Kittiwake, a leading global provider of asset control and protection technology, has launched its FTIR3 Oil Analyser, which is designed to provide fully compliant ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) oil measurements in the field for the first time, comes pre-loaded with standard ASTM test parameters for lubrication oils, and requires only minimal intervention from the user.
Fourier Transform Infra Red (FTIR) machines, which are traditionally lab-based, offer an in-depth understanding of many oil parameters, quickly and without the use of complicated tests and chemical reagents. FTIR is the predominant infrared spectroscopy (IS) methodology, providing information on multiple parameters simultaneously, offering both qualitative and quantitative measurements, which makes it an invaluable source of information for maintenance engineers.
Kittiwake’s portable FTIR3 Oil Analyser has three main components – FTIR3 spectrometer, portable computer and carrying case – and is simple to operate, requiring only 2 ml of oil sample to produce accurate, reproducible results in minutes. Its results give general information about the identity and condition of the oil – for example degradation by-products, additive depletion and contaminants.
The FTIR3 Oil Analyser is configured to ASTM D7418 Standard Practice and its included software comes pre-loaded with the complete range of JOAP and ASTM approved methods for the condition monitoring of in-service lubricants. Also preconfigured are industry-accepted methods under ASTM consideration including: antioxidant depletion, glycol contamination, water, sulphonation, oxidation, nitration, phosphate antiwear. Further test methods can be added as and when they are approved by the standards bodies.
The powerful FTIR software provided on the netbook allows users to set up multiple machines and oil types and also define what parameters are measured on each sample. Data is stored on the machine and can either be viewed numerically or in graphical format for trending over time. Custom alarms can be set for any measured parameters. Spectral data can be viewed graphically and compared with new oil spectra.
Martin Lucas, managing director of Kittiwake Group, said the use of on-site, in-service oil analysis is increasing as operators gain a greater understanding of the benefits of condition monitoring. “Until now, lab grade instruments have been too bulky or delicate for field use, which is why Kittiwake has developed the FTIR3 Oil Analyser. The first compact field unit of its type, it is capable of detecting multiple oil analysis parameters simultaneously and providing rapid analysis without the need for extensive sample preparation or wet chemistry.”
Yokogawa enhances CENTUM VP unified gateway station
Yokogawa Electric Corporation will release an enhanced version of the CENTUM VP integrated production control system, the company’s flagship product, in March 2012.
In this new version, support for the use of a dual-redundant unified gateway station (UGS), which serves as the interface between CENTUM VP and other control systems, has been added. In addition, an alarm monitoring function displays information from other control systems on the CENTUM VP human machine interface (HMI).
Plant monitoring and control functions are usually designed to be dual redundant so an automatic switchover to a backup unit can be initiated in a system failure. Although the gateway unit that serves as the interface for the monitoring of other control systems from the main process DCS should also be dual redundant, systems with this feature have not been widely adopted because of the requirement for special software.
Now, with the addition of support for dual-redundant UGSs that serve as the interface between CENTUM VP and other control systems, only simple programming is required to build a highly reliable system with an additional UGS.
In addition to main process alarms, alarms from other control systems can be displayed on the CENTUM VP HMI via an OPC-A&E server. Object Linking & Embedding for Process Control (OPC) is a specification for connecting measuring instruments and control systems. The OPC-A&E sub-specification is for alarms and events.
SIPOS completes retrofit at Franken 1
SIPOS Aktorik has carried out a comprehensive and rapid actuator retrofit at E.ON’s Franken 1 power plant in Germany.
In just four weeks, 80 pipeline valves were replaced, 120 original actuators were removed, and 200 new SIPOS Flash 5 electric actuators mounted and commissioned.
The 790 MW power plant’s control system is managed by Siemens. SIPOS collaborated closely in the commissioning of complete units, demonstrating its total service support capabilities.
Commenting on the contract, Holger Scholz, a key account manager for SIPOS, said: “Minimising disruption and avoiding downtime is key to success in the power sector and the flexibility of both our engineers and our products have been pivotal in the success of this project.
“Competency in retrofitting actuators is important for the power sector as fossil fired plant efficiency is central to carbon footprint reduction and competitiveness of plant production is improved. Following the actuator retrofit at E.ON’s Franken 1, efficiency was enhanced by 1.5 per cent.”
Previously part of Siemens, SIPOS Aktorik has supplied specialist actuators to the power industry for over 30 years. Credentials include work for five of the world’s largest nuclear power plants.
Tyco expands its saturated steam testing capabilities
Tyco Valves & Controls has significantly expanded its testing facility at Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA.
Originally opened in 2010 following a $25 million investment programme, Tyco’s testing facility has recently seen improvements to its test boiler fleet and steam flow loop, including the addition of a new 2250 psig (155 barg) 350 horsepower boiler.
This expansion enables Tyco to fully flow test products from any manufacturer up to pressures of 2000 psig (137 barg) with flow requirements of more than 900 000 kg per hour of saturated steam. Modularity of the facility also allows testing of straight-through and angle-type products with various inlet and outlet connections.
“We have already worked with some major OEMs in the valves and controls industry to augment their nuclear programme by providing product related testing,” said Don Coons, marketing manager for Nuclear Power and Service, Tyco Flow Control. “The facility is available to any organisation that needs to test equipment at high pressures and flow rates. With this expansion to incorporate higher pressures and short times needed between tests, we are unrivalled in our saturated steam testing capabilities.”
The Mansfield facility offers testing resources well beyond the requirements for full-flow steam testing of equipment for the new Gen III and Gen III+ Nuclear Power reactors. With this capability, Tyco can test steam service equipment for full functionality and repeatability with ease. Since the test facility can regenerate quickly, full functional tests of the latest advanced nuclear main steam safety valve products for the new generation of nuclear power reactors can be tested repeatedly within minutes. In addition to tracking pressure and temperature throughout the product operational cycle, other measurements can be tracked and recorded as required for any specific test. Fundamentally, the test arrangement and measurements taken can be customised to customers’ own specific needs.
Alongside the expanded high pressure steam flow loop, Tyco also offers additional testing facilities at the Mansfield location. Product tests using air, steam (high flow, lower flow, high pressure and lower pressure) and water are also available from other test loops within the facility. A selection of these capabilities includes:
- Measured flow testing on air, steam and water;
- Reaction force calculations;
- Seismic calculations and testing;
- Stress analysis;
- Finite element analysis (FEA);
- Temperature correlation testing;
- Pressure testing in excess of 3000 psig;
- QME-1 qualification testing;
- Full-flow testing in excess of 2 million pounds per hour saturated steam at pressures up to 2000 psig;
- Operational testing with measurements of pressure, temperature, time and stroke among other parameters.
Engineering, product design and quality assurance expertise acquired through decades of experience in the nuclear power industry ensures the team at the Mansfield facility are uniquely qualified to assist customers with a full range of specialist testing and engineering analysis requirements.
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