July 2018, Vol. 245, No. 7

Tech Notes

Instrument Simplifies Flow Data Control in Oil and Gas Operations

Field technicians, SCADA personnel and managers across oil and gas industry sectors can more easily generate, manage and interpret flow data with a new flow computer that incorporates the functionality of a smart multi-variable transmitter in the same unit.

The Thermo Scientific AutoXP flow computer is built for use in the harshest environments of midstream, downstream and upstream operations for both gas and liquid applications. The instrument allows operators to acquire accurate flow data from a variety of primary devices. Additionally, users can transfer primary variables such as differential pressure, static pressure and temperature data to remote devices.

The instrument can also be networked into existing systems via an onboard Ethernet port. To simplify upgrading and need for maintenance, it is comprised of only four main hardware components.

“Adding the smart multivariable transmitter functionality to the flow computer gives customers greater control and connectivity than was possible with two separate instruments,” said Ben Zhou, vice president and general manager, environmental and process monitoring for Thermo Fisher.

Additional features include:

  • Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to access the instrument without exposure to hazardous materials
  • Infrared sensors, which enable menu operation without removal of the end cap to maintain safe operation
  • Compatibility with the Thermo Scientific AutoCONFIG software platform, which incorporates updated standards for hydrocarbon measurement calculations
  • Compliance with Class I, Division 1 hazardous location requirements.

Certifications and compliances for the AutoXP Gas and Liquid Flow Computer include CSA/C-US Class I, Div 1, Groups B, C, D; ambient temperature range of -40° C to +85° C (-40° F to +185 °F), temperature code T6 (-40° C to 75° C) T5 (-40° C to 85° C) EN 61326-1: 2013 (industrial criteria); FCC 47 CFR, Part 15, Subpart B; ICES 003: 2016; with measurement Canada pending. P&GJ


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