Wednesday, July 11, 2018

How to Connect the Brooks Instrument MT3809 Variable Area Flow Meter (Rotameter) with FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus Transmitter to Your Network

Brooks Instrument MT3809 Variable Area Flow Meter
MT3809 Variable Area Flow Meter
Brooks Instrument has added a new FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus transmitter to its popular MT3809 variable area (VA) flow meter, making it easier for users to integrate the unit into their automation control systems for more efficient data capture and digital communication across the plant enterprise. The MT3809 is also EMERSON™ qualified for its Delta V control system and AMS device manager.

The FOUNDATION Fieldbus transmitter is a compact microprocessor device that interfaces directly with the MT3809 flow meter. A single 2-wire bus connection compliant with the international FOUNDATION Fieldbus standard provides power to the transmitter and communications access. The flow meter itself does not require power.

The new transmitter makes it easier to access multiple MT3809 VA flow meter variables, including:
  • Flow rates
  • Totalization, both resettable and inventory measurement
  • Temperatures
  • Densities
  • Calibration factors
  • Hi-low alarm parameters, which enable facilities and systems operators to be notified if gas or fluid flow rates fall outside set values
In addition, the MT3809 VA flow meter has a local operator interface with LCD display for insight into flow status and fluid measurement. These outputs are configurable and can be shown in various engineering units. Operators can also change parameters without removing the housing cover, enabling changes to be made in hazardous areas.

The FOUNDATION Fieldbus transmitter on the Brooks Instrument MT3809 VA flow meter is equipped with the most up-to-date version of the FOUNDATION Fieldbus protocol, ITK 6.0. The transmitter and alarm options have worldwide safety approvals as well as SIL 2 safety certification.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

New Product Alert: UM33A Digital Indicator with Alarms

UM33A Digital Indicator with Alarms
UM33A Digital Indicator with Alarms
The Yokogawa UM33A is an updated, newly-released digital indicator that can receive, process, and sequentially display data from up to eight process sensors. The enhanced UM33A is an easy to install and cost effective solution that enables the monitoring of data from multiple field sensors.

The previous version UM33A digital indicator was limited to accepting data from a single temperature, pressure, or flow rate sensor. It would then convert that data into digital signals, alarms and visual display. Adding multiple inputs to the older version was expensive as additional equipment was required. Yokogawa redesigned the UM33A to satisfy the needs of customers who want a lower cost, simpler solution to check measurement data from multiple sensors.

The enhanced UM33A supports the master function and the data monitoring function of the Modbus/RTU communication protocol, and is able to connect with up to eight sensors and sequentially display data from those devices. The UM33A is thus able to monitor data from multiple field sensors without requiring the installation and engineering of a separate device with user interface and controller functionality. It can also function alongside already installed systems that employ such specially configured hardware. With its ability to remotely connect with multiple sensors throughout a site, the enhanced UM33A makes it easier for plant personnel to check measurement data from these devices.

In plants, progress is being made in the introduction of field digital solutions that rely on digital communications between intelligent field devices and control systems. Field digital solutions allow the transmission of significantly greater amounts of data, including not only data on process parameters but also instrument status information, and the ability to monitor this information online improves maintenance efficiency. Thanks to its functional enhancements, the enhanced UM33A can handle both digital and analog communications with sensors, and is thus well positioned to facilitate the introduction of field digital solutions at plants.

Intended Markets:
  • Electrical equipment
  • Process equipment
  • Chemical processing applications
  • Food processing applications
  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Automobile manufacturing
For more information on the UM33A digital indicator, contact Flow-Tech by visiting https://flowtechonline.com or by calling 804-752-3450 in Virginia.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

How Thermal Energy Meters Reduce Costs at University Campuses

Installation under 4 hrs.
Step 1: Cut insulation where
transducers and
RTD will be located.
The cooling and heating of a university campus is one of the primary areas where better energy management, including improved efficiency and energy reduction, brings some of the highest returns.

Every university to some extent is now engaged in this process, and one of the first things that has to be addressed is the metering of distributed thermal energy. To effectively begin energy reduction initiatives, accurate and reliable thermal energy metering has to be in place.

Today, there is high priority for understanding that we need to be better stewards of energy consumption. Poor energy consumption harms the environment and creates much higher operating costs. Universities have become very involved in the move toward greener energy. Many universities began metering long ago while some are just beginning. Most are in the middle of the process.

Step 2: Install stainless bands around
pipe under insulation.
There are many different types of meters, and often, many of these choices turn out to be unreliable. In order to achieve real accountability for energy usage at campus buildings, energy managers at leading universities are applying a “utility model.” In the utility model, building managers responsible for campus buildings are billed at utility grade costs for the thermal energy consumed. This creates an environment where focus falls to thermal energy conservation. It’s also vital that inefficiencies are identified and corrected through metering.

You can’t manage what you don’t measure!

