Cameron – TTS – spare parts supplier

We are able to provide parts and service for Cameron / TTS Sense drilling control systems based on X-COM operator chairs and OnTrack servers. Our engineers have extensive training with Cameron / TTS drilling equipment and are able to provide the required level of expertise and technical advice when ordering parts from Industrial Control. Our prices are usually 50% to 60% lower compared to OEM. Warranty is 12 up to 24 months for all parts delivered. Installation and commissioning on site is available .  Contact us today for a quote.

Cameron X-COM Chair

Our offer includes , but it’s not limited to:

Touchpad PC  for Cameron / TTS Sense X-COM operator chair

* Intel® Core 2 Duo  processor with Intel® GM45 chipset
* Dual Intel® 82574L Gigabit Ethernet ports
* Dual VGA or VGA/DVI Independent Display
* 3 x RS232 and 1 x RS232/422/485 with Auto Direction Control
* One external locked CF socket with CF 16 GB card
* On-board DC to DC power design to support 16V to 30V DC power input
* Support ATX power mode and PXE / WOL / LAN Teaming
* Brad Communications Applicom Card and Software configured for Left or Right Arm Console

Touchscreen 8.4″ for X-COM left and right hand arm console

touchscreen xcom

8.4″ TouchScreen for X-COM

8.4″ LCD; 4:3 Aspect ratio
SVGA (800 x 600) Resolution
450 nits Brightness; 600:1 Contrast Rate
Superior viewing angle: 160°(H) / 140°(V)
Standard 15-pin VGA input, DVI
Resistive Touch with USB or Serial (RS232) Interface
Removable Open Frame Mounting tabs
Standard long term open frame enclosure design

Industrial Computer Ontrack for X-COM operator chair

* small dimensions of (HxWxD) 270x195x232 mm, the compact box PC is used primarily where little space is available, such as in enclosures, consoles, or directly on machines
* powerful and robust industrial PCs, designed especially for rugged use in close proximity to machinery
* 24-hour continuous operation and under extreme system loads
* four RS232 and four USB interfaces, VGA and DVI graphics, and Ethernet 10/100 and Ethernet 100/1000;




We also provide a complete range of services :

  • troubleshooting and maintenance on site
  • HMI software upgrade as per customer request
  • loadcell calibration
  • parts replacement for X-COM

The effect of Oil Prices and Automation spending

With oil and gas activities growing like gangbusters, process automation and instrumentation companies are understandably calling a lot of attention to those activities, emphasizing their capabilities in a burgeoning industry. But at so many of the latest user group meetings that have filled my fall travel schedule, there’s also been an increasing amount of talk about oil producers struggling with exploration costs and falling prices in a competitive market.

Automation execs point to concerns about mega projects becoming perhaps a little too prevalent. At Emerson Exchange last month in Orlando, Fla., Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management, talked about how today’s projects are getting bigger and more complex than every before. “In the oil and gas industry, the number of projects over a billion dollars has quadrupled in the last 10 years,” he said.

But can that be sustained? At the Yokogawa Users Conference a couple months ago in Houston, Chet Mroz, president and CEO of Yokogawa America, mentioned that Chevron was cutting way back on it capital expenditure. The major oil producer just had too many mega projects going on all at once and realized they needed to scale back. Chevron announced last month that it was delaying the development of the second phase of a deepwater natural gas project off Indonesia. Yokogawa certainly feels the effects of such cutbacks.

Honeywell, GE and Emerson have all indicated that they expect near-term oil industry spending to remain constant, but extended low oil prices will affect 2015 O&G revenues.

At the same time, conversations about falling gas prices often lead to the reasons why exploration companies need to pursue automation all the more—to improve efficiencies and get the most out of the drilling operations. At GE Intelligent Platforms’ User Summit just last week in Orlando, I spoke with an engineer from one of the largest onshore drilling companies who was very excited at the prospects of applying what he’d learned to his operation’s shale efforts.

Whatever the anecdotal evidence is, Global Automation Research contends that its predicted five-year growth rate for process instrumentation and automation in oil and gas will not decline, despite a drop in crude oil prices from a high of $113 in June to about $85 in October. “We were naturally concerned that a price-related cutback in oil production spending would impact our forecast,” said Paul Rasmusson, president of Global Automation Research, in a report, noting that was not the case.

Oil prices have been dropping because of an oversupply caused not only by a worldwide drop in demand but also increased production from U.S. shale and also in Libya and Iraq. Saudi Arabia also plans to maintain its production rather than push prices back up with OPEC’s usual tactics of reducing production.

According to the International Energy Agency, only a small portion of U.S. oil production will be affected by the lower prices. Most U.S. shale production costs range from $65 to $75, letting them maintain moderate growth with the selling price at $85. There is more risk for oil sands production in Canada, where the breakeven price is $100.

Global Automation Research expects oil industry spending on process instrumentation and automation to continue at its current rate through the end of this year and into the next. “Oil companies will finish projects near completion, continue drilling and production activities to maintain trained crews, and press suppliers for efficiency improvements,” the report said.

