Metso enters globe valve business by acquiring South Korean technology and service company Valstone Control

Metso has strengthened its offering for customers in oil and gas and power by acquiring South Korean globe valve technology and service company Valstone Control.

The acquisition enables Metso to expand its offering for the oil and gas and power industries with globe valve technology that plays a key role in most critical processes with extreme pressures and temperatures.

Valstone is a privately owned globe valve and service specialist company. It has an established customer base in Korean engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and in domestic South Korean petrochemical and power generation industries, said Metso.

Valstone’s globe valves add to Metso’s current wide portfolio of control valves, making Metso one of the strongest control valve suppliers, said the company.

Metso has ambitious targets to develop its valve business and services. This acquisition has been preceded by a series of investments in its global offering and presence, also testifying to Metso’s commitment to growth, said the firm.

Last year, Metso opened a new valve technology center in Finland. In 2010 Metso, opened a new valve facility in Shanghai, China, and the firm is currently expanding its valve production premises in the US as well as building a new supply and service center in Vadodara, India. Additionally, Metso has high-class industrial valve facilities in Brazil and Germany.

“This is a strong message for our customers globally. We are in the business with a long-term strategy to continuously improve our technology offering and services to benefit our customers who are facing increasing operating pressures and demand for more advanced applications,” said Markku Simula, president of Metso Automation’s Flow Control business line.

The acquisition of Valstone is intended to strengthen Metso’s position in the Asia-Pacific market area, which the company sees as one of the main growth areas for its valve technologies and services. In particular, the agreement provides Metso with a key position to further improve its presence in the domestic South Korean market. With a combined technology offering, Metso can now offer South Korean customers a more comprehensive product offering and services.

Moreover, Metso further plans to develop partnerships with leading South Korean engineering, procurement and construction companies. The region’s EPC companies have gained a strong market share in recent years, especially in the growing Middle East market, by winning contracts from major global customers.

“It is a clear benefit for us that we are now close to South Korean and other EPCs in the region. They are important partners, and we can offer them technology that is known and proven for them. This improves our position significantly when these companies choose key suppliers for new projects,” added Simula.

Silicon Designs launches triaxial MEMS capacitive accelerometers

Silicon Designs has announced the global market introduction of its new model 2445 series, a family of single-ended low-noise analogue MEMS capacitive accelerometer modules, designed to support a variety of low-to-medium frequency triaxial measurement requirements.

The rugged design of the model 2445 features three orthogonally mounted low-noise MEMS capacitive sensing elements, packaged in a nitrogen-damped, epoxy sealed lightweight aluminum housing, finished with a à‚±5V single ended output.

The outputs are referenced to external ground. Units are available with individual standard measurement ranges from à‚±2 g to à‚±400 g, with all designed for reliable operation over a temperature range of -55 à‚°C to +125 à‚°C.

Non-standard units with enhanced measure-ment and temperature ranges, as well as alternative housings and outputs, are available upon request.

The model 2445 features a six-wire connection with an instrumentation amplifier on each axis, for higher drive capability and low-impedance output.

Meggitt launches iTEDS enabled microphone and preamplifier

Meggitt Sensing Systems, a Meggitt group division, has introduced the Endevco model EM46BE, a combined 1/4″ free-field pressure microphone and iTEDS-enabled preamplifier set (per IEEE 1451.4), designed for general purpose and larger channel count precision acoustic measurements within a variety of applications.

The Endevcoà‚® model EM46BE comes in a preassembled, pre-calibrated kit, consisting of the model EM40BE à‚¼” prepolarized free-field microphone and the model EM26CB à‚¼” ISOTRONà‚® preamplifier with Microdot coaxial connector, both constructed of stainless steel for high durability.

Units are assembled in a clean room environment to avoid contamination of the contacts and are calibrated together to form a reliable acoustic measurement system. These combined units are fully repairable.

With a frequency response from 10 Hz to 40 kHz (à‚±1 dB) and a wide dynamic range of 40 dBA to 160 dB (re. 20 àŽ¼Pa), the Endevco model EM46BE is designed according to guidelines set forth by IEC 61094 Class 1, the highest industry standards for precision acoustic product reliability.

Incorporation of iTEDS technology allows for the microphone and preamplifier to be recognised by any smart-transducer compatible input module. When connected, the analyser will derive data such as microphone type, serial number and sensitivity, which can be read by the application software for simplified test setups.

