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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 22 Nov 2019

    A Glimpse into Future Control Systems

    Let’s end this week before Thanksgiving here in the U.S. with a vision, “…on how plant managers, operators, and engineers may digitally transform the way plants and teams operate.”, with this 3-minute YouTube video, DeltaV Technology for Next-Generation Operations . Technologies shown in this vision include facial recognition for secure operator login, voice & gesture user interface for simplified operations, application...
    • 19 Nov 2019

    Industry 4.0-Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast

    At the Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC 2019 in Singapore, Emerson’s Jonas Berge shared his views on the Industrial Internet of Things as one of the key enablers for Industry 4.0 . In this quick 3:22 YouTube video, Industrial Automation Asia Interview with Mr Jonas Berge, Emerson , Jonas notes that many manufacturers do not want to extend their digital transformation or Industry 4.0 initiatives beyond the boundaries...
    • 18 Nov 2019

    Improving Control Valve Reliability through Valve Condition Monitoring

    Sumitaka Ichiki An Asian refiner sought to improve reliable operations around their control valves a decade ago. I caught up with Emerson’s Sumitaka Ichiki who shared the story of their journey to more reliable operations. Using the Fisher FlowScanner valve diagnostic software, they analyzed the dynamic response of many of their critical valves. Based on their findings, they decided to see if they could improve performance...
    • 15 Nov 2019

    Principles-Driven and Data-Driven Operational Analytics

    Manufacturers & producers are addressing industry challenges using technology and digitization. With initiatives such as Digital Transformation & Industry 4.0, they are changing manual practices and moving towards automatic, digital, and data-driven ways of working. Manasi Menon I caught up with Emerson’s Manasi Menon on the role analytics plays in digital transformation initiatives. These businesses want to use...
    • 13 Nov 2019

    Optimizing Well Performance in Unconventional Shale Using Cloud-Enabled Multiphase Flow Meters

    Upstream oil & gas producers face unique challenges in measuring their production compared with other industries. What comes from a well is a changing mix of oil, gas, produced water, and sediment. Traditionally, test separators have been used to periodically check an individual well’s performance. These well tests are performed on a periodic basis. Sturle Haaland I caught up with Sturle Haaland , Emerson’s Roxar...
    • 1 Nov 2019

    WirelessHART—Digital Transformation-Enabling Technology

    The FieldComm Group : …is a global standards-based non-profit member organization consisting of leading process end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations that work together to direct the development, incorporation and implementation of communication technologies for the process industries… In addition to HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus communication technologies, FieldComm Group is responsible...
    • 29 Oct 2019

    Scalable Approaches to Refinery Digitalization

    Tonya Wyatt Ron Fleissman Refineries are not the first to jump on new technology trends given their need for stable and predictable operations for such a complex process. But as technology continues to advance, scalable ways to try, prove and grow solutions that create value are possible. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, An evolving approach to digitalization , Emerson’s Tonya Wyatt and Ron Fleissman share...
    • 18 Oct 2019

    Rapid Technology Advancements Fueling Digital Transformations

    Doug White Why all this talk about digital transformation? It really boils down to the pressure manufacturers and producers are under to remain profitable, yet do so ever more safely, efficiently, and reliably. This pressure coupled with amazing technology advancements in just the last few years are driving this rethinking and actions companies are taking. In an earlier post this week, Fostering Profitability through...
    • 16 Oct 2019

    Fostering Profitability through Digital Transformation

    Emerson’s Doug White shares his expertise on how refiners and petrochemical producers can digitally transform their organizations to enhance profitability in a dynamic market at the 2019 AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit . Doug opened showing the Gartner Group’s hype cycle and asking where Digital Transformation fits. Lot’s of hype and some disillusionment from some early products. So what’s new about digital...
    • 15 Oct 2019

    Cloud-based IIoT Heat Exchanger Fouling Monitoring

    At the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit, Emerson’s Marcio Donnangelo teamed with a leader of a major refiner to present their experiences with cloud-based IIoT heat exchanger optimization and how it improved process performance. Today, maintenance on heat exchangers has been performed on a schedule every 1-5 years or during scheduled turnarounds. Technology has now enabled a better way—a predictive approach...
    • 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...