Utilities side with Moleseye product

Leading underground asset owners have thrown their weight behind the UK’s first nationwide online assets protection system launched in June by Scotland-based Moleseye, a streetworks registration systems provider.

A number of organizations, including utilities and construction companies, have all registered the location of their underground assets on the new Moleseye One-Call (UK) system.

The device claims to save these organizations up to à‚£90 million ($137m) per year ” the annual cost of repairing excavation-damaged assets ” by enabling potential excavators to conduct free online searches to discover the location of plant.

Various northern UK county councils have already implemented Moleseye One-Call service. The system will benefit excavators by giving them a single point of contact for information on the location of underground assets. According to the company, the enthusiastic response from utilities confirms the significance to the industry, which has reduce damage to plants caused by streetworks and other excavations.

“Moleseye has already reduced damage to underground assets in Scotland,” said Moleseye’s Alan McMaster. “We look forward to achieving the same result UK-wide.”

Multipurpose analyzer launched for R&D and troubleshooting

A sound and vibration analyzer has been designed to provide fast, cost-effective solutions for sound and vibration measurement, analysis and troubleshooting applications by acoustics and vibration specialist, Bràƒ¼el & Kjaer.

The model, named Pulse Lite, is an entry-level analyzer platform based on Windows technology that enables engineers to immediately start troubleshooting or studying the sound and vibration aspects of a wide range of engineering applications.


Pulse Lite can be used for R&D purposes as well as troubleshooting on rotating machinery
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The system’s software has been developed to minimize an engineer’s set up time and ensures that error-free sound and vibration measurement can be made with three clicks of a mouse by using predefined display templates that cover many standard measurement tasks.

Added to its features, Pulse Lite also operates as a research and development tool for manufacturers in the automotive, consumer goods and IT industries. Rotating machinery manufacturers will also find the system suited for machine diagnostics/troubleshooting applications such as investigating motors, engines and compressors.

The model comes in three configurations. First, a basic 2-channel FFT analyzer-based system with a run up/ run down analysis option. Second, a basic 4-channel FFT analyzer-based system with a run up/ run down analysis option and third, a basic 2-channel CPB analyzer-based system.

To start making measurements a user has to use the system’s TEDS transducers with pre-set measurement configurations that cover up to 80 per cent of typical sound and vibration measurements. The hardware database stores information when a transducer is added to a channel. This information is automatically retrieved if an IEEE P1451.4-capable transducer with standardized TEDS is connected to the front-end.

CAE delivers milestone tenth CANDU nuclear plant simulator

CAE, a Canadian company that provides advanced simulation and controls equipment, announced the delivery of its tenth full scope, high fidelity CANDU nuclear power plant training simulator.

The simulator was delivered for China’s Quinshan Phase III project. CAE signed the C$20m contract for this project in June 1998 with the prime contractor, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL).

The Third Quinshan Nuclear Power Company, based in Haiyan, China, declared the simulator ‘ready for training’ on March 4 this year. The actual reference power plant, now in the early stages of commissioning and fuel loading, was scheduled to start operating in the summer of 2002.

The full scope simulator faithfully reproduces Unit 1 of the Quinshan (Phase III) Nuclear Generating Station, complete with a high-fidelity replica of the main control room environment and the plant control computers, including AECL’s panoramic plant display system. It incorporates proven, advanced technology. The simulation software reproduces the reactor core, nuclear steam supply system, balance of plant, electrical, instrumentation, and control systems.

Kappa installed the Siemens PCS at its CHP plant in Birmingham, UK

Kappa SSK, a UK-based paper merchant, has installed Siemens’ Simatic PCS 7 Process Control System on two Centrax gas turbines at its plant in Birmingham, which manufactures raw materials for the corrugated packaging industry.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP), or cogeneration, is the simultaneous generation of electrical power and heat, and such installations are of particular value to processes where large amounts of heat as well as electricity are consumed.

Usually the heat is recovered from the exhaust gases and cooling water of the generator’s prime mover. In the case of Kappa SSK the installation was powered by a 3 MW Centrax gas turbine, installed in 1985, and a 5 MW Centrax unit commissioned in 2001, and used the rejected thermal output to generate steam for the recycling process. The PCS 7 is used to control the boiler turbine and gas compressor, all components of the CHP installation.


Kappa installs Siemens process control system
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Once committed to cogeneration, the plant had to be assured of a continuous and reliable supply of both heat and electrical power to secure continuity of production and predictability of energy costs.

Although PCS 7 makes extensive use of the Simatic I/O system and totally integrated automation, PCS 7 has the necessary hardware and software tools and features required of a process control system, claim Kappa SSK engineers.

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