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COSEL Co, Ltd (6905: Tokyo) has just announced the addition of a 1500W power supply to its PCA series with extended communications I/O for demanding medical and industrial applications. The addition of the PCA1500F complements and expands the family of power supplies to cover a much larger range of applications from 300W up to 1500W in four series. The PCA series have a built-in extended-UART (Universal Asynchronous Receiver –Transmitter) interface supporting more than 80 commands to monitor and control the whole range of power supply parameters, a PMBus option is also available.

Complying with stringent medical standards EN/IEC 60601-1, the PCA1500F features a reinforced input to output isolation of 4,000VAC and a grade of 2X Means of Patient Protection (2xMOPP). The PCA series offers a universal input voltage of 85 to 264VAC. Exhibiting flexibility, the output can be operated in constant voltage (CV) or constant current (CC) mode with either analog or digital control. All PCA series power supplies are built in 1U height housings and utilize COSEL’s high-density, integrated packaging with optimized cooling

Available in six different output voltages, the PCA series covers the whole range of applications from 5V to 48V and embraces 5, 12, 15, 24, 32 and 48V. All output voltages can be adjusted to near zero volts and operated in constant voltage or constant current mode. Worthy of highlighting, the 5V model trims down to 3V and so covers 3.3V for computing applications, and the 48V model trims up to 57.6V covering some of the growing Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications.

In addition to the main output, an independent isolated auxiliary voltage of 12V is provided which is adjustable in the range of 4.7 -12.6V DC using digital control.

The addition of the PCA1500F complements and expands the COSEL PCA family of power supplies to cover a much larger range of applications from 300W up to 1500W in four series.The addition of the PCA1500F complements and expands the COSEL PCA family of power supplies to cover a much larger range of applications from 300W up to 1500W in four series.

Designed for demanding applications, and in line with its predecessors, the PCA1500F combines the benefits of constant voltage and constant current, simplifying the designer’s task when developing power systems requiring both modes without adding external circuitry e.g. for lead acid battery charging requiring constant current charging up to 90%, and constant voltage above that.

For flexibility, the PCA1500F includes analog and digital interfaces - the analog interface includes current adjustment (ITRM), voltage adjustment (VTRM), remote control ON/OFF, voltage sensing, LED alarms and current monitoring. For extended flexibility, the extended-UART digital interface supports more than 80 commands for monitoring and control. Operating data can be stored and locked inside the internal memory, and recorded error codes can be used for analysis and the recording of operational hours for preventive maintenance.

All parameters can be programmed and monitored via COSEL’s extended UART control panel GUI, which is able to control up to seven units. Extended UART is built-in as standard, and a PMBus option is available.

The PCA series can easily be connected in series or parallel for extra power, and in parallel redundant mode (N+1) for improved system reliability and availability.

The PCA1500F is rated for operation at temperatures from -20 to +70 degrees C, and cooling is achieved by an internal intelligent fan, the speed of which adjusts automatically to match and work alongside environmental conditions. The fan can also be set to maximum (fixed) speed manually via the digital interface.

The PCA1500F includes inrush current limiting, over-current protection, thermal protection, and output status alarm. For safety, the power supplies have an IN/OUT isolation of 4,000VAC (2MOPP) and IN/FG of 2,000VAC (1MOPP). Output isolation to FG and other functional pins is 500VAC.

For high performance, the PCA1500F has a built-in active power factor corrector (PFC). Conducted noise complies with FCC Part 15 class A, VCCI-A, CISPR11-A, CISPR32-A, EN55011-A and EN55032-A. For applications requiring lower conducted noise, COSEL offers the NAC-30-472 filter. The harmonic current emission complies with the IEC61000-3-2 (class A).

The PCA series comes with agency approvals UL62368-1, EN62368-1, C-UL (equivalent to CAN/CSA-C22.2 No.62368-1), ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1, EN60601-1 3rd Ed., C-UL (equivalent to CAN/CSA-C22.2 No.60601-1), and complies with IEC60601-1-2 4th Ed.

