Simulation-based operator training tool Andritz Separation has developed a new computer-assisted tool for operator training that aims to help maximize machine and process performance with minimal training time. Described as a sophisticated solution, Andritz SmartSIM aims to help users efficiently implement new machine control systems and optimize new operator training. It is available for various models of solid/liquid separation machines and systems with a Metris addIQ control system. According to the company, the benefits of Andritz Smart- SIM training are reduced downtimes because there are fewer operating errors and lower maintenance costs due to operators being highly trained. The solution includes a computer-assisted classroom training course, which can be used at any time without affecting actual plant operation. Using the original operating interface, trainees have the opportunity to control a digital twin of the machine, including the individual parameters of production operations. In the course of the training, participants learn — with on-site support from Andritz — how to run the machine, respond to alarm situations, and improve the performance of the machine or the process. The goal is that at the end of the training course, every operator will be able to respond to real-life operating challenges and achieve certification level. www.andritz.com An open network-based control system Yokogawa Electric plans to release an enhanced version of the Stardom network- based control system in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. This new version will include a new E2 bus interface module that has been developed for use in FCN-500 autonomous controller extension units. This enables the construction of systems that have more I/O points and cover a wider area. STARDOM is an open network-based control system consisting of components for control, operation and monitoring functionality through the FCN autonomous controller, the VDS web-based HMI, and the FAST/ TOOLS SCADA package. One need is for the collective monitoring and control of applications where many different input and output devices are distributed over a wide area, in locations where conditions are often harsh. Other needs have included the reduction of wiring and maintenance costs while ensuring high reliability. Three different base modules are available: a long base module with slots for 10 modules, a short base module with slots for five modules, and a compact base module with slots for three modules. Customers can combine different base module types depending on the required number of I/O points and the amount of space available for installation. www.yokogawa.com New press fabrics promise improved batt fibre anchorage Voith Paper says the Voith Infinity seam and endless press fabrics use cabled yarn in the base structure, improving batt fibre anchorage and delivering consistent performance over the entire runtime life cycle for paper manufacturers. Part of the PressMax family of Voith AdvancedPRODUCTS, Infinity press fabrics provide paper manufacturers adaptability and can reduce machine downtime by up to 25 per cent, says Voith Paper. New press fabric is available with a seam, says the company, noting that the cabled seam offers the most efficient twist level in the base fabric with mono loops in the engineered seam area. Infinity can be adapted to special requirements of their respective application. www.voith.com Press felt technology Xerium Technologies has introduced Maximus, describing it as a new portfolio of press felt technology for today’s most demanding press positions. Maximus technology is designed for machines producing containerboard, packaging and graphical paper grades. Maximus’ single-base structure design with lower fabric caliper delivers immediate startup without the typical long break-in periods often required for conventional technology, explains the company, adding that the portfolio is engineered for faster start-up, wider operational window and extended life. As well, its drainage channels and warp-bound weave concept promise maximum dimensional stability and compaction resistance for “highperformance dewatering, longer running life and excellent end-product quality.” www.xerium.com New performance technology aims to increase fibre yield Kadant Lamort SAS, a subsidiary of Kadant Inc., has released the BoosTEK Performance Pack for screening applications in OCC recycling, stock preparation, and pulp mills. According to the company, the BoosTEK Performance Pack utilizes system pressure to amplify the breakdown of stock mats that form on, and ultimately block, the screen cylinder, adding that the proprietary technology improves the performance of the screen resulting in increased capacity, improved contaminant collection, and higher yield of clean pulp fibre. “Significant savings make this a costeffective upgrade with a compelling return on investment,” said Jordi Goma, mill manager at Spanish tissue paper manufacturer Goma-Camps. “We have achieved up to a 40-per-cent reduction in energy consumption or up to a 65-percent gain in fibre yield depending on the operational focus.” Installed on either the accept or the reject line of the screen, the gains can be both qualitative and quantitative, says Kadant. The BoosTEK Performance Pack’s adaptive and intelligent technology reacts to the needs of the upstream screen, optimizing the running conditions of the stock flow to maximize performance and output, it adds. The system also provides actionable feedback to allow operators the ability to fine-tune the device for the desired results. www.kadant.com Electromechnical actuator SKF has launched the CASM 100 electromechanical actuator with a range of modules, describing it as “exceptionally adaptable” to satisfy various applications in different sectors. The technology can be used in the automation sector on applications including servo presses, test benches, plastic injection moulding, dosing machinery and conveyors, says SKF, as well as for roll adjustment in pulp and paper mills. The CASM 100’s modular design offers a base platform with new modules planned for release over time to cater for future needs. The standardized interface between modules – similar to the concept of Lego bricks – increases the unit’s flexibility and makes it backward compatible, says the company. According to SKF, the actuator consumes up to 80 per cent less energy than pneumatic alternatives and 50 per cent compared to hydraulic solutions. It also uses fewer consumables because, in many applications, is virtually maintenance-free, only requiring re-lubrication using standard grease. There is also no need to change hydraulic fluids and seals and promises to be clean, leak-free, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly. www.skf.com Pneumatically actuated dosing valve GF Piping Systems has introduced a corrosion- resistant pneumatic diaphragm valve that promises to provide a new, long-lasting solution for not only highly corrosive dosing