Emerson automates two 1000 MW USC units in eastern China

Emerson Process Management is automating two new 1000 MW, ultra-supercritical, power-generating units at the Jiangsu Xinhai power plant with its OvationTM expert control system. The new units are the first 1000 MW units to be built by Jiangsu Guoxin Investment Group, which owns and operates the plant in Lianyungang city, near the East China Sea in the Jiangsu province.

By using ultra-supercritical technologies ” which offer both higher efficiency and lower emissions than traditional coal-based electricity generation ” Jiangsu Guoxin Investment Group is supporting economic growth in Eastern China in an environmentally responsible way.

Emerson’s Ovation technology has been selected for 40 of 64 1000 MW ultra-supercritical units in China. The system’s ability to more tightly control operations is essential for achieving and maintaining ultra-supercritical unit efficiency.

Because it was the company’s first experience constructing and operating 1000 MW units, Jiangsu Guoxin Investment Group’s leaders and experts wanted to be sure they selected a supplier with a successful track record automating these types of plants. Emerson offered a proven, state-of-the-art control solution backed by superior technical expertise that was just what the company was looking for, which is prompting Jiangsu Guoxin Investment Group’s interest in collaborating with Emerson on future energy projects.

Dating back to 1941, Jiangsu Xinhai is one of the oldest operating power plants in China. The facility currently has a generating capacity of 660 MW (2 X 330 MW). The new units, Units 5 and 6, will replace two old, less-efficient 220 MW units that have been decommissioned. Unit 5 is slated to go into commercial operation during fall 2012; Unit 6 is scheduled to come online the following year.

Emerson will supply a total of 66 Ovation controllers and 16 workstations. Ovation technology will monitor and control boilers and turbines supplied by Shanghai Electric Group. The Ovation system will also perform data acquisition, as well as manage each unit’s flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) system, modulating control system, sequence control system, electrical control system, furnace safety supervisory system, feed-water turbine control system and balance-of-plant processes. In all, Ovation will manage 28 000 I/O points. In addition to Ovation, Emerson will also supply nearly 1000 Rosemount differential pressure, level and flow transmitters.

“Industry leaders like Jiangsu Guoxin Investment Group understand the importance of choosing the right automation for ultra-supercritical and supercritical power plants,” said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson Process Management’s Power & Water Solutions.

Suzlon launches S8X 1.5 MW low-wind turbine for India

Suzlon Group has announced a new turbine in the 1.5 MW range focused on harnessing Class III, low-wind sites. The new turbine is specifically designed to deliver high efficiency and cost effective power generation even at low wind speeds, therefore increasing the size of the market and making wind power projects even more financially competitive than they are today, said the company.

The S8X is designed for the Indian market, where most potential lies in medium-to-low wind sites. This turbine is designed with advanced rotors, with diameters of 86.5 and 89 metres, and a tower height of 90 metres, which will bring improvements in energy yields of between 15 to 20 per cent over the current S82 ” 1.5 MW offering in low wind conditions. Additionally, the S8X is designed specifically to operate in high temperatures, and to meet the current and future grid requirements in India.

This turbine is an evolution of the proven S82 ” 1.5 MW platform, with about 2400 MW in installations consistently delivering 97 per cent plus availability (uptime). The new design also incorporates several key features from the S9X suite of turbines, helping to achieve higher reliability, improved power output, higher safety and improved lightening protection. Like the S9X, the new turbine offers an improved pitch and yaw system, hub assembly, main frame and other key components, ensuring easier maintenance, greater reliability and higher uptime.

Setra Systems Variable Capacitance Vacuum Manometer

Setra Systems has announced the global market introduction of the Model 730, a compact, low-cost variable capacitance (capacitive) vacuum manometer.

Available in full-scale pressure ranges from 10 Torr to 1000 Torr, the Model 730 offers 0 to 5 VDC or 0 to 10 VDC output that is both linear with pressure and independent of gas composition. Its standard à‚±0.5% percent of reading accuracy, with option for optimization to à‚±0.25%, ensures a wide dynamic range, along with negligible temperature coefficients across its 0 to +50à‚°C compensated range, making units relatively insensitive to thermal transients and environmental changes. Temperature coefficients of à‚±0.25% of reading/+50à‚°C on zero; and à‚±1.35% of reading/+50à‚°C on span are standard.

