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Remote I/O
Turck's extended excom remote
I/O family allows installations
from the safe area to zone 1 P. 10
Foundation Fieldbus
Uhde Services relies on Turck's
Foundation Fieldbus portfolio at
its revamp in Abu Qir P. 36
Solutions for
Interface Technology
BP Lingen modernizes tempera­
ture measuring with IM34
measuring transducers
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Process Automation
02 E d i t o r i a l _ F R A N K
Partners for Process Automation
When it comes to implementing industrial processes and
operations as efficiently as possible, Turck the automation specialist has shown itself to be a reliable partner for
almost 50 years. Regardless of whether factory or process
automation is involved, our declared aim has always been
to supply you the customer not only with products, but
also with solutions that are optimally tailored to the automation task at hand. Your responses and in no small part
the growth of our company have confirmed that with this
commitment and the resulting close customer relations,
we have been on the right track.
Turck has established itself in all areas of process automation such as the oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceutical
sectors. We talk to the decision makers of the process industry, not
only about conventional products such as intrinsically safe interface
devices or Namur sensors, but also about innovations in the remote
I/O and fieldbus areas, right through to collaborative developments
or adaptions of these technologies. The aim is always to significantly
increase the productivity in the installations. With new technologies
such as RFID, this also results in completely new approaches that have
considerable consequences for the installation concept. Only those
suppliers are successful here that can go far beyond conventional
concepts, and as suppliers increasingly present themselves as partners or advisors. Turck therefore not only has a full knowledge of galvanic isolation and connection technology, we have also developed
our extensive expertise over decades in process control technology,
the associated I/O level and the fieldbus technology, in order to offer
competent advice and advance our own innovations with vision.
See for yourself what Turck can offer. In this special Process Automation edition of our [email protected] customer magazine, several customers explain why they have chosen Turck solutions. Showing the full
range of our solutions, you will find here application examples from
many sectors of the process industry, clearly presented and collated
in a single publication.
We shall be glad if these examples can give you some ideas, or if you
wish to speak with our process automation specialists about your specific requirements.
Wishing you interesting and informative reading.
Yours sincerely,
Frank Rohn, Vice President Sales Process Automation
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C O N T E N T S _ P R O C E S S A U T O M AT I O N
RFID: RFID in the Ex Area Radio frequency identification (RFID) opens up new possibilities in process engineering
REMOTE I/O: A Seamless Package
Excom remote I/O enables fieldbus installations from the safe area right through to zone 1
REMOTE I/O: They Call It Hart
Modular BL20 fieldbus system offers Hart compatibility and supply redundancy
The PB-XEPI Ethernet interface enables remote maintenance of Profibus networks
FIELDBUS TECHNOLOGY: Efficient Diagnosis
The Diagnostic Power Conditioner System detects faults in FF segments
At its Burghausen site, WACKER is using Turck's BL ident
RFID system for reliable detection in its tumbler screening systems in the dust Ex zone 22. Page 06
INTERFACE TECHNOLOGY: Interface Technology 2.0
High channel density of the Interface Module Backplane ensures space in control cabinet
Dual sensors from Turck reliably monitor the positions of butterfly valves and standard valves
RFID: Safe Screening
Wacker implements detection with Turck's RFID system for tumbler screening systems
RFID: Efficient Control
Bayer CropScience tests new active components with RFID-support from Turck
REMOTE I/O: Cards on the Table
Elantas Beck has modernized its 19” interface cards with the excom remote I/O system
Robust connectors, cables and the BL20 remote I/O
system optimize the modular plant concept of the oil &
gas specialists Enerflex.
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REMOTE I/O: Tradition and Modernity
Whiskey distillery benefits from state-of-the-art field communication with excom system
REMOTE I/O: Intrinsically Safe Fieldbus Communication
excom stations transfer signals from the Ex area in the Tianjin chemical factory
REMOTE I/O: Plug & Work
Connection and fieldbus technology from Turck optimizes the plant concept of Enerflex
REMOTE I/O: Intelligent Water Treatment
WJP Solutions uses Turck's DeviceNet fieldbus technology for water treatment
PB-XEPI Ethernet interface monitors fieldbus communication in Dutch port
Uhde Services relies on Turck's FF portfolio for EMSR modernization
FIELDBUS TECHNOLOGY: Flexible Thanks to the Fieldbus
With power conditioners and multi-barriers Basell ensures flexible plant operation
BP Lingen oil refinery modernizes temperature measuring with IM34 measuring transducers
GAW Technologies has used dual sensors for years for position feedback signaling
Streicher detects end positions on its offshore drilling rig with inductive Namur sensors
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GAW Technologies in Austria has been relying on Turck
dual sensors for position feedback signaling of butterfly
valves and ball valves. Page 48
04 T E C H N O LO G Y _ R F I D
Walter Hein is the
product manager
for RFID at
Turck Germany
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Whether in the
industry or in
the oil & gas sector,
reliable RFID solutions
open up new areas
of application in
process engineering
RFID in Hazardous Areas
Radio frequency identification (RFID) opens up new options in process
engineering – from intellectual property rights to preventive maintenance
hile the automation and streamlining
potential of RFID radio-based identification technology has long been used in factory automation, their use in process automation is still
not a standard. Up until now, extreme environmental
conditions, such as high temperatures, pressures, and
explosion-risk atmospheres have been insurmountable
obstacles, yet more and more, powerful and robust
tags and read/write heads are opening up new areas
of application. When it comes to intellectual property
rights, production monitoring and condition monitoring, RFID offers major advantages compared to the
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Thanks to temperature-insensitive tags for zone 1, mobile reading devices and zone 2 Remote I/Os, RFID technology can now also be used in process automation. The radio-based identification opens up many new opportunities
ranging from the monitoring of coupling stations, the labeling of installation components, and the maintenance of
drill piping or pipelines.
optical identification methods, such as barcodes –
and the use of this technology spans many industries,
including applications in the oil & gas, chemical and the
pharmaceutical and food industries.
Impervious technology
Unlike conventional auto ID methods, such as barcodes
or the data matrix code, the transmission of information
using electromagnetic radio waves is generally less sensitive to environmental influences. While printed labels
attached externally to the product become unusable by
the time they are exposed to high temperatures or moisture, special RFID tags and mobile reading devices make
it possible to use RFID systems even under the toughest conditions, for example, in the autoclaves of the food
industry or on the drill pipes and pipelines in the oil &
gas industry.
RFID solutions adapted to meet the customer‘s
application, such as the Turck BL ident high-temperature system, offer the user additional benefits above
and beyond identifying individual products, batches
or machine parts. BL ident permits read/write heads to
be operated simultaneously and without interruption
in HF and far-ranging UHF frequency bands – using
the same interface modules. The higher frequency UHF
band (865 to 868 MHz) permits ranges of up to three
meters. Because BL ident can also handle “group detection”, numerous tags can be detected without experiencing air interference. This feature makes RFID technology
applicable in warehousing logistics, as well as for intellectual property rights in the pharmaceutical industry.
volumes. The additional benefit of contact-free and “on
the fly” reading is reduced defects and delays in incoming
and outgoing goods, which ultimately reduces costs.
RFID solutions in process engineering are used
for more than simply guaranteeing product reliability.
Robust and powerful systems are also ideal for use in the
main field of process reliability. In close cooperation with
users in numerous fields of process engineering, Turck
can develop individualized identification solutions for
Intellectual property rights using RFID
The issue of consumer protection is more televant than
ever. According to estimates from the World Health
Organization, every tenth medication sold worldwide
is counterfeit. Due to the dramatic increase in product piracy in the past few years, both the American
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the EU
Commission, require continuous monitoring of the
manufacturing and distribution chains of medications
and foodstuffs.
RFID tags mounted visibly or invisibly on the packaging materials with unique tamper-proof and forgery-proof
identification numbers, allow manufacturers and consumers in hospitals or pharmacies to track the medications
along the entire distribution channel and to verify their
authenticity. The kicker: The new UHF technology from
Turck can easily be used with existing HF systems.
UHF tags are also less expensive compared to HF
tags, which makes them better for applications with high
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demanding applications. For example, Turck has worked
out a solution, that facilitates ongoing asset monitoring
and records the changing external parameters, such as
environmental temperature or correct machine settings.
This is done through the integration of RFID sensors and
wireless transmission technology.
Tags for zone 1
Turck is extending its RFID system BL ident continuously,
also for use in hazardous areas. An example is intrinsically
safe tags for use in zone 1 and 21 or read/write heads
for use in zone 2 or 22. That opens up numerous new
application areas – from coupling monitoring at coupling stations, to the continuous identification of proprietary installation components and including preventive
maintenance of drill pipes or pipelines. N
Based on the
reliable BL20
fieldbus stations,
Turck provides
a complete RFID
system for use in
hazardous areas
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Safe Screening
At its Burghausen site, WACKER is using Turck's BL ident RFID system for reliable
detection in its tumbler screening systems in the dust Ex zone 22
f screed is flowing well and tile adhesive is particularly flexible, it's highly likely that a WACKER product
has something to do with it. The globally operating
chemical company with around 17,200 employees has
25 production facilities, 20 technical centers of excellence and 53 sales offices worldwide.
The most important production site for WACKER
is the plant in Burghausen, idyllically situated on the
Austrian border, in the so-called ‘Bavarian chemical
triangle’. The chemical plant, covering a two kilometer area, employs 10,000 people in around 150 facilities, and produces thousands of different products.
Holger Anders is a
key account
manager for process automation at
Turck Germany
Webcode | more51264e
WACKER has equipped several tumbler
screens at the
Burghausen site with
Turck's RFID solution
for the dust Ex zone
These products also include dispersion powders that
are added to tile adhesives, plaster, screeds and other
building materials so that they are given particular
properties. To produce the end product, a liquid is
dried in a drying tower at the end of the production
process. The resulting powder then has to be vibrated
through a screen before it can then be packaged. This
ensures that the product concerned has the required
grain size.
In order to increase transparency and traceability
in the production of dispersion powder, the production
plant expressed the wish for the automatic detection
of the screen size used in the tumbler screens. “The
correct screen size was previously measured manually by colleagues in the plant,” Michael Holzapfel, plant
engineer responsible for electrical engineering in the
Construction Polymers division, explains. “In order to
exclude the possibility of human error, the screen used
for each batch now has to be measured automatically.
This enables us to not only guarantee the 100% quality
of the ongoing process, but also to have a retrospective
record of the correct screening process.”
Continuous vibration requires a
wireless solution
Holzapfel soon discarded his original idea of using a
coding in conjunction with inductive sensors: “The
screen is continuously vibrating, over almost the entire
year, and so cable-based solutions are not feasible. We
already have first-hand experience of this. Every month
we have to replace the grounding cables of the screens
An Ex read/write head reads out the mesh width of
the screen from the tag on the screen (left)
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Depending on the application, dispersion powder must be manufactured in different grain sizes. To ensure and document this process, WACKER in Burghausen
has for the past year been identifying the mesh width of its tumbler screens with
Turck's BL ident RFID system, which is also approved for use in dust hazardous areas. As a result of its good experience with this system, the company is also now
equipping the first coupling stations with it.
in order to ensure that they don’t break, even though
highly flexible cables are used.”
We therefore gradually came to the idea of using an
RFID solution. Due to the particular environmental conditions at Burghausen, the solution nevertheless had to
be approved for use in the dust Ex zone. “Turck was the
only manufacturer that could offer us an RFID system
that is Ex-approved for zone 22 dust,” Holzapfel describes
the original reason for choosing the system of the Mülheim automation specialist.
Up to now WACKER has fitted four tumbler screens
with a type TNLR-Q80-H1147-Ex read/write head that is
approved for use in Ex zones 2 and 22. All the screens
used there were fitted with a TW-R50-B128-Ex tag on
which the mesh width is stored. The disk-shaped tag is
fitted at the edge of the screen, directly under a strap
with the optical marking of the mesh width. The read/
write head reads the mesh width and passes on the data
to the process control system via Profibus using one of
three BL20 I/O stations.
During the course of the installation yet one other
hurdle had to be overcome: “The function block supplied with the RFID system is programmed for a Siemens S7 PLC and not for a Siemens PCS7 process
control system like we use here,” Holzapfel explains.
“However, our software specialists worked in close collaboration with Turck Support to quickly adapt the S7
function block so that it can now also run on the PCS7.”
New project: coupling station
The screen data reaches the PCS7 process control
system via Profibus and Turck’s BL20 I/O system
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The system has been in operation at WACKER for the
past year to the customer's complete satisfaction. Due
to the good experience he has had with his supplier,
Holzapfel has already started to tackle the next project. “The Turck RFID system works so well in the tumbler screens, so that we are now expanding the system
for use in our coupling stations, as dust-Ex approval is
also required here,” the plant engineer describes the
next step. Around 20 targets and nine sources are to be
recorded via RFID in order to guarantee the transparency of the process.
For this purpose, each of the 20 DN80 hoses will
be provided with a tag containing the individual hose
number. Each target is fitted with a compact read/write
head. When a hose is connected, the system reads the
appropriate number and enables operation if it is connected correctly. Via its subsidiary mechatec, Turck is
supplying the coupling station project with a ready-toconnect solution which is provided with a customized
male connector and is fully encapsulated. N
The Turck RFID
system works so
well in the tumbler
screens, so that we
are now expanding
the system for use
in our coupling
stations, as dust-Ex
approval is also
required here.
Michael Holzapfel,
Wacker Chemie AG
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Stefan Kappel is
the director key
account management process
automation at
Turck Germany
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Primary-screening: In
three spraying units,
the plants are sprayed
automatically with the
substance that is about
to be tested to see if
there is any effect
User Integrator
Efficient Control
Bayer CropScience tests new active components with RFID-support from Turck
n their research laboratories in Monheim, Germany,
scientists at Bayer CropScience are continuously
looking for new active components with the help
of new and modern machines. After a lengthy process,
these active components are developed into efficient
agricultural pesticides for worldwide use. One of the
first steps in this process is called primary-screening.
