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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.


Rotork CMAs enable shale gas well compliance with EPA emissions mandates

Rotork CMA2.jpgRotork CMA electric control valve actuators have delivered an efficient and reliable process control solution and eliminated venting and greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with new environmental protection legislation at remotely sited shale gas installations in the USA.

Traditionally, spring diaphragm actuators powered by the produced gas have been used, but recent EPA (US Government Environmental Protection Agency) mandates now limit this process to lower fugitive emissions caused by bleed gas. A shale gas company in Louisiana was therefore looking for an affordable and efficient low power solution that could be run by solar panels to replace existing actuation equipment and control a variety of fluids at line pressures up to 413 bar (6000 psig).

Most shale wells and flow lines are unmanned and located in remote areas that are difficult and expensive to monitor. Skilled technicians must check data and perform manual shutdowns, increasing costs for the time to travel to site, identifying the problem and stopping the flow, which is not cost-effective or practical. Actuators provide an ideal solution to automate valves at the remote wells.

The key objective was to provide an efficient and reliable process control actuator which could be retrofitted on installed valves to reduce costs and downtime. Rotork’s local agent Setpoint Integrated Solutions engineered an interface to enable CML-250 actuators to be easily fitted to installed valves and improve the level of control, without venting gas and with the low power demand required for solar powered operation.

Designed for quarter-turn, multi-turn and linear valve operation, robust Rotork CMA actuators perform numerous process control valve, choke valve, metering pump and damper applications demanding precise position control and continuous modulation. Single-phase or DC electrical power is all that is required for simplified installation and control valve actuation. Explosionproof certification to international standards is available for hazardous area applications. Recent developments enable the CMA to be specified with increased functionality encompassing local controls, LCD positional display and programmable fail-to-position performance.

NI Announces Industry’s First Intel Xeon-Based PXI Embedded high Bandwidth Chassis Controller

National Instruments, the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, announced today the NI PXIe-8880 controller, which is based on the Intel® Xeon® processor, and the NI PXIe-1085 chassis, which is the industry’s first chassis that uses PCI Express Gen 3 technology. The combination of the eight-core, server-class Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2618L v3 and full system bandwidth of 24 GB/s delivers breakthrough performance for computationally intensive and highly parallel applications such as wireless test, semiconductor test and 5G prototyping. Customers can take advantage of the flexibility of the PXI platform to replace previous generation controllers with the NI PXIe-8880 and see up to double the performance in their test and measurement applications.

“Over the past two decades, we have witnessed a gradual shift from traditional instrumentation in favor of the PXI platform for automated test,” said Jessy Cavazos, industry manager for measurement and instrumentation at Frost & Sullivan. “With the addition of Intel® Xeon® processor technology, we expect the adoption of PXI to only increase for high-performance applications.”

NI collaborated with Intel to deliver the server-class power of Intel® Xeon® processors to the test and measurement market. The embedded controller features eight cores, up to 24 GB of DDR4 memory and 24 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3 connectivity to the backplane. This provides engineers and scientists with up to twice the processing power and bandwidth compared to previous generation controllers. In addition, the new 18-slot chassis incorporates PCI Express Gen 3 technology with eight lanes per slot for a matched total system bandwidth of 24 GB/s, so any test and measurement system can scale well into the future.

“The use of the latest Intel® Xeon® processors is a new milestone for our collaboration with NI,” said Shahram Mehraban, director of market development for Industrial IoT at Intel. “The Internet of Things requires the highest possible processing power to reduce time to market and lower the cost of test, and NI’s approach with PXI is critical toward that goal.”

When paired with LabVIEW system design software, this next-generation PXI controller and chassis combination empowers engineers and scientists to turn 24 GB/s of test and measurement data into readily usable insight.

Eaton’s updated Power and Energy Monitoring Platform provides the Real-Time Intelligence

Eaton Power Monitoring System.jpgPower management company Eaton has recently announced the release of the Power Xpert® gateway (PXG) 900, an electrical system communications device designed to deliver easy, remote access to power system parameters and alarms through a Web browser. Engineered to enhance energy performance in commercial, institutional and industrial facilities, the compact solution allows for access to real-time and historical energy and power data from electrical equipment. Facility and energy management personnel can use this in-depth data to simplify decisions targeting enhanced electrical reliability, efficiency and safety.

“The new PXG 900 is equipped with a more powerful, yet simplified, user interface to provide efficient, information-rich oversight of energy and power systems,” said Rick Schear, product manager at Eaton. “The new model is a single solution capable of fulfilling most electrical communications needs that can be quickly deployed in facilities of all sizes to help improve electrical system performance.”

The flexible and expandable PXG 900 can be used in a small system consisting of a single piece of equipment or scaled up for multiple pieces of equipment or systems. The gateway may be installed in electrical assemblies or systems to acquire and consolidate data from components such as trip units, meters, relays, drives, and input/output (I/O) devices. The gateway can also be quickly deployed as a data aggregation and notification solution for switchgear, switchboards, panelboards, transfer switches and motor control centers.

