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New tool slashes thermowell design time from hours to minutes

Home Engineering Electronic - Instrumentation & Control New tool slashes thermowell design time from hours to minutes

EMERSON has introduced the Rosemount Thermowell Design Accelerator, a free online thermowell design tool that it says eliminates manual thermowell iterations facing process design engineers when sizing thermowells.

“It is easy to use and intuitively guides users through complex projects, saving hours of wasted labour and resources. Users will be able to automatically iterate up to 1,000 thermowell tags with a single click – all optimised for their process conditions,” the company said in a statement.

It added that on average, engineers can spend 50 hours doing thermowell calculations for a single project. “Nearly 20 variables related to process conditions and thermowell dimensions are used to find a safe and efficient solution. Temperature points often need to be recalculated three to four times using traditional trial-and-error methods before passing global standards for safe operation outlined by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).”

Now, using the Thermowell Design Accelerator, engineers can reduce design ideation time to just 15 minutes, Emerson said.

The software uses ASME PTC-19.3 TW (2016) criteria and has built-in quality checks to confirm safe thermowell results that protect processes and the people that operate them. As the tool automatically iterates thermowell dimensional changes for safe use, it also tracks calculation history. Engineers get a breakdown for each thermowell iteration and the corresponding physical dimensional change to the thermowell as it calculates solutions.

Engineers can review each step for how the thermowell was able to pass PTC criteria and have a reference for updating their design if process conditions change. It’s true design, not just thermowell pass or fail.

The onscreen image dynamically updates as tag data is input and the onscreen help feature identifies potential calculation issues like missing data or incorrect inputs. Users also get thermowell and matching sensor specification model codes for a quick and easy way to review, collaborate, purchase and share information with project teams.

The new Thermowell Design Accelerator can be accessed anytime online at emerson.com/ThermowellDesignSoftware and designs can be saved in the MyEmerson personalised digital experience.

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