By Steve Milford, Endress+Hauser
The City of Charlotte, NC, uses Endress+Hauser ultrasonic flowmeters to measure the flow and methane content of biogas from anaerobic digesters that treat sludge in the wastewater treatment facility. The biogas is used to generate electricity.
Micro-Epsilon supplied sensors for a high speed (up to 10,500rpm) wheel spin test, part of the BLOODHOUND SSC Project – the 1,000 mph land speed record attempt that is scheduled to take place in 2016.
What’s New in Process Technology
JBS Australia built a biogas and water treatment plant that led to not only an improved waste management system, but also an 89% reduction in the facility’s annual greenhouse gas emissions and a saving of more than $1 million a year on natural gas costs.
Control Engineering Europe
Premier Paper in Wisconsin uses Mitsubishi PLCs, Variable frequency drives (VFDs), servo controls, and an HMI along with a single control software package in its partition assembler for corrugated and fibre chipboard strips.
By Russ Butchart, Puffin Automation
Vision system for an unnamed manufacturer inspects defects as small as 0.008" on all four surfaces of an engine ring with a changeover time of less than 1 min.
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Proficy will assist the city in bringing together information about their wastewater system from remote locations to provide a system-wide view of what’s really happening across its watersheds.
OSI installed an Outage Management System (OMS) for Powerco of New Zealand, based on OSI's Spectra OMS software platform.
The wireless network at Pfalzwerke Netz integrates remote substations, secondary substations, renewable energy systems, and switching points into a network control system while providing protection from unauthorised access and tampering.
With 34 cameras installed along the perimeter of the photovoltaic field, Solesa can detect animals, people, objects, acts of vandalism or attempted theft in complete darkness and difficult conditions, such as dust, fog and rain.
Solesa chose Axis’ thermal network cameras to provide security for a solar field.
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Imaging and Machine Vision
A train mounted camera system is helping the UK’s rail network inspect track conditions, whilst in France a vehicle mounted Lidar system is being used for 3D laser mapping of railways.
Oil & Gas Engineer
BP is using Smart Wireless technology from Emerson Process Management as part of a leak detection system that helps enhance safety at its production centre in Geel, Belgium.
Janssen-Cilag Farmacêutica, a research-based pharmaceutical company located in São Paulo, Brazil, installed a Thermo Scientific LIMS. By interfacing the LIMS with its ERP, GPSG Brazil can expedite the data flow between the lab and the manufacturing functions, streamline data handling, and integrate data collection and reports.
Due to Cytonome’s new Empower PLM centralized and automated product development processes, auditors saw that they had the proper signoff, history tracking and reporting to meet ISO compliance guidelines.
Axalta Coating Systems in Philadelphia, used integrated robot and programmable logic controller (PLC) controls to help facilitate its transition to a new packaging automation system.
Machine Vision On Line
Inspection Masters uses “dual wavelength” area array cameras from JAI that can acquire both color and grayscale near-infrared (NIR) images of pecan nuts as they fall from a chute at a rate of about 5 tons per hour. Color images are important because the pecans will change color from the beginning of the harvest season to the end.
By Jim Montague
Located on 1,200 acres about 45 km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, North West Redwater (NWR) Partnership is working with the province's government to build a 78,000 bbl/d blend (50,000 bbl/d bitumen) refinery over the next several years for about $8.5 billion in total capital costs.
Balancing the supply and demand of electricity is a dynamic challenge and a mandatory requirement for electricity providers on the grid in the UK. Endeco Technologies uses TopView to monitor site power.
The Summail Gas Plant has an Integrated Control & Safety System which consists of a Process Control System, Emergency Shutdown System, Fire & Gas Detection System, SCADA server, and Alarm annunciation systems, but their PLCs couldn't talk to each other.
By Shane Novacek, Beckhoff
One Echo Hill Tactic 8 machine does the work of four centerless grinding machines, while improving gauging technology and keeping equipment cleaner, with advanced automation, EtherCAT communications and an inverted machine design.