Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Functional Safety Transmitter - Frequency to DC

functional safety transmitter frequency to DC
The SFY Functionnal Safety Transmitter
Courtesy Moore Industries
Populating a safety instrumented system with properly configured and rated devices can be challenging. Moore Industries has released a transmitter providing frequency input to DC signal output that carries approvals for use in SIL2 and SIL3 instances.

The SFY model converts the frequency pulse output of another device into a 4-20 mA output signal for use in logic solvers and control equipment. The instrument carries a host of certifications and approvals, making it suitable for use across many industries and jurisdictions.

The datasheet below provides more detail about this recently released transmitter for industrial process control. Share your process measurement and control requirements and challenges with product application specialists, combining your own knowledge and experience with their product application expertise to develop effective solutions.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Video Shows Mounting Options for Pressure Transmitter

differential pressure transmitter for industrial process control
Differential Pressure Transmitter
This short video illustrates the ease with which numerous mounting configurations of DPharp transmitters can be accomplished in new and existing operations. The DPharp line of pressure transmitters utilize Yokogawa's top flight digital sensing technology for accurate process measurement of pressure and differential pressure in a multitude of applications.

Share your process measurement challenges with application experts, combining your process knowledge with their product application expertise to develop effective solutions.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Case Study and Re-Enactment of Chemical Plant Explosion

shell and tube heat exchangers
Shell and tube heat exchangers
Industrial accidents, whether minor or catastrophic, can serve as sources of learning when analyzed and studied. Operators, owners, and technicians involved with industrial chemical operations have a degree of moral, ethical, and legal responsibility to conduct work in a reasonably and predictably safe manner without endangering personnel, property, or the environment. Part of a diligent safety culture should include reviewing industrial accidents at other facilities. There is much to learn from these unfortunate events, even when they happen in an industry that may seem somewhat removed from our own.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, or CSB, is an independent federal agency that investigates industrial chemical accidents. Below, find one of their video reenactments and analysis of an explosion that occurred at a Louisiana chemical processing plant in 2013. A portion of the reenactment shows how a few seemingly innocuous oversights can combine with other unrecognized conditions that result in a major conflagration.

Check out the video and sharpen your senses to evaluate potential trouble spots in your own operation.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Optical Spectroscopy Delivers Real Time Direct Process Monitoring

optical spectoscopy continuous process analyzer
Reveal optical spectroscopy continuous process analyzer
Courtesy Prozess Technologie
Measurement and monitoring of process conditions is an essential part of producing the desired output. Some operations require, or can benefit from, faster or more accurate measurement of process variables. This can be especially true for chemical processes that rely on accurate mixing of components.

Process analyzers are available in a wide variety of technologies, configurations, performance ranges, and price points. Selecting the best analyzer for a particular process, take into consideration these points.
  • Technology - Assess whether the technology is cabable of producing the results needed
  • Accuracy - Measurement at levels appropriate for the process and operating goals
  • Specificity - Ability to reliably measure the subject components
  • First cost
  • Continuing costs of maintenance, expendables, calibration
  • Ease of use and integration into overall process measurement and control scheme
  • Reliability
One manufacturer, Prozess Technologie, approaches process analysis with their Reveal optical spectroscopy analyzer. It is capable of operating continuously without ongoing operator interaction. Internal calibration software provides stability and reliability. The software suite for the instrument is compliant with numerous standards and a host of communication standards are supported to allow for easy integration into a process measurement and control system.

Pick up more detail about the Reveal unit below. Share your analytical process challenges with a product application specialist. Combining your process knowledge with their product expertise will produce effective solutions.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Industrial Wireless Equipment Offers Installation Ease and Flexibility

industrial wireless modems for Ethernet and cellular
Wireless modems for Ethernet and cellular
connections
Courtesy Eaton - ELPRO
Industrial process measurement and control has been expanding its deployment of wireless connectivity for years. The technology has not been considered new for quite some time. The advantages of a wireless installation can be substantial.
  • Safety: Wireless connections can reduce personnel exposure to hazardous environments or situations that previously required human intervention or a manual gauge or instrument reading.
  • Easy Scale-up: Adding points on a network is generally a simple incremental process.
  • Operational Advantage: When deployed to replace manual instrument or gauge readings, real time data for diagnostics and efficiency measurements are now available. Information that is more accurate, timely, and consistent will produce better results.
  • Installation Savings: Installation of wireless connected assets has been reported to be up to 10 times less expensive than wired installation. The reduced space and planning for cables and conduit can make what were once complex and time consuming operations much quicker and easier.
  • Mobility: Wireless technology allows for real time connections to mobile platforms. Whether within a plant, on the road, or on the high seas, there are wireless products that can make the connection.
  • Distance: Don't just think WiFi, think radio, think satellite, think cellular. Connections can be established across very long distances using standard products from the industry.
  • Conversion of Legacy Devices: Many existing in-place devices can have their wired connections replaced with a wireless version. This accommodates a staged transition from wired to wireless in facility.
Eaton's ELPRO brand provides a full line of wireless connectivity products. A data sheet illustrating the various products is below.

There is more the learn about the ELPRO product line and how it can establish wireless connectivity in your operation. Share your industrial networking requirements and challenges with a product specialist, combining your facilities and project knowledge with their product application expertise to develop effective solutions.



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Instrument Enclosure for Rail Mounted Devices Provides Visual Access

process instrumentation enclosure clear cover DIN Rail Mount
The R-Box is designed to house
DIN rail mounted devices
Courtesy Moore Industries
Industrial sites and operations can present challenging conditions to the longevity of instrumentation and other control or measurement devices. Additionally, for a number of reasons, it may be good practice to restrict access to those same devices.

Moore Industries delivers a solution for housing DIN rail mounted devices in a protective enclosure that permits full front panel viewing of the enclosed instrument while providing protection from impact and environmental elements that can prematurely wear instruments and equipment. The locking enclosure permits physical access only to authorized individuals.

Dubbed the "R-Box", the powder coated aluminum enclosure is available in stock widths from 3" to 12" and made to order sizes beyond. Three instrument mounting styles are available, as are three different enclosure mounting arrangements.

There is more to learn about the versatile R-Box enclosure from Moore Industries. A data sheet is provided below, or you can reach out to a Moore product specialist with your requirements and challenges and work together to develop an effective product solution.



Monday, January 23, 2017

Dynamic Compensation in Differential Pressure Measurement for Static Pressure Effects

industrial pressure transmitter for process measurement and control
Pressure transmitter
Courtesy Yokogawa
Attaining the best available performance and accuracy from any measuring device utilized in an industrial process is always advantageous. The scale of most industrial processes is such that even small inaccuracies in process measurement produce financially tangible impact. Differential pressure measurement, with wide application in the industrial process sphere, can be improved with the addition of a means to compensate for the real world effects of static pressure upon instrument performance.

Yokogawa Corporation has developed a means to dynamically compensate for static pressure effects in field measurements. The brief technical presentation below will help you understand how static pressure effects can impact your field measurements, as well as how Yokogawa’s Real-time Dynamic Compensation works to offset its impact.

More detailed product and application information is available from your Yokogawa specialist.