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Inkoel automation solution helps SOCAR maximize Kalmaz gas storage capacity and improve efficiency and safety. Inkoel upgrades to Endress+Hauser level and interface measurement technology, removing water from produced crude oil faster and better.

Baku, Azerbaijan. December 17, 2012 - Most crude oil production requires treatment to remove water. The crude oil must generally be free of water before it can be sold and transported in pipelines. Inkoel MMC in collaboration with Endress+Hauser has helped Binagadi Oil Company to remove water from produced crude oil faster and better.

Binagadi Oil has replaced unreliable ultrasonic and capacitance-based level measurement devices with new Levelflex FMP55 multi-parameter transmitters and Tank Gauging System from Endress+Hauser.

A common measurement in the oil production is detecting the interface level between oil and water in the tank. Emulsion always exists between oil and free water.The FMP55 guided wave radar is used to monitor the level and interface of oil and interface in 3 process tanks. High and low point level detection devices Liquiphant M FTL51 provide overfill prevention at the tanks. The Endress+Hauser FMP55 level transmitter combines guided wave and capacitance technologies, making it especially suitable for measuring interfaces with emulsion layers. The Levelflex FMP55 guided wave radar is enhanced with groundbreaking Sensor Fusion technology to offer best-in-class guided radar measurement for interface levels with emulsion layers. It combines the tried and trusted level monitoring capabilities of capacitance level measurement with the all the advantages of guided radar continuous monitoring in a single instrument to provide accurate, reliable interface level and overall level measurement. Redundant interface detection guarantees safe operation.

The Endress+Hauser Tank Gauging system provides inventory control with accurate data of level, volume and temperature at 3 additional storage tanks. The Tank Gauging System consists of the Tank Side Monitor NRF590, the non-contacting radar level transmitter FMR240 and the intrinsically safe multi-signal converter with precision average temperature sensor Prothermo NMT532. Each Tank Side Monitor NRF590 acquires data from the tank measurement transmitters via intrinsically safe 2 wire HART multidrop communication, displays at the on-site display and transfers the measured and calculated values to the upper level tank inventory system by EIA-485 Modbus interface.

Tank farm automation is now easier and less costly with the integration of Endress+Hauser Tank Gauging System and the Rockwell Automation digital automation system CompactLogix™ 1769. The more accurate and reliable tank automation system from Inkoel MMC has helped the customer to increase safety, reduce shutdowns and increase production.

About Inkoel MMC

Inkoel MMC provides instrument and automation solutions in the oil and gas, refining, chemical, water and wastewater treatment, food and beverage, mining and other industries. The company collaborates with selected partners to help customers reduce system integration costs, improve operational and maintenance efficiency using best-inclass production of automation manufactures such as Rockwell Automation, Endress+Hauser, Metso, Phoenix Contact, Rittal, Leoni Kerpen and many others.

About Endress+Hauser

Endress+Hauser is trusted by more than 100,000 customers to make their processes safe, efficient and environmentally friendly. We offer a range of measurement products, including level, flow, pressure, temperature, analytical and complete engineered solutions designed to help customers acquire, transmit, control and record process information needed to manage operations in a safe, reliable and profitable manner.

Insights on the Impact of Industry 4.0 for Process Automation
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Of the technology trends that I have observed in recent years, few developments have been more exciting than Industry 4.0 for Process Automation. Having the opportunity to attend several events and talk with professionals throughout the industry, it’s clear that Industry 4.0 concepts and technology are being applied to process automation. At the 2017 Hannover Fair, for instance, I was fortunate enough to meet with Michael Ziesemer, an executive with Endress+Hauser and president of ZVEI, to discuss the impact of Industry 4.0 for process industries.  This is not the first discussion I have had with Ziesemer, as I have found through many discussions with the engineering industry veteran, that his opinions and observations are always insightful.

The answers you're looking for at one event
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The Automation Fair® event is the ideal opportunity to discover how The Connected Enterprise can help you achieve faster time to market, optimize your assets and lower your total cost of ownership. Visit us Nov. 15-16 in Houston, Texas, and participate in industry forums, hands-on labs and technical sessions. Join us for the Process Solutions User Group Nov. 13-14. Learn best practices and find solutions to process application challenges

Top 50 automation companies of 2016
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The process control and automation businesses of the Top 50 global and North American suppliers still face some challenging headwinds, and 2016 was a tough year. Traditional automation suppliers are betting on big transformations into the world of the Internet of Things (IoT)—or to the Industrial IoT (IIoT) in the case of automation—to rejuvenate their businesses. ARC Advisory Group also sees an increasing focus on cybersecurity as the critical infrastructure and manufacturing sectors continue to experience high profile cyberattacks.