However, continued low oil prices would likely mean a drop in industry spending, the report continued. “Both Shell and ConocoPhillips have said that lower oil prices will drive the 2015 capital expenditures lower,” the authors said. “Honeywell, GE and Emerson have all indicated that they expect near-term oil industry spending to remain constant, but extended low oil prices will affect 2015 O&G revenues.”

The recovery of European, Chinese and Indian economies over the five-year forecast period would drive oil demand to levels that support higher oil prices, leading to the recovery of automation spending.


Configuration of 4-20 mA Analog Inputs on a PLC

A PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) is used for the control of industrial machines and process installations. The PLC was designed specially for this purpose and offers the possibility of a flexible configuration by means of hardware and software to be adapted to the machine or process which needs to be controlled. Analog signals such as pressure and temperature from the process are evaluated by the PLC and based on these signals the process is controlled by the PLC. Analog signals need to be connected to the PLC and configured. Because of the modular design and configuration of the PLC many things can go wrong. This article gives some guidelines.

1. Determine how to connect the sensor to the PLC.

Most analog inputs on PLC’s support voltage, current and resistance on the analog inputs. In order to make the connection the first thing is to determine how the 4-20 mA sensors will be connected to the PLC. On some PLCs locating the correct terminal is more than enough, sometimes jumpers need to be configured, and onto some PLCs the input is configured by software (ea Step 7 ). On some PLCs a resistor must be connected in order to transform a voltage input to a 4-20 mA current input. Check the documentation of the PLC before the sensor is connected to the analog input on the PLC or you may damage the analog module or the PLC itself

2. Determine how the analog value is represented

Inside the PLC the A/D converter transforms the analog signal to a digital value. The digital value represents the analog signal. In case of a 10 bit A/D converter the digital value lies between 0 and 1024. Some A/D converters can generate negative values. The minimum signal is 4 mA with a 4-20 mA signal. When the signal is lower then 4 mA the digital value is negative, or is 4 mA a positive value? Read the PLC manual in order to determine how the A/D converter handles the negative value. Does the PLC make it zero or does it need a correction in software. Also check on which address the value is available to the PLC program. In case you are not sure about the configuration it may be wise to build a test setup to check it. With a current loop tester, the analog signal on the PLC can be simulated which makes it is easy to validate the configuration of the PLC.

3. Make sure the value is scaled properly in the PLC

The digital value in the PLC needs to be scaled to a meaningful value and readable by humans. A pressure of 0-16 bar is represented inside the PLC by a value between 0 and 1024, while on the display a value between 0 en 16 bar is needed. This needs some calculation. Some PLCs come with standard software functions for this purpose. When these are not available, the user has to write these software routines. These software routines can be tested by means of the test set-up from step 2.

4. Verify your alarms

Usually analog inputs are guarded by alarms. Both process alarms as well as hardware alarms. What happens when a wire breaks on a 4-20mA input? Is this recognised as a wire-break alarm or as a process alarm, low temperature, low pressure? When is the wire-break alarm activated? Is the alarm activated immediately or after a pre-defined time minimising false alarms? Does the sensor comply with the Namur NE43 recommendation? In this case a sensor fault can be represented by a current higher then 21 mA. Is your software capable to handle all these situations? In case the 4-20 mA input is compatible to the Namur NE43 recommendation the alarms can be tested with a current loop tester with extended current range.

5. Test your configuration before commissioning.

When things go wrong it can take a lot of time and money to resolve configuration issues with 4-20 mA analog inputs. Especially when these issues appear during commissioning on site. In order to test the analog inputs INDUSTRIAL CONTROL has a complete range of current loop test units. Every step of a 4-20 mA configuration can be tested and validated with the help of a Fluke 4-20 mA simulator. Problems with the analog input configuration and signal can be identified and resolved in an early stage. Unnecessary delays in commissioning can be eliminated.

Siemens Simatic S7 PLC adapter. MPI cable. Bus Connector





If your order is not a true Emergency, then will make every effort to ship within 48 hours of your order being confirmed, at no extra charge. Emergency same day Quality Control/Testing delivery time is only available where an Express Fee is charged.

What is a Solid State Relay ?

Solid state relays or semiconductor relays (also called SSRs) are semiconductor devices that can be used in place of mechanical relays to switch electricity to a load in many applications. They are purely electronic devices, normally composed of a low current control side and a high current load side (switching side). Many solid state relays feature electrical isolation in the thousands of volts between the control side and the load side. This is usually achieved through optical isolation using an optoelectronic device (a photocoupler). [Read more…]

Programmable Logic Controller

The most popular control systems today use modular Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) , they are able to provide simple operation of highly precise automation tasks.

Almost 85% of the PLC marked is dominated by Siemens SIMATIC PLCs. Industrial Control offers a wide range of PLCs including Siemens Simatic S7 200 series, 300 series and 400 series PLC for our customers automation tasks.

We also offer the SIMATIC S7-1200, a compact, versatile, and powerful modular PLC that will fit a variety of applications. The SIMATIC S7-1200 is suitable for customers seeking an inexpensive solution for processing small-size applications.