Many universities have gone through an evolution of trying to meter thermal energy consumption throughout their campus. The success of these ventures can be elusive when the meter chosen for the job doesn’t live up to expectations. Examples include insertion meters that over time will foul and meters that cannot respond to low velocities that are prevalent during off-peak metering.

Step 3: Install
transducers and RTD.
On proven alternative is FLEXIM’s Thermal Energy / BTU Flow Meter. The technology, based upon FLEXIM's ultrasonic clamp-on meters, do not require shutdown and are very cost effective to install.

Clamp-on ultrasonic meters have been doing the job of BTU-metering for decades and the Flexim thermal energy meters are leading the effort towards more energy efficient buildings and facilities.

Step 4: Cover transducers and RTD
with insulation and tape.
More than 150 colleges and universities throughout the country are using the FLEXIM product as their preferred thermal energy meter and attest to FLEXIM’s performance, reliability and support.


For more information on Flexim thermal energy products, contact Flow-Tech by visiting https://flowtechonline.com or by calling 410-666-3200 in Maryland or 804-752-3450 in Virginia.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Yokogawa EJA-E or EJX-A Series Pressure Transmitter LPS (Local Parameter Setting) Overview

Yokogawa EJA-E
Yokogawa EJA-E
We have all run into this problem one time or another; you're out in the process area when you realized you need to make a change to a transmitter, but your Hand Held Communicator (HHC) is back at the instrument shop! Your HHC is a great device, but it does you no good when it is left back at the shop. However, if you have a Yokogawa EJA-E or EJX-A series pressure transmitter it is not a problem. Yokogawa's Local Parameter Setting (LPS) gives you easy access to nine (9) basic parameters:
  • Tag Number
  • Unit of measure
  • Set LRV (4 mA)
  • Set URV (20 mA)
  • Damping Time
  • Transfer Function (Linear or Square Root)
  • Display
  • Calibrate LRV (Requires applied pressure)
  • Calibrate URV (Requires applied pressure)
The LPS allows you to make changes to the transmitter without actually having a handheld communicator or FieldMate.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Wireless Instrumentation Promises to Improve Plant Efficiency, Mitigate Risk, and Increase Productivity

Yokogawa Wireless pressure transmitter
Wireless pressure
transmitter (Yokogawa)
Industrial companies are under great pressure to improve safety, reliability, and efficiency. Plant managers are faced with maintaining profits in face of greater competition and rising costs. Lost production, escalating energy costs, unexpected maintenance problems, and heightened safety concerns are always on the horizon. Situations such as unplanned shutdowns and outages due to equipment failure can be devastating to plant performance. Keeping personnel safe in dangerous or hazardous areas requires strict and deliberate attention to procedure. To address these concerns (reduce risk, save money, improve performance) higher reliability, and feature rich process technologies must continually evolve. Wireless instrumentation is one such technology. These new products deliver a promise to improve plant efficiency, mitigate risk, and increase productivity.

Yokogawa wireless gateway
Wireless gateway
(Yokogawa)
Today's wireless instruments are available for monitoring virtually any process control variable including flow, pressure, level, temperature, pH, Dissolved Oxygen, etc..., or to monitor atmospheres for unsafe levels of toxic or combustible gases. These devices reliably transmit critical control and safety data back to central monitoring systems without the need for human supervision.

The argument for wireless instrumentation is very compelling when you consider installation convenience and cost savings.  Some cost savings estimates run as high as 70%  by eliminating wires and cables, as opposed to the cost when using cables for the same application. And most remarkably, wireless instruments provide additional safety and compliance benefits by keeping maintenance personnel out of dangerous or hazardous areas.

Wireless, portable gas detection
Wireless, portable gas detection
(Drager X-zone 5500)
In the process control industry, there are many reasons to adopt wireless instrumentation, but the acceptance by companies has been slow.  Why is this?  The fiscal argument for the industry to adopt wireless instrumentation networks is convincing as wireless is one of the more promising cost cutting technologies.

Impediments to Wireless
  • Reliability and Familiarity - Wireless must provide the same reliability (real and perceived) as traditional wired units, and engineers, operators, and maintenance staff must become just as comfortable with wireless as they are with wires and cables.
  • Working Within the Existing Infrastructure - Sometimes it doesn't make sense to build or relocate infrastructure or equipment just to create a reliable wireless link.  
  • Integration with Existing Communications - Concern over the impact on engineers, operators, and maintenance because of their work with the other, existing, field communications systems.

Drager wireless gateway
Drager wireless gateway
Industries will always be faced with cost cutting. A plant manager's job is continuous process improvement. There is always a need for better control solutions, and wireless instruments are promising. As the adoption of wireless instrumentation accelerate, concerns about reliability, user comfort,  infrastructure, and integration will subside. Industry-wide acceptance will be driven by deployment and maintenance savings, improved safety and easier governmental compliance.