Siemens adds mobile app for flowmeters

Siemens Industry Automation has introduced an application that enables direct communication between an Apple iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and its clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters.

The Sitrans Connection Apple iOS communication app and any Sitrans F US clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeter. This is said to enhance all metering functionalities, including programming, operational review, data logging and download.

The new app provides greater mobility, making connectivity possible without the need for a laptop computer, said Siemens.  It also features full menu visibility and a complete alphanumeric keypad for easier navigation and programming, especially of meters with limited displays.

Another feature is that the app provides Siemens technical experts with a live link to the meter for instant diagnostic review and programming, reducing the need for on-site service.

Sitrans F US clamp-on US flowmeters are used in various industries, including oil and gas, water/wastewater, HVAC, power generation, chemical and petrochemical.

Invensys extends mobile data capabilities

Invensys has released new HMI software that enables end users to access plant-floor data at anytime from anywhere, using any mobile device.

The software, called Wonderware InTouch Access Anywhere, runs entirely inside a web browser and allows users to readily connect to other InTouch applications from their mobiles.

According to Invensys, because users are not required to install any software on their mobile device, the offering is easy to deploy, manage and maintain.
The product 'complements Invensys’ broader mobile strategy to provide and improve real-time visualization, collaboration and execution at multiple levels of an organization,” said Craig Resnick, vice president, ARC Advisory Group – commenting in an Invensys press release.

“[It] also brings HMI visualization capabilities to mobile devices," he added. "These capabilities [provide] plant operators and other key individuals with modern process optimization tools”

The software joins Invensys' suite of mobility solutions, which now includes workflow, reporting, analytics, visualisation, maintenance management, operator training, data gathering and procedure management.

In 2010, Invensys released its IntelaTrac offering, a mobile reporting and decision support system that enables workflow, data collection and general task management. In 2011, it released its SmartGlance solution, an industrial reporting application that delivers access to graphical reports from any operations data source via mobile devices.

In 2012, Invensys released its Work Tasks mobile offering, enabling plant personnel, regardless of their location, to respond immediately to assigned work tasks via the company’s ArchestrA Workflow software.

C&I Technology News – July/Aug Update

Emerson has acquired Groveley Detection Ltd, a Christchurch, UK-based developer of ultrasonic gas leak detection devices for offshore and onshore oil and gas installations. The Dorset company, which claims to be the first company to develop a piezo-electric based ultrasonic gas leak detector engineered for extreme industrial applications, will join Emerson’s Rosemount Analytical unit. 

Invensys Operations Management has added, what it believes is, the world’s first TÜV-certified alarm and bypass management tool. The recently introduced Triconex Safety View is certified by TÜV Rheinland to IEC61508 Systematic Capability 3 for use in applications up to SIL3.  (Company release)

GE claims to have introduced the first big data and analytics platform robust enough to manage the data produced by large-scale, industrial machines in the cloud. Built to support the Industrial Internet and turn big data into real-time insight, the platform will benefit major global industries including energy production and manufacturing. This, it said, marks the first time industrial companies will have a common architecture, combining intelligent machines, sensors and advanced analytics.

has recently released CENTUM VP R5.03 – an enhanced version of the integrated production control system. The enhancements include: A router that enables a CENTUM VP system to remotely monitor and control equipment over wide area networks; batch functions for greater flexibility when changing production procedures; and ability to integrate data from intelligent electric devices (IEDs). (More details)

The control room of the future was a major theme at the 2013 Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas Symposium in Phoenix.Arizona, Here the introductions included a dashboard to help better manage control-system cyber security, advanced virtualisation technology and a new version of Honeywell’s OneWireless Network. 

Another feature was a futuristic console for Honeywell's Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS) Orion platform that reduces operator fatigue with an improved, ergonomic design featuring a larger display and new alarm lighting and provide better mobility for operators while improving situational awareness.

Emerson has introduced a new biomass fuel moisture sensor for its Ovation expert control system. This is said to enable biomass-fuelled power plants to continually monitor feedstock moisture content and adjust the combustion process to help reduce maintenance costs an raise net yearly MWh production.

Honeywell has come up with three new software offerings: Intuition Operations Monitoring software, built on Honeywell’s Intuition platform, is used to help operators keep the process within the best operating zone; Control Performance Monitoring software helps engineers to monitor, identify, diagnose and remedy process control asset issues across all plant layers; and Alarm Management software helps operators better manage their processes without compromising safe operations.

