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
Spirals 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 refinerys own capacity and
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
Spiral Softwares 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 Softwares
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 Softwares 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
The business will continue to be managed by Spiral
Softwares 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+Hausers 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
flowmeter is ideal for use in
harsh and corrosive
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 kHz10 kHz phase-shifted
pulse/frequency are also available when
custody-transfer-proving requirements are mandated.
When using the 4 mA20 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+Hausers FieldCare
software. If servicing is needed, FieldCares 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
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
The IR700 detector includes microprocessor-based technology to continuously monitor
CO2 at a range of 0 ppm5,000 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 detectors 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,
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
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 911.
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.
Clariants 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 Clariants 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
analyzer can provide feedback
on lubricant oil quality at remote
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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