Colour-coded warnings

Siemens Automation and Drives has added new diagnostic functions to its Sipart PS2 electropneumatic positioner. The positioner signals imminent malfunctions in the valve or actuator using “traffic light signalling”.

Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) has added new diagnostic functions to its Sipart PS2 electropneumatic positioner.

The positioner signals imminent malfunctions in the valve or actuator using “traffic light signalling” in accordance with the Namur NA64 and proposed NE107 requirements. Siemens says that by detecting the early stages of a serious fault, maintenance schedules can be optimised to support both production and safety requirements.

The Sipart PS2 positioner communicates the fault condition using a green wrench for “Maintenance required”, a yellow wrench for “Urgent maintenance request”, and a red wrench for “Failure of the valve or actuator, or failure about to occur”.

This three-step message hierarchy provides details on the valve or actuator to include: blocking of a pipe, progressive increases in friction, wear of a valve plug or seat, incipient diaphragm tears in the actuator and other potentially dangerous conditions.

An innovation of the Sipart PS2 Auto-Tune software is that it automatically learns the reference performance characteristics of a new valve and actuator system. This process provides a performance benchmark stored in the positioner memory and is said to eliminate the requirement to define actuator models and other installation details through complex calculations, table evaluations and measurement procedures.

Siemens says that ease of operation is further enhanced by optionally displaying the diagnostic signals on the local display, via alarm outputs built into the positioner, or via a communications interface: Hart, Profibus or Foundation Fieldbus to a control system such as Siemens Simatic PCS 7. With easy, flexible access to the diagnostic conditions, performance values, and configuration data the user can choose the interface that works best for their maintenance strategy.

Further information can be found here.