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Simplifying Safety Instrumented System Modernization Projects

Posted in Safety on Thursday, December 20th, 2018. No comments yet
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One of my first assignments as a newly minted Electrical Engineer was to tend to a triple modular redundant (TMR) safety instrumented system (SIS) on an offshore Gulf of Mexico oil & gas gathering facility. This was back in the 1980s when these systems were introduced. Many manufacturers and producers have these older safety systems […]

Simplifying Safety Valve Proof Testing

Posted in Safety on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018. No comments yet
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A safety instrumented function (SIF) within a safety instrumented system (SIS) consists of a sensor, logic solver, and final element. As part of the IEC 61511 global safety standard, these elements within the SIF must be tested during the operational phase of the safety lifecycle. Of the 3 elements, the final control element, typically a […]

Partial Stroke Test for Final Elements—Diagnostic Coverage Factors

Posted in Final Control Element, Safety on Thursday, December 13th, 2018. No comments yet
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Author: Riyaz Ali Partial stroke test is one of the viable means to check mechanical integrity of Final Element of Safety Instrumented Function (SIF) loop. Generally, end users struggle on question of credit of PST for improvement in SIL (Safety Integrity Level). IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 define diagnostic coverage factors (DCF), but do not […]

Simplifying Burner Management System Architecture

Posted in Safety on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018. No comments yet
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Emerson’s Zach Brooks and Steven Kormann described how compliance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with modern burner management and combustion control hardware systems has been simplified. They explored how recently released (and upcoming) standard changes have forced the evolution of best practices based on modern hardware solutions. The acceptance of SIL-capable instrumentation has become […]

Optimizing Pressure Relief Valve Lifecycle Management

Posted in Regulator, Safety on Friday, September 21st, 2018. One comment so far
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Pressure relief valves (PRVs) are critical safety and equipment protection devices to prevent overpressure conditions. They need ongoing maintenance to assure that they operate as designed for their intended applications. In a Valve magazine article, Lifecycle Management of Pressure Relief Valves, Emerson’s Kevin Simmons and Marcelo Dultra describe considerations for effective and efficient PRV sizing, […]