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ABB wins new framework with Thames Water

December 7, 2015

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ABB Measurement & Analytics in the UK has won a new multi-million pound framework agreement with Thames Water to supply its biggest ever offering of instrumentation equipment.

The framework will see ABB offering an expanded range of products to its previous supply of pressure instrumentation and electromagnetic flowmeters, with the addition of clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters and borehole level transmitters sourced through its established partnerships with Katronic and Impress Sensors.

As well as the equipment from Katronic and Impress, ABB will also be supplying thermal mass and swirl flowmeters for use in applications including gas and biogas lines at Thames Water’s sewage treatment and thermal hydrolysis plants (THP) process digesters.

ABB has been a supplier to Thames Water for over 20 years, supplying battery and mains electromagnetic and coriolis flowmeters and gauge, absolute and differential pressure transmitters for use across the company’s distribution network and treatment works. The decision to keep us on board for these products and to award us the extended framework demonstrates Thames Water’s confidence in our ability to offer first class levels of service and product performance.

As the largest water and wastewater service provider in England, with over 13 million customers in London and the surrounding counties, Thames Water has set itself key targets in line with the outcomes focused approach set by Ofwat for AMP6. These include ensuring the continued performance of its water distribution network, minimising interruptions to supply caused by factors such as pressure problems and leakage, and ensuring the continued quality of the potable water supply.

By providing accurate data on conditions from around Thames Water’s distribution network, ABB’s equipment will play a key role in meeting these targets.

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Profibus health check now available from ABB Measurement & Analytics Service

October 5, 2015

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A Profibus health check carried out by ABB is now available to industrial plants keen to operate their plants efficiently and maximise their up time.

The evolution from the days of 4 to 20 mA output communications to intelligent Fieldbus analysers may mean more diagnostic data is transmitted, but in order to ensure the data is reliable a new type of engineer with Profibus certification is required. Not only is this training expensive, but the engineer must have capabilities across all slave devices such as instruments, motors and drives to effectively analyse the performance of the Profibus network and the speed of its communications between the instruments and the master, the Gateway operating system.

Furthermore, purchasing test equipment is costly where many plants may have a limited budget.

ABB’s current knowledge and experience of instrumentation is well placed to bridge the gap between plant instrument engineers and system engineers, so that all plant or process measurement data is available. As part of the service, a comprehensive report including a list of devices on the network, signal waveforms, recommendations and findings, will be generated to confirm the Profibus network’s current performance. Testing equipment is provided by ABB too, so that plants need not purchase it to be used once and left in storage.

One example of the benefits of this service can be found at Imperial College London’s carbon capture plant where ABB Service Engineer Paul Bick connected a Profibus analyser to the plant’s communication system. The results revealed that the optimum speed for performance was 1500kb/second rather than its previous speed of 500kb/second, and increasing the speed to the new limit immediately produced a significant increase in response time from the instruments.

The Profibus health check also includes a review of the installation method. The Profibus Installation Guideline document refers to maximum cable lengths and cable segregation. During his service at Imperial College Paul Bick established that the cables were too short. The university quickly removed the risk of issues with reflections, data corruptions and interferences, by following his advice to extend them.

As standard, service highlights also include rectifying faulty instruments so that both the network and instruments perform to specification.

It is recommended that a plant carries out a Profibus health check whenever issues have been experienced as the reliability and health of the communications network is fundamental to any plant’s performance.

Dave Head, Service Product Manager for ABB Measurement & Analytics explains, “This service provides peace of mind by ensuring customers’ Profibus networks are optimised for best performance. ABB’s Profibus certified engineers fill the gap between the instrument engineers and system engineers which are currently lacking in most operations. This provides value to customers as ABB can offer support across the measurement network.”

For more information about ABB’s Profibus health check, call 0870 600 6122 or email moreinstrumentation@gb.abb.com ref. “Profibus”.

ABB takes lead role in helping to address global water wastage

April 1, 2015

Since its inception, the Global Water Leakage Summit has grown to become a leading event on the international water calendar and a great place to discuss and exchange the latest thinking on leakage and water management technologies and techniques. And with our extensive background in water applications, we are proud to have taken the lead role at last month’s Global Water Leakage Summit, which was held in London (17th and 18th March).

Attended by key influencers and decision – makers in water from around the world, this year’s event included a key focus on the role of smart technology in achieving zero leakage which is now being seen as an increasingly realistic prospect, as advances in technology offer new possibilities for measuring, controlling and conveying water.

