Independent protection layer issues offer second front

Excerpts from the April 2007 issue of Industrial Automation Insider newsletter, Andrew Bond, editor. For more information, go to Reused with permission.

By Andrew Bond

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Emerson has long had ambitions in the oil & gas, pipeline and utilities SCADA market, and anticipates exploiting its rapidly developing wireless expertise to give it a competitive edge. It sees the new organization strengthening its position in areas such as integrated remote measurement and control solutions, autonomous wireless instrumentation, seamless communication integration and system health diagnostics. The new division will, however, continue to offer flow computers, remote terminal units (RTUs), presets, instruments and engineering services under the Bristol, Bristol ControlWave, FloBoss ROC and Danload product brands through existing sales channels without any disruption in service to customers.

“By bringing the industry-leading remote automation technologies and expertise together, Emerson will provide customers with unmatched leading-edge measurement and control technology for remote installations where ruggedness, reliability, low power and resistance to tough environments are required,” said Kelly.

Emerson has introduced new loop performance software as part of the DeltaV version 9.3 release. Designed to monitor, analyze, diagnose and improve control loop performance, DeltaV InSight includes all the basic monitoring and tuning capabilities of its DeltaV Tune and DeltaV Inspect forerunners.

GE Fanuc Anticipates Biodiesel Boom
GE Fanuc is working with Santa Clara, Calif.-based SunBio Systems to produce skid-mounted, “quick-start” biodiesel production systems ranging in size from university-grade research and development pilot plants to mid-sized installations producing up to 60,000 tonnes of biofuels per year. The plants are controlled by GE Fanuc Series 90-30 controllers and I/O with Proficy Machine Edition software, and QuickPanel touch screen operator interfaces.

One the SunBio systems is to be used by Silicon Valley Biodiesel of Sunnyvale, Calif., which produces biodiesel for the local market from local recycled fats, oils and greases. Its first production facility is located in Sanger, Calif., and it plans to use the SunBio platform coupled with GE Fanuc’s control solutions to start up five more plants in California over the next two years. “We had several very specific needs for this project, and all are being met by the SunBio/GE Fanuc solution,” said Silicon Valley Biodiesel founder and president Walt Bacharowski, who added that “We also like the fact that the system’s web access allows SunBio Systems to stay engaged with us to provide process advice when needed.”

Silicon Valley Biodiesel required that the instrumentation and automation systems for the various plants provided overall control and visibility into the remote locations with reporting to a central facility, standard operating procedures for the automation system and biodiesel processes, data historian facilities which would make it possible to run statistical process analysis and control to optimize processes and web access to easily view operations from any location.

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Andrew Bond is the editor of the Industrial Automation Insider newsletter. For more information, go to

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