ABB to showcase latest technologies for water at IWEX 2015

March 18, 2015

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We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at IWEX at the NEC in Birmingham on 21st – 23rd April 2015. On stand (G26), we’ll be demonstrating how our products can help water companies to take a holistic approach to optimizing their network efficiency. Therefore we’ll be showcasing how we can help to boost efficiency across all areas, from reduced energy consumption through to enhanced data collection.

A fully automated interactive panel will show how our latest equipment can be integrated to provide customers with complete solutions for monitoring and controlling water supplies. The panel will feature a selection of instruments, variable speed drives, electric motors and control equipment.

The stand will also feature examples of our latest technologies for water and wastewater processes.

Products on display will include the AquaMaster 3 with WITS (Water Industry Telemetry Standard) DNP3 based open protocol. Based on tried and tested network technology, WITS DNP3 enables communication between different types of data acquisition and control equipment.

The AquaMaster 3 will be joined by Katronic’s range of KATflow ultrasonic clamp-on flowmeters. Featuring an intuitive menu, instrument setup wizard and the innovative Audible Sensor Positioning Assistant, the KATflow range makes the use of clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters easier than ever before.

Also on display is the latest range of WIMES compliant low voltage electric motors. The motors were designed specifically to meet the UK’s Water Industry Mechanical and Electrical Specification. (WIMES 3.03 issue 6), created by The Pump Centre in conjuction with end users, consultants, contractors and manufactuturers, including ABB.

Alongside it is ABB’S SynRM (Synchronous Reluctance Motor) and drive package for the water industry. The package offers the benefits of a premium motor control alongside the highest levels of motor performance, giving ultimate efficiency and reliability to optimise pump system cost of ownership.

For more information, email moreinstrumentation@gb.abb.com or call 0870 600 6122 ref. ‘IWEX 2015’. Alternatively, please visit ABB’s water industry portal at www.abb.co.uk/water.

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ABB to share its flow measurement expertise at forthcoming factory open day

March 13, 2015

We are delighted to announce that ABB Measurement & Analytics will be holding an open day at its Stonehouse factory on the 25th March to share its expertise on flow measurement and calibration.

The free to attend event is open to anyone involved in the specification, operation and maintenance of flowmetering equipment and will cover a variety of areas relating to flow measurement and calibration.

Starting at 9:30am, the day will begin with a session hosted by Flow Calibration Consultant, Dr. Bryan Franklin, who will present the three main flow calibration methods including Comparison, Volumetric and Gravimetric. He will also explain the advantages and associated issues of each technique, advising on the best technique to use for specific requirements.

Getting the best from your flow measurement will describe how to achieve optimum performance and reduced measurement uncertainty through correct flowmeter selection and installation. ABB’s Flow Design and Development Manager, Dr. Ray Keech, will also be on hand to discuss the key factors to consider and will reveal how the integrity and accuracy of a flowmeter can be further enhanced by carrying out in-situ verification.

These sessions will be followed by a tour of the Stonehouse flowmeter manufacturing facility and
ABB’s UKAS accredited flow calibration rig, the largest of its kind in Europe.

After lunch, ABB’s Service Manager, Joe Fudge, will outline the requirements of EN ISO 60534-2-3 and will explain the reasons for wet testing valves.

The final session, will see ABB’s Flow Product Specialist, David Bowers present the key features and advantages of the latest process flow technologies. The presentation will also cover ABB’s new generation flowmeters, including the FCB300 CoriolisMaster, SwirlMaster and VortexMaster, which offers enhanced flow calculation capability for integral mass and energy computation.

To register your interest in the free event, please email training@gb.abb.com or call 01785 285939,
ref. ‘Flow measurement open day’.

ABB takes the lead at Global Water Leakage Summit

March 6, 2015

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We are delighted to announce that ABB will once again be taking the role of the lead sponsor at the seventh Global Water Leakage Summit, being held at the Thistle Marble Arch, London 17th – 18th March.

