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.

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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.

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Diagnostics that Reach Beyond their Normal Boundaries

As a company known for our pressure and temperature switches, transmitters and sensors for safety, alarm and shutdown applications; we’re constantly evaluating our customers’ needs. Our range of product offerings, including the One Series Safety Transmitters, are engineered to meet and exceed industry standards.

It all started with our One Series electronic switch product line, originally introduced in the late 1990s. During focus group interviews with our customers, it was determined that these products must include self-diagnostic capability, helping to avoid the “blind switch issue” inherent in mechanical switches (which we also manufacture). In a blind switch intended for safety, customers were concerned about reliability. “How do I know if will work when I need it to?”

The blind switch issue was a major consideration when designing our One Series Safety Transmitter because when a product is “blind,” it has no self-diagnostic capability, requiring preventative maintenance to determine if it is still functional Additionally, the reduction in the number of maintenance workers leaves fewer instrument and control technicians to perform this vital maintenance, a concern for plant managers. Plant upgrade strategies now specify self-diagnostic (smart) instrumentation, such as our One Series Safety Transmitter.One Series Safety Transmitter Display


At United Electric Controls, we go beyond the traditional boundaries of self-diagnostic instrumentation. For example, typical smart instruments can determine if there are errors in the software, if the sensor cable is disconnected and if there is a functioning keypad to set parameters. The One Series IAWTM self-diagnostics take this concept much further and evaluate the sensor to see if it is open, shorted and still capable of sensing temperature and pressure, is there a button stuck on the keypad and the validity of the signal that is telling the switch to open. This is all important so there is reasonable assurance that the product is functioning correctly and safely.

The One Series IAWTM self-diagnostic feature also considers external influences on the operation of the product, evaluating the power that the instrument is being given, loop power or DC power supply. The One Series monitors the power supply to make sure the power is clean, and there are no spikes, drooping, or noise from radio frequencies, etc. This is all done to make sure the power source is reliable.

The One Series can also detect if the sensor is clogged and unable to read pressure. The One Series has an advanced feature called Plug Port Detection to determine if the sensor is clogged and then can report the condition as detailed below. Another external diagnostic feature involves the ability to monitor the Safety Relay Output from an external perspective. For example, if the instruction to open the SRO is given by the microcontroller, IAWTM can determine if the SRO actually opened. Line fault detection is also included to detect open and shorted wiring connections to the final element (load).When IAWTM detects a fault, three actions are taken:

  1. The process variable and IAW indicator is replaced by a message on the display, informing the I&C technician of the fault type.
  2. The NAMUR NE 43 standard 4-20 mA output will change from indicating the process variable to the fault indicating current of 3.6 mA, providing remote indication to the control system that a fault has occurred.
  3. The Safety Relay Output (SRO), SRO Status and IAW outputs will fail safe (open) within 100 milliseconds of the detected fault, initiating an emergency shutdown.

Consider the One Series family of pressure and temperature monitors for your safety, alarm and shutdown applications. Click here for more details.

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Creating Products that Resonate

One Series Safety TransmitterAt United Electric Controls, we’re continuously focused on providing high quality products that resonate with the various industries that we serve. Through market research with different customer groups, we’ve been able to focus on defining the problems that our customers face when trying to make their processes safe and their plants run smoothly.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with functional safety engineers and managers at major chemical companies and plants in order to learn more about our target market. We then worked with the information that we learned to focus on their problems and not our proposed product features. Our team appeared as consultants and not sales people, allowing these people to open up while we obtained the maximum and untainted amount of “problem” data. We learned a lot about how to define our One Series Safety Transmitter (ST, aka safety sensor, One ST) to help with the following challenges:

  1. Nuisance trips – will the ST shut down my plant unnecessarily? Can I get an alarm ahead of an emergency shutdown (ESD)? Can I create an intelligent system that knows the difference between a dangerous versus abnormal situation and help me avoid nuisance trips?
  2. Response time – will the ST react fast enough? My applications require a fast-acting sensing device for positive displacement pumps. My safety system must react in 500 milliseconds to an abnormal situation and make the proper decision – ESD or alarm only. Which is warranted? The automated safety system must decide, not an operator that may have had a bad day!
  3. Security – will the ST make us vulnerable to cyber-attack? The safety sensor must be password protected, tamper resistant and protect me from losing my password.
  4. Flexibility – is the ST a transmitter? A switch? Both? I want to use the One ST in voting logic schemes. Can you provide features that enable that?
  5. Design – does the ST provide everything I need to design a safe yet flexible safety instrumented system (SIS)? Is it certified for use in SIL 2 applications? The product must be certified by a third-party agency. We chose exida for our certification. They are worldwide leaders in SIS certifications per the standard IEC 61508.

