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  • Breaking Free of Control System ‘Lock-In’

    There is no escaping the fact that many of today’s process manufacturing plants need to modernize . As Emerson’s Aaron Crews explains in his recent article in Control Engineering , “Plants are often using technologies that are 20 to 40 years old. In many cases, the control system is reaching end of support, which can lead to many problems.” Between supply chain disruptions making it hard to source new parts for aging…
  • Innovations in Wireless Communications Podcast

    Here is the video version of my podcast interview with Spearix’s Juan Conchas and Emerson’s Laura Schafer about innovations in wireless technology to drive greater robustness, efficiency and scalability. Transcript Jim: Hi, everyone. I’m Jim Cahill with another “Emerson Automation Experts” podcast. Wireless technology has enabled amazing advances for everyone across the globe. While the technology is solid, there…
  • More Efficient, Scalable and Reliable Wireless Communications Podcast

    Laura Schafer (l), Juan Conchas (c), Jim Cahill (r) Work on the WirelessHART standard began in 2004 and culminated in an introduction to the automation and instrumentation marketplace in 2007 . Now nearly fifteen years later, the availability and diversity of wireless measurement and final control devices are impressive. Applications opportunities have expanded beyond process measurements to include HSSE (Health, Safety…
  • Debunking Condition Monitoring Misconceptions

    The personnel landscape of processing plants has changed. Yesterday’s deep bench of experienced personnel has given way to leaner, more nimble groups supporting a wide variety of disparate technologies, often across an entire fleet. But while these teams are often smaller, they are also made up of digital natives—highly technical engineers who are used to constant access to critical information. The best plants are…
  • Debunking Condition Monitoring Misconceptions

    The personnel landscape of processing plants has changed. Yesterday’s deep bench of experienced personnel has given way to leaner, more nimble groups supporting a wide variety of disparate technologies, often across an entire fleet. But while these teams are often smaller, they are also made up of digital natives—highly technical engineers who are used to constant access to critical information. The best plants are…
  • Democratizing Data can be Intuitive and Cybersecure

    The need to gather more and more data from plant systems for analytics seems to be growing exponentially, particularly as companies expand their digital transformation initiatives to improve efficiency and sustainability across their entire operations. In fact, Emerson’s boundless automation architecture is centered on this critical need for democratized data —anytime and anywhere. Whether on the plant floor or in the…
  • Accurately Monitoring Pressure Relief Events

    Pressure relief valves are essential in keeping process manufacturing and production operations safe and operating reliably. But, as environmental regulations grow stricter, knowing how much fluid was vented is vital for regulatory reporting. In this under three-minute YouTube video, Anderson Greenwood & Rosemount Pilot Operated PRV Monitoring Delivers Unparalleled Accuracy , Emerson’s Ricardo Garcia shares how monitoring…
  • Leverage Life Sciences Software to Reduce Time to Market

    The days of maintaining paper records across the life sciences development and production pipeline are gone. Today’s regulatory requirements, not to mention the complexity of new treatments, requires organization that can only be provided electronically. However, while many life sciences teams have moved to electronic records software , many teams are still inadvertently creating data silos—both horizontally across business…
  • Digital Transformation in the Manufacturing Industry

    In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about digital transformation within the manufacturing industry. Many companies have been hesitant to invest in this type of transformation due to perceived cost and disruption concerns. However, it is recommended to focus on one problem at a time and then worry about scaling up. Doing so will help maintain sustainability goals and optimize energy costs. … When pneumatic…
  • Today’s Modernization Technologies Eliminate Rip-and-Replace

    Modernization projects have become more important than ever as the benefits of updated control technologies such as better HMIs, advanced process control , better integration with asset management systems, improved alarm management , and more have all transitioned from “nice features” to best practices. But traditional modernizations were often expensive and required extensive downtime, two things that few plants can…
  • Reduce the Complexity and Cost of Modernization

    One of the most difficult challenges many of today’s process manufacturing plants face is modernization. Operations and maintenance teams know that they cannot drive the best possible performance and sustainability using technologies that are 20 or 30 years old; however, many feel locked into their legacy control technologies because transitioning is complex, time consuming, and expensive. Emerson’s Monil Malhotra recently…
  • The Future of Automation is Boundless—and its Foundation is Software

    As Emerson Exchange 2022 wrapped up, people were talking quite a bit about two new concepts they heard a lot about in their sessions: boundless automation and software-defined control. But as is the case with any announcement of a future vision, people were left with many questions. Fortunately, Emerson’s Claudio Fayad has been happy to answer those questions across an expansive series of expert articles and in many…
  • Module Type Package Unlocks the Flexibility Driving Pharma Innovation

    There can be little question that Industry 4.0 technologies are reshaping the way life sciences companies operate. In the wake of the rapid development of vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic , more facilities than ever are being “born digital.” Some of these born-digital facilities are the result of new organizations with entirely digital strategies, and others are biopharmaceutical organizations that have been around…
  • Data Defines the Future of Control

