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Rockwell introduces three new turbomachinery control packages

13 September 2011

Three new turbomachinery control (TMC) packages from Rockwell Automation incorporate standard, commercial, off-the-shelf control and visualisation technology for fast installation and troubleshooting at a lower total cost of ownership. Systems are available for one- and two-valve steam turbines, and single-stage compressors, all preconfigured with proven TMC control algorithms and offering extensive communication and diagnostic capabilities.

With better alarm-management capabilities, operators can identify specific hardware and sequencing failures to solve downtime challenges more quickly than traditional methods. In addition, each TMC package easily integrates into existing control infrastructures for easier expansion with fewer control components.

The single-valve steam turbine governor is currently available and features a standard programmable automation controller and graphical interface to provide comprehensive diagnostics and trending capabilities.

Two additional TMC systems are in development and will be released soon, including the single-stage compressor controller, equipped with a dynamic compressor performance map and full graphical interface with comprehensive diagnostics and trending capabilities. It also includes engineering tool sets to simplify and standardise design and engineering. The compressor control solution is ideal for anti-surge and capacity-control applications on compressors used in the oil and gas production, transportation and refining industries, as well as fertiliser production.

The two-valve steam turbine governor system, which also will be released soon, is equipped with all the features of the single-valve governor and adds extraction control, auxiliary PID, and generator-load-control capabilities. Both steam-turbine solutions are ideal for use on pump, fan, compressor and generator drives in the refining, petrochemical production, fertiliser, and pulp and paper industries.

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