Units operate from a standard 12 to 30 VDC power source and can be configured with a 9- or 15-pin D-sub or 5-pin terminal strip electrical connection, all with ‘plug-and-play’ industry standard pin-outs. A variety of vacuum fittings and interconnecting cables are also available.

Design of the Setra Systems Model 730 employs a welded, all Inconel wetted parts sensor for compatibility with virtually all process chemistries.

Contelec launches compact rotary Vert-X 16 encoder

For applications in the energy sector, angle measurement frequently involves exacting requirements in terms of safety, confined installation space, maximum measurement accuracy and high price sensitivity.

To meet such demanding applications, Contelec has launched the high-precision Vert-X 16 industrial rotary encoder. At just 16 mm diameter, the rotary encoder features fastening tabs reinforced by metal sleeves to ensure reliable and sturdy attachment.

With axial output leads, the rotary encoder is convincing with 12 to 14 bit resolution, à‚±0.3% linearity of the measuring range, programmable angles and an IP65 protection rate. Another attractive feature is the long service life, specified at over 50 million movements.

The compact Vert-X 16 angle gauge is also extremely flexible, and is available in redundant versions as well as variable wave amplitudes and lengths.

It is optionally available with interfaces including ratiometric and PWM signal outputs. A digital SPI interface can be integrated to provide a direct digital output of the absolute angle values in 14-bit resolution.

Meggitt introduces 256 series of Endevco miniature accelerometers

Meggitt Sensing Systems, a Meggitt group division, has introduced the Endevco model 256 series, a family of miniature piezoelectric accelerometers with integral electronics, designed for modal and structural analysis and general vibration measurements on smaller structures and objects, as well as HALT/HASS/ESS; shaker testing; package integrity testing; wind turbine vibration measurements; satellite ground testing; medical device testing; vehicle modal and structural analysis; and automotive component durability testing.

The model 256 series is offered in choice of adhesive (256) or thread mounted (256HX) versions, with available sensitivities of 10 mV/g (à‚±500 g range) and 100 mV/g (à‚±50 g range), both with milli-g resolution, said Meggitt Sensing Systems.

These products’ lightweight (3.5 gm) design effectively minimises mass loading, according to its maker. The accelerometers incorporate the use of Meggitt’s own proprietary piezoelectric crystal sensing element, operating in annular shear mode, which provides highly stable output sensitivity over time, excellent frequency response and low base strain, for exceptional thermal transient stability, said Meggitt.

In addition, this series uses a built-in low noise microelectronic amplifier which transmits its low-impedance voltage output through the same two-conductor cable that supplies required constant current power. A dielectric layer isolates case ground from the mounting surface. The hermetically sealed top connector and welded housing provide long-term reliability, even in harsh, corrosive or higher humidity conditions.

Supplied with the Endevco model 256 series is mounting wax and the model 3061A-120, a 10-foot cable assembly with temperature rating to +177 à‚°C (+350 à‚°F), featuring a male 10-32 miniature coax connector at one end and a male BNC at the other. Optional accessories, sold separately, include the Endevco model 133 three-channel piezoelectric signal conditioner; the model 2775B signal conditioner; the model 2793 16-channel signal conditioner; the model 4416B low-noise battery powered signal conditioner; the model 4999 16-channel low-pass filter signal conditioner; the model 6634C vibration amplifier; and the model 4990a (Oasis) modular rack-mounted signal conditioner. All Endevco accelerometers are accompanied by a comprehensive five-year product warranty.

Belden presents OpenBAT series from its Hirschmann range

Belden’s new OpenBAT range from Hirschmann is the first modular system to enable industry-standard WLAN access points and clients to be configured via the internet. This range, comprising the BAT-R (IP20) and BAT-F (IP67) series, supports the IEEE 802.11n transmission standard, which facilitates data speeds of up to 450Mbps in both the 5GHz and the 2.4GHz bands.

Both series are based on entirely new hardware and also have a powerful HiLCOS operating system with extensive management, security and quality of service functions plus layer 3 IP routing. The number of wireless modules and Ethernet LAN ports can be configured individually, as can the power delivery concept.