As a leading supplier of technology for water and wastewater treatment and distribution applications, ABB has been involved with the event since its inception. Started in 2008, the
Global Water Leakage Summit provides a forum for leakage practitioners from around the world to demonstrate and exchange best practice around tackling leakage in water distribution networks.

“Continued increases in the world’s population are putting ever greater pressure on the availability of water for domestic, industrial and agricultural purposes,” says Tim Door, UK and Ireland General Sales Manager for ABB’s Measurement and Analytics business. “Water distribution networks worldwide need to be prepared for every eventuality, from adverse weather through to unforeseen growth in demand. The best way to do this is to make sure they are using water as effectively as possible.

“By showcasing the latest thinking in the control and measurement of water leakage, the
Summit is a great tool for exchanging ideas on how to provide an abundant supply of high quality, treated water whilst remaining profitable.”

Tim Door will be chairing panel discussions on day two of the event, which will cover topics including smart networks, integrated network management and advanced metering.

Dr Ray Keech, Development Manager – Flow Products for ABB Measurement and Analytics, will also be present on day two, presenting on ABB’s development of the world’s first DNP3 WITS (Water Industry Telemetry Standard) flowmeter.

As well as sponsoring the event, we will also be exhibiting our latest flow measurement technology that can be used to accurately pinpoint water leakage. Products on show at ABB’s stands (stands 14 and 15) will include the WaterMaster and AquaMaster 3 flowmeter with WITS.

The WaterMaster is ABB’s MCERTified, world class flowmeter for water and wastewater applications.

With a wide flow range and unsurpassed accuracy, WaterMaster improves control and quality for applications in water treatment works and now features Profibus communications. A key feature is its revolutionary octagonal internal bore design that reduces sensitivity to flow profile disturbances.

This results in outstanding performance in less than ideal installation conditions, allowing the flowmeters to meet the most stringent internal accuracy standards. Its buriable sensor eliminates the need for expensive meter chambers thereby providing a long, productive and maintenance – free asset life.

The AquaMaster 3 with WITS DNP3 based open protocol offers access to a raft of operational and maintenance data, including advanced diagnostics. Based on tried and tested network technology originally designed for process automation in electrical utility applications, WITS DNP3 enables communication between different types of data acquisition and control equipment.

Using the AquaMaster 3 with WITS, users can now download a high speed, high resolution log to investigate any water network anomalies in conjunction with detection methods such as step testing, burst / pressure transients or nightline monitoring.

Coupled with the AquaMaster 3’s unrivalled accuracy across an extremely wide range, plus a range of power options including wind and solar, the flowmeter provides a powerful tool in the fight against water leakage.

Another highlight will be the Gala Dinner event at the end of the first day of the event. Open to all delegates, the dinner will feature a charity auction on behalf of WaterAid, which works to provide the world’s poorest people with safe domestic water and sanitation and education on hygiene.

As key event on the water industry calendar, the Global Water Leakage Summit has established itself as a highly successful platform for raising awareness of water leakage issues. For more information, including how to register, visit www.global-leakage-summit-2015.com.

ABB to unveil its latest emissions technologies at AQE 2015

March 6, 2015

We are delighted to reveal that ABB will be exhibiting its latest range of air and gas analysers at the Air Quality and Emissions (AQE) Show at the Telford International Centre (22nd – 23rd April 2015). Stands 70 and 71 will feature a comprehensive selection of ABB equipment including laser, zirconia and FTIR spectrometry.

Taking centre stage will be ABB’s new ACF5000 hot/wet extractive continuous emissions monitoring system for combustion applications.

Using FTIR technology, the ACF5000 enables simultaneous analysis of up to 15 different gas components including SO2, CO2, CO, NH3 and VOCs using a single sample probe system.

Completely self-contained, the ACF5000 offers a turnkey solution for combustion process monitoring in municipal and hazardous waste incineration and power plants using coal, oil or waste.

