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Friday, August 31, 2012

Metso innovates with the RapidDraw3D Valve Model Generator


Metso has engineered a very dynamic software called the RapidDraw3D Valve Model Generator. This software is going to be anything but a valve and piping design engineers favourite. The RapidDraw3D allows users to quickly create realistic, to-scale, 3D valve assemblies and export them to any CAD program format at the users end for use in plant piping diagrams. The user can always come back and modify the file created as it remains on the RapidDraw3D server for upto 90days. Bruce Weetherbee, Metso’s Sr. Engineering Manager describes the unique feature of this dynamic software as "Drawing simple boxes to represent sophisticated valve assemblies in the CAD program leaves a lot of unanswered questions, such as Which components? What’s the scale? Where are the electric, air, or pneumatic connections? RapidDraw3D is a better solution that assures that these important questions are clearly answered." The RapidDraw3D is user friendly, simply choose the desired Metso valve and actuator. RapidDraw3D automatically displays the linkage available for that combination, allowing the user to then specify the orientation of the actuator and pick accessories such as positioners, solenoids, etc. Metso has gone one step ahead with this free innovative RapidDraw3D software making it easier for piping and design engineers to choose Metso flow and automation products ahead of the rest. DOWNLOAD VALVE SOLUTIONS APP. WANT TO PROMOTE YOUR PRODUCT? FEEDBACK @anand_rkrishnan

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pepperl Fuchs VDM28-15 laser sensor effectively detects steel at 1400 DegF


A leading Hot Strip Mill in the midwest US was found to have serious problems with detecting hot slabs of steel at 1400 Deg F. Using an inductive prox sensor or mechanical limit switch was just not going to happen, because a slab of steel at 1400 °F will render them useless at less than an inch away. Infrared radiation (IR)detectors seemed most appropriate but are usually housed in heavy-duty housings, are water-cooled, and cost thousands of dollars besides running the risk of exposure to very high temperatures that could melt the IR detectors. Engineers at the mill were looking for a way to detect the presence of the strip or slab of steel at certain points of the process between the roughing mills, which start shaping the roll, and the finishing mills, which complete the process. Pepperl Fuchs implemented the VDM28-15 laser sensor which operates based on the (PRT)Pulse rating technology.The VDM28-15 laser sensor emits extremely high bursts of light periodically rather than a continuous emission of lower light energy. These high-energy bursts of light are emitted from the sensor to the steel and reflected back to the sensor at long distances, which reduces the ambient temperature at the sensor’s location. Using this technology, the VDM28-15 laser sensor effectively detected the hot slab of steel at temperatures of 600 °F to 1400 °F. Being a distance measurement sensor it can also precisely measure the thickness of steel all this at a fraction of the cost of IR detectors. DOWNLOAD VALVE SOLUTIONS APP. WANT TO PROMOTE YOUR PRODUCT? FEEDBACK @anand_rkrishnan

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rockwell implements plant wide optimisation with scalable single environment solutions


Plant wide optimisation is the need of the hour for any organisation to sustain in this era of globalisation along with economic downturn. Rockwell automation is helping companies across the world achieve just this by leveraging scalable single environment automation solutions. The primary objective of which, is to get all parts of a manufacturing environment working to maximise asset utilisation, productivity, uptime and seamlessly integrate this with all other aspects of the organisation. Rockwell Automation is revolutionising the seamless transfer of data from point-to-point through the use of a single network, irrespective of the simplest component level I/O block, all the way up to the overarching company MES system. This has significantly reduced the investment in training, software, licences, machine design, programming, parts management and data handling. With Rockwell automations scalable single environment solutions the sharing of data, from high-level programmes all the way down to simple on/off signals is made incredibly simple. Manufacturing plants globally are struggling to balance innovation, productivity and sustainability. As process plant technology continue to evolve rapidly, implementing plant wide optimisation is the only option to stay ahead in a constantly dynamic business environment. DOWNLOAD VALVE SOLUTIONS APP. WANT TO PROMOTE YOUR PRODUCT? FEEDBACK @anand_rkrishnan

Monday, August 13, 2012

Siemens Sitrans FC430 the next generation of Coriolis flow measurement.


Siemens Industrial Automation Division introduces the next generation of Coriolis flow measurement technology with the Sitrans FC430 digitally based flow solutions. One of the most compact flow meters, the Sitrans FC430 features a short build-in length, suitable for liquid or gas applications within the process industry. The Sitrans FC430 is capable of optimizing increased productivity in industries such as Oil & Gas, Chemical, F&B and pharmaceutical. The unit is ideal for multiparameter measurement, and can be used in applications like fast filling, batch control, blending and dosing, as well as for the measurement of gases or fluids. The Sitrans FC430 features a compact frame, high accuracy measurement of 0.1 percent, low pressure loss, extremely stable zero point and data update capabilities of 100 Hertz. The Sitrans FC430 is Innovative, its user friendly support tools provide direct access to all operational and functional data, certificates and audit trails. The Sitrans FC430 is amongst the first Coriolis flowmeters to offer SIL (Safety Integrity Level) 2 and 3 approval in hardware and software respectively. Thus enabling maximum redundancy meeting the highest standards of safety and reliability. The highly automated production of the Sitrans FC430 ensures a flexible supply chain for rapid responses to customer inquiries. Very short lead times for tailor-made solutions are guaranteed by assembly robots guided by sophisticated 3 D vision laser systems. DOWNLOAD VALVE SOLUTIONS APP. WANT TO PROMOTE YOUR PRODUCT? FEEDBACK @anand_rkrishnan

Friday, August 3, 2012

GO, the next generation gas over oil pipeline valve actuators from Rotork


The new generation of Rotork GO actuators has undergone an important upgrade, including streamlined manufacturing and product improvements. The rotork GO range uses the pipeline gas as the motive power source. The gas is delivered to oil tanks that convert the gas into hydraulic pressure and this pressurised hydraulic oil is used to drive Rotork scotch-yoke quarter-turn or linear valve actuators. Using pressurised oil as the driving force provides powerful and smooth actuator control and isolates the cylinder from the pipeline gas. This prevents contaminants from entering the hydraulic cylinder, eliminating corrosion and seal deterioration and extending actuator life. At the centre of the gas-over-oil system, the multi-function manifold block integrates gas control functions to facilitate a wide range of valve control options. A dedicated pump is utilised in each operating direction to prevent leaking or contamination between the gas-over-oil tanks. The manifold has the facility for a high-flow hand pump, pressure relief and a locking handle for safe commissioning. High pressure and low pressure control logic designs are also available, together with torque limiting devices for valve and drive train protection. Finally the rotork GO range has a robust new design, which is lighter and more compact. It is built to provide longer and most efficient service in the harshest of environments with very minimum maintenance required. DOWNLOAD VALVE SOLUTIONS APP. WANT TO PROMOTE YOUR PRODUCT? FEEDBACK @anand_rkrishnan