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Wireless installation is delivering efficiencies and having significant impact on production volumes in mature fields around the world. Plains Exploration & Production Co. (PXP), Bakersfield, California, US, has transformed its steam injection metering and data acquisition systems into an advanced and automated process comprising a large network of WirelessHART transmitters and industrial broadband radios. Continuous steam injectors play a critical role in the amount of oil produced in several wells in the South Belridge field. The project facilities engineer of the company has been able implement a new wireless metering and monitoring system after equipment investigation, analysis, and discussion with operations personnel. Two transmitters have been placed on each well to measure the downstream pressure at the wellhead and the upstream pressure before the steam passed through a choke. Source

Lutovsky A.,ProSoft Technology Inc.
Control Engineering

Plains Exploration & Production (PXP) Company transformed its steam injection metering and data acquisition systems into a highly sophisticated, automated process comprised of a large network of WirelessHART transmitters and industrial broadband radios. 249 Rosemount WirelessHART transmitters installed at the 200 wells of PXP's Hopkins Lease, located in the South Belridge Field, allowed data communication to an industrial PC in the field office and view of well data, print reports, and view alarms. As a result of the newly automated wireless process and data acquisition system, PXP expects to see oil production increase, in addition to the benefits of greater efficiencies and reduced costs. With the automated processes, the plant operations benefit from reduced maintenance, real-time data, increased efficiencies, and profitability. Source

Lutovsky A.,ProSoft Technology Inc.
Control Engineering

Several factors that need to be considered by the users of wireless technologies are presented. One of the factors is security ensuring uninterrupted production and protection of plant floor equipments. IT engineers want to ensure that systems deployed in the plant coexist well with networks in the rest of the organization and corporate information is secured. A fully provisioned wireless system can lock down the network securely and satisfy enterprise requirements. It is recommended to choose the service provider carefully. There are new techniques and testing tools available to determine when the network is approaching failure, and user interfaces to provide real-time health information. There are repeatable technology management and procedural management systems that can be put in place to increase reliability. Some wireless devices are sophisticated enough to act as managed switches, providing intelligent packet filtering. Source

Mazur D.C.,Rockwell Automation | Kreiter J.H.,Rockwell Automation | Rourke M.E.,Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories | Syme E.,ProSoft Technology Inc.
IEEE Industry Applications Magazine

THIS ARTICLE OUTLINES THE PROcedure and guidelines used to create human-machine interface (HMI) faceplates for industrial control systems that represent protective relays. The faceplates are developed around an International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61850-enabled network and represent a structured, industry-accepted, HMI format. The background and benefits of the IEC 61850 standard are also discussed. ©2015IEEE. Source

Mazur D.C.,Rockwell Automation | Entzminger R.A.,Rockwell Automation | Morell P.A.,Rockwell Automation | Kay J.A.,Rockwell Automation | Syme E.,ProSoft Technology Inc.
IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications

There are many organizations and standard bodies that recommend segmenting the enterprise zone from the industrial zone by utilizing an industrial demilitarized zone (IDMZ). This paper will discuss the basic principles and purpose behind an IDMZ. Additionally, this paper will discuss various strategies and design considerations to help users understand their application requirements for the development and deployment of an IDMZ. © 1972-2012 IEEE. Source

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