SICK Finalist for P&GJ Award for Best Digital Transformation

Pipeline & Gas Journal Awards judges recently narrowed down a significant number of nominations and announced finalists for its upcoming event Nov. 17.

The program honors the midstream’s leading innovations and outstanding personal contributions to the pipeline industry.

Among the finalists in the Best Digital Transformation award is SICK Inc.’s FLOWSIC500 device.

The gas flow meters from SICK make a digital transformation of the gas network possible. After launching the FLOWSIC500, the world’s first ultrasonic gas flow meter for natural gas distribution, SICK has taken the next innovative step with its second-generation device, which is setting new standards in connectivity and transparency.

Digital interfaces and wireless communication enable the FLOWSIC500 to be integrated perfectly into high-level control systems with both time and cost savings thanks to remote monitoring. Full transparency through digital transformation of the gas network FLOWSIC500 takes the gas distribution network into the digital age. The i-diagnostics functionality provides real-time monitoring of the gas quality, which increases the system performance by optimizing the network balance.

Using the FLOWSIC500, the gas network operator is well equipped to deal with this challenge because the i-diagnostics function offers an indication of the available gas qualities. If the set limit values are exceeded or not met due to fluctuations in the gas qualities, the FLOWSIC500 reports this automatically to a remote higher-level control center. This enables significant changes in the heating value to be detected in real time and substantial savings in time and costs to be achieved. i-diagnostics assists with optimizing the network balance and provides the foundation for guaranteeing contractually agreed gas qualities.

With its extensive and state-of-the-art communication options, the FLOWSIC500 is optimally equipped for the digital age. The modern digital interfaces and the option of wireless communication via the 4G/5G mobile telecommunication standard make it easy to integrate into higher-level control systems.

Remote monitoring offers significant time and cost advantages. It enables all deployed devices to be monitored remotely from a control station using a real-time fleet control system. Continuous monitoring provides a transparent picture of the current device status thereby allowing condition-based maintenance. This eliminates any unnecessary on-site maintenance checks.

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