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Schneider Electric launches FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph

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Schneider Electric has launched the FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph, a gas and liquid composition process analyser. The analyser enables petrochemical, refining and chemical plants to increase the real-time efficiency, reliability and safety of their industrial processes. Launched at ACHEMA this week, the FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph will be available in September 2018.

“When Schneider Electric acquired AIT’s market-leading process analyser business, we made a commitment to extend its innovative technology so we could better enable customers to reap more value from their process operations,” said Matthew Carrara, Vice President, Process Automation, Schneider Electric. “The FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph does just that. With its many improved capabilities, including better diagnostics, seamless communication integration with other devices and systems components, and the most recent certifications for use in hazardous areas, the FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph will help our customers drive operational profitability improvements, safely. As a core element of our EcoStruxure Plant platform, it will help convert their process automation investments into the profit engines of their business.”

EcoStruxure™ is Schneider Electric’s open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. EcoStruxure delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity for customers. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver innovation at every level. This includes connected products, edge control, and apps, analytics & services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in 480 000+ sites, with the support of 20 000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services.

The FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph features new software, electronics and detection enhancements that drive process optimisation.

Equipped with parallel chromatography capabilities, the FXI Series 7 analyser allows multiple detectors and ovens to be used simultaneously, significantly accelerating analysis time and increasing the range of applications within a single gas chromatography platform. The system continuously analyses and quickly reports component concentrations and physical properties of process gas and liquid streams in a variety of applications, improving quality and throughput, while reducing capital investment, project execution risks and operating costs. Additionally, plant personnel can easily service the analyser while it is powered and with the oven door open, without requiring the general shutdown of the analyser, increasing uptime and reducing maintenance cost.

The system benefits both new and existing Schneider Electric customers. It incorporates seamless communications to connect directly with the company’s IIoT-enabled EcoStruxure Foxboro distributed control system. In addition, users of the Foxboro 931 series GC or earlier generation FXI Series GCs can seamlessly modernise to this latest platform, which lowers engineering and maintenance costs and extends asset life.

For many industrial plants, process gas chromatography is complex, making it difficult to measure and maintain. In addition, process gas chromatographs have historically required extensive and frequent maintenance, which leads to unnecessary process downtime. To overcome those challenges, the FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph features new electronics and oven components, with user-friendly software that provides easy-to-use gas and liquid compositional analytics with fewer human errors.

“The FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph simplifies deployment and reduces time associated with start up,” said Joe LaConte, Vice President, Analyzer Systems, Schneider Electric. “First of all, because it is built on our field-proven analyser platform, it is rugged, yet provides outstanding chromatographic performance. Second, its secure, web-enabled data analytics and diagnostics enable predictive maintenance, which makes it highly stable and far more reliable than other gas chromatographs. These features not only improve quality, uptime and throughput, they reduce maintenance, operating and even engineering and project execution costs for a quick return on investment.”

The FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph meets the latest revisions of global hazardous area classifications, as well as complies with the most recent ATEX, IECEx and NEC design criteria, making it safe for use in multiple industry applications. And when combined with other Schneider Electric products and solutions, such as EcoStruxure Profit Advisor, customers can see and control in real time how much value the analysers are contributing to their business performance.

“With its many value-focused features, the FXI Series 7 Process Gas Chromatograph delivers unmatched process analysis, control and asset protection,” said LaConte. “Built on more than 30 years of proven industry expertise and success, this new analyser will help our petrochemical, refining and chemical customers create reliable and reproducible plant process information, while reducing time spent on engineering, project execution and routine maintenance. It is the only process analyser system that provides measurable operational profitability improvements and 100% ROI within three months.”

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