Friday, January 15, 2016

The Need for Combustion Airflow Measurement

Combustion Airflow (CA) Measurement Station
Combustion Airflow
Monitor Station
(courtesy of Air Monitor)
A Combustion Airflow (CA) Measurement Station is a multi-point, self averaging Pitot traverse station designed to provide accurate and repeatable primary, secondary and/or tertiary airflow measurement in gas, oil or coal fired power plants.

The objectives in the power industry today are twofold; to lower emissions, and increase plant performance. Precise measurement of combustion airflow and fuel rates positively contributes to achieving those objectives, by providing the information needed to optimize stoichiometric ratios and facilitate more complete, stable combustion. Usable measurements cannot be obtained from existing devices such as venturis, foils, jamb tubes, etc., or instrumentation such as thermal anemometers due to limited available straight duct runs, low flow rates, proximity to modulating control dampers, broad turndown range, and high concentrations of airborne particulate (flyash).

To lean more about Combustion Airflow Measurement, read the document below.

For more information on this technology, contact:
Power Specialties, Inc.
PO Box 9566
9118 E. 72nd Terrace
Raytown, MO 64133
Toll Free: (800) 432-6550
www.powerspecialties.com



Friday, January 8, 2016

Gas Detectors That Address Both Toxic and Combustible Gases

Scott Meridian Universal
Gas Transmitter
Scott's Meridian Universal Gas Detector represents the next generation in fixed gas detection. Universal means a modular, easily maintained platform supporting hot-swappable sensors, detecting 50+ toxic and combustible gasses with a true plug and play functionality. Global SIL 2 certification by TUV Rheinland guarantees best-in-class reliability.




Yokogawa Provides Customers with Easy-to-Use Online Product Finder


Yokogawa Corporation of America is a leading provider of Industrial Automation and Test and Measurement solutions. Combining innovative and reliable technology with project management, engineering services, and maintenance, Yokogawa delivers field-proven operational excellence, safety, and reliability.

They have just introduced an online product finder to assist customers in finding the right process instrument product.

Yokogawa Product Finder serves as a guiding tool to assist you in selecting world class instrumentation for your application(s). The tool will guide you through a series of basic questions and narrow down the product offering(s) based on the results of your entry.


The Retirement of a Damper Drive Legend

Kansas City is famous for many things. We are the home of jazz, home of the best BBQ, home of the Negro League Baseball Museum and also home of the 1st damper drive ever built by Controls International (now Rotork Type K).

I would like to share the legend of Dick Scholtz as I know it. This story of how the Type-K concept was first conceived has been told many times by many people,

The story goes that Dick had sold several competitor's vane actuators to one of his very good customers. The same customer had been experiencing problems with his pneumatic damper drives and understood the merit of the vane design. Dick worked together on a plan to integrate the vane actuator into a damper drive, while the customer fabricated a stand to mount the actuator. The result was one outstanding, accurate, and long-life damper drive.

On a follow-up visit to the plant, Dick had a conversation with his customer who told Dick the plant would like to retrofit several additional damper drive applications, but he didn’t want to use Dick’s actuator! Of course, Dick was stunned and replied, “I thought that the actuators have been performing flawlessly” to which his customer responded, “They are!”

Dick shook his head, paused and replied, “Well then why in the world wouldn’t you want to use my actuator?”.

The customer quietly then explained, “Dick, listen closely, I don’t want to use your ACTUATOR, I want to use your DAMPER DRIVE”.

The light came on and the damper drive business at Controls International was born (later to become Rotork Type K Drives).

Dick Scholtz trained so many salesmen on so much more than damper drives. Dick taught us how to be better salesmen. Dick showed us the importance of attention to detail, surveying every last detail of a customer installation so that the replacement damper drive just dropped into place like magic. Dick’s magnetic personality (coupled with $50 of the best pastries available from St. Louis Bread Company) were a sure-fire win at every client. We all enjoyed tremendous growth in large part to Dick Scholtz. When talking with Dick on the phone, many times he would end the phone conversation with “Go get ‘em Tiger” and make you feel like a million bucks. His contribution and friendship will never be forgotten.

Tim Haas
President
Power Specialties

Monday, January 4, 2016

Welcome to the Power Specialties Blog

Thanks for visiting! It's our intention to feature products, technologies, and concepts of interest to the process control community. Subject will include all varieties of field instruments, process control loops, basics of operation, and new exciting products.

We hope you enjoy and visit back frequently!

The Power Specialities Team