Enhanced, precise measurement of high flows
Globally, > 90 MMbpd of crude oil, natural
gas and refined hydrocarbons are produced, transported, stored and sold to end
users. With enormous transactions like these, any instrument inaccuracy, even
the most infinitesimal, can result in significant shortfalls for the supplier or
buyer. Promass Q (FIG.
1), a high-tech Coriolis flowmeter line from Endress+Hauser,
alleviates concerns of inaccuracies with its four-tube technology, while
measuring with minimal pressure loss over a wide range of flowrates.
Promass Q recently welcomed new additions to
its lineup. It is available for larger pipes than ever before—up to 10-in. (DN 250)—for measuring flowrates
up to 18,900 bbl/hr (bph) (2,400 tph), opening the door to additional
applications in the oil and gas industry. These include high-precision metering
for custody transfer, fiscal metering, master metering as a reference device
for onsite verification, and more.
In addition to mass and volumetric flow,
Promass Q also records process density and temperature. This enables the
incorporation of fluctuating process and ambient conditions into flow
measurement, with appropriate compensation, helping achieve tight error bands
of ±0.05% for mass
flow and ±0.2 kg/m3
Compared to meters with two measuring tubes,
four tubes reliably measure 25% greater flowrates, enabling faster transactions
in the oil and gas business. This can save operators money by reducing
standstill times while loading and unloading oil tankers, and by reducing port
Additionally, four-tube technology reduces
pressure loss while pumping and measuring due to the increased cross-sectional
flow area relative to line size. This provides further cost savings because
operators can use smaller pumps that consume less energy relative to overall volumetric
output. The lower pressure loss also alleviates harmful cavitation effects and
gas break out, for example, in exceptionally light hydrocarbons, such as
liquefied petroleum gases (LPG), natural gas liquids (NGL), condensates and
other cryogenic fluids.
Promass Q flowmeters are available in stainless
steel and IP66/67-rated materials, ensuring robust and long-term operation,
even in harsh conditions, such as offshore areas with high humidity and salt
spray. Promass Q is rated for process temperatures ranging from –321°F (–196°C) to 401°F (205°C), with the low-end
making Promass Q meters an ideal choice for measuring cryogenic fluids.
SIL ratings in compliance with IEC 61508, Promass Q is also suitable for
safety-related applications. Its numerous hazardous area approvals (e.g., ATEX,
IECEx, CSA) further expand its list of potential applications. The Promass Q’s
compact design relative to its flow measurement capacity enables installation
in confined spaces, such as on stationary or mobile skids for custody transfer.
Numerous test measurements have proven
Endress+Hauser Coriolis flow measurement technology for measuring viscous
hydrocarbons, like heavy oils and bitumen, in addition to fluids with entrained
gas. This is particularly applicable to Promass Q meters. Testing highlights
Proline 300/500 transmitters have been proven
for years in the industry and are under constant development for continual
improvement, making them complementary to the enhanced Promass Q line of
sensors. Proline 300/500 transmitters provide a host of user-friendly
capabilities, including a WLAN webserver for wireless operation and
configuration onsite, HistoROM programming for safe configuration and device
data storage, and Heartbeat Technology, making advanced instrument diagnostic,
verification and secondary process value data available for consumption by host
By combining Promass Q flowmeters with Proline
300/500 transmitters, plant personnel gain measurement reliability and
assurance, in addition to diagnostic visibility, empowering them to optimize
operations and increase uptime.
For more information, go to Proline Promass Q flowmeters and Proline transmitters.
Enterprise platform empowers
process manufacturers with new level of intelligence
developer eschbach, the provider of Shiftconnector®
manufacturing software for process manufacturing, has now made artificial intelligence
(AI) an integral component of its enterprise platform (FIG. 2). With AI
search engine capabilities, Shiftconnector will now bring a new level of
intelligence to the plant floor.
For nearly 20 yr, Shiftconnector’s
software platform has been enabling process industry manufacturers to enhance
communications among shift teams for effective shift handovers, transparent
team communications and increased asset performance.
With the addition of
AI’s Smart Search capabilities to the Shiftconnector platform, teams can now
improve plant performance by quickly finding solutions based on the history of
documented tribal knowledge from plant operations teams. Retrieving the most
relevant information will accelerate operations and offer capabilities to help
teams recover from disruptions by immediately identifying appropriate fixes. Also,
captured knowledge can be managed to support workforce changes.
Large amounts of data
flow through a plant operation and it can be costly to overall operations to
find solutions when similar processes happen regularly and downtimes occur. As
different teams must develop unified responses, act on unexpected events and
maintain a cohesive workflow throughout multiple shifts, natural language
processing is essential.
