New Cosasco Model 4020LT-A Corrosion Transmitter is CE, ATEX and IECEx Compliant

Enhanced resolution measurements allow timely response to corrosion rate spikes

The new Model 4020LT-A two-wire transmitter from Cosasco provides enhanced resolution measurements of metal loss due to corrosion inside pipelines. The new transmitter is compliant with all CE, ATEX and IECEx standards, and designed for operation in plant locations with widely separated monitoring points and a preexisting distributed control system.

The new 4020LT-A corrosion transmitter from Cosasco.

While similar products only have resolutions of 0.4%, the Model 4020LT-A features measurement resolution to ±0.1%, allowing a timely response to corrosion rate spikes. The transmitter has an available NEMA 4x rated stainless steel enclosure for reliable operation in harsh environments. A switchable probe type selector allows users to easily adjust between different Corrosometer® electrical resistance probe types.

The unit provides isolation between the probe and the 4-20 mA circuits required to power the loop, making it intrinsically safe to USA, Canadian and European standards.

More information and specifications can be found at www.cosasco.com. For more information on NACE specifications, please go to www.nace.org.

About Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS):

Rohrback Cosasco Systems (a Halma company) specializes in a complete range of corrosion management and monitoring solutions. Consasco equipment is used for a range of monitoring applications, including internal corrosion, atmospheric, remote, downhole corrosion, rouge, erosion, and scale in water. Rohrback Cosasco is known globally as the OEM for the following product brands Microcor®, Cosasco®, Corrosometer®, Corrater®, Corrdata® and Ultracorr®.

Additional corrosion services include asset preservation consultancy, remote monitoring and data collection, field services inspection, maintenance and training.

These corrosion control products and services commonly used in oil and gas, petrochemical, water treatment, chemical, pulp and paper, and pharmaceutical industries. The company is ISO 9001: 2008 certified; the products conform to CE and ATEX standards.

 

 

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Perma Pure introduces advanced CEMS gas conditioning technology to the International Society of Automation

Measure Ultra-Low Emissions Accurately and Reliably with Extractive CEMS Using Nafion®-Based Sample Conditioning Systems

Perma Pure, a leading innovator in the sample gas conditioning technology, won third prize in the best paper presentation category for its paper about the measurement of ultra-low emissions with extractive CEMS using Nafion technology, at the Petroleum and Power Automation Meet 2015 organised by ISA-Delhi and held on April 10-11, 2015 at the Eros Hotel, New Delhi.

Sanjeev Rai receiving best paper category award from ISA (Delhi) President Mr. S. K. Bardhan

Sanjeev Rai receiving best paper category award from ISA (Delhi) President Mr. S. K. Bardhan

The current continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS) industry in developing nations including India is evolving to meet the need for more accurate, continuous, and reliable monitoring of power plant and industrial smoke stack exhaust. Gas sample conditioning systems are a critical component to insure accurate measurements of pollutants using extractive CEMS and are gaining increased attention from the industry as approaches are developed to meet higher standards for air quality. Sample conditioning is one of the most important factors for insuring correct measurements because the analyser equipment results can only be as good as the sample it measures. Moisture content must be removed from the sample prior to reaching the analyser to enable an accurate measurement and to protect the life of the analyser equipment. Traditionally, condensing technology for removal of moisture from extracted sample gas has been used, mainly due to its low initial cost. However, condensing systems face several persistent problems due to the need for dust removal, inability to handle high moisture levels, and reduced performance at high ambient temperatures, resulting in a high maintenance load, high failure rate, and inaccurate measurement due to moisture interference inside the analyzer. Perma Pure’s gas conditioning systems using Nafion technology for moisture removal reduces overall maintenance costs, reduces equipment failure rates, and provides for more accurate measurements of low-level pollutants compared to condensing systems.

