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    • 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...
    • 24 Sep 2019

    Continuous Corrosion and Erosion Monitoring Solutions

    Emerson’s Justin Vasquez presented Seek Out Hidden Operational Optimization through Corrosion Monitoring at the 2019 Emerson Exchange conference. Justin opened noting that corrosion and erosion monitoring occur throughout the hydrocarbon value chain—upstream, midstream and downstream. He highlighted the main forms of measurement—conventional UT (ultrasonic transmitter) thickness logging, phased array internal corrosion...
    • 19 Sep 2019

    Digital Twin Solutions across Industries

    When you hear “digital twin,” think of this as a digital replica of physical assets such as pumps and compressors, processes, people, places, systems and devices. Through these replicas, the operation of these things are modeled and simulated through their lifecycles. For these simulations to be effective, they must represent reality. To this end, feedback to the model is important for keeping it up to date and realistic...
    • 4 Sep 2019

    Wireless Measurements for Increased Well Workover Productivity

    ScienceDirect defines an oil and gas well workover as: …any kind of oil and gas well intervention involving invasive techniques, such as wireline, coiled tubing , or snubbing. It is an expensive process of pulling and replacing a well completion to repair an existing production well for the purpose of restoring, prolonging, or enhancing the production of hydrocarbons . An instrumentation & electrical foreman with...
    • 27 Aug 2019

    Advancing Digital Twin Technology

    Zuwei Jin Digital twins provide a simulation of the manufacturing or production process as well as the automation systems which control it. Depending on the level of fidelity of the process models, this digital twin can have many uses. I caught up with Emerson’s Zuwei Jin who shared some of his thoughts around these digital twins. He explained that digital twins: Provide obvious value for training operations...
    • 26 Aug 2019

    Creating Business Value with Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies

    At the time of the writing of this post, Wikipedia defined augmented reality as: …an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real-world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual , auditory , haptic , somatosensory and olfactory . [1] [2] Virtual reality , on the other hand: …is a simulated...
    • 31 Jul 2019

    Digital Transformation for Utilities

    Emerson’s Juan Panama and Mark Jordan presented on building the utility of tomorrow, today at the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference. The focus was on how to start down the path to digital transformation. It begins with a solid business case. For instance, in a combined cycle unit, typical fixed operating and maintenance costs can be reduced by eliminating maintenance practices that result in unnecessary work and...
    • 30 Jul 2019

    Ovation Digital Twin Technology-Embedded Simulation Update

    Some key ways simulation technology is used by manufacturers and producers for training, optimizing operating procedures and engineering to evaluate ways to improve overall performance. In a 2019 Ovation Users’ Group Conference presentation, Ovation Digital Twin Technology – Embedded Simulation Update & New Applications, Emerson’s James Thompson and Shen Zhang provides an overview of Digital Twin technology, how it integrates...
    • 17 Jul 2019

    In-House or Cloud-Based Asset Monitoring

    Brian Joe Asset condition monitoring versus performance monitoring—what’s the difference? And, analyzing and forming decisions on the data from this monitoring—should it be done within the company or in the cloud? These questions are the subject of a Control Engineering magazine article, Should assets be monitored in-house or in the cloud? Emerson’s Brian Joe opens the article describing how Industrial Internet of...
    • 15 Jul 2019

    Avoiding Low Voltage Electrical Asset Outages

    Early in my career as a freshly-minted electrical engineer in the mid-1980s, I worked on projects on offshore oil & gas production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. These platforms required turbine or reciprocating engine gas generators with diesel engine backup for when gas was not available from the production stream. Low voltage (LV) distribution systems, typically at 480VAC were used to power the pumps, compressors...
    • 26 Jun 2019

    Driving Business Performance through Digital Transformation

    We see it in our daily lives as companies undertake digital transformation initiatives, either for competitive advantage or survival. Many industries, including music, film, transportation, and lodging are all going through this. Even within our world of manufacturing, market forces are driving the need for digital transformation to drive step-change improvements in safety, reliability, efficiency & emissions, and...