The system is also currently undergoing MCERTS certification for use in process plants for applications including DeNOx and DeSOx plant optimization and HCL scrubber monitoring.

Other products on show will include the stand-alone LS4000 laser gas analyser system for use in hazardous locations. Enabling in-situ monitoring of stacks, pipes, process chambers and other similar applications, the LS4000 uses tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS) to provide direct measurement of hazardous gas streams. Offering a very fast response time, the LS4000 is especially suited to high pressure, high temperature applications with fast changing conditions.

Other equipment on display will be ABB’s Endura AZ20 zirconia oxygen and StackFlowMaster instruments. The AZ20 is a compact combustion gas analyser for high temperature applications up to 800°C. Manufactured using a new ceramic-to-steel bonding process, the AZ20 offers improved resistance to thermal stresses and shocks compared to a conventional brazed design. This enables it to be used in a wider range of applications subject to sudden variations in process temperatures, as well as offering a gas tight bond throughout its operating temperature range.

The StackFlowMaster is an in-situ device for measuring flows in stacks up to eight metres in diameter. The StackFlowMaster manual version is for use in applications with relatively clean gases such as gas fired combustion processes. The StackFlowMaster automatic version features a purging and auto/span zero capability, making it suitable for applications with dust-laden gas streams.

Joining these products will be examples from ABB’s EasyLine EL3000 range of photometers for gas analysis. Based on ABB’s MCERTS-approved extractive continuous gas analysis technology, the EL range is available in both infrared (IR) and ultra-violet (UV) photometers, with a choice of sensing and analyser options including electrochemical, paramagnetic, thermal conductivity and trace oxygen.

ABB will also be hosting a workshop covering key issues affecting the deployment of gas analysers in industrial applications. The workshop, hosted by our very own Analytical Product Manager, Günter Haberzettl, will explain how implementing a QAL3 evaluation tool into a continuous emissions monitoring system can help simplify data storage and reporting, with users able to access data via a web browser (12.00 12.30pm, April 22nd, room 2; 12:00 – 12:30pm April 23rd, room 4).

Enviropower maintains constant power output with ABB gas analyzers

February 25, 2015

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We are delighted to reveal that our highly reliable gas analyzers, which haven’t suffered a single time loss failure in five years, have enabled a waste to energy plant in West Sussex to achieve its target of 85% percent operating time.

The plant, owned and operated by Enviropower in Lancing, has a 5MWe capacity, burning around
60,000 tonnes a year of biomass fuel derived from construction and demolition waste.

Built in 2008, the plant uses an ABB ACF-NT multi-gas analyzer on each of its two combustion lines. Used to measure all the gas emissions from the plant, their data is sent to an emission reporting system, allowing Enviropower to prove that it is meeting the requirements of the Environment Agency.

Working with its construction company for the project, Enviropower turned to ABB as the analyzer vendor because of the high reliability of our products and our unrivalled ability to integrate complete solutions.

Because the plant’s operation is permit based, it has to meet certain criteria. One of these is the use of equipment that complies with the requirements of the Environment Agency’s MCERTS standards. Its permit specifies a minimum oxygen content of 11%, which will shortly reduce to six percent. As such, it was essential that the analyzers had the flexibility to adapt to changing regulations. What’s more, it was vital that the analyzers were highly reliable and that servicing was kept to a minimum.

The ABB ACF-NT emission and process monitoring analyser ticked all the boxes. Offering continuous, quantitative and selective measurement of numerous gasses, including HCl, HF, H2O, CO, CO2, SO2, NOX, NH3, N2O, O2, TOC and NMHC (non-methane hydrocarbons), the analyser achieves high stability, accuracy and reliability through proven FTIR technology. It also offers integration and display of signals from other instruments, including data on dust, mercury, flow, pressure and temperature.

Digital data recorder from ABB saves paperwork for aircraft seals manufacturer

February 11, 2015

We are delighted to announce that the installation of an SM500F digital data recorder from ABB has helped a manufacturer of seals for the aircraft industry to eliminate the need to produce vast volumes of paper charts.

