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  • Cosun leverages real-time information for value creation

    At the Emerson Exchange EMEA 2024 in Düsseldorf, Robin Kobesen, innovation manager smart operations at Cosun, provided an overview of the company’s Smart Operations program, including many of its organizational, technical and project-related challenges and best practices. His presentation, entitled `Ignite collaboration through real-time predictions’, won the award for most innovative Boundless Automation application…
  • Can we take advantage of Gen-AI to increase human efforts in industrial automation?

    As the hype around generative artificial intelligences (Gen-AI) like ChatGPT, Gemini, Bing Chat, increases, there is a false belief that it will replace many human creative products like written content, computer code, technical documents, graphic works… So far, these affordable and free AI tools have been widely used to create content that has non-critical implications. But some concerns may arise, if we consider to…
  • Can we take advantage of Gen-AI to increase human efforts in industrial automation?

    As the hype around generative artificial intelligences (Gen-AI) like ChatGPT, Gemini, Bing Chat, increases, there is a false belief that it will replace many human creative products like written content, computer code, technical documents, graphic works… So far, these affordable and free AI tools have been widely used to create content that has non-critical implications. But some concerns may arise, if we consider to…
  • Electronic Batch Reports Support Digital Transformation

    Hovione  is a contract development and manufacturing company dedicated to helping pharmaceutical customers bring new and off-patent drugs to market. As part of the digital transformation conference stream at Emerson Exchange EMEA 2024 , Mariana Brás, senior process automation engineer at Hovione, explained how electronic batch reporting has helped ensure the company follows good manufacturing practices (GMP), reducing…
  • The Future of Automation is Coming, and the Foundational Technologies are Emerging Today

    For decades, or perhaps even longer, many manufacturers considered productivity and sustainability to be at odds with each other. Sustainability technologies were expensive, so they weren’t worth implementing because they would eat into profits. However, in the last few years, organizations across the globe have made a startling discovery: performance and sustainability are actually two sides of the same coin. This…
  • What can you expect during a modern turbine control retrofit project?

    Whether it is onshore, offshore or newer airborne technology, wind power is playing a key role in the energy transition. With this continued growth in the wind power market, organizations are looking closely at how they can ensure their wind turbines—some of which may be decades old and outfitted with outdated technologies–can operate at peak efficiency. For numerous reasons—cost, delays due to supply chain shortages…
  • Modern Power Generation Requires Modern Solutions

    Utilities around the globe are reacting to a public call to address climate change. The future of generation will call for new technologies that reduce emissions and provide more sustainable power. However, as James Fraser points out in his recent article in enerG magazine , power companies have avoided reacting to this change by a complete rip and replace of technologies. Utilities still need to provide reliable power…
  • Non-Intrusive Flare Header Technologies

    At the 2024 4C Health, Safety & Environmental Conference , 4C Marketplace’s Steve Probst and Emerson’s Marcio Donnangelo presented Flare Headers Non-Intrusive Technologies. Steve opened the session by pointing out the financial benefits of continuous monitoring for many ESG-related projects. Having to implement mitigation strategies for compliance does not provide ESG credit, but doing it before it’s required does enable…
  • Don’t Replace—Retrofit!

    Much of our attention on the rise of renewable energy has been focused on the United States and Europe, but the reality is that a trend toward increasing renewable electricity generation is happening around the globe. Nowhere is that more obvious than in India, where the government has set ambitious goals to reach net zero emissions by 2070 and meet 50% of its electricity requirements from renewable energy sources by…
  • AI is Coming, and it’s Time to Get Ready

    There is a lot of talk these days about the rise of AI. It’s not only that the technology is so new and exciting, with so much potential to change the world. AI is also a hot topic because the global environment is right for the changes it can bring. A workforce shortage has left many organizations struggling to find skilled personnel who can operate their plants just as operations have become more complex to meet a changing…
  • What does Emerson do for Wind and Other Renewables?

    A recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report anticipates strong growth in wind energy deployments. I’m enthusiastic about the continued growth of renewables in general, and wind energy, in particular. Emerson has been supporting major utilities in the power sector for over 100 years. As power producers increasingly move into the renewable space, we are moving with them in nearly every space –hydropower, solar, battery…
  • Software-Defined Control Unlocks a Future of Flexibility

    It seems as if the challenges facing process manufacturers have changed nearly overnight, with many operations teams now facing entirely different goals than just five short years ago. These new goals—increased sustainability, reduced energy use, optimal efficiency—are demanding a laser focus on flexibility in process control, which in turn is driving a push toward modernization. In his recent article in Control Engineering…
  • Greater Reliability with Non-Intrusive Wireless Corrosion Monitoring

