Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced that more than 130 award-winning Experion Orion Consoles – the most advanced operator interface in the world, according to the company – have been sold globally, helping industrial plants operate more safely and efficiently by transforming the control room experience and enhancing operator effectiveness.
Juniper Systems, Inc. recently announced the availability of its nonincendive Class I, II, and III, Division 2-certified version of the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet. Called “Mesa 2 Hazloc,” the tablet is certified to perform safely in hazardous locations where explosive gases, liquids, vapors, dusts, or fibers and flyings may be present.
Endress+Hauser has released the Memograph M RSG45 Data Manager, a compact device that can serve as a data acquisition system for small process control applications. The RSG45 acquires up to 14 discrete and 20 universal/HART analog inputs from process sensors, displays sensor data on its 7-inch multicolor TFT screen, records the data internally, performs math calculations and alarm checks, and transmits the data to a PC or any control system via Ethernet, RS232/485, Modbus, Profibus DP or PROFINET digital communication links. Data can also be stored to a device plugged into the USB or the SD port.
2H Offshore, an Acteon company, has designed and launched a new Engineering Critical Assessment (ECA) software: FlawIQ. FlawIQ is a comprehensive tool that automates both BS7910 and API 579 procedures, making it faster and simpler to perform accurate fatigue assessments for offshore components.
Asset Guardian Solutions Ltd (AGSL), which specializes in protecting companies’ process control software assets, announced that Total E&P UK has selected its software management platform Asset Guardian. The software will help to secure the integrity and improve management of the process control software used to operate Total E&P UK’s offshore developments in the North Sea.
Cat phones has announced the launch of its new flagship product, the Cat S60; the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal camera, and the world’s most waterproof smartphone. The device will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2016, in Barcelona.
The new Wonderware Office Bundle from Schneider Electric Software streamlines the ability to access and interpret operations data, bringing “big data” benefits to a new set of users. The solution’s easy installation and native connectivity to plant floor and business applications enable management to easily create Key Performance Indicators by visualizing and analyzing data in near real time from a wide array of devices and sources.
Emerson Process Management has joined forces with Intel Security, part of Intel, to enhance and strengthen its integrated cybersecurity solution to better secure the DeltaV distributed control system (DCS). This increased layer of cyber protection is designed to help safeguard critical assets and data.
Emerson Process Management has released enhancements to the OpenEnterprise v3 SCADA platform for the onshore oil and gas market. The OpenEnterprise v3.2 release adds a native interface to the AMS Device Manager asset management software, enabling users to remotely manage and maintain HART and WirelessHART devices in wide-area SCADA networks.
Real-time monitoring of underground well conditions is becoming increasingly important in the oil and gas industry. To gain the most accurate comprehensive picture of underground conditions, operators are using downhole fibre optic sensors to accurately measure pressure and temperature in real time along the length of the wellbore. A wealth of useful information about well condition and operation can be determined from the sensor data to help fine tune and maximize well production. The collection and analysis of fibre optic sensor data greatly reduces uncertainty, enabling better operational decisions that can increase well production and significantly reduce environmental impact.
The Ruggedcom RX1400 is a multiprotocol intelligent node which combines Ethernet switching, routing and firewall functionality with various WAN connectivity options. The device is IP40 rated, does not use fans for cooling, operates continuously within a -40 to +85 degrees C temperature range and comes with a rugged metal housing that supports DIN rail, panel or rack mounting.
Many oil and gas companies are looking for ways to make field operations more efficient through the revolution in mobile computing. However, sometimes the complaint is made: “We tried tablets for the field staff. They said that the devices were too hard to use and too easy to break. So they went back to using paper.”
Panasonic, an industry leader in reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996, has announced updates to the Toughbook 31, its bestselling fully rugged laptop. The updated Toughbook 31 offers up to 18 hours of standard battery life – 27 hours with an optional second battery – as well as improved connectivity and significant performance boosts over the previous model. With its fully sealed design that delivers durability to meet MIL-STD-810G and IP65 specifications, including a six-foot drop rating, the Toughbook 31 solidifies its position as the gold standard for emergency service professionals, utility workers and others who need to stay connected and productive even in the most extreme environments.
Robbing a bank used to be easy. The bandit need only conceal his identify by donning a ski mask or other disguise before bursting into the bank, taking a hapless teller by surprise, and then intimidating her into handing over the loot. Hidden cameras and alarms were a hindrance, but only if the robber, or his gang of thieves, weren’t quick enough to get out of the bank before the cops arrived – screeching tires and all. At least, that’s how it always happened in the movies.