Adpol in Worthing, West Sussex, makes a wide range of silicone seals and gaskets for various applications, including aerospace. As the company is accredited to ISO 9001, manufacturing processes need to be documented and fully traceable. Further requirements are imposed by the AS9100 quality management system for the aerospace industry. One of its demands is that records are kept for the lifetime of each aircraft where the seals are used, which can be as long as 30 years.

“We were generating an awful lot of paper charts that we then had to archive and keep track of,” says director Gary White at Adpol.

Now, with the SM500F digital data recorder from ABB, all the data is backed up automatically and stored off-site.

“The recording of data takes place in the background and our IT company gives monthly reports to show it has all been done,” says White.

Using the SM500F data recorder, Adpol records batch processes in the curing oven, where finished products are heated to eliminate volatile organic compounds from the material and ensure the seals achieve the correct rigidity. Different materials require different temperatures and curing times.

“Switching to digital data recording has been quite effortless. The SM500F’s intuitive menus makes it easy to use and to find your way around. In addition, ABB’s local distributor, KC Controls, has been great, with one of the system engineers popping in from time to time to make sure everything is working OK,” says White.

The SM500F recorder provides a host of functions for recording batches, including tagging of data records with batch numbers and information. Data can be entered via the front panel or automatically via MODBUS, offering integration with PLCs and control systems. When a new batch is initiated, the SM500F will automatically start recordingit, including any associated batch information. This eliminates the need for the operator to duplicate the data entry process on both the recorder and the PLC, saving time and reducing the potential for errors.

“Switching from a paper-based to a paperless data recording device was definitely a good move and will make it much easier for us to find specific records if we should ever need to find them,” says White.

The unit includes a secure chart signature feature, enabling authorised operators to securely annotate an electronic chart as if they were signing a paper chart, making it ideal for any application where traceability is critical.

With 64Mb internal memory, there is plenty of space for historical data, providing enhanced data security as well as an added back-up for the data stored on the SM500F’s removable memory card.

The onboard web server offers access to real-time data for remote monitoring. With the built
-in Ethernet communications link historical data can be remotely downloaded to a PC. It can also interface with a SCADA system using Modbus TCP protocol.

A choice of mounting options means the SM500F can be easily installed onto a panel, wall or pipe without the additional expense associated with the enclosures normally required to field mount a traditional videographic recorder. This makes it a flexible solution for any installation where local indication and recording of process conditions is needed.

For more information on the SM500F videographic recorder or any of the SM series please email
moreinstrumentation@gb.abb.com or call 0870 600 6122 ref.’SM500F’.

ABB Water Technology List products offer purchase and installation cost savings

January 28, 2015

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We are delighted to reveal that water companies can now reduce the cost of using the latest flowmetering equipment by choosing ABB’s electromagnetic flowmeters from the Water Technology List scheme. Set up over 10 years ago to promote the use of water efficient technology, the scheme allows companies to offset 100 percent of the costs associated with both purchasing and installation in the first year.

As listed products within the scheme, ABB’s WaterMaster, AquaMaster and Aquaprobe flowmeters are all eligible for 100 percent tax relief at the time of purchase. In many cases, this removes the cost argument that has seen many water companies continuing to opt for mechanical flowmeters, despite their many drawbacks compared to electromagnetic devices.

Although electromagnetic flowmeters have been widely embraced by the UK water industry, they have yet to completely replace mechanical meters, which are seen by many to continue to offer a cheaper alternative. This is despite the many inherent drawbacks of mechanical flowmeters, which include deteriorating accuracy from the day they are installed caused by wearing of internal components.

The availability of 100 percent tax relief on both the purchase and installation of ABB’s electromagnetic flowmeters means that companies are able to save money in both the short and long term.

In the short term, there is the possibility of recouping their initial investment against their taxable profits, effectively reducing the upfront cost by allowing the total cost of a project to be offset.

