May 2023

Trends and Resources


For organizations to secure their operations and reduce cyber threats, a successful cybersecurity strategy requires solutions to secure endpoints—any device that is connected to a network outside of its firewall, including laptops, human-machine interfaces (HMIs), switches, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and more.

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Comprehensive endpoint protection services

For organizations to secure their operations and reduce cyber threats, a successful cybersecurity strategy requires solutions to secure endpoints—any device that is connected to a network outside of its firewall, including laptops, human-machine interfaces (HMIs), switches, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and more.

Rockwell Automation and CrowdStrike are providing manufacturers with comprehensive endpoint protection services, combining Rockwell Automation’s Industrial Cybersecurity Services and the CrowdStrike Falcon platform to monitor, protect, investigate and respond to incidents. Purpose-built in the cloud with a single lightweight-agent architecture, the CrowdStrike Falcon platform delivers rapid and scalable deployment, superior protection and performance, reduced complexity and immediate time-to-value. Customers benefit from unified technology, intelligence and expertise that delivers security that works across their on-premise, hybrid and cloud environments.

When customers choose the CrowdStrike Falcon platform through Rockwell Automation, they receive the industry-leading software coupled with OT-specific Falcon policies, developed by Rockwell Automation cybersecurity specialists, and backed by software and phone support. Endpoint protection fits into the expansive Rockwell Automation portfolio of managed services, along with incident response and threat detection to provide customers with a holistic cybersecurity solution. To learn more about how Rockwell Automation is helping today’s manufacturer’s increase their industrial network security, visit

Combustion safety shutoff valves certified for biodiesel use

Global technology and software leader Emerson has launched its new ASCOTM Series 262 and 263 Biodiesel Valves, the first combustion valves certified for use with biodiesel blended fuel in industrial and commercial boilers in the Americas and Asia. These biodiesel valves make it possible for district heating and commercial boiler burner applications to transition to a more sustainable energy source, simplifying compliance with evolving regulations while reducing boiler users’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon footprints.

Biodiesel heating fuel is biodegradable and cleaner burning, producing fewer GHG emissions than petroleum alone. Multiple studies have found that biodiesel fuel can reduce GHGs by 50%–86% compared to conventional diesel fuel. Using non-certified biodiesel automation products in biodiesel applications may lead to a severe reduction in the performance and safety of the valves. This could lead to long-term damage for the fuel train and the impact could range from leakages to a complete loss of process control.

Biodiesel is a corrosive medium that requires specially designed and certified products. As sustainability is a top priority worldwide, regulations and certifications are changing in favor of using biodiesel blends. Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) recently updated its oil burner standard, UL 428B, to include biodiesel blends up to 20% (B20). Series 262 and 263 valves feature an elastomer that is compatible with B20 and are certified under UL 428B.

The robust construction of Series 262 and 263 solenoid shut-off valves provides long service life and low internal leakage, minimizing maintenance and improving reliability, while the welded core tube offers high pressure ratings for efficient fuel use. Mountable in any position with a range of elastomer options, these compact poppet valves allow tight shutoff that can improve efficiency while reducing emissions and cost. A full selection of explosion-proof enclosures is also available.

For more about Emerson’s ASCO 262 and 263 Biodiesel Valves, visit

Open-source protocols to accelerate methane emissions reductions

GTI Energy has released new open-source methane emissions measurement protocols to meet the urgent need to accurately measure and reduce methane emissions and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. GTI Energy’s Veritas initiative is a set of standardized, science-based, technology-neutral and measurement-informed protocols built to assemble methane emissions inventories that are verified by direct field measurements. 

Reducing emissions from methane, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG), is one of the most cost-effective and impactful ways to mitigate climate change. In recent years, more than 100 countries have joined the Global Methane Pledge, a critical first step toward achieving methane emissions reductions. In the U.S., the Inflation Reduction Act requires companies to start producing precise measurements of methane emissions and reduce them.

Since September 2021, GTI Energy, along with Highwood Emissions Management and SLR Consulting, has convened dozens of industry, research and environmental stakeholders to engage in a transparent protocol development process complete with diverse viewpoints and perspectives to enable credibility. More than 35 companies partnered with Veritas to shape the protocols’ development. 