We then created a product definition based on these customers’ problems:

  • It must be a transmitter with standard 4-20 mA output
  • It must be certified for use in SIL 2 safety systems, capable of SIL 3 with redundancy
  • It must include and communicate self-diagnostics information with auxiliary outputs for safety PLC voting schemes
  • It must include a fast high-capacity programmable safety relay

Ultimately, we used this information and our knowledge of the industries that we serve to create a product that would resonate with functional safety engineers that are working specifically on safety instrumented systems:

Some standout features of our One Series Safety Transmitter:

  • 2-wire loop powered 24 VDC NAMUR standard 4 – 20 mA output
  • Certified by exida for use in SIL 2 functional safety systems; capable of SIL 3 with redundancy

*             Industry’s highest Safe Failure Fraction at 98.8%

*             Discrete outputs, including diagnostics and set point status, which facilitate voting logic schemes

*             Hi-capacity programmable safety relay capable of controlling the final element directly

*             Capable of replacing a switch + gauge + transmitter (replace 3 instruments with one)

*             These are the resonators

To learn more about how we create and design our wide range of products that resonate, be sure to visit us at the Power-Gen International Exhibition in Orlando, Florida from December 9-11 at booth 534 at the Orange County Convention Center. We’ll be showcasing the One Series Safety Transmitter and visitors will have the opportunity to speak with our application engineers.


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A Look at American Manufacturing and Our Employee Involvement Program

As a leading manufacturer of durable and reliable pressure and temperature transmitters, switches, controls, and sensors, we try to keep up with the latest manufacturing news and trends. American manufacturing is a fascinating area that is responsible for products and services that you use and rely on each and every day. Moreover, manufacturers contributed approximately $2.08 trillion to the economy in 2013, representing 12.5 percent of our country’s gross domestic product.

When looking at our country’s employment, it’s important to explore manufacturing related fields. An estimated 17.4 million Americans are in jobs related to manufacturing and over 12 million hold jobs directly in manufacturing. Additionally, the typical manufacturing employee earned approximately $77,506 in 2013, while the average industry worker earned $62,546.

The economic impacts of manufacturing are innumerable and stand to grow as the field becomes even more lively and diverse. A number of different manufacturing activities are responsible for the recent growth, most notably the reshoring initiative that has brought manufacturing back to the US from overseas facilities; but it is the adoption of lean manufacturing principals that should be explored. Lean manufacturing is loosely based on automobile manufacturer Toyota’s production processes and Henry Ford’s “continuous flow” assembly line system for his company’s Model T automobile. Ford’s manufacturing process centered on the idea that every stage of the assembly line was continuous and produced little waste.

Today, manufacturers utilize both Toyota’s and Ford’s original concept with alterations that work for their business model. For example, anything that is not value added as perceived by the customer is considered waste. Overproduction, waiting, inventory, transportation, over-processing, motion, defects, and an underutilized workforce are all factors that must be taken into consideration during the manufacturing process to minimize waste.

At United Electric Controls, we’re always focused on offering the best manufactured products to our customers across a variety of industries, through a strong value proposition rooted in lean manufacturing principals – that is by eliminating waste and through continual improvement, we will make sure that our products and services meet or exceed our customer’s expectations.   A key component of this is our belief that our employees are at the center of our company and because of this, we rely strongly on their involvement in generating and sharing improvement ideas with management. This valued idea program allows employees to submit ideas for companywide improvements such as internal and external communications, productivity, cost, and savings plans. Any employee can submit an idea and if approved, the employee can bring together the necessary resources to institute the plan – a true win-win for our customer and UE.

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