA


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Honeywell Analytics Fire and Gas Detection  

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

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



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

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

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

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

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.

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