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/

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