Berührungslos, stromlos, sicher
Companies and facility operators are faced with major challenges when it comes to process safety. Legal requirements, conditions and authorisations, internal specifications and potential risks to employees and the environment increasingly force the operators’ hand. Pressure vessels and pressure systems especially have to be protected against unauthorised loads. In this respect, bursting discs are considered a reliable and maintenance-free protective concept for all operating sectors. As well as these protective systems, the safe alarm is gaining increasingly in significance in process technology. Most new installations are equipped with additional sensors to transmit an emergency stop signal to the safety system of the entire facility if required. This avoids any extremely high consequential damage and long shut down times. Such damage can easily add up to six or seven figures.
For over 40 years, REMBE® GMBH SAFETY + CONTROL has been very successfully helping to avoid these enormous claims and minimise their subsequent costs using mechanical pressure release systems and the relevant burst sensor, among other things. In many cases, bursting discs are used with integrated or retrofitted detection systems which have a classic electrical interruption contact. If an emergency occurs within the facility, the bursting disc is triggered and snaps the sensor cable. The current flow is interrupted by the destruction of the wire and signals the event to the process control system. This type of monitoring is reliable and has been established for decades. In doing so, the actual signal transmitter (cable) is destroyed. The cable must be replaced after each response, like the bursting disc itself. This causes additional but avoidable costs.
The installation of such a classic burst sensor takes place in direct contact with the bursting disc. In critical processes with a low response pressure, the additionally applied bursting resistance (burst sensor) can negatively affect the system’s properties and significantly reduce the process safety. In comparison to this, there is a whole series of contactless procedures, such as magnetic, inductive and capacitive proximity sensors which have no influence on the bursting behaviour. This advantage is obtained with a higher sensitivity towards electrical and magnetic disruption signals, natural convulsions or vibrations. This can lead to false alarms, thus restricting their use in many areas.
Entwickelt für kritische Umgebungen
For systems with the maximum leakage requirements and smallest nominal widths, the market doesn’t actually offer any solution which causes uncertainty in the production process. To close this gap, REMBE® FIBRE FORCE GMBH in cooperation with its affiliated company REMBE® GMBH SAFETY + CONTROL has developed a new optical safe alarm, the SLR90. This contactless and currentless design is ideal for difficult and critical environmental conditions, to satisfy the requirements in chemical engineering, atomic structure, special constructions and facility construction.
A narrowband, specially modulated, optical signal is sent to the bursting disc to recognise the smallest changes caused by corrosion, leakage or bursting. This determined status information is transmitted in an isolated state to an easy-to-operate optoelectronic converter unit, converted into a conventional industrial useful signal, such as 1-5V, 4-20mA or for different bus systems (including PROFIBUS, EtherNet/IP, EtherCat, DeviceNet) and forwarded to the security system in real-time. As well as the continual status information, the optical SLR90 safe alarm function supplies a command signal as an alarm contact in the response case of the bursting disc, with which the system’s emergency stop can be triggered. The electroless signal is insensitive to electromagnetic parasitic couplings and is predestined for severe corrosive and explosive zones.
During on-site installation, no specialist knowledge or any prior knowledge about the optical unit is required. The burst sensor can be installed and set by any experienced fitter. The optoelectronic converter unit can easily be integrated into any switch cabinet using DIN top hat rail mounting and can be incorporated directly in the process control system as a Plug & Play component. The SLR90 is integrated on the side facing away from the process and is able to signal the lowest response pressures with process safety. Similarly, working temperatures on the signal transmitter of up to 350°C are possible in a special design. As a result, high-temperature processes can also be monitored, for which the market currently has no or virtually no solution.
Der einfache modulare Aufbau des SLR90 ermöglicht es, schnell und individuell auf kundenspezifische Anforderungen zu reagieren und den Berstsensor an extreme Bedingungen anzupassen. Beispielsweise kann der SLR90 im Bereich der Reinstmedientechnik nach der Berstscheiben-Einschraubeinheit nachträglich in das Leitungssystem integriert werden. Der Platzbedarf für den Berstsensor beträgt weniger als 40mm, wenn eine zusätzliche Einschraubeinheit verwendet wird. In nahezu allen Einbausituationen ist eine Nachrüstung des Berstscheibenhalters oder der Einschraubeinheit möglich.
Im Gegensatz zu einem klassischen Unterbrechungskontakt muss der SLR90 nach einem Bersten nicht ausgetauscht werden. Diese Tatsache ermöglicht eine lange Lebensdauer, reduziert zusätzliche Wartungs- und Stillstandszeiten und damit Kosten. Darüber hinaus kann der SLR90 als separater und autarker Burst-Sensor in ein vorhandenes System eingebunden werden, um ein höheres Sicherheitsintegritätsniveau (SIL) zu erreichen, wie z. B. den erforderlichen internationalen Standard IEC61508 / IEC61511. Der Fokus liegt auf der Überwachung aller Komponenten einer Anlage mit Prozesssicherheit.
In particular, bursting discs of small nominal widths (¼“ to 1”) with a minimal leakage rate, including the reverse bursting discs, could not be incorporated into the process control technology due to the lack of a solution. The SLR90 enables a signaling of such bursting discs for the first time. The safety of systems increases, while simultaneously reducing the potential risk to employees.
Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Münstermann
Abteilungsleiter Prozesssicherheit / Produktmanager
REMBE ® GMBH SAFETY + CONTROL