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7:27 pm
June 9, 2014
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Powerful, Failsafe Controller Technology for Standard and Safety-Related Applications

Siemens Industry has introduced the SIMATIC S7-1518F, a failsafe controller with a bit performance of 1 nanosecond. Designed to increase flexibility, safety, efficiency and productivity at the plant-floor level, it’s suitable for high-end standard and safety-related machine and plant automation applications.

The S7-1518F has four communication interfaces: a Profinet interface with a 2-port switch for communication with the field level, two Profinet interfaces and one Profibus interface. The unit also accommodates up to 128 drive axes, operates isochronously in 250 microseconds and has 10MB of memory.Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 1.41.46 PM

Siemens has also introduced the SIMATIC S7-1516F CPU. Programs can be easily created with the Step 7 Safety Advanced V13 engineering tool that incorporates drag & drop, project-wide cross-reference list, safety administration editor, online/offline comparator and additional integrated-system-support functions. The tool creates fail-safe applications and delivers the same engineering and operating concepts for both standard and safety-related tasks.

Both CPUs are certified to EN 61508 (2010) for functional safety and are suitable in safety-relevant applications up to SIL 3 according to IEC 62061 and PL e according to ISO 13849. Additional password protection has been set up for F-configuration and F-program for IT security.


4:28 pm
June 9, 2014
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High Integrity Safety System Works Alone or With Any DCS, PLC or HMI

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 11.07.08 AMABB has released its High Integrity (HI) safety system for use with any ABB or third-party control system, PLC or operator interface. This TÜV certified release lets users leverage the system for any SIL 1-3 application and to interface all necessary information to the existing control system and/or operator interface.

The offering includes an object-oriented engineering environment with SIL certified safety libraries that efficiently support reuse and engineering throughout the entire safety lifecycle. The engineering environment includes IEC 6113103 programming languages and the easy to use Diagram Editor as well as safeguards against non-SIL compliant configurations.

Core functions include system security, access control, confirm operations, force control, time-tagging to millisecond accuracy, audit trail, system diagnostics and difference reporting, all of which provide an extra layer of authentication for maintenance bypasses and force control, as well as enhanced capabilities for troubleshooting and root-cause analysis.

According to ABB, its new Independent High Integrity system is well suited to applications where deep integration with the process-control system isn’t required, such as relay replacements or systems where visualization is provided by an ABB or third-party process panel, simple HMI or control system. The HI hardware and engineering tool are also used with ABB’s Freelance and Symphony Plus control systems to deliver safety solutions that are SIL3 certified to Edition 2 of the IEC safety standards


4:55 pm
June 3, 2014
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Honeywell Launches New Range of SmartLine Temperature Transmitters

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Honeywell Process Solutions has launched a new range of SmartLine industrial temperature transmitters aimed at improving overall plant and personnel efficiency, even in harsh, noisy process environments. Part of the company’s SmartLine field-instrument portfolio, these products incorporate a number of efficiency-enhancing features, including advanced displays capable of showing process data in graphical formats and communicating messages from the control room.

According to the manufacturer, whether they measure temperature or pressure, all of its SmartLine transmitters feature modular components that simplify field repairs and reduce required repair-parts inventories.

With the intuitive diagnostics of both transmitter and sensor, information is available on the transmitter display to provide a real-time view of the sensor health. Built-in dual-input and digital output options minimize the number of instruments needed for monitoring and switching needs.

Honeywell’s Smart Connection Suite control-system integration delivers transmitter messaging, maintenance-mode indication and tamper alerts that improve field time to repair and control-room communication and help avoid unit trips.



9:54 pm
May 27, 2014
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Industry Veteran Vimal Kapur Named President of Honeywell Process Solutions

Vimal Kapur has been named President of Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), a Honeywell business that supplies automation control, instrumentation and services to process manufacturers in industries such as oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, 052714HoneywellVimalK_Blue BG metals, minerals and mining.

A near-30-year veteran of the process automation industry, Kapur has been with Honeywell for more than 25 years. During that time, he’s served in a number of key strategic business positions within the company, including as Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategy for HPS and as Managing Director for Honeywell Automation India Limited (HAIL). Prior to this new appointment, Kapur was Vice President/General manager of the Advanced Solutions line of business for HPS.

Kapur graduated from Thapar Institute of Engineering in Patiala, India, as an electronics engineer with a specialization in instrumentation. Six Sigma certified for DMAIC and Growth, he will be based in Houston, TX.