Operators have plenty to manage. Features that make a job simpler and more efficient are always welcome. Volvo Boom Float relieves pump pressure from the cylinder when lowering the boom, reallocating pressure appropriately for faster cycle times, more accurate grading and improved fuel efficiency. Watch for Boom Float operating tips.
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Mil-Ram Technology’s VOC Fixed Gas Detector for Benzene utilizes advanced Photo-Ionization PID sensor technology to provide reliable, continuous, low ppm monitoring under demanding field conditions. The Benzene Gas Detector TA-2100 is suitable for indoor/outdoor installations and has been optimized for fixed, continuous monitoring applications in industrial environments. The Benzene Gas Detector provides low ppm (parts-per-million) detection limits as a critical part of an early warning system. Long VOC detector UV lamp life is 12 months under normal operating conditions, depending upon environment.
Venture Global LNG, Inc. has selected GE Oil & Gas as a strategic partner to provide a plant-wide technology solution for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities under development in Louisiana. Under the agreement, GE Oil & Gas will leverage advanced technologies from across the broader GE portfolio to deliver a comprehensive power, pretreatment and LNG liquefaction system. The agreement provides for the delivery of a complete LNG process system with defined schedule, price and performance standards.
Festo’s next generation pressure sensors SPAU and SPAN offer customers excellent functionality and versatility along with fast, easy installation and commissioning. These economical additions to the Festo range of sensors are designed to simplify choice and reduce complexity for engineers. SPAU is Festo’s new flagship machine and cell level pressure sensor, while SPAN is an all-new compact, low cost model – in a 30x30 mm format. Their IO-Link functionality makes SPAN and SPAU fast and easy to set up and commission and also enables remote maintenance and parameterization.
Alliance Sensors Group has expanded its line of LVDT/RVDT signal conditioners to include the SC-100 DIN-rail mountable AC-LVDT Signal Conditioner module that offers smart and fast LVDT setup with built-in null indication and simple front panel pushbuttons to set zero and full scale. The SC-100 is engineered to work with the widest range of AC-operated LVDTs, RVDTs, and inductive half-bridge position sensors and was specifically designed to be compatible with both Marposs and Solartron analog pencil gaging probes.
The oil and gas industry is increasingly recognizing the need to overcome data quality issues and manage the ownership, control, sharing and use of data. As a trusted third party, DNV GL is now launching an industry data platform - Veracity - to facilitate frictionless connections between different industry players, domain experts and data scientists.
Bedrock Automation, maker of the world’s first Open Secure Automation (OSA) platform has set another benchmark in I/O price/performance with the release of a cyber secure 20-channel discrete output (DO) module for its Bedrock OSA system. The new SIO8.20 DO enables software selectable electronic fusing, latching and fail-safe shutdown for each 24 VDC output at 1 A max current per channel. It provides galvanically-isolated output switching in a rugged, all-metal enclosure, and one of the smallest footprints in the industry. Delivering programmable electrical capability within the cyber secure Bedrock control platform reduces the cost, maintenance and vulnerability of external electrical connectors.The SIO8.20 is designed with Bedrock’s patented Black FabricTM Cybershield protection built in from the start. Its combination of capabilities and benefits are unprecedented against typical DCS or PLC offerings, including:
- Reduced Footprint, via 20 galvanically-isolated DO channels delivering one of the highest possible density of channels per inch for optimization of rack space.
- Programmable Electronic Fusing. Each of its 20 channels are electronically fused to a programmable threshold up to 1 amp per channel.
- Overcurrent Retry, which enables programming a channel to latch off and retry during overcurrent.
- Failsafe Output, which protects the module if communication with the controller fails, directing output to a configured fail-safe value or holding it at last known value.
- Extreme Hardening and Long Life, thanks to a pinless backplane Interconnection andsealed all-metal construction, protecting against extreme temperature EMI and EMP in compliance with the highest military standards.
- Scalable Redundancy, with user-selectable single/dual/triple redundancy.
- Extreme Digital Performance, with a 32bit Secure ARM and an additional microcontroller on each of the 20 DO channels, to deliver unparalleled speed and diagnostics. Integrated Support of IEEE 1588 time precision protocol enables SOE synchronization with +/- 0.5mSec accuracy on all channels.
Control application developers can integrate all such features for discrete, hybrid and continuous control applications using the Bedrock IEC 61131-3 compatible engineering environment, which can be downloaded free at www.bedrockautomation.com.
Emerson Automation Solutions has launched the Rosemount 2140, the world’s first wired HART vibrating fork level detector. Offering enhanced ease-of-use, smart diagnostics, and remote proof-testing capability, the device provides reliable level detection while helping increase safety and efficiency of both plant and workers.
The S1A and SC-100 DIN-rail-mounted, push-button-calibrated LVDT signal conditioners were developed by listening to customers and LVDT manufacturers’ comments and wish list. This has allowed Alliance Sensors Group to design and build signal conditioners that work with all different types of LVDTs, LVRTs, GE “buck-boost” LVDTs for gas turbines, half-bridge pencil gaging probes, and RVDTs, rather than only satisfying markets where they are strong and not addressing the concerns of LVDT users with other applications.
Honeywell and Dover Energy Automation will collaborate as part of the Honeywell INspire program, Honeywell’s joint customer development program for its Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) ecosystem, helping industrial energy customers improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of their operations.
Monitoring tubing and casing pressures from wellheads helps operators optimize ongoing well production while gaining a better understanding of long-term performance. Sites using manual monitoring methods are finding difficulty in managing costs, efficiency and accuracy of operations. Even wired remote monitoring systems are expensive when considering wire and trenching costs. Wireless remote monitoring systems are proving more cost effective and efficient in tracking tubing and casing pressures from wellheads, especially those located in challenging and large-scale environments.
The GOV+ Electronic Speed Governor is a module in the PLC+ product line. It provides closed loop speed control of an engine by controlling an actuator. It can communicate to PLC’s in order to monitor and control processes via Ethernet/IP or Modbus TCP. The speed input pulse can come from magnetic, Hall-effect, or other types of active pickups. A configurable 4-20mA or 0-10V analog output signal can be used to control an actuator position to control the speed. The GOV+ incorporates the following startup logic: ready, purging, starting, warmup, and running. The GOV+ has three adjustable warmup ramps with configurable ramp speed in rpm/sec with “hold” timers. The GOV+ is designed for use as a component of a PLC+ Control Panel, or as a stand-alone product. PLC+ panels use one or more such devices for engine control and monitoring. The Ethernet port allows the monitored values to be communicated to a PC, PLC, or other communications device using either Modbus/TCP or EtherNet/IP protocol. These values can be displayed on an HMI display and compared to user adjustable setpoint levels for sequencing, and/or alarm and shutdown.
Endress+Hauser has introduced Cerabar PMP11, 21 and 23 pressure transducers that measure up to 6,000 psi and are factory spanable to specific application requirements. The transducers are available with threaded or welded hygienic process connections, meet a variety of industry standards including FDA, FM, IEC and Ex, and provide 4-20 mA or 0-10 Vdc output signals.
Emerson Automation Solutions has released the Fisher Type 119EZ and 119EZS main burner valves for burner systems used in oil and gas production. The new 119 Series can help improve oil and gas burner performance, increase reliability and reduce capital and operational expense.
Schneider Electric has launched Foxboro RTT15S Optical Temperature Transmitters, a new family of temperature transmitters that features a large, backlit LCD display with optical configuration buttons – operable through the glass cover of the unit’s explosion-proof housing – that enable users to locally configure and operate the transmitter even in hazardous locations without the need for process shutdown.