Download Your In-Depth Guide to Calibration for the Process Industries

Download Your In-Depth Guide to Calibration for the Process Industries

This post was written by Mike Cable, author of the ISA book Calibration: A Technician’s Guide and manager of operations technology at Argos Therapeutics, and Ned Espy of Beamex. Click this link to download Calibration Essentials, an in-depth eBook for the process industries.

 

Proper calibration of instruments for the process industries is essential. Yet calibration tends to be one of the most overlooked processes in today’s plants and factories. With industrial technology and tools demanding greater levels of precision, there is an ever-increasing need to calibrate and ensure consistent, reliable measurement with the goal of minimizing downtime, achieving greater production efficiencies, and reducing overall operating costs.

But how do you know that you’re taking the most efficient path towards calibrated, automated production? To help you find that certainty, calibration experts at ISA have teamed with Beamex to publish an in-depth guide to calibration automation, delivering the information you need to ensure a fully calibrated and reliable facility.

The informative new eBook, Calibration Essentials, covers everything you need to know about today’s calibration processes including:

  • A comprehensive big picture guide on how to manage a facility-wide calibration program for industrial automation and control systems.
  • Informative overviews of calibration considerations, such as tolerance errors, and calibration uncertainty, as well as practice scenarios and solutions to manage them.
  • An in-depth look at some of the new smart instrumentation and WirelessHART instruments and how to effectively calibrate them.
  • A technical discussion on the pros and cons of an individual instrument calibration strategy versus a loop calibration strategy.
  • Detailed guidelines to ensure facility and employee safety and security, as well as compliance with standards, when conducting calibration tasks.

The 60-page eBook can serve as a key resource to help you ensure your facility operates safely and efficiently, and that you are getting the most out of your instrumentation. This roadmap to calibration has tools for workers at every level of your facility to standardize your effort and facilitate an advanced, automated production environment.

Click this link to download Calibration Essentials, an in-depth eBook for the process industries

 

About the Authors

Mike Cable is author of the ISA book Calibration: A Technician’s Guide and validation manager at Argos Therapeutics. He is a Level 3 Certified Control System Technician, and his responsibilities include managing the calibration program. Mike started his career as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Program, serving as a reactor operator and engineering watch supervisor aboard the USS Los Angeles submarine, and then at the AIW prototype in Idaho Falls. After leaving the Navy, he started his civilian career at Performance Solutions performing technical services for the pharmaceutical industry. His 11 years there was highlighted by an assignment to Eli Lilly Corporate Process Automation managing Instrument qualification projects, and then starting a calibration services division within Performance Solutions. His practical expertise in instrumentation and controls led him to his career path in validation.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANed Espy has been promoting calibration management with Beamex for more than 20 years. He has directed field experience in instrumentation measurement application for over 27 years. Today, Ned provides technical & application support to Beamex clients and partners throughout North America.

 

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Webinar Recording: How to Document Safety Instrumented Systems Inspections and Tests

Webinar Recording: How to Document Safety Instrumented Systems Inspections and Tests

This ISA webinar on safety instrumented systems was presented by Paul Gruhn, ISA Fellow and global functional safety consultant with AE Solutions, and Ned Espy and Roy Tomalino of Beamex.

 

Calibration professionals are very often asked to perform inspections on instrumentation. This ISA webinar recording focuses on best practices of inspecting, testing and documenting a safety instrumented system as well as how to apply these practices in the field to not only SIS, but also to simpler instruments, such as valves.

About the Presenters

Paul Gruhn-2014Paul Gruhn is a global functional safety consultant at AE Solutions and a highly acclaimed and awarded safety expert in the automation and control field. Paul is an ISA Fellow, a member of the ISA 84 standards committee (on safety instrumented systems), a developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems, and the primary author of the ISA textbook Safety Instrumented Systems: Design, Analysis, and Justification. He also has contributed to several automation industry book chapters and has written more than two dozen technical articles. He developed the first commercial safety system modeling software. Paul is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in Texas and a member of Control System Engineer (CSE) exam team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANed Espy has been promoting calibration management with Beamex for more than 20 years. He has directed field experience in instrumentation measurement application for over 27 years. Today, Ned provides technical & application support to Beamex clients and partners throughout North America.

 

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Roy TomalinoRoy Tomalino has been teaching calibration management for 14 years. Throughout his career, he has taught on four different continents to people from over 40 countries. His previous roles include technical marketing engineer and worldwide trainer for Hewlett-Packard and application engineer with Honeywell. Today, Roy is responsible for all Beamex training activities in North America.

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Best ISA Webinars of 2017

Best ISA Webinars of 2017

This 2017 webinar roundup was edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager.

 

As 2017 comes to a close, we surveyed the year’s lineup of educational webinars to select five of the most popular presentations co-hosted with ISA’s partners. Scroll down and enjoy this roundup of “best of the best” webinars.

Large Project Execution – A Better Way

There are many challenges to effectively executing automation scope as overall project size grows to $100 million and beyond. Interfaces between various stakeholders and proper distribution of work become critical to define and manage properly. The traditional model of sole-sourcing an EPC to handle everything, including the automation scope, has inherent weaknesses that can be mitigated by an alternate approach. Join us as we review common problems with executing automation scope in large projects and present solutions proven to be effective.

