Across process industries, the success of major capital projects is jeopardized by traditional automation system commissioning practices and their associated problems: missed deadlines, errors, and stretched-thin personnel.
Online configurators from Assured Automation are said to simplify selecting automated valves. The configurators can be used on a PC, tablet or mobile phone. Valves can be identified by Type, Material, Application or Industry using the interface tabs.
Microdrones has been flying the mdMapper1000DG advanced aerial mapping solution at the White Birch Paper mill in Quebec City for three years, providing a safer, more cost-effective way for the company to measure wood chip piles.
Endress+Hauser has introduced a new generation of ISFET sensors made with PEEK (polyetheretherketone) to improve performance in glass-free pH measurement. With the new design, the ISFET sensors — Memosens CPS47D, CPS77D and CPS97D — are said to offer consistent accuracy, maximum product safety, and up to six times greater clean in place (CIP) stability than the previous generation of ISFET sensors.
Improperly specified, installed or maintained sight glasses can represent the weakest link in a processing system. The wrong glass or materials used will limit observation, require extra maintenance and replacements, and even fail under pressure with catastrophic results – since glass can fracture at 5 miles/second.
The federal government has earmarked $275 million into LNG Canada’s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, BC. Finance Minister Bill Morneau made the announcement last month in Kitimat, announcing the $220 million will be directed toward buying energy-efficient gas turbines for the project, with the additional $55 million spent on replacing the Haisla Bridge in Kitimat, which is expected to see an increase in traffic.
A sawmill in McBride, B.C., that shutdown 13 years ago is getting a new life as a wood pellet plant. Boreal BioEnergy, under an exclusive technology license, can produce torrefied (black) pellets from almost any kind of available wood fibre.
LysteGro is a unique product (a CFIA registered fertilizer in Canada and considered a Class A biosolids in the U.S.) in that it is produced and delivered in a highly concentrated, liquid form (ranging from 12 to 17% solids depending on the feedstock).
Harting has introduced what it calls the world’s first M8 D-code connector for 100 Mbit/s Ethernet communications from the cloud to any sensor. The connector is IP67 protected and standardization to PAS IEC 61076-2-114, which also makes it a safe investment, as it can be combined with the connectors and sockets of various manufacturers.
From process manufacturing applications to complex processes in utilities, it is important to guarantee uptime and proper functioning of all machinery. Condition-based maintenance systems help to maximize yield and quality, while decreasing unscheduled outages and maintenance and repair costs.