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    • 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...
    • 2 Oct 2018

    Improving Energy Efficiency and Reliability with Wireless Measurements

    At the 2018 Emerson Exchange conference, Emerson’s John Hillencamp and Brian Joe joined a specialty chemical manufacturer to share how they saved energy costs and improved reliability with wireless measurements and the Plantweb digital ecosystem . John opened the presentation on why monitoring steam traps is important. The purpose of a trap is to remove the condensate that occurs as steam cools as it travels through...
    • 11 Sep 2018

    Avoid Corrosion-Induced Asset Integrity Loss

    A U.S. Energy Information Administration’s post, When was the last refinery built in the United States? , reveals that more than half the “newest refineries” in their list were built in the 1970s or 1980s, or 30 to 40+ years ago. And, with 137 operating U.S. oil refineries , the rest are even older. A lot has changed over this time, but much of the piping and vessel infrastructure remains the same. In a Chemical Engineering...
    • 26 Jul 2018

    Digital Transformation Steps Through Continuous Remote Monitoring

    Many of us are experiencing digital transformations in our homes in small steps. Devices like Emerson’s Sensi wi-fi thermostat that can be controlled via a smart phone app, digital voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home and Apply Siri, and smart locks to lock down the house are a few examples. These change the way we interact with technology and how we get things done. Similarly for manufacturers, digital...
    • 13 Jun 2018

    Effective Corrosion Mitigation for Refineries

    Crude oil from shale producing regions, also known as tight oils, are opportunity crudes for refineries. These differ from the traditional sources of crude oil from large reservoirs in their widely varying properties. These properties include specific gravity, sulfur content, total acid number (TAN), and more. In an AIChE’s CEP magazine article, Implement an Effective Corrosion Mitigation Program , Emerson’s Tim Olsen...
    • 16 Apr 2018

    Digital Transformation for Refiners and Petrochemical Producers

    At the recent 116 th American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Annual Meeting, they discussed the many changes brought about by U.S. tax and regulatory policy changes, as well as the application of the advancing technology landscape. In the conference daily publication, published by Hydrocarbon Processing magazine, Emerson’s Marcio Donnangelo highlighted one area of technology advancement in an article, Industrial...
    • 10 Apr 2018

    Reducing Project Capital and Lease Operating Expenses

    For oil and gas production in shale regions, what are some ways technologies can optimize capital costs and ongoing production performance? Emerson’s Tom Bass answers this question with many examples to back it up in a recent article, Wireless Technologies Optimize Pads , in The American Oil & Gas Reporter . Tom opens noting the cost reductions in capital and labor that came because of low oil prices. However,...
    • 12 Feb 2018

    IIoT Cybersecurity Frameworks and Standards

    At the 2018 ARC Industry Forum , cybersecurity was the focus of the Monday sessions. In a session, IIoT Cybersecurity Frameworks & Standards, Emerson’s Eric Braun joined a panel with other industry participants. Here was the session description: The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) spans a wide range of products used to control and monitor industrial systems. This includes traditional equipment like PLCs...
    • 12 Feb 2018

    IIoT Cybersecurity Frameworks and Standards

    At the 2018 ARC Industry Forum , cybersecurity was the focus of the Monday sessions. In a session, IIoT Cybersecurity Frameworks & Standards, Emerson’s Eric Braun joined a panel with other industry participants. Here was the session description: The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) spans a wide range of products used to control and monitor industrial systems. This includes traditional equipment like PLCs...
    • 9 Feb 2018

    Increasing Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Efficiency and Reliability

    The electrical power generation mix continues to shift to increasing natural gas usage due to growing supplies from shale gas production. In a Power article, How to Increase Power Plant Asset Reliability Using Modern Digital Technology , Emerson’s Juan Panama describes how combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants are using digital technologies to increase levels of reliability and efficiency. He opens describing a...
    • 9 Feb 2018

    Increasing Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Efficiency and Reliability

    The electrical power generation mix continues to shift to increasing natural gas usage due to growing supplies from shale gas production. In a Power article, How to Increase Power Plant Asset Reliability Using Modern Digital Technology , Emerson’s Juan Panama describes how combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants are using digital technologies to increase levels of reliability and efficiency. He opens describing a...
    • 22 Jan 2018

    Wireless Multi-Rate Model Predictive Control

    Communications networks have become pervasive at many levels in control system architectures. As wireless networks and the Industrial Internet of Things become more common, the complexity and security requirements for these networks grows. Emerson’s Felipe Fakir shared a new book on these communication networks with me. He co-authored one of the chapter. The book, Networked Control Systems: Research Challenges...
    • 22 Jan 2018

    Wireless Multi-Rate Model Predictive Control

    Communications networks have become pervasive at many levels in control system architectures. As wireless networks and the Industrial Internet of Things become more common, the complexity and security requirements for these networks grows. Emerson’s Felipe Fakir shared a new book on these communication networks with me. He co-authored one of the chapter. The book, Networked Control Systems: Research Challenges...
    • 19 Jan 2018