Emerson has added new diagnostic capabilities to its FieldQ rack & pinion, fully integrated valve actuator and controls. These enable users to categorise and prioritise device alarms based on the criticality of the device and the severity of the problem detected by the diagnostics.


Level device earns Institute of Physics award

Oil and gas service company, Tracerco, part of Johnson Matthey Plc, has received an Institute of Physics Award for Innovation for its level measurement technology.

The IOP award recognises the company's LevelFinderPlus measuring device, which provides operators with accurate level measurement of liquids in vessels, even in the presence of deposit build up and vapour density fluctuations.

2015 10 02 092409The patented technology is said to be the first instrument able to make these measurements and to provide unique insight into vessel operating conditions. 

Conventional level measurement systems can have errors of over 40% due to build up and vapour density fluctuations meaning that operators are unable to optimise processes, often leading to significant loss of production and potentially dangerous operating conditions.

The device is designed for liquid level, interface and density measurements as well as solids monitoring in upstream and downstream vessels. It is suitable for the most challenging oil, chemical and petrochemical industry applications.

According to Tracerco, it provides accurate level measurement in the presence of build up, reducing unplanned shutdowns, improved product quality, allowing process optimisation and operator confidence to increase production and maximise throughput.

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Automation vendors adopt lifecycle role

This month's PIM review of issues that are driving the introduction of new C&I technologies in the process industries. This includes a look a new vendor-led push in the area of lifecycle services in response to an apparently increasing shortage of skills and expertise in the oil & gas sector:

The whole issue of skills shortages, it seems, has gone from something paid lip service to, to now driving fundamental changes at process facilities worldwide. That's the message, at least, from a new supplier-led push in the services field.

Most process manufacturers today have only the staff resources necessary to maintain efficient operations and so are unable to cope with with major capital investments or when maintenance requirements spike, as during a plant turnaround.

Emerson, for one, aims to bridge this gap by providing contract personnel to do initial set-up of new technology approaches and assist with on-going support programmes. It has backed this intention by opening six new service centres and three new education centres in the last 12 months in Europe alone.

These local centres provide support ranging from essential services to customised total-care programmes, tailored, while the educational facilities offer specialist training to help customers become more effective and to address skills gaps.

Existing facilities are, meanwhile, being expanded and upgraded. In the UK, its service and support centre in Aberdeen, UK now has an expanded after-sales service, training and project engineering functions, while Emerson has also enhanced the training facilities at its units in Leicester and Stirling units.

Control valve customers, meanwhile, now have access to a new European education centre and flow laboratory in Cernay, France. The unit, said Emerson, adds another level to the locally offered training courses in the various countries.

Over the next four years, Emerson aims to increase its global service staff at approximately twice the industry growth rate for the next four years.

The number of large automation projects, including main automation contractor, has risen dramatically in the past two years, according to Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management.

“Many of these projects are in emerging markets, often focused on meeting critical infrastructure needs or developing natural resources," he said. "Not only do they require large amounts of engineering effort for design, commissioning and start-up, but once they’re up and running they need prompt, dependable support services to stay at peak efficiency.”

It is a similar story for Yokogawa, which among other initiatives has opened a new North Sea headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. The move follows recent contract wins include a major order from GDF Suez E&P UK Ltd to supply the integrated control and safety systems (ICSS) for its new Cygnus Development Project.

The new 500m2 office is based in Westhill includes facilities technical services and advanced training and development facilities for clients and operators.

“The opening of the new offices is a further commitment by Yokogawa to this extremely important marketplace.” says Ged Kelly, who will head up the Yokogawa team in Aberdeen. “Yokogawa is committed to helping the offshore operators enhance their operation through the provision of both products, engineering and asset support services.”

Meanwhile, Honeywell has launched Assurance 360 Services, a multi-year service partnership designed to allow plant personnel to focus on operations while the vendor's experts focus on maintaining, supporting and optimising system performance to help the plant meet its goals.

The offering provides remote monitoring, change management, risk mitigation, technology upgrade and new installation support, and performance-based metrics and reporting.
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The new offering is said to provide remote monitoring, change management, risk mitigation, technology upgrade and new installation support, and performance-based metrics and reporting.

The offering covers two service levels: Performa provides Honeywell support personnel to act in advisory roles across all areas covered by the program; Optima engages vendor personnel to advise and directly handle tasks such as implementing change management, tracking and improving metrics, and scheduling and implementing new technology upgrades and installations.

According to Honeywell, it developed the service is in direct response to customer feedback about an increasing number of compliance requirements and open-system complexities that are changing the way they must manage assets.