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Emergency showers for harsh environments set new standards in durability and energy efficiency

Intertec launches a range of enclosed emergency safety showers for use in harsh outdoor environments. The emergency safety showers (ESSs) are integrated into shelters made from advanced composite GRP materials to optimize them for durability and long life.

* protection suits oil, gas and chemical plants in Arctic, offshore, coastal and other harsh areas

The exterior faces of the insulated shelters are 100% GRP (glass reinforced polyester) with an advanced UV-resistant gel-coat surface. Key application areas include oil, gas, chemical and petrochemical processing plants sited in Arctic or desert regions, offshore platforms and vessels, and harsh coastal locations.

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Two main shelter options are available, with enclosed square or rectangular shaped ESS showers of 122x122 or 122x244 cm (4x4 or 4x8 feet). The square format is ideal for outfitting as an emergency shower and eyewash station that can draw tempered water from a locally available source. The larger rectangular ESS provides additional space to accommodate a water storage tank and heating facilities.

The special materials in the construction of these shelters are fabricated by Intertec and have been field-proven to offer advanced performance in the most extreme outdoor conditions.

All of the shelters' panels are thickly insulated for very high energy efficiency, with 50.8 mm (two inch) thick walls, roof and doors offering insulation values of R20, and 152.4 mm (six inch) thick flooring offering an insulation value of R-30. A gel-coat exterior surface protects the shelter from UV ray degradation, and exposure to chemical and salt-laden air environmental conditions.

The shelter wall, floor and roof panels are naturally fire resistant, and no wood is employed anywhere in the composite multi-layered construction. The resins and insulation meet the Class 1 flame spread rating of less than 20. The resin laminate is certified to the flame self-extinguishing standard UL 94 V-0.

As standard, shelters are designed and constructed to meet seismic four earthquake ratings, and when anchored will also withstand extreme wind loads of up to 200 km/h with gusts of up to three seconds.

The exterior of the shelters can be white (RAL9016) or yellow (RAL1016), and come with safety decals directing the user to the double-acting spring hinged doors. These crash doors include weather strips to maintain the best possible seal against wind, rain and snow.

Many further outfitting options may be selected to suit particular application requirements. These include a choice of piping materials, drain locations, tank sizes, control and safety valves. Electrical options include variants for general purpose use or in Class 1 Division 1 or 2 hazardous areas with alarm options, internal heating, and more. Custom shelter sizes and designs are also available, and Intertec can vary the composite layered construction of the panels used to optimize shelters for the most extreme climate and application conditions. All Intertec ESS units meet ANSI Z358.1 2014 and OSHA standards.

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Yokogawa collaborates with four companies to develop IIoT architecture

–Expanding the use of IIoT to help our customers run their businesses more efficiently–

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will work with Microsoft Corporation, FogHorn Systems, Inc., Bayshore Networks, Inc., and Telit IoT Platforms, LLC to integrate their technology into an industrial IoT (IIoT) architecture for the delivery of new services. With this architecture, Yokogawa aims to transform its business model, expand its business scope, and help its customers run their businesses more efficiently.

Outline of the Tie-up

identityIIoT technology is now ready for practical use thanks to advances in network technology, the availability of low-cost, large-capacity data communications, and the shifting of corporate information systems to the cloud. However, the use of IIoT technology presents many technical challenges in such areas as sensing, automation, and security, and it is also costly to build such systems and develop the necessary applications. With its wide range of expertise in fields ranging from sensor technology to control logic and applications technology, Yokogawa will be able to help its customers address issues they face in their business by providing end-to-end solutions that incorporate sensing, control, and cloud-based processing.

Through this architecture, business process applications can be configured to enable the use of “plug-and-play” sensors, by providing the ability to automatically detect sensors and other instruments connected to the network, make appropriate settings enabling them to work immediately, sensing clouds with automatic provisioning for the efficient utilisation of cloud platforms to detect and connect sensors and other devices to the cloud and dynamically making the necessary changes for the exchange of data, database clouds, historian (data storage) clouds, and application development environments to work together. These four companies each possess technologies that will be key components of this IIoT architecture.