All PCA units come in 1U height (41mm, 1.61 inch) Including fan. The PCA1500F has a length of 203mm (7.99 inches) and a width of 140mm (5.52 inches), the weight is 2.0kg maximum.

To accommodate application specific requirements, a number of options are available including conformal coating (C), low leakage current (G), PMBus interface (I), reverse air exhaust (F2), master-slave operation (P3) and alarm in reverse logic (W1).

PCA1500F power supplies have a five-year warranty and conform to the European RoHS Directive, REACH Directive, CB-Report and CE Marking.

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About Cosel:

Established in Japan 1969, COSEL is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of high performance AC-DC Power Supplies, DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters. With quality, reliability & flexibility as our main focus, we pride ourselves on developing some of the highest quality and most reliable products seen anywhere in the world today. The Cosel Group is a $228m global company employing some 790 staff with sales offices throughout Japan, Asia, Europe and North America. Our product range is aimed mostly at demanding applications within the Industrial, Factory Automation, Medical, Telecoms, Lighting, Audio/Broadcast & Renewable Energy sectors. A flexible approach with full in-house design means we deliver products using the very latest technology meeting the growing demands of our customers.

Linxon has secured a position as a framework contractor for National Grid’s RIIO-2 substations framework which runs from 2021 to 2026 with optional extension periods.

This framework will involve Linxon providing its market leading technical / equipment innovation, system integration and construction knowledge across National Grid’s vast English and Welsh 132 kV to 400 kV transmission network, whilst supporting both organisations’ drive towards NetZero. The framework activities will range from small substation extensions and refurbishment to large scale, innovative, new build substation requirements.

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“We are delighted to have been selected by National Grid to enter into a further long-term relationship and secure our place on this exciting EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) substation framework. With Linxon’s parentage, this award builds on many decades of collaboration and successful delivery between our organisations and I look forward to continuing this over the next 5 years with a firm focus upon achieving our shared NetZero ambitions”, said Jon Downs, Managing Director of Linxon UK.  

Linxon commenced operations on September 1, 2018, undertaking turnkey electrical alternating current substation projects related to renewable and conventional power generation, power transmission and transportation solutions. Substations enable the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity. Within the substation, switchgear controls and protects the network from power outages and facilitates reliable electricity supply. 

About Linxon

We combine Hitachi ABB Power Grids deep technological knowledge and SNC-Lavalin’s project management expertise to create a company dedicated to substations. As one of the leading engineering companies, we help our customers with turnkey solutions in the field of substations for power transmission, renewable energy and transportation. As a single point of contact we combine the accumulated knowhow of key-suppliers and contractors so that customers benefit from efficient solutions, increased industrial productivity and a lower environmental impact. We work to shape energy solutions to empower sustainable connectivity.

Metso Outotec has received an order for a heavy-duty mine conveyor system in South America. The delivery consists of high reliability overland conveyors, including a 2-km single flight conveyor. Equipment provided in this package runs at speeds of up to 6 m/s with a delivery capacity of over 9,000 t/h. The order value is approximately EUR 10 million and it has been booked in Minerals’ Q1/2021 orders received.

“Metso Outotec’s full range of overland conveyor solutions provides economic and reliable material transportation for both open-pit and underground operations at the lowest total cost of ownership. Metso Outotec’s patented Energy Saving Idlers (ESI) bring important power savings to long-distance conveyors, reduced belt tension, and extended rollers life, enabling a reduced maintenance cost over the equipment life and a more sustainable operation,” says Alexandre Martins, Business Manager, Crushing and Conveying Systems business line at Metso Outotec.

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The Metso Outotec conveyor offering covers complete end-to-end conveyor solutions. This includes concept studies and definitions for all types of terrains and route types with horizontal and vertical curves. In addition, the offering also includes post-installation services and maintenance, including a full range of accessories, belts, and components for different types of applications. Metso Outotec conveyors are built from high-quality materials and are based on extensive testing and more than 100 years of engineering experience.

Find out more about Metso Outotec conveyor solutions on our website.