The publication presented by Perma Pure at the 2015 Petroleum and Power Automation Meet highlighted the suitability of Nafion-based sample conditioning systems for low-level pollutant gas measurement with extractive CEMS. Next generation power and industrial plants employ Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to reduce flue gas SOx and NOx content, respectively, by more than 90%. In order to monitor and confirm the reduction of harmful emissions at these lower levels, measured in parts-per-million, analysers must be able to measure the SOx and NOx pollutants in concentrations less than 50 ppm. In the extractive cooler-based sample conditioning system, a significant percentage of analytes are lost due to their solubility in the small quantities of liquid water always present in such systems. This may render them unsuitable for very low-level measurement of soluble analytes such as NOx and SOx. Nafion-based dryers remove moisture in the vapor phase, thus reducing the loss of soluble analytes as no liquid water is normally present in these systems. In this paper, real world experience with Nafion-based sample conditioning systems is presented that demonstrates their ability to preserve the analyte levels in emissions and process monitoring gas samples and allow highly accurate results over a long service life. This experience provides power plants and refineries the confidence to deploy superior systems that both improve measurement accuracy and analyzer reliability (by preventing liquid water from entering the analyser).

Sanjeev Rai presenting paper at PPAM-2015

Sanjeev Rai presenting paper at PPAM-2015

Conclusion
With more than 1000 systems installed worldwide, Perma Pure’s Nafion-based systems are proven as an accurate, reliable and economical solutions for gas sample conditioning. Perma Pure’s systems are suited for many applications including power plants, refineries, for chemicals, metals etc., as well as waste incinerators covering all industries. With the expected continuing focus on environmental monitoring of these industries, accurate and reliable CEMS systems must not only be capable of complying to present standards, but must also have the capacity to support future ultra-low emission requirements which may soon be a reality in India. Perma Pure’s Nafion-based gas sample conditioning solutions offer a cost-effective and accurate approach that can meet very stringent requirements for ultra-low emission analysis.

For more information on Perma Pure in India, please contact Sanjeev Rai, India Business Development Manager on M: 0 99100 98244 or E-mail: srai@permapure.com

About Perma Pure
Perma Pure LLC (www.permapure.com) manufactures a full line of gas conditioning products including dryers, humidifiers, filters, coalescers, specialty scrubbers and complete sampling systems for use in medical, scientific and industrial applications. The company is the sole manufacturer of Nafion tubing under licence from the polymer manufacturer, DuPont. Perma Pure is based in Toms River, New Jersey, with representatives and distributors around the world. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc.

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Tiny low-cost spectral sensor from Ocean Optics suited to OEM integration and benchtop use

Spark’s solid state optical encoders bring spectroscopy to more applications than ever before

Ocean Optics’ new Spark spectral sensor uses optical technology advances to shrink instrument size, making it the smallest on the market to date. The Spark-VIS is the first offering in the Spark line of versatile spectral sensors, delivering high-resolution measurements over the visible wavelength range of 380-700 nm.

Available in both OEM and stand-alone configurations, the compact low-cost Spark-VIS is suitable for simple absorbance, fluorescence and emissive colour measurements. It can be embedded to power next-generation portable and internet-connected sensing devices for environmental, food, agriculture, biomedical and quality control applications; integrated directly on processing lines; or used as a benchtop instrument in teaching, research, medical and quality control labs.

The Spark-VIS is the first Ocean Optics spectral device to replace traditional diffraction gratings with a solid-state optical encoder. The resulting unit size and cost are comparable to that of a less robust RGB filter diode detector, but with the ability to take full spectral measurements. Compatible with Ocean Optics’ Raspberry Pi development kit, the Spark-VIS can be purchased off the shelf for applications engineering. The same spectral sensor can then be bought economically in bulk for use as a component in portable and internet-enabled devices.

The stand-alone Spark-VIS is easy to use, with plug and play USB connectivity. Its low cost makes it a good option for budget-conscious student labs. The even smaller OEM version runs off the host device’s driver and communication electronics, connected by ribbon cable. A line of Spark accessories, including clip-on cuvette holders, diffusers, and light sources, is compatible with both versions.

