Friday, November 17, 2017

MagMeter Market study.

Flow Research have completed  and published a new Magnetic Flowmeter study.   It contains some surprising and unexpected results. As it turns out, the magnetic flowmeter market was more affected by the downturn in oil prices than was anticipated. Applications for water measurement in the hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” industry are among the reasons. The study contains hard data on the changes in the market since 2013, and quantifies these changes by region, by segment, and by technology.

The World Market for Magnetic Flowmeters, 6th Edition is now ready for shipping. The on-line overview may be read here (pdf).

The magnetic flowmeter market has many unique aspects that make this study of vital importance to anyone competing in this market. Liner types, line sizes, coil power types, and battery operation are among the segments considered. Unlike many flowmeters, magnetic flowmeters do not measure the flow of gas, steam, or hydrocarbon liquids. Yet they loom large in water and slurry flow measurement, in hydrofracking, in pulp and paper, and in many other areas. Magnetic flowmeters are especially popular in Europe, and major suppliers are located there, in the United States, and in Japan.

Some of the important trends identified are the growing use of insertion meters, wireless technology, and battery operated magnetic flowmeters. The study has also segmented the clean water from the wastewater market in this study.

Some say that water is the new oil. Whether or not this is true, there is no question that water flow measurement is more critical than ever in a world in which clean and potable water is an increasingly scarce commodity. This study makes it clear that magnetic flowmeter technology is changing, and that it is more important than ever today. This study will be of special interest to any companies looking to expand their magnetic flowmeter product line, or potentially to add magnetic flowmeters to their current offerings.

#FlowResearch #PAuto

New man in mechanical division.

Martin Ralph has joined the Hanley Controls sales team in Clonmel (Irl). He is to specialise in their Mechanical Division representing Pneumatics/Vacuum and associated products in which he has great experience in his field and we hope that he enjoys working with us at Hanleys.

Before joining HCL he was was with a pneumatic sales and distribution company for over 29 years which gave him vast and wide experience.

He said that his aims are "To grow, develop and expand my product knowledge, to increase Hanley Controls presence within the market place. To increase our customer base with Hanley controls with our customer services team."
He particularly enjoys, "Meeting new people and going out visiting customers. Also the staff at Hanley Controls - they are very approachable and there is always help at hand."

Martin coaches under 10 and under 14 soccer and he also plays golf and enjoys DIY.

@hanleycontrols #PAuto #Ireland

Batch reporting halves reporting time.

Emerson is expanding its alliance agreement with Informetric Systems, a leading developer of data collection and reporting applications, to help life sciences companies deliver a more than 50 percent reduction in batch reporting time while getting rid of bottlenecks in batch release processes. Emerson’s Syncade™ manufacturing execution system (MES) is integrating Informetric’s InfoBatch™ - flexible electronic batch reporting technology - to improve operational efficiency and eliminate reporting roadblocks in the batch release process.

Purpose-built for life sciences and targeted at Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) production, InfoBatch offers the automated security and traceability necessary to help pharmaceutical and biotech products pass regulatory scrutiny. Using this reporting functionality, Syncade will break down silos of information, facilitating easier reporting and reducing the time required for the batch release process. Users will no longer need to integrate multiple systems across the operations landscape to collect data for reporting, delivering faster and easier report generation.

This integration will also allow Syncade users to incorporate alarms and events directly from the DeltaV™ Batch Historian as well as graphical trends from DeltaV. Moreover, InfoBatch’s easily configured report generation tools help Syncade deliver more agility around batch report design.

“Life sciences organisations need to reduce the time spent on reporting activities without compromising product quality and compliance,” said Tom Snead, president of life sciences and partnerships at Emerson. “The incorporation of Informetric’s reporting technology with Syncade allows companies to eliminate critical complications in batch review and release processes while still ensuring clear, accurate, and compliant reporting.”

As the number of pharmaceutical manufacturers around the globe continues to increase, shortening a product’s time to market is more important than ever. In the early stages of project design, streamlined configuration of reports will get projects up and running faster. These same benefits will continue to provide value throughout the lifecycle of the project, helping users adapt as product and processes mature, ultimately reducing delays and errors that can hold up the manufacturing process and reduce a company’s ability to deliver life-saving medicines to patients.

The batch review solution is part of an expanded alliance agreement between Emerson and Informetric Systems. With the agreement, users experience the same reporting environment in the DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) and Syncade MES, establishing one common, simple solution for batch release.

“Life Sciences organisations see tremendous benefits to increases in operational efficiency, but silos of data surrounding different departments make these improvements hard to implement,” said Bob Engel, CEO of Informetric. “Our partnership with Emerson opens up a whole new range of applications and opportunities targeted at delivering intuitive, enterprise-level reporting, adding to the value chain of bringing a product to market.”

@EMR_Automation #PAuto #MES @Emerson_News

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Self-calibrating RTD.

The iTHERM TrustSens hygienic RTD from Endress+Hauser, is the world’s first self-calibrating temperature sensor. TrustSens’ self-calibration process functions in situ and provides the necessary documentation to meet the conformance requirements for various regulatory agencies.

Traditionally, calibration cycles for standard temperature sensors in critical service are every six to twelve months. This leaves the potential for undetected drift in the sensor between cycles. Such undected drift could lead to product quality issues or even a complete loss of the production run.