IIoT in the process industry
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Endress+Hauser accompanies customers on the path to digitalization

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has huge potential: predictive maintenance, asset information management and device configuration are just some examples of the opportunities digitalization has in store for companies. Endress+Hauser is driving IIoT forward through innovative products and solutions as well as by working with partners. This dedication has been proven twice – winning the Digital Champion Award and presenting a new digital platform at the German Digital Summit.

The advantages of digitalization in the process industry can already be seen clearly. Increased networking opens up new opportunities in process optimization and increases plant efficiency. Endress+Hauser is therefore constantly increasing its offer of products, solutions and services in order to increase customers’ productivity and system availability while expanding competitiveness.


Digital Champion 2017

With Memosens, Endress+Hauser introduced a pioneering sensor technology for liquid analysis in various industries such as chemical, power & energy, food & beverage and water & wastewater over 10 years ago. Memosens sensors measure the pH-value in liquids, for example, and transform it into a digital signal while still in the sensor. The data is then passed on via a contactless system and provides extremely accurate, reproducible and reliable measurement results.

Furthermore, the technology combines high process and data security with simple handling: it can withstand corrosion and moisture, can be calibrated in the laboratory and enables predictive maintenance.

Memosens was presented with the Digital Champion Award in the category Digital Products and Services in June 2017. The award is a joint initiative of the German telecommunications provider Telekom and the business magazine WirtschaftsWoche, which was set up in 2016 with the aim of awarding prizes to significant projects by medium-sized companies.


Endress+Hauser at the Digital Summit

Endress+Hauser also demonstrates its commitment through its work with partners: the company created a platform through which data can be exchanged together with BASF, SAP, Pepperl+Fuchs and SAMSON. This was presented for the first time at the Digital Summit of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology. The event took place in June 2017 in the metropolitan Rhine-Neckar region and saw over 1000 participants, including the German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel.

The platform enables new forms of data-based cooperation. The effectiveness and efficiency in chemical production can be increased significantly, allowing new business models to be created. The ability to gather data on the condition of devices and components and exchanging this data with all those involved with the process helps determine maintenance requirements, plan maintenance work more efficiently and reduce plant shutdowns.


Subsidiary for IIoT activities

Endress+Hauser has combined its activities for IIoT in a subsidiary in Freiburg, Germany, in order to meet the high pressures of digitalization. Here, specialists work exclusively on products, solutions and services for digitalized plants. These include customized cloud solutions, for example, which utilize specific data from production processes and increase efficiency, as well as services for the plant’s entire life cycle.


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Cover Story: While the oil and gas sector is still male-dominated, engineering-minded associations are working to motivate more women to work in the field.

While technology and engineering constantly evolve, the gender balance is an issue that still needs to be addressed by those who work in the sector. Throughout history, the engineering industry has traditionally underplayed its female workforce. For example, how many people could name the famous male machinist and engineer who industrialized car production in 1920s America (Henry Ford), compared to the female engineer—and movie star—behind a remote-controlled communications system for the U.S military during World War II which now serves as a basis for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi network connections (Hedy Lamarr).

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The 30th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 28 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2016 as chosen by you, Control Engineering’s print and digital audience. Review the winners and honorable mentions here to see if their innovative solutions can help you solve one of your most pressing problems.

Also, join us in congratulating these technological innovators. Let them know you learned about their solutions in Control Engineering, and tell them what problems you need solutions for next. Their continuous improvement ensures that manufacturers, machine builders, and automation system integrators can achieve the levels of agility, efficiency, and effectiveness necessary to compete—and win—in today’s global economy.

More than 100 finalists from 63 companies were listed on ballots for evaluation. Automation professionals from Control Engineering’s subscriber lists—all of whom are responsible for or influence technology purchases, or have hands-on day-to-day interaction with the technologies in each category—then voted to identify the products they felt were the most exceptional based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact. The result is a short list of Engineers’ Choice Awards winners and honorable mentions in 28 categories. A total of 1 grand winner, 28 winners, and 28 honorable mentions were named for 2017.