Spark has remarkable performance for a spectral sensor of its kind. Its aperture design optimizes light throughput. Robust optoelectronics ensure thermal stability over a -10° – 60° C operating range, for accurate analysis even in harsh environments. Unlike comparable devices, Spark delivers optical resolution of 4.5-9.0 nm (FWHM), making it viable for a wide range of applications.

To learn more about the Spark-VIS, please contact an Ocean Optics Applications Scientist at info@oceanoptics.com or visit the website at www.OceanOptics.com.

 

About Ocean Optics:
Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics (a Halma company)  is a leading supplier of solutions for optical sensing – fundamental methods of measuring and interpreting the interaction of light with matter. With locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has sold more than 200,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Ocean Optics’ extensive line of complementary technologies includes chemical sensors, analytical instrumentation, optical fibers, metrology products and optics. Ocean Optics is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

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Android App Now Available for Sensorex SAM-1™ Smart Aqua Meter

SAM-1 transforms Android smartphones or tablets into portable pH, ORP or Conductivity meters

Sensorex’s SAM-1™ Smart Aqua Meter is now globally compatible with Android devices. Already popular with Apple iPhone and iPad users for laboratory and field monitoring, the SAM-1 measures and records pH, ORP, Conductivity and temperature values. With the release of the Android app, Android smartphone and tablet users (Android version 4.0 and newer) can now use this powerful, portable water quality meter for accurate analytical measurements in environmental, educational, and industrial applications.

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The SAM-1 Smart Aqua Meter transforms smartphones or tablets into convenient and powerful pH, ORP, or Conductivity/TDS meters with integral temperature measurement. It plugs into the headphone jack of virtually any smartphone or tablet, and easily connects to Sensorex smart analytical sensors. The free SAM-1 App instantly recognizes the smart sensor and provides an easy-to-use interface for taking measurements and managing data. Readings can be tagged with GPS location and user comments. Stored data can be securely transmitted via email and opens in Excel for analysis and reporting, eliminating data transcription errors.

The SAM-1 can be used in the lab, field or plant for applications ranging from environmental monitoring, aquaculture, and horticulture; to municipal water sampling and wastewater compliance testing; to product quality control. As an educational tool, the SAM-1 provides hands-on experience; students can easily install the app on their personal smart devices and share sensors for experiments. For pool or spa testing and other field technical service, the SAM-1 replaces inaccurate testing kits and bulky instruments.

The language-aware SAM-1 App operates in the set phone language. Languages supported by the app include: English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Simplified Chinese. The free SAM-1 App can be downloaded from the Google Play App Store for Android devices, and the Apple App Store for Apple devices.

To learn more about the SAM-1 Smart Aqua Meter and the company’s full range of analytical sensing products, visit Sensorex at: www.SmartAquaMeter.com or www.Sensorex.com, email sales@sensorex.com  or contact India Sales Manager, Mr. T.A. Kumar on +91 93870 64044 or e-mail ta.kumar@sensorex.com

About Sensorex:

Since 1972, Sensorex has been a global leader in the design and manufacture of quality electrodes and sensors for water quality and process applications. Sensorex has been approved and certified by NSF International to the ISO 9001:2008 standard for the design and manufacturing of laboratory and industrial analytical sensors for aqueous solutions. The company offers more than 2000 sensor packages for pH, ORP, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, free chlorine, chlorine dioxide, UV transmittance and other specialty measurements, as well as a full line of sensor accessories and online transmitters. Its expert technical support engineers solve analytical sensor challenges with custom OEM designs and off the shelf products. Headquartered in California, with a global distributor network, Sensorex is a subsidiary of Halma plc, an international market leader in safety, health and sensor technology.

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Smith Flow Control Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Valve interlocking firm has grown from three staff members to 78

Valve safety interlocking specialist Smith Flow Control (SFC) has celebrated 30 years of protecting people and assets at process plants worldwide.