    At the 2024 4C Health, Safety & Environmental Conference , Emerson’s Justin Vasquez shared a presentation, Enhancing Safety, Profitability, and Sustainability through Wireless Corrosion Monitoring: A Focus on Reliability with Non-Intrusive Monitoring Devices. Justin opened his presentation by showing invisible corrosion risk and its impact on the health of the plant and the suboptimal use of plant assets. Continuous…
  • Crushing It: E. & J. Gallo Wineries Sets a New Standard for Reliability

    When considering ways to improve and secure operational excellence, organizations frequently overlook one key area: reliability and maintenance. In the struggle to define new ways to improve operations, it is easy to forget that even the most perfectly refined process will be sub-optimal if the underlying assets are not achieving peak performance. Even worse, if assets fail, even the best operations are useless while…
  • The Future of Green Hydrogen Blending is Boundless

    With the new energy economy come big changes. We all know that energy sources can’t change overnight, so more and more producers and transporters—including those in natural gas—are looking closely at blending as a transitional technology. Today, much of the talk around blending in natural gas centers on hydrogen (H 2 ), with companies exploring new processes to blend green H 2 and natural gas to increase efficiency and…
  • Smaller Batches Still Have Big Needs

    There’s no question that today’s life sciences landscape is changing dramatically. As new personalized medicine solutions emerge, companies are rapidly changing scale to include more multi-product manufacturing facilities. Many of these facilities are manufacturing treatments in much smaller batches. While many of the requirements around developing smaller-batch treatments are the same, the market does have its own…
  • Beyond the Black Box: Unlock More Value from Green Energy Assets

    There are very few topics getting as much attention today as renewable energy. From expanding wind farms and solar operations to green hydrogen technology, to electric vehicles and their impact on the grid and infrastructure, the face of how we generate and use power is changing rapidly. One key change this shift has brought about is a need to rethink power operations. Green energy organizations cannot operate the same…
  • Transforming data into operational performance and proving it right at this Emerson facility in Lodz.

    If you wonder how to move, from a simplistic and superficial view of the production process and start building the backbone of a proven methodology that can be replicable in time, adaptable to changes and at the same time make space for operational improvements, one of the best ways to start is by taking advantage of resources that are already in the factory. Each and every device, machine and line, as well as users…
  • Transforming data into operational performance and proving it right at this Emerson facility in Lodz.

    If you wonder how to move, from a simplistic and superficial view of the production process and start building the backbone of a proven methodology that can be replicable in time, adaptable to changes and at the same time make space for operational improvements, one of the best ways to start is by taking advantage of resources that are already in the factory. Each and every device, machine and line, as well as users…
  • Software is the Solution for a more Efficient LNG Value Chain

    As countries around the globe transition from fossil to renewables, the success of that transition will pivot on a reliable supply of natural gas. But an increase in demand coupled with changing global events has made the liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets more unstable. This instability has a direct impact on LNG operations. Suppliers are under more pressure than ever to operate at peak efficiency to optimize the…
  • Ask the Expert: Your burning questions about frequency and inertia for renewables and Inverter-Based Resources

    Meeting local and national CO 2 emission goals and responding to social pressures related to global warming are primary factors driving decarbonization efforts in the energy industry across the world. At the same time, electricity demand is growing across the board. Together, decarbonization and increasing demand are creating a challenging environment for organizations tasked with ensuring grid resiliency. Efficient…
  • Digital transformation in chemical processing: how to start small to scale big..

    The chemical industry is facing a unique challenge: a need for growth along with environmental regulations that each day are becoming stricter and more urgent. Limited resources, an aging workforce, aging equipment: achieving both efficiency and sustainability can seem impossible. But there’s a solution: creating an ecosystem of real-time data and actionable insights. In a word, digital transformation. Unlocking Data…
  • Digital transformation in chemical processing: how to start small to scale big..

    The chemical industry is facing a unique challenge: a need for growth along with environmental regulations that each day are becoming stricter and more urgent. Limited resources, an aging workforce, aging equipment: achieving both efficiency and sustainability can seem impossible. But there’s a solution: creating an ecosystem of real-time data and actionable insights. In a word, digital transformation. Unlocking Data…
  • Thrive Through Technology Change

    Most of us have experienced significant changes throughout our careers and life. Some of those changes have gone smoother and had significantly better outcomes than others – the single constant about life in our world today is change itself. This makes it crucial to understand all the pieces that are part of any change to have well aligned to make any change a great experience that provides positive outcomes and enables…
  • Turn Data Into Action

    Plants need a strong pipeline of data to help them ensure optimal performance. We spend a lot of time talking about how to collate, transmit, and store that data so it is easily accessible whenever and wherever people need it. However, all that strategizing is of little value if the people the plant is delivering information to cannot understand or use the data. Emerson’s Drew Mackley is well aware of this inconsistency…