"The most important part during the design of safety loops is the following: The choice of the right measurement technique and the respective installation."
Vice President Operational Marketing,
Functional Safety Expert
Making safety loops even more reliable with measurement technology
Functional Safety is a fundamental part of human and plant safety in the process industry. KROHNE has implemented all relevant aspects into a comprehensive portfolio of measurement equipment, meeting the latest international safety standards, and incorporating advanced safety features.
Automated partial prooftesting
Partial proof testing in general offers great opportunities to increase overall plant safety and the reduction of proof test efforts. Besides the partial proof testing of automated industrial valve assemblies, it is now also possible to partially proof test sensing elements, such as flowmeters, pressure meters, etc.
Optimisation of safety loops
Optimization of safety loops can be useful in many respects. On the one hand, the effort and frequency of the proof tests can be optimized, but at the same time the failure probability of the safety loop can also be reduced
Avoidance of systematic errors
In functional safety, a distinction is made between random and systematic errors. The random faults are usually due to the failure of hardware failures. The systematic faults, on the other hand, are mostly due to errors in planning, commissioning or operation.
Selected instrumentation solutions
In recent years the safety standards for instrumentation could be improved in many areas. Many novelties could be realized throughout several measurement techniques, some are specific for individual ones.
Below a few examples:
Products for use in Safety Instrumented Systems
Electromagnetic flowmeter for safety instrumented systems (SIS) and high-accuracy requirements
Variable area flowmeter for low flow gas or liquid applications and sample flow monitoring
Integral orifice meter run assembly
DP flowmeter for process applications with small line sizes (down to DN15 / ½")
Averaging pitot tube flowmeter
DP flowmeter for applications with liquids, gases and steam to high-temperature applications with dust-laden gases