SFC was formed in April 1985 by Malcolm Brown, Mike Smith and current managing director Mike D’Anzieri. The company now employs a total of 78 staff, mostly at its headquarters in Witham, Essex, but also in regional offices in Australia, China, India, the Netherlands and the United States. A third of all staff have been with the business for more than 10 years.

SFC introduced the coded card linear key concept to interlocking technology, and the concept has achieved widespread adoption on a global scale. The firm’s product range has evolved considerably over the past 30 years to include a full suite of mechanical interlocks for a wide range of applications and valve management products. More recently, new product development has diversified into electronics and RFID technology.

“Our product range is constantly evolving and we pride ourselves on delivering customised solutions that our clients need,” explained Adrian Brown, SFC’s R&D manager and son of founder Malcolm. “For the last three decades, SFC has offered a precise and personal service. We appreciate and value the importance of supplying suitable products to our customers, and so adapt our product range to meet individual requirements. The continuous quest for new product development and ongoing product improvement requires a high level of energy and commitment, which can only come from a collective dedication to being the best in the industry.”

Managing director Mike D’Anzieri added: “The business continues to grow at a tremendously fast pace. I am incredibly proud of our achievements to date, and I am especially grateful to all the employees for helping to make it happen.”

For more information, contact India Sales Manager, Mr.Sunil Verma at +91 98106 04307, Email: s.verma@smithflowcontrol.com, or sales@smithflowcontrol.com ; or visit www.smithflowcontrol.com

About Smith Flow Control
Smith Flow Control is a British company specialising in mechanical valve control equipment. This includes procedural control using mechanical valve interlocks and valve management systems, EasiDrive portable valve actuators, FlexiDrive remote valve operators and TorkDrive torque limiting devices for the effective operation of valves. The company is a subsidiary of Halma plc.

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Advanced’s MxPro 5 Multiprotocol Panel now Supports Nittan

Advanced’s industry-leading multiprotocol fire panel, the MxPro 5 now has full, enhanced support across its entire range for the Nittan Evolution protocol.

This partnership offers major advantages to fire professionals, including faster loop polling, intelligent isolators reported on the panel and support for the latest Nittan devices. The change covers the entire MxPro 5 range in one, two, four or eight loop formats, with up to 254 devices per loop.

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Features of the analogue addressable MxPro 5 include Advanced’s renowned networking capabilities, which allow up to 200 panels to be quickly and easily connected in radial or fault-tolerant networks. The Nittan supported panels also use Advanced’s easy to use Dynamix Tools config and service software, making even the largest of sites, with complicated cause-and effect, easy to programme and maintain. All MxPro 5 panels also support Advanced’s leading AlarmCalm false alarm management solution.

“Our enhanced support for the Evolution protocol adds real value for Advanced and Nittan customers,” comments Advanced’s marketing manager Aston Bowles. “Our fire panels are well known for their leading quality and performance and the choice available to customers has taken another step forward.”

The result of decades of research and development involving installers, specifiers and end users across the world, the MxPro 5 range is designed to offer more power and performance in a user-friendly format. It supports protocols from four of the world’s leading detector manufacturers: Apollo, Argus, Hochiki and Nittan and is approved to EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13. It is one of the few EN54 Part 13 approved panels available.

The Evolution range is the latest advanced, premium fire system developed by Nittan. It uses ASIC technology in the sensors and sophisticated detection algorithms, combining extremely reliable fire detection together with a very high degree of protection against unwanted false alarms. Its advanced, highly flexible protocol is not only uniquely resistant to noise, but also allows for substantial amounts of information to be transmitted at high speed.

Lee James, Nittan’s Europe’s general manager for sales and marketing, said: “The Evolution protocol and detector range offer a great many advantages. To truly benefit, customers need to team the detectors with an equally high quality panel range, such as Advanced’s MxPro 5. We’re delighted to be continuing our relationship with one of the highest quality intelligent panel businesses in the market.”

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees them used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems.