The GTI Energy Veritas technical protocols cover six segments of the natural gas supply chain, including production, gathering and boosting, processing, transmission and storage, distribution and liquified natural gas (LNG). Protocols for each of the six supply chain segments include:

  • Methane intensity: Defines what methane intensities should look like for each segment of the natural gas supply chain.
  • Measurement: Describes how to take measurements to inform emissions inventories by segment. 
  • Reconciliation: Reconciles emissions-factor inventories with actual measurements by segment.
  • Supply chain summation: Adds multiple segments to reach a total emissions intensity.
  • Assurance: Provides guidance for verifying an emissions inventory, company documentation requirements and third-party auditing. 

The design of the protocols is aimed at working together with existing methane reduction target frameworks and collaborations—empowering the industry with real-world technical solutions and consistent data to rapidly scale and accelerate methane emissions reductions. 

For more information about GTI Energy’s Veritas, and to view the protocols, visit

Connected gas detector with new CatEx sensor

FIG. 1. The Dräger X-am 2800 multi-gas detector simultaneously measures up to four gases.

Reliable warnings against gas-related hazards play an essential role in keeping people safe in the workplace. The Dräger X-am 2800 multi-gas detector (FIG. 1) simultaneously measures up to four gases. Users can choose sensors for flammable gases and vapors, as well as oxygen, carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2).

The X-am 2800 is optimized for use with the cloud-based software solution, Dräger Gas Detection Connect. The data recorded by the device can be transferred directly via Bluetooth to a smartphone, and then to the Dräger Gas Detection Connect Cloud. For efficient fleet management, the data can also be transferred directly to Gas Detection Connect using the Dräger X-dock test station to give users secure access to the data at any time through an internet browser.

The newly engineered CatEx sensor is particularly shock resistant and can be configured for flammable vapors such as gasoline, diesel and nonane, or for gases like methane, propane and hydrogen. Moreover, the sensor is especially resistant to poisonous substances.

Because gas detectors are worn on the body, carrying comfort and robustness are just as important as reliability. Due to its small size and low weight, the X-am 2800 can be worn conveniently on a clip. Its large buttons make it easy to use while wearing gloves and the prominent display of the X-am 2800 features a language-free user interface and clearly shows important information such as gas readings, alarms and the time. Additionally, it is equipped with a green status light (D-light) to indicate when the unit is ready for use. Approved for use in Ex zone 0, the X-am 2800 has also been tested according to protection class IP68. Confirmed by a drop test, it withstood a fall of more than 2 m (6 ft) thanks to its resilient design.

Accessories from the popular Dräger X-am series are compatible with the X-am 2800, including the charger, X-dock station and calibration adapter. The durable Dräger sensors and the rechargeable, easy-to-replace power supply ensure the device remains operational for many years. Moreover, the X-am 2800 was engineered with sustainability in mind. The technical documentation and packaging have been designed to save paper, and the number of instruction manuals can be reduced when ordering two or more units in the modular version. Dräger ensures the proper recycling of disused devices.

The X-am 2800 is manufactured by Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA. For more information, visit X-am 2800.

Batteries provide reliable and clean mobile power

Aggreko, a leading provider of mobile modular power, temperature control and energy solutions, has released its line of 30-kVA and 60-kVA battery storage modules for 2023. The fully integrated energy storage solutions source Aggreko’s deep knowledge and history of temporary power to provide customers with a clean energy option for their mobile power needs. The 30-kVA (65-kWh) and 60-kVA (120-kWh) batteries are all-in-one solutions that can be easily plugged into an existing power system, providing immediate and cost-efficient energy storage for any number of commercial and industrial applications.

Aggreko’s energy storage solutions for 2023 represent the company’s latest innovations in mobile, clean power. Customers can choose whichever capacity works best for their needs, and the modular batteries can be scaled up as required. Charging can be completed in as little as 3 hr, and the containerized nature of the batteries means they are delivered with inverters, HVAC, fire protection and auxiliary components—everything needed to be immediately plugged into a project site, all in one unit.

The flexibility of the batteries enables them to be installed for a variety of applications needing energy storage, from events and data centers to refineries and renewable projects. Aggreko works with customers to design contracts that extend from several months to several years, ensuring that regardless of the type of project, the company’s batteries are well-placed to help clients reduce their energy costs and control their emissions output.

Aggreko’s latest batteries form a central pillar of the company’s Greener Upgrades initiative. Through this program, Aggreko is introducing updated models of its existing products and launching new ones that are an ideal fit for the clean energy transition. Aggreko’s customers can explore products under the Greener Upgrades umbrella to easily find cleaner temporary power modules for their applications. Along with the 30-kVA and 60-kVA batteries, the Greener Upgrades products also include Tier 4F diesel generators, which meet the most stringent U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements for diesel engines, and the Fuel Flex 450-kW natural gas generator.

