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Automation Insider: Bringing It All Together

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The 2013 ARC World Industry Forum was the 17th in a series of successful annual events. Held Feb. 11-14 in Orlando, this year’s Forum appeared to live up to its billing as the largest general gathering of people involved with industrial automation in the United States. While you might think that the presentations were all about control and process engineering, or that they were aimed primarily at operations personnel, there was much more to the 2013 program.

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PdM Solutions

0313showcasehimmelsteinOil-Rig Torque Transmitter For Controlling Support Loads

MCRT® 39000X devices from S. Himmelstein accurately measure torque for control and verification of loads on oil-rig support legs. They enable load monitoring during jacking operations and help maintain stability despite uneven and shifting sea beds and strong currents. Mounted between the electric motors and pinion drive gearboxes on each leg’s truss, the system transmits data via a two-wire 4-20 mA loop to the Control Room. According to the manufacturer, because the MCRT 39000X measures source-load distribution directly, it allows a significantly faster response time than other systems and with no guessing as to the location of stress on the rig’s structure. Immune to ambient noise, vibration, lubricants and other hostile environments, these robust, ferrite-free units incorporate no slip rings, brushes, radio transmitters or other noisy, limited-life elements, nor are they susceptible to cracking and impact damage. The MCRT® 39000X has been certified by both ABS and DNV for oil field use. 

S. Himmelstein and Co.
Hoffman Estates, IL

0313showcasespectrolineUV Leak-Detection Tool For All Industrial-Fluid Systems 

The new, compact Spectroline®’ OPTI-LUX™ 365 leak detection flashlight provides UV light for optimal fluorescent dye response for all types of industrial-fluid-system applications. The product works with all oil- and water-based fluorescent dyes, including OIL-GLO™ 22 (yellow), OIL-GLO™ 30 (white), OIL-GLO™ 33 (green), OIL-GLO™ 40 (bright blue), OIL-GLO™ 44 (yellow/green), OIL-GLO™ 45 (blue) and OIL-GLO™ 50 (red), as well as with WD-801 and WD-802 water dyes. Producing a brilliant glow that makes all leaks easier to find, while slashing valuable diagnostic time, this flashlight even works with difficult-to-fluoresce dirty fluids. According to the manufacturer, the OPTI-LUX 365 is more than twice as powerful as most corded, high-intensity UV lamps. Featuring “instant-on” operation, it provides up to four hours of continuous run-time. Its rugged, anodized aluminum body resists corrosion and stands up to years of heavy use. The flashlight comes with a lanyard, belt holster, two rechargeable batteries, smart charging cradle with AC power cord and UV-absorbing spectacles, all packaged in a padded carrying case.

Spectroline Corp.
Westbury, NY

Advanced, User-Based Energy-Industry Software Predicts, Diagnoses, Prioritizes

GE has released Proficy® SmartSignal® Shield 4.0 for the Oil & Gas and Power industries. This advanced software provides early warning of impending equipment problems, diagnostic guidance and prioritized actionable intelligence. Protected by more than 40 patents, Shield 4.0 was developed with the help of blind data from GE customers based on millions of machine hours and tens of thousands of failures in over 12,000 rotating and non-rotating assets. Using that shared data, GE was able to identify fault patterns in the context of operating behavior that are critical to the Power and Oil & Gas industries and incorporate them into the software. Beyond vibration and thermal analyses, the software uniquely models all data on all critical rotating and non-rotating equipment. Shield 4.0 also incorporates a suite of applications that allow quick design and implementation, including clear access to diagnostics and rules that let users understand and adjust the software based on their own expertise.

GE Intelligent Platforms
Charlottesville, VA

 

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Automated Lubrication System Improves Container-Crane Efficiency

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Belgium’s Port of Antwerp (“Antwerp”) is Europe’s second largest and the fourth largest in the world. Thousands upon thousands of ocean-going vessels call at this busy facility each year, and containers are a huge (and growing) component of its maritime traffic. As it is around any port, each hour saved in handling freight that moves through this one—even an hour spent maintaining freight-handling equipment—can be important to the bottom lines of the companies doing it. That includes MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company), one of the biggest players in the container-transport arena. MSC’s terminal operation in Antwerp is the site of a notable lubrication success story.

