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Condition monitoring advances

 

Emerson has introduced the CSI 2140 machinery health analyser, a portable tool for analysing machinery vibration. It offers four-channel simultaneous data collection functionality, wireless and Bluetooth communication (press release) ... InVMA's new Asset Minder M2M service uses a connection device to access data within equipment controllers and then transmits the data over industrial grade 2/3/4G data telephony to a cloud based server (PIM report).

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Technology Blog – Wireless



The whole topic of wireless and in particular the debate about standards has gone off the radar to a large extent over the past 12 months. One explanation is that end users in the process industries have now moved on from talking about the technology to actually using it. At least that's the explanation from some of the major vendors ...
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Remote equipment monitoring - solved


InVMA Ltd announces its new technology solution for accessing remote equipment assets.

InVMA Ltd has launched its new InVMA Asset Minder M2M (machine to machine) service. InVMA Asset Minder uses a connection device to access data within equipment controllers and then transmits the data over industrial grade 2/3/4G data telephony to a cloud based server. The cloud system handles data aggregation and information processing, with secure user access to information through any web browser, anywhere, and equipment alarms pushed by SMS, email or telephone.

InVMA Asset Minder technology solves the problem of monitoring remote and often unmanned assets which are away from a plant or facility network. Applications include monitoring of industrial compressors, generators, power distribution, building automation, tank farms, energy monitoring, bore hole abstraction, effluent discharge and anything that may be considered as requiring 'remote PLC access'.

InVMA Asset Minder is cost effective to acquire and to operate as it is provided as SaaS (Software as a Service), with no initial large capital outlay. InVMA undertakes installation and integration of their InVMA Asset Minder intelligent connector, which non-intrusively accesses data from the equipment's controller (usually a PLC) and prepares it for onward transmission to the cloud based host via 2/3/4G secure data connectivity. Access to the resulting data is by a user's browser, with alerting by email and SMS. The available information is a rich set of live data, trends, history, alarms and status – available in real time – anywhere.

Patrick Nash, InVMA MD, 'InVMA Asset Minder was developed to meet actual and predictable remote equipment access requirements for our customers. We have a mixture of end users and OEM customers and each sees the benefit of the InVMA Asset Minder system; this always involves decreased unplanned downtime and the resulting increase in customer satisfaction. OEM service managers can readily obtain information about their remote assets and anticipate out-of-schedule servicing, become aware of critical trends and can remotely diagnose equipment stoppages. End Users receive operational KPI benefits from improved supplier insight and, where they undertake their own system support, they can now access off-site and remote assets for continuous monitoring.'

‘InVMA Asset Minder technology was thoroughly researched and field tested with several key equipment suppliers and operators, acording to Jan Hemper, InVMA technical director.

"[This] is a complete system from data acquisition to user interface. We can interface to all PLC’s and many other controllers, gateways and intelligent devices," he said. "We have taken a modular approach at all levels; this allows InVMA to deliver solutions in a standard and supportable format and to do so quickly."

InVMA Asset Minder is a system that uses the latest technology to bring substantial business benefits to its users at reduced cost when compared with traditional SCADA / Historian / Alarming solutions.

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Emeson extends alarm management and actuator capability


FieldQ™ diagnostics help simplify work practices and improve efficiency

Emerson Process Management has released cost-saving new diagnostic capabilities in its FieldQ rack & pinion, fully integrated valve actuator and controls. The updated capabilities greatly simplify daily work practices with the release of FieldQ Foundation fieldbus Version 3, with device diagnostic alarm management in a flexible modular package.
 
The enhanced diagnostic alarm tools 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. Alarm settings can be configured to alert appropriate plant personnel so they can take action without being distracted by irrelevant alarms.

"Our device diagnostics can be tailored for maintenance and matched to predictive routines. Users will see efficiency improvements in their daily maintenance and turnaround planning, which help to maximise uptime and reduce costs," said Sue Ooi, Vice President, valve automation rack & pinion products, Emerson Process Management.

