Adaptive Execution is a new platform that integrates expert teams, new technologies, agile processes, shared learnings and proven methodologies into a single, streamlined project-execution experience for all stakeholders involved in major capital investment projects. It is not uncommon for large capital projects to significantly exceed budget and experience extensive delays. Adaptive Execution addresses major inefficiencies that result in cost and schedule overruns. It enables greater visibility across all layers of a project, unlocking significant project value improvements across the energy sector. With digitalization and collaboration at its core, Adaptive Execution is expected to significantly reduce automation-related capital expenditure and compress delivery schedules and startup hours by as much as 40%, says the company. Using virtualization, Adaptive Execution removes the need for engineering onsite and reduces the physical hardware required for a control and automation systems. By decoupling hardware and software, Adaptive Execution lowers the time and overall setup costs, considerably cutting the number of engineering hours spent on project installation, commissioning and testing. Harnessing efficient modular design, combined with standardized, repeatable processes and shared and effective deployment of infrastructure, tools, and resources, Adaptive Execution centralizes collaboration across all project stakeholders — from a project’s inception through to its successful completion. — ABB Ltd., Zurich, Switzerland
Tribex ERD is a specialized dry lubricant, which, unlike most liquid or dry lubricants, can be used in oil- or water-based fluid systems. Designed for use in extended-reach drilling, the multifunctional additive reduces static and dynamic friction and high temperature/high pressure fluid loss. Further, its proprietary formula has demonstrated an efficient sealing capacity while reducing torque variability, says the manufacturer. In field tests using Tribex ERD as a replacement of two common liquid lubricants, trial data showed a 67% reduction in lubricant needed to achieve the same performance. Tribex ERD improved torque values compared to both common liquid lubricants at lower cost and enabled an increase in drilling optimization and performance while lowering overall lubricant spend. The cost impacts of extended-reach drilling include reductions in drilling efficiency and lateral length associated with rig limiting torque and rate of tool failure due to downhole vibration. — Drilling Specialties Company, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., The Woodlands, Tex.
This company is launching the IoT Solution Pack software application (photo) for water and wastewater treatment plants. IoT Solution Pack delivers remote monitoring, visualization, analytics and data-collection capabilities. It can be quickly deployed to connect a variety of devices to reduce costs and improve efficiency and control. Plants can drive near-realtime visualization and optimization by connecting equipment and shifting process data and applications to the cloud through sensors, adapters and gateways. Setup is easy, using predefined templates that enable quick configuration of authorized gateways. Once deployed, the software enables operators to quickly gain facility-wide visibility through remote monitoring, helping detect issues before they become problems, boost productivity and reduce downtime. IoT Solution Pack is flexible and scalable.Facilities can start with a small number of target devices and grow over time by adding devices or integrating with other systems. — Toshiba America, Inc., New York, N.Y.
The new Rosemount 8800 Quad Vortex flowmeter (photo) is specifically designed to meet stringent safety standards in environments and applications that require safety instrumented systems (SIS). The flowmeter is said to be the first in the industry with quadruple sensors and transmitters to meet safety integrity level (SIL) requirements. Consisting of multiple independent sensors in an all-welded meter body, the compact device provides built-in redundancies for added safety without introducing intentional leak points. The meter reduces piping needs threefold by eliminating the additional flanges and pipe runs required for the installation of multiple flowmeters in a redundant flow-measurement installation. With the ability to meet measurement challenges where space is limited, and safety is crucial, the Rosemount 8800 Quad Vortex flowmeter accomplishes the same task as four separate meters, without needing impulse lines that might clog. — Emerson, St. Louis, Mo.
Genesis Network (photo) is a new system that provides site-wide operational awareness and supervisory control of heat-trace systems. Users can easily monitor, maintain and troubleshoot even the largest heat-trace systems that may include over 10,000 heat-trace circuits. The Genesis Network connects heat-trace controllers with the control room using wireless communications, presenting alarms, history and operational data via a browser-based interface accessible from any network-connected computer or mobile tablet. Utilizing an adaptive, self-healing wireless mesh network and event-driven communications, users experience realtime status reporting and responsive control of their heat-trace systems. The following new components work together to form the Genesis Network: Genesis Server, an on-premises or cloud-deployable server; Genesis Gateway, a communications device between the server and wireless mesh; and Genesis Bridge, a communications device between the mesh and heat-trace controllers. — Thermon Group Holdings, Inc., Austin, Tex.