Many hygienic and aseptic processes require equipment cleaning on a regular basis with Sterilize in Place (SIP) procedures, typically after every batch. With TrustSens, the temperature sensor is calibrated after every SIP cycle. TrustSens, therefore, eliminates the risk of an undetected calibration drift and the risk of bad batches. It also reduces the need for frequent calibrations by verifying the sensor is working as designed in between manual calibration cycles.

TrustSens has a built-in, high precision ceramic reference based on the Curie Point of the reference material; that is, the temperature at which its ferromagnetic properties abruptly change. The change can be detected electronically. For applications using SIP operations—where steam at 121°C (250°F) is used to sterilize equipment—TrustSens uses a reference material with a Curie Point of 118°C (244°F).

When the SIP process reaches 118°C, the reference sensor in TrustSens sends a signal. Simultaneously, the TrustSens RTD measures the temperature. Comparison between these two values is a calibration identifying errors in the temperature sensor. If both sensors see 118°C, the RTD sensor is still in calibration. If the measured deviation is outside set limits, the device issues an alarm or error message, which is also displayed via a local LED.

The TrustSens calibration procedure can store up to 350 calibrations which can be submitted to various regulatory agencies for verification of compliance issues. It can also produce printable and uploadable audit-proof calibration certificates using asset management software such as Endress+Hauser’s FieldCare.

TrustSens has built-in Heartbeat Technology to monitor the sensor and send warnings when it detects a sensor failure, drift or other measurement errors. The TrustSens sensor measures temperatures from -40 to 160°C (-40 to 320°F), works in pressures up to 725 psi, and provides a 4-20 mA output with HART. The 4-20 mA output represents the measured process variable, and the HART signal contains diagnostic and status information.

The sensor is available with a variety of hygienic process connections (e.g., 1/2 to 3-in. Tri-Clamp, Varivent, etc.). It can also be configured for direct immersion measurement or with a protective thermowell for easy removal from the process.

@Endress_Hauser #PAuto

Appointment for international sales activities.

Moore Industries-International has announced it promoted executive Gary Prentice to a new role as Vice President of Sales. In his new role, Prentice will be managing all of the company's sales activities and responsibilities including direct sales management of Moore Industries’ international offices located in Britain, Belgium, The Netherlands, China, and Australia.

Gary Prentice
Prentice has been at Moore Industries since 1993 and has over 36 years of experience working in the process control industry. Previously Mr. Prentice served as National Sales Manager in charge of the company’s regional sales manager teams within the United States and Canada and has served as the sales manager in New England and eastern Canada.

"Gary has delivered reliably excellent training, sales management and strategic planning for the company for nearly 25 years. I am confident that Gary will excel in this new position and will continue helping the company grow for the foreseeable future." said Scott Saunders, CEO.

Prentice has shared his extensive knowledge on process-industry related topics by writing articles like A Practical Guide to Improving Temperature Measurement Accuracy and authoring the book Moore Industries’ Temperature Reference Guide, 2017 edition. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania (USA).

 @MII_Worldwide  #Pauto 

Graphical design of Ex control boxes.

Your own specific control box or control station for hazardous areas within glasfibre reinforced polyester as well as in stainless steel enclosures can be designed using this Android App from Quintex.

The use is very easy: the design is based on a graphical interface . You define the quantity of functions (up to 15) you need based on their standard pre-defined enclosures used for control boxes. By clicking the needed build up, you reach another screen where you can place the function you need by selecting them and draging the function to the position required.

If you want to know the function of the selected item in detail just touch the picture a bit longer and a short explanation is given. If you select switch functions or illuminated pushbuttons you will be asked for the characteristic of the switching module (NC, NO...).

You can also define your needed glands (quantity and size) on top and buttom side of the enclosure. During all stages of your design you can see the actual price of your control box. When you are ready with your design steps you can save the picture of this control box or directly send it as an inquiry to Quintex.

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Measuring & monitoring heavy current networks.

The SINEAX AM series from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is a range of compact devices for measuring and monitoring heavy current networks. The quality of the display, intuitive controls, and measurement precision are all signs of the Swiss comprehension of product quality.

The measurement part of the device can detect more than 1500 measurement parameters which can be used to determine the mains supply status, energy consumption and mains quality. The parameterization is done either by control buttons and the intuitive TFT display or else using a web browser. In low voltage networks, nominal voltages up to 690 V with measurement category CATIII can be directly connected. By logging relevant data when an event occurs it is also possible to safeguard the mains quality (Power Quality).

The devices offer a wide range of functions which can be further extended with optional components. They can be integrated into the process environment by means of communications interfaces, digital I/Os, analogue outputs or relays. The universal measurement system can be applied directly to any type of power network. It is suitable of all kinds of power network from single phase up to 4-wire unbalanced circuits.

The devices are designed for versatile use in industrial systems, building automation or energy distribution. The SINEAX AM series devices are available in two different sizes for control panel installation and three different versions (AM1000, AM2000, AM3000) depending on the application and space requirements. The flexibility of the technical features of the AM series allows the device to be integrated in a high-level control and management system (for example a SCADA system or SMARTCOLLECT from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG).

• Camille Bauer Metrawatt products are marketed in Ireland through Irish Power & Process.

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