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A control valve with built-in flowmeter

By Gerald Ondrey |

Focus-On[/caption] On September 19, Focus-On (Dordrecht, the Netherlands; www.focus-on-process.com) — a new, 50:50 joint-venture (JV) of Samson AG (Frankfurt am Main; www.samson.de) and Krohne GmbH & Co. KG (Duisburg, both Germany; www.krohne.com) — introduced its new “intelligent process node,” a device that combines three functions: sensor, actuator and control. The module incorporates an ultrasonic flow sensor to measure flow in a pipeline and regulates its valve function independently using adaptive control to achieve specific set points. In addition to flow, the module also measures temperature and pressure (including differential pressure). This feature, combined with integrated diagnostics functions and artificial intelligence, enables the autonomous actuator to know its current status, predict its future conditions, and learn to adapt to specific applications. The device can, for example, recognize and predict cavitation. The increased stress and wear of the valve and piping can be avoided or significantly reduced, says the company. Integrated into the device is a digital twin, which can generate model data and compare actual with virtual data (temperature, pressure and flowrate) in the virtual world, and generate…
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