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Automated Lubrication System Improves Container-Crane Efficiency

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Belgium’s Port of Antwerp (“Antwerp”) is Europe’s second largest and the fourth largest in the world. Thousands upon thousands of ocean-going vessels call at this busy facility each year, and containers are a huge (and growing) component of its maritime traffic. As it is around any port, each hour saved in handling freight that moves through this one—even an hour spent maintaining freight-handling equipment—can be important to the bottom lines of the companies doing it. That includes MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company), one of the biggest players in the container-transport arena. MSC’s terminal operation in Antwerp is the site of a notable lubrication success story.  

Since SKF installed SKF ProFlex automated lubrication systems in the MSC Home Terminal at the Port of Antwerp, the customer has been able to reduce manual maintenance on its cranes by about 1900 hours annually. It previously spent, on average, about 90 hours per year/per crane to perform lubrication routines manually—which had to be done when the cranes weren’t in operation. With container traffic through Antwerp experiencing explosive growth, terminal personnel were coming up against ever-shorter maintenance windows for completing that work. 

According to Henrik Lange, SKF President Industrial Market, Strategic Industries, automating its lubrication process was an ideal solution for the MSC Home Terminal. The SKF ProFlex systems not only support crane availability and help reduce downtime, they have eliminated the safety risks that workers used to be exposed to when they conducted manual lubrication work on the cranes.

Solving the problem at the port
The SKF ProFlex system features a pump unit that delivers grease to a series of progressive feeders that can automatically provide a defined amount of lubricant for up to 150 lube points. 

The systems installed at the Port of Antwerp lubricate the cranes’ wheelbases, winches and trolleys—providing the exact amount of lubricant to over 60 points on each unit. Additionally, SKF fitted each of these ProFlex systems with control options on the pumps, distributors and feeders, thus allowing personnel to monitor units from the office (and help keep the cranes in optimal condition). 

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The SKF ProFlex Systems on the MSC Home Terminal cranes lubricate the units’ wheelbases, winches and trolleys. They’ve not only helped increase uptime, they’ve eliminated safety risks that workers had previously been exposed to while performing manual lubrication work on the cranes.

Other applications
Capable of handling oil, semi-fluid grease and hard grease NLGL grades 000 to 2, SKF ProFlex systems are designed for small and medium-sized applications. Typical applications include printing equipment, construction machinery, industrial presses and wind turbines, among others.

Advantages include. . . 

  • Continuous delivery of lubricant during pump running time
  • Simple system blockage control
  • Easy system monitoring via series connection of metering pistons


SKF USA
Lansdale, PA

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Capacity Assurance Marketplace

0313mplace3mVersatile, Bluetooth Workplace Headsets

3M’s Peltor WS Headsets with Bluetooth Wireless Technology allow users to communicate, listen to music, talk on the phone and simultaneously monitor connected electronics without removing the unit. Offered in four styles, they amplify lower-level sounds, like voices, while attenuating higher-level sounds, like those found in the workplace, and limit exposure to 82 decibels.

3M Personal Safety Div.
St. Paul, MN

0313mplaceexairAir Coolant For Machining Operations

EXAIR’s Cold Gun Aircoolant SystemTM produces a cold, quiet stream of air to reduce heat buildup on machining operations. According to the company, the Cold Gun is an alternative to mist systems and helps reduce costs associated with the purchase, filtration and disposal of liquid coolants. Features include an improved hot-air exhaust muffler that reduces the operating noise level to 70 dBA.

Exair Corp.
Cincinnati, OH

Updated Regulatory Software Tool

Blue Mountain Quality Resources’ Regulatory Asset Manager software is an EAM built specifically for GMP-compliant organizations.  A new release provides enhanced features and functionality around document embedding, emails, reports, business rules and overall usability. The software now allows users to embed files and documents into the system rather than linking to it. These documents can include calibration certificates, images and more.