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Scientists from Bayer CropScience AG test new active
components for their suitability as agricultural pesticides
by spraying them onto plants in an automated system.
The RFID-system, BL ident, from Turck guarantees transparency and the clear identification of each plant.
During this process, the newly developed substances
are tested for their effectiveness by applying them onto
plants automatically. Depending on the effect of the
application, further research is conducted in the laboratory, then in the greenhouse and finally outdoors.
Fully automatic primary-screening
Bayer CropScience developed a fully automatic spraying line for the primary-screening process that manages more than 25,000 spraying operations every year.
During each application cycle, three plant sets are
sprayed with three different test components simultaneously. The plant sets contain the host plants for eight
plant diseases. “During the primary-screening process,
we spray up to 100 new substances in different concentrations onto the plants on a daily basis,” says Bernd
After the plant
pots leave the
spray units, all
the relevant data
is written onto
the RFID tag in
the middle of the
plant pot
Schulten, operating engineer at Bayer CropScience.
“To not lose the general view and the control, we use
software support for our tests. We get the test series
designs from the data processing service center. We
import them here, execute them and send back the
results,” says Schulten.
The most important factor during this process is
the clear identification of the plant sets and the correlation to the substances applied to them. Originally,
barcode-stickers were used, but the machines were
recently updated with contact-free RFID-technology.
“In cooperation with the industrial supplier Tectrion,
who maintains and updates all our machines in Monheim, we updated our machines with a third spraying
booth and the whole system with a new SPS. Previously, only single machine processes, like the spray booth,
conveyor and pipette machines, could exchange signals, but now we can control and monitor everything
via SPS,” Schulten explains. “In this context we wanted
to get rid of the barcode-stickers, because they were
not ideal for the wavy design of the plant pots and the
environmental conditions they were exposed to. Also,
the printer was high-maintenance.”
During the search for the ideal RFID-solution, the
technical project-team considered various different
systems and providers. In the end, the decision was
made in favor of the BL ident RFID system from Turck.
“We wanted an RFID system that is easy to handle,
robust and cost-saving in comparison to other products. We found all this with the system from Turck,”
Schulten comments.
of the pot. Each tag has a memory space of 128 Byte
and contains all the information regarding the specific
plant. “Originally, we considered saving only the IDNumber on the tag, but that wouldn’t ensure enough
flexibility. Now, where all the information is saved on
the tag, the machine can work self-sufficient and every
single plant pot is identifiable, even without a central
computer,” says Bachmann.
A Turck Q80 combined read/write RFID head writes
and reads the data directly after the plant pots have left
the spraying units. Another read/write head is located
at the spot where the plant pots leave the machine. If
the machine fails or the pots have to be identified for
some other reason, Bayer employees can read the current status of the pots with a handheld RFID reader. The
read/write heads send RFID signals to the BL20 modular remote I/O system. With the help of a special RFID
disc, the data is collected and transferred to a gateway
that carries out the local RFID communication, so that
only reference data has to be sent to the main computer via Modbus TCP.
“Working with the system from Turck was very
comfortable,” Bachmann adds. “It was not difficult to
program and I could rely on established standards, like
Ethernet, so that we could integrate the system into the
machine easily. Because of the modular concept, we
also could set up everything exactly as we wanted to.” N
Easy handling with CoDeSys
For Volker Bachmann, a specialist for controls in the
Robotik department at Tectrion, BL ident has another
unbeatable advantage: “Turck’s RFID-System is programmable with CoDeSys and therefore creates the
flexibility to outsource complex actions to the controls on-site. That is how we unburden the computer
that controls the test procedure.” During the change to
RFID, the technicians from Tectrion had to equip about
1,000 plant pots with a tag that was glued to the center
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The BL20 gateway is programmable with CoDeSys
and carries out the RFID communication
Turck's RFID-System is programmable with CoDeSys
and therefore creates the flexibility to
outsource complex
actions to the controls on-site. That is
how we unburden
the computer that
controls the test
Volker Bachmann,
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A Seamless Package
Turck's extended excom remote I/O family allows complete fieldbus installations
from the safe area to zone 1
hen several fieldbus devices in a processing
plant have to be connected to the distributed control system (DCS), the system planner
basically has several alternatives: interface solutions,
remote I/O solutions and exclusively fieldbus solutions.
The classical method of signal transmission is point-to-
Peter Praske is the
product manager
fieldbus systems
process automation
at Turck Germany
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The new member of
the excom family offers
a more compact
module rack and new
power supply units for
use in zone 2
point wiring, i. e. interface technology. This transfers the
individual measuring signal from a measuring instrument in the field directly to the PLC. With point-to-bus
wiring – also called remote I/O – the signals of the field
instrumentation are collected on an I/O station in the
plant, converted to a digital protocol and forwarded to
the control system via a bus cable. In this way, the DCS
only requires a single communication interface instead
of several analog or digital input and output cards.
The third variant is the bus-to-bus connection,
i. e. complete fieldbus technology. In this variant, the
appropriate field instrumentation is linked directly
to the bus via the communication protocol, such as
Profibus PA or Foundation Fieldbus. Each field device
here is an independent station on the bus, but must
also be provided with its own fieldbus connection.
This requirement is not possible for many installations
since the topology is more complex compared to a
remote I/O solution. Very often the signal density is too
high for complete fieldbus solutions, or binary signals
are required – such as from Namur sensors – in addition to analog process values. In such cases a remote
I/O connection is the most efficient solution with the
result that the entire fieldbus-based instrumentation is
not yet today's standard.
Complete physical layer portfolio
With its comprehensive physical layer portfolio, Turck is
offering, for any connection variant, the right solution
that can be optimized to the specific requirements.
As well as a broad range of interface solutions in com-
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Turck has now optimized its excom remote I/O system for zone 1 also for
use in zone 2, and has considerably expanded its system functions. Due to
the fewer requirements, the system can now be operated in zone 2 with
smaller power supply units and a more compact module rack. The new
excom family thus enables mixed as well as exclusive zone 1 installations.
The connected field instrumentation can even be started up without being
connected to the control system beforehand.
monly available housing styles and numerous components for Foundation fieldbus and Profibus PA installations, Turck has now extended the range of remote I/O
solutions with the BL20 and excom product families.
The modular BL20 I/O system originally comes from
factory automation, but was further developed with
HART-compatible I/O modules and a redundant power
supply for the requirements of the process industry. As
many field devices can communicate additional information via the HART protocol, the HART compatibility
of the installed connection technology is becoming
increasingly more important, so that it is possible for a
remote I/O station to convert incoming HART signals to
a digital protocol.
Turck has been offering excom as a remote I/O
system for use in zone 1 for the past twelve years, and
this has now been expanded to a system family with a
compact module rack and new power supply units for
use in zone 2. The system transfers process and diagnostics data from the periphery and communicates
with the HART field instrumentation if required. The
control system is thus provided directly with additional
information about process values, diagnostics and
asset management in digital form. Furthermore, this is
provided in a topology that requires considerably fewer
bus cables than the H1-based Foundation Fieldbus and
Profibus PA fieldbus systems.
Free choice of installation location
With the expansion of the excom family now presented, the user can choose the installation location
without any restrictions. The system can be installed
in zone 1, zone 2 or in the safe area. This benefits the
user not only in terms of components optimized
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Free choice: The
excom family
offers now tailormade modules
for any location
dard concept for configuring and parameterizing the
periphery and field instrumentation.
The functions and handling are the same for all
types of installation. There is a standard structure and
operating philosophy, both for the configuration using
GSD files or DTMs, and for asset management. The system can in all cases be maintained and modified during operation. This applies both to adding individual
measuring points as well as to extending a system with
additional modules. The tried and tested redundancy
options of excom are also fully supported.
A standard Ex-i periphery supports the signal processing and field device control from zones 0, 1 and 2.
If this periphery is installed in zones 1 and 2, a specially
optimized power supply unit is available that generates
the intrinsically safe system voltage so that the signals
can be received as close to the instrumentation as possible. The interface to the fieldbus, in this case Profibus
DP is also intrinsically safe. This configuration enables
the entire system to be fully maintained during operation in the Ex area.
The identical Ex-i periphery can now, however,
also be used in the safe area. A new module rack offers
the possibility of operating up to 24 I/O modules,
which further reduces the basic installation costs. As
Turck has also developed a special power supply unit
for this application area, the entire system is considerably more compact. In the housings previously used in
excom installations in zone 2, the available space can
now be used for additional components, such as valve
blocks or load switches. A special gateway provides the
necessary protection of the Ex-i periphery to the bus
so that a separate segment coupler is not required for
implementing the intrinsically safe physical bus characteristics of RS485-IS. Even with exclusively safe area
applications, the user benefits from the further developments of the excom family – particularly with the
digital outputs: For example, an additional relay output
is also provided that allows the switching of outputs
with up to 0.5 A.
Independent startup with DTM
Previously, remote I/O systems had to be linked to the
control system in order to test and set up the connected field instrumentation. As this always requires
both systems to be available at the same time, waiting
periods frequently occur if this is not the case – particularly with larger new installations. The new excom
DTM and extended communication mechanisms in
the gateway enable excom stations to offer a solution:
the user can simply start up the periphery and field
instrumentation via the Profibus network without the
presence of a higher-level class 1 master of the control system. The installation of an additional service
bus for this is unnecessary.
Only the PB-xEPI Ethernet-Profibus coupler or an alternative Profibus access point must be available. The PBxEPI operates here as a class 2 master and communicates cyclically with the individual excom stations. If a
class 1 master is running cyclical communication with
other Profibus stations at the same time, this can continue undisturbed and without any restrictions. An additional engineering of the PB-xEPI in the control system
is not necessary. In this way, any section of an installation can be started up at any time.
By using an FDT Frame such as PACTware, all the
systems present on the Profibus can be scanned and
transferred to the project tree of the frame application. The startup engineers can then access all
peripheral modules and HART field devices online.
This makes it possible to check the entire cabling of
the fieldbus, and also diagnose and configure the
HART field devices with their associated DTMs. In this
way, a validated transfer of the field installation to the
control system is possible.
sages being reported to the operator of the control system. The correct wiring and functioning of a field
device added to this channel can be checked so that it
can then be started up. The additional field instrumentation can then be integrated easily into the process
after the startup is successfully completed. This scenario
is incidentally not restricted to a measuring point, as
completely new I/O modules can be incorporated into
the system during operation.
Firmware updates via DTM
As the innovation cycles of excom normally involve
enhancements in the functionality of the gateway,
excom now also enables firmware updates to be completed in the field. The update is carried out using
the excom DTM and the existing network infrastructure that is required for the DTM-based operation
of excom. In this way, new functions can be added
to the system smoothly from a central location and
without any downtime. N
Adding measuring points
The new excom family provides the user with additional functions for changing the configuration during
operation, for example by using the hot configuration
in run (HCIR) functionality: Gateway and DTM now also
support the ability to startup and test new measuring
points or additional modules during operation before
the transfer to the DCS. Without having allowed for the
change in the control system engineering, this enables
only those installation extensions that have already
been validated to be selectively incorporated into the
control system.
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Transmitters in the field level are now almost without exception able to transfer additional information
as well as the actual measuring signal. The so-called
smart transmitters are usually parameterized according to the HART standard. In many cases, however, this
information cannot be used, since communication via
HART was not planned for in the isolation level installed
many years before. Such cases result in what are called
stranded HART signals. In order to prevent this, remote
I/O solutions are required that support HART communication and can let the relevant signals pass. In this
way, the excom system brings the HART functionality
directly to the control system via Profibus.
the excom I/O
system for use
in zone 1 for the
past twelve years
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Cards on the Table
Elantas Beck modernizes 19” interface cards with the compact remote I/O system,
excom, from Turck
he products made by Elantas Beck are found in
numerous electrical devices, including household appliances, television sets, wind turbines,
computers and lighting. The company develops, produces and sells impregnation resins, potting compounds
and encapsulating resins (thin or thick layer), that are
used in electric motors, transformers, generators, capacitors, printed circuit boards and sensors. Elantas Beck is
part of the Elantas Electrical Insulation of Altana AG, one
of the leading developers of specialty chemicals.
Stefan Kappel is
the head of key
account management process
automation at
Turck Germany
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The excom remote
I/O system from Turck
provides 128 binary
or 64 analog channels
in a very small space
User Integrator
At the company's headquarters southeast of Hamburg,
approximately 120 employees develop and produce
several thousand tons of resins for the electrical industry
every year. During production, the products run through
reactor line where the synthetic resins are heated, condensed and processed in vacuum. To carry out this process reliably, numerous monitoring stations are installed.
During the construction of the plant, the analog and
binary measuring signals were sent to 19” interface
cards installed in large racks.
Fieldbus instead of 19“ cards
After many years of use, the cards became susceptible to
defects. Since new cards were more and more difficult
to obtain, an alternative was sought out. The decision
was made to modernize the interface technology for
one reactor line first and use the still intact cards as spare
parts for the other reactor lines. Thomas Pölking, head of
maintenance, chose from different alternatives, like modern 19” cards or DIN rail devices, and decided on a fieldbus solution in the end. “We wanted an easy and modern
solution, with integrated Ex-separation and easy, direct
connection to our S7-PLC,” Pölking explains. “Before the
modification, the connection worked only indirectly. The
signals were sent to Ex-barriers, then to an old PLC and
only then via Profibus to the S7.”
After the fundamental decision for a remote I/O system was made in the summer of 2008, the search for a
qualified provider began. EAB Automation, a company
that specializes on modernizations, extensions and new
constructions of procedural and manufacturing automation plants, was retained to aid in the search. EAB
employees and manager, Jochen Ahrend, support their
customers during the design and control engineering
realization of the projects, create the software and the
switching cabinets and carry out the assembly and the
Assembly in 19” rack
Within the search for a remote I/O system provider, EAB
compared solutions from different manufacturers before
the decision was made in favor of the excom remote
I/O system from Turck. "With the excom system from
Turck, we found a remote I/O solution that is really easy
to handle and so compact that we could install it into
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Elantas Beck produces liquid impregnation resins and varnishes in Hamburg, and is
one of the leading manufacturers in this market. On their way to the end product,
the resins run through a reactor line that is equipped with numerous monitoring
stations for temperatures, pressures and more process relevant parameters. The
19” interface technology was installed in the 1990's and there are only few spare
parts available today. That is why the company upgraded the first reactor line with
modern technology – Turck's excom remote I/O system.
