July 2019 | Vol. 7

5 Things You Need To Know

Bringing You The Latest Industry News


  • Cut Downtime, Enhance Optimization
  • Summer Training at ECI
  • Improve Gas Turbines
  • AUMA’s Digital Services
  • IIoT & Endress+Hauser

Welcome To Our Monthly Newsletter!

In this month’s issue of “5 Things You Need to Know” we take a look at Masoneilan’s new time-saving innovation! We also give information about Eastern Control’s summer training courses that are being offered, as well as how industries can improve their gas turbines in hot climates. Finally, we discuss AUMA’s new service, The AUMA Cloud, in addition to seeing how Endress+Hauser is taking steps into the future of IIoT!

Cut Downtime, Enhance Optimization

Read below to learn the benefits of a control valve health-monitoring system!

With asset management, those who work in refineries or petrochemical complexes need to pay more attention to control valves. As an integral part of plant operations, control valves are critical to ensure proper, continuous, and efficient plant operations.

Since control valve data is driven by process data, the chosen solution determines the ramp up rate and performance of the plant.

Replacing failed parts that are critical to control valves is expensive, but not nearly as pricey as the total cost of lost production encountered during downtime to replace these parts.

Knowing the control valves’ wellbeing in real time along with being able to predict impending failure is important. Having this capability enables you to preemptively address primary unexpected emergency downtime that could potentially cause

catastrophic accidents. This information allows you to optimize scheduled shutdown for equipment repair and reconstruction.

Since the shutdown is planned, overall loss can be minimized, allowing adequate time for accurate budget planning and prioritization of spare parts pre-purchased according to the criticality of control valves.

While the best fit control valve design solution is vital to allow successful unit operation, a prognostic control valve health-monitoring system will allow preemptive actions, preventing major problems down the road!

Click here to read Masoneilan’s full case study!

Masoneilan’s new product designed to boost efficiency!

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Summer Training At ECI

We just opened up a bunch of new training opportunities throughout the summer! Read more about them below.

Eastern Controls’ training program for maintenance technicians and engineers has proven to be a huge success since its inception in 2016. With a large variety of courses covering a wide swath of industries, you won’t find any other manufacturing representative with the level of training gained through the use of our PTU (Process Training Unit).

The PTU is a fully-functioning two-story process skid with a variety of products replicating an actual real-world process plant. Incorporating this useful tool within our training program allows attendees to get hands-on!

This summer we are offering the following courses:

Control Valve – Advanced

This advanced level control valve training course exposes attendees to a variety of control valve settings, testing, and inspection processes with plenty of hands-on learning within ECI’s shop and the PTU!

Coriolis Mass Flow

This course provides maintenance and engineering professionals with a basic understanding of the Coriolis principle, focusing on an in-depth training on density and concentration measurements.

Fundamental Instrumentation

This introductory course provides entry-level maintenance and engineering professionals with an understanding of instrumentation technologies, terminology, and symbols needed to work in the field.

Calibration & Maintenance of Gas Detection Systems

This introductory course provides engineering and maintenance professionals with a basic understanding of configuring, calibrating, maintaining, and troubleshooting fixed gas detection devices.

Click here to see every available course throughout this summer!

Training courses available throughout the summer!

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Reducing Inlet Air Temperature in Gas Turbines

What methods are used for gas inlet air cooling? Read on to find out!

Ambient temperature has the biggest impact on the output and efficiency of a gas turbine. The higher the ambient temperature the lower the density of air causing a reduction in mass flow.

The two most common types of gas inlet air cooling are chilling and evaporative. These two methods help improve gas turbine performance during hot summers. When using chilling to reduce inlet air temperature below dew point temperature, mechanical chillers are used to provide relatively cool air below ambient air dew point with consistency at the gas turbine inlet. It utilizes electrical power which may add in station auxiliary load noticeably subsequently may impact on the heat rate.

There are two methods of evaporative cooling of gas turbine inlet air; the evaporative coolers and the fogging. In fogging special designed fog nozzles in combination of very high-pressure supply pumps, are used.

Fog nozzles are designed very carefully to atomize water drops to a sub-micron level in order to achieve a very fast rate of evaporation. In evaporative coolers, which consist of a media followed by a drift eliminator, water is sprayed over the special media which becomes wet and air flows through honeycomb passages where the water is evaporated from within. Cooled air then passes through the drift eliminators to separate suspended water droplets from air to avoid carryover to the compressor.

It is suggested to use evaporative coolers in regions with dry atmospheres because of their high reliability and effectiveness. For more information on gas turbines and how to reduce their inlet air temperature, click here.

Improve Gas Turbines During Hot Summers!

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Have you heard of the AUMA Cloud? Read all about this new free and secure cloud-based solution for cost-effective asset management below!

AUMA is beginning to change the face of the industrial sector through digitization. They continue to create and advance towards the future of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) with innovative technologies like the AUMA Cloud and Support App. Let’s dive right in and learn more about these technologies!

AUMA Cloud

Just last year, AUMA introduced a solution for cost-effective asset management and condition-based predictive maintenance called the AUMA Cloud. The AUMA Cloud is a free, secure, and easy-to-use interactive web application that collects and assesses detailed device information on all AUMA actuators in a plant.

The Cloud allows plant operators to detect excessive loads or other problems at an early stage and take remedial action in time to prevent potential failures.

The AUMA Cloud analyzes data and presents results clearly so

plant owners and operators can take full advantage of the information. The Cloud gives plant operators a clear overview of the condition of their actuators and valves, easily detecting any excessive loads. If a more detailed analysis is required, actuator data can be sent from the Cloud to AUMA Services for remote diagnostics which reduces costs compared to on-site service.

AUMA Assistant App

The AUMA Assistant App allows fast and easy configuration of the AUMA actuators from a smartphone or tablet. Users can set all the actuator’s operating parameters via the app, saving considerable time and cost during commissioning.

Plant Operators can send settings and diagnostic data directly from the app to AUMA’s Service department, shortening the time for troubleshooting and remedial action!

Click here to to learn more!

AUMA continues to create and advance to the future of IIoT.

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IIoT and Endress+Hauser

Discover how Endress+Hauser is adapting to the growth of IIoT!

According to IoT News, global spending on IIoT in the manufacturing industry is estimated to grow from $1.67 billion to $12.4 billion by 2024. The IIoT can transform traditional, linear manufacturing supply chains into more dynamic, interconnected systems that can take the efficiency of a business to the next level. Endress+Hauser is a company that is embracing the future of IIoT as well as driving it forward through innovative products and solutions.

Endress+Hauser sees the benefits of digitalization and, therefore, is constantly increasing its offer of products, solutions, and services in order to increase customers’ productivity and system availability. They were even awarded for their innovation in 2017 with the “Digital Champion Award” for their new technology, Memosens. Memosens is a sensor technology for liquid analysis in various industries such as chemical, power and energy, food and beverage, and water and wastewater.

This technology measures the pH-value in liquids and transform it into a digital signal while still in the sensor. The data is then passed on through a contactless system and provides accurate and reliable measurement results. Memosens was presented with the Digital Champion Award in the category Digital Products and Services in June 2017.

IIoT technologies help to change the way that products are made and delivered, making factories more efficient, ensuring better safety for human operators, and possibly saving millions of dollars. Endress+Hauser can be used as a model for other industrial companies making their way into IIoT.

To learn more about Endress+Hauser and IIoT click here.

Embracing the Future of IIoT and digitalization

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