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Pinnacle selects Bedrock Automation control system

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Pinnacle Midstream has selected Bedrock Automation’s BedrockTM control system as the automation platform for its crude oil receipt and delivery points.

The system will coordinate flow of product from partners, through the Pinnacle processing facilities and onto refiners and shippers.

Mike Hillerman, Vice President of Engineering and Operations for Pinnacle Midstream, said: “We are expanding to the meet the growing need for midstream services and need a secure way to centralise control of flow amongst our facilities. The Bedrock system provides an economical solution in a small, easy-to-implement system that can coordinate edge control today, while also scaling easily and economically to the full DCS functionality we expect to need in the future.”

Pinnacle provides a suite of services, including measurement, storage, compression, treatment, processing and dehydration services to help partners ready products for market. The company was looking to implement a control solution that could meet its pipeline control and safety needs, and turned to Meers Engineering. After a needs analysis, Meers recommended the Bedrock system.

The Pinnacle implementation today populates the Bedrock pin-less backplane with ten I/O modules, including ten-channel universal I/O modules and a five-channel Ethernet module. The universal I/O modules connect to the field computers, which control flow at each storage tank, while the Ethernet I/O connects with edge devices and applications to mine data for subsequent planning and operational improvement. The Ethernet modules can also poll radios on wireless sensors simultaneously and support Power over Ethernet (PoE), which simplifies installation further by eliminating the need to run additional wiring to some of the devices.

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