For more details contact Reji Mathews, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com

About Advanced
Advanced (a Halma company) is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Its legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use sees its products used in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at www.advancedco.com

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Smith Flow Control Hires Regional Sales Manager for India

Sunil Verma joins Smith Flow Control as Regional Sales Manager for India. Mr.Verma’s appointment supports SFC’s strategic investment in the region, with Sunil responsible for driving sales and marketing efforts.

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Sunil Verma comes to Smith Flow Control with a B.Tech degree in Instrumentation and Control from USIC, Kurukshetra and MBA in Finance & Marketing from MDI, Gurgaon. Mr. Verma has a strong background in promoting advanced technology in the oil & gas, energy and process industries, having worked with Emerson for over 8 years.

While the Indian markets offer many opportunities for Smith Flow Control’s unique mechanical interlocks and valve management systems, Mr.Verma’s is also responsible for supporting SFC’s international clients who have a significant presence in the region. Incidentally, Sunil joins Smith Flow Control at a momentous time in its history. This year, the organization is celebrating 30 years in operation, providing market leading and innovative process safety solutions to its customers. For further information, please visit our web-site at www.smithflowcontrol.com.

Sunil Verma, the new Regional Sales Manager will be based out of Delhi and can be contacted on
T: +91 98106 04307 or E-mail:s.verma@smithflowcontrol.com

About Smith Flow Control
Smith Flow Control (SFC) is a British company specialising in mechanical valve control equipment. This includes procedural control using mechanical valve interlocks and activity management systems: EasiDrive portable valve actuators, FlexiDrive mechanical valve linkage systems for remote and/or simultaneous valve operation and TorkDrive, a torque limiting device. SFC is a subsidiary of Halma plc.

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Advanced Launches Mobile Managed Emergency Light Testing

Lux Intelligent makes emergency light testing and management so easy you can do it from your phone

Global fire systems business Advanced has launched Lux Intelligent, a new emergency lighting testing system with cloud monitoring and mobile management. It offers time and cost savings, a host of unique technical features and proves compliance with BS5266-1.

Lux Intelligent is an addressable, automatic test system that shows all emergency lighting is compliant and functioning, with no engineer intervention required, saving money and time. It can be easily networked and retrofitted onto existing wiring and luminaires, keeping installation costs to a minimum.

A unique feature of Lux Intelligent is cloud monitoring and system management via mobile and web apps. Test data is stored securely in the cloud and the system delivers live details on status, faults, test failures and advisories from a smartphone or via a web browser, allowing users to monitor all their sites, anywhere in the world, right down to individual devices. Users can share the sites or panels with engineers and maintenance staff and e-mail maintenance and test reports in one click.

The system is easily installed in one panel or networked formats. Networks can be standard cable, allowing 200 panels to be networked, or customers can use their own LAN and wireless networks. This low cost, no disruption method allows an unlimited number of panels to be networked to cover large or multiple sites right across the globe and monitored via the cloud.

Lux Intelligent works with almost any light, including LEDs, from almost any manufacturer and can be easily added to existing wiring, offering considerable savings on installation and maintenance costs. It works with any existing system including central battery, and each panel has up to four loops each supporting 249 luminaires.

The system has a unique set of test methods that include the standard current and voltage tests, but also direct light level measurement via fibre optics. Once installed, the panels should never need to be looked at, apart from a three year battery check; in fact, their reliability is so high that Advanced has removed the key from the panel front.

“It’s probably fair to say that no other emergency lighting testing system makes compliance with BS5266-1 easier or more cost effective,” comments Advanced’s marketing manager Aston Bowles. “In fact, we’re so confident that Lux Intelligent will save users time and money that we provide a savings calculator on our website, showing how the automatic testing technology, easy installation and cloud monitoring add up to impressive savings and benefits within a very short time.”

