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Innovations

12.01.2012  |  Blume, Adrienne ,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [software] [refining] [equipment] [heat transfer] [analyzer]

Invensys acquires Spiral Software

Invensys Operations Management has acquired Spiral Software, a privately held company headquartered in Cambridge, UK. Spiral Software provides integrated solutions ranging from crude assay management to refinery supply-chain optimization, enabling clients to make educated choices in trading and refining crude oil.

Spiral’s crude oil knowledge-management tools help companies track the quality of feedstocks and predict their refining behavior. Fully integrated refinery planning and scheduling help optimize production plans based on real-time crude demand and market pricing, as well as on the refinery’s own capacity and supply-chain constraints.

Ravi Gopinath, president of Invensys’ software business, commented, “Spiral Software provides the only integrated refining industry solution designed from the ground up, bringing together feedstock data management, planning and scheduling. This means that our SimSci-Esscor offerings will now fully support and optimize the entire refining value chain, from crude trading to supply-chain distribution, including lifecycle modeling from design to startup to performance optimization.”

Spiral Software’s crude oil knowledge-management tools provide oil information across an enterprise, from ranking crude oils in trading to optimizing refinery processes and maximizing reliability. Spiral Software’s planning and scheduling solution provides a collaborative, multi-user environment for sharing common data and models across all supply-chain work processes.

In parallel, Spiral Software’s integrated risk-analysis feature enables users to look across many different planning and scheduling scenarios, helping refiners understand their exposure to changes in feedstock costs, product demand and refinery operations.

The business will continue to be managed by Spiral Software’s existing executive team, adding employees to Invensys operations in the UK and North America.

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Flowmeters resist corrosion in offshore applications

Endress+Hauser’s Proline Promass 83O (Fig. 1) and 84O Coriolis flowmeters are ideal for use in corrosive, high-pressure and high-temperature environments in the oil and gas industry. All materials that can come into contact with gases and fluids are manufactured from super duplex stainless steel, which offers protection against saline seawater, H2S, chloride, CO2 and other corrosive materials found in crude oil and natural gas.

  Fig. 1. The Promass 83O
  flowmeter is ideal for use in
  harsh and corrosive
  environments.



The Promass 83O and 84O flowmeters simultaneously measure mass flow, fluid density and temperature. They are highly immune to external disturbances such as pipeline vibration, and they are stable under changing process conditions such as pressure, density, temperature and viscosity.

The stainless steel sensing tubes fulfill all requirements in accordance with NORSOK M-630 and NACE MR175/MR103, as well as corresponding pressure equipment directives like PED Category 3, ASME, CRN and AD2000. This makes the 83O and 84O flowmeters suitable for use on offshore drilling platforms; floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facilities; onshore well fields; custody transfer systems; and refineries.

The flowmeters handle pressures up to 3,742 psi (258 bar) and process temperatures of –40°F to 392°F (–40°C to 200°C). Both instruments are available in line sizes of 3-in., 4-in. and 6-in. diameters. Every flowmeter is subjected to rigorous testing on accredited (ISO/IEC 17025) and fully traceable calibration facilities.

Promass 83O flowmeter output configuration options include digital communications, supporting FOUNDATION fieldbus, Profibus PA or DP, EtherNet/IP or Modbus RS485 installations. Promass 84O analog outputs for 0 kHz–10 kHz phase-shifted pulse/frequency are also available when custody-transfer-proving requirements are mandated.

When using the 4 mA–20 mA signal output with HART, intrinsically safe applications for Class 1, Division 1 and other hazardous locations can be satisfied. Promass O has been submitted for a SIL-2 rating for critical applications, and the line complies with NE43 (NAMUR) safety standards, including operating down to 3.6 mA in a fail-safe condition.

The 83O and 84O flowmeters have built-in diagnostics, and they display clear English text errors and root causes on local displays in case of a fault. The flowmeters also can be commissioned and diagnosed with Endress+Hauser’s FieldCare software. If servicing is needed, FieldCare’s DAT function automatic data backup ensures automatic reconfiguration of a repaired or new meter without the need for recalibration.

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Low-maintenance detector protects against CO2 leaks

General Monitors’ IR700 Infrared Carbon Dioxide Point Detector (Fig. 2) requires no routine calibration and provides complete control room status and control capability for monitoring at the ppm level.

  Fig. 2. The IR700 detector gives
  control capability for CO2
  monitoring at the ppm level.



