Safe calibration of fieldbus transmitters

21st February 2013

Fieldbus transmitters must also be calibrated just like conventional instruments. There are also industrial environments where the calibration of fieldbus instruments should not only be made accurately and efficiently, but also safely.

When safety becomes a top priority issue in calibration, intrinsically safe fieldbus calibrators enter into the picture. Until now, no practical solutions have existed for calibrating fieldbus instruments in hazardous areas, but now Beamex introduces the safest way to calibrate fieldbus instruments.

Many industries require intrinsically safe calibration equipment. Intrinsically safe calibrators are designed for potentially explosive environments, such as oil refineries, rigs and processing plants, gas pipelines and distribution centres, petrochemical and chemical plants, as well as pharmaceutical plants. Basically, any potentially explosive industrial environment can benefit from using intrinsically safe calibrators.

Beamex is a forerunner in developing measurement devices for the calibration and configuration of Foundation Fieldbus H1 and Profibus PA transmitters. In 2006, Beamex introduced the Beamex MC5 Fieldbus Calibrator, a combination of a multifunction calibrator and a fieldbus configurator. Now Beamex introduces the Beamex MC5-IS Intrinsically Safe Fieldbus Calibrator, the safest way for calibrating fieldbus transmitters.

“Fieldbus installations are growing rapidly, also in industrial environments that can be classified as hazardous. We are now offering a safe way to calibrate fieldbus instruments in those environments, as also fieldbus instruments require periodic calibration,” Mr. Heikki Laurila, Product Manager of Beamex, explains.

The Beamex MC5-IS Intrinsically Safe Multifunction Calibrator is a high accuracy, all-in-one calibrator for extreme environments. Being an all-in-one calibrator, the MC5-IS replaces many individual measurement devices and calibrators. The MC5-IS can also be used for calibrating Foundation Fieldbus H1 or Profibus PA transmitters. The MC5-IS is also ATEX and IECEx certified. The MC5-IS has calibration capabilities for pressure, temperature, electrical and frequency signals. It is a documenting calibrator, which means that it communicates seamlessly with calibration software. Using documenting calibrators with calibration software can remarkably improve the efficiency and quality of the entire calibration process. The MC5-IS also has HART communication.

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