“I don’t believe there’s another system out there that can match Lux Intelligent for performance and ease-of-use,” adds Dave Henderson, the company’s emergency lighting product manager. “A well-tested, compliant system that works when you need it is the goal. We achieve this in a few simple steps. Firstly, we offer live status and test reporting; secondly, we store all of your data securely in three places: the panel, the PC and the cloud; thirdly, we give you access to that data on your phone, tablet or any computer and, finally, we make it simple to share sites, panels or test and maintenance reports with your team or 3rd party partners quickly and easily.

“It’s this combination of zero time testing, data integrity and quick resolution of problems and maintenance needs that make Lux Intelligent so reliable and cost effective. Add to this the fact your system can easily scale to cover any site anywhere and work with just about any light or LED fitting, and you’ve got a system that’s unbeatable and future-proofed, saving on expensive one-off investment in the future,” concluded Dave.

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems and emergency lighting testing. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees them used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single-panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging systems and emergency lighting testing.

For more details contact Reji Mathews, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com

About Advanced

Advanced (a Halma company) is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Its legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use sees its products used in locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. More details can be found on the website at www.advancedco.com

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Safety Interlocking in Extreme Environments

The processing and transportation of oil and gas presents many safety challenges. While pipelines are the most viable means of transport over long distances, measures are always necessary to eliminate any possibility of error – either accidental or through deliberate sabotage.

The oil and gas industries generally have a disciplined approach to pipeline design and operating practice, governed by interna¬tional standards and enforced by regulators and cer¬tification authorities. While good practice begins with good design, both are inevitably hostage to the ‘human factor’. It is estimated that up to 70% of reported incidents in the oil and gas industry worldwide are attributable to human error and account for in excess of 90% of the financial loss to the industry.

The contracting out of key functions inevitably increases the risk of accidents through human error. Reliance on written safety procedures is an act of faith in the alertness and goodwill of the worker. Accident prevention and violation reduction requires physical systems that compel compliance.

Human Factors Engineering (HFE) is the design of work processes and systems to ensure the safe and efficient functioning of workers by taking into account human capabilities, limitations and requirements. Mechanical interlocks play a role in HFE by adding an additional safety element to the process.

Mechanical key interlocks
Key interlock systems are single or dual-keyed mechanical locking devices which operate on a ‘key transfer’ principle, controlling the sequence in which process equipment is operated. Interlocks are now widely accepted as an effective safety management tool and used by every major operating company across the world to adhere to HFE.

Typically they are applied to valves, closures, switches or any form of equipment which is operated by human intervention. The ‘open’ or ‘closed’ status of an interlocked valve, or the ‘on’ or ‘off’ status of an interlocked switch can only be changed by inserting a unique coded key; inserting the key unlocks the operating mechanism (e.g. handwheel or push-button) enabling operation of the valve or switch.

The interlocking process starts with the use of an initiating key, which unlocks the equipment. When the operation is complete, a secondary (previously trapped) key may then be released, locking the equipment in the new position. This secondary key will be coded to operate the next interlock in the sequence, and so on. Using this extremely simple coded-key transfer principle, a ‘mechanical logic’ system is created which minimises the risk of operator error and ensures safe plant operation.

Mechanical key interlock systems are ideally suited for integration with Permit-to-Work (PtW) procedures; indeed, the Cullen Report on the public inquiry into the Piper Alpha offshore rig disaster (1990) strongly recommends the use of locking systems integrated with PtW procedures, especially where routine procedures cannot be accomplished in the time-scale of a single work shift.

Whether a pipeline or process module is of simple design, with basic functions controlled by manually-operated valves, or of complex design controlled by sophisticated mainframe Distributed Logic Control (DLC) systems, key interlocks can provide a totally reliable mechanical assurance of safe operating practice in which the operator’s scope for error is eliminated.

Extreme Environments
Much of the world’s hydrocarbon reserves are situated in or under some of the most inhospitable regions, including deserts, the Arctic, tropical jungles and oceans. Finding, accessing and extracting these reserves takes a monumental effort and is a multi-trillion dollar industry.

Ensuring the safety of plant and personnel in these conditions can be a real challenge for operators. Extreme weather or physical conditions not only contribute to the wear and tear of pipelines and process equipment – they also make the maintenance and operation of valves and interlocks much more challenging.