This company has expanded its HiLobe series Roots pumps (photo), which are available in a broad spectrum of pumping speeds and applications. HiLobe Roots pumps are particularly suited for rapid evacuations (lock chambers or leak-detection systems) and for general coating applications. With their individual speed control, these vacuum pumps can be adapted to specific requirements and can handle a wide range of nominal pumping speeds up to 6,200 m3/h. Their drive concept enables around 20% shorter pump-down times than conventional Roots pumps, says the company. The HiLobe series can provide over 50% reduction in maintenance and energy costs compared to conventional Roots pumps, due to the energy-efficient drives that meet the future IE4 energy-efficiency class. — Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, Asslar, Germany
Washdown-ready, smooth-body gear units, motors and variable frequency drives (photo) bring an innovative alternative to expensive, bulky stainless steel, while nsd tupH provides these units with even greater protection for food. The nsd tupH sealed-surface conversion system is not a paint, but a patented chromate-free chemical process that changes the physical properties of aluminum housing, creating a surface that is 6–7 times harder than the original aluminum. After the process is complete, the housing receives an additional sealant that is resistant to contact corrosion from acids and alkalis (entire pH range), will not flake, and will not propagate damage when impacted or scratched. Because of the unique properties of nsd tupH, this company’s aluminum gear units, motors and variable frequency drives treated with it perform comparably to traditional stainless-steel units, yet are much lighter and cost considerably less. Units that go through the surface conversion process comply with FDA Title 21 CFR 175.300, a statute that outlines acceptable food-safe surface treatments and coatings. — NORD Gear Corp., Waunakee, Wis.
The new NGMs 1–3 range of nitrogen generators (photo) features membrane technology and offers a highly efficient, compact and simple on-site solution for low-flow N2 requirements, with the added benefits of minimal maintenance and operational costs. There are three models in the new NGMs range, and each can be wall-mounted to save space in small facilities. The NGMs generators boast a fast startup time, taking only a few seconds to produce nitrogen at the outlet. This results in maximum uptime and a continuous availability of N2. The generators are supplied as an all-in-one, integrated package, complete with filters. Fitted with pressure gages to ensure accurate system monitoring at all times, the ready-to-use units are housed in a fully enclosed protective canopy. No specialist installation or commissioning is required — only a supply of dry compressed air. — Atlas Copco Compressors LLC, Rock Hill, S.C.
The Mac SpaceSaver dust collector (photo) is said to be up to 75% smaller than traditional dust collectors, offering a superior cleaning mechanism and long-lasting, leak-free cartridges. With a footprint as small as (27 ✕ 38) in.2, the Mac SpaceSaver is suitable for applications with limited space requirements in terms of both cross-section and overall height, as well as in areas of the plant that are not connected to central dust-collection systems. Many cartridge styles are available to best fit the application, with sizes ranging from 2 to 48 cartridges per collector. The Mac SpaceSaver uses patented directed airflow to thoroughly pulse the cartridges. This directed airflow extends cartridge life and uses compressed air more efficiently than competitive models. Complete tool-free cartridge changeout and a unique blowpipe configuration simplify maintenance. Because users can change the cartridge without having to enter the collector, there are no confined-space entry issues. — Schenck Process LLC, Kansas City, Mo.
Two new models have been added to this company’s Sitrans LR100 series of 80-GHz radar transmitters (photo). These high-frequency, compact transmitters deliver reliable measurements even in challenging environments. Sitrans LR140 features 4–20-mA simplicity and is configured via Bluetooth wireless technology and the Sitrans mobile IQ App. Sitrans LR150 offers a four-button user interface on an optional human-machine interface (HMI) for configuration or monitoring. Configuration is also available via Bluetooth wireless technology and the Sitrans mobile IQ App or remotely with 4–20-mA HART using Simatic PDM. The easy-to-use Quick Start Wizard will have the transmitter operational in minutes. Custom microchip technology delivers fast response and extremely high sensitivity to detect even the weakest of signals. — Siemens AG, Munich, Germany
The new CDS Series of non-metallic, curved-top motor-disconnect switches (photo) features a curved profile to eliminate standing water and minimize contaminant buildup in food processing and cleanroom operating environments. In addition to its curved profile, the CDS Series features a chemically resistant thermoplastic enclosure with UL Type 4X and IP69K ratings, making it resistant to frequent high-pressure washdown. Its highly visible handle is lockout-tagout compliant. The CDS Series is NSF-certified for food processing areas. Other features include: laser marking for permanent identification; captive stainless-steel cover screws; poured-in-place seamless gasket; standard early-break auxiliary contacts; and more. — Mennekes Elektrotechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Kirchhundem, Germany
My Tech Support Portal (photo) provides continuous access to online resources and tools to perform immediate self-service and to manage their support and service cases. In addition to phone support, the My Tech Support Portal offers 24/7 access to a growing knowledge base on this company’s instrumentation and applications, along with the ability to create and manage support and service cases online. Users benefit from a growing database of knowledge and extensive service expertise from actual support cases. My Tech Support provides immediate access to articles on diagnostics and troubleshooting, and on product and application know-how, such as service operations. Users simply log in, describe the issue, and access the knowledge database for an immediate solution. — Endress+Hauser, Greenwood, Ind.
Last month, this company introduced the new generation of its intrinsically safe 4G/LTE Android smartphone Smart-Ex 02 (photo). With a large 5-in. display and smart ergonomics, the Smart-Ex 02 is said to be the most advanced explosion-proof smartphone for Zone 1/21 and Div. 1 areas. Equipped with the Android 9 operating system, the smartphone is fast and secure. It simplifies communication between employees, the control center and backend systems. The Smart-Ex 02 supports 21 different LTE frequency bands and is delivered simlock-free. Global Ex and approval certifications enable worldwide use and global rollouts. Smart-Ex 02 is also AT&T approved and network ready. — ECOM Instruments GmbH, a Pepperl+Fuchs brand, Assamstadt, Germany