Further information, please contact:

Erwin Alexandre Huber, Vice President, Crushing and Conveying Systems, Metso Outotec Corporation, Tel. +55 15 2102 1386, erwin.huber(at)

Helena Marjaranta, Vice President, Communications and Brand, Metso Outotec, Tel. +358 20 484 3212, email: helena.marjaranta(at)

Metso Outotec is a frontrunner in sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing and metals refining industries globally. By improving our customers’ energy and water efficiency, increasing their productivity, and reducing environmental risks with our product and process expertise, we are the partner for positive change.  

Metso Outotec is committed to limiting global warming to 1.5°C with Science Based Targets. We ranked 8th on the 2021 Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies.

Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Metso Outotec employs over 15,000 people in more than 50 countries and its sales for 2020 were about EUR 3.9 billion. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

Zug, Switzerland – Foster Wheeler has signed an 'evergreen agreement' with Valero Energy Ltd for the provision of home office engineering and project support services to Valero’s Pembroke Refinery and other facilities in the UK.

FosterWheelerFoster Wheeler will provide home office front-end engineering design and detailed engineering design services to support new development and modification projects at the Pembroke Refinery and other facilities.

Foster Wheeler will also provide other support services including project control and cost estimating. Valero acquired the Pembroke refinery in 2011.

“We know this refinery well, having executed projects for the refinery since the 1980s,” said Umberto della Sala, President and chief operating officer of Foster Wheeler AG, adding that the company has executed projects for Valero elsewhere, particularly in the US.

Thursday, 02 May 2013 17:23

Rowecord goes into administration

Accountancy firm Grant Thornton’s advisory team has been appointed administrators to Wales-based Rowecord Engineering Limited, which went into administration with the potential loss of several hundred jobs.

Alistair Wardell, senior partner at the Wales office of Grant Thornton in Cardiff, will lead the administration of the UK's third-largest structural steel engineering company.

Rowecord, which until recently employed over 500 staff at sites in Newport, Baglan and the Tata Steelworks in Port Talbot, built the roof at the London Olympics Aquatic Centre, as well as the stadiums for Cardiff City Football club and the Llanelli Rugby Club (Parc y Scarlets).

It is currently working on major projects at the Dover Docks and the British Museum and recently built the blast furnace for Tata at Port Talbot, where it has 120 people on site providing general maintenance.


In calling in administrators, Newport-based Rowecord’s Managing Director Andrew Hoppe said the company had “exhausted every option to sustain the business for the future.”

Administrator Alistair Wardell said: “This is a devastating blow, not just for the Rowecord workforce which will be affected, but for the Welsh economy as a whole.

“It is also likely to have an impact on a number of other companies along the M4 corridor that up until now have been suppliers to Rowecord.

“Among our roles as administrators will be to explore which, if any, parts of the business can be salvaged and whether any jobs can be saved.

“A number of Rowecord employees will be retained in the short term post-administration to complete work in progress.”

Guildford, UK – TMO Renewables (TMO), a UK developer of second generation biofuels technology, and Usina Santa Maria Ltda are to form a JV to build the first commercial production plant in Brazil to convert sugar cane waste (bagasse) to cellulosic bioethanol.

2021 03 12 041727Under an MOU, TMO is to build, own and operate a 10-million-litre second generation ethanol pilot plant to convert bagasse to cellulosic bioethanol.

This will be followed by the construction of full-scale industrial plant, alongside a sugar mill owned by Usina Santa Maria at Cerquilho, São Paulo state. The facility is due to go into production in 2014.

The bioethanol will primarily be used to power Flex-Fuel vehicles in the domestic market. The project is expected to create over 150 new jobs for British engineers.

TMO worked with the support of BB2E, a UK company that assists the development and commercialisation of British technology, who have helped to build what has become a strong relationship between TMO and the owners of Usina Santa Maria.

Brazil is the second largest producing nation of First Generation ethanol with a rapidly-developing demand for ethanol to replace hydrocarbon fuels. In September 2012, TMO signed a Letter of Intent to secure long-term supply of feedstock.

The MOU guarantees a 20-year supply of feedstock as part of the joint venture to build the pilot plant.

