Manufacturing, Plant Safety, Safety Relays on Transmitters, Tradeshows, Transmitters

Safety: An ounce of prevention is worth……a life!

As Junes comes to a close we are reminded that it is National Safety Month . As we get bombarded with daily reminders to wear sunscreen by the pool and cheesy posters with cheesier sayings, keep in mind the meaning behind them is vitally important. As an active participant on our company’s safety committee, it can be easy to turn a safety project into a long term, high investment project that will be as safe as possible. But it can often come at the expense of a simpler solution that can start making your front line worker safer NOW rather than tomorrow.

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As safety professionals, advisors, or just leaders of people, we are responsible for those that are exposed to hazards on the front lines doing the work. It is our responsibility to make sure that we find sensing solutions that not only protect, but can be implemented quickly and easily to ensure protection now.

But here lies the dichotomy; whatever the sensing solution is, it can’t be cheap and create the chance to supply false security.

These issues create contradictions. We need inexpensive but not cheap, sophisticated but not complicated, fast and easy to install but not to cause any adverse effect in the production environment. We attempt to optimize current solutions by multiple factors and the result is typically a well-balanced, mediocre, piece of junk. When real safety problems occur, we need step changes in technology that take away the balancing act of specs and open up new ways to keep people safe.

Enter wireless communication. We have been proving in use with our dependence on cellular phones for over a decade with increasing reliability. We are replacing wired home phone lines with cellphones, airplane boarding passes with e-tickets on our cellphones, and even doing our banking over our cellphones. Industrial wireless communications are more robust and reliable than they have ever been and are ready for the mainstream of industrial market sensing applications.

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The cost savings of wireless are readily apparent: less wiring, less money. What is sometimes lost is the ease and speed of installation. This is where wireless can offer a step change in safety. Need additional points to monitor, no problem. Need to move a point to a more ideal location, no problem. It is now easier and faster than ever to get monitoring installed that will start to protect your people now.

As a vendor, allowing the limitations of old technology and “it’s always been done this way” to become excuses against creating better ways to bring value to the customers will be detrimental as new technology and services emerge. It’s on us to not only adapt new technology but to embrace it as the path forward. Further we must be instrumental in creating the data to prove performance and reliability.

So as we wrap up  June and make jokes about the cliché posters, remember to look to find innovative solutions that will help to you protect your people now. Accidents won’t wait for you, so why wait on implementing safety? Start searching for solutions that will help you keep your people safer NOW.

If it happens to involve industrial wireless, feel free to explore ueonline.com to learn more.

Written by: Andrew Liptak- Gas Detection Product Manger at United Electric Controls

Email: aliptak@ueonline.com

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Transmitters

Introducing 2 New One Series Products from United Electric Controls

We’ve been busy crafting new transmitters that better serve our customers’ needs. This month, United Electric Controls is pleased to introduce the latest One Series models now available for purchase. The new products add to our growing list of award-winning One Series Transmitters.

Pressure and Temp Monitor
One Series 1XTXSW shown with Dual Seal and Differential Pressure Sensor

The One Series 1XTXSW model is a HART® version 7 transmitter with 2 programmable solid state relays. It has been designed as an upgrade to replace existing transmitters, gauges and switches – performing 3 different functions in just one product. Customers will be able to provide local control for alarms and to provide a shut down to protect equipment. They can also send a signal to the control system PLC and perform monitoring functions for pressure or temperature. There is also a separate IAW™ (I Am Working) discrete output for reporting the health status of the instrument, which helps operators know when it needs maintenance. Predictive maintenance can save time and money and can eliminate damage occurring from wear, resulting in unscheduled downtime.

Also introduced is the One Series 1XTX00 model, a Transmitter Only version of our One Series pressure or temperature monitor, which provides the same HART® 7 NAMUR standard 4-20 mA communication but eliminates the solid-state relays for non-switching applications. This is the first One Series version to exclude switching capability, providing a more economical version of the One Series for applications that don’t require the switching function..

UE is currently taking orders on both of these products this month. To find a local supplier near you, please view our Distributors page and select your geographic region. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at TechSupport@ueonline.com or by calling (617) 926-1000.

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United Electric Controls Releases New One Series

Pressure and Temperature Monitoring Device
One Series 1X Shown with Dual Seal Option

Last month, UE officially introduced a new One Series 2-wire electronic switch capable of monitoring pressure or temperature in harsh and hazardous industrial applications. The new model, 1xswll, joins the One Series hybrid transmitter-switch product line. This new process monitor replaces four models by combining all of the functionality and hazardous location approvals of the previous models, making it easier to select and specify on projects. The updated product was first demonstrated at last month’s ACHEMA 2015 event in Europe and is intended for hydrocarbon refining, processing, and chemical manufacturing industries.

