Industries Blogs
    • 31 Jul 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: Ovation Turbine Overspeed Protection

    At the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference, Emerson’s Sam Onuska and Greg Lieb provided an update on turbine overspeed protection in Ovation distributed control systems. Sam opened discussing the purpose of turbine overspeed protection. It’s required for personnel safety and machinery protection against overspeed condition. Overspeed protection is applied to steam turbines, boiler feed pump turbines, combustion turbines...
    • 30 Jul 2019

    Blog: Ovation Lifecycle Planning

    Emerson’s Mike Ames and Nick Koonce teamed up to discuss Ovation Lifecycle Planning and the need to think beyond periodic upgrades at the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference. Nick opened by defining lifecycle planning for the Ovation system: Ovation Lifecycle Planning provides a broader or more holistic approach to best align Ovation products and services to customers’ business drivers (KPI’s) and problem-solving...
    • 30 Jul 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: Air Management and Emissions Control

    Emerson’s James Bare shared how effective process control and tuning improves combustion air management and improves overall emissions control at the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference. James opened describing different types of boilers and their operation in different regions. The focus of the presentation was on coal-fired boilers. Combustion of coal with air creates steam from water which drives a steam turbine...
    • 30 Jul 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: Cooling Tower Solutions

    At the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference, Emerson Jason King provided an update on Ovation DCS solutions for cooling towers. Jason opened explaining that $450,000 USD can be saved using automated cooling tower monitoring and optimization solutions. Several challenges exist for cooling towers in the power generation industry. Cooling towers are used to condense the steam exiting the steam turbine. This helps complete...
    • 29 Jul 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: Heat Recovery Steam Generator Purge Credit Success

    At the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group Conference , a U.S. power producer shared their story about shrinking down to a 17-minute purge on their combustion turbine (CT) startup. A heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) purge removes combustible levels of fuel mixtures prior to startup. A purge credit allows credit for a prior purge for the next startup with a normal shutdown occurs or modified fuel systems for both CT and duct...
    • 24 Jun 2019

    Blog: Measuring Sediment Buildup in Process Vessels and Tanks

    Some processes, such as oil & gas production, not only have to measure liquid levels but sometimes must measure sediment levels that can come along in the production stream and settle in vessels and tanks. This quick, 2:38 “How To” YouTube video, How Does the Rosemount Sand Switch Functionality Work? , shows how to change the settings in a Rosemount 2140 vibrating fork level detector from measuring liquids, to measuring...
    • 18 Jun 2019

    Blog: Automation Innovations for Arctic Oil and Gas Producers

    Chris Amstutz As we approach the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, it is around-the-clock daylight for oil and gas producers in Alaska’s Arctic region. This situation flips to months of darkness around the winter solstice. These conditions and others pose challenges for these producers. In an Alaska Business magazine article, New Methods of Tackling Old Problems , Emerson’s Chris Amstutz joins other suppliers...
    • 17 Jun 2019

    Blog: Improving Refining Agility, Reliability and Collaboration

    Marcelo Carugo Production agility is an increasing objective among refiners and petrochemical producers. Changing characteristics of feedstocks and demand for produced products is forcing these companies to look for solutions to increase operational flexibility. In a Petroleum Review article, Future-proofing refining (membership required for access), Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo shares his insights on how transformative...
    • 13 Jun 2019

    Blog: Conductivity Measurement for Optimized Clean-in-Place Operations

    Common in the Life Sciences and Food & Beverage industries are clean-in-place (CIP) operations to effectively clean the interior surfaces of production process piping, vessels and other inline assets before the next batch is run. This short, 2:10 YouTube video, Effective Conductivity Measurement in Clean-in-Place Applications , highlights the importance of extremely tight measurement and control to avoid costly waste...
    • 31 May 2019

    Blog: Perspectives from the Permian Basin

    A recent West Texas news article highlighted the fact that: …the Permian Basin became the largest producing oil field in the world in April surging past Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar. The Energy Information Administration reports oil production in the Permian Basin at 4.2 million barrels per day in April compared to 3.8 for Ghawar. A great podcast, Permian Perspectives with Krista Escamilla highlights the leaders in this...