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    • 10 Oct 2019

    Clearing Up Digital Transformation Myths

    I just Googled “digital transformation” and saw it returning about 34,900,000 results—so there is no shortage of information out there. But what if your company imperative is to digitally transform your manufacturing or production operations due to market pressures or other business drivers? There are a lot of myths you must navigate around. Shane Hale Brian Joe Jim Montague , Executive Editor for CONTROL magazine...
    • 7 Oct 2019

    Applying Design Thinking and Collaboration

    Just over a decade ago, Emerson announced the formation of a Human Centered Design Institute . Its goal was to: …make products that are not only reliable, compatible and cost-effective, but also bring about a significant improvement in ease-of-use and workforce productivity. Over this past decade, this human-centered design (HCD) approach has been applied to software, hardware, systems and solutions across...
    • 1 Oct 2019

    Operational Analytics and IIoT

    I don’t know where I heard it, but the expression, “Data is plentiful, but expertise is in short supply…”, rings true. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sensors enable more continuous measurements to made than was possible in a wired-only world. In a Flow Control article, An Effective IIoT Entry Point is through Software Applications , Emerson’s Ron Fleissman describes how operational analytics in built-for-purpose...
    • 24 Sep 2019

    Continuous Corrosion and Erosion Monitoring Solutions

    Emerson’s Justin Vasquez presented Seek Out Hidden Operational Optimization through Corrosion Monitoring at the 2019 Emerson Exchange conference. Justin opened noting that corrosion and erosion monitoring occur throughout the hydrocarbon value chain—upstream, midstream and downstream. He highlighted the main forms of measurement—conventional UT (ultrasonic transmitter) thickness logging, phased array internal corrosion...
    • 19 Sep 2019

    Digital Twin Solutions across Industries

    When you hear “digital twin,” think of this as a digital replica of physical assets such as pumps and compressors, processes, people, places, systems and devices. Through these replicas, the operation of these things are modeled and simulated through their lifecycles. For these simulations to be effective, they must represent reality. To this end, feedback to the model is important for keeping it up to date and realistic...
    • 4 Sep 2019

    Wireless Measurements for Increased Well Workover Productivity

    ScienceDirect defines an oil and gas well workover as: …any kind of oil and gas well intervention involving invasive techniques, such as wireline, coiled tubing , or snubbing. It is an expensive process of pulling and replacing a well completion to repair an existing production well for the purpose of restoring, prolonging, or enhancing the production of hydrocarbons . An instrumentation & electrical foreman with...
    • 27 Aug 2019

    Advancing Digital Twin Technology

    Zuwei Jin Digital twins provide a simulation of the manufacturing or production process as well as the automation systems which control it. Depending on the level of fidelity of the process models, this digital twin can have many uses. I caught up with Emerson’s Zuwei Jin who shared some of his thoughts around these digital twins. He explained that digital twins: Provide obvious value for training operations...
    • 26 Aug 2019

    Creating Business Value with Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies

    At the time of the writing of this post, Wikipedia defined augmented reality as: …an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real-world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual , auditory , haptic , somatosensory and olfactory . [1] [2] Virtual reality , on the other hand: …is a simulated...
    • 31 Jul 2019

    Digital Transformation for Utilities

    Emerson’s Juan Panama and Mark Jordan presented on building the utility of tomorrow, today at the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference. The focus was on how to start down the path to digital transformation. It begins with a solid business case. For instance, in a combined cycle unit, typical fixed operating and maintenance costs can be reduced by eliminating maintenance practices that result in unnecessary work and...
    • 30 Jul 2019

    Ovation Digital Twin Technology-Embedded Simulation Update

    Some key ways simulation technology is used by manufacturers and producers for training, optimizing operating procedures and engineering to evaluate ways to improve overall performance. In a 2019 Ovation Users’ Group Conference presentation, Ovation Digital Twin Technology – Embedded Simulation Update & New Applications, Emerson’s James Thompson and Shen Zhang provides an overview of Digital Twin technology, how it integrates...
    • 17 Jul 2019

    In-House or Cloud-Based Asset Monitoring

    Brian Joe Asset condition monitoring versus performance monitoring—what’s the difference? And, analyzing and forming decisions on the data from this monitoring—should it be done within the company or in the cloud? These questions are the subject of a Control Engineering magazine article, Should assets be monitored in-house or in the cloud? Emerson’s Brian Joe opens the article describing how Industrial Internet of...
    • 15 Jul 2019

    Avoiding Low Voltage Electrical Asset Outages

    Early in my career as a freshly-minted electrical engineer in the mid-1980s, I worked on projects on offshore oil & gas production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. These platforms required turbine or reciprocating engine gas generators with diesel engine backup for when gas was not available from the production stream. Low voltage (LV) distribution systems, typically at 480VAC were used to power the pumps, compressors...
    • 26 Jun 2019

    Driving Business Performance through Digital Transformation

    We see it in our daily lives as companies undertake digital transformation initiatives, either for competitive advantage or survival. Many industries, including music, film, transportation, and lodging are all going through this. Even within our world of manufacturing, market forces are driving the need for digital transformation to drive step-change improvements in safety, reliability, efficiency & emissions, and...
    • 20 Jun 2019