Product Specs:

  • Discrete input powered 2-wire electronic switch capable of replacing mechanical switches that are connected to a DCS or PLC utilizing the same 2 wires and control scheme
  • Voltage range of 7.8 to 50 volts DC at 0.1 amps for 24 and 48 logic solver inputs
  • I Am Working (IAW™) diagnostics provide health status display and a fail-safe-open remote discrete output signal

Software Features:

  • Fully programmable Set Point fail-safe switch with 100% adjustable Deadband (hysteresis)
  • Adjustable Filter avoids nuisance trips resulting from pressure spikes
  • Window Mode opens or closes the set point switch when the process variable is outside of the programmable window
  • Trip Counter increments each time the set point is reached, useful for process diagnostics
  • Trip Delay suspends the switch action up to 999.9 seconds (16.7 minutes) after the Set Point is reached
  • Password protects against unauthorized changes to the programmable parameters

The 1XSWLL is the first in a family of four new One Series products that will be released this year by United Electric Controls so keep a look out for upcoming announcements.

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Tradeshows

June 2015 Trade Shows in the Oil and Gas Sector

Unlike countless other marketing activities, trade shows haven’t changed much over the decades. They still require quite a bit of labor in setting up booths, putting together interesting demonstrations and hiring people who can work the floors and get people’s attention.

So in the face of ROI considerations, many people and companies are pulling back a bit from trade show investment. However, in certain industries, including oil and gas, and even the chemical sector, trade shows continue to prove their worth. As a matter of fact, these industries rely on trade shows to get innovative solutions and new products into the hands of buyers.

In addition, educational opportunities abound at trade shows. Influencers, thought leaders, prospects, clients and competitors all come together to share their knowledge and expertise. Access to so many industry leaders all in one place is unlikely anywhere else but at a trade show.

Recognizing these many benefits, United Electric Controls makes every effort to attend major industrial shows. This month, we’ll be doing some extensive traveling, heading to The Global Petroleum Show taking place June 9th-11th, 2015 at Stampede Park in Calgary, Canada. Soon after that, we’ll be packing our bags yet again to attend ACHEMA, which will be held in Frankfurt, Germany from June 15th-19th, 2015.

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Join us in Booth 4645 at the Global Petroleum Show

At the Global Petroleum Show, United Electric Controls will have our Dual Seal products on display for attendees, in addition to our award-winning One Series Safety Transmitter. Oil and gas companies that are interested in these safety products can visit us at Booth 4645.

At ACHEMA, the theme of the show will be “Fast, Safe, and Reliable,” which is the perfect complement to the safety products we provide. And in honor of the theme, we’ll be giving away Formula 1 racing tickets to some lucky attendees. For more information, stop by our booth at the show. We’ll be in Hall 11.1, Booth G51.

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Visit Hall 11.1, Booth G51 at ACHEMA 2015

To learn more about our reliable pressure and temperature switches, controls and sensors, feel free to contact us at TechSupport@ueonline.com or by calling (617) 926-1000. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the shows!

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Learn About Pressure & Temperature Transmitters for Oilfield Automation at OTC 2015

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See the Award Winning One Series Safety Transmitter at OTC 2015

From May 4-7, 2015, NRG Park in Houston, Texas will host the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference. OTC 2015 brings together thought leaders in the offshore energy industry to discuss and introduce new technological advances, safety and environmental solutions, and regulations impacting the sector. The event includes a number of informative technical sessions and panels in addition to downtime for scheduled breakfasts and luncheons.

The event will be kicked off by the Annual OTC Dinner on Sunday, May 3rd, which will recognize OTC Distinguished Achievement Award recipients. Proceeds from the dinner will support this year’s beneficiary – the IPAA/PESA Energy Education Center for the benefit of the Energy Institute High School. The Energy Institute is a magnet school with three educational focus areas for students; geosciences, energy alternatives, and offshore technology.

Supporting the next generation is a major emphasis of OTC 2015. Monday’s events will include “The Next Wave, a program for young professionals,” sponsored by BP. The expert speakers in the program will introduce challenges and opportunities for young people in this line of work, and provide a guide on how to land a job and drive the future of the offshore energy sector.

OTC 2015 will also showcase industrial leaders in the offshore equipment industry. United Electric Controls will be exhibiting at booth #5832 with our specialty transmitters for oilfield automation. We offer pressure, differential pressure, and temperature transmitters for critical safety, alarm, and emergency shutdown (ESD) applications. All of these solutions are vital to ensure safety during offshore operations. In particular, we’ll be showing off our award-winning One Series Safety Transmitter, which was recently recognized as Control Engineering’s 2015 Engineers’ Choice award winner in the Safety – Process Safety, Intrinsic Safety category.