In the reactor
lines at Elantas,
numerous analog
and binary signals
are forwarded
from the switching
room to the interface cards and the
excom system to the
Thomas Pölking,
head of maintenance at Elantas,
wanted a compact
and modern solution that could be
connected directly
to the control
system without a
detour over the
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Since the modernization of the plant, the 19” rack (in the back) hosts
two excom systems instead of the interface cards
With the excom
system from Turck, we
found a remote I/O
solution that is really
easy to handle and
so compact that we
could install it into
the already existing
19”-racks, together
with all 150 I/Os.
Jochen Ahrend,
EAB Automation
In only one weekend, EAB Automation installed
the new excom systems into the 19” racks
the already existing 19” racks, together with all 150 I/Os,”
Jochen Ahrend says. The excom systems fulfills another
requirement of Elantas, because the additional PLC for
the reactor line is no longer necessary. “Now the signals are sent to the excom system from Turck and then
directly to the S7, so we can save a detour over another
control,” Pölking states.
Even though this was the first project where EAB
implemented excom, the plan was as successful as the
realization. In the fall of 2008, employees were able to
install and start the system over the course of only one
weekend, so the plant was fully operational again on
Monday morning. “We had no experience with the product then, insofar the support from Turck helped a lot,”
Ahrend explains. “Even the description was particularly
good, and all our additional questions were answered by
the specialists from Turck quickly so we could continue
on our project successfully.”
Flexible system
Even though the remote-I/O system wasn't installed in
a hazardous area for this project, it is possible to install
excom in zones 1 and 2. The field circuits are approved
for the use up to zone 0. The IP20 rated I/O modules
offer four analog or four to eight binary inputs or outputs at a width of 18.2 mm. Two redundant power
supplies, two redundant gateways and up to 16 E/Amodules can be installed on an area of 43.2 cm by 20.6
cm by 11 cm. In this configuration, up to 128 binary or
The SC12Ex segment coupler is used for intrinsically safe separation of RS485 and RS485-IS
64 analog channels are available in a very small space.
All modules have “EEx ia” interfaces, so that no further
protective measures are needed. The energy supply is
available in 24 VDC or 230 VAC. All modules – including the power supplies – can be replaced during full
operation, even in zone 1. In addition to increased availability, hot swapping and ex-protection, the system
allows a general HART-parameterization of the fieldbus
devices via bus. N
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Frank Urell is
the managing
director of Turck‘s
irish agency
Tektron in Cork
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Mick McCarthy monitors
whiskey production with
up-to-date plant data
transferred to the control
system via Turck‘s excom
remote I/O system
Tradition and Modernity
In the Irish Distillers whiskey distillery, Turck’s excom remote I/O proves that traditional
manufacturing processes can also benefit from state-of-the-art fieldbus communication
he art of making Whiskey is believed to have
been brought to Europe through Irish missionary monks. Production of ‚Uisce Beatha‘, meaning ‚water of life‘ in Gaelic, began over 800 years ago
The knowledge of distilling spread through the Church
and eventually reached beyond the monastery walls.
The Old Midleton Distillery was founded in the
early seventeenth century by brothers James and Jeremiah Murphy when they bought and converted an
old woolen mill. The distillery is located in the town
of Midleton approximately 20 kilometres east of Cork
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According to the legend, Midleton is the birthplace of Irish whiskey. Even today,
the heart of the Irish whiskey industry is still beating in this small town south
of Cork. Close to the historical Old Distillery, which still serves today as a museum, the Irish Distillers Limited (IDL) produces the most famous distillates of the
Irish republic, including Jameson, Paddy and Powers. The traditional manufacturing process has since recently been supported by the latest I/O technology:
Twelve excom remote I/O stations from Turck ensure the safe and transparent
communication between the control system and field devices in Ex zone 1.
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The high signal
density of the MT18
module rack was one
of the reasons we
chose excom. The
hot swap functionality also impressed
us, as we can now
remove and fit all
modules during
ongoing operation –
without having to
interrupt fieldbus
Mick McCarthy,
Irish Distillers Limited
High channel density:
As well as the redundant power supply,
the excom module
rack can take up to
128 binary or 64 analog inputs/outputs
City in the south of Ireland. The Irish whiskey industry
was booming at the time and the distillery soon had
200 people employed and produced 1.5 million litres
of whiskey a year. The world’s largest pot still is in this
distillery holding 32,000 gallons.
In 1975 production at the Old Midleton Distillery
was moved to the New Midleton Distillery which was
built right next to the original one. The new distillery
was built by the newly formed Irish Distillers Group.
In 1988, Irish Distillers group was bought by PernodRicard, and with access to their global marketing and
distribution network sales for Irish Whiskey grew, with
Jameson Irish Whiskey now the fastest growing international whiskey in the world.
As a result, production at the distillery in Midleton
is being maximized, with expansion plans in place to
increase the output potential of the plant. It is planned
in the coming years to double the output production
capacity of the plant. Part of these expansion plans was
a full upgrade of the VAT House automation system,
which has recently completed.
Profibus for the VAT House
The old automation system in the VAT house consisted
of three ITT PLC systems, with conventional wiring via
barriers to the hazardous area. Irish Distillers have previous experience of utilizing fieldbus with Profibus DP
and PA networks installed elsewhere on the site, and so
it was not surprising that it was decided to utilize Fieldbus in this upgrade.
DeviceNet was selected for use with Motor Control Stations, and Profibus DP for communication of all
field automation signals. Irish Distillers selected Turck’s
Excom Profibus DP for zone 1 hazardous areas as the
best solution for the interface of the automation signals. Turck excom systems were supplied by Turck’s Irish
Distributors Tektron, based in Cork, Ireland, who also
provided technical advice to the project.
High channel density and hot swap
Mick McCarthy, IDL E&I Manager for this project, selected excom over other Hazardous area remote I/O vendors, “due to the high density that can be achieved
in the MT18 module rack. The hot swap functionality
also impressed us, as we can now remove and fit all
modules during ongoing operation – without having
to interrupt fieldbus communication.” Another benefit:
the automatic adjustment of power from the DO40Ex
digital output card regardless of the voltage and current enabled IDL use this single type of I/O card for all
Digital Output cards thereby reducing specification and
design engineering.
The ease of implementing full communication
and power redundancy was an obvious factor. IDL
have chosen to utilize communications redundancy
from the outset. However, they have not implemented
power redundancy for the present and see that it is a
big advantage that they can implement power redundancy simply by fitting an additional power supply to
the MT18 rack.
LED indication for every device on the rack was
another feature which led to excom being selected. The
Turck stainless steel field panels have a viewing window
to allow the operator or maintenance engineer see the
status of a card or channel without opening the door.
IDL have taken this a step further by fitting a printed
matrix to each door, which details the card and channel
no, identifying the relative instrument tag number.
The project size was in the region of 800 I/O, with the
integration works carried out by Rockwell Engineering,
Cork, using an Allen Bradley PLC. The Project required 12
new excom remote I/O stations (MT18). To ensure the
maximum speed available (1.5 MBaud) could be achieved, four Turck SC12Ex segment couplers were used,
providing four sets of redundant intrinsically safe Profibus segments in the field, which allowed the design
engineers ensure that the maximum Profibus DP cable
length was less than 200 m. The Remote I/O panel locations were selected to ensure good distribution and that
instrument cable lengths were kept to a minimum.
The VAT house is an important part of the distillery
process. It was critical that as much of the installation
work and in-fact testing and commissioning be carried
out before disconnecting the existing system. This was
easier to implement due to the use of excom remote
I/O panels as the new automation cabling could be
installed without obstructing production.
cedures which will assist in increasing the efficiency
and the production from this part of the plant.
Once the project was complete, and the VAT House
returned to full production, the task of stripping out
the redundant tray work, cabling and panels associated with the old system could began. Four large rubbish skips of cabling alone were removed from the site.
Areas where it had been impossible to gain access due
to large cable trays, were now accessible, making the
building a more efficient working environment, assisting in the overall drive to increase efficiency, reduce
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Irish Distillers now have the capability to utilize the
diagnostic tools available to them over the Profibus
Network. Channel, Module and Panel diagnostics are
now available via the Allen Bradley Master and can be
visualized in the new control room. The operators and
maintenance staff now have a more efficient plant, and
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Mick McCarthy is delighted with the support provided
by Tektron sales specialist Adrian O’Mahony (r.)
IDL has fitted all
twelve excom cabinets with a terminal
layout, showing the
allocation of
each output to
a field device
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Intrinsically Safe Field
In the Tianjin Chemical Factory, excom remote I/O stations transmit temperature
measurement signals from the explosion-risk area reliably and efficiently
hether natrium hydroxide, monochlorobenene,
chloroform, epichlorohydrin or dichlorodiphenyltrichlorethane – the product portfolio of the
chinese Tianjin Chemical Factory is impressively comprehensive. These products are used in drain cleaners,
solvents, two-component adhesives and insecticide.
A few years ago, the Tianjin Chemical Factory
expanded its production capacities with a new plant
that produces vinyl chloride monomer (VCM). Vinyl
chloride – the most important raw material for manufacturing PVC – is a poisonous, slightly combustible
gas (ignition temperature about 435 °C), which first
becomes a solid and polymerizes after peroxides are
added. Because of these and other properties, tem-
Bo Liu is
a business
manager at Turck
China in Tianjin
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The advantage of
the modular
design of the excom
station: The up to
16 I/O modules –
including the power
supply packs – can
be replaced
during continuous
operation in zone 1
perature is the most important process parameter
when manufacturing VCM. Even the actual production steps require controlled temperatures at all times.
Too low a temperature would not just lower the reaction speed of the intermediate products, it can also
destroy the catalysts.
That is why the Tianjin Chemical Factory uses
seven type E thermo elements for temperature measurement in each of the 44 transformation systems
in which the addition of hydrogen chloride to acetylene occurs. Including the supply piping, a total of
370 measurements have to be transmitted from the
explosion-risk area to the process control level. A task
that the project managers could only have completed,
The excom remote
I/O, consisting of
power supply pack,
gateway, I/O modules,
and racks, can be
configured using 24 V
DC or 230 AC voltage
in the case of classic point-to-point cabling via interface technology, with high installation costs and major
maintenance expenses.
230 V operation for long distances
With a total of six intrinsically safe excom remote
I/Os from Turck, the Tianjin Chemical Factory was able
to solve the problem efficiently and reliably. The excom
stations authorized for use in explosion-risk areas for
zones 1 and 2 are marketed and sold in China by the
Turck subsidiary (Tianjin) Sensor Co. Ltd. (TTS) and
offered the plant operators in Tianjin a major advantage: They can be installed and operated using either
24 V DC or 230 V AC voltage.
The latter is an enormous advantage primarily
with long signal paths compared to other remote I/O
stations, which are operated exclusively using 24 VDC.
While, in some cases, much larger cable cross-sections
have to compensate for the voltage drops that occur
due to the longer cable lengths, Turck’s excom I/O solution guarantees a stable power supply even with cable
lengths of several hundred meters. This allowed the
plant operators in Tianjin to achieve considerable savings on the installation.
“With excom, we were able to reduce the costs
for cabling by 40 percent compared to our original plan,” explains Wang Haiwen, an employee in
system management. Excom was also particularly
user-friendly in case of a potential module defect.
The up to 16 I/O modules can be replaced in zone 1
during continuous operation. Thus, the remote I/Os
guarantee increased plant availability in the Tianjin
Chemical Factory.
Asset management with FDT/DTM
In addition to increased availability, hot swapping, and
explosion protection, the system makes it possible for
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operators in China to comprehensively HARD parameterize their field devices via the bus line (ProfibusDP), as well as manage and diagnose using the Field
Device Tool (FDT ) and Device Type Manager (DTM):
As a member of the FDT Group, Turck supports the
concept right from the start that, like a PC manager,
allows parameterizing and diagnosis data to be managed easily. The software’s biggest advantage: The user
no longer has to deal with managing the diagnosis
data or the incompatibility of different “drivers” (socalled DTMs). Instead, users can concentrate entirely
on the content of the data obtained, and thereby the
plant’s status – based on a comprehensive visualization
program (e.g. PACTware).
Just like the I/O modules, the constantly updated
excom DTMs offer a unique modularity that reflects
the flexible structure of the overall remote I/O station. With the DTMs, the plant operators at the Tianjin
Chemical Factory can manage the diagnosis data for
the racks (backplane) just as easily as the data on the
I/O modules used or even each individual channel. This
allows the plant operators to localize malfunctions in
the field faster and reduce expensive downtimes in the
production chain. Fortunately, such a situation has not
yet occurred at the VCM plant in the Tianjin Chemical
Factory. “Since installation in 2004, communication via
excom has been trouble-free,” says Wang Haiwen with a
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In the VCM plant in the Tianjin Chemical Factory, temperature measurement signals have to be retrieved at 370
measuring points and forwarded to the controller level.
Because classic point-to-point cabling would have been
too expensive and time-consuming, Turck delivered
both an efficient and comfortable solution in the form of
its intrinsically safe remote I/O system excom.
With excom,
we were able to
reduce the costs
for cabling by 40
percent compared
to our original
Wang Haiwen,
Tianjin Chemical
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Phil Whorton
is the business
FA systems at
Turck Germany
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With the Hart mod­
ules, BL20 users can
transmit, in addition
to the analog signal,
other digital measure­
ment and diagnosis
data from the field,
even up to zone 2
They Call it Hart
Turck expands functionality and fields of application for the BL20 fieldbus system
with Hart-compatible I/O modules and redundant power supply
lthough the Hart (Highway Addressable
Remote Transducer) communications protocol has been around for almost 20 years, use
of this communication solution for the “last mile” to the
field devices in process automation is still wide-spread.
Turck is therefore expanding its modular BL20 remote
I/O system by adding new Hart-compatible analog
cards. The dual-channel input/output modules allow
users to easily connect their analog field devices to the
process control system via the universal bus terminal
system and integrate into a continuous asset management concept based on FDT/DTM technology. The key:
Digital and analog communication can be performed
via Hart and using existing 4 to 2 0 mA wiring.
By adding analog Hart modules to its fieldbus
system, Turck is responding to the huge demand for
efficient I/O solutions for analog instrumentation in
processing technology. The Hart-compatible modules
make it possible to transmit additional values or diagnostic data interference-free from the field via the modulated digital signal, regardless of whether valve drives
are going to be integrated into remote maintenance
devices or additional temperature data is recorded.
The BL20 system can be used almost anywhere, from
non-explosion risk areas to Atex zone 2.
Interactive communication
The advantages of Hart communication are widespread. Because the communications protocol makes
data transmission possible via existing pipe installations, users can expand and maintain the “last mile” with
little expense. Additionally, the modulated digital signal
in the “Frequency Shift Keying” process (FSK) does not
Based on the
FDT/DTM technol­
ogy, analog field
devices can be
managed efficiently
via free basic
applications such
as PACTware
influence the actual analog signal, so that interferencefree interactive communication between the process
automation system and analog field devices can be
established by combining both transmission types.
The new analog cards offer the same benefits as
other Turck BL20 components. All electronic modules
can be simply plugged into the passive basic modules
on the BL20 system – up to 72 expansion modules can
be added on a single system. To connect the fieldbus
to the entire station, different gateways for Profibus DP,
Profinet, Modbus TCP or Ethernet/IP are available in
standard or economy models, as well as CoDeSys programmable gateways for Ethernet connections.
BL20 users have the choice between basic modules with tension springs or screw connection technology – simplifiying the handling of the IP20 fieldbus
system in case of maintenance. Up to two adjacent
electronic modules can be replaced – even during continuous operation in the remote I/O station.
To integrate the new analog cards in the BL20
field nodes, users can utilize Turck‘s free I/O assistant
software. The modular project planning software supplies important information on the necessary electronics components, ranging from type labels to order
numbers. Moreover, users can graphically display
their fieldbus solutions and rely directly on dimensioned drawings or parameter lists, which considerably
reduces order picking time.
Comfortable diagnostics
Hart modules and project planning software also support standardized FDT/DTM technology. The parameters of the connected field devices can be simply
and transparently visualized and configured in a manufacturer-independent engineering tool (like PACTware). Users can diagnose and parameterize the field
devices using the basic application without having to
grapple with the incompatibilities between different
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device drivers. The status LEDs located directly on the
electronic modules are a new feature in the software
diagnosis options. They help the maintenance personnel easily identify the status of module communication
at a glance.
Redundant power supply
The new redundant power supply concept enables
redundant power supply modules to be incorporated
into the IP20 I/O system without any additional effort,
thus ensuring greater system availability. Should a
module or its power supply fail, the redundant module
will automatically take over the supply of power to the
connected stations. An integrated diagnostic function
indicates the failure via LEDs and diagnostic messages
to the controller so that the module can be replaced
immediately in order to restore redundancy.
Depending on the specific application, as many
redundant power supply module pairs can be integrated for each station as required. The first module pair
supplies the fieldbus gateway and the first I/O modules.
If the maximum power supply output is reached, another pair of redundant power supply modules can be
installed which supplies the I/O modules installed to
the right. The so-called Bus Refreshing modules provide
two voltages: 5 V for the electronics of the I/O modules
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Thanks to the new Hart-compatible electronic modules,
Turck has expanded the areas of application for its BL20
modular fieldbus system. With FDT/DTM support, users
can integrate their analog field devices efficiently into a
continuous asset management system using the remote
I/O system. The key: BL20 can be used in almost all areas
of process engineering, even Atex zone 2.
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Andrew Newstead
is a technical
sales representative
at Chartwell
Automation in
Edmonton, Canada
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Enerflex chose
Turck’s armored
8 port process
junction blocks
with 7/8”
Plug & Work
Turck’s hazardous area quick disconnect wiring system and the BL20 remote I/O system
support the modular concept of Enerflex’s production facilities for oil and gas
he Canadian oil and gas company Enerflex,
based in Calgary, Alberta, has divisions for both
services and products. While the service side
lists instrumentation and controls, as well as mechanical services for compression in its offerings, the products side includes oil and gas production processing,
compression and environmental services. Enerflex
Production and Processing (P&P) is responsible for the
design and construction of complete, ready to commission modular production facilities for the oil, natural gas
and chemical industries. Products, such as line heaters,
liquid separators and even full amine sweetening and
dehydration plants are offered.
Enerflex P&P, located in Nisku, Alberta, has sold
products to China, Pakistan, Oman and the United
States, just to name a few. When a plant is built in
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The Calgary based oil and gas specialist Enerflex initially builds its modular production facilities to test the systems
and pre-commission the facility, before it will be broken down into container sized loads for shipping. In order to
realize the benefits of this modular concept, the Enerflex engineers rely on Turck’s hazardous area quick disconnect
wiring system and the BL20 remote I/O system.
western Canada and needs to go to Oman or other
locations far and wide, it will need to be modular, so
it can be broken down into container sized loads for
shipping efficiency. Enerflex has been able to design
the mechanics of a plant to break down into container
sized parts for years using flanges and brackets, but the
instrumentation has always been a trade-off.
The company wires the plant in the factory, which
allows them to test the control systems and pre-commission the facility, but all that wiring needs to be disconnected from the instruments and rolled back to the
points where the modular sections (skids) are joined.
This wiring, unwiring and rewiring at the final construction location is time consuming and very costly, when
you need to fly skilled manpower around the world and
house them in a foreign country while the plant is completed and commissioned. Additionally, there is always
the issue of wiring mistakes occurring throughout the
process that can delay the startup further, which can
cost thousands of dollars and lost production.
Improving the physical layer
Matthias Reissner, lead engineer of the instrumentation
design team for Enerflex P&P, is always striving for continual design improvement. That can come from using
a new sensor technology to measure flow, pressure
or level, but other design improvements are possible
starting with something that has been overlooked for
years: the physical layer of the plant. Matthias had been
looking for a way to improve upon an old and cumbersome wiring system that had remained unchanged
for decades. That system was proven and reliable, but
required many man hours to install and did not lend
itself to modular construction where components need
to be disassembled for transport.
This is where Turck has been able to help. The Turck
quick connector system is innovative in that it allows for
the use of a rugged connector system to terminate to
process instruments in the field and consolidate those
signals at a pre-made junction box. From the junction
box, a multi-conductor home run cable is installed
across skid joints back to a control cabinet. This connector system could solve the issues involved with prewiring a facility for testing while gaining the ability to
reconnect the system once the component parts were
re-assembled at the final production site.
This type of quick disconnect wiring has been
in use in factory automation for years, but only with
additional approvals it would be allowed for use in a
potentially explosive environment. Turck got both an
American and a Canadian approval (FM and CSA) on
their connector system. Despite strong competitors for
Turck in North America, Matthias says, “The decision to
go with Turck was made easy because of the complete
line of product, as well as the local technical and sales
support available.”
The first project started in 2008, when an American oil and gas company wanted Enerflex P&P to build
a complete amine gas sweetening facility for processing natural gas. The customer wanted a facility ready to
commission within four months. The new amine plant
has approximately 300 inputs and outputs including
discrete, 4-20mA, RTD’s and thermocouples. The facility is laid out into four main groups for hardware and
I/O. These units are separated by long distances, which
The connection
process takes just
minutes and saves
days compared to
the old method of
single point wire
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It took less than a
day to complete the
task of wiring, configuring and precommissioning all
70 instruments on
the workbench
requires large numbers of signals to be sent over 100
meters back to the PLC. Enerflex convinced them that
the Turck system would allow the customer a quicker
delivery and less expensive start-up.
Matthias and his lead process technician Darcy Guderjan decided to use the Turck hazardous area quick disconnect wiring system and the BL20 remote I/O system.
BL20 is a cost effective and easy to configure system for
process remote I/O solutions in hazardous locations.
There are about 150 signals that had to be transferred
using a single Ethernet cable back to the PLC from the
three remote sections of the plant. They chose BL20 I/O
running the EtherNet/IP protocol, which has a worldwide Division 2/zone 2 approval, to consolidate the
temperature, 4-20mA and discrete signals and send
them at 100 Mbps to the PLC.
Another major hurdle to cross was the design of
the instrumentation wiring on the four parts of the
plant. The design needed to accommodate a large
number of signals and still reduce the wiring footprint
while maintaining the 20 percent customer specified
spare capacity. Turck and the Enerflex design team
decided to separate the analog signals from the discrete signals for future identification purposes and
to conform with what is standard practice in Canada.
Enerflex chose Turck’s armored 8-port process junction
blocks (P-8 RKFV 40-CSV19) with 7/8-inch connectors.
They also chose a tray-rated 8 twisted shielded pair
cables for signals from the junction blocks to the PLC
cabinet and armored single twisted pair cables to connect from the junction block to the instruments.
The instruments are connected to the junction block
with armored single twisted pair cables
With Turck's BL20 I/O system about 150 signals are
transferred via EtherNet/IP to the PLC
Quick disconnect and remote I/O
The bottom two ports on each junction block remains
open to serve as a 25 percent spare capacity for future
use. If needed, the two spare ports could be wired back
to the PLC cabinet and could be accessed very quickly,
as the wiring is already pre-terminated onto the PLC.
This use of pre-made junction blocks reduced the
wiring footprint and the amount of cable tray required. There is no longer the need to run all the cables
back to the PLC individually, but instead what used to
be 8 wires has been combined into one single cable.
Because of the small size of the home run cable receptacles, the size of the PLC cabinet, where all the signals
eventually terminate, was also reduced, resulting in an
additional cost saving.
Wire up on a workbench
For the connector in the instruments, Enerflex chose
Turck’s CSA and FM approved explosion-proof feedthrough receptacles. The advantage of having a connector at the instrument was that Enerflex was able to
pre-wire and configure all 70 transmitters before they
ever went onto the piping. It was much easier and safer
to wire and test an instrument on a warm workbench
than out in the cold Canadian winter at -40 °C while 5
meters up a ladder. The efficiency of this process was
evident in that it took less than a day to complete the
task of wiring, configuring and pre-commissioning all
the instruments.
The new system meant that cables had to be
measured and ordered based on calculations done
with the aid of a new engineering software tool used
for drafting layout drawings. Enerflex could not wait
for the electricians to measure the finished skid and
have the Turck factory in the United States build the
desired cables. This process of using the new software
design tool was successful with a less than 1 percent
error rate. The new cable measurement system worked
and the cables were installed with limited difficulty
and on time.
The installation of the wiring on the skid went quickly
and is easy to trace and troubleshoot. The BL20 remote
I/O was configured using Turck I/O Assistant software
before it was installed in the remote I/O panels. Once
installed in the panels, the instruments were terminated and tested with I/O Assistant before they were connected to the PLC for commissioning. BL20 reduced the
cable count and cost significantly compared to conventional point to point wiring.
The PLC cabinet with the Turck home run receptacles was built in a different city and shipped to the
Enerflex site to install onto the main skid. When the
home run cables from the Turck junction blocks were
connected to the PLC cabinet, the commissioning
could begin. This connection process took minutes and
saved days compared to the old method of single point
wire termination as signals were run from transmitters.
Once the wiring, PLC programming and plant
commissioning was completed at the Enerflex factory,
the entire skid was broken down into smaller sections
for shipping. This meant that the home run cables
from the junction blocks were disconnected and rolled
back to the skid break point and capped off for transport. Once onsite and reassembled by local workers,
the process of testing all the signals was very short
because of the keyed nature of the connectors. These
keyed connectors meant that the job was done with
no mistakes, further increasing efficiency and reducing
onsite expenses.
Satisfied customer
After the initial two plants were installed in 2008, there
have been three other virtually identical plants ordered, all with the Turck hazardous area quick disconnect
system specified by the customer. Enerflex was able to
increase the productivity of their factory floor by doing
multiple parts of the construction process in parallel, as
well as provide their customer with a superior product
for commissioning and ongoing maintenance. N
Once the wiring, PLC programming and plant commissioning is completed at the Enerflex factory, the entire skid
is broken down into smaller sections for shipping
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The decision to
go with Turck was
made easy because
of the complete line
of product, as well
as the local technical
and sales support
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Water Treatment
Water treatment plants from WJP Solutions are used in many Australian buildings –
now they are working with DeviceNet fieldbus technology from Turck
s specialists for water treatment plants that
deal with waste water and water for domestic use, WJp Solutions, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, has completed various large projects
in Victoria, new South Wales and Queensland. WJp Solutions' water treatment plants are mainly found in public
buildings, shopping malls, universities and golf courses.
With a team of approximately 25 employees, WJp Solutions is able to implement entire projects – from the
design stage all the way to installation, commissioning,
fine-tuning and maintaining of the complete system.
WJp Solutions' latest project was to design and
implement a waste water treatment plant at the
Christian Homoc
is a product
Support Engineer
at turck Australia
in Melbourne
Webcode | more51257e
WJP Solutions relies on
fieldbus technology
from Turck for their
new water treatment
South East Queensland Correctional Facility in Gatton.
this plant was first built in a modular fashion at WJp
Solutions site in Melbourne and then shipped to the
location in Queensland. to use the modular concept
efficiently, petar Bijelac, the electrical automation manager of the company and his colleague, Aleksandar
Stanojevic, made the strategic decision to utilize fieldbus technology to replace the conventional methods
used in the design and implementation of their projects. Compared to the conventional methods, fieldbus solutions cost less and are faster to install – especially with regard to the modular installation during
reconstruction on site.
The motor starters, which are connected with a BL20 DeviceNet gateway, are installed in no time at all
Comprehensive portfolio
After Bijelac and his team compared the current
products on the market, they decided on Turck. “We
assessed similar systems from other manufacturers and
we found the solution offered by Turck to be the best
in terms of ease of integration and cost. Support of the
product has played an important role in selecting Turck
as a supplier, as well,” says Bijelac. Since the beginning
of the project, Turck has provided support from software or CAD-data to specific device configurations. In
addition to the support Turck provides, the functionality, reliability and price-performance ratio Turck offers
with its robust IP67-rated components is exactly what
WJP Solutions needed for its project.
For the project in Gatton, Turck delivered 16 digital
and analog advanced I/O modules (AIM stations) and
27 motor starters for its BL20 distributed I/O system.
The motor starters can be easily installed next to each
other within the control cabinet, and are connected to
the plant via three BL20 DeviceNet gateways.
With the robust connection technology from
Turck, WJP Solutions was able to connect the pumps,
valves and numerous sensors, including the devices
that measure pH-value and chlorine, easily and reliably. WJP Solutions is also using Turck products for
a project at the Westfield Sydney City Shopping
Center. Turck is supplying this project with 16 AIM
stations, both digital and analog, as well as two BL67
distributed I/O systems with analog output modules.
Both systems utilize DeviceNet cables, splitters and
connectors from Turck.
DeviceNet on board
We assessed
similar systems
from other manufacturers and we
found the solution
offered by Turck
to be the best in
terms of ease of
integration and
cost. Support
of the product
has played an
important role in
selecting Turck as a
supplier, as well.
Petar Bijelac,
WJP Solutions
Another advantage of the fieldbus solution from
Turck is the fact that each I/O station can be
connected directly to the DeviceNet network. The
systems are easily integrated into the network controlled by an Allen Bradley PLC with a DeviceNet
master. The alternative, a central DeviceNet station
where the sensors are connected in a star topology,
becomes superfluous. N
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To support the modular concept of their water treatment plants, the Australian
company WJP Solutions replaced conventional wiring with fieldbus technology.
Their partner from the beginning was Turck, because of its comprehensive portfolio of compact and modular I/O systems for DeviceNet.
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Peter Praske is the
product manager
for fieldbus technology, process
automation at
Turck Germany
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Vertical continuity
between the office
and field devices:
As a web server,
the PB-XEPI opens up
Profibus networks for
remote maintenance
and diagnosis via
the Internet
Bus Diagnostics
Turck‘s Ethernet-Profibus-Interface PB-XEPI monitors fieldbus communication and opens
Profibus networks for remote monitoring and diagnostics via the Internet
he new Ethernet Profibus coupler, PB-XEPI,
enables vertical continuity in communicating
between the office and the field devices. Thanks
to the intelligent interfaces, plant operators can monitor and set the parameters of their Profibus subscribers, as well as all connected field devices, centrally and
independently from the control system via a computer
web browser. The interfaces are easy to integrate into
new or existing fieldbus structures, and thereby make
an important contribution to continuous asset management and maintenance concepts.
The diagnostics unit acts as a web server, and
enables users to monitor a large number of Profibus
networks in parallel and continuously during ongoing operation for the first time ever. Due to system-
independent Ethernet communication and licensefree software, the instrumentation on the machines
and their quantity do not matter. The interfaces are
simply integrated vertically into the Profibus networks to be monitored. Using the Ethernet protocol, they establish a communications and diagnostic
infrastructure and open all integrated fieldbus networks for remote maintenance via a computer web
Access via a web browser
The PB-XEPI gives technicians, machine and plant builders, along with external service suppliers, the option
of reacting quickly to fieldbus disruptions and disrup-
tions experienced by connected subscribers at any
time without having to rely on proprietary engineering
tools. Single requirement: Access to the Internet.
The PB-XEPI can be used as a diagnostics unit for
different monitoring or configuration applications. As
a pure listener without a separate Profibus address,
the interface monitors the data flow of the fieldbus
network without participating in communication. In
this configuration, the diagnostics unit independently
identifies the disruptions occurring in the Profibus network and, in case of a malfunction, sends out an error
message via e-mail.
The error message may be retrieved from any
location – from the centralized maintenance department on site, via a remote service computer or using
a mobile cell phone. A link included in the message
allows users to access the respective diagnostics unit
directly and recall detailed information and a recommended course of action. All monitoring and alarm
settings can be adjusted easily using a web browser
– special client software or licenses are not required.
The diagnostic information can also be integrated into
third-party applications via the web.
Expanded diagnostic functions
The intelligent Ethernet Profibus interface can also be
configured as an active network subscriber. As a Master Class 2 with an independent station address, the
PB-XEPI allows the configuration and diagnosis of the
Profibus network by using FDT/DTM and OPC. The software package Profibus Scope 4.0, TH OPC server DP
and AMS Suite supplement the integrated diagnostic
options of the PB-XEPI by adding analysis functions for
more complex error searches or expanded asset management functionalities, such as recording operating
hours. Thanks to the graphic user interfaces and transparent window technology, users receive all relevant
information on the state of the network in real time.
As a central bus access via the Ethernet interface, the
PB-XEPI also supports the manufacturer-independent
quasi standard FDT/DTM. The advantage of this combination of license-free framework application and
driver software is that the relevant parameterizing
and diagnostic data of the connected field devices
can be simply managed and visualized based on the
“driver files” - the device type managers (DTM). The
user no longer has to deal with managing the diagnostic data or the incompatibility of different diagnostic tools. Instead, users can concentrate entirely on
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The new diagnosis interface PB-XEPI enables users to continually monitor their
Profibus networks, clearly identify occurring problems and react quickly and purposefully via remote maintenance using a web browser. The interface is easy to
integrate into fieldbus networks.
the content of the data received, and thereby on the
plant status. Turck offers its customers both the higher-level framework application PACTware 3.6, as well
as the communications DTM, for the diagnostics unit
for free download.
Based on integrated diagnostic functions and additionally available analysis and parameterizing tools for all
traditional standards, such as FDT/DTM, OPC and EDD,
PB-XEPI, it is easy to get started in continuous asset
management and maintenance concepts by providing universal Profibus access. The simple installation
and operation, as well as the option of expanding the
diagnostic infrastructure through additional interfaces, makes the PB-XEPI a solution for the most varying
Profibus diagnosis scenarios. N
Status report in the browser: The web server of the PB-XEPI permits network diagnosis and access via web
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Michiel Kuijer is
account manager
for process automation at Turck
Netherlands in
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With about 30 million
tons of iron ore and
coal, the plant from
EECV is one of the
biggest bulk handling
installations in Europe
Easy Listening
Ertsoverslagbedrijf Europoort C.V. installed the Ethernet-Profibus-Interface, PB-XEPI,
from Turck for constant monitoring of the fieldbus communication
t the harbor of Rotterdam, Ertsoverslagbedrijf
Europoort C.V. (EECV) runs one of Europe's biggest bulk handling installations. On an area of
about 82 hectare, every year roughly 23 million tons of
iron ore and up to 5 million tons of coal are unloaded,
stored temporarily and loaded from sea-going vessels onto smaller transport ships for the transportation
into the Ruhr area. Size and age of the plant – the facil-
ity is modernized and has been updated consistently
for the last 40 years – are a challenge for the logistics,
as well as for the automation technology of the robust
load cranes, conveyer belts and loading installations.
Because the communication between the automated
equipment components and the superior controls has
to be very robust and reliable, EECV relies on the Profibus protocol. Fiber optics lines have to bypass large dis-
tances of up to one kilometer which makes the fieldbus
communication susceptible to failures.
Easy to diagnose
Last summer, the general wish was expressed to monitor the overall 20 Profibus networks and all participants centrally, to recognize and avoid failures at an
early stage. During their research for a powerful surveillance tool, the responsible staff from the electrotechnical office found the Ethernet-Profibus-Interface,
PB-XEPI, from Turck. The decisive factor for the decision was mainly the diagnostics functionality: “The
Ethernet-Profibus-Interface from Turck is ideal for us,
because you can figure out where the mistake lies
– down to the single participants,” John van Hoorn,
planning engineer, explains.
So far, EECV uses five interfaces for diagnosis, seven more are already scheduled and eight additional
interfaces could be in use for the coal facility soon
too. The interfaces make an important contribution
to the vertical communication and maintenance concept over the office to the single field components.
With the new interfaces, the staff of EECV is able to
monitor the connected Profibus networks simultaneously, constantly and centrally for the first time. Unlike
the local proprietary diagnostic tools, the PB-XEPI,
that is acting as a webserver, allows the remote maintenance over a PC webbrowser – the equipment or
number of participants of the plant isn't important.
“You assign an IP-address for the interface, connect the
Profibus-cable and it works,” van Hoorn exclaims.
Error message by e-mail
At the Profibus network of the huge bulk handling installation, Turck's PB-XEPI's are configurated merely as listeners. Without an own Profibus address, the diagnose
Ethernet-Interface and webserver of the PB-XEPI
allow a central monitoring of the Profibus network
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units monitor the data flow of the networks without
taking part in the communication. In the case of a malfunction of the network communication, the interface
concerned records an error message independently or
sends it by e-mail. Over an attached link, the maintenance staff can access the interface and retrieve detailed
information and instructions.
Thanks to the system-independent communication via Ethernet and integrated webserver, there is
no special software or license needed to reach the
full diagnostic functionality – a webbrowser is all
that is needed. “Some time ago, a PB-XEPI showed
so called repeats from an old part of the facility. I
could read the error report in my office and immediately replace a part of the cable before there was a
bigger failure.”
Future-proof functionality
As a universal interface for the Profibus-net, PB-XEPI
supports the standard FDT/DTM. Thanks to the license
free software PACTware and fitting “device drivers” for
the field components (so called Device Type Manager)
the user can easily visualize and manage the diagnose
data of the participants. The easy handling also supports future upgrades of the fieldbus net and turns
the diagnose interface into a future proof enrichment
for automation technology. N
Some time ago,
a PB-XEPI showed so
called repeats from an
old part of the facility.
I could read the error
report in my office and
immediately replace a
part of the cable before
there was a bigger
John van Hoorn,
Europoort C.V.
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At the harbor of Rotterdam, numerous field devices in robust load cranes, conveyer
belts and loading installations communicate with the controls via Profibus protocol. As soon as failures of the fieldbus communication are signaled, the maintenance staff can identify and fix the problem centrally with the help of a webbrowser
– thanks to the support of the Ethernet-Profibus-Interface PB-XEPI from Turck.
If the PB-XEPI is configurated as a listener, the diagnose-tool is able to
monitor the whole network without an own Profibus address
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Efficient Diagnosis
Turck’s Diagnostic Power Conditioner System detects faults in the Foundation
Fieldbus segments
he Foundation Fieldbus Diagnostic Power Conditioner System (DPC) from Turck is able to
detect long-term faults such as jitter or noise
in Foundation fieldbus segments. Plant faults or failures
caused by the fieldbus can be completely prevented
with appropriate alarm signaling. The DPC system also
supports the user with fast troubleshooting during the
commissioning of a fieldbus installation.
The DPC system provides a redundant primary
supply for up to 16 segments with a maximum output current of 800 mA and a maximum output volt-
Peter Praske is the
product manager
for fieldbus technology, process
automation at
Turck Germany
Webcode | more51271e
The DPC (Diagnostic
Power Conditioner)
system enables Turck
to offer plant operators
entirely new possibilities
for managing Foundation
Fieldbus networks
age of 30 VDC for each segment. This enables users
of the system to run long-distance segments of up to
1,900 meters in length. The ADU (Advance Diagnostic
Unit) records the fieldbus signal with its characteristics without any feedback. The system is electrically
isolated on all sides to ensure this. After all, it wouldn't
make sense to diagnose the bus and add a new error
source at the same time. It is therefore important not
only to isolate the individual segments from each other,
but also to guarantee this isolation between the segments and the power supply, between the segments
and the ADU, as well as between the segments and the
bus system that transfers the diagnostics data to the
higher-level system.
Separate diagnostic bus
In order to ensure that the transmission of the recorded
diagnostics data to the higher-level system is safe, the
Foundation fieldbus H1 cannot be used. For one thing,
the diagnostic function is required to detect faults in
the H1 segment. Furthermore, this would produce too
much diagnostics information on each H1 segment,
which would overload the limited band width of 31.25
Kbit/s. The developers at Turck have therefore implemented High Speed Ethernet (HSE) for use as a separate diagnostic bus.
The protocol for this remains the same and only the
physical layer is different. The Foundation Fieldbus High
Speed Ethernet is used today as an interface to the control system and to connect up multiple H1 segments,
which are converted to HSE using linking devices, to
the control system via an interface card. A second use
is the connection of HSE linking devices to asset management systems. In this case only diagnostics data,
alarms and parameters are taken from the H1 segments
and transferred to the asset management system via
HSE. This enables the asset management system to
exchange all data with the individual Foundation fieldbus devices via a standard Ethernet interface.
The interface to the asset management in the
diagnostic power conditioner system is an HSE field
device. This field device also contains Foundation Fieldbus function blocks in which the individual diagnostics values are mapped. In this way the physical layer
diagnostics data can be transferred to the higher-level
system via the same block library – a practice that years
before was only customary with pressure, temperature,
level or flow transmitters. The segment diagnostics data
is therefore transferred to the higher-level system using
the same protocol but via a separate bus (HSE). As the
segment diagnostics is provided by an HSE field device,
the values are transferred via standard function blocks
and the alarm signalling with standard FF alarms.
In order to diagnose the Foundation Fieldbus
H1, the DPC system measures all the data providing
information on the quality of a segment such as jitter,
noise, ripple and signal amplitude. As the electrical
measured values mostly change during the runtime of
the installation, the DPC system must be able to detect
the deviations reliably. The same applies to the communication parameters, such as the number of frame
errors or token sequence errors. For the plant operator it is also useful to see online whether sufficient free
communication time is available for an additional field
device on a segment.