This also applies to the over a dozen certificates that qualify these access points and clients for use in, for example, the power supply industry, the gas and oil sector or rail transportation. They can be used to set up fast and stable infrastructure and meshed networks plus wireless distribution systems (WDS) or point-to-point connections. Several thousand different designs can be configured using these OpenBAT devices. The range thus allows tailored solutions with an optimal price-performance ratio.

ETI launches its new HVAC Therma Differential Thermometer

The Therma Differential Thermometer is a two channel digital thermometer that allows the user to use two type K thermocouple probes simultaneously, said its maker, the UK’s Electronic Temperature Instruments (ETI).

The display can be switched to show either probe T1 or T2 temperature or the temperature difference between the two probes (T1 minus T2). This thermometer is ideal for setting up flow and return boiler temperatures, balancing central heating systems, and checking and recalibrating room thermostats.

The Therma Differential thermometer measures temperature over the range of -100 up to 299.9 à‚°C with a 0.1 à‚°C resolution or 300 to1372 à‚°C with a 1 à‚°C resolution. The thermometer features a custom, LCD display with à‚°C/à‚°F, T1, T2, diff, hold, open circuit, low battery indication and an optional backlight.

The unit incorporates an auto-power off facility that automatically turns the instrument off after approximately ten minutes, maximising battery life, said ETI.

Each unit is housed in a durable, ABS case that has an integrated rubber seal to ensure IP67 protection complete water tightness and help reduce the possibility of damage in harsh environments.

ETI offers an extensive range of interchangeable type K thermocouple temperature probes, for a variety of different HVAC applications. A protective silicone boot complete with foot stand and wall mounting magnet is also available as an optional accessory.

The Therma Differential Thermometer manufactured in the UK, where it is priced at à‚£75 ($118) plus VAT.

Morgan Thermal Ceramics launches BTU-Block insulation materials

Morgan Thermal Ceramics announces the availability of its BTU-Block Board product line. Part of a family of microporous insulation, BTU-Block materials are designed for use as back up insulation for high temperature applications in Non-Ferrous metals, steel processing, chemical processing, power generation, passive fire protection, as well as commercial appliances and heaters.

BTU-Block insulation provides ultra-low thermal properties throughout the entire temperature range and when used as a part of an insulation lining, reduces energy waste, temperature variability, insulation thickness and cold face temperature.

BTU-Block insulation uses an optimised blend of raw materials to produce an insulation material with a uniquely low thermal conductivity. Unlike traditional fibre or ceramic-based insulation, microporous insulation is based on ultra-fine particles of fumed silica, metal oxides, and reinforcement fibres.

These particles and fibres create a structure that limits air convection, heat conduction and radiation transmission.

“In high temperature manufacturing processes, heat loss through the insulation lining represents wasted energy and increased manufacturing costs,” said Allen Reisinger, Morgan Thermal Ceramics’ product manager for microporous insulation.

“Using BTU-Block materials as part of the insulation package will help to retain more energy and lower overall operating costs.”

BTU-Block materials are up to four times more efficient than other traditional insulation, so designers can reduce overall insulation lining thickness without sacrificing thermal performance, according to Morgan Thermal Ceramics.

Such a reduction allows flexibility in the lining design, increases capacity and lowers operational costs. In addition, using BTU-Block materials in an insulation lining helps lower the system’s cold face temperature, which will minimise metal fatigue, eliminate hot spots, reduce shell operating temperatures and increase operational safety.

Yokogawa adds Modbus interface to ROTAMASS 3 Coriolis flowmeter with Modbus interface

Yokogawa has extended the communication capabilities of the ROTAMASS 3 Coriolis flowmeter series by adding a Modbus interface. Modbus communications via an RS-485 connection will be available in both Modbus RTU and ASCII transmission modes.

The fast and simple Modbus communication at up to 57 kbit/s enables access to all relevant process measurements including ” but not limited to ” mass/flow, density and temperature, according to Yokogawa. All measurement variables are included as readable address registers.

Compared to other field communication protocols like FOUNDATION Fieldbus or Profibus, the Modbus protocol involves no costly changes to the conventional 4-20 mA wiring, allowing a point-to-point or multi-drop network to be realised with minimal effort, said Yokogawa.

In addition to the Modbus communication, the standard I/O interfaces such as 4-20 mA, pulse/frequency and status in/out are still available for control and/or monitoring purposes.