The two-day event covered a broad range of topics, with speakers representing a broad spectrum of interests, including the UK All-Parliamentary Water Group, UK, Irish and international water utilities, plus manufacturers and industry bodies such as Ofwat and the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

Our own Tim Door, UK and Ireland General Manager, chaired the sessions on the second day of the event. Presentations were given by speakers from countries including the UK, Spain, Israel, Portugal and India on the innovative approaches and technologies being applied to tackle leakage and encourage responsible water management.

Amongst the presenters was ABB’s Dr Ray Keech, who discussed the AquaMaster 3 electromagnetic flowmeter with WITS (Water Industry Telemetry Standard) technology. The device combines the benefits of a high accuracy integrated flow and pressure metering solution with high speed data communications, giving users access to near real time data on pipeline conditions. With extensive self-diagnostic capabilities, the AquaMaster 3 with WITS also provides operators with improved information on meter performance, enabling them to reduce maintenance to an on demand basis.

We also led the Gala Dinner at the end of the first day of the event, which has become an established tradition and a great opportunity for networking. As always, the dinner included a charity auction on behalf of WaterAid. Led by Tim Door and Jeremy Heath of Sutton and East Surrey Water, the auction surpassed the previous event’s record, raising a remarkable £2,430, with prizes auctioned off including a Golf Day experience with a Pro AM, an Iphone 6 and £250 red letter day.

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 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.

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.

ABB extends CoriolisMaster family with new compact flowmeters

October 20, 2014

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We are delighted to reveal that we have expanded our CoriolisMaster flowmeter family with the addition of two new compact models with RS485 Modbus communications.

Aimed at OEM machine builders, the FCB and hygienic FCH 130 and 150 series coriolis mass flow meters are ideal for filling applications across a range of industries.

With their integral mount design and zero upstream or downstream piping requirements, the meters are ideal for use in confined locations, requiring just a fraction of the space required by volumetric methods.

A major feature of the FCB and FCH 130 and 150 meters is their low pressure drop. Featuring a revised inner tube design, the meters offer up to a 90 percent lower pressure drop than other devices, helping to save up to 25 percent on pump energy costs. By offering a wide measurement span, just one meter can be used in applications where two meters might previously have been needed, reducing the need for spares and cutting the costs involved in installation.

The inclusion of RS485Modbus enables the FCB and FCH 130 and 150 to be directly integrated with a range of third party control, supervision and recording devices.

Two digital outputs offer a choice of pulse, frequency or binary output, which can be used together or individually to handle separate functions, such as opening or closing valves or setting and resetting totalisers. Operating at 115k Baud, the outputs offer a fast response, making them suitable for small dosing applications and filling applications requiring high precision.

Cost of ownership is reduced by on-board diagnostics, which provide a continuous online check of the sensor and transmitter. Any faults are automatically recorded and time stamped, together with details about the fault itself and the time it lasted. All error messages are displayed in clear text, enabling any problems to be quickly identified and resolved.

A trending analysis function also enables the performance of the meters to be monitored over time.
By highlighting when the meter is exceeding its calibration range, this function can help to minimise the time and disruption associated with maintenance by ensuring that the meter is only removed when necessary.

As well as checking the calibration, this software can also be used to configure the meter for batch filling processes. Extra performance can be achieved with the FCB and FCH150 versions, which include integrated FillMass and Densimass concentration functions. Suited to filling processes lasting three seconds or longer, the FillMass function ensures accurate filling. The valve is triggered by a digital output and is closed once the preset filling quantity is achieved. The filling quantity is given via a totaliser which can be easily configured and controlled by the device’s Modbus interface.

The Densimass concentration function allows the transmitter to calculate the concentration of a mixture based on the measured density and temperature using a set of pre-set concentration matrices.

In addition, users can also enter two of their own defined matrices containing up to 100 values.
Both the FCH 130 and 150 are EHEDG and FDA certified enabling them to be used in food and beverage and pharmaceutical applications.

For more information, email moreinstrumentation@gb.abb.com or call 0870 600 6122 ref. ‘CoriolisMaster FCB/FCH’.

ABB to highlight offering for offshore applications at Instrumentation Scotland & Offshore Systems

July 22, 2014

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We are delighted to reveal that both ABB Limited (stand 308) and Instrumentation Alliance partner, JWF Process Solutions Ltd, will be demonstrating an extensive range of products at the Instrumentation Scotland & Offshore Systems exhibition, including its latest flow, analytical and temperature measurement technologies.

Specific products on display will include the ABB 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.