Brazil is also the world’s leading market for ethanol fuels. According to two separate research studies conducted in 2009, 65% of Flex-Fuel registered vehicles regularly use ethanol fuel. In São Paulo, usage climbs to 93% of flex car owners.
Thursday, 02 May 2013 11:11

Challenging opportunities

Edited speech by Bob Dudley, BP group chief executive, at CERA Week, 6 March 2013:

I am often reminded of the contrast between the comfortable places where we discuss and consume energy and the sometimes inhospitable places where we produce it.

In order that people can live in comfort, the natural resource industries need to go to remote, challenging and often hostile environments to access the necessary sources of energy for society.

There is not a nation on earth where people aren’t relying on us every day to deliver the energy they need to do their jobs, heat their homes, get their children to school, and countless other needs. That’s how people emerge from poverty, economies grow and the standard of living rises.

In business we often talk of challenges and opportunities. What we face today in energy is a series of challenging opportunities — from the shales of America to the snows of Siberia.

The opportunities are plentiful, but they are also complex and difficult. And from BP’s perspective, and many other companies in our industry, the message is that we have learned from recent events and we plan to address those opportunities safely, responsibly and reliably.

So to start briefly with the global picture, there’s quite a contrast between demand and supply. For many years it’s been clear demand is rising — and that trend has stayed consistent — but there has been a lot of change in where the supply is coming from.

We estimate that global energy demand is likely to grow by more than a third between now and 2030. According to the projections we make in our Energy Outlook 2030 publication, emerging economies such as China and India are likely to account for almost all that growth — over 90% of it.

Non-fossil energy — nuclear, hydro, biofuels and other renewables — will grow faster as a group than any fossil fuel. But they start from a very low base and will only provide, on a combined basis, about a fifth of all energy in 2030.

Gas will be the fastest growing fossil fuel at around two percent annually. It’s clean, cheap and increasingly available.

Oil will grow more slowly, at less than one percent per year. But that still means the world will need around 16 million barrels a day more in 2030 than today. Let us pause on what that means — that increase alone is nearly the combined daily 2011 production of Russia, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

Turning to supply, many in the industry used to worry about whether demand on this scale could be met — we weren’t among them, by the way — but there hasn’t been much talk about “peak oil” lately.

Thanks to new frontiers such as shale and the deepwater, our industry is now producing an enormous amount of previously unreachable oil and gas. At current consumption rates, the data suggests the world has 54 years’ worth of proved oil reserves and 64 years’ worth of proved gas reserves in place — and more will be found.

So we are working in a world with ever more diverse sources of supply — and diversity of course increases energy security by avoiding over dependence on any one source.

However this diversity comes at a price. Many of the new supplies are in places that are hard-to-get at: shale oil and gas, tight oil and gas, heavy oil, the deepwater — and, in due course, the Arctic Circle.

And the physical and technological risks are not the only ones. Other factors range from fiscal regimes and other policy-related issues, to geo-political tensions and even the risk of terrorism.

We at BP were brutally reminded of that fact a few weeks ago, when four of our employees and colleagues from other companies were murdered in the terrorist attack on the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria.

Our thoughts are very much with the loved ones of those who died, from BP, Statoil, JGC and other organizations. And our sincere gratitude goes to all who have offered support and sympathy.

BP and Statoil staff and the contracting companies, are incredibly resilient and committed people and we will go on. We will never forget but we will go on with our mission of providing energy to the world. We have spent over 100 years producing energy in tough surroundings and we will not be deterred.

But the new opportunities bring new challenges, and we need constantly to develop our technology, capability and risk management.

The process of reaching out for new resources is going on all over the world, but nowhere more so than in the country that produces the most oil and gas — Russia — and the country that is exhibiting the most spectacular growth in production — here in America.

When Colonel Drake drilled the first modern oil well in Pennsylvania in 1859, he gave birth to a new industry – and one where the US has held the technology edge ever since.

Forty years ago this year, however, there was an oil shock and a future of scarce energy or even “resource wars” was predicted.

BP never subscribed to those fears, and in the last five years, the situation has been transformed.