In the long term, further savings stem from the enhanced accuracy arising from using electromagnetic flowmeters, which remains constant throughout their operational life. With no moving parts that can fail, electromagnetic flowmeters require little or no maintenance, offering further cost savings.

Developed by Defra and the Inland Revenue in partnership with EnviroWise, the Water Technology List is aimed at helping businesses save money by encouraging them to invest in technologies and products that reduce water use and improve water quality.

Although the Water Technology List scheme has been around for a long time, we believe that many people are unaware that it applies not only to the products listed but also to the installation itself. With the cost of installation accounting for around 50 percent of a typical project, the ability to write off an investment against tax by using a listed product offers a very significant incentive.

ABB appoints new channel partner to expand offering into the Irish process market

January 14, 2015

We are delighted to announce that ABB UK Measurement and Analytics is partnering with Hanley Measurement and Control to offer our expanding portfolio of products into the Irish process market.

Underlining our commitment to increasing our presence in the Irish process market, the partnership will see the company act as the official sales agent for our growing range of measurement and control products for improving process performance and efficiency for applications in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and beverage and other related industries.

Utilising a well-known and respected partner such as Hanley will allow our customers in Ireland to get full access to support and service going forward into 2015 and beyond.

Products available through Hanley will include ABB’s full range of process flowmeters, devices and systems for the measurement of temperature and pressure, plus liquid, gas and air emissions, as well as valve actuators, positioners, recorders and controllers.

The appointment of Hanley Measurement and Controls further expands our network of Instrumentation Alliance Partners in the UK and Ireland, which includes specialist suppliers of instrumentation products, services and expertise serving the water, power, process and oil and gas markets.

For more information about ABB’s Instrumentation Alliance Partners, email moreinstrumentation@gb.abb.com or call 0870 600 6122.

Why it totally pays to pick electromagnetic

December 16, 2014

The arrival of AMP6 signals a change in many areas for both water companies and the supply chain.

As well as the potential end of the AMP cycle’s ‘boom and bust’ behaviour, another major change is underway, with Ofwat encouraging companies to move away from capital expenditure on new plant and infrastructure and instead focus on total life costs and getting more out of their existing assets.

Called TOTEX, this shift in emphasis will see a move towards companies focusing more on joined-up investment and on improving the performance of installed infrastructure rather than building new plant.

The approach includes a particular focus on the role of data in helping companies to maintain their networks more effectively and identify potential problems before they occur.

Of course, data is only as good as the device used to gather it. If the accuracy of the device itself is lacking, then the resulting data will be of questionable value when it comes to setting strategies to improve performance.
When it comes to the devices for measuring and monitoring flow around water distribution networks, various flowmetering options have traditionally been available to water companies, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

Orifice plates may present an inexpensive solution, but their accuracy relies on the opening having been machined to the right size. Although they may offer reasonable accuracy at first, wearing of the orifice edges caused by particles within the flow can steadily erode measurement performance. This technology works by creating a pressure drop across the plate of which a minimum of 40% is non-recoverable. These losses inevitably lead to increased pumping costs.

Frequently specified where purchase cost is an issue, mechanical meters can quickly prove to be false economy. Wear and tear on their moving parts can reduce accuracy within weeks of installation, resulting in over or under registration of flows.

A higher costing option, the ultrasonic flowmeter, uses ultrasonic beams to assess the velocity of the fluid, which can then be used to derive a flow measurement. Although they offer the benefits of a clamp-on device, these meters can be severely affected by changes in speed, and are difficult to set up, especially where high accuracy is required.

In comparison, electromagnetic flowmeters offer a number of advantages that can quickly add up to savings that outweigh their higher initial purchase price. Firstly, there are no moving parts which need routine maintenance. Their buriable design also means the overall cost of the system is reduced as there is no need to build chambers or install ancillary equipment such as isolating valves.

