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ABB to showcase new technologies at EIC Connect Oil and Gas 2012

14 October 2012

Managing cyber security threats and the latest developments in functional safety practices are among the many hot topics that can be discussed with ABB engineers on stand A54 at the EIC Connect Oil and Gas exhibition, 27-28th November 2012, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Petersfield. 


Control, instrumentation, electrical and telecoms challenges and best practice throughout the oil, gas and petrochemical industries will be also addressed at the event.

For instance, ABB will show ways to significantly reduce capital expenditure (CAPEX), while addressing scheduling concerns and highlighting ways to manage project risks. The company will also demonstrate how to ensure a reliable, secure and efficient supply of power.
Supporting the engineering know-how will be a range of products, systems and services that have culminated from ABB's $1.3 billion annual R&D investment.

Visitors will see a video demonstration of the company's System 800xA distributed control system (DCS), and discover its pivotal role in ARC Advisory Group’s* decision to rank ABB as the number one control system supplier - an accolade retained for the past 10 years.
The latest thinking in operator workstations will be covered in the demonstration, with experts explaining how to set up your operators for success through the design of safe, efficient and effective control room environments.

Among the other products being exhibited is a new SIL-rated high pressure version of ABB’s 266 pressure transmitter. The transmitter is designed to meet growing demand from the oil and gas industry and power markets, which frequently require differential pressure transmitters with higher working pressures.

With an upper range limit of 1050 bar, and offering a base accuracy of 0.15 per cent, the transmitter provides accurate measurement for wellhead applications including high pressure injection and gas compression.

It also offers an extended choice of signalling protocols, being available in 4 to 20mA HART, Foundation Fieldbus and Profibus versions.

A standard safety pressure transmitter is being exhibited that is approved to IEC61508 and TUV Nord for use in SIL2 applications.

Other pressure transmitters on display incorporate ABB’s Plugged Impulse Line Detection (PILD) technology. This technology uses an algorithm to compare the current performance of a pressure device against a background ‘template’ set during the commissioning stage, enabling it to identify the existence and scale of any blockages. This data is then relayed to a control system via HART, Profibus or Foundation Fieldbus communications, enabling operators to create a proactive maintenance routine.

Another exhibit will be ABB’s ProcessMaster flowmeter. With a choice of liner, sensor electrode and high pressure options, plus diagnostic capabilities, the ProcessMaster delivers accurate flow measurement whilst withstanding the arduous conditions inherent in many oil and gas applications.
Options include a high temperature design model in combination with a reinforced PTFE, ideal for hot-fluid applications up to 180°C. Additional liner choices include hard rubber, soft rubber, PTFE, ETFE and PFA for all applications including those requiring protection against abrasion and chemical attack.

Self-cleaning and double-sealed electrodes ensure enhanced reliability and performance. The use of high frequency excitation, combined with advanced filtering, further improves measurement accuracy by significantly reducing the impact of fluid and electrode noise. The increased excitation frequency has been shown to reduce the background noise by up to 65 percent.

A range of ABB’s temperature solutions for the oil and gas industry, including multi-points and surface-mount assemblies for hazardous applications will also be on show.

Complementing the products on display will be a selection of ABB’s videographic recorders, including the field-mountable SM500F. The SM500F can be installed onto a panel, wall or pipe without the expense of building an enclosure.

To show how data recorded by the device can be used, the stand will feature demonstrations of ABB’s DataManager Pro software.

The software is built around an all-new operating platform that gives users an extended range of options for interrogating and presenting recorded data. These include the ability to collect data from multiple recorders and the inclusion of a dual cursor function, which operators can use to isolate and access process statistics for selected periods of time. To enable operators to discover whether the process is within required limits, DataManager Pro includes a ‘marker’ function which shows the normal conditions for the process. This allows operators to quickly spot any deviations in the process, enabling operators to quickly spot trends or compare recorded parameters.

For more information, email moreinstrumentation@gb.abb.com or call 0870 600 6122 ref. ‘EIC 2012’.

*ARC Advisory Group is the leading Global Market Research Firm for Automation, Asset Management and Supply Chain Solutions.


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