For easy configuration of meter measurements and settings, a free ROTAMASS Modbus communication tool will be delivered with each ROTAMASS. This software tool is equipped with different functions, clearly shown in an explorer view, said Yokogawa.

GE Energy introduces end-to-end fault detection system

GE has announced the release of its End-to-End Fault Detection, Isolation & Restoration (FDIR/FLISR) system, a complete distribution automation solution that enables utilities to significantly improve the reliability of their distribution network, according to the company.

The new solution is capable of detecting power system outage locations and automatically sectionalising and reconfiguring distribution circuits to restore power to as many customers as possible, said GE.

The new FDIR/FLISR advanced distribution automation system can often reduce typical customer outage time from hours to under a minute as well as improve a utility’s SAIDI and SAIFI reliability indices, claims GE.

This powerful solution from GE includes the Multilin D400 DA, a substation-based FDIR system that can automate up to 20 distribution feeder circuits; the Multilin DGCS Switch Controller; the Multilin DGCR Recloser Controller; and the MDS Wireless Communication network, which seamlessly work together enabling easy deployment across the distribution network.

This solution is very scalable and can be rolled out incrementally across the system providing utilities with the flexibility for staged deployments as their network requires. This distributed substation and field intelligence solution provides additional reliability with the ability to restore local parts of the network even when wide-scale problems such as loss of backhaul communications to the control center occur.

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Heinzmann unveils mobile device for measuring cylinder pressure

The CPM 500 is a new mobile device for measuring and analysing cylinder pressure in combustion

engines. The device is designed to deliver highly precise readings that can be used for optimum adjustment of the engine

settings of the combustion engine, thereby contributing to reducing fuel consumption and harmful emissions.

Heinzmann describes the newly developed CPM 500 (Cylinder Pressure Monitoring) as a useful service tool that further expands the company’s product portfolio. The CPM 500 offers a range of benefits in comparison to conventional measurement processes, according to the company.

For example, it provides highly accurate readings, can be used with 2- and 4-stroke applications and is very easy to use, said Heinzmann. Handy dimensions and reliable battery power supply makes the CPM 500 a portable device that can be used in any possible application, according to its maker.

In terms of measurement accuracy, the CPM 500 performs considerably better particularly than mechanical indicators, according to Heinzmann. This will enable combustion engine settings in the future to be adjusted even more precisely.

At the same time, the devices will make it easier to meet the increased requirements for emissions values. The precise data recording is guaranteed by the use of the high-precision and an equally robust pressure sensor, according to Heinzmann.

The pressure sensor is also impressively durable and reliable which keeps the maintenance costs of this service tool very low, said the company. The CPM 500 is easy to use compared to mechanical indicators which means a considerable saving in time for recording and analysing of readings.

Heinzmann lists the CPM 500’s advantages as:

  • Precise cylinder pressure measurement on diesel engines over several cycles
  • robust and cost-effective pressure sensors
  • important contribution to engine optimisation
  • improvement of combustion performance
  • reduction of fuel consumption and emissions
  • easy-to-use electronic metering and recording device

The Heinzmann Group describes itself as one of the leading system suppliers worldwide for engine and turbine management solutions, specialising in all relevant technologies.

Semaphore launches 3G cellular modems for RTU product line

Semaphore, a CSE Global company, announces that the T-BOX LT and MS RTU product lines for remote monitoring and SCADA system applications are now available with 3G cellular modems.

The new modems are compatible with GSM quad band and UMTS triple band, 3G cellular networks, worldwide. Two versions are distinguished by UMTS compatibility. The US version supports Band V (850 MHz) while an EU version supports Band VIII (900 MHz).

T-BOX LT is a very compact, rugged, Ethernet RTU with up to 32 I/O points, said Semaphore. T-BOX MS is a modular system that can accommodate up to 20 communications ports and more than 800 I/O points.

T-BOX employs an innovative, decentralised architecture that enables the complete integration of programmable automation, alarm management, data logging and IP telemetry in a single, rugged package.

Simple yet powerful platforms leverage web technologies and push messaging via e-mail, SMS text and FTP. T-BOX systems are easy to configure and offer dramatically reduced costs versus traditional PLC and SCADA architectures.

Semaphore’s sees its RTU products as ideal for a broad range of monitoring and control applications across many sectors.

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