Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Through Digitalization - Siemens SITRANS store IQ Smart Monitoring Apps

SITRANS store IQ Smart Monitoring

Siemens offers to our customers the ability to take process measurements, and to remotely monitor the activity and health of instrumentation, whether you have a SCADA, PLC or DCS system, or not. 

By utilizing Siemens’ ability to offer unparalleled flow, level, pressure, temperature, and weight measurement we can provide a broad range of process measurements and offer unequaled monitoring of the health and performance of those products. In conjunction with Siemens Mindsphere, information can then be uploaded to the cloud and used to provide you with real time monitoring of multiple assets, retrieving real time data from multiple remote sites for your user group, anywhere and anytime.


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Valve Positioners for Every Process Control Application

Valve Positioners for Every Process Control Application

The Role of Valve Positioners

As a control valve accessory and the interface between the control system and valves, the valve positioner plays a vital role in ensuring reliability and optimal performance in your process control loops. Using a valve positioning device, you can adjust the valves' opening to allow for varying flow rates, from entirely on or off to anywhere in between.

Valve positioners move a valve in the right direction by increasing or reducing the actuator's air load pressure. The position of the valve stem or shaft corresponds to the setpoint from the control system.

On linear control valves, positioners mount to the pneumatic actuator's yolk or top framework. Rotary control valves mount to the end of the shaft. For either set-up, the positioner is attached mechanically to the valve stem or valve shaft, allowing the valve position to respond to the controller's demands.

Valve Positioners from Siemens

SIEMENS offers you a broad choice of positioners to ensure an ideal fit for every application. Visit this link to view a summary of their positioner offerings.

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Industrial Level Measurement for Every Application

Level Measurement

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In the most basic terms, level measurement tells you how much material is at a given location. Since no single industrial level measurement technology is perfect for all applications, Siemens and Ives Equipment are pleased to offer a full selection of varying technologies perfectly suited for your application. Whether it be monitoring water levels in open channels or tracking the amount of grain in a silo, or measuring oil in a tank, we have the technologies that provide more reliable and cost effective performance.

Siemens level measurement products provide headache-free installation and setup and advanced processing, so operators aren't spending valuable time repeatedly troubleshooting devices. You can be confident that these instruments are delivering reliable, accurate results. 

Siemens level measurement instruments are just part of the full suite of process instruments. Ives Equipment can provide Siemens solutions for any application involving Flow, Weighing, Pressure, Temperature, Positioning, Power supplies, Process protection, Process controllers, Remote displays, Process recorders, Gas analytics, Gear reducers, Motors, Control systems, Industrial communication, PLCs, HMIs, Drives, and Motion control.

For more information, contact Ives Equipment.
877-768-1600

How Often Should You Calibrate Your Toxic/Flammable Gas Detector?

Toxic Gas Detector

Reprinted with permission from the United Electric Controls Blog.

When we think of gas detector calibration and how often it must be performed, it is dependent on many variables. First and foremost is determining if a gas sensor is out of calibration.

The best way to establish this is through a “bump” or functional test using a certified standard gas mixture of known concentration. If the device is functioning properly and still measuring gas within tolerance, calibration is unnecessary. Bump testing should be performed as regular maintenance on any gas detector. With the frequency depending on the sensor technology, manufacturer recommendations, specific company standard operating procedures and environment.

The two most common sensor types are NDIR and Electrochemical.

NDIR sensors tend not to drift and are calibrated prior to shipment. They require a bump testing frequency of 6 months or less to ensure performance is consistent. Calibration is only necessary if bump testing indicates the sensor is out of specification. Electrochemical sensors tend to drift over time and require bump testing every 3 to 6 months. Calibration is recommended annually or if bump testing indicates an out of spec sensor.

Due to the technology of electrochemical sensors, they will deplete over time and more rapidly if exposed to the target gas. They can also be poisoned if exposed to certain gases. If this is a risk, then bump testing more frequently is prudent. Calibration frequency can also be dependent on gas detector relevance. If it is a portable device, then it is pragmatic to bench calibrate before utilizing it in the field. If an area is planned to have significant traffic or work, then calibration should be performed for this event.

The sensor technology industry is constantly evolving, and with that newer sensors are assuring longer periods between calibration, or potentially no need to calibrate at all.

Using newly developed materials and software, sensors may last thousands of cycles without any performance decay, even if exposed to extreme environments or chemicals. The future is markedly promising.

Remember, the most important reason to calibrate your Vanguard Gas Detector is to provide accurate gas concentration readings in order that it could prevent illness, injury or death to personnel in the area. Your Vanguard may be exposed to extreme environments such as high or low temperatures, high or low humidity, or even harsh chemicals that may require more frequent calibration.  With proper maintenance, your Vanguard can provide the safety your team deserves.

For more information about fixed toxic and flammable gas detection systems contact Ives Equipment. Call them at (877) 768-1600 or visit their website at https://ivesequipment.com.

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As winter weather is settling in, the need to protect vital equipment is essential. With lower temperatures and brutal winds, exterior equipment is in danger of freezing which lengthens or completely halts the production process. Now is the time to assess your heat trace requirements.

Nelson Heat Trace products by Emerson incorporate traditional heat trace design philosophies with innovative installation, control, and monitoring technologies. Our solutions are perfect for keeping metal pipes or other exposed equipment working at the right temperature. With unpredictable weather conditions, it is critical to keep your equipment running; we offer total environmental coverage, no matter the elements.

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For more information about Emerson Nelson Heat Trace Products, contact Ives Equipment. Call them at (877) 768-1600 or visit https://ivesequipment.com/freezeprotect.