Heartbeat Technology’s inline diagnostics reduce downtime for acrylics manufacturer.
At Lucite International’s Cassel Works in Billingham, a flowmeter monitoring the rate of flow from a reactor vessel to the downstream process was producing an incorrect reading. Lucite’s engineers couldn’t determine why the meter was periodically indicating zero flow through the pipeline, causing the process to ‘trip’ (automatically shut down) as a safety precaution.
An Endress+Hauser engineer visited the site and accessed the device diagnostics via Wi-Fi using an SMT70 Field Xpert tablet. Using the flowmeter’s inbuilt Heartbeat Technology function, the engineer was able to run a verification and determine that the flowmeter’s empty pipe cable was faulty. “The normal display didn’t indicate anything wrong, so we wouldn’t have had a clue what the problem was, but Heartbeat zeroed in on it straight away,” says Project I/E Interface Engineer Aaron Matthewman.Get in touch
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