Also on show will be ABB’s standalone, self-powered temperature transmitter with WirelessHART™. When fitted onto a steam or process pipe, the transmitter can use the latent heat to provide the power needed for operation. A built-in thermoelectric generator (TEG) harvests electrical energy from thermal energy by using the voltage difference between the ambient and the pipe temperature to power the device.

Coupled with the benefits of WirelessHART, the transmitter offers a cost effective and maintenance-free alternative to wired or battery-powered devices, making them ideal for applications where it may be costly or impractical to run cabling.

The energy harvesting temperature transmitter will be accompanied by other examples of ABB’s temperature solutions, including multi-points and surface-mount assemblies for hazardous applications. These will include ABB’s new TSP411 sensors and TSW400 thermowells, specifically designed to simplify the selection of temperature equipment for oil and gas applications.

Also making an appearance on stand will be 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.

These will be joined by a wide array of other products from ABB’s measurement products portfolio, including a range of pH and conductivity sensors and analysers, the WedgeMaster DP flowmeter and EDP300 digital valve positioner, plus ABB’s new high pressure ProcessMaster.

ABB will also be running a workshop entitled ‘Technical constraints in high pressure measurement in HPHT wells’, on Thursday 4th September (11.15am – 12.15pm). Hosted by our very own pressure products specialist, Trevor Dunger, the workshop will explore the technical considerations of measuring pressures up to 1000 Bar(g) in High Pressure, High Temperature (HPHT) wells and will look at some of the measurement technologies available for such applications.

New application guides from ABB to boost power plant efficiency

April 2, 2014

The vast quantities of water used to produce steam in power generation applications mean that achieving well-balanced water chemistry is vital. To do so, optimum positioning of analytical instruments at key points throughout the water and steam cycle and water treatment plant at modern power stations is essential. This will in turn significantly improve plant efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Our new series of application guides, produced as part of the launch of the latest products in our Navigator analyser range, reveal how operators can optimise boiler chemistry and steam quality in power generation applications through the control of the parameters affecting steam generation efficiency.

Titled ‘Optimising power plant performance through silica monitoring’, the first of our four guides in the series, each of which focuses on a different parameter, reveals how careful monitoring of boiler conditions is essential to prevent corrosion and build-up of scale, protect the plant and ensure it remains in good working order.

Silica is a major culprit behind the build-up of hard and dense scale inside the boilers and turbines of power generation plants. Silica forms a dense porcelain-like scaling that cannot be removed even with acid. Silica scaling also has a very low thermal conductivity which means that even a 0.5mm build-up can reduce thermal transfer by 28%, reducing efficiency, leading to hot spots and eventual rupturing, resulting in plant failure.

However, the guide also reveals how our Navigator 600 Silica analyser, which helps cut the costs and maintenance associated with silica, can effectively control build-up through effective monitoring at multiple points around the steam generation and distribution cycle.

The second of the four guides in the series, ‘Improving dissolved oxygen control through online monitoring’, outlines how accurate measurement of dissolved oxygen is essential for efficient, cost effective, operation of boiler plant with minimum downtime.

The presence of even small quantities of dissolved oxygen in boiler water can severely impair a boiler’s operation, causing corrosion of its vital components and significantly reducing its working life. As such, the guide contains an easy-to-follow illustration, highlighting how an effective monitoring system should measure dissolved oxygen with an analyser at key points prior to the boiler.

Techniques for further reducing dissolved oxygen levels are covered in the guide, ‘Reducing dissolved oxygen through hydrazine dosing’. Even after deaeration, it is still necessary to administer some form of post treatment in order to achieve further reductions in dissolved oxygen levels.

The guide details how this can be done successfully by dosing the boiler feedwater with hydrazine. As a powerful reducing agent, hydrazine reduces oxygen to form nitrogen and water, which can help to further reduce dissolved oxygen levels to concentrations. Therefore, continuous monitoring of hydrazine throughout the feedwater loop can help to achieve the most effective ratio of hydrazine to dissolved oxygen.

The final guide in the series, ‘Controlling sodium concentrations through on-line analysis’, explains how the impact of sodium on power plant performance, one of the most important parameters to measure in power plant applications, can be minimised through accurate and reliable sodium monitoring.

If you would like to get hold of a copy of any of our new application guides, simply email: moreinstrumentation@gb.abb.com, providing details of which in the series are of interest.

Alternatively, for more information on our Navigator range of water analysers, check out the following video which details how the range can help optimise plant efficiency: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U92gwQS5HfU