The FieldQ product modularity further extends efficiency by offering plug-and-play modules for many requirements, including explosion-proof and intrinsically safe capabilities, as well as bus communication options. In addition, control modules are available for diagnostics such as travel time, cycle counts, time in position, and module temperature. This capability enhances field services capabilities and makes user interface more cost effective.
 
For additional information about the new diagnostic power and modularity of FieldQ, please visit www.emersonprocess.com/fieldq

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Maintenance News June 2013

 

Mainternance and monitoring
 
Honeywell's has launched Assurance 360 Services, a multi-year service partnership offering that supports manufacturers in all industries, Assurance 360 Services allow plant personnel to focus on operations while Honeywell performance experts focus on maintaining, supporting and optimizing 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. 

Assurance 360 offers two service levels: Performa provides Honeywell support personnel to act in advisory roles across all areas covered by the program; Optima engages Honeywell personnel to both advise and directly handle tasks such as implementing change management, tracking and improving metrics, and scheduling and implementing new technology upgrades and installations. Honeywell developed the Assurance 360 Services program 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.
 
 
Honeywell has extended its Benefits Guardianship Program, a premium service that delivers expertise beyond traditional product support, providing priority phone access to experienced and qualified specialists, to quickly resolve performance problems, and to deliver the latest software to improve functionality and to safeguard investments.  The new BGP Plus service provides reactive and proactive engineering led services to increase uptime of the software, to provide early detection of performance drift and to recommend resolutions to sustain performance.
For more information about new technologies and services being showcased at Honeywell Users Group Americas Symposium, please visit www.honeywellprocess www.hugnewsroom.com.
 
 
Emerson Process Management has introduced the CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer, the next generation of its portable tool for analysing machinery vibration to detect potential problems before they lead to unplanned downtime. The new analyser builds on the capabilities of Emerson’s popular CSI 2130 to provide new four-channel simultaneous data collection functionality, wireless and Bluetooth communication, and a full-colour touchscreen. The CSI 2140 also delivers the fastest route collection capability on the market, enabling workers to spend more time on higher-value tasks. The analyser’s new ergonomic shape and lighter weight make data-collection routes easier on users. Data collection is over 50 per cent faster than with other analysers, minimising the time spent in uncomfortable or dangerous environments and allowing technicians to complete the collection more quickly. The screen is easy to read in both direct sunlight and dark areas, and auto-adjusts based on ambient lighting.
http://www2.emersonprocess.com/en-US/news/pr/Pages/1306-CSI2140.aspx

 

 



Energy :

Schneider Electric has introduced new software suites to address the energy management needs of customers in certain market segments.

C&I:
Emerson Process Management 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.

Honeywell's latest OneWireless Network release is said to incorporate several new features that make wireless technology easier to deploy and operate, and lower deployment and operational costs. Release 210 includes over-the-air field device provisioning and a Gateway General Client Interface (GCI) made possible by the ISA100 standard; and native integration of OneWireless field networks into Honeywell’s Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS). (Read more)

Honeywell has expanded its Limitless Wireless Solutions portfolio with the introduction of its Limitless Non-Contact Switch WLS Series. The new switch uses non-contact technology, enabling the device to actuate based on the presence or absence of magnets installed on a customer’s device – making it suitable for harsh operating environments. The battery-operated Limitless Wireless Non-Contact Switch allows customers to choose either top sensing or side sensing. The design is said to increase efficiency and reduce installation and maintenance costs compared to a traditional wired switch. (Read more)

InVMA Ltd has launched its new InVMA Asset Minder M2M (machine to machine) service. InVMA Asset Minder uses a connection device to access data within equipment controllers and then transmits the data over industrial grade 2/3/4G data telephony to a cloud based server. The cloud system handles data aggregation and information processing, with secure user access to information through any web browser, anywhere, and equipment alarms pushed by SMS, email or telephone.

SAFETY

Rockwell Automation has released a new configuration and design tool to help machinery automation system engineers save time when designing safety systems. The Rockwell Automation Safety Automation Builder (SAB) configuration software helps users navigate the safety-system design process and apply global best practices.