Written by: A.J. Piskor
Traditionally, combustion control panels have been living in a hard-wired world. More often than not, the status of a burner system is communicated by indicator lights on a Flame Safeguard (FSG) terminal.
With the increased use of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) controlling all aspects of a combustion system, customers are demanding more information from the FSG, as many operators manage their systems from a centralized control room.
While some customers have traded in their indicator lights for relays with dry contacts that feed back into their PLC, other customers are looking to simplify the communication between the FSG and PLC, while extracting more information on the operation of their burner system.
Here, we will go over some examples of technologies that are available today, and how you can get the information you need to where you need it.
In case you missed May’s webinar with Sartorius Intec on load cells, we’ve put together some of the key points:
Let’s start with the most common weighing element: the strain gauge load cell.
A strain gauge load cell can be found in bench platforms, floor scales, and in some cases, tank and hopper systems. It is the most common load cell used in the weighing industry.
The most common electrical strain gauges are thin, rectangular strips of foil with maze-like wiring patterns on them, leading to a couple of electrical cables. You stick the foil onto the material you are measuring and wire the cables up to your computer or monitoring circuit.
Custody transfer flow meters are used to determine how much of a commodity changes hands in exchange for some monetary, financial or other recognized trade consideration.
All custody transfer applications involve at least one buyer and one seller. During custody transfer, accuracy is of great importance to both the company delivering the material and the recipient.
In order to ensure reliable and accurate measurement, devices are certified for custody transfer by a nationally recognized body. For Coriolis flow sensors, custody transfer approvals are mandated by the US National Conference on Weights and Measures office.
Written by: Dan Weise
The installed base of Honeywell Trendview X series paperless recorders is approaching an in-service period of a decade (introduced mid-2006). Given that kind of service time, you need to be aware of the issues involved in changing the clock battery.
The replaceable clock battery serves as a backup for the on board real-time clock chip as well as the internal battery-backed static RAM. If your paperless recorder is getting old, the battery may ready for a swap-out. If so, you may need a one-day-use access code that only Honeywell can provide, so plan ahead. You don’t want to get locked out of your recorder!
Written by: Dan Weise
Good news! Recent upgrades to Honeywell’s HC900 Process and Safety Controller includes a major update to analog/loop processing speeds. Even though analog/loop cycle time has been 500mS since the early 2000s, early versions of the HC900 controller were only capable of a processing speed of 2x/second.
The upgrade to the HC900 CPU’s microprocessor hardware and an associated firmware update broke that processing speed limit for their SIL-rated CPUs. Honeywell C50S and C70S model CPUs v6.1 will now process analog inputs and loops at a rate of 10x/second (100mS per update). If your process needs additional analog/loop throughput speed, you will benefit from these enhancements to the HC900 systems.
To run at 100mS, a qualified hardware configuration is required: