Congratulations to the 2018 Innovation Awards nominees! Read about the nominees below and then cast your vote here.

Bedrock Automation, Innovation Awards

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Bedrock Automation — OSA Remote

The OSA Remote controller from Bedrock Automation enables utilities, oil and gas producers, and other users with remote operations to address open technology concerns with its patented Open Secure Automation (OSA) technology. These users look to open technologies to reduce costs and increase productivity, but they are also concerned about vulnerability to cyber threats.

The OSA Remote product addresses cost, performance and security concerns with a high-performance controller that it delivers in a compact, robust stand-alone module with features that usually require the integration of multiple devices or components. These include intrinsically secure programmable logic controller (PLC) and SCADA RTU edge control; programmable input/output (I/O) and a free IEC 61131-3 standards-based engineering environment. Its wide operating temperature range, hardened metal enclosure and price that is below conventional top-of-the-line mini PLCs or remote terminal units (RTU) adds additional suitability for remote, cost-sensitive installations. 

Bronkhorst High-Tech, Innovation Awards

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Bronkhorst High-Tech — ES-FLOW® Ultrasonic Meter for Low Flow Rates

The Bronkhorst ES-FLOW is designed to measure tiny volume flows from 4 milliliters per minute (ml/min) to 1,500 ml/min with high precision using ultrasound in a small bore tube. A wide range of clear liquids can be measured independent of fluid density, temperature and viscosity. The flowmeter can be used for hygienic applications. Wetted parts are made of stainless steel while the exterior design is rated to IP67. The user interface is a capacitive touch screen with a thin-film-transistor (TFT) display for instrument operation and readout. The onboard proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller can be used to drive a control valve or pump, which enables users to establish complete control loops.

The ES-FLOW applies the principle of using sound beams to accurately measure volume flow in smaller diameters. The flowmeter can measure the actual speed of sound, meaning the technology is liquid-independent and calibration or changing factors per fluid is unnecessary. This happens in a 1.3-millimeter (mm) self-drainable, zero dead volume tube. 

Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, Innovation Awards

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Bürkert Fluid Control Systems — Type 8840 – Modular Process Valve Cluster

Bürkert includes ready-to-install modules of tried and tested Bürkert process valves with the Type 8840. Based on a modular valve body, the valve cluster allows different configurations. The individual parts are joined hermetically tight in a compact design. No installation effort for pipework, fittings or sealings is needed. Type 8840 is used for distributing, collecting, mixing and feeding of gases and fluids. Starting from an inlet, the valve cluster distributes the medium to several consumers. The medium can also be collected from several consumers. For mixing, various media including hot and cold water or different chemicals can be mixed. Numerous media include different cleaning media can be fed alternately to a consumer.

The valve cluster is designed to have robust and backpressure-insensitive valve technology for high reliability and high system durability. Valve connections are welded for leak-free connections, and its compact design allows placement close to an extruder. 


Dwyer Instruments Inc., Innovation Awards

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Dwyer Instruments Inc. — Series IEF Insertion Electromagnetic Flow Transmitter

The Series IEF Insertion Flow Transmitter from Dwyer Instruments is an adjustable insertion flowmeter that features electromagnetic technology for accurate and reliable fluid velocity measurements, in addition to providing several continuous outputs for flexibility. With its integral temperature compensation, performance is designed to be unaffected by changes in temperature, density, viscosity or concentration.

Each unit comes standard with an NIST-traceable calibration certificate. The Setup Wizard and installation alignment kit are simple to use, and a process connection collet allows for easy installation or removal of the unit when the flow system is pressurized with the use of a full-port valve. These isolation valve accessory kits are available in brass or stainless steel and allow for installation in operational systems via hot-tap or easy removal without system downtime. Once installed, minimal maintenance requirements must be followed because the transmitter has no moving parts to wear or break and it features electrodes that discourage fouling. The insertion flow transmitter is used to monitor flow in applications such as boiler feedwater, chilled water, open- and closed-loop condenser water, and irrigation systems. 

Eldridge Products Inc., Innovation Awards

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Eldridge Products Inc. — ValuMass™

Eldridge Products’ enhancements to ValuMass flowmeters utilize proprietary algorithms for a directly driven DD-Sensor. Benefits include precise overheat control and wide process gas temperature compensation to 400°F (204°C) with normal lead wires, and to 932°F (500°C) with special sensor construction.

ValuMass now includes Epi-Val & Field-Val flowmeter field validation with a printable report after the completion of the validation process. These features allow for a bench air validation or an in-situ field validation in the user’s process gas. Also included is E-Logger Data Logging in the flowmeter and in the free EPICom software. E-Logger can log flow rate, flow total, alarm events, temperature and more.

ValuMass communication protocols are RS232 & RS485 Modbus RTU & BACnet (new for 2018) with optional HART & Profibus DP. Standard signals are zero to 5 voltage direct current (VDC) or zero to 10 VDC flow and temperature, 4-20 mA flow and temperature, and two alarm event relays. Users can replace one relay with a zero to 1 kilohertz signal proportional to flow.

Emerson Automation Solutions — Roxar MPFM 2600 MVG Multiphase Flow Meter

Emerson Automation Solutions, Innovation Awards

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The Roxar MPFM 2600 MVG from Emerson Automation Solutions provides a modular platform designed for a high degree of freedom to which a system’s components may be separated and recombined. This allows users to obtain a tailored MPFM 2600 specific to their requirements and applications. The modular platform allows for reusable modules that consist of isolated, self-contained functional elements to ease repair and maintenance.

The base version Roxar 2600 M, with the electrical impedance section, is designed for permanent, single-well installations and is used as a well-monitoring tool for trending watercut, gas-to-oil ratio and flow rates. The Roxar 2600 MG, which includes the addition of the gamma source, is also designed for permanent, single-well installations, but with improved accuracy and robustness. The Roxar 2600 MV adds Venturi to the base version for good accuracy of flow rates for oil, water and gas over a broader range of applications. Finally, the Roxar 2600 MVG, which features electrical impedance, Venturi and gamma modules, can be used in single- or multi-well applications such as flowback, well testing and allocation metering. 

Endress+Hauser — Picomag Electromagnetic Flowmeter

Endress+Hauser, Innovation Awards

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Endress+Hauser‘s pocket-sized Picomag is a compact electromagnetic flowmeter designed for simple monitoring applications. It measures the flow of electrically conductive fluids, plus their process temperatures. It combines a sensor and transmitter in the same housing, with a 1.4-inch TFT color display showing flow, totalizer and temperature readings, as well as warning and alarm messages.

Picomag offers users easy commissioning with Bluetooth via the SmartBlue App and seamless system integration thanks to IO-Link technology. Features include an auto-rotating LED screen and wireless connectivity for commissioning and operation. With the Bluetooth connection, users can carry out wireless configuration or data retrieval over a distance of 30 feet, even at installation sites that are difficult to access. Configuration parameters can be called up and monitored by knocking on the device. It is cost-efficient and a fit for basic applications in which a customer might need a reliable, ballpark measurement (+/-2 percent). Key features include:

  • Intuitive commissioning and operation
  • Robust and compact housing
  • Fast and secure diagnostics
  • User-friendly display
  • IO-Link-enabled with additional analog I/O options

Fluid Components International — MT100 Series Multipoint Thermal Mass Flowmeter

Fluid Components International, Innovation Awards

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Fluid Components International designed the next-gen MT100 Series Multipoint Thermal Mass Flow Meters to set a new standard in performance accuracy, reliability, ease of use and value for engineers in heavy industrial facilities responsible for optimizing combustion or preheated air to large boilers, stack emissions monitoring and reporting, or flue gas/scrubber balancing.

The MT100 Series Air/Gas Flow Meters are designed to combine state-of-art electronics technology with precision flow sensors in a rugged package for demanding plant operating environments. They provide temperature-compensated, direct mass flow measurement of air and gases for precise, repeatable measurement with low maintenance in large diameter pipes, stacks and rectangular duct installations. The flowmeters come with two to eight flow rate sensing points to overcome these issues. Multiple sensors are inserted at various depths in a pipe or duct and their outputs are multiplexed and averaged to produce the flow rate in the process line. The sensors can be installed across a mast or can be inserted at multiple points around the process line in a single plane. 

Fox Thermal — Model FT4X Thermal Mass Flow Meter & Temperature Transmitter

Fox Thermal Instruments, Innovation Awards

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The Fox Model FT4X Thermal Mass Flow Meter from Fox Thermal Instruments was designed for use in oil and gas applications such as flare and waste gas monitoring, gas studies, gas royalties and allocation. Each Model FT4X is equipped with the second generation of direct digitally controlled sensor (DDC-Sensor) technology that provides the platform for the newly expanded gas selection feature: Gas-SelectX. Every Fox Model FT4X comes equipped with an advanced intrinsic data logger for advanced record-keeping and data retention.

The data logger records flow rate totals and other events and alarms including 40 daily totals, alarm and event logs with a seven-year history, and a power-off totalizer.