The IR700 detector has a precision infrared (IR) point-sensing element that protects against the hazards of CO2 gas leaks. It also features a fail-safe design for dependable gas detection performance, heated optics to eliminate condensation, and a dirty optics indicator to let the user know when the device must be cleaned, thereby reducing downtime.

The IR700 detector includes microprocessor-based technology to continuously monitor CO2 at a range of 0 ppm–5,000 ppm. Its detection principle is based on measuring the absorption of IR radiation passing through a volume of gas using a dual-beam, single-detector method. The detector measures the intensity of two specific wavelengths, one at an absorption wavelength and another outside of the absorption wavelength. Gas concentration is determined by comparing these two values.

All of the detector’s electronics are contained within a rugged, explosion-proof housing so that information can be processed at the point of detection. It features multiple communication outputs, a 4-milliampere (mA) to 20-mA signal proportional to 0%–100% full-scale Modbus and HART. The IR700 detector is also available with relays for warnings, alarms and faults. Additionally, the detector can be connected to an IR4000S CO2 transmitter to provide local display and control.

The IR700 detector is factory calibrated and requires no routine field calibration. Periodic window cleaning and re-zeroing are necessary to ensure performance. The detector is able to discriminate between true fault and cleaning requirements, and it stores fault, gas check and alarm event history. It operates at a wide temperature range of –40°F to 122°F (–40°C to 50°C) and a humidity range of 10% to 95% relative humidity, noncondensing.

The IR700 detector is available in either an aluminum or a stainless steel housing, and is designed for use in Class I; Divisions 1 and 2; Groups B, C and D; Zone 1 areas for North America; and Zones 1 and 21 internationally.

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Emerson expands AMS Suite support

Emerson Process Management recently announced expanded asset support in the AMS Suite predictive maintenance software application, providing users with a more comprehensive asset-management application.

Connectivity was established to PROFIBUS PA devices, which expands the list of assets that users can integrate into AMS Suite to enable a consistent maintenance approach. Additionally, AMS Suite now supports both electronic device description language (EDDL) and field device tool/device type manager (FDT/DTM) to provide users with a single application to support the full capabilities of all their devices.

The addition of PROFIBUS PA provides a complete PROFIBUS solution with the DeltaV control system, corresponding to capability already available for PROFIBUS DP devices in DeltaV. PROFIBUS DP and PA support on third-party hosts is also available via the Softing FG PROFIBUS family of interfaces.

Users are able to launch HART and FOUNDATION fieldbus DTMs via the DTM Launcher application, which is provided as a standard part of AMS Device Manager. Also, expanded asset support gives users the ability to choose devices based on the best fit for their application, regardless of the manufacturer or communication protocol.

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Clariant features heat-transfer fluids at Chillventa

Swiss specialty chemicals group Clariant presented its Antifrogen line of heat-transfer fluids at the Chillventa tradeshow in Nuremberg, Germany, from October 9–11. Antifrogen products are versatile heat-transfer fluids based on glycols (Antifrogen N, Antifrogen L and Antifrogen SOL HT) and/or potassium formate (Antifrogen KF).

All fluid types offer freezing protection and reliably protect cooling and heating systems against corrosion. Clariant’s comprehensive package includes performance checks, sample analysis at no charge, and technical consulting as part of the service provided.

The trade show presented a first-time opportunity for Clariant to unveil its new corporate branding to the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry. The new branding reflects Clariant’s stress on the values of performance, people and planet.

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Eralytics offers portable FTIR oil analysis

Eralytics’ ERASPEC OIL analyzer (Fig. 3) uses the economic infrared analysis test method to deliver specific information about the chemical condition of lubricating oil. Compact and rugged, the analyzer weighs 8 kg/17.6 lb and is fully encased in aluminum housing. The analyzer brings lab-quality results to the field and provides immediate feedback on in-service oil quality even at remote sites, where avoiding equipment breakdown is critical.

  Fig. 3. The ERASPEC OIL
  analyzer can provide feedback
  on lubricant oil quality at remote
  sites.



With its patented, reinforced, mid-Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer, the ERASPEC OIL analyzer is the first truly portable, standalone analyzer that offers the advantages of the latest FTIR technology for lubricant oil condition monitoring in full compliance with ASTM, DIN and JOAP methods directly onsite.

The ERASPEC OIL analyzer offers a built-in industry PC and a large, full-color touchscreen that allow the direct display of the oil spectra as a graphic chart. The spectra are immediately analyzed and compared with other spectra, as several thousand spectra can be saved in the internal instrument memory.

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