This undertaking will be led by the Architecture Development Division California, which was set up in November 2016. Yokogawa’s IIoT architecture will integrate the cloud-based Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, FogHorn’s fog computing software, Bayshore’s layer 7 security technology which operates at the application (top) layer in the open systems OSI reference model, and Telit’s communication modules, sensor on-boarding, and device management.

Regarding this business tie-up, Tsuyoshi Abe, a Yokogawa vice president and head of the Marketing Headquarters, commented as follows:

Yokogawa has drawn up a long-term business framework and formulated a vision statement that reads, “Through ‘Process Co-Innovation,’ Yokogawa creates new value with our clients for a brighter future.” The IIoT architecture that Yokogawa will develop under this agreement will revolutionise the way in which value is delivered in sensing and plant information management. By working with these four companies, Yokogawa will rapidly establish its IIoT architecture. Under the corporate brand slogan of “Co-innovating tomorrow,” we will seek to expand partnerships such as these with leaders in each industry.

Basic Information on the Four Companies and their Technologies

- Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft is a worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential. The cloud-based Microsoft Azure IoT Suite platform, which provides businesses with globally scalable, preconfigured IoT solutions, will enable Yokogawa to connect their devices, analyse previously-untapped data, and integrate business systems. The Azure IoT Suite provides the functions required for the construction and utilization of Yokogawa’s IIoT architecture.

- FogHorn Systems, Inc.

FogHorn Systems is a Silicon Valley-based startup that has been deeply involved in developing core software for fog computing and owns advanced technology in this field. Yokogawa invested in the company in July 2016. Fog computing is an architectural concept designed to avoid communication congestion by establishing a “fog” distributed computing layer between the cloud and devices in the field. Fog computing eliminates communication delays and fluctuations by locating the processing of certain data near the field devices and sending only essential information to the cloud. This technology is expected to lead to a number of new IoT applications.

- Bayshore Networks, Inc.

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Bayshore develops industrial cybersecurity solutions offering visibility, control, and protection for operational technology infrastructure and applications. The firm has a number of strategic partners in the IT sector and has gained a reputation for its expertise in IIoT cybersecurity. Yokogawa invested in this company in November 2016.

- Telit

Telit is a leading enabler of end-to-end IoT solutions. The company offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of integrated IoT products and services, including cellular communication modules, IoT connectivity plans, and IoT platform services. As a pure-play IoT company for over 15 years, Telit offers unmatched expertise, resources, and support to make IoT onboarding easy - reducing risk, time to market, complexity, and costs for asset tracking, remote monitoring and control, telematics, industrial automation, and predictive maintenance across many industries and vertical markets worldwide.

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa's global network of 92 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 http://www.yokogawa.com

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.

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Digitalization and automation crucial for the survival of Scandinavian industries according to new study

There is an urgent need to create a new industrial paradigm in Sweden where not only environmental sustainability is safeguarded, but also new business models that secure long-term competitiveness. That is one of the key findings in the outlook report “The road ahead for Scandinavian industry”, published by Tieto and KTH today.

Digitalization is pressing on, customer demands are more challenging than ever and environmental concerns are calling for a re-organised approach toward industrial production. These challenges are top of the agenda for the Swedish industry today, and getting on-board with the new technology is a matter of survival. According to the new outlook report “The road ahead for Scandinavian industry”, published today by Tieto and KTH, achieving long-term competitiveness is well within the reach of all manufacturers, large and small – provided that action is taken now.

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– In terms of digitalization, companies in process and discrete manufacturing need to act quickly to catch up with other business sectors such as telecom and retail. While this can be done in a relatively short time span, the goals and visions must be clearly defined. Replacing legacy systems is not just worthwhile but crucial for survival of the manufacturing industry, says Per Håkansson, Head of Manufacturing industry Sweden at Tieto.

