Editors' Picks of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology Innovations
Running a manufacturing process efficiently and cost-effectively is an ongoing management challenge. This month's products
can help drugmakers save costs in energy, maintenance, and operation. Power monitors from Rockwell Automation show equipment
energy consumption. A database and audit program from Endress+Hauser helps manage process instrumentation maintenance. A
software tool from Emerson improves start-up and troubleshooting of flow and density meters.
Power monitors provide insight into energy use
Two new Allen-Bradley power monitors from Rockwell Automation give manufacturers more data on how, when, and where energy
is used in the production process. Although previous technology covered facility and process-level monitoring, the new monitors
allow users to go beyond the process level and collect data from specific, energy-intensive applications.
PowerMonitor 500 Rockwell Automation www.rockwellautomation.com
Rockwell's new wireless PowerMonitor W250 uses a self-generating wireless communications platform that is useful for applications
such as ceilings or conveyor belts where hard-wired networking is cost-prohibitive. The wireless network transmits data to
the Rockwell Software RSEnergyMetrix software.
The new PowerMonitor 500, designed for smaller consumption applications, has an on-device LCD display so that operators can
access real-time energy demand and consumption data at the machine or process level. The monitor has Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP
communication options and is also integrated with the RSEnergyMetrix software.
Program improves maintenance of process instrumentation
Endress+Hauser introduced an Installed Base Audit program to improve management of process instrumentation. Endress+Hauser
works with plant maintenance personnel to input process measurement device information into a W@M Life Cycle Management database,
and recommends preventive and corrective maintenance of devices. The database enhances traceability and management of all
installed measurement devices. For example, the database helps users make sure replacement parts are available for each critical
device, but eliminate unnecessary spare parts to reduce stock. Users can also access measurement device documentation through
the database. Software tools allow users to control and document maintenance and calibration work.
Installed Base Audit Program Endress+Hauser www.us.endress.com/services-iba
Software tool helps configure and troubleshoot flow and density meters
Emerson Process Management's Micro Motion ProLink III, a Microsoft Windows-based tool for Micro Motion Coriolis flow and density
meters, provides an intuitive interface for users. A guided connection wizard, simulated device feature, and offline configuration
tool aid set-up. For troubleshooting, a single, full diagnostics display shows process variables and alerts, and categorizes
alerts by severity. The software can simultaneously connect to multiple devices, allowing the user to view and change process
conditions across more than one transmitter at a time.
Micro Motion ProLink III Transmitter Configuration Tool Emerson Process Management www2.emersonprocess.com