In addition to the One Series Safety Transmitter, UE will be exhibiting pressure switches and transmitters that address the following offshore applications:

  •  BOP closing systems
  •  Instrument safety and emergency shutdown (ESD) panels
  •  Fire suppression systems
  •  Sub-sea valve monitoring

Adding to their suitability for offshore environments, UE instruments are compact to maximize panel space. They are welded, hermetically sealed, and composed of stainless steel, making them resistant to salt spray and humidity.

For more information about the pressure and temperature transmitter products on display at OTC 2015, please feel free to visit our event page. For an in-person demonstration, please stop by booth #5832 at the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

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One Series Safety Transmitter Named 2015 Engineers’ Choice Award Winner

Engineers Choice Awards Reception
Left to Right: Rick Frauton, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Wil Chin, VP of Marketing, and Dave Wilbur, Principal Engineer, United Electric Controls accepting the 2015 Engineers’ Choice Award.

We have a winner! United Electric Controls’ One Series Safety Transmitter has been officially recognized as Control Engineering’s 2015 Engineers’ Choice award winner. The team proudly received the award on Monday, March 23rd, and was highlighted in a special reception in Chicago. The One Series Safety Transmitter was selected as the winner in the Safety – Process Safety, Intrinsic Safety category.

The Engineers’ Choice Awards featured 26 winners this year, along with 27 honorable mentions. After having been narrowed down from a pool of 94 finalists, United Electric Controls is delighted to have come out on top in our category. We are especially humbled to know the winners were chosen by Control Engineering’s subscribers. These people use our technology every day, and to have them vote for our product is truly gratifying.

As for the winning design itself, the One Series Safety Transmitter provides a NAMUR NE 43 standard 4-20 mA analog output for pressure and temperature monitoring. Its programmable high-capacity solid-state safety relay output (SRO) enables the fastest emergency shutdowns in the industry, allowing a shutdown to occur in less than 100 msec. The SRO is capable of directly switching the final element, eliminating the need for a safety PLC.

Oil and Gas Safety Product
Award Winning One Series Safety Transmitter

The One Series Safety Transmitter was designed for functional safety applications using the latest available version of the IEC 61508-2010, offering safety designers and other end-users greater confidence in their hardware. All features of this product have our customers in mind – including easy installation, improved productivity, and password protection to prevent tampering. The One Series Safety Transmitter also has a high safe failure fraction (SFF) of 98.8%, which is currently the highest of any transmitter certified for use in SIL 2 safety systems as a single element (HFT=0).

To learn more about this award-winning product line, please visit our website or call our application engineers at +1 (617) 923-6977. We would be more than happy to answer any questions and discuss your application needs.

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The One Series Safety Transmitter for Increased Plant Safety

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The power generation market is beginning to emphasize the importance of plant safety. This was made clear to all attendees during the keynote session at the Power-Gen International Show in Orlando held in early December. Ms. Kimberly S. Greene, executive VP and COO of Atlanta-based power generation Southern Company made a passionate plea for better safety standards within plants that fall under the Southern Company umbrella, and to begin thinking about plant safety and investing in safety automation technology to provide some solutions. According to Ms. Greene, Southern Company facilities sent 300 workers home with workplace injuries in 2014.

In one case this year, a 44-year employee died on the job, causing Ms. Greene to make an emotional plea to all attendees and plant managers to move safety to the top of their priority lists. For the power generation market, plant safety has not (yet) received the same level of attention when compared to the hydrocarbon processing market. Ms. Greene’s statistics reminded us all that functional safety must be considered across many industries that include harsh and hazardous operating conditions and processes.

The One Series Safety Transmitter is a pressure and temperature monitoring transmitter-switch that provides a NAMUR NE 43 standard 4-20 mA analog output. Its programmable high-capacity solid-state safety relay output enables the fastest emergency shutdowns in the industry.

The One Series Safety Transmitter was designed with features that simplify installation, improve productivity, and eliminate nuisance trips. The instrument is password protected to prevent unwanted parameter changes; eliminating the risk of tampering. The large backlit digital display provides process variable, status, self-diagnostics and field programming information.

Some of the advantages of using UE’s safety transmitter are:

  • ​4-20 mA analog output with field scaling capability
  • ​100% programmable high-capacity safety relay for switch mode, set point & deadband
  • ​Effectively replaces a gauge, transmitter, and a switch to reduce potential leak paths
  • ​Additional discrete outputs to facilitate voting logic schemes
  • ​The industries highest safe failure fraction (SFF) of 98.8% as certified for use in SIL 2 by exida

For more information on UE’s One Series Safety Transmitter, please visit our website at www.ueonlone.com or call our application engineers at +1 (617) 923-6977. You can also write us at TechSupport @ueonline.com.