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    • 7 Jul 2020

    Digital Transformation for Sustaining Control Valve Performance

    Digital transformation is broad concept signifying the use of data and easy accessibility to fundamentally change work processes. In a LinkedIn essay, Transform to Valve 4.0: Digital Control + Analytics , Emerson’s Jonas Berge describes how the performance of control valves can be more effectively managed and maintained for better operational performance. Jonas opens painting a picture on what digital transformation...
    • 25 Jun 2020

    Technology Modernization for Refinery Digital Transformation

    Control systems’ lives are measured in decades instead of the short life spans we experience with our consumer electronics and other consumer technologies. Yet even with this long lifespan, control systems need to be modernized to take full advantage of advancing technologies that help to improve safety, efficiency and reliability. In a Refiner’s Guide to Digital Transformation and Top Quartile Performance article...
    • 18 Jun 2020

    Edge Computing and Automation Architectures

    Stacey Higginbotham ‘s Stacey on IoT site had a live event last week, How to make machine learning at the edge work . In one of the sessions, Which Edge and Why?, Emerson’s Peter Zornio joined a panel hosted by Stacey along with John Deere’s Julian Sanchez and Tufts University’s Karen Panetta to discuss the benefits and challenges in this information architecture. After opening introductions, Stacey asked Julian...
    • 8 Jun 2020

    Digital Transformation-Why Now?

    The case for digital transformation grows stronger in this Coronavirus era of limited interactions, travel and gatherings. In a Forbes article, When Digital Transformation Is The Only Way , Emerson Automation Solutions’ Chief Technology Officer Peter Zornio describes ways manufacturers and producers are undergoing these transformations. Given our current era, Peter notes that: …it’s more important than ever today...
    • 21 May 2020

    Transforming Data Management Saves Millions

    How many of us dread being asked for data from a while back when our data management systems are largely spreadsheets scattered among different people? If this sounds familiar and you’re responsible for sharing this type of data at your manufacturing or production facility, this article may be for you. In a Tank Storage article, Four Strategies to a Stronger Data Foundation , Emerson’s Mark Graham and Dapo Badmus share...
    • 15 May 2020

    Digital Transformation Actionable Roadmap

    Because the refining industry is constantly changing, with new regulations and opportunities with discounted crude oils, changing distribution patterns, and new competitors on the scene—refiners are challenged to adapt to a complex and dynamic environment. Not only must they optimize process operations, train and upskill staff, and be flexible enough to capture favorable market conditions, they need to maintain compliance...
    • 22 Apr 2020

    Continuously Monitoring Overpressure Devices

    Managing pressure is critical for most process manufacturing & production operations. Pressure relief valves (PRVs) protect against overpressure conditions and are often considered the last line of defense from catastrophic failures. Marcio Donnangelo Marcelo Dultra Standards such as ASME Pressure Relief Devices PTC 25-2014 and API RP 520, Part I-2014 identify types, sizing and practices for effective overpressure...
    • 1 Apr 2020

    Sensors and Analytics for Reliable and Efficient Electrical Generation

    Brian Joe Juan Panama The reliable and resilient flow of electrical energy to our homes and businesses is the goal of every power producer. What are some ways that advancing technology is helping these producers achieve these goals? In a Power magazine article, New Monitoring and Analytics Tools Improve Plant Performance , Emerson’s Brian Joe and Juan Panama describe how Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies...
    • 24 Mar 2020

    Improved Performance through Digitalization for Downstream Producers

    Jonas Berge At the 2019 Asian Downstream Summit in a PTQ / DigitalRefining publication, Emerson’s Jonas Berge offered his thoughts in an article, How digitalisation is transforming downstream operations . He opened highlighting some of the challenges for refiners, chemical & petrochemical producers. These include: …unscheduled downtime, increasing maintenance expenditures, loss of asset integrity, escalating...
    • 20 Mar 2020

    Accelerating the Development and Production of Therapeutics

    The focus of the world right now is on how to defeat the Coronavirus and return to more normal times. Manufacturers in the Life Sciences industry are racing at a breakneck pace to develop vaccines and treatments. Automation, analytics play a large role in both the development process for new therapies and ongoing optimized production. I’ve shared many of the ways how in blog posts in the Life Sciences & Medical category...
    • 17 Mar 2020

    Reducing Excess Energy Costs and Streamlining Maintenance Practices

    Tom Bass Steam is an important source of heat transfer in many manufacturing processes due to its high heat content and consistent temperature at a given pressure. Steam traps are, “…used to discharge condensates and non-condensable gases with a negligible consumption or loss of live steam. ” I caught up with Emerson’s Tom Bass , wireless product management director, who noted that these steam traps are automatic...
    • 2 Mar 2020

    Digital Tools for Digital Transformation Initiatives

    Adam Thompson The talk of digital transformation is widely happening across the manufacturing and production sectors. While companies are taking strides in their journey to improve overall business performance, these initiatives are still mostly in the early stages. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Digital: How digital tools improve access to device information , Emerson’s Adam Thompson highlights some ways that...
    • 27 Feb 2020

    Pressure Relief Valve Continuous Monitoring

    Marcio Donnangelo Marcelo Dultra Marcio Donnangelo and Marcelo Dultra presented on continuous pressure relief valve (PRV) and rupture disk (RD) monitoring for releases and leaks at the 4C Health, Safety & Environmental conference . Marcelo described a PRV. They are mechanical devices, disconnected from the control system that operate when a set pressure is exceeded. They should never operate in a normally running...
    • 20 Feb 2020