Open thanks to FDT/DTM
The individual values and parameters are graphically
presented by an HSE field device DTM developed
by Turck, so that the operator does not have to view
unimportant fieldbus diagnostics information. This can
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The DPC system continuously monitors the entire periphery and
displays faults such as voltage drop or temperature drift
The device list shows the address, the signal location, jitter and signal
amplitude for each individual field device connected to the segment
be shown in a wide range of FDT frames, which can
be used as stand-alone tools or embedded in modern
asset management systems. The DTM enables offline
and online parameterization, a display of the individual
measured values, and the visualization of the different
statistics using pie charts. N
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Using established standards such as FDT/DTM as a basis, Turck is offering a wide
range of products for managing even components on the physical layer, i.e.
the infrastructure for connecting fieldbus devices and control systems, in asset
management systems. The Diagnostic Power Conditioner system for supplying and monitoring Foundation fieldbus networks is a tried and tested product
from this portfolio.
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he Abu Qir Fertilizers and Chemical Industries
Company (AFC) in Alexandria, Egypt, is one of
the leading manufacturers of nitrogenous fertilizers in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East. The company has more than 3,300 employees and relies on
international standards during production and quality
management, including ISO 9001/2000. To guarantee
environmentally friendly and efficient production, the
plants in Alexandria are continuously being upgraded
and optimized. The use of modern automation solutions for ammonia plants is critical in the fertilizer
industry because it provides increases in production
and energy savings.
“With the Abu-Qir-revamp-project, a large fertilizer plant in North Africa is being converted into an
ultra-modern automation solution for the first time”,
says Dr. Bernd Jordan, Head of Electrical and Instrumentation at Uhde Services. The service provider
Uhde, a fully owned subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp AG,
develops individual concepts for industrial plants
worldwide for modernization and increased production, for maintenance, compliance with environmental standards, and increased cost and performance
efficiency. The focus of Uhde lies with the power plant
technology, mineral oil processing, chemical, as well
as the petrochemical industry.
Stefan Kappel is
the director key
account management process
automation at
Turck Germany
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High requirements
In Abu-Qir, 60 DPC49-4RMB diagnostic
power conditioner
systems supply and
monitor the 220
Foundation Fieldbus
User Integrator
Uhde Services relies on Turck’s Foundation Fieldbus
portfolio with diagnostic functions for the modernization of the fertilizer complex Abu Qir II in Egypt
Because of the geographical position of the fertilizer
complex, the Foundation Fieldbus wiring as well as the
Foundation Fieldbus system components must meet
very high standards. The ambient temperature usually
lies between 3° and 45 °C and the surface temperature
can rise up to 75 °C in direct sunlight. A relative humidity of about 85 percent as well as the chemical and the
mechanical demands through urea, ammonium nitrate,
dust and sand complete the profile of requirements.
The revamp-project can be divided into two parts:
Foundation Fieldbus loops for measurements and
process control as well as ESD-loops for fail-safe plant
monitoring. All in all, 350 devices in hazardous classified areas and 1,050 devices in unclassified areas had to
be connected via Foundation Fieldbus, divided into 220
segments – 60 each in the ammonia plant, the nitric
acid plant and the utilities and factory services, plus 40
more for the visualization. After a search for a suitable
solutions partner for the Foundation Fieldbus installations in Abu Qir, the general contractor Uhde Services
and the operator of the plant selected Turck, the sensor,
fieldbus, and interface specialist. “Turck wasn’t just able
to provide us with an extensive Foundation Fieldbus
portfolio, but also with detailed diagnostic functions
that make a new Foundation Fieldbus installation all
the more efficient”, says Markus Mahlandt, Project Engineer E&IC Engineering, Uhde Services.
Universal Foundation Fieldbus portfolio
To supply and monitor all 220 segments, Turck delivered 60 preconfigured diagnostic-power-conditionersystems (DPC) in control cabinets. The DPC-systems
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To update their fertilizer production in Alexandria,
Egypt, the Abu Qir Fertilizers and Chemical Industries
Company (AFC) assigned the revamping of their existing plants to Uhde Services. In cooperation with Honeywell Process Solutions as supplier for control systems
and physical-layer-specialist Turck, Uhde Services converted the complex to Foundation Fieldbus, including detailed diagnostic functions for a comprehensive
asset management system.
supply FF H1-segments with power and offer comprehensive diagnostic capabilities for monitoring, which
allow a plant-wide asset management. The start-up of
a fieldbus plant is already supported by the DPC-system. During operation, the solution even recognizes
gradual changes within single fieldbus segments over
an extended period of time. So disturbances or failures
that develop slowly can be prevented.
One DPC-system can supply up to 16 segments
redundantly with up to 800 mA output current and 30
VDC output voltage. It consists of one or more DPC-494RMB module racks with up to eight DPC-49-IPS1 power supply modules and one DPC-49-ADU diagnostic
module. Per module rack, up to four H1-segments can
be operated and monitored redundantly. The diagnostic data from the H1-segments can be transferred via a
FF-HSE-field device DPC-49-HSEFD/24VDC to a higher
level asset-management-application – in this case an
Experion PKS from Honeywell.
165 JBBS junction boxes and 110 multi-barriers
from Turck are responsible for the safe and secure
connection of the field devices to the DPC-systems
in Abu Qir. The eight channel JBBS junction boxes are
equipped with an adjustable short circuit limit (30, 35,
45 and 60 mA). Common shielding concepts can be
In hazardous areas, multi-barriers MBD49-T415/Ex with
four intrinsically safe and isolated outputs are used
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realized with the help of two switches on the circuit
board, and a terminating resistor for the bus can be
switched on. The enclosure is IP67 rated and made of
powder coated aluminum with a breather to prevent
internal condensation. Despite their high ingress protection rating, Turck placed the junction-boxes in additional protective housings to ensure their ability to defy
the harsh ambient conditions.
Multi-barriers MBD49-T415/Ex are applied for connection to field devices in hazardous classified areas. The
multi-barriers increase the maximum number of fieldbus nodes per segment up to 32. The number of nodes
is extended by the explosion protected fieldbus supply
which can be daisy chained from multi-barrier to multibarrier in Zone 1. Each fieldbus node in Zone 0 and Zone
1 is supplied by one of the four intrinsically safe and galvanically isolated outputs of each multi-barrier. Galvanic
isolation exists between the trunk line and the output
circuits as well as between the four output circuits themselves. For the customer, the use of multi-barriers has
clear cost advantages. All field devices in a single fieldbus segment can be operated in the hazardous classified
area; there are no costs for additional bus couplers, or a
new segment card with its integration and parameterization. There is no need for additional supply wiring as the
power supply of the multi-barriers takes place over the
bus with the support of Turck.
Turck wasn’t
just able to provide us with an
extensive Foundation Fieldbus
portfolio, but also
with detailed diagnostic functions
that make
a new Foundation
Fieldbus installation more efficient.
Markus Mahlandt,
Uhde Services
Local support
Even with the complete package from Turck, there
were a few obstacles to overcome at the beginning of
the project, which contained 200 kilometers of fieldbus lines. “It is normal that some problems arise when
it comes to a project of this size”, Dr. Jordan explains.
But ultimately the first two reconstruction phases
were completed on time and to the satisfaction of the
operator. Today AFC operates one of the world’s most
modern and most efficient fertilizer plants. N
165 eight channel JBBS-49SC-T815 junction boxes from Turck guarantee a
safe connection between the field devices and the DPC-systems
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Holger Anders is
a key account
manager for process
automation at
Turck Germany
Webcode | more51254e
In the Frankfurt plant,
Basell was able to install
the first Foundation
Fieldbus lines with
Turck multibarriers in
record time
Flexible Thanks to
the Fieldbus
Turck power conditioners and multibarriers ensure plant operation at the
Frankfurt-Hoechst Basell plant
he polyethylene production plants at the
Hoechst Industrial Park in Frankfurt have been in
operation for more than 50 years. What started
under the management of Hoechst AG is now operated by Basell Polyolefine GmbH. The Basell Group was
founded a few years ago by a joint venture between
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In order to take over the production of another site at short notice, Basell Polyolefine GmbH was able to upgrade its Frankfurt-Hoechst plant within three months by
installing the Foundation Fieldbus system. Central elements of the new installation
are the Turck power conditioners and multibarriers which offered more impressive
features than just their channel-specific galvanic isolation.
BASF and Shell, and is one of the leading suppliers of
polyethylene, polypropylene, high-performance polyolefins and polyolefin catalysts. Basell has several production facilities in Germany, among them are plants
in Wesseling near Cologne, Münchsmünster near
Ingolstadt and in Frankfurt. At the Frankfurt facility, the
employees produce raw materials for plastic film, small
and large containers such as tablet packaging or drums,
special pipes or netting. Basell has also concentrated its
research activities in Frankfurt.
Plant rebuilt in record time
Production at the Frankfurt plant was actually meant
to be ramped down at the beginning 2006 by moving
sections of the plant to Poland. However, an explosion
at the Münchsmünster plant in December 2005 put an
end to this plan. The plant was completely destroyed,
so instead of dismantling line 2 at the Frankfurt plant as
originally planned, the line was modernized and operations from Münchsmünster were transferred there. The
highly flexible production facility in Frankfurt is now in
operation, producing more than 30 different products,
including all the products from Münchsmünster.
For Harald Liebisch, team leader for automation at
Basell in Frankfurt, an exciting phase started in December 2005 when the polymerization plant had to be
rebuilt in record time: “Once the initial decisions regarding the new plant had been made at the end of the
year, things moved very quickly”, Liebisch summarizes.
“We were able to update the plant within three months
and equip it with Foundation Fieldbus lines.”
Liebisch had already had some initial experience with multibarriers, though he was not entirely
satisfied with the results. When the Turck solution
was presented, the decision was made very quickly:
“We were immediately impressed by the full galvanic
isolation of the Turck multibarriers,” the automation
manager explained, “it was exactly this feature that
was missing before.”
The Turck MBD-49-T415/Ex multibarrier allows for
the installation of Ex-i drop lines up to 120 m in length.
The full galvanic isolation is provided both between the
trunk line and the output circuits as well as between
the four output circuits. This prevents compensation
currents from developing due to potential differences.
The integrated short-circuit protection is activated
if a short-circuit occurs at a fieldbus node. Only the
output affectet is disconnected – the trunk line and
the other outputs of the affected fieldbus segment
remain in operation.
Actual planning was able to be completed just
as quickly as the decision process, thanks to the configuration tool from Turck. “We used the tool to make
a preliminary plan of the segments. The length of the
fieldbus lines, the division of the fieldbus barriers, the
assignment of inputs to multibarriers – the configuration tool allowed us to define all these points very
quickly,” ­Liebisch explained.
phase when the first line could not be put into operation. This problem was caused by an insufficient power
supply for the three multibarriers due to the internal
power conditioners of the Rosemount interfaces used
in Frankfurt. These interfaces connect the FF segments
to the ABB Symphony control system.
We were able to rectify the problem within a few
days. “Turck was a big help in solving it. The short communication routes within the company were very helpful,” reflects Liebisch on his experience. “Our problem
was taken seriously and dealt with immediately. With
the short implementation time available for the project,
it was very important that we found a solution quickly.”
The multibarriers are now supplied with external
Turck power conditioners that not only provide enough
power, but also allow a clean separation between the
interface converter and the fieldbus.
We are very
happy with the
Turck products.
In addition to the
galvanic isolation,
their reliability and
simple operation
are outstanding.
Harald Liebisch,
The changeover to fieldbus technology has enabled
the installation planners at Basell in Frankfurt to create the basis for a flexible response to market requirements. The speed at which the installations can be
adapted has already been put to the test with the first
FF project. The installation in the polymerization plant
had to be made operational as quickly as possible
without a test phase.
With its high-performance power conditioners
and multibarriers with channel-specific galvanic isolation, Turck has provided the most suitable technology
for the demanding Basell application. However, it was
also the “soft facts” – from the configuration tool to easy
handling to prompt availability – which enabled the
Mülheim fieldbus, sensor and interface specialists to
make such an impression that Turck has also remained
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Broad base
A total of nine fieldbus lines are currently in operation
at the Basell polymerization plant. Power conditioners connected upstream from each one are p
­ rovided
for supplying the fieldbus segments. The scope of this
project also includes plans for expanding the Foundation Fieldbus network to 15 segments. “We are very
happy with the Turck products,” Harald Liebisch says. “In
addition to the galvanic isolation, their reliability and
simple operation are outstanding. Since we have completely migrated to Turck, we have not had any more
difficulties. We therefore also intend to implement the
next expansion stage using Turck products.”
Despite the time pressure under which the project
was completed and the absence of a test phase, installation of the new technology was largely trouble-free.
Rapid support was only required once in the initial
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Because the integrated power conditioners of the Rosemount interfaces
(top left) were not powerful enough, external Turck power conditioners
now feed the FF lines
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Interface Technology 2.0
The high channel density of the Interface Module Backplane (IMB) ensures space in
the control cabinet
urck's Interface Module Backplane (IMB) adds a
robust and extremely compact I/O solution to
its comprehensive portfolio. With a footprint of
only 175 x 210 mm, the backplane provides space for
eight interface modules and thus up to 32 digital or 16
analog inputs/outputs – as required by the customer.
Depending on the application, this enables users to
implement control cabinets with a very high channel
density of up to 1,152 channels.
The new module racks come with a host of smart
features: with standardized analog and digital system
couplings for the Honeywell C300, Emerson DeltaV and
Yokogawa Centum process control systems, a redundant power supply and a high temperature resistance,
the IMBs enable a new level of flexibility in the control
Klaus Ebinger is the
product manager for
interface technology
and fluid sensors
at Turck Germany
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With the Interface
Module Backplane,
Turck has created a
new generation of
interface technology
cabinet. Thanks to their low price per channel compared
to DIN rail installations, the easy-to-handle IMB pointto-point solution is ideal both for fully expanded control
cabinets with several hundred inputs and outputs, and
for less complex applications with only a few I/Os.