 Nine key trends in Scandinavian industries
In the report, Tieto and KTH identify that there are multiple drivers behind the new potential industrial paradigm, including intelligent products, new ground-breaking materials, the sharing economy and Internet of Things. Together, they lay the ground for nine trends that should lead to the rethinking of business models among Swedish industries:

  • Scalable and mobile operations: New customer demands are steering manufacturers away from conventional high volume products towards scope-oriented products. The move to scalable, cost-effective IT systems and new business approaches does not only make strategic sense, it is a matter of survival. A highly likely consequence of this development is that the primary source of income for manufacturers will also change as they become far more dependent on a range of sub suppliers in different industry segments. In terms of operations at larger companies, having one main production site may well be a thing of the past.   
  • The production shift. In the production systems of the future, machine automation and Plug to Order (PTO) modules will be key components. PTO refers to new ways of managing production without having to purchase equipment which is used and then discarded. Going forward, industrial machines will be leased or hired and will also reconfigure themselves autonomously. When the equipment has become fully outdated and irrelevant, only then will it return to the service provider.
  • The coopetition effect. The principle of “coopetition”, a concept that was launched in the 1990s, is a method for bringing together companies with common interests to cooperate in order to attain a higher-value production. Recently, this method has proven to be very successful in helping to break new ground and to form solid working relationships that help companies to co-evolve in any given market sector. The coopetition effect is coming into full swing.
  • Cloud manufacturing. With the rapid evolution of information technology, ways of thinking and conducting business in manufacturing have changed fundamentally. In order to cope with rising volumes of data and fast-changing customer demands, decision makers need to have constant access to the very latest data and reports from factory floors and other key sources. If applications and communications tools are lacking in any way, business will be affected. Consequently, more and more companies are recognizing the clear advantages of adopting a cloud-based platform as an integrated information portal, accessible at any time, from any location. A recent development in cloud computing is the growing popularity of the pay-as-you-go model.
  • The metrology equation. The most promising research in production metrology is the development of in-line metrology methods and tools that are combined with strategic measurement planning. The latter is a key-factor in order to reduce costs in the assembly process due to poor quality, which may result savings as high as 40 per cent on the total production cost.
  • Adaptive scheduling. “Just in Time” is a manufacturing principle that has been around for many years, but few companies can pride themselves on having realized the concept. A tool that could potentially change all this is the Demand Responsive Planning (DRP) system which provides a fast route to workload control by systemizing the flow of activities.
  • Bridging the gap. Most support systems in industry today are based on PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) – a technology that was developed in the 1960s. Now is the time to invest in a series of steps that will introduce responsive and self-optimizing systems that can adapt to changing product ranges and deliveries.
  • Total connectivity. Creating the conditions for total connectivity – incorporating customer requirements, design, production and distribution – will be a key challenge over the next few years. To make a modern production system work efficiently, all data related to a product needs to be collected and analysed at every step, and then channelled to the right user.
  • The next frontier: additive manufacturing. Minimizing waste in the production cycle makes as much sense for business as it does for the environment. Adopting ecologically-geared processes will become a matter of competitiveness in the years ahead and a wide range of new approaches are now being tested and refined.

Both Sweden and Europe in large are predominantly driven by their industries, and any downturn in this sector influences its welfare society. Manufacturing is a major socioeconomic force and, as such, disregarding its needs would be catastrophic.

– Digitalization has to be tackled in one way or another. We are in complete agreement with KTH that now is the time to re-evaluate current IT systems. Companies that focus on the advantages of modernization stand a far better chance of surviving the storm, but also of building a prosperous future, says Per Håkansson.

The full report can be downloaded here: http://pages.tieto.com/Tieto-KTH-report.html

Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. We aim to be customers’ first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems. www.tieto.com

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Endress+Hauser Installs High Pressure Test Rig in Greenwood, Indiana

The rig can test complete instrument assemblies at pressures up to 15,000 psi to meet customer, insurance and safety requirements.

Endress+Hauser invested nearly $1 million in a state of the art pressure test rig at its U.S. headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana. The rig allows it to test complete instrument assemblies to customer specifications, and provides a 100% test indicating a specific instrument can withstand the design process pressure, up to 15,000 psi.

