Posts Tagged ‘calibration’

Who says there’s no innovation in water?

May 20, 2015

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Whole Government reports have been devoted to the subject of innovation in the UK water industry. The general gist is that, despite all of the money and effort that has gone into upgrading the UK’s water infrastructure since the industry was privatised 25 years ago, much more needs to be done to encourage the uptake of new technologies that could help to improve overall operational efficiency.

This situation looks to change with the introduction of TOTEX (TOTal EXpenditure). With its focus on total life expenditure and holistic network performance, TOTEX looks set to provide a fertile environment for innovation, as companies evolve to develop their understanding of their existing asset base. In particular, TOTEX replaces the previous CAPEX/OPEX focus on ‘outputs’ with an ‘outcome’-led approach, which places a much greater emphasis on achieving and demonstrating asset and network effectiveness.

Whilst embracing innovation may well have been lacking amongst water operators, the supply chain at least appears to be ahead of the game. This was particularly apparent at the recent IWEX exhibition at the Birmingham NEC, where suppliers of technology, expertise and water-related services presented their latest offerings.

Taking ABB’s exhibition stand as a starting point, visitors were shown the latest examples of the latest instruments, analysers, drives and motors for potable and wastewater applications. Several of these represent cutting edge developments. Our AquaMaster 3 flowmeter for example, is the first in the world to combine integrated flow and pressure measurement in a single device. It is also the first to feature WITS DNP3 technology, which allows operators to gain, via GPRS communications, unprecedented access to a range of performance data, including diagnostic data on the status of the meter itself.

We also had the first in our range of digital optical sensors, which use the latest advances in optical measurement technology to deliver stable and accurate measurement whilst maintaining calibration without drift.

Both of these instruments are good examples of the type of equipment that can be used to deliver the big data from a network that can be turned into information and used as the basis for operational decision-making in a TOTEX environment.

Energy and maintenance form another crucial part of the TOTEX equation, with savings in either area making an obvious contribution to reducing overall lifetime costs. Again, ABB’s stand provided examples of some of the latest thinking in this area, including our SynRM (synchronous reluctance motor) and drive package for the water industry. Offering good partial load efficiency performance for all pumping applications, the package combines the benefits of a premium motor control with the highest levels of motor performance, giving ultimate efficiency and reliability to optimise pump system cost of ownership.

ABB’s stand was just one of dozens representing the latest developments in technology, spanning all aspects of the potable and wastewater treatment cycles.

In short, the innovation to help water companies transform their network performance is definitely out there. The challenge now is to move beyond a short term cost focus, which has too often led to the selection of the cheapest cost rather than the best value solutions, and work with suppliers to see what they can really offer.

If you’d like to find out more about how measurement instrumentation can be used to help you meet your TOTEX targets, why not request a copy of our new white paper ‘The role of performance data in optimising assets under TOTEX’. For a copy, email: moreinstrumentation@gb.abb.com or call 0870 600 6122 ref. ‘TOTEX’.

ABB launches new flow calibration and valve testing guides

April 26, 2015

ABB’s Measurement and Analytics business has launched two new guides covering its services for flow calibration and valve testing. Available on request from abb.service@gb.abb.com, the guides explain how ABB’s flow calibration facilities at its Stone house and Workington factories can be used to help check the accuracy of flowmeters and control valves.

For flow calibration, the facilities enable a wide variety of flowmeter types to be calibrated to the leading international standards. All calibrations are carried out to ISO9000, with the option of a UKAS accredited calibration where the certificate carries the ILAC and UKAS Calibration Laboratory 0255 logo.

The flow calibration guide explains how the facilities can be used to calibrate meter sizes from 1mm to 2.4 metres at accuracies down to ±0.1%. It also covers the range of calibration techniques available, including gravimetric, volumetric or comparison methods, describing each technique and explaining how to choose the right method.

The valve testing guide covers ABB’s ability to test control valves from 25mm up to six metres and weighing up to 10 tonnes in accordance with the EN ISO 60534-2-3 standard for control valve testing.

The guide outlines the testing process and discusses the benefits of ABB’s service, which enables valve users to ensure that their valves have been tested for their specific requirements. Both services are offered via ABB’s Measurement & Analytics Products Service team and are part of a wider service capability spanning ABB’s entire portfolio of instruments and analysers.

The vital role performed by flowmeters, control valves or any form of instrument or analyser means that it is worth investing the money, time and effort in ensuring that devices are properly serviced throughout their lifetime, from installation and commissioning through to upgrade or replacement.

Our flowmeter calibration and valve testing services are just two examples of our wider service offering, which can help our customers to enjoy continued accuracy and high performance from their equipment throughout its operational life.

To request a copy of the guides, or for more information about ABB’s instrument and analyser service offering, please email abb.service@gb.abb.com or call 03339 997 996, ref. ‘Guides’.

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’.