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ABB has expanded their series of remote I/O controllers

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Oilfield Technology,

The company is expanding its XIO series of remote input/output controllers to provide customers with increased options to meet the digital connectivity challenges of today’s oil and gas industry.

The extended XIO series uses a new Ethernet-to-Serial passthrough application to provide real-time monitoring and control, improve data accessibility, and enhance data integrity. The new XIO series extends site automation abilities, helping to increase the efficiency of oil and gas operations.

The XIO series is an extended range of all-in-one devices to monitor, control and manage oil and gas flow applications. The ABB XIO-08, ABB XIO-04 and ABB XIO-00 each operate as an extension to the Remote Module Controller (RMC) family, providing I/O capacity and increasing overall wellhead operational efficiency. The series offers up to eight channels for customers to choose the XIO that meets their site needs.

The company’s flow computers and RTUs are used to monitor, measure and control many upstream oil and gas applications to ensure safe and efficient operations. The solution enables users to monitor, measure, and control flows from anywhere, anytime.

This extension means that site configuration requirements can be met whatever the size of the oil or gas field. The need for physical on-site presence is reduced due to the remote control and monitoring of I/O points and serial devices, putting safety first and reducing costs. As well as extending RMC capabilities, the XIO is compatible with a wide range of controllers across the market.

Equipment can be added without significant infrastructure modifications, allowing expansion of I/O points and connection of serial devices. Up to 22 hot pluggable I/O modules can be added or replaced without power interruption, minimising downtime.

The XIO series offers several connectivity options, networking features (up to four independent networks are supported), and the possibility to use the XIO’s Wi-Fi as a network or bridge with one of the Ethernet ports. Reliable and efficient data transfer is possible by connecting the XIO to the RMC over Ethernet. Four ethernet points allow for different network configurations. It also features control and measurement applications for specific needs of remote locations.

Increasing digitalisation in the oil and gas industry means that reliable connectivity is required for successful operations. Wellheads often must achieve extended connectivity rapidly to meet expansion opportunities. This product provides immediate connectivity expansion, enhancing production and reducing costs associated with traditional equipment upgrades. It integrates islands of automation and enables remote data connection for real-time analytics across the site and enterprise.

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