To learn more about Aggreko’s battery offerings for 2023, visit

BB5 launch complements CPC Pumps International API 610 range

FIG. 2. CPC Pumps International Inc. has extended its product range by launching its first-ever BB5 pump.

Already well-known for its wide range of niche pumps, Canada-headquartered CPC Pumps International Inc. has extended its product range by launching its first-ever BB5 pump (FIG. 2). Applications for CPC centrifugal pumps are traditionally in the wider refining and petrochemical industries. The addition of the BB5 is particularly timely, primarily because one of its major applications will be in helping to sustainably lower environmental impacts. It will be used in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) processes that are central to lowering CO2 emissions.

Fully compliant with API 610 requirements, CPC’s BB5 pump has the option to swap out individual stages in the future, giving the customer the flexibility to adjust their hydraulics. This provides each pump with a wide-ranging, advanced hydraulic coverage that engineers tailor to meet the needs for each application.

Part of Atlas Copco Gas and Process, a manufacturer of centrifugal compressors and expanders, CPC Pumps International already has a range of models available, ranging from its OH2 to OH5, VS1/VS6, BB2 and BB3 models. Its BB5 pump expands the range of heavy-duty process pumps for the company. The BB5 line now extends this product range with what the company considers the most robust and extreme of the API 610 offerings.

For more information, visit:

Optical inline process refractometer series for industrial liquid measurements

FIG. 3. The Vaisala Polaris refractometer platform.

Vaisala, a global leader in weather, environmental and industrial measurements, continues to strengthen its spearheading industrial product ecosystem by unveiling a next-generation process refractometer platform: Polaris™. The products (FIG. 3) are designed to optimize industrial manufacturing processes and product quality, enhance productivity and save resources, energy and time in various industries and hundreds of industrial applications. 

With the launch of its Polaris Process Refractometer product family, Vaisala offers a modern product platform for liquid measurement needs that brings together the company’s 85+ yr of measurement excellence with the latest liquid measurements expertise. The launched refractometer platform continues also to strengthen Vaisala’s modular Indigo measurement ecosystem.

Vaisala’s process refractometers are used for inline liquid concentration measurements for various industries, installation positions and applications. The real-time measurement data of the process enable advanced and accurate process control, enhancing the manufacturing process. Consequently, with the improved process efficiency, less energy and resources are used and the end-product quality improves, creating less waste and offering better productivity and yield to the customers.

Vaisala's process refractometer can measure various liquid concentrations through refractive index, inline and real-time. Processes include evaporation, distillation, fermentation, blending, filtration, crystallization, interface detection, dilution, extraction and more.

The Vaisala Polaris™ PR53AC Process Refractometer and Vaisala Polaris™ PR53AP Process Refractometer are designed for hygienic applications in the food and beverage, and life science industries, and for OEM customers. They measure Brix and other concentrations inline accurately and in real time.

The Vaisala Polaris™ PR53GP Process Refractometer is for the oil and gas, chemical, sugar and sweetener industries. It measures concentrations of sugars, acids, alkaline solutions, alcohols, hydrocarbons, solvents and various other solutions.

The Vaisala Polaris™ PR53CG Process Refractometer is optimized for the chemical industry, where it measures concentrations of acids, alkaline solutions, alcohols, hydrocarbons, solvents and various other solutions.

In the pulp and paper industry, the Vaisala Polaris™ PR53SD SAFE-DRIVE Process Refractometer measures the total dissolved solids and other concentrations. The unique design of the retractor tool and the isolation valve ensures operator safety during insertion and removal of the sensor, which can be done without depressurizing the line.

The Vaisala Polaris™ PR53W Process Refractometer measures sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid (HCI), sodium hydroxide and other aggressive chemicals directly inline in the chemical, metal and mining industries.

The Vaisala Polaris™ PR53M Process Refractometer helps the chemical and semiconductor industries in measuring HCI, sodium hydroxide, sodium chloride, sulfuric acid and other aggressive chemicals directly inline.

The Vaisala Indigo520 Transmitter for process refractometers allows connectivity with all Indigo products—including both liquid and gas measurements—for parameters such as temperature, relative humidity, CO2 and vaporized hydrogen peroxide. The Indigo520 transmitter also provides user interface and data visualization through touch panel display, data logging, wash control, settings and service updates.

The Polaris product range will be globally available during 2023. For more information, visit Process refractometers: Vaisala Polaris™ product family | Vaisala. HP

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