    Installing a WirelessHART Device Remote Antenna

    Let’s end the week with another great “how to” style video, How to Install a WirelessHART Remote Antenna . Remote antennas can be used with wireless devices and gateways to get out of the way of obstructions which may block the wireless signal from forming a mesh network with other devices in the area. Ideally, these high-gain remote antennas will be 4.6-7.6m (15-25 ft) above the ground or 2m (6 ft) above obstructions...
    • 19 Jan 2018

    Installing a WirelessHART Device Remote Antenna

    Let’s end the week with another great “how to” style video, How to Install a WirelessHART Remote Antenna . Remote antennas can be used with wireless devices and gateways to get out of the way of obstructions which may block the wireless signal from forming a mesh network with other devices in the area. Ideally, these high-gain remote antennas will be 4.6-7.6m (15-25 ft) above the ground or 2m (6 ft) above obstructions...
    • 16 Jan 2018

    IIoT in Steps for Monitoring Valve Health

    Manufacturers and producers can improve safety, reliability and efficiency by applying additional sensors, analytics and experts. Difficulties in installation have held back these improvements, but the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies have significantly reduced these barriers. One example of IIoT in action is featured in a Valve magazine article, Monitoring Valve Health via the Internet . Emerson...
    • 16 Jan 2018

    IIoT in Steps for Monitoring Valve Health

    Manufacturers and producers can improve safety, reliability and efficiency by applying additional sensors, analytics and experts. Difficulties in installation have held back these improvements, but the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies have significantly reduced these barriers. One example of IIoT in action is featured in a Valve magazine article, Monitoring Valve Health via the Internet . Emerson...
    • 19 Dec 2017

    4 Steps in Improving Operational Performance with Wireless Instrumentation

    Standards-based wireless instrumentation for the process industries recently hit its 10-year anniversary . These devices are being used to fill in measurement gaps to improve safety, reliability and efficiency. In a Plant Engineering article, Implementing wireless process sensing , Emerson’s Brian Joe outlines 4 steps in justifying and installing a wireless sensing network. Brian opens describing the increasing...
    • 19 Dec 2017

    4 Steps in Improving Operational Performance with Wireless Instrumentation

    Standards-based wireless instrumentation for the process industries recently hit its 10-year anniversary . These devices are being used to fill in measurement gaps to improve safety, reliability and efficiency. In a Plant Engineering article, Implementing wireless process sensing , Emerson’s Brian Joe outlines 4 steps in justifying and installing a wireless sensing network. Brian opens describing the increasing...
    • 27 Nov 2017

    Digital Transformation in 2018?

    In a prior post , I mentioned that Emerson’s Jonas Berge is presenting at the Malaysian Tank & Terminal Tech Asia conference this week. It turns out that Jonas is a very busy person because he’ll also be presenting tomorrow at the ISA Malaysia Automation Conference and Exhibition (event hashtag: #ISAMalaysia ). Jonas will present, Digital Transformation: The Building Blocks of Industrial IoT (IIoT). Here is the presentation...
    • 14 Nov 2017

    Bulk Liquids Terminal Digital Transformations

    Bulk liquids terminal operators have largely relied on a mix of automated and manual operations to perform their role in the liquids movement supply chain. This mixed mode of operations means there are holes or delays in data to aid in decision making, which makes the terminal operate less efficient, reliable, and more prone to operational risks. The 2 nd Tank & Terminal Tech Asia conference will be held November...
    • 7 Nov 2017

    Monitoring for Motor Reliability and Energy Efficiency with Wireless Power Meters

    Equipment monitoring plays a large role in a manufacturer’s reliability program. The health of this equipment can also affect energy consumption levels. For motor-driven pumps, fans, compressors, etc., monitoring the electrical energy usage provides an additional indication of equipment health beyond vibration, temperature and other traditional measurements. Emerson’s Matt Austin shared with me a new, downloadable...
    • 6 Nov 2017

    Industrial Internet of Things and Electric Utilities Fleet Management

    Electric utilities must carefully manage their fleet of power generation facilities to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, meet regulatory requirements and operate safely. Enabling Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies provide an opportunity to more effectively manage these fleets than has been possible before. Jonas Berge accepts Best Paper Award – Digitalization track at 2017 PowerGen Asia conference...
    • 18 Oct 2017

    Simple Apps and Wireless Sensors for Effective Monitoring

    Effective monitoring requires good measurement, effective analytics to help understand the measurement, and clear guidance for action to resolve the issue. For manufacturing and production facilities already instrumented for process control, adding measurements can be difficult due to existing wiring infrastructure. In an Automation.com article, Apps Simplify Wireless Monitoring , Emerson’s Brian Joe describes how...