applications, but also open/close applications. The Type 604/605 Pneumatically Actuated Dosing Valve is designed and tested to surpass two million life cycles, says the company. Boasting a lower price point than other similar models on the market, the 1/2-inch (d20) size 604/605 valve is available in body materials PVC, CPVC, PROGEF Standard PP, and SYGEF Standard PVDF with a range of end connections and custom assemblies. The valve is pressure rated at 90 psi unidirectional with operating temperatures ranging from -4 to 284 degrees F, depending on body material. According to the company, GF’s threaded bonnet design eliminates both the need for metallic body bolts and retorquing after hot line shutdowns, adding that oversized pneumatic ports decrease cycle time to maintain accurate dosing with minimal overrun. www.gfps.com Self-calibrating temperature sensor Endress+Hauser has introduced what it says is the world’s first self-calibrating temperature sensor, the iTHERM Trust- Sens hygienic RTD. Traditionally, calibration cycles for standard temperature sensors in critical service are every six to 12 months. This leaves the potential for undetected drift in the sensor between cycles, which could result in product quality issues or even a complete loss of the production run. TrustSens’ selfcalibration process functions in situ and provides the documentation to meet the conformance requirements for various regulatory agencies. With TrustSens, the temperature sensor is calibrated after every Sterilize in Place (SIP) process cycle, and works to eliminate the risk of an undetected calibration drift and the risk of bad batches. It also reduces the need for frequent calibrations by verifying the sensor is working as designed in between manual calibration cycles, according to the company. TrustSens has a built-in ceramic reference based on the Curie Point of the reference material; that is, the temperature at which its ferromagnetic properties abruptly change. The change can be detected electronically. For applications using SIP operations — where steam at 121 degrees C is used to sterilize equipment — TrustSens uses a reference material with a Curie Point of 118 degrees C. The sensor is available with a range of hygienic process connections, such as 1/2- to 3-inch Tri-Clamp and Varivent. It can also be configured for direct immersion measurement or with a protective thermowell for easy removal from the process. www.ca.endress.com Mini-series sensors for corrugated board manufacturing Proton Products, a provider of noncontact laser Doppler speed and length measurement, says it is setting “new standards for precise, reliable measurement of corrugated board products.” The company has introduced its new InteliSENS SL/SLR Mini Series non-contact laser Doppler speed and length sensors, describing them as solid state instruments with no moving parts. Characterized as “permanently calibrated and completely reliable,” the InteliSENS mini-series sensors are designed to replace contacting speed and length measurement encoders with a sensor whose accuracy is better than ±0.05 per cent, says Proton, noting that the sensors can provide speed and length measurement starting with a stationary product and communicate a set length contact output to the cutter for highly accurate board size. According to the company, the sensors can be used at the wet-end of a corrugator to measure the product length prior to the stacker to help reduce waste at the double facer, as well as to measure the roll speeds at the unwind stands to reduce splice failures. www.protonproducts.com New cable option extends industrial accelerometer performance Hansford Sensors is offering the FEP cable option for its high-performance vibration sensors, designed to meet the extreme demands of heavy applications. The cable features a protective conduit made from stainless steel that promises to resist oil, rust and corrosion. Boasting reliable compression, impact and tensile strength with notable resistance to abrasion and tearing, the FEP cable can withstand temperatures ranging from -80 to 200 degrees C. Available with both dual acceleration and temperature outputs, the FEP cable and protective conduit suits a range of industries including building services, pulp and paper, mining, metals, utilities, automotive, water, and pharmaceutical. www.hansfordsensors.com/us Side-mounted agitator range Sulzer says it has taken a “significant step” to further decrease power consumption and reduce the environmental impact of its product portfolio with the Agistar SSA side-mounted agitator. Designed for demanding applications in various industries, such as pulp and paper, sludge, and municipal and industrial wastewater, the construction of the Agistar SSA features “low vibration” and long seals and bearing lifetime. Its equipped with a duplex stainless steel EX3 propeller that promises to deliver higher strength and wear properties. In addition, the performance of the agitator can be adapted with the adjustable propeller blades. The EX3 propeller can also be used in Salomix side-entry agitators. According to the company, Sulzer’s EX3 propeller exceeds the current Salomix MX-4 propeller in both efficiency and thrust. With a smart retrofit system, the EX3 propeller can replace MX4 propellers on Salomix side-entry agitators. www.sulzer.com Frequency to analogue converter AW-Lake Company has introduced the FAC-R frequency to analogue converter that changes incoming sensor frequency to both current and voltage analogue output. FAC-R interfaces with a range of frequency-out sensors and instrumentation, including flow meters, tachometers and motors. An alternative to a PLC card, the converter is suitable for use in process monitoring, data acquisition and other applications when sending an analogue signal to a PLC or other control system. A Bluetooth communication interface supports basic scaling and advanced functions using a tablet or smartphone, such as linearization table programming that helps improve output of non-linear devices or extend the range of a flow meter beyond its linear range. With the Bluetooth mobile application on a smartphone, users have a wireless flow monitor in their hands. Operators can utilize the Bluetooth capability on a mobile device for remote setup, troubleshooting, and reconfiguration. www.aw-lake.com Workplace wellness e-course In an effort to help employers better understand the value of workplace wellness programs, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has launched the e-course, Business Case for Workplace Wellness. Business Case for Workplace Wellness is a free, 30-minute e-course that provides business owners, managers, and supervisors with an introduction to establishing a workplace wellness program. The course strives to help participants better understand the benefits of having a workplace wellness program, and what the return on investment of these initiatives can be. www.ccohs.ca/products/courses/wellness
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