Read-out 10.01

06/01/2010

into another new year…

The current issue of Read-out is the first of 2010, the last year of the first decade of the 21st century! Distributed free to nearly 2400 named automation professionals throughout Ireland and to some subscriptions abroad it is without doubt Ireland’s leading source of information on the industry.


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Douglas Control & Automation

Some Items

The latest on FDI!

Isolation Valves

Air Velocity/Temperature

SIL Pressure Transmitter

Rugged Pressure Transmitters

Controller Firmware

Recorder/Logger Guides

Ireland has had its share of buffeting in the current economic woes that the global economy is suffering. After almost 15 years of unprecedented growth Ireland, and its Celtic Tiger,  hit the wall at the end of 2008 and great indeed was the fall. Irregular goings-on in the banking sector did nothing to soften the fall and the harsh measures needed to cope with the downturn included general reduction in salaries not to mention severe job losses. These mostly occurred in the construction industry and so have not, by and large effected the process industry though it did effect some manufacturing with some famous names falling by the wayside.

This issue of Read-out highlights  Emerson Process Management’s solution to the paradoxical problem of more complex technology and the shortage of experienced personnel that Signpost readers learned of in our item Conquering Complexity. Also highlighted on the front page was the new series of wireless devices marketed by Douglas Control and Automation and manufactured by Stahl. There was however  a certain emphasis on pressure measuring instruments in the products highlighted in that section of the publication.

An article in the InsideFront series discusses a paper from the ARC Advisory Group on Fieldbus Foundation technology as a business value proposition. This paper was unveiled at the recent SPS/IPC/Drives Exhibition in Nueremberg (D).

As might be expected there is an item on the changes in the International Society of Automation including the early build-up to the new Automation Week and the appointment of a new editor at their magazine InTech.

In late November and early December, Ireland suffered unprecedented rainfall which lead to extensive flooding over large swathes of countryside. Read-out highlights how local supplier MeasureIT provided a round the clock service especially with the Tideflex check valves, 20 years in Ireland in 2009, which did in fact help in some areas which were prone to flood and which escaped this time.

Usually there are some books recommended in each issue of Read-out and this issue is no exception. Included are George Buckbee’s book on “Mastering Split-Rang Control” and Professor Gerald Cockrell’s on Practical Project Management.

In company news the big organisational changes in ABB are reported with details of the heads of the various divisions.

This issue concludes as usual with People News, people and events which occurred in the past few months.
The next issue of Read-out (Feb/March 2010) will be highlighting Calibration, Test & Measurement!


PACT again!

30/11/2009

Roadshow tours Germany
PACTware live training: breaking down the the barriers of proprietary configuration tools

Last year the PactWare Roadshow visited Ireland and was a great success. The Read-out account was entitled Fota opportunity, an appalling pun on the venue on Cork’s famous Fota Island.

The PACTware wall in Cork 2008

The famous PACTware Wall


After last years success, the 2009 PACTware Roadshow again travelled to German centres of process automation. It offered a unique opportunity to draw together customers of different industries to share ideas and best practices that will help improve their business performance. Participants were trained in the fundamentals of this new and advanced configuration tool for field devices and network components.

They learnt how PACTware and the related FDT/DTM technology provide access to device intelligence and how PACTware brings increased openness in field device configuration management. In three workshops being repeated twice in parallel, the attendees were trained how Pactware and the DTMs increased the customer’s benefits during commissioning, operation and maintenance of a plant.

There was an impressive interest at the stopovers in Hamburg, Halle, Frankfurt and Marl with customers accross that region and several company representatives. The keen interest made this Pactware roadshow one of the most successful ever.

PACTware is an advanced configuration tool based on FDT technology, managing field devices and standardizing the data exchange communication interface between field devices and systems. Established as an open system, PACTware is vendor independent and allows any device to be accessed through any proto-col. PACTware as an FDT frame application is indeed a truly open system that allows integration of expert applications from different field device vendors.

The PACTware Consortium is an international non-profit association comprised of the world’s leading companies in field and network instrumentation. The roadshow event was prepared by some key companies of the PACTware Consortium: Bopp & Reuther, CodeWrights, ICS, ifak system, Invensys, KROHNE, Pepperl+Fuchs, Samson, Trebing & Himstedt, Turck and VEGA. As part of the roadshow event, the organizing companies presented their DTM based instruments and Pactware on table tops.

In several workshops, a live-operation multi-vendor demo wall featured numerous application examples, showing first-hand how commis-sioning, operation and maintenance can be considerably facilitated and speeded up using only one single tool for all communication and field devices via HART, PROFIBUS and Foundation Fieldbus protocol. Several discussions made clear that PACTware is assessed as being on the right track breaking down the the barriers of proprietary configuration tools and delivering the true value of devices