For more information visit www.eschbach.com.
NEW CAPABILITIES OF BENTLEY iTWIN PLATFORM
Bentley Systems Inc.
has significantly extended the scope and interoperability of infrastructure
data that engineering firms and owner-operators can use to create and leverage
digital twins in design, construction and operations workflows.
The new iTwin Platform
capabilities will power Bentley Infrastructure Cloud, a set of solutions that
span the end-to-end infrastructure lifecycle and value chain, encompassing
ProjectWise, SYNCHRO and AssetWise, unified and made interoperable by Bentley’s
The iTwin Experience (FIG. 3) is a new
cloud product to empower owner-operator’s and their constituents’ insights into
critical infrastructure by visualizing and navigating digital twins. It
accelerates engineering firms’ “digital integrator” initiatives to create and
curate asset-specific digital twins, incorporating their proprietary machine-learning,
analytics and asset performance algorithms. iTwin Experience acts as a “single
pane of glass,” overlaying engineering technology (ET), operations technology
(OT) and information technology (IT) to enable users to visualize, query and
analyze infrastructure digital twins in their full context, at any level of
granularity, at any scale, all geo-coordinated and fully searchable.
Bentley is broadening its strategic priorities
for iTwin, including adding “digital-twin native” advantages to its
infrastructure engineering applications. iTwin Experience is in early access;
iTwin Capture and iTwin IoT are available now. iTwin Experience incorporates
capabilities from OpenCities Planner. iTwin Capture incorporates capabilities
from ContextCapture and Orbit 3DM. iTwin IoT incorporates capabilities from the
sensemetrics platform and Vista Data Vision. To find out more, visit www.bentley.com.
detergent ideal for engine and transmission rebuilds and repairs
Madison Chemical has introduced ULTRA-CLEAN
US-159 (FIG. 4),
an alkaline detergent developed specifically for difficult cleaning operations
involving the removal of aged, oxidized, burned-on oil and grease, including
engine and transmission repair and rebuilds. Intended for immersion, including
agi-lift and ultrasonic equipment, this special formulation cleans more
thoroughly in less time, thus increasing productivity. Its unique formula
produces low-to-moderate foam, maximizing ultrasonic cavitation. ULTRA-CLEAN
US-159 is ideal for machinery rebuilding, including engines and transmission,
component cleaning during maintenance procedures, and more.
Safe for use on ferrous alloys when used as
directed, ULTRA-CLEAN US-159 may etch or stain aluminum and zinc alloys,
therefore pretesting before use is recommended.
Dilutions from 2%–10%
by volume in water that is 120°F–160°F are typically
effective. Heavier soils and/or
ultrasonic applications may benefit from operating at higher temperatures up to
190°F. Follow the cleaning
step with a thorough ambient-to-warm water rinse.
Madison Chemical is a chemical formulator that
provides cleaning, sanitation, maintenance and surface preparation products for
the industrial maintenance, metalworking, pulp and paper, and transportation
industries, among others. For additional information visit www.madchem.com.
Observability platform to help
chemical and energy producers increase uptime
ControlRooms has launched its AI-powered observability
platform for chemical and energy producers, and announced its selection and
deployment by OCI N.V., a leading global producer and distributor of
hydrogen-based products. OCI is utilizing ControlRooms in its U.S. methanol and
ammonia plants to provide end-to-end observability of production. The
ControlRooms platform enhances safety and efficiency, resulting in reduced
downtime, costs and emissions.
With ControlRooms, operators and engineers can improve
troubleshooting and achieve true observability of their operational data.
ControlRooms uses advanced AI to shine a light on the trends that matter and
identify anomalies across plant systems. Unlike some other AI solutions,
ControlRooms is quick to set up, designed for operators, and is able to deliver
value in minutes, not months.
Corporate IT often leverages cloud-based observability
solutions to ensure performance and troubleshoot potential issues across
thousands of IT servers. However, operators and engineers of critical
infrastructure have not had access to this technology to date. By adapting
proven observability and monitoring methods from information technology for the
operational technology (OT) sphere, ControlRooms gives plant operators the
ability to detect sooner, troubleshoot faster, and reach their production goals
of critical compounds, the company said.
ControlRooms is now available to use for free—users can
upload unlimited data batches to be processed within ControlRooms for free,
forever. Companies can also sign up for ControlRooms' Pro and Enterprise tiers
where data from plants is streamed and monitored in real time to give plant
operators and engineers an active view of trends and anomalies within their
To learn more and experience OT observability, visit controlrooms.ai. HP