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Yokogawa Enhanced STARDOM™ Network-based Control System developing new CPU Module

Yokogawa Stardom.jpgYokogawa Electric Corporation has announced that it will release an enhanced version of the STARDOM™ network-based control system in the spring of 2016 that includes a newly developed high-speed CPU module for the FCN autonomous controller. Based on the concept of putting forward a product that is Faster, Stronger, Smarter, STARDOM will feature the new CPU module, improved environmental resistance, and an enhanced engineering tool. With this product, Yokogawa intends to expand the open network control system business.

The STARDOM system will be exhibited at the Measurement and Control Show 2015 Tokyo, which will be held December 2 – 4 at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center. Development Background includes:

STARDOM is a network-based production control system that consists of the FCN autonomous controller and the VDS or FAST/TOOLS SCADA software. Since introducing this system in 2001, Yokogawa has continued to enhance it by adding new functions to satisfy customers' needs. Combining the reliability of a distributed control system (DCS) with the versatility and economy of a programmable logic controller (PLC), STARDOM is widely used in medium-size manufacturing plants and in geographically distributed applications such as natural oil and gas wells. To date, more than 20,000 STARDOM systems have been delivered.

STARDOM's FCN autonomous controller will be capable of reliably controlling high-speed equipment such as compressors, large wind power generators, and other types of turbines, and will be able to operate in a wider range of climatic conditions. Moreover, it will include a function that aids engineers in the performance of installation, modification, and maintenance tasks.

Product Features includes:

  • High-speed calculation and communication
  • Strengthened environmental resistance
  • Improved efficiency of engineering and maintenance work

KOBOLD offers Bitumen Measurements Under Difficult Conditions

The special challenge of this application is the exact temperature of the heat-tracing, which must be adapted to the type of Bitumen used. The meters must be rugged and temperature-stable, and should not affect the accuracy of potential custody transfer devices.


Coriolis Mass Flowmeters from Heinrichs Messtechnik

  • Precise Measurements, even with High Fluctuations in Temperature
  • Durable Measuring Tubes with Extra Thick Walls
  • Variable, Stable Tracing Systems for Heating
  • Up to DN 400 / 16" for Media Temperatures up to 260 °C
  • Versions for Custody Transfer Operation
  • High Process Reliability
  • Easy Maintenance, Due to Open Design of the Devices
  • Can be Retrofitted


The rugged construction of our Coriolis devices allow for usage in mobile plants or machinery, such as in a "HOT-RECYCLER", which removes the tarmac and re-applies it with the addition of asphalt and bitumen. The hot recycling method is used solely for the rehabilitation of damaged asphalt surfaces. The hot recycler processes the existing road pavement, improving it with virgin mix, if necessary.


OSIsoft supports Predictive Insights in the Latest PI System

OSIsoft, a global leader in operational intelligence, announced a major enhancement to its flagship product, the PI Server, that will allow predictive data to be stored natively and exposed throughout the PI System. The PI System is now able to capture, analyze and share predicted data from 3rd party advanced analytics and machine learning tools throughout the entire organization. This capability enables people to see predictions in real-time, take action to prevent events before they happen and improve operations performance based on insights into the future.

The PI System is an open data infrastructure that enables global enterprises to gather streaming real-time sensor data from over 450 different data sources, efficiently store, contextualize, process, share, visualize and analyze data. It eliminates silos of information and becomes a unifying source of truth for data-driven decisions across industrial operations. With the release of PI Server 2015, these capabilities have been extended to include data with future time-stamps, allowing for a common view of past, present and future data.

The enhanced insights allow for improved operational intelligence through predictive intelligence. The new capabilities allow customers to easily and natively view forecasts of market and operational demands, set and track production targets, and plan for contingencies and emergencies. In addition, comparing predictions to actuals over time enables a better understanding of process behavior prior to making process modifications.

According to Janice Abel, Principal Consultant at ARC Advisory Group, “Solutions such as OSIsoft’s PI System that can help industrial companies integrate analytics and machine learning to predict future behavior can provide considerable business value. Predicting the future can result in benefits that include increases in availability, productivity, and profits.”

“Today the PI System is deployed at over 15,000 sites in 125 countries, delivering nearly 1 billion streams of historical and real-time data to industrial operations,” said Martin Otterson, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Industry at OSIsoft. “This new ability to combine real-time and future data adds a whole new dimension to operational intelligence. Now users can bring tomorrow’s data into today’s decisions.”