Minimum engineering expenditure
The main benefit of the station: because the Backplane
unites the entire connection level, and the galvanic isolation of the I/O channels can be implemented simply
by inserting the interface cards, the engineering effort
is reduced enormously for the entire interface level –
both for maintenance and for scheduled expansions.
The easy to access screw or spring terminal connec-
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Turck's Interface Module Backplane combines up to 32
I/O channels with galvanic isolation and a redundant
power supply in a minimum of space, thus creating
more space in the control cabinet. HART-compatible
analog cards and temperature measuring amplifiers
that can be parameterized via a DTM complement the
I/O solution, thus providing a seamless concept for the
level between field devices and process control system.
tions, as well as the color coded and spatially separated
system connections, effectively prevent connection
errors. In addition to this is the convenient “hot swap”
functionality offered by the system.
The pin assignment of the system connections is
adapted directly to the relevant process control system, so that users no longer require special connection
modules, and can instead use inexpensive prefabricated 1:1 cables that are readily available – a considerable
benefit in terms of the supply of the electronic components used, as well as the installation and maintenance
costs of the interface level.
Safety on board
The backplane is the jumpering level for the entire I/O
solution and is a completely passive component. Unlike
similar systems, there is no active component on the
hardware which could shut down the entire isolation
level in the event of a failure. As each interface card is
also protected individually, the availability of the isolation level is also ensured even if individual channels fail.
Turck's IMB also offers a simple redundancy concept for
the connection level to the control system. While conventional point-to-point cabling only allowed broken
connections to be compensated for by doubling the
input signals, the redundant terminals for the I/O cards
of the process control systems allow the implementation
of separate safety concepts for electronics and cabling.
The energy requirement of a plant is becoming
an increasingly important factor for the plant operator,
in addition to the availability of the interface level and
consequently that of the entire plant. The efficiency of
a process ultimately depends on the total cost of ownership, in which the energy requirement of loop powered 4…20 mA transmitters can play a significant part.
Here developers at Turck have been able to reduce the
energy consumption of the isolating transducers (AIA)
without a reduction in power. The loop powered analog input/output cards are also highly energy efficient.
Transparency down to the field level
Both dual-channel analog input/output interface cards
and the available isolating transducers are HART-compatible. A HART signal modulated on the analog signal
enables additional information from the field device
level to be accessed directly. Using special device drivers, the so-called DTMs, users can thus parameterize
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the temperature measuring amplifiers in use and the
field instrumentation below the isolation level with a
single vendor-neutral engineering tool, such as the free
PAC Tware configuration
tool. With just a few clicks
of the mouse, the parameterization tool ensures
the easy and user-friendly
management of the DTMs,
regardless of the bus protocol, the visualization of
features and settings, and
the parameterization of the
connected devices.
The inter face cards
also provide diagnostic
LEDs for indicating the
relevant operating states.
Up to four dual-colored
LEDs (digital input/output
cards) indicate in yellow
the switching states of the
monitored outputs. When
the input circuit monitoring
is activated, the appropriate LED changes to red if a
fault occurs in the input circuit, and the corresponding
output relay and alarm relay
are switched. The interface cards therefore make Particularly for installations with
it possible to monitor the a high channel density, the IMB is
functioning of the I/O level a good alternative to conventional
directly at the device in the interface solutions
control cabinet.
High temperature specification
Just like the DIN rail interface devices, the IMB interface cards also stand out on account of their high
temperature specification. With an operating temperature range of -20 to +70 °C, the backplanes fitted with
cards are also suitable for installation in non-climatecontrolled cabinets or in the upper areas of control
cabinets where there is more exposure to warm air
from fans. The design of the passive backplane ensures
efficient heat dissipation – regardless of whether the
devices are arranged horizontally or vertically. This benefit not only increases flexibility in handling the IMB but
also increases its Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF),
and thus its reliability.
With the Interface Module Backplane (IMB) and the
associated two and four channel interface cards for
up to 32 digital or 16 analog I/O channels, Turck makes
it possible to implement a channel density in the control cabinet that is not possible with DIN rail interfaces.
Particularly in processing plants involving several thousand I/O channels, the compact backplane solutions
are a major benefit. N
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Stefan Kappel is
head of key account
process automation
Turck Germany
Webcode | more51259e
Well-arranged: the
compact IM34
transducers are
quick to assemble
and connect
To the Rails
BP Lingen oil refinery modernizes temperature measurement with
Turck IM34 temperature transducer for DIN rail assembly
ectification, distillation, hydrorefining, reforming, cracking – even the terms used to refer to
the various processes required to turn crude
oil into a finished product like gasoline, kerosene or
chemical primary products sound complicated. Many
of these processes are based on heating up and cooling down the oil and its intermediate products – temperature is therefore one of the most important process
parameters for refining crude oil.
“When our refinery was built over 50 years ago,
the number of temperature measurements was still
straightforward. With increasing automation and process complexity, the number has rapidly risen” says
Holger Nitschke, who handles the issue of temperature
measurement in EMSR technology at BP Lingen. The
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When it comes to refining oil, temperature ranks among the most important process parameters. That is why higher demands are being made on temperature
measurement in order to operate refineries more efficiently. At the BP refinery in
Lingen, the EMSR specialists are relying on the universal IM34 temperature transducer from Turck as part of the company’s plant modernization efforts.
refinery in Lingen, Northern Germany, was optimized
for the production of fuels thanks to continual modernization and expansion efforts in its processing plants.
With its high processing depth, even difficult crude
oils are able to be refined into high quality products in
Lingen. To do so, a reliable, robust, and state-of-the-art
measurement technology is required.
DIN rail replaces 19-inch technology
Replacing the temperature transducers installed in
the 1980’s has also been a topic for about three years.
In contrast to the 19-inch transducers used during its
time in the control room, in this project, BP Lingen is
upgrading to modern interface devices for DIN rail
assembly. “The 19-inch technology is disappearing
from our plants more and more because a DIN rail
solution in our case is simply more cost effective and
the assembly time considerably lower,” says Nitschke.
“When necessary, I can replace devices from different manufacturers without any problem – I simply remove the old device from the rail and place
the new one on it, add voltage supply, signal input
and output, and finished.”
The BP Lingen Emsland oil refinery primarily produces gasoline and diesel fuels, jet fuel, light heating oil and chemical primary products
Despite the many products to choose from, when
replacing their 19-inch technology, the BP specialists
intentionally selected the IM34 temperature transducer
from Turck: “At that time, we looked at the products
from leading suppliers and subsequently decided in
favor of Turck,“ explains Holger Nitschke. “In addition to
an excellent cost/benefit ratio, the compact design and
the simple assembly were important for us because
space in the control room is becoming increasingly
M o d e r n i z i n g te m p e r a t u re m e a s u re m e n t
technology does not necessarily have to mean a
completely new installation, as the example of the Lingen refinery shows. With the right technology, today’s
requirements can be met by simply replacing the temperature transducer. “In the past, we performed many
temperature measurements via type K thermocouples.
That is why even in the older plants there is a high
number of nickel-chromium/nickel cables between the
control rooms and the plant. All of the existing wiring in
the plant – including the sensors – can continue to be
used,” explains Nitschke.
IM34 processes various input signals
In addition to thermocouples, Pt100 temperature sensors, based on the resistance change in platinum under
the influence of temperature, are being increasingly
used in process automation today. As a resistance thermometer for the temperature range of -200 to 500 °C,
the Pt100 is more precise than a thermocouple. In contrast, the thermocouple, is suitable for a larger temperature range. Regardless of which measurement process
is used, as a universal temperature transducer, the IM34
processes input signals from Ni100/Pt100 resistances, as well as thermocouples or millivolt signals. The
device combines this universal capability with the high
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functionality of a freely parameterizable data logger
and a PC interface for simple programming. The DTM
(Device Type Manager) for the IM34 was developed
in accordance to the current design guidelines of the
FDT group.
“We use PACTware as a programming frame,”
says Holger Nitschke. The term stands for “Process
Automation Configuration Tool” and is an open configuration software into which any manufacturer
can integrate the operation of its field devices. A
configuration using DIP switches or rotary encoding switches was not an option for Nitschke because:
“How many DIP switches do you need to be able to
adjust all the options that you want to adjust these
days? With a temperature transducer like the IM34,
there is already an array of parameters that would
probably break the rack if adjustments were made via
DIP switches, especially as there would barely be any
space for all the DIP switches with the desired compact
design. Even if the switches are set on the side, I first
have to remove the devices from the rail before assembling the DIN rail. In this case, a PC interface is obviously
much more comfortable.”
Good cooperation counts
It wasn‘t just the device’s technology and the price
that influenced Nitschke’s decision to stick with using
the IM34 from Turck, he was also impressed by the
company’s service mentality. “When we installed
the first devices about three years ago, there was
suddenly a problem with the firmware. In such cases,
you see how good the cooperation is between customer and supplier. Turck’s service was 100% in this case,”
acknowledges Nitschke. “In a short time, all installed
devices were equipped with a new firmware. Since
then, all IM34 devices – and there are several hundred
of them – are running completely smoothly. That is the
best reference you can give for such a device.” N
 Date logger in the IM34
One highlight of the IM34 temperature transducer
is the integrated data logger. The freely parameterizable memory offers 8,000 measuring points and provides a powerful tool for process diagnosis. Thus,
the user can determine the time
frame for entering the measured
data, parameterize a trigger event
and finally read out the data per
FDT/DTM. This also enables the
route between field device and
process control system to be monitored. The IM34 interface module
contin­ually describes the integrated data memory for that purpose.
Thanks to the non-volatile memory,
data remain intact even during a
power outage so that an interface
device essentially becomes a transient
In addition to
an excellent cost/
benefit ratio, the
compact design
and the simple
assembly were
important for us
because space
in the control
room is becoming increasingly
Holger Nitschke,
BP Lingen
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t e c h n o lo g y
Holger Anders is a
key account manager
process automation
at turck Germany
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In addition to this
natural gas station in
Bottrop, germany, cars
can be refueled with
the flighty fuel
at about 800 other
natural gas stations all
over germany
Accelerating Reliably
Schwelm Anlagentechnik trusts its natural gas fuel pumps and compressor stations
to interface technology from Turck
nergy-efficient, cost-efficient, and environmentally friendly – natural gas as a fuel for
vehicles pays off threefold. At about 800 natural gas stations, drivers in Germany can refuel with
the flighty fuel cnG (compressed natural Gas) –
with a tax incentive of about one Euro per kilogram
until 2018. one technological obstacle blocks the way. in
order to make natural gas “tank friendly”, it must be heavily compressed – which requires greater technical effort
and expense, both in the refueling stations as well as in
the cars. “At natural gas stations with pressures of 300
bar, the physical characteristics emerge that differ greatly
from normal gas stations. You have to master this technology. that is why we support major car manufacturers in automobile development,” explains Dirk Rose, sales
manager of schwelm Anlagentechnik GmbH.
Having constructed over 400 cnG stations, the
plant engineering company in the southern Ruhr
region has produced almost half of all natural gas stations in Germany, as well as building stations abroad.
the company assembles gas pumps through which the
gas flows into the gas tank of the car, as well as com-
Intrinsically safe isolating amplifiers transmit the
signals from the pressure sensors to the control unit
Up to four compressors compress the natural
gas to the necessary 280 bar in several stages
pressor stations in which the gas received from the
supply lines is compressed to the necessary pressure
of 280 bar. Depending on the desired fueling output,
Schwelm Anlagentechnik is also installing up to four
compressors and up to 48 gas storage bottles in concrete or steel sheet containers.
In the accessible compressor stations, the natural
gas is dried, cleansed, and compressed in up to four stages from low supply pressure to tank pressure, then stored
in the gas bottles. “From the change in state, drying and
absorption to compression, a compressor station combines almost everything that the processing technology
has to offer. This makes the natural gas stations more
complicated than simple gas tanks,” says Rose.
The pressure must be right
The natural gas pressure is decisive for the functioning of
the fueling system. While gasoline and diesel powered
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cars are filled using pumps, natural gas is transported
into the vehicle‘s tank solely by the pressure difference
from gas storage. The interplay between the electronically controlled compressors and three separate gas storage tanks monitored by sensors that deliver sequentially
the right filling pressure, ensures that the station functions just as reliably and efficiently at a lower capacity as
it does with a higher fueling frequency.
This is where the interface solutions from Turck, the
sensor, fieldbus and connectivity specialist, come into
play. Operated via a single-channel HART transducer/
isolating amplifier (IM33-12EX-HI), five switching amplifiers from the IM1-22Ex product line ensure, per compressor, the reliable and safe transmission of sensor
signals from the explosion-risk area of the compressor
stations to the control unit. The Atex zone 2 -authorized
DIN rail interfaces from Turck allow users to adjust the
effective direction (working or standby current), as well
as broken-wire and short-circuit monitoring separately
via six front-end switches. The dual-channel design also
offers the plant construction company and operators
the opportunity to transmit the analog sensor signal to
the control unit via the galvanically separated outputs
and, simultaneously, to record the process data of the
storage pressures on the second channel. This means
that a redundant safety concept can be implemented
that also allows pressure and process monitoring even
in case of a short circuit.
The intrinsically safe input circuits can be monitored separately thanks to front-end LEDs: For activated
input circuit monitoring, the LEDs display the switching
status in yellow. If, for example, an error arises due to
a broken wire, the respective LED turns red. This is an
enormous advantage because: “If an error actually does
exist, the first level service must go directly to the compressor station. Remote control alone is not possible in
these safety-relevant applications,” explains Rose.
In the compressor stations, Turck technology not
only ensures safe and reliable signal transmission from
the explosion-risk area, but also a total of four IM interfaces are used in the natural gas fuel pumps, in addition
to two isolating amplifiers from the MK product line.
The demands in the functionality of the devices are
just as high here because “if the electronic components
that are installed in fuel pumps distributed all across
Germany malfunction, the expenditure would be many
times higher than the price of the device,” says Rose.
“Several years ago, we intensified our cooperative partnership with Turck and have been very satisfied so far.
