White Papers and Articles

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Alarm Trips: The Ups and Downs

When something happens in your plant, whether it's a signal peak or fall, you have to know about it. A limit alarm trip can be a life saver, triggering the response needed to maintain normal, safe operations. Gary Prentice of Moore Industries covers how to use alarm trips to monitor a process and activate a warning or shutdown in the event of an undesirable high or low process condition.

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Bridging the Intrinsically-Safe Fieldbus Disconnect

Engineers have long struggled with how to use Fieldbus in hazardous areas. The installation of Intrinsically-Safe (I.S.) fieldbus has typically required the use of installation schemes mixing wiring methods such as Division 1 and Division 2 (Zones 0, 1, 2). However, new concepts such as the High-Power Intrinsically-Safe Trunk allow for the use of fieldbus in hazardous areas without complex installation. This white paper reviews the different methods of fieldbus installation in hazardous areas and breaks down the advantages and drawbacks of each.

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Distributed I/O Solution Improves Performance and Reliability of Water Treatment Facility

In Central New York, recent upgrades at a municipal water plant have provided the means for operators to enhance their process for meeting the water quality needs of customers. As part of the upgrades, the facility modernized its control system utilizing a Moore Industries Distributed I/O solution. This technology reduced wiring costs for field instrumentation while improving operational readiness and reliability. This white paper has already been featured in important industry publications including Control Engineering and Water & Wastes Digest.

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Get Rid of Rigid: Get the WORM Flexible Temperature Sensor

The WORM® goes where no other temperature sensor has gone before…literally! With its flexible design, it is able to fit in places that rigid sensors can’t. It provides accurate readings while being extremely easy to maintain. Read this white paper to learn how the WORM provides a “one size fits all” solution to temperature sensors that saves you time and money.

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Implementing FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1 Networks in Hazardous Areas

Deciding what bus technology to implement is a difficult choice faced by many facility engineers, and its one that’s made even more complex if they are dealing with a hazardous area. This white paper shows how Moore Industries was able to help Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals, Inc. implement a FOUNDATION fieldbus™ network into their control system in a classified area of their plant, and tips you can use for your next hazardous area installation.

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Installing Fieldbus White Paper

Most engineers understand the many benefits of using fieldbus technology in a variety of settings. However, installing fieldbus can be tricky for engineers with limited experience using the technology, especially since there are additional considerations above and beyond traditional 4-20mA projects. This white paper walks you through the unique challenges posed by fieldbus installations, including power supplies, device couplers and cabling.

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Intrinsically-Safe Fieldbus Applications for Yokogawa Control Systems

The ROUTE-MASTER Fieldbus System from MooreHawke is a recommended option by Yokogawa to power Intrinsically-Safe (I.S.) fieldbus segments. This white paper addresses how the ROUTE-MASTER system can be used in I.S. applications with FISCO or Entity devices located in Class I, Division 1 or Zone 0/1 locations. Special plug-to-plug connections designed for Yokogawa host systems allow for reduced wiring and easier commissioning.

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Introduction to Fieldbus

Fieldbus technology can seem complex and challenging to someone with limited experience work with it, but the truth is that it’s an established technology that is easy to grasp and has many benefits within the process control industry. This white paper serves as a primer to the two basic fieldbuses used in the industry: PROFIBUS PA and FOUNDATION fieldbus™ H1.

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IPX Approved for Natural Gas

Stations and pipelines used in the natural gas production and transportation industries require pneumatic control valve actuators in order to function. Unfortunately, this equipment is often in remote areas, where the demand for pneumatic air is often not great enough to justify installing an on-site air compressor. Current-to-Pressure (I/P) transmitters can solve this problem, but “off the shelf” solutions typically aren’t approved or designed for use in the natural gas industry. This white paper shows how the IPX2 Current-to-Pressure transmitter from Moore Industries provides an I/P solution specifically approved for the natural gas industry.

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Logic Solver for Tank Overfill Protection

When a storage facility’s tank level rises above safe limits, a logic solver that is part of a Safety Instrumented System (SIS) initiates final elements to restore the process to a safe state. This can include shutting off input feeds to the tank by isolating the pump and closing the input valve. This white paper explores the possibilities available to SIS designers of tank overfill protection systems when using a logic solver. It includes examples of system topographies and their associated Safety Integrity Level (SIL) calculations.

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Logic Solver for Overpressure Protection

A high integrity pressure protection system (HIPPS) is a specific type of Safety Instrumented System (SIS) that acts as a barrier between high and low pressure parts of an installation without the need to release fluid into the environment or otherwise contaminate it. Within this SIS, the logic solver initiates the final elements that restore the process back to a safe state. This white paper explores the possibilities available to SIS designers of tank overpressure protection systems when using a logic solver. It includes examples of system topographies and their associated Safety Integrity Level (SIL) calculations.

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Measuring Molasses with the WORM

The largest beet sugar provider in the United States was struggling with measuring the temperature of the molasses created as part of their production process. Standard thermowells could not get deep enough into the molasses to get an accurate reading; sensors were primarily reading the steam coming from the molasses instead of the molasses itself. This white paper shows how using the WORM Flexible Temperature Sensor allowed the sensor to be fully submersed in the molasses to deliver a more accurate reading.