At the core of majority of our applications is the Siemens SIMATIC ET 200S, a Programmable Logic Controller with a efficient multifunctional I/O system. It provides our customers a comprehensive range of capabilities and scalability. Coupled with the ET 200S intelligent motor starter, this powerful platform implements intelligence and advanced diagnostics to any motor control environment.

simatic-et200m-im153-4-pnThe SIMATIC S7-300 PLC is an all-purpose automation system that is ideal for applications which require a flexible concept for central as well as local configuration. Able to use the highly effective PROFinet or industrial Ethernet, it enables interfacing within networks of controllers and simple data exchange from the plant to enterprise level.

The high end controller from Siemens is the SIMATIC S7-400 . The S7-400 is especially suitable for data-intensive tasks in the process industry. High processing speeds and deterministic response times guarantee short machine cycle times on high-speed machines in the manufacturing industry.

The S7-400 is used preferably to coordinate overall plants and to control lower-level systems. This is guaranteed by the high communication power and the integral interfaces. Many of the S7-400 components are also available in a SIPLUS version for extreme environmental conditions.

Siemens Simatic Step 7 – how to

siemens_step_7_software_plcWhat is STEP 7?

STEP 7 is the standard software package used for configuring and programming SIMATIC programmable logic controllers. It is part of the SIMATIC industry software. There are the following versions of the STEP 7 Standard package:

[Read more…]

HART to USB modem

  • Fully HART compliant for communication with any HART instrument and error-free slave testing
  • Easy installation (Software Driver Included)
  • CE approved for sale in Europe
  • Draws power from USB port and needs no external power supply
  • Rugged ABS plastic case gives you industrial-grade reliability in a small package
  • USB 1.1 compliant
  • RoHS compliant
  • Integral 6-foot connector cable terminates in two test clips
  • Integral 6-inch USB connector cable
  • Polarity insensitive so you may attach either one of the test clips to positive or negative poles
  • Transformer isolation allows you to connect the unit across the current sense resistor or the field device
Model# IC-00322
  • The  USB HART Interface is a PC link that lets HART application software communicate with any HART instrument via your PC’s USB port.
  • It is housed in a compact, rugged case that attaches to your computer through an integral 12″ USB cable.
  • It comes with an integral 6′ HART cable terminating in two test clips, at no extra charge.
  • The USB Interface has the CE Mark for sale in Europe
Shipping Weight: 1 Pound, Delivery Time – within 48 hours after receipt of order and payment
Price:  $389.95

Oil and Gas automation – engineering – spare parts

offshore jack up rig

Jack-up rig powered by SIEMENS PLCs in the Black Sea

For decades, the fossil fuels industry – with emphasis on oil and gas production has relied on automation to provide safety and availability for their plants. Our equipment is used in exploration platforms, pipelines and refineries.

With a focus on up time, our products are globally proven in a wide range of applications including emergency shutdown, fire and gas, automation and asset management systems.

We offer industrial equipment for:

  • Petroleum refining
  • Natural gas exploration
  • Natural gas production
  • Crude oil refining
  • Offshore oil rigs
  • Oil wells
  • Oil tankers
  • Oil refineries

Drilling Industry – Cost effective petroleum extraction

In today’s global environment, the efficient and cost effective process of drilling is critical no matter if it is offshore or onshore. At Industrial Control we understand this process and we are able to provide the right products to meet the needs of this important industry. From offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to the tar sands in northern Canada, our products are relied upon to bring this critical resource to market.

Oil and Gas pipelines – Increased demand for energy

With the increase in energy demand, it is more important than ever to deliver hydrocarbon fuels efficiently and cost effectively to their markets. Industrial Control satisfies this market application with products to improve throughput and quality. From wellheads and compressor stations to final blending and tank farm storage, our industrial automation equipment is used extensively in this fossil fuel market segment.


Industrial Control has been supplying in the last 2 years a lot of the following equipment to onshore and offshore drilling rigs and drilling companies around the world:

  • Circuit Boards
  • Drives
  • Encoders ( Ex and nonEx proof )
  • Gauges
  • Monitors/PC’s
  • Industrial Computers for harsh environement ( ea. Driller Cabin , LER / LIR , Mud Logging Units)
  • Motors and Drives
  • Panel meters
  • PLC’s ( Siemens S7 300 and 400 , ABB , Allen Bradley, Schneider and many more )
  • Pneumatics
  • Power Supplies ( Ex Proof 24V included )
  • Pressure Controls including Standpipe and Choke manifold pressure transduceres
  • Process Controls
  • Recorders
  • Safety Controls
  • SCR Controls
  • Sensors ( VEGA level sensors , ultrasonic level measurement, pressure measurement, density )
  • Temperature Controls
  • Test Equipment
  • Timers/Counters
  • Valves and servovalves
  • Calibration for existing sensors
  • Project management and software development for existing equipment onboard
  • Electrical drawwings design and load calculation

Cabinet Cooling How To

THINK ABOUT COOLING … from the beginning

Cooling needs should be evaluated early in the design process. Nearly all systems require some degree of forced cooling. Early estimates of the location of components in the cabinet, the heat to be dissipated, and the amount of space needed for the cooling device will save time, trouble and expense. [Read more…]