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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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,...
    • 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...