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Moore Industries’ Digital and Wireless Technology Reduces Legwork at Pulp and Paper Site

New state regulations required a paper and pulp manufacturer to monitor daily effluent water rates at a remotely-located pond. This process was automated by using a HART radar level transmitter. Digital and wireless technology from Moore Industries let them send the necessary information to a HMI (Human Machine Interface) and a historical collection system thus automating an inefficient and expensive manual collection process.

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Next-Generation Fieldbus Device Couplers Simplify Upgrade at Chemical Plant

Choosing the right device coupler technology was critical for Ashland Inc. in upgrading the fieldbus installation at their world-class 1,4-butanediol plant in Lima, Ohio; according to site process control specialist John Rezabek, device couplers “touch every valve in the plant.” They needed a coupler design that would incorporate short circuit protection and provide non-incendive spurs if existing disconnect switches were removed. This white paper shows how selecting the “fourth-generation” MooreHawke TRUNKGUARD Series 200 (TG200) device couplers with their unique end-of-line-sensing auto termination and “fold-back” short circuit protection allowed Ashland to solve this problem.

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On Target: The BULLET WirelessHART® Adapter Provides Immediate Benefits

The Moore Industries NET Concentrator® System connects instruments and systems via Ethernet, MODBUS & wireless technologies, while protecting against RFI/EMI, ground loops, while operating in severe temperature extremes.

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Peer-to-Peer Distributed I/O Systems Solve Signal Interface Problems

A Peer-to-Peer Distributed I/O System provides an excellent method to deal with signal interface problems, especially when it comes to connecting new and legacy field transmitters and control devices during the expansion or upgrading of a facility. This white paper explores why Peer-to-Peer Distributed I/O Systems are an affordable and convenient solution that does not require specialist technology staff to implement.

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Remote Emergency Shutdown Device Improves Safety and Performance at Oil Production Platform

When Italian multinational oil and gas company ENI Petroleum needed help designing a real-time communications link to its Devil’s Tower oil well platform off the coast of Louisiana, they turned to Moore Industries for help. By integrating our NCS NET Concentrator System® into their communications system, ENI Petroleum has developed a reliable method for dealing with potential emergency situations that meets new federal regulations and reduces the possibility of false shutdowns. This white paper was featured as a web exclusive on the Control Magazine website in September 2011.

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Safety Instrumented Systems: The “Logic” of Single Loop Logic Solvers

As companies become more aware of the risks associated with their operations due to catastrophic events, they understand the importance of complying with national and worldwide safety standards such as ANSI/ISA 84 and IEC 61508/61511. A key element to compliance and safety are Single Loop Logic Solvers, which work within a Safety Instrument System to monitor variables such as temperature, pressure, level, flow, position or status. They can provide a warning, on/off control or emergency shutdown if readings exceed a specified level. This white paper highlights safety alarm trips from Moore Industries and how they can help provide your plant with a valuable asset in complying with important safety standards and preventing potential devastating accidents from occurring in case of an emergency.

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Signal Isolators, Converters and Interfaces: The “Ins” and “Outs”

Signal isolators are useful process instruments that solve important group loop and signal conversion problems. But they do much more than that. This white paper shows how signal isolators can be used to share, split, boost, protect, step down, linearize and even digitize process signals. It also gives a guide on what to look for when selecting a signal isolator.

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The Path to Recovery Plant Rebuilds with NCS NET Concentrator System

This white paper shows how the NCS NET Concentrator System from Moore Industries was critical in helping the Imperial Valley Resource Recovery biomass-to-electric power plant recover from a major electrical explosion that destroyed the electrical connection to the grid and the control room electronics. The Ethernet-based I/O NCS Net Concentrator System helps programmers make quick decisions on performance enhancements that reduce maintenance and personnel costs.

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TRUNKGUARD Solution Optimizes Fieldbus Installation at Greenfield Ethanol Plant

Fieldbus-based process control systems offer many operational advantages for bio-fuel production plants. However, ethanol plant operators also need to use safeguards to ensure that the fieldbus physical layer is protected against short circuits, improper termination and other potential faults. Read this white paper to learn how Moore Industries helped the Greenfield ethanol production plant in Nebraska optimize its fieldbus installation with its TRUNKGUARD® system, which is the first FOUNDATION fieldbus™ and PROFIBUS physical layer solution offering fully automatic segment termination.

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Using MODBUS for Process Control and Automation

MODBUS is the most popular industrial protocol in use today for several reasons, including how easy it is to use, the affordable cost of implementation and its universal use within the industry. This white paper shows how MODBUS works and explores innovative ways you can use MODBUS in new and legacy plant situations.

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Why Use Temperature Transmitters Instead of Direct Wiring?

Temperature transmitters are quickly overtaking direct wiring as the measurement method of choice in the process control industry. Cost considerations are no longer a primary concern when choosing between these two methods of measuring temperature. So which one is the right choice for your needs? This white paper breaks down the advantages and considerations to keep in mind when thinking about using temperature transmitters rather than direct wiring.

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Wireless Possibilities

Industrial facilities are increasing turning to wireless technology to replace miles of cabling connecting their control room to components in their network. Wireless technology is often more cost-effective than cabling and helps extend the reach of a network to an almost limitless range. This white paper discusses the advantages of using wireless technology such as the WNM Wireless Network Module as part of a distributed I/O network solution.

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