Blue Mountain Quality Resources, Inc.
State College, PA

0313mplacesprayonLow-Temp Food Grade Lubricant 

LU™214 Food Grade Low Temperature Lubricant from Sprayon® Products is NSF® H1-rated and suited for extended service under low-temperature conditions (down to -78 F). Its blend of synthetic oils includes extreme-pressure corrosion inhibitors, anti-oxidant, anti-foam and anti-wear additives. Kosher-approved, this non-staining formulation with a high load capacity is suited for use on air-compressor systems, gears, chains and more.

Sprayon
Cleveland, OH

0313mplaceinustrialscienceWearable Gas Detector Pump

The Ventis™ Slide-on Pump from Industrial Scientific is compatible with the company’s Ventis MX4 and MX4 iQuad multi-gas detectors. It is suited for gas-monitor users who wear a gas monitor for personal protection but require a pump for confined-space entry. The pump samples up to 50 feet in a range of applications. No tools are required to attach the pump to or remove from the Ventis monitor.

Industrial Scientific Corp.
Oakdale, PA

0313mplacesoltecIR Cameras With Improved Resolution

The Avio Model R300SR series of infrared thermography cameras is equipped with an onboard function that improves spatial resolution of the thermal image. The pixel count is increased to four times that of the detector by software processing, which allows for multiple frames of high-quality image information at a lower cost. The series also features edge enhancement for clearer images.

SOLTEC
An NEC Group Company
San Fernando, CA

0313mplacebalmacVibration Switch For Cooling Towers

Balmac’s Model 555 Vibration Switch with Remote Accelerometer provides continuous vibration monitoring on motors and gearboxes for cooling-tower applications and other rotating machinery. Powered by either 110-130VAC, 50/60 Hz. or a 22-28 VDC 150mA supply (190-250 VAC optional), the switch provides user-selectable vibration measurements in acceleration, displacement and velocity, and features high and low amplitude ranges. A standard NEMA 4X fiberglass housing resists water, dust and chemicals.

Balmac, Inc.
Plain City, OH

0313mplacenewpigSemi-Permanent Spill Containment Solution

New Pig’s crush-resistant Build-A-Berm® Barrier Kit lets facilities create semi-permanent spill containment barriers around machinery or storage areas. The pliable, open-cell barrier can be shaped to suit the application and springs back into shape after being walked on or rolled over with light, wheeled equipment. It features a high-visibility yellow color and 18-oz all-vinyl covering that resists oils, coolants and most chemicals. The kit includes straight sections, corners and sealant, and the barrier is easily removed with a flat-bladed shovel.

New Pig Corp.
Tipton, PA

0313mplacekeytrollerHour-Meter And Location Monitoring 

Keytroller’s Cyberwatch LAN is a wireless hour-meter that connects through a facility’s wi-fi network. In addition to monitoring engine or motor ignition by time (hours and minutes), it offers other specialized sensors like over/under temperature, over/under hydraulic pressure and over/under voltage. Featuring four hour-meter inputs, the device is simple to install on any model vehicle or machine. Cyberwatch LAN can be viewed directly on a browser or can transmit to an external server.

Keytroller, LLC
Tampa, FL

0313mplacerealvisionFlexible, Scalable CMMS Solution

RPM, RealVision’s preventive maintenance system, provides asset management, preventive maintenance, work-order scheduling, stockroom inventory control and other functions. It is offered in standalone, enterprise or cloud-based CMMS environments in MS SQL or Oracle databases. This flexible, scalable system also offers BOM-based equipment and component life-management capabilities for maintenance of multiple components, from simple to complex.

RealVision
Alexandria, LA

 

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Viewpoint: Making Change Stick

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By G. Keith Diepstra, Marshall Institute

Anyone who has ever attempted to bring about change in an organization knows the frustration of watching good principles be ignored despite the commitment of training and funding. Although management may have committed sufficient funds and those who were trained may have intellectually accepted its concepts, no one follows through. But why—and what can be done about it?

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