In-Process Gas Chromatography

Composition analyser with parallel chromatography capabilities provides process industries with IIoT enabled process analysis and control.

With newly-enhanced, user-friendly components and capabilities, the analyser enables petrochemical, refining and chemical plants to increase the real-time efficiency, reliability and safety of their industrial processes. The new chromatograph is the result of Scheider’s policy of


developing the technology it acquired two years ago when it bought the process analyser business of Applied Instrument Technologies (AIT).

According to Schneider Electric’s vice president of Process Automation, Matthew Carrara, this development activity resulted in many improved capabilities for the Series 7, including better diagnostics, seamless communication integration with other devices and systems components, and the most recent certifications for use in hazardous areas. “The FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph will help

our customers drive operational profitability improvements, safely. As a core element of our EcoStruxure Plant platform, it will help convert their process automation investments into improved business performance,” he says. EcoStruxure is an open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform for process industries, which uses advancements in the IIoT, mobility, sensing, cloud computing, analytics and cybersecurity to bring the process industry into the new era.

OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY The next-gen FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph features new state-of-the-art software, electronics and detection enhancements that drive process optimisation. Equipped with parallel chromatography capabilities, the analyser allows multiple detectors and ovens to be used simultaneously, significantly accelerating analysis time and increasing the range of applications within a single gas chromatography platform. The system continuously analyses and quickly reports component concentrations and physical properties of process gas and liquid streams in a variety of applications, improving quality and throughput, while reducing capital investment, project execution risks and operating costs. Additionally, plant personnel can easily service the analyser while it is powered and with the oven door open, without requiring the general shutdown of the analyser, increasing uptime and reducing maintenance costs.

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vailable from Autumn 2018, the FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph (GC) is a faster, more reliable and safer gas and liquid composition analyser for process industries from Schneider Electric.

❱ ❱ The FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph provides Industrial IoT enabled process analysis capabilities

It incorporates seamless communications to connect

directly with the company’s IIoT-enabled EcoStruxure Foxboro distributed control system. In addition, users of the Foxboro 931 series GC or earlier generation FXI Series GCs can seamlessly modernise to this latest platform, which lowers engineering and maintenance costs and extends asset life.

EASE OF USE For many industrial plants, process gas chromatography is complex, making it difficult to measure and maintain. In addition, process gas chromatographs have historically required extensive and frequent maintenance, which leads to unnecessary process downtime. To overcome those challenges, the FXI Series 7 Process GC features new electronics and oven components, with user-friendly software that provides easy-to-use gas and liquid compositional analytics with fewer human errors. “The FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph simplifies deployment and reduces time associated with start up,” says Joe LaConte, vice president, Analyser Systems, Schneider Electric. According to LaConte, it provides outstanding

chromatographic performance in a field proven rugged platform and its secure, web-enabled data analytics and diagnostics enable predictive maintenance, which makes it highly stable and reliable. These features not only improve quality, uptime and throughput, but also reduce maintenance, operating and even engineering and project execution costs for a quick return on investment. “It will help our petrochemical, refining and chemical

customers create reliable and reproducible plant process information, while reducing time spent on engineering, project execution and routine maintenance,” concludes LaConte. n

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