Working in extremely hot, humid or cold environments each presents its own challenges, but they can all make the work tiring and stressful. In the Persian Gulf, for example, where temperatures can reach 50°C, workers are exposed to constant heat while undertaking dangerous, repetitive tasks that often require intensive labour. In extreme cold environments such as Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, where temperatures can reach the opposite extreme of -50°C, the challenges are different but just as demanding. Workers may need to wear bulky clothing and gloves, for example, making the operation of equipment more difficult. Contractual staffing arrangements in most projects, combined with hazardous working conditions, can also result in an increased risk of accidents.

In these and other extreme environments, valve systems must be designed for safety rather than placing sole responsibility on the operator. Simple blunders can lead the operator to make catastrophic errors, so simply relying on operator adherence is not enough – safety must be built into the process itself. The focus then becomes accident prevention, not accident management.

The principles of HFE can easily be applied to the physical operation of valves in extreme environments. Some valves can require over a hundred turns using excessive, sustained force by several operators at once. Under these circumstances, portable valve actuators can reduce the stress on workers and improve productivity, especially with valves that require a high number of turns or are otherwise difficult to operate because of high torque. With the tool, one operator can efficiently work banks of valves, dramatically reducing fatigue and the risk of injury.

Valves may also be located in dangerous or inaccessible areas but still require permanent access. In these circumstances operators may have difficulty ensuring valves are properly open or closed. Remote valve operating systems are the common sense approach to these valves, ensuring that operators are kept at a safe distance while valves are actuated efficiently. Remote valve operating systems can pass through walls and floors and operate valves at some distance away. In this way they allow workers to stay in safe, designated areas while critical valves are operated remotely.

Case Study – Ichthys LNG Project, Australia
The Ichthys LNG Project, currently under construction 220 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia, is one of the most significant oil and gas projects in the world, involving some of the largest offshore facilities in the industry, a state-of-the-art onshore processing facility and an 889 km pipeline uniting them. The project’s onshore processing facility is located in Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, where daytime temperatures rarely fall below 30°C, with high humidity.

The project owners place great emphasis on the safety and wellbeing of its operators, adhering to best practice HFE principles to ensure quality, safety and fit for purpose equipment and facilities. HFE includes all those considerations that enhance or improve human performance in the workplace and minimise the possibility of human error. Consideration is given to all work processes and systems, ensuring the safe and efficient functioning of workers by taking into account human capabilities, limitations and requirements.

Smith Flow Control’s interlocks are used throughout the facility to provide protection for over-pressurisation of vessels and other valves across the plant. A twin or multiple relief system enables a relief valve to be removed for service without the need to shut-down the system. Interlocks guarantee an open path to pressure relief is maintained at all times during maintenance or other work exercises on process equipment, removing the possibility of both or all relief valves being simultaneously isolated. A simple mechanical valve interlock system ensures that no relief valve can be isolated until the spare relief valve has been brought on-stream. A spare relief capacity enables continuous production while maintenance procedures take place, eliminating the need to isolate and shut down the whole process, maintaining efficiencies at all times. In total, over 2,500 interlocks were supplied to the Ichthys onshore processing facilities.

As an additional layer of safety, interlocks were specified on the facility’s main pig trap, serving the main line from offshore. The vessel closure interlock was fitted to a 42” pig trap receiver, connecting to the large subsea pipeline.

Pig traps are launching and receiving stations that allow operators to insert and remove pigs (pipeline tools) without interruption to the pipeline product flow. The greatest danger occurs when opening the pig launcher or receiver door; during this part of the process, the launcher/receiver vessel can be under pressure if there is nothing to prove its status. Opening the vessel without correctly isolating, venting and draining can cause the trap door to fly open and the pig to shoot out at high speed, with potentially fatal consequences. Key interlocks negate this risk by mechanically proving the ‘closed and isolated’ status that enables venting and draining of pig trap vessels before loading or unloading operations.