We have not yet had any malfunctions. When it came to
the configuration of the interfaces as well as consulting
services, Turck was simply the best fit for our concept.” N
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In Germany, environmentally conscientious and price-conscious drivers can fill their tanks with inexpensive natural
gas at more than 400 natural gas stations built by Schwelm
Anlagentechnik GmbH. To ensure that the fuel always flows
reliably, the company installs isolating amplifiers, limit value
control gauges, and transducers from Turck.
Several years ago, we
intensified our cooperative partnership with
Turck and have been
very satisfied so far. We
have not yet had any
malfunctions. When it
came to the configuration of the interfaces as
well as the consulting
services, Turck was simply the best fit for our
Dirk Rose,
Schwelm Anlagentechnik
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One For All
Extensive dual sensor series from Turck monitors flap and valve positions
reliably to suit the application
inary position feedback signals, such as the
“open” / “closed” signals from butterfly valves
and ball valves are extremely common in process engineering. The sensors required for this are generally installed in a plastic housing with a somewhat
complex mechanical construction. The large diversity
of individual components increases the price, usually requires costly readjustment work in order to set
the switch points. The Atex guideline also stipulates
that all the different components such as the housing,
sensors or microswitches including their associated
wiring, must be tested separately. Testing in compliance with the SIL Directive IEC 61508 further increases
the testing effort and expense involved.
Sander Makkinga
is the product
manager for
position and proximity sensors at
Turck Germany
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Well thought-out
concept: The compact
dual sensors from
Turck can be fitted
and commissioned
quickly and reliably
When combined with the well thought-out actuating
elements, Turck's dual sensors considerably simplify the
detection of binary positions. The dual sensors come
in a compact housing and offer an optimum range
of connection options as well as being easy to install.
The most important series of the dual sensor range is
the DSC26 housing style for the food industry and the
DSU35 series for the chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industry.
One puck for two rotation directions
Depending on the safety position, both ‘spring opening’ and ‘spring closing’ drives are used in installations.
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Dual sensors offer several benefits for the position feedback of automated butterfly valves and ball valves. They do not require a separate housing and do not
have to be separately tested for compliance with Atex and SIL requirements.
Turck offers an extensive range of accessories to enable even special solutions to
be implemented with standard sensors.
Thanks to the
extensive range
of accessories,
the dual sensor
can also be fitted
to a manual valve
are lit when the sensor is not actuated. In this case, the
‘Closed’ LED is therefore lit when the valve is opened.
The actuating element can thus be used to ensure the
correct LED indication for the ‘Closed’ position. As previously described, this puck can also be used for anticlockwise or clockwise rotating drives.
No problem with SIL
In this case, around ten percent of the drives are clockwise rotating with the ‘spring opening’ function. For
these special cases, customers of other manufacturers
either have to use different actuating elements (pucks)
or assemble the actuating elements manually. Both
options have associated disadvantages, and often lead
to unnecessary long downtimes when maintenance
and service is due.
Turck has the solution for both these requirements:
The BTS-DSU35-EB1 actuating element can detect both
rotation directions. It has two actuating pins so that it
can be used easily for both anticlockwise and clockwise
rotating drives. It can also be read easily if it is has to be
mounted horizontally due to lack of space. The position
indication of the puck is clearly visible from all sides
and can be moved by 90° without any tools required.
This prevents any possible confusion and simplifies
Turck offers BTS-DSU35-EBE3 for cases when the
application in a plant requires the opening and closing switch points to be readjusted, as is the case with
rubberized valves for example. This enables the switch
points to be adjusted as required over a 360° range.
The LEDs of the dual sensors ensure simple and reliable
Changing the switch point easily
Another special actuating element from Turck provides
a solution for another special case: Sometimes applications require the use of NC monitoring. In such cases, it
would also be possible to use specially designed sensors with an NC output. However, using Turck's actuating element with an undampened end position (BTSDSU35-EU2) is much easier. This inverts the detection
of the end position and eliminates the need to change
the sensor. This actuating element for undampened
end positions can also be used to change the LED function of the Namur sensors. The LEDs on Namur sensors
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Often the greatest challenge facing plant engineers
is not in the installation itself but in the office: The
approval of the designs is often more complex than the
designs themselves. Also here, the dual sensors are one
step ahead of similar products: The SIL Directive IEC
61508 calls for an increasing number of position feedback signals. Modular housings mostly fail here due
to their mechanical complexity. Customized solutions
are often difficult to handle due to their manufacturerspecific characteristics, and any ‘second source’ suppliers available are often not approved or are restricted to
one type. In contrast, all standard Namur sensors from
Turck are suitable and TÜV-certified for use in safety
systems, including SIL2 in accordance with IEC 61508.
100% compatibility with all standard Namur processor
devices or (safety) PLC systems with Namur inputs is
thus guaranteed. Naturally this applies to all dual sensor series.
The extensive range of accessories for the Turck
dual sensors considerably expands their application
range. The various actuating elements make it possible
to meet a wide range of application requirements. Special stainless steel brackets enable the sensors to be fitted to even manual valves without any problem. A simple threaded bolt ensures that the actuating element
is connected securely with the valve, and a mounting
area with standard drill holes is provided for mounting
a Turck dual sensor. In this way, the sensors can be fitted
robustly, quickly and inexpensively to
manual valves and butterfly
valves, so that reliable
position monitoring
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process control
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The yellow signal pin
on the puck indicates
the valve position from
the side at a glance
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the Austrian plant manufacturer, GAW technologies,
is known worldwide for its reprocessing plants for chemicals and coating colors for the paper and cardboard
industry. to monitor the status of their innumerable
valves efficiently and reliable, the company relies on dual
sensors from turck.
stephan Auerböck
is the sales director
of turck Austria
in Vienna
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research and development, consulting, engineering
and manufacturing, to logistics, construction and startup, to training and after sales service. All the solutions
are customized.
in1951, Erhard pildner-steinburg founded GAW
(Grazer Armaturen Werke) as an individual enterprise for
the production of special valves. it quickly developed
into a worldwide market leader for procedural plants.
today, the focal point is the development and construction of coating color machines and reprocessing
plants for chemicals for the paper and cardboard industry. With 130 employees, the company has a transaction
volume of 35 million Euro. While the Austrian paper
and pulp industry was in the foreground in the early
years, the market slowly relocated to Asia. these days,
the family enterprise (the Voith-group holds a share of
one-third of the business) makes 80 to 85 percent of
its deals in china. india and Korea also rank among the
most important markets.
Innumerable valves
Several hundred dual
sensors operate at the
gAW plants for years
in the reprocessing plants, fresh water, waste water and
chemicals that are needed for the coating color and
other machines are processed. therefore, the plants
need a large amount of pneumatic and manual shutoff valves and ball valves. For a smooth manufacturing process, it is necessary to receive as many status
reports about every single valve as possible. in 2003,
GAW was looking for an economic and secure solu-
Dual Sensors
The Austrian plant manufacturer, GAW
Technologies, relies on dual sensors from
Turck for position feedback of their valves
or more than 60 years, the name GAW stands for
capacity and quality in industrial plant manufacturing. the family enterprise, based in Graz
in Austria, is the center of the international operating group of companies – GAW Group – whose activities concentrate on four different business areas: paper
and cardboard, automobile, chemical and environmental technologies. the GAW group offers procedural solutions for all of those areas, beginning with
The terminal chamber with a removable terminal
block allows easy installation and maintenance
Even dirt or moisture can't harm the
encapsulated dual
tion for the final surveillance of their instruments. Turck
was the answer for the pneumatic valves.
Usually position feedback is handled by sensors in
expensive and complex individual cases. Turck uses a
dual sensor instead that easily attaches to the top of the
power unit. ”The dual sensor by Turck meets our requirements perfectly“, explains the purchasing manager of
GAW, Josef Eder, who has also worked in project management for GAW. ”Especially the integrated terminal
chamber of the sensor and the simple construction were
the reasons why we chose the products of Turck. They
have a lot of well thought-out details like removable
terminal blocks and the connection for electromagnetic
The terminal chamber allowed GAW to reduce
the amount of device types, resulting in less complicated purchasing and storage. Furthermore, the sensors are easier and faster to install, compared with
models that need a fix wiring. The customers of GAW
benefit as well, because the regular maintenance
of the engines is much faster and more secure with
the removable terminal blocks. Without the terminal block, every single lead needs to be disconnected and reattached. That takes a long time and easily
leads to errors.
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This is not the situation with sensors from Turck. The single connections stay fixed and the opening of the terminal chamber separates the terminal block from the electronics. A protective cover guarantees that the electrical
connections are re-established again by simply closing
the case. Next to the status reports of pneumatic actuators, GAW uses sensors from Turck also for other applications. Several hundred two-way sensors operate at the
GAW plants.
Competitive factor:
Proximity to customers
The product characteristics are not the only reason why
the Austrian plant manufacturer relies on the dual sensors from Turck. Explains Eder, ”The spare parts distribution is easy, as well because Turck's products are available worldwide. The company always has reacted fast
and straightforward to our special wishes and requirements, like with DC-two-wire-electronic or special
actuating elements (puck) that can be used for both
directions of the drive. We got to know Turck as a reliable partner that supports the optimization of our
plants actively. Therefore, we will choose Turck as our
supplier for future times as well.“ N
Especially the
integrated terminal
chamber of the sensor and the simple
construction were
the reasons why we
chose the products of
Turck. They have a lot
of well thought-out
details like removable
terminal blocks and
the connection for
Josef Eder,
GAW Technologies
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t e c h n o lo g y
Streicher uses Atex-certified, inductive Namur-sensors from Turck for
its offshore drilling rig
ven with the decline of the resources, the market for oil and gas is still vital, which means that
the petroleum industry has new challenges to
face. they have to find access to new oil. Especially offshore, specialists suspect there is enough oil to make
drilling profitable, even with the rising price for oil. Due
to the offshore-boom, oil companies and plant manufacturers are building new platforms, and refurbishing
existing offshore platforms.
the Streicher group, located in Deggendorf, Germany, is currently building its first drilling rig that can
be used in water. the company has many years of experience in the development and production of rigs and
platform technology. their range of services in the rig
and platform technology includes machines for deep
drilling for petroleum, petroleum gas and geothermal
energy, as well as horizontal drilling machines for the
laying of piping without the need to dig. one of the
most important customers for Streicher is their sub-
Achim Weber is a
sales specialist
at turck Germany
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Ten inductive
sensors measure
the current status of
the pipe handler
sidiary company Drilltec GUt GmbH Großbohr- und
Umwelttechnik, that is established in the field of exploration of hydrocarbon and geothermic resources and as
a company for HDD-major projects.
Modular concept
For a long time, Streicher developed and produced only
onshore-construction projects, but about two years
ago, the company started to develop and construct
their first offshore solution. this solution was ordered
by a norwegian company named Seawell, a well established drilling and well services company. the benefits
of the of the Streicher construction is its modularity and
the maximum weight of 11 tons per module, which
ensures that the cranes on the platforms are able to lift
the modules onto the platform safely.
therefore, the construction is especially suitable for
updating and exchanging older systems. ”in the north
The Atex-certified Namur-sensors from Turck
have to defy the weather conditions of the ocean
To be able to operate two inductive sensors in close proximity, Turck
developed a sensor with a shifted oscillator frequency
Sea, there are plenty of old platforms where the drilling rigs are not efficient any longer,” explains Hans-Peter
Murr, who is responsible for the automation technology
in the field of platform and rig technology. ”To update
those machines and adept them to the newest standards would be extremely expensive, so it is cheaper
for the customer to install new machines and constructions on the platforms.”
Employees assemble the single modules in a hall
at the Streicher premises in Deggendorf first. After
those preparations, the whole construction is built on
open-air ground. After function and security checks
and a training course for the customer, the construction is disassembled again and finally delivered to its
destination. ”With our modular concept, old offshore
platforms can be converted to a new standard faster
than with any other solution,“ says Murr. ”The whole
construction is tested, which guarantees high safety
and only few disturbances at the start-up. The modular concept allows a fast installation on the platform
within twelve days.”
inductive sensors from Turck. About 60 sensors are used
for the new construction. The cuboid-shaped proximity
switches have a higher operating distance of 20mm on
steel targets and fulfill all requirements for the offshore
use. The Namur-sensors are approved for the Atex category II 2 G, Ex zone 1 and fulfill the SIL 2 criteria in accordance with IEC 61508. Because of their special terminal
chambers, the sensors are easy to install. ”We already
used sensors from Turck for our onshore-constructions,
because the company was one of the first manufacturers that could support us when it came to SIL and offer
Atex-able SIL 2 sensors,” Murr explains. ”Until now everything is going smoothly, Turck has not disappointed us.”
Namur-Sensors for the Ex-area
To measure the final positions of the innumerable
movable elements on the oil rig reliably, Streicher uses
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To upgrade old offshore platforms in the North Sea to
the newest standard, Streicher developed a drilling
rig that is cost-saving, easy and safe due to its modular system and the maximum weight of 11 tons per
module. Atex-certified, inductive sensors from Turck
measure numerous end positions.
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Solution-orientated partner
Turck could not only prove itself because of the reliability of its products, but also as an innovative, solutionorientated partner, especially when it came to a special challenge. To meet the SIL3- requirements, it was
necessary to operate two parallel SIL 2-sensors at the
drilling construction to check and monitor the position. Since the space in such construction is very small,
the sensors had to be installed close to each other. This
usually brings complications because inductive sensors
influence each other.
”Turck supported us very well by constructing a
sensor with a shifted oscillator frequency, so that we
could install and operate two inductive sensors within
close proximity without any problems. To recognize the
changes of the sensor electronics at first sight under the
tough offshore conditions, Turck marked the sensors
with a different color,” says Murr. “And because of the
good cooperation so far, it was easy for us to continue
our teamwork with Turck for the current projects.” N
Turck supported us very well,
by constructing
a sensor with a
shifted oscillator
frequency, so that
we could install
and operate two
inductive sensors
within close proximity without any
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