Emerson Process Management has released the Distributed RTU Network in North America as an answer to the challenges of connecting multiple wells spread over a wide geographical area in a cost effective and user-friendly way. The Distributed RTU Network integrates Emerson’s FloBoss107 and ROC800 Series with radio technology and allows simplified configuration through Emerson’s ROCLINK 800 configuration software.
The Distributed RTU Network is a “master-less” wireless network that allows equal distribution of information across the network. The Distributed RTU Network creates a peer-to-peer addressable network of RTUs and flow computers, allowing any controller to browse and communicate data residing in the network. Combined with Emerson’s OpenEnterprise SCADA suite or another SCADA system, users can locate each node on the network to access data in a specific RTU.
“Oil and gas production is evolving to unconventional plays where site expansion creates new complex challenges that increase expenses to install and maintain the overall site,” commented Craig Llewellyn, president, Emerson Process Management, Remote Automation Solutions. “The Distributed RTU Network is a solution that will reduce overall cost of site expansion while enhancing and maintaining production.”
The Distributed RTU Network’s ease of deployment speeds up installation by enabling wellpads to link together and share information while avoiding the efforts associated with burying wires in a costly trenching operation.
The Distributed RTU Network distributes control wirelessly across the entire platform, but does not require Modbus mapping because ROCLINK 800 configuration software makes configuring data transfer as easy as a drag and drop.
The Distributed RTU Network increases production and yield from an existing asset by allowing easy, cost-effective integration of additional measurement points for increased site visibility and better control. Production expansion can easily be achieved without taking the existing controllers offline. This can result in significant cost savings during installation. Engineering costs can also be reduced through simple, efficient tools and a templating process that enhances repeatability.