Case Studies & Application Stories 

Sercos powers innovative robot
July 23, 2014

Sercos powers innovative robot

The Sercos automation bus powers the revolutionary drive construction and unique rotation options of the Penta Robotics’ Veloce parallel robot.

High-speed monitoring aboard luxury mega yacht
July 22, 2014

High-speed monitoring aboard luxury mega yacht

Industrial Ethernet Book
A complex automation solution implemented for a large luxury yacht, recently launched at Germany’s Bremer Lürssen shipyard, relies on 125 high-performance industrial Ethernet controllers. The system provides an ability to collect, process and visualize thousands of signals that control the mega yacht’s operation.

Creative Valve Solutions Adapt to South Australia Water System
July 22, 2014

Creative Valve Solutions Adapt to South Australia Water System

Pumps & Systems
By Celso Iglesias, Perryco, and Mark Gimson, Singer Valve
The North South Interconnection System Project (NSISP) is one of South Australian Water Corporation’s (SA Water) biggest infrastructure projects. By the project’s completion, 23 valves were installed at the ten different stations. Addressing each station’s needs with different pressure-reducing valve accessories—without installing additional equipment to compensate—was key to the project’s success.

Submersible Pumps Meet High Environmental Standards in Winemaking
July 22, 2014

Submersible Pumps Meet High Environmental Standards in Winemaking

Pumps & Systems
Converting a solid such as grapes into a liquid on a large scale requires several different specialized pump types for transferring, filtering and bottling. An unnamed winery in California uses three pumps in a triplex control system to handle wine waste.

Efficient lubricant loading at Shell
July 22, 2014

Efficient lubricant loading at Shell

South African Instrumentation and Control
Shell required a new loading bay for bulk finished products, mainly hydraulic and engine oils. Shell installed 10 Endress+Hauser Promass 83F Coriolis mass flow meters with a Profibus DP communication network.

Leading the way – CCS fitted coal-fired power stations now a reality
July 21, 2014

Leading the way – CCS fitted coal-fired power stations now a reality

Power-technology.com
By Heidi Vella
Despite being touted as the best way to clean up dirty fossil fuels, commercial deployment of carbon capture storage (CCS) in the power industry has been near non-existent. Now, for the first time ever, a coal-fired power plant is being retrofitted with CCS. The plant, located in Canada, is near completion, while a similar project in the US is also under construction.

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Look no wires! Automated monitoring solutions
July 21, 2014

Look no wires! Automated monitoring solutions

Control Engineering Europe
The SABIC Olefins plant in Teesside in the UK is using a wireless condition monitoring and prediction system to detect potential problems with pumps before they disrupt normal operations. This is helping to reduce the risk of unexpected failures that can result in lost production as well as safety and environmental incidents.

Electric actuators replace pneumatic technology
July 21, 2014

Electric actuators replace pneumatic technology

Control Engineering Europe
The Schmidtsche Quelle water treatment plant in Heidelberg, Germany, replaced approximately 50 pneumatic devices with electric actuators supplied by Auma, thus reducing high maintenance costs of pneumatic actuation technology for valve control, with its associated compressed air supply.

Automated vision solution makes reprogramming easy
July 21, 2014

Automated vision solution makes reprogramming easy

Control Engineering Europe
GlaxoSmithKline's site in Evreux, France, uses a three-camera XG vision system from Keyence. The first camera uses optical character recognition (OCR) to check an in-house code. The second checks the placement and diameter of the label. The third camera is used to check a special label with a black background used for the Japanese market.

Safety barriers within nuclear power stations
July 21, 2014

Safety barriers within nuclear power stations

HazardEx
EDF Energy asked safety barrier specialist, Tensator, to design a safety solution at its Hinkley Point B plant near Bridgewater in Somerset. Tensator provided 2,468 Heavy Duty Posts, 1,884 Wall Mounted Barriers and 821 Sign Holders.

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Decommissioning project case study: TOTAL’s MCP-01 platform
July 21, 2014

Decommissioning project case study: TOTAL’s MCP-01 platform

HazardEx
Much of the oil and gas infrastructure installed on the UK Continental Shelf since the 1970s will require decommissioning over the next couple of decades, both in a safe and environmentally-sound manner. That this has been achieved on MCP-01 shows that the sector is successfully gearing itself up for the massive task ahead.

Au2mation installs RTUs in Panama City
July 21, 2014

Au2mation installs RTUs in Panama City

The MMIM RTU has been deployed to control lighting on Line 1 of the metro system which currently links Los Andes County to the city centre.

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 X-Scan Consortium revives robotic weld inspection system
July 18, 2014

X-Scan Consortium revives robotic weld inspection system

X-Scan robot inspects ship welds by means of laser, ultrasound and electromagnetic methods, similar to systems developed by Babcock & Wilcox in the 1970s to check nuclear reactor welds.

Rotork actuators control Sydney's water pressure
July 14, 2014

Rotork actuators control Sydney's water pressure

CVA electric control valve actuators are enabling the Sydney Water Corporation in Australia to control the pressure in the city’s water supply network with greatly increased response and accuracy.

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Save the Old I/O When Upgrading Existing Control Systems
June 27, 2014

Save the Old I/O When Upgrading Existing Control Systems

Control Design
By Dan Hebert
The Automate Co. is currently upgrading a lamination shear at Georg Transformer by simply switching out all six existing parallel I/O rack cards with 32 channels of digital I/O Opto 22 brain cards and connecting Ethernet directly to the original rack.

Heason actuator lets marine engines survive underwater
June 26, 2014

Heason actuator lets marine engines survive underwater

‘Inversion Protected’ technology cuts down restart time from typically 40 seconds to just 10 seconds and reduces internal engine damage or deterioration due to water ingress.

Electroland lights up public art with interactive displays
June 26, 2014

Electroland lights up public art with interactive displays

Electroland used Phoenix Contact PLCs and relays to control the lights of the display, and terminal blocks to provide reliable connections.

June 25, 2014

EnTouch energy management system cuts costs at Community Center

Lower energy rates from Houston-based Entelrgy and an energy management solution donated by EnTouch Controls keeps cooling costs down at the West Houston Community Center.

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Speeding up the production of gold bars
June 24, 2014

Speeding up the production of gold bars

Process Engineer
Autocon Innovations in South Africa installed Festo belt drives in a new machine for the production of small gold bars. The automated system increases the loading capacity of the machine compared to the previous solution from 1,500 to 4,000 100-gram gold bars, worth around £10 million.

FLIR cameras detect coal self-combustion hazards in Holland
June 24, 2014

FLIR cameras detect coal self-combustion hazards in Holland

Dutch bulk terminal company is using FLIR thermal imaging cameras to help monitor coal temperatures that signal potential self-combustion hazards before they have a chance to erupt.