Then there’s the matter of accuracy. Electromagnetic flowmeters offer typical accuracies of ±0.5% of rate throughout their operational life, as well as superb reliability from being unaffected by the wear and tear that can affect other meter types.

Recent technological developments extend their benefits even further. ABB’s AquaMaster 3, for example, includes GSM-SMS radio technology, enabling up-to-date information to be remotely collected from anywhere around the world and eliminating the costs associated with manual collection. Their ability to draw energy from either solar or wind also opens up a raft of new installation location possibilities.

When each method for leakage prevention is compared to the other, it soon becomes clear that the electromagnetic flowmeter is the best choice.

Not only that, but as listed technologies within the Government’s Water Technology List, ABB’s WaterMaster and AquaMaster flowmeters are eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowances which allow for offset of 100% of cost against corporation tax, not just on the cost of the purchase but also any costs relating to installation.

Taken together, these factors present a compelling case for using electromagnetic meters in a TOTEX-focused strategy.

For more about why it pays to pick electromagnetic flowmeters, email moreinstrumentation@gb.abb.com or call 0870 600 6122 ref ‘Water Technology List’.

ABB to showcase new technologies at EIC Connect Oil and Gas 2014

October 28, 2014

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We are delighted to reveal that we will be demonstrating our extensive offering for oil and gas applications, including our next generation 800xA distributed control system (DCS) and our latest instruments and analysers at the EIC Connect Oil and Gas exhibition. The event takes place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on the 25th and 26th November 2014.

Since the launch of its first version, around 10,000 ABB 800xA DCS have been installed in over 100 countries, delivering enhanced productivity and control through consolidating process, electrical, safety, and telecoms into one system.

This sixth generation release, commonly called 800xA v6, is not only for new projects but has been specially developed to support upgrades of older DCS running on unsupported platforms such as Microsoft XP operating system. 800xA v6 provides customers with a more secure automation environment that lowers the total cost of ownership, while providing countless opportunities to improve productivity.

Joining the System 800xA will be an extensive array of equipment from ABB’s measurement products portfolio. Products on show will include ABB’s stainless steel wireless pressure transmitter, which opens up new possibilities for measuring pressure in areas that would otherwise be either too costly or too dangerous to install conventional wired devices. This will be exhibited alongside a SIL-rated high pressure version of ABB’s 266 pressure transmitter for applications up to 1050 bar, and a standard safety pressure transmitter approved to IEC61508 and TUV Nord for use in SIL2 applications.

Also on show will be a range of ABB’s heavy duty temperature devices for oil and gas applications, including thermowells, multi-points and surface-mount assemblies for hazardous applications.

Other exhibits will include ABB’s CoriolisMaster range of flowmeters, including the compact FCB330 and 350 models. Requiring zero upstream and downstream pipe lengths, they are highly suited to installations with limited space, opening up a range of new measurement possibilities. Their low pressure drop and wide measurement span also makes them a cost effective alternative compared to similar devices from other manufacturers.

These will be joined by a variety of products from ABB’s Totalflow family, including the NGC8206 natural gas chromatograph and the PGC1000 field-mounted process gas chromatograph. Compact and simple to operate and featuring a field mounted design, the NGC8206 and PGC1000 both enable remote analysis of natural or process gas composition in applications which were previously either too costly or too impractical for conventional gas chromatographs.

Another highlight will be ABB’s EDP300 digital valve positioner. Using an innovative control algorithm taken from the field of robotics, the EDP300 positioner enables fast and accurate valve positioning, whilst using a fraction of the compressed air required by conventional valve positioners.

Visitors will be able to use an interactive app demonstrating ABB’s capabilities across the oil and gas chain. The app consists of a graphical representation of an offshore oil & gas supply chain including a production platform, subsea pipeline and onshore support centre. Using the app, visitors will be able to drill down for more information about ABB’s offering for specific applications, which they can access and then download.

To learn more about ABB’s offering, visit the company’s representatives at stand A7 at EIC Connect Oil and Gas 2014.