Other important features on the Model FT4X are:

  • Accuracy-compliant with BLM 3175 & API 14.10
  • Gross heating value and density calculations of gas mix
  • Calibration validation with CAL-V
  • FC10 flow conditioners for use with insertion meters
  • Agency approvals include
    • CE, FM/FMc, ATEX and IECEx
  • Standard USB communication port
  • Optional RS485 Modbus RTU or HART communication protocols
  • Free FT4X View software

Ham-Let — Synchronized Stream Switching Valve

Ham-Let, Innovation Awards

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The Ham-Let SSV Instrumentation Synchronized Stream Switching Valve Manifold (patent pending) is mechanically designed to eliminate the risk of human error by preventing improper valve positioning. The SSV is a compact, interlocking safety solution for alternatively feeding two or more fluids to an object of interest, eliminating fluids’ mixing errors.

Streaming multiple fluids in a system without intermixing and in the correct order is often critical in flow control systems. Existing solutions comprised of traditional instrumentation components, such as on/off valves, fittings, tubing and vent ports, will bind a complicated valve’s activation regime. Common mistakes in valve activation may lead to a wrong fluid streaming and result in contamination, lost media, downtime, equipment damage and safety risk.

Pressure rated up to 3,000 psig, the SSV is comprised of three ball valves with internal flow paths that are fully synchronized by a gear-driven mechanism, connected to a handle for manual actuation or alternatively to a pneumatic/electric actuator. A handle/actuator switch from one position to another actuates the synchronized ball valves and ensures fluids are streamed in the correct operational sequence. 

Nidec Motor Corporation — FORECYTE

Nidec Motor Corporation, Innovation Awards

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FORECYTE, Nidec’s standalone remote condition monitoring platform solution, enables monitoring, collecting, visualization and analysis of vibration and temperature data to determine equipment health. This allows asset owners to transition from reactive/preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance. Defining the ideal time and scope of such maintenance minimizes unexpected equipment failure, reduces operating costs and extends service life of critical equipment without increasing the risk of failure. The solution consists of a sensor, a gateway and a cloud-based portal.

The battery-powered wireless sensor measures equipment 3 axes of vibration plus surface and external temperature through a thermocouple type T. It is mounted either via magnet or stud mount.

The gateway is a proven Linux-based industrial computer. From the gateway, sensor data are sent through Ethernet, Wi-Fi or cellular communication to the cloud portal via secured message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT). Data are stored locally on the gateway in case cloud connectivity is lost. In the cloud, data are aggregated, stored, analyzed and visualized using an intuitive, user-friendly web interface. 

Sierra Instruments, Innovation Awards

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Sierra Instruments Inc. — Big-3™ One Complete Flow Energy Solution

With the launch of its Big-3 product line, including thermal, vortex and ultrasonic flowmeters, Sierra offers engineers one complete flow energy management solution to optimize all the gas, liquid and steam flows in an industrial facility. Sierra is now the only single-source supplier in the U.S. to design, manufacture, calibrate, commission and support the following meters: QuadraTherm 640i/780i thermal flowmeters for highly accurate (+/- 0.5 percent of reading) gas flow measurement; InnovaMass 240i/241i vortex flowmeters for steam; and the new InnovaSonic 207i ultrasonic flow and energy meter for hot/chilled water. The Big-3 offers one integration and automation solution for all gas, liquid and steam measurement, allowing users to partner with one supplier to specify, commission and service all gas, liquid and steam flowmeters.

The solution features common firmware across products for easy integration and serviceability across platforms and unified software apps to mine and analyze data quickly to make effective productivity decisions. 

Silixa Limited — Process Metering

Silixa Limited, Innovation Awards

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Silixa created a new process metering product for nonintrusive flow measurement using Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS). The product allows users to meter as many as 20 separate flows in a plant using a single, continuous length of optical fiber. Plant flow instrumentation is achieved by wrapping optical fiber around the pipes of interest, then connecting these instrumented metering zones in series.

The measurement principle relies only on the presence of turbulent energy for measurement, making the system compatible with slurries, liquids, gasses, gas/liquid mixtures and emulsions. The process metering product uses optical fiber for sensing and communication, eliminating the need for electricity or communications equipment at the point of sensing and streamlining the integration process in brownfield installations. This product makes it possible to meter flows on plant flow hardware that has been challenging to monitor with conventional solutions, including bends and stubs and along flow distribution manifolds.

Process metering is a retrofit-capable, digital debottlenecking tool with wide range of industrial applications in mining, water treatment, food processing and any other plant environment that features large numbers of flows.