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Honeywell expands gas measurement solution portfolio

Honeywell Process Solutions has expanded its portfolio of integrated gas measurement solutions in the U.S. The company is now offering the standard Honeywell Elster RABO meter combined with a mechanical totalizer or instrument drive (ID), along with the direct-mounted Honeywell Mercury Instruments TCI temperature corrector or EC 350 volume corrector. This combination will deliver advanced measurement, control, and analysis technology from a single source, and thus reduce costs and integration challenges for customers.

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Pressure transmitter consumes less power during operation

Endress+Hauser added a 1-5 VDC Low Power output option to the PMP71 pressure transmitter that draws only 17 milliwatts of power at 9V, making the PMP71 consume less power during operation than any other voltage-output pressure transmitter in the market This low-power draw makes the PMP71 ideally suited for battery- and solar-powered applications, such as remote oil & gas wellheads, offshore platforms or pumping stations where low power consumption is critical. 

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Reliable boiler alarm switches warn if water high or low

Clark-Reliance Corporation has announced a new family of level switches for boiler and tank applications. The new Reliance Levalarm Gold level switches provide the ultimate in secure, reliable operation for critical high or low water alarms or for fuel cutouts. The switches' design represents a major step forward in reliability, employing a positive interlocking magnet operation proven for over 28 years in Clark-Reliance's Jerguson level switches. The switches' repelling magnet design allows them to be completely unaffected by heat, vibration, or loss of electrical power, a first for float-type switches for this application.

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Complete portable tool for emissions analysis

The E Instruments E8500 PLUS emissions analyzer is a complete portable tool for EPA compliance level emissions monitoring and testing. This model has been upgraded to measure up to 50% CO2 using an NDIR sensor. The E8500 PLUS is ideal for regulatory & maintenance use in boiler, burner, engine, turbine, furnace, and other combustion applications.

Features:
  • CO2 Measurements Now Up To 50% with NDIR Sensor
  • NEW PID VOC Sensor Option
  • Include Up To 9 Gas Sensors
  • Upgraded Software with Automatic Data-Logging
  • Internal Thermoelectric Chiller with Automatic Condensate Removal
  • New Sample Conditioning System for Low NOx & SO2

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Cat launches Connect for energy and transportation sectors

In the digital age, the world is transforming at a rapid pace, especially in industry with the deployment of the Industrial Internet of Things. That's the same for Caterpillar customers and the industries they serve.  Caterpillar is merging deep domain expertise with digital technologies to create solutions that help customers improve their business operations and better manage risk.

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Control room solution allows modernization of systems

Honeywell Process Solutions has announced the introduction of its Experion Local Control Network (LCN) solution. This new offering enables the incremental upgrade of the company's legacy TotalPlant Solution (TPS) control system to allow for a secure, seamless integration with Experion PKS. With Experion LCN, Honeywell is providing a path for continuous innovation to customers around the world.

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Position sensor for use in hydraulic cylinder applications

Alliance Sensors Group has expanded its in-cylinder position sensor product line to include the MHP-7 series linear inductive sensors. These compact inductive linear sensors were designed to be installed into the rear endcap of hydraulic cylinders for operation at pressures up to 5000psig. Their 1-inch hex aluminum or stainless steel housing are ideal for mobile hydraulics, factory automation machinery, or oil and gas exploration equipment, and mount to the cylinder with a standard male o-ring port thread.

Features of the MHP-7:
  • No magnet required
  • Compact 1-inch hex aluminum or stainless steel housing 
  • Contactless- no wear from cycling or dithering 
  • Ranges from 25 to 600 mm (1 to 24 inches)
  • Excellent stroke-to-length ratio 
  • SenSet for field scalability of analog output

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Turbine flow meter an easy drop-in replacement for many existing units

AW-LAKE COMPANY has introduced the TW Series Turbine Flow Meter for the most rigorous flow measurement applications. Ideal for use both on and off the oil field, the TW Series Turbine Flow Meter provides highly accurate (to ±1% of reading or better) and repeatable (0.1% repeatability) flow measurement of oils, water and some chemicals with a low cost of ownership.

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Improving control room management reduces stress and improves operations for pipelines

The control room is the brain of pipeline operations; it serves as the command center for decisions both inside and out in the field. The brain thinks clearly and strategically when it is used to its full potential; when overwhelmed with information, it causes stress and lack of direction. The same is true for pipeline control rooms and operators. 

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Internet of Things requires solutions for connectivity concerns to succeed

Internet of Things requires solutions for connectivity concerns to succeed

Energy companies will struggle to derive the maximum value from the Internet of Things (IoT) without access to radically improved, reliable, high-speed connectivity. This is according to independent research commissioned by Inmarsat, which found that while the overwhelming majority of energy companies are in the process of deploying or developing IoT solutions, low rates of connectivity are preventing them from realizing the full benefits that IoT can deliver. 

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Growing midstream service provider picks Bedrock control system

The Bedrock control system, installed in the top left-hand corner of a system box.

Pinnacle Midstream, a Houston-based supplier of storage and processing services for the oil and gas industry, has selected the Bedrock  control system as the automation platform for its crude oil receipt and delivery points. The Bedrock system will coordinate flow of product from partners, through the Pinnacle processing facilities and onto refiners and shippers. Pinnacle chose Bedrock system for its scalability, ease of engineering, ruggedness, cost efficiencies and intrinsic cyber security.  

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Reliable relief valve leak monitoring solution

Process and plant engineers responsible for the safety of natural gas fractionation processes will find the advanced FLT93 Series Flow Switch from Fluid Components International (FCI) provides a reliable solution to relief valve leak monitoring that keeps their facilities safe without the inconvenience of false alarms that interrupt operations, upset plant employees and require additional paperwork and meetings to report and resolve.

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Pressure transmitter updated for solar- or battery-powered applications

Pressure transmitter updated for solar- or battery-powered applications

Endress+Hauser added a "1-5 VDC Low Power" output option to the PMP71 pressure transmitter that draws only 10 milliwatts of power at 9V , making the PMP71 consume less power during operation than any other voltage-output pressure transmitter in the market, the company states This low-power draw makes the PMP71 ideally suited for battery- and solar-powered applications, such as remote oil & gas wellheads, offshore platforms or pumping stations where low power consumption is critical. 

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Intrinsically-safe wireless flow totalizer

Intrinsically-safe wireless flow totalizer

SignalFire Wireless Telemetry introduces a new Intrinsically-Safe Wireless Flow Totalizer that connects to industry-standard inductive turbine flow meters (such as the AW-Lake TW Turbine) to measure, locally display, wirelessly transmit and archive flow measurements.  Data and diagnostics are available locally using the display as well as remotely from a SignalFire Gateway using Modbus standard protocol. 

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I/O product portfolio expanded with new Master modules

Weidmuller expands its u-remote Remote I/O product portfolio with two new IO-Link Master modules - IP20 and IP67. These new IO-Link Master modules use the IO-Link open standard (IEC 61131-9) serial communication protocol to connect and communicate data to and from sensors and actuators. This increased transparency down to the sensor-actuator level helps improve diagnostics and efficiency, increase machine availability, and reduce downtime.

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