ABB AbilityTM Smart Sensor now available for the European market

Based on smart sensing technology, ABB’s pioneering condition monitoring solution is set to convert millions of low voltage (LV) motors into intelligent, connected machines. It is now available in Europe, and will soon be released in the US.

ABB Ability Smart Sensor is a remote condition monitoring solution that enables users to check the status of their LV motors from a smartphone or dedicated web portal. The compact sensor of the size of a smartphone can be attached to motors of many manufacturers to pick up operating and performance data. The data are transmitted to the cloud and processed to produce useful information on motor health and performance. This information is supplied to the user in an easy-to-understand format. The solution enables predictive analytics that can boost uptime while reducing energy consumption.

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“We are extremely proud to announce that the ABB Ability Smart Sensor is now entering the European market, and will soon be available in the US. It has been successfully trialed with many of our customers around the world. This solution is truly a quantum leap for millions of LV motors”, said Otto Preiss, Managing Director of ABB's Motors and Generators business unit. “It enables plant operators to do effective maintenance planning for their motors, assess the efficiency of their operation and prevent costly downtime. We are confident that this solution will not only transform maintenance approaches but also create added operational value for our customers.”

“Our pilot testers reported very positive results with the smart sensors”, said Jonas Spoorendonk, Global Product Manager of ABB Ability Smart Sensor. “In a typical example, a sensor at a chemical plant in Germany indicated that a pump motor was running in overload every time it started. The problem turned out to be the incorrect operation of a valve. This was causing high pressure in the system and a great deal of stress on the pump and seals – a situation that the plant’s regular maintenance had no way to detect. In many other cases sensors have provided early warnings of bearing problems, enabling motors to be replaced well before they failed.”

It is estimated that predictive maintenance based on data from the solution can help to reduce downtime by up to 70 percent, extend motor lifetime by as much as 30 percent and cut energy consumption by up to 10 percent. The sensor units can be factory fitted on new motors or retrofitted on installed motors within minutes. They are available for both ABB and non-ABB motors.

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The sensors in the first release are CE certified and compatible with safe-area induction motors for direct on-line S1 duty, ABB IEC sizes 160-450 and ABB NEMA sizes 140-449. Quick installation of the sensor unit is made easy as no additional wiring or machining is required. Initial monitoring functionality will cover bearing health, vibration, surface temperature, speed, supply frequency, and number of starts. Later releases will expand the range of functionality, and energy consumption monitoring is expected to be added during Q3 2017. A firmware update will be provided to bring this function to already installed sensor units. The first systems will utilize a smartphone app to transfer data. A gateway unit for automated data uploading will become available later in 2017.

The smart sensor condition monitoring solution is part of ABB Ability, which brings together all of ABB's digital solutions and services, each built from a unique combination of sector knowledge, technology leadership and digital expertise. The smart sensor solution and ABB Ability will be highlighted on ABB’s stand at this year’s Hannover Messe in Hall 11, A35.

About ABB

In 2016, ABB Germany generated sales of EUR 3.28 billion with 10,540 employees. ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.


AMETEK Land to exhibit at Electric Power Research Institute CEM program, Dallas

AMETEK Land, one of the world leaders in combustion and environmental monitoring instrumentation, will exhibit at the 26th annual Utility Continuous Emissions Monitoring User Group Meeting, hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute’s Continuous Emissions Monitoring Program and Luminant, May 10-11, 2017 in Dallas at Stand 409.

The meeting brings together industry experts in continuous emissions monitoring (CEM) equipment to share solutions to common operating problems and explore new monitoring technologies. Utility engineers and environmental managers responsible for gathering and reporting emissions data, as well as those responsible for the overall maintenance of the CEM systems attend.

AMETEK Land will demonstrate its opacity and particulate matter (PM) monitors, and environmental, asset protection and process improvement systems, which include a range of high-accuracy analyzers, that measure opacity and PM and detect carbon monoxide, sulfuric acid, and multiple gases, along with its portable and fixed non-contact thermometers, line scanners, and thermal imagers.

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“This is an important conference for AMETEK Land as the industrial markets in the United States appear to be gaining strength under new administrative policies, which could improve the outlook for continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) and system upgrades,” notes Dennis Delmastro, Global Industry Manager – Power for AMETEK Land. “The need for effective process control and environmental monitoring only grows stronger as markets recognize how accurate and reliable monitoring can ensure compliance and help protect valuable assets in a plant.”

At the meeting, AMETEK Land will showcase its Model 4500 MkIII opacity and 4650 PM monitors, which have set the industry standards for compliance opacity and dust concentration monitoring. With its patented technologies, the 4500 MkIII monitor achieves the highest available specification for the principal performance parameters as defined by the internationally-recognized ASTM Standard D 6216-12, while the 4650 PM monitor, with its forward scatter design, complies with US Environmental Protection Agency’s Performance Specification-11 (PS-11).