US crude oil production has soared from an average of five million barrels per day in 2008 to over 7 million barrels per day at the beginning of this year, according to the US Energy Department.

Deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration and production scarcely existed 20 years ago. In 2011, it provided about 18% of US daily crude production. Alaskan oil was widely expected to run out in late 1990s, yet it is still producing.

North Dakota, which was on hardly anyone’s radar screen a few years ago, has seen its production soar from just over 100,000 barrels per day in 2006 to over a three-quarters of a million last December. Not only has that state now surpassed Alaska as America’s second-largest oil producer, it also pumps more oil per day than the OPEC nation of Ecuador.

Why is this happening? Resources below ground are a prerequisite, but favorable conditions above the ground are also essential.

Almost uniquely among the nations of the world, the US allows private citizens to own the mineral rights beneath their property, “from the Earth’s core to the sky.” In most states, this gives private individuals a personal stake in energy development. It incentivizes entrepreneurs to compete with each other to develop the technologies to access the wealth that lies underground.

So it isn’t surprising that the world-changing technologies of the last two decades were all either developed or advanced in the US: horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing — pioneered incidentally by Amoco in the 1940s — to deepwater equipment and of course the 3D and 4D seismic we and others have used to great effect in the Gulf of Mexico and in countries such as Angola and Azerbaijan.

Here is another fact that certainly needs repeating. This industry is not only transforming the energy of America but also the economy of America. Energy has rightly been called the number one job-creating sector in the US economy, with oil and gas employment rising a remarkable 27% since 2008.

And jobs are being created well beyond traditional energy regions, including what some used to call Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania and Ohio. It is a great renaissance. BP has just returned to exploration in Ohio, for example. Increased reserves and lower natural gas prices are also attracting new US investments in manufacturing. Oil and gas taxes are pouring into the Federal Treasury and into many state governments.

Import dependence is falling. In fact, with the abundance of domestic natural gas, a number of LNG export projects are now in the queue, awaiting federal government approval. Just last month, BP signed a 20-year LNG export agreement with Freeport LNG here in Texas.

This sector is turning around America’s balance of trade, helping it compete internationally, creating jobs and breathing new life into its economy. Colleagues — America should be very proud of its energy industry today.

But this is not the only land of opportunity. Many other growing regions are represented here today — including many from Russia

Russia is the biggest country in the world. It also has the largest combined oil and gas reserves, as well as the highest combined production of oil and gas. And in our view, its potential has yet to be realized.

There is enormous scope for increasing Russia’s production — through enhanced recovery in brownfield developments in the Western Siberian and the Volga Urals fields. And also through exploration and production in greenfield developments in Eastern Siberia and the Yamal Peninsula. Russia also has the potential to develop its own shale and tight oil.

What Russia and the US have in common is that each will require energy investment on an epic scale, undertaken by energy partners who are not daunted by the obstacles and have the resources, experience, capability and appetite for the task.

And I would certainly put BP in that category.

We are a global company and select investments carefully from a world of opportunities. We have gas plays in Asia and the Middle East, and deepwater possibilities in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, from Africa to South America, the South China Sea and the Great Australian Bight.

So I close on a note of optimism. History in our business has favoured the optimists. The resource wars that were predicted when I joined the industry never came to pass. In fact the world’s energy companies have produced more oil in the last 40 years than was thought to exist on the entire globe in 1979.

And in terms of our own company, if I may end on this note, we have faced challenges in recent years — in America, Russia and elsewhere. But as I said at the beginning, this is not a business for the faint-hearted or the easily discouraged. And we are neither.

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 15:41

Remote equipment monitoring - solved

InVMA Ltd announces its new technology solution for accessing remote equipment assets.

InVMA Ltd has launched its new InVMA Asset Minder M2M (machine to machine) service. InVMA Asset Minder uses a connection device to access data within equipment controllers and then transmits the data over industrial grade 2/3/4G data telephony to a cloud based server. The cloud system handles data aggregation and information processing, with secure user access to information through any web browser, anywhere, and equipment alarms pushed by SMS, email or telephone.

