November 2017 Section Meeting

Join us for our upcoming November ISA New Orleans Section Meeting.

Improved Protection with WirelessHART Gas Detection

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Networking, Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Section Meeting/Presentation

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About Our Topic:
To minimize risk to personnel and plant safety, plants often deploy early warning devices such as gas detection systems, which require expensive infrastructure and seldom cover all of the potential leak points. As public concern about plant and community safety grows, however, interest in expanding coverage grows as well. And this comes at a time when market forces are placing companies under increasing cost constraints, pushing plant safety managers to seek innovative ways to reduce plant risk with limited additional investment. This concern is driving a trend toward augmenting existing wired gas detection coverage with wireless sensors, which can significantly increase monitoring coverage with minimal new financial outlay. Contributing to this wireless trend is the evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things, in which companies are not only gathering more data from process points, they are also becoming more adept at using it strategically.

The technology for wireless gas monitoring has developed significantly. As more end-users adopt wireless devices at the field and plant level, they will likely become an increasingly important fixture in the industrial landscape.

If price pressures continue to mount in the hydrocarbons industry, the need for safety and for cost-effective solutions will grow. As market conditions improve, the increased volume of hydrocarbon processing activities will introduce more potential leakage vulnerability and greater need to assure stakeholders that producers and transporters are doing everything they can to ensure safety.

We’ll discuss these trends and the associated technology in the wireless gas detection area for combustible (e.g. methane) and toxics (e.g. H2S.)

Guest Speaker:
Scott Pierce
Director of Functional Safety Technologies
United Electric Controls Company (UE)

About Our Guest Speaker:
Mr. Pierce is member of ISA and is one of United Electric’s SMEs on the application of wireless HART in the expansion and augmentation of combustible and toxic gas monitoring in plants. He has worked at United Electric for more than thirty years and travels extensively to meet and understand end-user challenges in the process sector focusing on gas detection.


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