Leading manufacturers combine to energize ABLE’s cutting-edge training rig

Announcements  |  Monday, 14th May

Central to ABLE’s new state of the art training facility is a purpose built rig providing a truly unique process environment for high impact, hands-on instruction across the various measurement and control disciplines and environments.


The facility consists of connected stainless steel vessels and ABLE Instruments, in collaboration with leading manufacturers and suppliers, has equipped the rig with instrumentation ranging from the conventional and traditional to the very latest highly advanced, innovative technologies for flow, level, pressure, temperature, density, gas and liquid analysis.

Rockwell Automation PlantPAx DCS System

The entire process is managed by Rockwell’s flagship PlantPAx DCS System which uses a common automation platform for seamless integration of all rig sectors and facilitates the mirroring of process plant across the major industries, from the complexity of an offshore platform to the precision of a micro-brewery.

Aegex 10 Intrinsically Safe Tablet

ABLE use the renowned Aegex 10 Intrinsically Safe Tablet to create a fully secure mobile HMI with improved visualisation via Rockwell’s ThinManager Software Platform in a Windows 10 environment. This allows the operator to bring up HMI elements for any of the relevant processes and associated instruments and devices on the rig. One tablet replaces multiple HMIs and full manufacturer specific computers and supplementary infrastructure.

Aegex 10 being utilised in ABLE control room (click to enlarge)

The Aegex device also incorporates an RFID tag reader, which connects to a database that recognises instrument serial numbers and wirelessly links back to the appropriate HMI screen hosting specific information such as tag number, model number, measurement type, calibration date and general maintenance data.

Internet Of Things (IoT)

ABLE are currently investigating connectivity solutions to establish some internet of things (IoT) functionality for the training rig, again using the Aegex tablet as the mobile, hazardous area, wireless interface for secure remote connection. By attaching a communication gateway to the remote instrumentation that sends data via Ethernet or the mobile phone network to a cloud-based server, this will facilitate access to and control of the device.

247able – Official Aegex Distributor

ABLE, as an official distributor for Aegex Technologies, offer the Aegex intrinsically safe zone 1 tablet and accessories for purchase via 247able.com. Aegex Technologies are market leaders in developing high quality, intrinsically safe mobile equipment and cloud connectivity for hazardous industries such as oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, utilities, public safety and defence.

247able are able to deliver Aegex Technologies products globally, furthermore, any in-stock UK order placed before 16:00 will be delivered next day.

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