Wireless battery-powered valve controller

Schneider Electric has announced the launch of an innovative battery-powered valve controller from its Telemetry & Remote SCADA Solutions division.

The VC10 Valve Controller is an addition to its Accutech wireless sensor network product line. A battery-powered wireless field device, the VC10 is used to control pneumatic valves in hazardous locations: it has unique functionality that offers optimized natural gas wellhead automation solutions to operators.

Using a patent pending technology called Progressive Pulse Control (PPC), the VC10 is ideal for operation of pneumatic valves in a wide range of upstream oil and gas applications.  Coupled with Accutech’s state-of-the-art power management technology, the VC10 is capable of operating in the field autonomously for over 50,000 cycles, which equates to years of maintenance free operation.

“The VC10 is the last link in what we call the wireless wellhead,” says Stephen Goodman, Senior Product Manager Accutech. “Together with other Accutech field devices the VC10 enables our customers to deploy entirely wireless battery-powered wellhead automation systems without the costs of wiring, trenching, maintenance and more, all with Class 1, Div 1 certification.”

Included with the VC10 are two digital inputs, the first configured as a counter for use in plunger arrival systems and the second for use with any discreet signal.  An integrated pressure sensor is incorporated as a feedback mechanism in the PPC circuit and as a useful diagnostic for wellhead operators.  Magnetic switches and an LCD display allow for configuration settings in the field without compromising zone restrictions.

The VC10 is protected by an industry leading 3-year warranty and is available for order now.

Whilst the “VC10” might seem to be a good code for a valve controller, it means something totally different to aviation enthusiasts like me – Ed

For more information please consult http://www.controlmicrosystems.com/products/accutech-wireless-instrumentation/valve-control/

New (old) President returns to IOM

Invensys has announced the appointment of Mike Caliel as President and CEO of Invensys Operations Management with effect from 1 January 2012.

Mike was previously with Invensys from 1993 to 2006, latterly as Chief Executive of Invensys Process Systems, the largest of the predecessor companies that were brought together to form Invensys Operations Management (IOM) in early 2009. He has over 25 years experience in the industry and was until recently (June 2011) CEO of Integrated Electrical Services, Inc.

He is taking over from Sudipta Bhattacharya who joined the Group in 2007 as President of the Wonderware Software division and has been the leader of Invensys Operations Management since February 2009. Sudipta has decided to leave next year to take up a new role outside Invensys. In the meantime, he will be working with Mike to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities within the division and will also be assisting on group business development in the Middle East and Asia.

Wayne Edmunds, Chief Executive of Invensys plc, commented:

“I am delighted to welcome Mike back to Invensys into a role which is very familiar to him. He has first class experience in the industries the division operates in, our customers as well as our products and technologies. His enthusiasm and drive will now be directed to building on the division’s strong market positions.

“I would like to thank Sudipta for his tremendous efforts over the past four years where we have continually shown double digit growth at Wonderware and then at Invensys Operations Management and wish him every success in the future. Invensys Operations Management has shown strong growth since its formation and Sudipta has built an excellent management team to take the business forward under Mike’s leadership.”

Mike Caliel stated that he is excited to return to Invensys and take the helm at the Operations Management division.

“I have many friends at Invensys and have first-hand knowledge of the talented people who are in place around the world making a positive impact on Invensys customers,” said Caliel. “I’m looking forward to reconnecting with customers, partners, and others in the industry as we continue building on the success of Invensys Operations Management and executing against the strong strategy we have in place.”