Break-Out Discussion Group Notes

CPAC/NeSSI™ Workshop

Thursday, May 5, 2005, Seattle, WA

 

 

FLUID HANDLING

 

STATUS:

·        Mature

·        Tested – “miles in the bank” being accumulated in several field apps.

·        Optimization and simplification in progress

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

·        Drive to simplification

o        lower weight, smaller packaged volume, function intensification

·        Single-block double block and bleed valve (DB&B)

·        Single-block atmospheric reference vent valve (ARVV)

·        Single-block integrated flow switch/indicator/intrinsically safe

·        Single-block flow transmitter/indicator/intrinsically safe

·        Integrated smart/networked heaters

·        Combi-valves (pneumatic)

 

ROAD BLOCKS:

·        Commercialization cycles

·        Market demand

·        Higher initial costs

 

ACTION PLANS & CHECKPOINTS: (complete by July)

·        Prepare/specify a fluid component starter kit for the education market (manufacturers)

·        Publish report in ACS and other journals outlining advantages        

 NeSSI™ in a research/educational environment (B. Marquardt /D. Veltkamp)

·        Get participants from the educational/university communities added to the NeSSI knowledge network. (Dave Veltkamp)

 

NeSSI™-BUS/ANLAN

 

STATUS:                

·        In Development

·        Foundation Fieldbus (FF) chosen for NeSSI-bus

·        Need user education - wiring practices/power/termination

·        IEEE 1451.6 possible alternative for NeSSI-bus (active team)

·        OPC/Ethernet path demonstrated for ANLAN

 

WHAT’S NEXT?     

·        C – Shrink electronics

·        D – Address wiring architecture/terminations/connector size/wire size

·        E – Data dictionary

 

ROAD BLOCKS:

·        A – Cost of development of a small FF interface – agency certification

·        B – Creative commercialization (CPAC, FF, …)

 

WHO:            

·        Ken Hoover, Softing (A, B, C)

·        Bob Svacina, Turck (D) with FF

·        Ian Verhappen, FF (E)

 

ACTION PLANS & CHECKPOINTS:

·        Conduct Foundation Fieldbus implementation seminar at next CPAC workshop (May 2006)

·        Post the EMCC ANLAN draft spec on CPAC/NeSSI web site (June 2005)

·        A – E   Explore ideas by September 1, 2005 and

o       Agree on path by ISA October 2005

 

SENSOR ACTUATOR MANAGER (SAM)

 

STATUS:                

·        In development

·        Functionality defined

·        Early implementations are operational

·        Honeywell products

 

WHAT’S NEXT?     

·        Release additional details on existing SAMS

o       POCA Info – John Mosher, Honeywell

o       SAM Jr. Info – Rob Dubois, Dow Chemical

o       UOP Info – John Mosher, Honeywell (UOP)

·        Further define Minimum vs. Maximum SAM

o       Hardware – ranges from simple gateway to a miniController

o       Communication - Ethernet Type &  Wireless Type

o       Software – minimal to full blown

o       Staging – immediate vs. later requirements

o       Seperation - Distribution of software vs. hardware location

 

LEARNINGS:          

·        Some SAM functionality can be spread across different platforms

o       E.g. Foundation Fieldbus can do some “on the wire” control

·        SAM software applets need to be operating system independent

·        SAM can range from gateway to a full blown controller

·        SAM software can be embedded in a PC for laboratory applications

 

ACTION PLANS:     (By Oct. 2005)         

·        Investigate availability of FF solenoid manifold (NeSSI steering team)

·        Explore 3 paths for implementation of SAM (NeSSI steering team)

·        Update Gen II spec clarifying connectivity to microAnalytical devices and add FF spec, other updates. (Gunnell/Dubois)

·        Begin National Instrument collaboration for lab – Dave Veltkamp (WTC funding)

 

MicroAnalytics – R&D LAB AND PROCESS

 

STATUS:

·        Entry Stage

·        Examples of operational microAnalytical include SLS microGC, Honewell PHASED microGC, Sandia microGC, Coates minispectrometers, etc.

·        Work at CPAC (Synovec, others)

 

ROAD BLOCKS:    

·        Developmental costs

·        Limited applications

·        Acceptance of Technology       

·        Miniaturization vs. robustness

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

·        Funded projects through government, academia, national labs or other sponsorships