February 2019  |  Vol. 2

5 Things You Need To Know

Bringing You The Latest Industry News


  • PSS Registration is Open – 2
  • Mobile Plant Asset Management – 3
  • UV/IR Flame Detection – 4
  • Meet ECI’s Trainer – 5
  • Differences between IoT and IIoT – 6

Welcome To Our Monthly Newsletter!

In this month’s issue of “5 Things You Need to Know”, we’ll be discussing various solutions, including Endress+Hauser’s SMT70 tablet and MSA’s UV/IR Flame Detection capabilities. Learn about the differences between IoT and IIoT and meet ECI’s trainer, Chris Delsordo. We’ll also discuss more details on our Process Solutions Summit, including registration!

PSS Registration is Open

Join us on May 22nd for a day filled with 30 educational courses, an all-day trade show exhibition, hands-on demos of the PTU, and much more!

Registration for this year’s Process Solutions Summit (PSS) will officially open on Wednesday, February 27th. This year’s PSS will be a one-day event held on May 22nd.

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, the PSS will be our biggest yet with 30 slots of educational courses covering a wide variety of topics including industry trends, new products, and innovative solutions. Each course will be taught by an industry/product expert.

The PSS also features all-day hands-on demos of our PTU (Process Training Unit) where you will have the ability to demo products found in real-life process plants and refineries. In addition, an all-day trade show will showcase the various products/services by our manufacturing partners.

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date on all things PSS & Eastern Controls!

Too excited to wait for registration to officially open? RSVP for the event here and you’ll be granted exclusive early access to sign up for the courses of your choice before they fill up! Trust us, these courses fill up fast. Don’t miss your chance to attend your favorites! Click here to RSVP now!

Keep up with the latest news on the PSS by following us on social media!

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Mobile Plant Asset Management – SMT70

Check out this latest innovation giving you minute-by-minute data on every modern field instrument!

Endress+Hauser’s latest innovation – the Field Xpert® SMT70 – makes your life easier by having the ability to communicate with every modern field instrument (HART, PROFIBUS, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, WirelessHART®) with one-click connectivity.

The SMT70 is ideal for commissioning and maintenance staff to manage field instruments with a digital communication interface within hazardous and non-hazardous areas of a plant.

The tablet comes with a pre-installed driver library boasting more than 2,700 pre-installed device and communication drivers, allowing it the unique ability to work with a multitude of instruments from a wide variety of vendors.

The SMT70 provides a modern software user interface and offers online update capabilities based on a multipurpose and secure

Microsoft® Windows® 10 environment.


  • High-performance, robust tablet with large 11.6″ display
  • Battery run-time of up to 14 hours
  • Pre-installed device driver libraries for all important industrial protocols
  • Fast connection to devices with a single click
  • Automatic hardware detection saves you time

Click here to view our Product Focus on the SMT70 to learn more!

The SMT70 can work with a wide variety of instruments

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UV/IR Flame Detection

What are the benefits of using a UV/IR flame detector for your application? Find out below!

Optical flame detectors are a necessity for the hazardous environments within petrochemical oil & gas facilities, industrial gas turbines, aerospace and many others. These detectors are much more reliable than a heat or smoke detector, especially in outdoor settings. For faster and even more reliable detection, though, a UV/IR flame detector may be the best fit for your application.

A UV/IR flame detector consists of an ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) sensor paired together within a single instrument. While the UV sensors detect the UV radiation emitted flames, the IR sensors monitor the infrared emission spectral band around the 4.3 to 4.4 micron range – the predominant radiant emission band for hydrocarbon-fueled fires.

The only alarm source shared between the two sensing technologies is a real hydrocarbon fire – a key benefit of UV/IR detectors. Adding advanced signal

processing algorithms ensures this combination detector delivers outstanding performance to a wide range of flammable liquids, gases, and volatile solids while simultaneously providing enhanced false alarm immunity far superior than either UV or IR sensor alone.

Additional benefits include continuous self-testing of all optical surfaces using MSA’s Continuous Optical Path Monitoring (COPM) system, as well as a wide range of configuration and diagnostic options.

The FL500 UV/IR Flame Detector is MSA’s solution especially for hazardous environments. With a 130° cone of vision, the FL500 covers greater distance.

For more information on the FL500, click here!

The FL500 UV/IR Flame Detector is MSA’s solution for hazardous environments

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Meet ECI’s Trainer: Chris Delsordo

Ensuring you and your employees receive the best possible training experience is our Trainer’s top priority. Read below to get to know him and learn more about our training curriculum!

In 2017, Eastern Controls began offering a training curriculum for customers covering all major products, technologies, and services within the industry. In response to an influx of customers, ECI looked internally for a full-time trainer, and found the perfect candidate in Chris Delsordo.

Chris Delsordo has been an integral part of Eastern Controls since 2015 upon partnering with Endress+Hauser and receiving the PTU (Process Training Unit). As the lead instrumentation technician, Chris spent a great deal of time out in the field servicing the products and technology he now provides hands-on training for.

Chris’s level of expertise covers all areas of process instrumentation including flow, level, pressure & temperature, radar, and liquid analytical.

Every course he teaches incorporates a significant amount of hands-on opportunities where customers are able to actually use

the products they are learning about instead of sitting through a lecture. It’s one thing to know what a product does, but it’s much more beneficial to know exactly how it works.

Interested in learning more about our training program? Click here to check out our training program and sign up for the course/courses of your choice!

Training is the key to a smarter and safer workforce

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IoT vs. IIoT

Although IoT and IIoT share the same basic technologies, they couldn’t be more different!

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have quickly become a major part of our everyday lives. Both concepts have the same general idea – intelligent devices connecting users to the internet. However, while IoT focuses on everyday consumers, IIoT caters to the industrial sector. In this section, we’ll discuss the main differences between IoT.

A consumer IoT device may have the same functionality as an IIoT device, yet still not be considered an industrial product. For example, IoT and IIoT activity trackers have the same principle – to collect an monitor heart rate information. The main difference, though, is the industrial tracker incorporates more complex parameters than its consumer-centric counterpart. These include:

– Security

– Scalability

– Precision and Accuracy

– Automation

– Reliability

Security – This is critical for all IoT solutions, but especially IIoT. A disruption or breach of a high volume manufacturing process can result in lost production, crippling a business.

Scalability – IIoT solutions used within industrial networks need to scale seamlessly to support new sensors, devices, controllers, and existing non-IoT devices.

Precision & Accuracy – IIoT applications require higher levels of precision and accuracy. In these environments, “close enough” is never good enough.

Automation – IoT solutions within industrial processes need to support the increasingly automated systems with limited to no human intervention.

Reliability – Industrial systems operate in harsh environments for a long time before replacement. Therefore, it’s important IIoT solutions are able to withstand these same environments.

IIoT solutions incorporate much more complex features than IoT

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