    How Digital Transformation Can Impact Compliance for Environmental and Safety Regulation

    Marcio Donnangelo (l), Steve Probst, Marcelo Carugo (r) Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo and Marcio Donnangelo teamed with 4C’s Steve Probst to share ways that companies can improve safety & environmental regulation compliance performance in their digital transformation initiatives. Their presentation focused on an overview of how Digital Transformation is eliminating layers of complexity to bring pre–interpreted field data...
    • 20 Feb 2020

    Digital Transformation in Health, Safety & Environment

    4C CEO Steve Probst kicked off the 4C HSE conference here in Austin, Texas with a look at how digital transformation initiatives are having an impact of driving health, safety and environmental improvements. Downstream hydrocarbon processors are driven to be among the top quartile of their peers to drive business performance. Here’s a portion of the description of Steve’s keynote: Digital transformation allows the...
    • 20 Feb 2020

    Digital Transformation in Health, Safety & Environment

    4C CEO Steve Probst kicked off the 4C HSE conference here in Austin, Texas with a look at how digital transformation initiatives are having an impact of driving health, safety and environmental improvements. Downstream hydrocarbon processors are driven to be among the top quartile of their peers to drive business performance. Here’s a portion of the description of Steve’s keynote: Digital transformation allows the...
    • 20 Feb 2020

    How Digital Transformation Can Impact Compliance for Environmental and Safety Regulation

    Marcio Donnangelo (l), Steve Probst, Marcelo Carugo (r) Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo and Marcio Donnangelo teamed with 4C’s Steve Probst to share ways that companies can improve safety & environmental regulation compliance performance in their digital transformation initiatives. Their presentation focused on an overview of how Digital Transformation is eliminating layers of complexity to bring pre–interpreted field data...
    • 5 Feb 2020

    Podcast: Operational Analytics with Manasi Menon

    Manasi Menon For decades, manufacturing and production operations created masses of data from sensors, control strategies, diagnostics, procedures and other applications used to safely control the process. Operational analytics have continued to advance to turn this mass of data into actionable information. Emerson’s Manasi Menon joins me in this 23-minute operational analytics podcast to discuss how organizations...
    • 5 Feb 2020

    Podcast: Operational Analytics with Manasi Menon

    Manasi Menon For decades, manufacturing and production operations created masses of data from sensors, control strategies, diagnostics, procedures and other applications used to safely control the process. Operational analytics have continued to advance to turn this mass of data into actionable information. Emerson’s Manasi Menon joins me in this 23-minute operational analytics podcast to discuss how organizations...
    • 30 Jan 2020

    Modern Process Control Imperative for Digitalization

    John Dolenc For chemical manufacturers, what business performance improvements are possible by executing a digitalization strategy? In a Chemical Engineering article, Digitalization Founded in Modern Process Control Strengthens Chemical Operations , Emerson’s John Dolenc shares the technology components in executing this strategy. John opens describing the performance improvement opportunities, such as: …improvements...
    • 16 Jan 2020

    Simplifying Corrosion Monitoring and Control

    Monitoring for corrosion in piping and vessels is critical in industries such as oil & gas and chemical production. Corrosion control is important in order to avoid damage and loss of integrity in a plant or production site. The traditional approach of periodic manual inspection is being transformed by technology innovations. One example of these innovations is the recently announced Plantweb Insight application for...
    • 5 Dec 2019

    Podcast: Driving Reliability Digital Transformations

    Kendall Beushausen Emerson’s Kendall Beushausen follows up his 5 Questions for Operational Certainty Consultant Kendall Beushausen podcast with this in-depth FIRSTHAND: Operational Certainty in Pod podcast . Kendall describes how the Internet of Things is all around us in our personal lives and how it is being applied in the manufacturing industries to improve business performance in many areas, especially reliability...
    • 5 Dec 2019

    Podcast: Driving Reliability Digital Transformations

    Kendall Beushausen Emerson’s Kendall Beushausen follows up his 5 Questions for Operational Certainty Consultant Kendall Beushausen podcast with this in-depth FIRSTHAND: Operational Certainty in Pod podcast . Kendall describes how the Internet of Things is all around us in our personal lives and how it is being applied in the manufacturing industries to improve business performance in many areas, especially reliability...
    • 5 Dec 2019

    Podcast: Driving Reliability Digital Transformations

    Kendall Beushausen Emerson’s Kendall Beushausen follows up his 5 Questions for Operational Certainty Consultant Kendall Beushausen podcast with this in-depth FIRSTHAND: Operational Certainty in Pod podcast . Kendall describes how the Internet of Things is all around us in our personal lives and how it is being applied in the manufacturing industries to improve business performance in many areas, especially reliability...
    • 2 Dec 2019

    More Than Historical Data in Digital Transformation

    A recent Wood Mackenzie article, Digitalisation: upstream’s silver bullet? , noted: To date, we believe there’s been far more talk than action – and little evidence of tangible change to the top or bottom lines. Jonas Berge I caught up with Emerson’s Jonas Berge about his thoughts after reading this report. He found the whitepaper to be quite revealing. It reveals that management consulting firms share a different...