Clear, concise Web pages are designed to offer instant and remote access to device status, energy and power information such as current, voltage, power, energy, frequency, power factor, and harmonic distortion through a system summary status pane or individual device detail pages. The online management portal also allows users to proactively set alarm notifications that warn of underperforming equipment and conditions threatening uptime.

For in-depth data analysis, users can easily generate and export activity logs based on alarm history or historical device data in table, graph or chart format. Additionally, users can easily create, view and update a one-line electrical representation of their electrical system with animations and color-coding that indicates device status.

Further, the PXG 900 can be paired with Eaton’s Power Xpert Insight® software to view multiple gateways alongside other power systems equipment while enabling more extensive power and energy monitoring and notification features. The gateway can also be seamlessly integrated with a wide variety of building management and monitoring systems for unified facility monitoring and management.

To help minimize selection, installation and configuration time and labor, the new model is engineered with intuitive configuration menus and standardized device support. Eaton’s PXG 900 also integrates with existing Ethernet network infrastructure and supports common industrial protocols including INCOM and Modbus® RTU.

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Rotork launches 3rd generation IQT intelligent part-turn valve actuator

Rotork IQT intelligent actuator.jpgThe introduction of the new Rotork IQT electric valve actuator brings the advanced functionality and asset management capabilities of Rotork’s 3rd generation intelligent technology to the direct-drive operation of part-turn valves.

Proven in the field by thousands of IQ3 multi-turn actuators, new functionality brought to the compact and robust IQT includes an unrivalled range of advanced data logging and communication capabilities that have been increased in response to the end users’ desire to access more data, both in the field and in the control room.

Diagnostic graphics present a window into the process, showing the valve torque, usage profiles and service logs, facilitating real-time analysis directly at the actuator. The information-rich backlit display is the focus of attention for non-intrusive wireless communication and multi-functional indication, including user-friendly multi-lingual menus for configuration and commissioning. Local position indication, valve and actuator status, asset management and diagnostic operating information is available to download and can be viewed directly at the actuator on the large LCD display. The display provides real-time status data, positional and warning icon information; actuator setup and operating menus along with detailed diagnostic and operational data screens are clearly displayed in dot matrix format.

Using the Rotork Bluetooth® Setting Tool Pro, commissioning and configuring the actuator is faster and simpler than ever. The setting tool can also be used to securely transfer data from the actuators to a PC for analysis using Rotork Insight2 diagnostic software. Insight2 can further streamline actuator set up by pre-defining complete sets of instructions and settings. Each collection of settings can be saved as a ‘mission data set’ and quickly applied to multiple actuators requiring the same configuration.

Valve maintenance requirements can be identified and anticipated, eliminating unplanned interruptions to the process or over-cautious planned maintenance outages. The actuator's powerful datalogger provides comprehensive data capture for planned maintenance and troubleshooting. Data includes valve torque profiles, operational start profiles, vibration and temperature trend logs and an event log. Specific asset management information includes running time, average torque and number of starts. Service or maintenance alarms are selectable from configurable menus including open and close torque levels, total starts and vibration levels.

Torque sensing is reliable and accurate over the life of the actuator. Similarly, reliable valve positioning is critical. A patented absolute encoder with only one moving part tracks valve position without the requirement for a battery even when there is loss of power. In addition, as all configuration and datalogger data is stored in a non-volatile EEPROM memory, all settings are retained. If an actuator is manually operated during a power outage, the local display and remote indication is kept updated by the use of a battery which also facilitates data logging and power-off commissioning.

The IQT’s double-sealed IP68 watertight and temporarily submersible enclosure is universal to all Rotork actuators, including those with explosion proof certification. It permanently protects internal electrics from the ambient environment, even during site wiring with the terminal housing cover removed. The double-sealed design, in which the terminal housing is separately O-ring sealed from the rest of the actuator, has been a standard feature on Rotork electric actuators for over forty years. It is proven to increase long term reliability and durability in the harshest of climates. A plug and socket connector option is available which also retains the double-sealed design.

On the actuator’s compact and robust enclosure, local Open/Close and Local/Stop/Remote selectors are coupled magnetically to internal switches without penetrating the actuator body, further enhancing non-intrusive environmental protection. Emergency handwheel operation with motor preference is provided as standard.

IQT actuators are suitable for three phase, single phase or DC power supplies, with a torque output range of 50 to 2000Nm available for isolating, regulating and modulating duties. The motor always runs in the correct direction, irrespective of supply type and connection. In addition, the output speed can be non-intrusively adjusted over a 4:1 range without affecting the output torque. All valve interface bases conform to ISO5211 or MSS SP 101 and are fitted with removable couplings.

Hazardous area actuators are fully approved to the latest ATEX standards. Network connectivity options include Foundation Fieldbus®, Profibus®, HART® and DeviceNet® open systems, as well as Rotork's own dedicated Pakscan wired or wireless systems.