All AMETEK Land systems on display at EPRI CEM have industrial applications in the power sector for improving process control, quality assurance and control and decrease life-cycle costs.

About AMETEK Land

AMETEK Land ( is a business unit of AMETEK, Inc. a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.  Land designs and manufactures a wide range of instruments for industrial non-contact temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and environmental monitoring.

For additional information, contact AMETEK Land, Stubley Lane, Dronfield, UK, S18 1DJ, tel +44 (0)1246 417691, fax +44 (0)1246 410585, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., website


Valmet introduces new and improved customer training offering - Valmet Learning Services

Valmet launches a renewed customer training offering for its customers - Valmet Learning Services - to help improve the reliability and performance of its customers' processes. The new offering is complementing the company's new services approach - Shared Journey Forward - introduced in 2016.

Valmet Learning Services offers organization-wide training solutions tailored to the customers' needs. The offering includes customized and standard courses, on-site, off-site, or via the Valmet Online Learning Portal. Furthermore, Valmet Training Simulators allow customers to safely practice hands-on procedures and scenarios to strengthen safe behavior and be prepared for troubleshooting and the handling of operational upsets.   

"Today, the combined forces of globalization and digitalization are challenging companies to develop and continuously expand their expertise, and achieving business targets is not only about optimizing equipment and systems. We are launching Valmet Learning Services to better support our customers in training their employees so that they can stay competitive in today's challenging business environment. This is a concrete step toward our vision: to become the global champion in serving our customers," says Jukka Tiitinen, Business Line President, Services, Valmet.

2017 04 26 090727Valmet Online Learning provides 24/7 access to courses and training resources from computers, tablets, or mobile phones

Valmet Learning Services helps customers design their learning paths to progress in their chosen area of interest. Reaching a higher knowledge level not only represents an important achievement for the employees themselves, but can have an impact on KPIs like reliability, productivity, and product quality.

To make sure Valmet's customers get the most out of their training investment, Valmet Learning Services uses a four-step approach: identify individual skills gaps, design a program based on the customers' learning targets, deliver training using modern tools and methods, and secure the outcome through evaluation and assessment.

 "We are committed to moving our customers' performance forward. Reducing risks, improving productivity, and increasing profitability all start with the employees. Confident and skilled personnel ensure safe, stable, and efficient start-ups and operations with minimized environmental risks. We help our customers maximize their potential by training their employees," says Emmeli Olén, Director, Valmet Learning Services.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work closely with our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland, and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ Helsinki.


Yamato introduces next-day delivery on genuine spare parts

Yamato Scale Dataweigh UK has launched a standard next-day delivery service on genuine spare parts for its ranges of multihead weighers and checkweighers.

Genuine Yamato spare parts are superior in quality to non-genuine parts. They enable engineers to service and repair automatic weighing machines to high standards of quality and reliability.

“There is an increasing market for 'pirate' or non-genuine parts for weighing machines, multihead weighers and checkweighers used in processing plants of all kinds,” said Andrea Spencer, commercial operations manager at Yamato Scale Dataweigh UK.

2017 04 26 085230Yamato is offering next-day delivery on all its genuine spare parts from stock.

“Under-pressure plant managers often opt for cheaper pirate parts but there are very good reasons why this practice should be avoided as an example of false economy.

“We are now reinforcing the benefits of genuine parts by providing standard next-day delivery on Yamato spares from stock at no extra cost to the customer. This will help our customers to save money by reducing downtime caused by parts failure and scheduled maintenance.”

If a pirate part is being installed there is no guarantee that the component, which may have minute differences to genuine parts, will run effectively. Failure of the pirate part may involve consequential damage to connected components resulting in wider damage and associated costs.

Getting genuine spare parts more quickly will help solve this problem. Keeping an inventory of genuine spare parts guarantees security, quality, performance and longevity.

Yamato’s Paul Ingall said: “When choosing between original parts or corresponding copy products you need to assess both the costs of the parts and the risks associated with their use.

“These costs are not only those related to the individual part but also include the labour for the interruption to service and the machine downtime which can be caused by premature failure. Getting parts within a day of needing them will help to cut downtime and costs.”

For more information on next-day delivery, please contact Paul Ingall on 0113 322 1546 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Yokogawa releases enhanced version of ProSafe®-RS Safety Instrumented System

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will release an enhanced version of the ProSafe®-RS safety instrumented system on April 26. This latest release, R4.03.00, includes an improved engineering function for configuring fire and gas systems (FGS) and new operation faceplates for the FGS operation and monitoring screens. These enhancements make it easier to adopt and use ProSafe-RS in FGS applications.