    Digital Transformation in Personnel Safety

    Wireless instrumentation for industrial use has been with us for more than a decade. The extra sensing devices are being used to improve performance in reliability, efficiency and overall production. But how about personnel safety? It’s critical to know the location of plant personnel in times of abnormal situations or even in normal situations, such as being properly trained for the current location. The Plantweb...
    • 11 Jun 2019

    Cisco and Emerson Collaboration for Heavy Duty Networking Solution

    Bob Karschnia Yesterday Cisco announced the Cisco Catalyst IW6300 Heavy Duty Series Access Points . The release highlighted the collaboration with Emerson to include connectivity with field device wireless networks. Emerson’s Bob Karschnia is quoted: “By integrating the new Cisco heavy duty access point with Emerson’s next-generation WirelessHART gateway, we are able to leverage sensor data from critical assets...
    • 10 Jun 2019

    Planning and Executing Digital Twin Technology

    Mart Berutti You may have heard the phrase “ Digital Twin ” bandied about in our world of automation. It may conjure up mental images of models, simulations, training systems, and more. In an Institution of Civil Engineers article, Defining the digital twin: 7 essential steps , Emerson’s Mart Berutti defines digital twin with these characteristics: Represents assets in the physical world with a digital model...
    • 30 May 2019

    IIoT and MultiVariable Instrumentation

    Connor Oberle When you hear discussions about “the cloud” you often also hear about “the edge” where higher resolution processing can be performed. For manufacturers and producers, this edge may extend to the instrumentation itself measuring and controlling the process. In a Control Engineering IIoT for Engineers supplement article, Extend edge data gathering with multivariable instruments , Emerson’s Connor Oberle...
    • 21 May 2019

    Early Detection of Heat Recovery Steam Generator Tube Leaks

    A NACE International paper, HRSG Tube Failures: Prediction, Diagnosis and Corrective Actions highlights the challenge of these failures: Many HRSGs were originally designed for base load operation. Recent economic factors have led to drastically increased cycling of many units. This has exacerbated the rate of failures. These leaks can lead to forced outages that create associated costs including fines, lost time...
    • 16 Apr 2019

    Specification Requirements for Corrosion Monitoring Systems

    Process manufacturing involves moving fluids through pipes and vessels. A major concern in many industries is the corrosion and erosion that may occur inside the pipe walls. Corrosion monitoring systems are designed to track this degradation process. Jake Davies In a Flow Control article, How to Specify a Corrosion Monitoring System , Emerson’s Jake Davies provides insights in requirements to consider in the selection...
    • 5 Feb 2019

    Continuously Improving Energy Efficiency and Loss Control

    Manufacturers and producers can take steps in their digital transformation journeys to improve energy efficiency and reduce unaccounted for losses. In a comment to an earlier post , Jonas Berge highlighted 7 ways: Steam trap failure detection Relief valve seat passing detection Relief valve release detection Heat Exchanger fouling detection Cooling Tower fan speed optimization Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger...
    • 5 Feb 2019

    Continuously Improving Energy Efficiency and Loss Control

    Manufacturers and producers can take steps in their digital transformation journeys to improve energy efficiency and reduce unaccounted for losses. In a comment to an earlier post , Jonas Berge highlighted 7 ways: Steam trap failure detection Relief valve seat passing detection Relief valve release detection Heat Exchanger fouling detection Cooling Tower fan speed optimization Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger...
    • 26 Dec 2018

    Wireless for Operations: Proprietary Versus Standards; Adopters Versus Laggards

    Wireless, in an industrial context, is a pretty broad term. Over the last 10 to 20 years, it’s taken many forms, with some less successful proprietary protocols fading away due to a lack of commercial viability. Users have voted with their pocketbooks and have concentrated on wireless Ethernet for all sorts of applications, with Wireless HART as the primary protocol for device-level networks. So, who is using wireless...
    • 13 Nov 2018

    Mitigating Corrosion in Ageing Gas Fields

    If not properly addressed, natural gas production can release excessive amounts of methane into the atmosphere from production sites and pipelines. Failing equipment can be a culprit, and leaks can be caused by older piping and vessels corroding quietly until joints and fittings begin to emit gas. In the September issue of Oilfield Technology , Chris Burke addresses one side of the problem in his article, Mitigating...
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Top Quartile Performance in LNG and Gas Plant Production

    At the recent 2018 Gastech Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Emerson’s Patrick Deruytter presented on ways for gas plants and liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facilities to drive operations to top quartile performance. The focus of the presentation was to look at the operational opportunities in the current gas & LNG plants to improve the reliability of the equipment and the process. By improving the current process...
    • 19 Oct 2018

    Top Quartile Performance in LNG and Gas Plant Production

    At the recent 2018 Gastech Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Emerson’s Patrick Deruytter presented on ways for gas plants and liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facilities to drive operations to top quartile performance. The focus of the presentation was to look at the operational opportunities in the current gas & LNG plants to improve the reliability of the equipment and the process. By improving the current process...