    We hear so much today about digital transformation, but, as Emerson’s Claudio Fayad explains in his recent article in Processing magazine , digital transformation has been happening for far longer than we all imagine. In fact, “The modern distributed control system (DCS) has been digitally transforming operational technology (OT) for well over 20 years now.” What has this meant for operations teams? It has resulted…
  • Emerson’s Vision of the Future of Automation Technology

    From L to R: Claudio Fayad, Laura Schafer, Peter Zornio Emerson’s Peter Zornio hosted a panel with Claudio Fayad and Laura Schafer on their vision for the future of automation technology. Here is their presentation abstract: Our industry has many technology buzzwords and many people putting forward various future predictions. Come and hear how Emerson sees automation technologies coming together into the architecture…
  • Let your Personnel Lead you to the Adaptive Plant

    On Monday at the Emerson Exchange Users’ Conference , Emerson’s Michalle Adkins and AbbVie’s Jeff Ziolkowski moderated a panel with Fujifilm’s Soren Skerris , Takeda’s Dr. Nina Schwalb , Eli Lilly’s James Weber , and Emerson’s Christian Berg . The experts shared the strategies they have employed and the lessons they’ve learned on their journey across the BioPhorum Digital Plant Maturity Model toward creating adaptive…
  • Mapping the Future of Industrial Software

    Day one of the Emerson Exchange Users’ Conference featured Monil Malhotra , vice president of industrial software, sharing the roadmap for Emerson’s industrial software offerings. Monil explored the reasons and the path forward for Emerson’s initiative to bring standalone software under one umbrella—meeting user needs from end to end. Today’s process manufacturers are faced with a data tsunami. More devices can collect…
  • Automation Strategies for the Field, Edge and Cloud Continuum

    From L to R: Claudio Fayad, David Holmes, Christine Boles, Rich Waller, Peter Zornio Emerson’s Chief Technology Officer Peter Zornio moderated a panel session with Intel’s Christine Boles , Microsoft’s Rich Waller , Dell’s David Holmes , and Emerson’s VP of DeltaV Platform Development Claudio Fayad at the 2022 Emerson Exchange. Here is the session abstract: Gain the perspective of industry experts from four of the…
  • Emerson Exhange Opens with Boundless Automation

    After more than two years, the Emerson Exchange Users’ Conference is back in person in Grapevine, Texas. At the keynote, Mike Allen , chairman of the Emerson Exchange board of directors, opened the event to a room of over 1500 people, sharing big news about the future. Mike shared that this year’s Exchange is aimed at a “forward focus” as a changing world drives new trends in automation, noting that the people in attendance…
  • Emerson Exhange Opens with Boundless Automation

    After more than two years, the Emerson Exchange Users’ Conference is back in person in Grapevine, Texas. At the keynote, Mike Allen , chairman of the Emerson Exchange board of directors, opened the event to a room of over 1500 people, sharing big news about the future. Mike shared that this year’s Exchange is aimed at a “forward focus” as a changing world drives new trends in automation, noting that the people in attendance…
  • Role of Intelligent Electric Valve Actuators in Digital Transformation

    Valves play a critical role in managing the process’s flow for process manufacturers and producers. As companies look to transform their operations to drive greater safety, sustainability, and reliability, increasing the intelligence in these devices helps the overall digital transformation efforts. In a Process Industry Informer article, Flow Control – The Current State of Industrial Digital Transformation and a Look…
  • Managing the Changing Energy Mix

    The power industry has been in a state of transition for many years as more and more intermittent, renewable sources of energy come onto the grid. In a LinkedIn article, The Future of Power: How We Evolve “Current-Gen” Technology , Emerson’s Power & Water business president Bob Yeager describes how to manage through this transition. Bob opens: The power industry is certainly at a transition point, most notably driven…
  • The Future of SCADA is Beyond

    SCADA software has solved a lot of problems for industrial users for many years, but as industry begins taking its first steps into this nebulous realm of “Industry 4.0,” its fit and function must adapt. How must SCADA software evolve so that end users and OEMs can maximize availability, performance, quality and sustainability? What we find is that organizations today have the resources to run their business, but struggle…
  • Software Simplifies Technology Transfer

    The life sciences marketplace is changing faster than nearly any other industry. Gone are the days when companies focus on a single treatment to drive their entire business. Today’s life sciences manufacturers are challenged to bring new treatments to the marketplace as quickly as possible—a trend that was magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic . As a result, innovation is key today. And innovation requires technologies…
  • Accelerating the Future of Green Hydrogen

    The push for clean energy continues to drive interest in hydrogen-powered vehicles and power systems. The demand for green hydrogen is greater than ever before, and many consider it to be one of the most viable near-future sources of energy. With this promising outlook ahead, the green hydrogen industry is a pretty exciting place to be. And, with the right solutions and processes in place across the supply chain, we can…