Cybersecurity for Control Systems in Process Automation

Attacks to your production system may happen at any time and at any level – from outside as well as from inside. Which concepts and measures exist to protect your assets efficiently from software attacks? The ISA99 standards development committee brings together industrial cybersecurity experts from across the globe to develop the ISA-62443 (IEC 62443) standards on industrial automation and control systems security. German-based Siemens AG is a leading provider of automation equipment, global manufacturing company with close to 300 factories and provider of Industrial Security Services. In this webinar, ISA99 Committee Co-Chair Eric Cosman and Siemens Plant Security Services PSSO Robert Thompson will present the current threat landscape and key steps you can take to protect your critical assets in the production environment.

How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes in Field Calibration

Field process calibration isn’t just about getting the job done, it’s about getting the job done right. It’s cliché, but true. Instrument calibration requires the proper process, tools and parameters for each instrument application to ensure valid results. If one of the three are lacking, your results could have little validity. In this webinar, experts will expose the most easy-to-make mistakes and how to avoid them, so you can be confident in your calibration results.

Unlocking the Truth Behind Alarm Management Metrics

Alarm Management is a well understood process, supported by global standards and operating best practices. But ultimately, the process of Alarm Management goes beyond Alarm Benchmarking and KPI Reporting. To drive alarm system improvement, action is required. So, what action should you take? What are the metrics really telling you about how your plant is operating? In this joint presentation, Honeywell’s Global Alarm Management Product Director Tyron Vardy and Manufacturing Technology Fellow Nicholas Sands unlock the truth behind your plant’s alarm management metrics.

Protecting Cyber Assets and Manifest Destiny from the Industrial Internet of Threats

During the 1800s, settlers saw it as their “Manifest Destiny” to settle the American West; but, found their lands under attack by the cattlemen surrounding them. The Manifest Destiny of industrial process and power generation companies is under similar assault. Bands of outlaws, or hackers, are cutting down perimeter-based defenses and successfully infiltrating process control networks (PCN). They are aided by growing attack surfaces created by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) adoption; it is why IIoT is often referred to as the Industrial Internet of Threats. These and other factors put the highly complex, proprietary, and heterogeneous cyber assets in the plant at risk. Watch this webinar to listen to a discussion on the current landscape of ICS cybersecurity solutions. We will share how ISA advises companies to proceed and discuss “gotchas” that can derail an ICS cybersecurity initiative.

 

 

AutoQuiz: When Does an Instrument Need to Be Recalibrated?

AutoQuiz: When Does an Instrument Need to Be Recalibrated?

AutoQuiz is edited by Joel Don, ISA’s community manager.

Today’s automation industry quiz question comes from the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program. Certified Control System Technicians calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Click this link for information about the CCST program. This question comes from the Level I study guide, Domain 3, Troubleshooting. Level I represents a professional who has a five-year total of education, training, and/or experience.

An instrument calibration error comes to your attention. Your analysis of the calibration plot determines that __________ and the instrument does, in fact, need recalibration.

a) there is a zero error
b) there is a span error
c) there is both a zero and span error
d) there is a linearity error
e) none of the above

   

Click Here to Reveal the Answer

Zero error on an input/output calibration graph has an as-found line that is parallel to the ideal line. The zero error may produce a constant offset throughout the range of the instrument.

Linearity error is only a measure of the straightness of the line and not the slope of the line. A system with gross sensitivity errors can be linear.

Span error is the difference between the actual span and the ideal span. On an input/output calibration graph, span error has an as-found line that is not parallel to the ideal line. The slopes of the two lines are different. That is the case here, and the correct answer is B.

Webinar Recording: Calibration Uncertainty and Why Technicians Need to Understand It

Webinar Recording: Calibration Uncertainty and Why Technicians Need to Understand It

This ISA webinar on calibration uncertainty was presented by Ned Espy and Roy Tomalino of Beamex

 

Being aware of the uncertainty related to a measurement is a very fundamental concept and you should not make any measurements unless you are aware of the related uncertainty.

Watch the ISA webinar replay and learn all about calibration uncertainty and why it is crucial to understand it. Experts provide real-life application examples of how uncertainty affects calibration results.

White Paper Download

Want additional resources on the topic of calibration uncertainty? A companion white paper discusses the basics of uncertainty in measurement and calibration. The free white paper is designed for people who are not mathematicians or metrology experts, but people who are planning and making the practical measurements and calibrations in industrial applications.

Click here to download the free Beamex white paper

 

 

 

About the Presenters
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANed Espy has been promoting calibration management with Beamex for more than 20 years. He has directed field experience in instrumentation measurement application for over 27 years. Today, Ned provides technical & application support to Beamex clients and partners throughout North America.


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Roy TomalinoRoy Tomalino has been teaching calibration management for 14 years. Throughout his career, he has taught on four different continents to people from over 40 countries. His previous roles include technical marketing engineer and worldwide trainer for Hewlett-Packard and application engineer with Honeywell. Today, Roy is responsible for all Beamex training activities in North America.

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