Siemens Milltronics MSI Belt Scale


Siemens Milltronics MSI is a heavy-duty, high accuracy full frame single idler belt scale used for process and load-out control.

Milltronics MSI belt scale provides continuous in-line weighing on a variety of products in primary and secondary industries. It is proven in a wide range of tough applications from extraction (in mines, quarries and pits), to power generation, iron and steel, food processing and chemicals. The MSI is suitable for monitoring such diverse products as sand, flour, coal, or sugar.

The MSI’s patented use of parallelogram-style load cells results in fast reaction to vertical forces, ensuring instant response to product loading. This enables it to provide outstanding accuracy and repeatability even with uneven loading and fast belt speeds.

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Ultrasonic Liquid Flow Meter With Thermal Energy/BTU Capability

The InnovaSonic® 207i is designed, built and calibrated by Sierra for non-intrusive liquid flow metering, and optimized for thermal energy / BTU measurement. The InnovaSonic 207i transit-time ultrasonic flow meter is the ideal turnkey solution for building and district metering, and submetering.

The InnovaSonic® 207i Features:
  • High accuracy transit-time ultrasonic technology
  • Software apps for ease of installation & diagnostics
  • Optimized for thermal energy/BTU measurement
  • Clamp-on sensors, no pipe cutting, no shutdown
  • Real-time liquid density compensation
  • Upgrade meter firmware and software in the field



Advanced Differential Pressure Based Flow Metering Technology


McCrometer's V-Cone Flow Meter, an advanced dP meter, is used in many applications in power plants, paper mills, chemical and petrochemical plants, metals and mining, and food & beverage production. Where accuracy, low maintenance and cost are critical, the McCrometer V-Cone is the perfect solution.

McCrometer's V-Cone® Flow Meter is an advanced differential pressure instrument, which is ideal for use with liquid, steam or gas media in rugged conditions.  Designed for mild to harsh operating environments, and for a wide variety of fluids, the V-Cone combines exceptional performance, low maintenance and long life for superior value. It consistently outperforms traditional DP devices and other flow technologies.

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US Power Grids, Oil and Gas Industries, and Risk of Hacking


A report released in June, from the security firm Dragos, describes a worrisome development by a hacker group named, “Xenotime” and at least two dangerous oil and gas intrusions and ongoing reconnaissance on United States power grids.

Multiple ICS (Industrial Control Sectors) sectors now face the XENOTIME threat; this means individual verticals – such as oil and gas, manufacturing, or electric – cannot ignore threats to other ICS entities because they are not specifically targeted.

The Dragos researchers have termed this threat proliferation as the world’s most dangerous cyberthreat since an event in 2017 where Xenotime had caused a serious operational outage at a crucial site in the Middle East. 

The fact that concerns cybersecurity experts the most is that this hacking attack was a malware that chose to target the facility safety processes (SIS – safety instrumentation system).

For example, when temperatures in a reactor increase to an unsafe level, an SIS will automatically start a cooling process or immediately close a valve to prevent a safety accident. The SIS safety stems are both hardware and software that combine to protect facilities from life threatening accidents.

At this point, no one is sure who is behind Xenotime. Russia has been connected to one of the critical infrastructure attacks in the Ukraine.  That attack was viewed to be the first hacker related power grid outage.

This is a “Cause for Concern” post that was published by Dragos on June 14, 2019

“While none of the electric utility targeting events has resulted in a known, successful intrusion into victim organizations to date, the persistent attempts, and expansion in scope is cause for definite concern. XENOTIME has successfully compromised several oil and gas environments which demonstrates its ability to do so in other verticals. Specifically, XENOTIME remains one of only four threats (along with ELECTRUM, Sandworm, and the entities responsible for Stuxnet) to execute a deliberate disruptive or destructive attack.

XENOTIME is the only known entity to specifically target safety instrumented systems (SIS) for disruptive or destructive purposes. Electric utility environments are significantly different from oil and gas operations in several aspects, but electric operations still have safety and protection equipment that could be targeted with similar tradecraft. XENOTIME expressing consistent, direct interest in electric utility operations is a cause for deep concern given this adversary’s willingness to compromise process safety – and thus integrity – to fulfill its mission.

XENOTIME’s expansion to another industry vertical is emblematic of an increasingly hostile industrial threat landscape. Most observed XENOTIME activity focuses on initial information gathering and access operations necessary for follow-on ICS intrusion operations. As seen in long-running state-sponsored intrusions into US, UK, and other electric infrastructure, entities are increasingly interested in the fundamentals of ICS operations and displaying all the hallmarks associated with information and access acquisition necessary to conduct future attacks. While Dragos sees no evidence at this time indicating that XENOTIME (or any other activity group, such as ELECTRUM or ALLANITE) is capable of executing a prolonged disruptive or destructive event on electric utility operations, observed activity strongly signals adversary interest in meeting the prerequisites for doing so.”

The Siemens SITRANS P320 and SITRANS P420 with Unique Remote Safety Handling


The Siemens SITRANS P320/P420 pressure transmitters are digital pressure transmitters featuring extensive user-friendliness and high accuracy. The parameter assignment is performed using input but- tons or the HART interface.

The "Remote Safety Handling" function saves customers significant amounts of time and money, because the SIL function can be switched on and validated remotely via SIMATIC PDM. This eliminates travel times and on-site operation via the local display or keyboard.

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SX5-B Safety Laser Scanners from Banner Engineering


Compact and easy-to-deploy, SX5 Series safety laser scanners from Banner Engineering protect personnel, equipment, and mobile systems within a user-defined area. They continuously scan a 275° area to create a two-dimensional protected zone that must be crossed to reach the hazard.

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