Digital flow computer for metering, data handling
KROHNE's Summit 8800 Digital Flow Computer is designed for custody and process applications in metering and data handling
KROHNE, Inc. announced the KROHNE Summit 8800 Digital Flow Computer, which features a touch screen graphic display along with performance, handling, and interoperability improvements over older units.
An extensive feature set supports the latest developments in metering, data handling, and system maintenance at an extremely competitive price. The Summit 8800 is ideal for a wide variety of custody and process applications, including metering oil, gas, wet gas, steam and water; bulk chemicals batching; heat exchanger metering and logging; and metering production processes in the pharmaceutical industry. Unsurpassed network support allows users to minimize service costs and implement automatic remote metering. Automatic performance monitoring increases accuracy and reduces recalibrations.
KROHNE has included several improvements in the Summit 8800. For example, the unit contains a dedicated microprocessor with a fast ¼-second processing cycle for each input/output (I/O) board rather than using one shared processor. A removable multi-gigabyte memory card stores data with enough capacity for several years of flow information.
The user-friendly scroll-and-click navigation and touch-screen control is designed to make operation simple and straightforward. The color display, with multicolor traffic-light guidance, also simplifies operations and system maintenance. Network security is enhanced with multiple, redundant Ethernet ports while wide-area communication is possible using a range of common protocols.
The Summit 8800 is versatile because of its modular design, which allows the user to plug in up to six I/O or communication boards as needed for multiple flow streams, analyzers or additional network communications options.
The unit's security features include configurable multi-level access and authorization and an optional personalized electronic proximity key. In addition, the Summit 8800 separates fiscal and maintenance data, thereby permitting remote maintenance without compromising security and data integrity. The 8800’s security system provides a full audit trail with personalized login identification information.
- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.