Development Background

In the oil, natural gas, petrochemical, chemical, and other energy and basic materials industries, various safety measures must be taken to prevent accidents and protect the environment. This includes the use of a safety instrumented system, which can secure plant safety by functioning as an emergency shutdown system (ESD) that detects abnormal conditions and safely initiates emergency shutdowns, and by functioning as an FGS.

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Yokogawa’s ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system can be integrated with the CENTUM VP integrated production control system and is widely used mainly in ESD applications all over the world. Based on an April 2017 Yokogawa survey, ProSafe-RS is one of the top selling safety instrumented systems on the market today. Since releasing this system in 2005, Yokogawa has continued to strengthen its functions to satisfy a variety of customer needs. In response to the rising need for FGS solutions, this latest release includes features that make it easier to adopt and use this system in such applications. And by adding a new input/output (I/O) module and enabling the use of an alternate control network topology, we are giving our customers a greater range of choices in their ESD and FGS applications. Cybersecurity has also been strengthened.


  1. Easier adoption and use in FGS applications

Software components (function blocks) that define the operations and functions to be performed when smoke, heat, and/or gas is detected, an essential aspect of any FGS application, have been added to the ProSafe-RS engineering functions. Standard FGS faceplates have been added for the integrated display of smoke, heat, and gas detector information such as gas concentration level and device status. In addition, the I/O module has a new function that can reset the detector that sends smoke and heat detection signals to the ProSafe-RS system. This eliminates the need for a reset circuit to restore communications after an abnormality is detected, thus reducing both the size of the hardware and its initial cost. With these enhancements, the ProSafe-RS is easier to adopt and use in FGS applications.

  1. New I/O module

Yokogawa provides an N-IO (Network-IO) I/O device with channels that can be configured by software to handle either analog or digital signals. As most safety instrumented systems rely mainly on digital I/O signals, the company has added a new I/O module to its lineup that is used for only the input or output of digital signals. This new module reduces the total cost of ownership for users.

  1. Ring network topology

For the Vnet/IP® real-time control bus, ProSafe-RS has relied on the star network topology, in which all devices are connected to a central hub. Vnet/IP is a control network developed by Yokogawa that features high reliability and quick response. Vnet/IP complies with the IEC61784-2 international standard. The new ProSafe-RS is also compatible with the ring topology, in which devices are connected to each other in the shape of a ring. This feature affords our customers greater flexibility when configuring their systems.

  1. Improved cybersecurity

As a result of enhancements made to the ProSafe-RS engineering station’s software security functions and changes to the Windows® security settings, users can now set their systems to a higher security level. This latest ProSafe-RS release also supports a Windows function that enables the centralised management of security settings. With this feature, users can apply the same security settings to multiple monitoring and operation PCs, thus greatly improving plant security.

Major Target Markets and Applications

For use in emergency shutdown systems (ESD), burner management systems (BMS), and fire and gas systems (FGS) in process industries such as oil, natural gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electric power, and iron and steel

About ProSafe-RS

Released in February 2005, the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system helps prevent accidents by detecting abnormal conditions in plant operations and initiating emergency actions such as a plant shutdown. An independent certification body has certified that ProSafe-RS conforms to the IEC61508 international safety standard and can be used in SIL3applications. Established by the IEC, a safety integrity level (SIL) indicates the relative level of risk provided by a safety function. SILs 1 through 4 are defined by IEC 61508. At SIL3, the risk factor for a plant where safety measures are not in place is in a range between 1/1,000 and 1/10,000. At SIL4, the risk factor is in a range between 1/10,000 and 1/100,000. Unlike conventional safety instrumented systems and distributed control systems, which are regarded as having different roles and functions and operate separately, the operation of ProSafe-RS and the CENTUM integrated control system can be fully integrated. ProSafe-RS is highly regarded by users and has been installed in more than 2,100 projects worldwide (as of April 2017).

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa's global network of 114 companies spans 59 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$3.7 billion company engages in cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is active in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and aviation and other businesses segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit

About Yokogawa Europe B.V.

The European headquarters of Yokogawa were founded in Amersfoort in the Netherlands in 1982. Throughout Europe Yokogawa has its own sales, service and engineering operations. This dedicated network has been extended to Central and East Europe to further enhance the coverage and support associated with serving the process control and automation market place. Yokogawa develops and produces flowmeters at Rota Yokogawa in Germany and liquid analysers and industrial safety systems in the Netherlands. In addition to this dedicated network of Yokogawa subsidiaries, a select organisation of Test & Measurement (T&M) subsidiaries and distributors is established in certain areas to support the specific customer needs of this continuously developing and specific market of T&M instrumentation.