Over 1,000 of Smith Flow Control’s EasiDrive portable valve actuators were also supplied to the Ichthys project to help ease valve operating problems.

Conclusion
Many routine pipeline operations are potentially dangerous if executed incorrectly or in unsafe conditions and this is exacerbated in extreme environments. By taking simple steps to integrate safety into valve operating systems, workers are protected and operations proceed in a designated, safe way. Interlocks are versatile building blocks that can be configured to meet almost any simple or complex procedure. In addition, portable or remote valve drive systems are cost-effective ways to operate difficult to open and/or hard to reach valves, protecting personnel while increasing efficiency.

For more information, contact Ms. Louise Cracknell at +44 (0) 1376 517901, Email: l.cracknell@smithflowcontrol.com, or sales@smithflowcontrol.com ; or visit www.smithflowcontrol.com

About Smith Flow Control
Smith Flow Control Ltd is a British company specialising in mechanical valve control equipment. This includes procedural control using mechanical valve Interlocks and activity management systems, EasiDrive portable valve actuators, and FlexiDrive mechanical valve linkage systems for remote and/or simultaneous valve operation.

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Fire Fighting Enterprises becomes FFE

Rebrand announced at Intersec 2015

On January 18, 2015 Fire Fighting Enterprises officially became FFE. Known the world over as a specialist in smoke and flame detection through its Fireray and Talentum product brands, FFE is using Intersec Dubai as the platform to announce its rebrand.

“We are delighted to be making this key announcement at Intersec. Changing our name and updating our image marks an important milestone for our company and our customers,” commented FFE’s managing director Mark Osborne. “We’re putting more focus on our two world-renowned product brands – the Fireray optical beam smoke detector and the Talentum flame detector. We welcomed many visitors to our booth number 4-G37 at Intersec to discuss how we can work with them to deliver world-class fire safety.”

FFE has always been driven by innovation, from the introduction of the first Fireray optical beam smoke detector over thirty years ago to the integration of the Talentum flame detector range in 2013. These products are relied on to protect some of the most iconic buildings in the world, including the White House, Buckingham Palace, Dubai Airport and the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, as well as countless industrial installations worldwide. Talentum flame detectors have also been selected to protect the Bloodhound supersonic car, set to break the world land-speed record later this year.

Over 8% of all FFE’s revenues are re-invested back into R&D, developing the technologies that are at the core of Fireray and Talentum and helping to bring about new technological breakthroughs. Through this ongoing research, FFE is not only providing quality today, but developing world-leading technologies for tomorrow.

“Underpinning everything we do is our most valuable asset, our people,” says sales and marketing director Tracy Kirk. “We couldn’t do what we do without our R&D team of highly qualified engineers, a dynamic and truly customer-focussed sales and marketing team, and a UK-based manufacturing facility covering production, testing and calibration.

“Added to that is our purpose-built, on-site training space, where we offer training courses not only on the products we supply, but also on the fundamental principles of smoke and flame detection.”

FFE has offices in the UK, USA, Dubai, India and China and a global network of distributors and channel partners. Continuous growth now sees the company’s products protecting lives in over 90 countries round the world – and this growth is set to continue.

Held between 18-20 January, Intersec is the world’s largest and most comprehensive trade and networking exhibition for the security and safety industries. It offers a unique spectrum of products from the fields of Commercial Security, Information Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security and Policing.

For more details, please contact India Business Manager, Mr. Sasi Kumar on T: +91 98869 41982 or E-mail: SKumar@ffeuk.com.

About FFE
FFE is a UK-based, global design and manufacturing business, dedicated to supplying specialist detection products to the fire industry. The company’s two leading brands are the Fireray optical beam smoke detector, with over half a million units installed worldwide, and the Talentum flame detector, one of the world’s most respected flame detector brands. FFE also leads the global market in providing fire extinguishers for aviation use and produces a range of vibration switches for industrial applications. FFE is a Halma Company.

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