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Intro to EcoStruxure

January 11, 2022 | Company News

EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled, plug-and-play, open, interoperable architecture and platform for infrastructure, industries homes, buildings, and data centers. EcoStruxure enables enhanced safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity in your business by advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity.

EcoStruxure enables you to act based on real-time information and business logic. It connects everything in your plant from bottom to top by collecting critical data and transmitting this data from sensors to the cloud. The EcoStruxure platform allows for embedded connectivity and intelligence, using standards-based communication protocols and the ability for smart devices to perform native analytics for control decisions. It assists developers, systems integrators, and your engineering staff in building applications such as monitoring, visualization, and control systems for implementing smart operations. The platform also leverages scalable Microsoft Azure IoT technology to deliver digital services to help optimize operations.

EcoStruxure is the foundational technology backbone on which Schneider Electric solutions are built and delivered. It is the heart of the IoT system.



Looking Forward 2022

January 10, 2022 | Company News

We have all felt the impact of the supply chain issues, shipping delays and labor shortages. As we look forward into 2022, Neal Systems has been taking steps to ensure our customers are shielded from some of the avoidable problems that can occur when you have limited stock and limited staff. Our team has a large technician team with varying expertise areas that can provide expert level maintenance and engineering for you.

Our on-site calibrations, which are done via a tablet, generate certificates electronically and immediately.  All information is stored securely in the cloud with full customer access to make searching, sorting and filtering certificates easy.

The technicians on our preventative maintenance team can perform a range of tasks from single instruments through to entire systems.  They have experience in dealing with situations where no drawings or manuals currently exist and can reverse engineer those documents through site visits from highly experienced field personnel.  This means we can either follow established PM procedures or design and document them from scratch.

Need on site-service on a whim? NSI has a range of unscheduled plans ranging from cost effective business hours, telephone only support, right through to 24/7/365 on-site support.  All service plans get a dedicated telephone number that rings through directly to the service department during work hours and the on-call service tech during off hours.

Need a guarantee of on time shipment? For an annual fee, a customer can buy into the full guaranteed stock list with the knowledge that NSI will ship the same day if requested before 2pm.

NSI can even monitor your SCADA and PLC networks remotely to let you know if there are any problems before you even know yourself. These services can prevent downtown and limit the expenses associated with installation and instrumentation assistance.

These are just some of the services available to our customers. We look forward to assisting you with reliable, efficient and on-time services and solutions in 2022. For a complete list of available options schedule, a quick call with one of our team members today!



Simplifying complexity in the hydrogen economy

January 6, 2022 | Company NewsProduct News

 

Why hydrogen?

Hydrogen is an odourless, invisible gas with a colourful future. It is likely to play a significant part in the future of the physical transportation of power and as an environmentally friendly fuel to power transport. On a weight for weigh basis, the energy density of hydrogen is many times that of gasoline, diesel, or Li batteries.

However hydrogen is also highly combustible, and it’s highly probable that systems producing, distributing or using hydrogen, will need to comply with stringent codes and standards around safety and explosion prevention.

Many governments are rolling out long term hydrogen strategies, aiming at decarbonising a significant proportion of their energy use over the coming decades. Follow these links to 3 examples: USA, Europe Union & UK.

Where does Expo fit in? 

As these plans are beginning to be realised, new infrastructure and supply chains are emerging. While some hydrogen will directly replace natural gas in existing infrastructure – for instance combustion in gas fired power stations, or in domestic hot water heating systems, a significant proportion will be used in applications for the first time – for instance road vehicle refuelling.

To drive these new applications, new end-users, manufacturers and OEMs will become involved in generating, moving, or using hydrogen – some with little or no previous experience with hazardous areas. That’s why specialist companies, such as Expo Technologies, are becoming increasingly involved. Our 60+ years of hazardous area know-how, developed from supporting hydrocarbon industries, directly maps to the hydrogen supply chain. 

Expo has already worked on a number of projects across the vehicle refuelling sector – you can read some recent case studies here:

Other useful resources – external links

Hydrogen – Responsing to a dynamic environment. Herbert Smith Freehills LLC: https://www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/latest-thinking/hydrogen

Hydrogen Europe https://hydrogeneurope.eu/

The future of hydrogen – IEA.org: https://www.iea.org/reports/the-future-of-hydrogen

The Hydrogen Council: https://hydrogencouncil.com/en/

Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association: http://www.shfca.org.uk/

What does a hydrogen refueling station look like? https://hydrogen-central.com/what-hydrogen-refueling-station-look-like/

How does a hydrogen filling station work? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soC2YlGULNU

US Dept. of Energy:  H2 strategy 

European Union: H2 strategy

UK: H2 strategy

Original article here.



Shipping delays stopping your project?

January 4, 2022 | Company News

Shipping delays stopping your project? Plant facing downtime without a clear completion date? Everywhere we go, the story is the same – shipping delays are losing our customers money. Neal Systems has a few options for quick turnarounds!

If you are in need of a quick delivery on remanufactured Fisher Valves, Rosemount Transmitters, or Foxboro Transmitters our partner at Automation Service has one of the fastest turnarounds available. In addition, they are the only source for NEW Foxboro pneumatic controllers and transmitters.

PID temperature controllers have been delayed, but Eurotherm has consistently been delivering these on time throughout the past year.

Sourcing gas detection is key to keeping many plants up and running. When delays might cause shutdowns, Draeger has been able to solve most gas detection needs quickly.  

For basic automation products across the board, M-System is reliable and has quick delivery from signal conditioners to stack lights (Modbus TCP or Wireless).

Need something more specific? We hold a range of devices from leading brands like Rockwell, Foxboro, Red Lion and Schneider to cover emergencies at your facility.  For an annual fee, a customer can buy into the full guaranteed stock list with the knowledge that NSI will ship the same day if requested before 2pm.  PLC’s, radios, cell modems, power supplies, pressure transmitters, DP transmitters, displays and PID controllers are some of the devices stocked.  A full list is available on request.



Trainer Spotlight: Shane Filer

December 1, 2021 | Company News

NSI’s General Manager, Shane Filer, has a long history of doing industrial instrumentation and automation training for companies and trade shows – first with Leeds & Northrup (L&N) and Honeywell in the late 90’s, and finally with NSI for the past 20 years.

His main area of specialty with L&N / Honeywell was liquid analytical measurements (pH, ORP, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen), mainly focusing on the use of the measurements in power plants, semiconductor plants, pharmaceutical facilities, and food/beverage facilities.  He has taught and presented at dozens of ISA events and trade shows.  Specific areas of training with NSI for the last 20 years include industrial wireless systems, hazardous area electrical protection methods, and gas leak detection systems.

Shane has a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering from Grove City College, and also enjoys coaching his kids in sports, teaching at his church, and instructing anyone who will listen in the fine art of telling Dad jokes.

Speaking of which, “When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent!” 


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