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46 INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2019 WWW.ISA.ORG product spotlight | Flow 2018, 92 percent of participating CSIA SIs reported "things are looking good," while only 8 percent "saw trouble ahead." Clearly, SIs in the U.S. are busy with their current, conventional business ap - proach. Digital transformation requires diverting some of the thinly stretched re - sources to develop new capabilities—not an easy request. This is the classic trade- off between focusing on today versus investing for tomorrow. Throughout their history, SIs have adapted to important technological changes and gone on to thrive. This time will be no different. I am confi - dent that forward-thinking SIs will take advantage of this unique opportunity and create a sustainable competitive ad - vantage. Whether it is through partner- ships, mergers, or some other means, these SIs will raise the bar for the entire SI industry. Some SIs will follow; others will never change and continue to de - liver their traditional approach to a con- tracting market. As the CEO of CSIA, I strive to maxi - mize the number of SIs pursuing and thriving in the opportunity provided by digital transformation. This way, CSIA can achieve its mission to advance the control system integration industry for the benefit of its members and their manufacturing clients. n ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jose M. Rivera (ceo@ controlsys.org) is the CEO of CSIA. His career in the automation in - dustry, which includes Emerson, Schneider, and Siemens, has spanned six countries, most often with regional or global leadership roles. Rivera has an MBA from Kellogg School of Man- agement at Northwestern University, and Lic (MS) and BS degrees in electrical engi- neering from the University of Costa Rica. Founded in 1994, CSIA (www.control- sys.org) is a not-for-profit professional association of more than 500-member companies in 40 countries advancing the industry of control system integration. Continued from p. 45 T he thermal mass ST51A biogas flowmeter is de signed specifically for dirty, potentially haz- ardous biogas processes. It gives system opera- tors an accurate and repeatable mass flow measure- ment to facilitate system control, log gas production data, and provide mandated safety and environmental reporting information. To survive in biogas processes, the ST51 flowmeter comes standard with 316 stainless-steel body con- struction and Hastelloy-C22 thermal sensors. It has no moving parts and is nonclogging, which eliminates the need for constant cleaning in wet, dirty biogas condi- tions. The ST51A meter comes with full global Division 1, Zone 1, Ex safety approvals. The meter's electronics are housed in a durable NEMA 4X, IP67 dust/water ingress-protected and all-metal (alu- minum or 316L stainless-steel) enclosure with dual con- duit ports in either NPT or M20 threading. The transmitter can be integrally mounted with the flow element (probe) or can be remote-mounted for installation flexibility. The instrument comes standard with dual 4–20 mA, NAMUR NE43 compliant outputs and a 500-Hz pulse output. The model adds digital communications via the HART, Version 7, protocol. It provides plant staff with digital data on flow rate and temperature parameters, the instrument's health, fault diagnostics, and asset management information. It can also make field configuration changes if needed by using standard HART portable communicators. FCI, www.fluidcomponents.com Biogas flowmeter Profinet interface T he IN-FLOW mass flowmeters and controllers are made according to IP65 (i.e., dust- and waterproof). The instruments are available for flow ranges from 0.05-1 mln/min up to 200- 10000 m 3 /h air-equivalent. In addition to the optional ATEX approval for use in Category 3, Zone 2 hazardous areas, the series is now offered with FM approval for Class I, Division 2, which is important in North America. A Profinet fieldbus interface is also available on the company's industrial mass flowmeters and controllers for gases (for this new fieldbus, the FM and ATEX approvals are pending). The flexible architecture with its scope of functions enables machine auto- mation: maximum performance and precision, flexible address assignment and modular design, fast commissioning thanks to open access, and defined interfaces and optimal diagnostics of devices and the network. Bronkhorst, www.bronkhorst.com

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