Previously, Endress+Hauser—like most other U.S.-based instrument manufacturers—did not have local high pressure testing capability. For example, Endress+Hauser performed such tests at its production plant in Maulburg, Germany. With the new high pressure test rig located in the Greenwood, IN, production center, instruments can be tested and certified quickly, for faster delivery to customers in the U.S. and the Americas. And because the test facility is in the U.S., it makes it easier for customers to schedule and witness the test.

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Being able to certify the entire instrument assembly—not just the process connection—is important for customers in the oil & gas, chemical, power, energy and other heavy industries. In many cases, engineering firms, end users and insurance companies have detailed and specific internal codes and specifications for instruments that will be installed in critical, high-pressure applications, such as high pressure boilers, reactors or catalytic crackers.

The test rig, located in an underground concrete pit for safety reasons, can generate pressure up to 15,000 psi (1000 bar) to test devices up to 16 feet (4 meters) long and with up to a 2-inch diameter. Each test is automated to execute customer-specific test and ramp up times. The test rig is specially designed to test Endress+Hauser’s Levelflex guided wave radar level instruments, capacitance probes, Liquiphant tuning forks, Micropilot free space radar level instruments, and high pressure thermowell assemblies—all products built in the Greenwood, Indiana, plant—but it can also test other instruments.

The test rig can produce relevant certification and documentation to ensure there is a level of safety built into the system and reduce risk of failure. This certification and documentation is also often required by engineering firms, end users or insurance companies.

For more information on our high pressure offerings visit us.endress.com/HighPressureTester

About Endress+Hauser    

Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. Endress+Hauser provides sensors, instruments, systems and services for level, flow, pressure and temperature measurement as well as analytics and data acquisition.  We work closely with the chemical, petrochemical, food & beverage, oil & gas, water & wastewater, power & energy, life science, primaries & metal, renewable energies, pulp & paper and shipbuilding industries. Endress+Hauser supports its customers in optimizing their processes in terms of reliability, safety, economic efficiency and environmental impact.

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Endress+Hauser Accredited as an Accredited Provider of IACET CEUs

Prestigious Accreditation Demonstrates Commitment to High-Quality Lifelong Learning

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) has awarded accreditation status to Endress+Hauser. IACET Accredited Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time. These CEUs are recognized, accepted and, even required by many state agencies and credentialing organizations.

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“Endress+Hauser is proud of our education programs which train instrument technicians and engineers from the process automation industry in important installation, programming and troubleshooting skills so that our customers stay on the cutting edge,” stated Jerry Spindler, Customer and Field Service Training Manager, Endress+Hauser. Spindler added, “Our partnership with IACET is a demonstration of our commitment to lifelong learning and high standards for all of our programs, and we are very pleased to remain with such a prestigious organization and the elite group of organizations that offer excellent continuing education and training programs.”

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Endress+Hauser as an Accredited Provider,” stated Lori Schnaider, president of IACET. Schnaider added, “Endress+Hauser joins nearly 600 organizations around the globe that have had their programs audited by third-party continuing education experts to ensure the highest possible standards are met.”

Upcoming classes in 2017 which offer CEUs at Endress+Hauser include I-101 Basic instrumentation in January, March, June, and September in Greenwood, IN.

Endress+Hauser completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, to achieve its Accredited Provider accreditation. The organization successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2013 Standard addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs. Endress+Hauser has pledged its continued compliance with the Standard, and is now authorized to use the IACET name and Accredited Provider logo on promotional course material. In addition, Endress+Hauser is now linked to the IACET web site and is recognized as offering the highest quality continuing education and training programs.

About Endress+Hauser in the U.S.

Endress+Hauser is one of the largest instrument manufacturers in the United States’ industrial automation industry – specializing in automation solutions for the Chemical, Food & Beverage, Oil & Gas, Water and Wastewater, Life Sciences, Power and Energy, Primaries, and Pulp and Paper Industries. Endress+Hauser, a Switzerland based company, first began operations in the U.S. in 1970. Since that time, Endress+Hauser has continued to invest in its U.S. operations - investing an average of 10% of its annual revenue into its infrastructure.

About IACET: The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training. The ANSI/IACET Standard is the core of thousands of educational programs worldwide. For more information, please visit www.iacet.org or call 703-234-4065.