Yokogawa Meters & Instruments announces WT300E Compact Power Meter

Yokogawa Meters & Instruments announces its latest Compact Power Meters, the WT300E series. They are enhanced versions of Yokogawa's 5th generation of compact power meters which have been the world's best-selling power meter. They have been the instrument of choice for a wide range of applications in production testing, quality assurance and Research & Development.

Yokogawa Power Meter.jpgThis new family consists of the Models WT310E single phase, WT310EH single phase high current, WT332E two-element and WT333E three-element versions. These new units offer enhanced measurement accuracy of 0.1% of reading +0.05% of range. The WT310E provides extremely low current measurement capability to 50 micro-Amps, and up to 26 Amps RMS. For the engineer doing Stand-by-Power measurements, Energy Star®, SPECpower and IEC62301 / EN50564 testing, Battery Charger and other low level power measurements, the WT310E is the ideal solution.

Many of today's power conversion circuits use energy saving switching techniques. These can cause highly distorted voltage or current waveforms with high harmonic content. To measure these waveforms accurately, the WT300E series power meters use high resolution sixteen bit Analog to Digital converters with a digitizing rate of 100 kS/s. They have a new enhanced low frequency measurement capability of 0.1 Hz. Overall bandwidth is DC and 0.1 Hz to 100 kHz,

The WT310EH is a single phase high current version with current ranges from 1 Amp to 40 Amps RMS. The bandwidth on this model is DC and 0.1 Hz to 20 kHz. The WT332E is a two element meter for use on split phase and three phase three wire circuits. The WT333E is a three element meter for use on three phase three wire or three phase four wire circuits. These models have current ranges of 0.5 Amps to 20 Amps RMS, with low current measurements to 5 mA. All models have voltage ranges from 15 to 600 Volts RMS, and low voltage measurement capability to 150 mV.

An optional Harmonic Analysis function is available for the WT300E series Digital Power Meters. This will benefit the design and test engineer in product performance evaluation and for power quality conformance testing. Both the Normal power parameters and Harmonic data are measured simultaneously providing for faster and more accurate power analysis. Harmonic Analysis and THD Calculations can be made up to the 50th order from a 50 or 60 Hertz fundamental frequency.

The Integration function measures Amp-Hour and Watt-Hour parameters. This is especially important for stand-by-power measurements. In the stand-by mode the current can be very low. Then when the device goes to operation mode, the current can increase substantially. The new Auto Range feature will optimize the range setting for maximum accuracy measurements. Yokogawa's “Average Active Power” function makes it possible to measure power consumption under conditions where the power fluctuates greatly. Watt-Hours are measured over some time period then the Time is divided out to leave an average power reading. This is the industry preferred method for Stand-by-Power measurements.

All the industry standard communication interface ports such as USB, GPIB, RS232 and Ethernet are available for the WT300E series. The standard interface is USB plus GPIB or RS232. Ethernet is an available option. Measured digital data from the WT300E series can be acquired by Yokogawa recorders via Ethernet or Modbus/TCP directly. Yokogawa's WTViewerFreePlus software is provided with each WT300E unit. This permits displaying and saving the measurement data, numeric values, waveform display and trend graphs. Also IEC62301/EN50564 software for stand-by-power measurements is available as a free download.

Emerson’s Coriolis and vortex flowmeters certified for ASME B31.1 Power Piping Design Standard

Emersons Coriolis.jpgEmerson Process Management’s Micro Motion Coriolis and Rosemount 8800 Vortex Flowmeters have been certified to the ASME B31.1 Power Piping design standards, in addition to the existing B31.3 Process Piping design standard.

“We are committed to serving the power industry and are excited to announce compliance to B31.1 Power Piping design standards,” said Andy Dudiak, president of Micro Motion at Emerson Process Management. “Micro Motion Coriolis and Rosemount vortex meters bring accurate, reliable measurement to a wide range of applications, helping electricity generators gain better insight into their processes for improved operations.”

B31.1 Power Piping design standard certification applies to all areas of the Power Plant except for Boiler External Piping (BEP), and is a basic design requirement for products sold into the Power Industry. B31.1 Code Stamp certification applies to the BEP area of the plant.

Compliance with B31.1 Power Piping design standard is offered on several of the Micro Motion Coriolis Meters – including ELITE®, F-series and R-series meters.  Rosemount 8800 vortex products that meet B31.1 design standards and Code Stamp certification include all carbon steel flanged, reducer and dual vortex meters with flange ratings up to and including ASME Class 1500 (PN 160) on 1-inch (DN25) through 8-inch (DN200) meter body sizes and ASME Class 600 (PN100) on 10-inch (DN250) and 12-inch (DN300) meter body sizes.