2021 03 12 041136InVMA Asset Minder technology solves the problem of monitoring remote and often unmanned assets which are away from a plant or facility network. Applications include monitoring of industrial compressors, generators, power distribution, building automation, tank farms, energy monitoring, bore hole abstraction, effluent discharge and anything that may be considered as requiring 'remote PLC access'.

InVMA Asset Minder is cost effective to acquire and to operate as it is provided as SaaS (Software as a Service), with no initial large capital outlay. InVMA undertakes installation and integration of their InVMA Asset Minder intelligent connector, which non-intrusively accesses data from the equipment's controller (usually a PLC) and prepares it for onward transmission to the cloud based host via 2/3/4G secure data connectivity. Access to the resulting data is by a user's browser, with alerting by email and SMS. The available information is a rich set of live data, trends, history, alarms and status – available in real time – anywhere.

Patrick Nash, InVMA MD, 'InVMA Asset Minder was developed to meet actual and predictable remote equipment access requirements for our customers. We have a mixture of end users and OEM customers and each sees the benefit of the InVMA Asset Minder system; this always involves decreased unplanned downtime and the resulting increase in customer satisfaction. OEM service managers can readily obtain information about their remote assets and anticipate out-of-schedule servicing, become aware of critical trends and can remotely diagnose equipment stoppages. End Users receive operational KPI benefits from improved supplier insight and, where they undertake their own system support, they can now access off-site and remote assets for continuous monitoring.'

‘InVMA Asset Minder technology was thoroughly researched and field tested with several key equipment suppliers and operators, acording to Jan Hemper, InVMA technical director.

"[This] is a complete system from data acquisition to user interface. We can interface to all PLC’s and many other controllers, gateways and intelligent devices," he said. "We have taken a modular approach at all levels; this allows InVMA to deliver solutions in a standard and supportable format and to do so quickly."

InVMA Asset Minder is a system that uses the latest technology to bring substantial business benefits to its users at reduced cost when compared with traditional SCADA / Historian / Alarming solutions.

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FieldQ™ diagnostics help simplify work practices and improve efficiency

2017 09 29 092817Emerson Process Management has released cost-saving new diagnostic capabilities in its FieldQ rack & pinion, fully integrated valve actuator and controls. The updated capabilities greatly simplify daily work practices with the release of FieldQ Foundation fieldbus Version 3, with device diagnostic alarm management in a flexible modular package.

The enhanced diagnostic alarm tools enable users to categorise and prioritise device alarms based on the criticality of the device and the severity of the problem detected by the diagnostics. Alarm settings can be configured to alert appropriate plant personnel so they can take action without being distracted by irrelevant alarms.

"Our device diagnostics can be tailored for maintenance and matched to predictive routines. Users will see efficiency improvements in their daily maintenance and turnaround planning, which help to maximise uptime and reduce costs," said Sue Ooi, Vice President, valve automation rack & pinion products, Emerson Process Management.

The FieldQ product modularity further extends efficiency by offering plug-and-play modules for many requirements, including explosion-proof and intrinsically safe capabilities, as well as bus communication options. In addition, control modules are available for diagnostics such as travel time, cycle counts, time in position, and module temperature. This capability enhances field services capabilities and makes user interface more cost effective.

For additional information about the new diagnostic power and modularity of FieldQ, please visit

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) has chosen Shell to participate in a 30-year JV to develop the major Bab sour gas reservoirs in Abu Dhabi.

2016 02 16 215136Shell beat off competition from Total for the contract, reportedly worth up to £6.5 billion. It will hold a 40% stake in the JV, with ADNOC holding 60%.

The two companies will now enter a period of commercial and technical work leading to the development of the challenging sour gas reservoirs, 150km south-west of the city of Abu Dhabi. The JV is to be the operator, and that the gas will supply the local market in the UAE.

“We have more than 60 years’ experience of safe and successful sour gas field development globally and we will apply this experience, along with our leading research and development, and technology expertise, to the development of the Bab resource," said Peter Voser, Shell’s CEO.

"We will also work closely with ADNOC to enhance the technical expertise of its workforce through effective knowledge transfer," added Voser.