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  • Analyzing Combustion – Looking for Leftover Oxygen

    In an automation.com article, Emerson’s Jesse Sumstad and Neil Widmer explain how accurate measurement of excess oxygen in flue gas can be used to improve combustion control. These days, industrial facilities operating combustion processes face multiple concerns, including: Burner efficiency Fuel costs Emission restrictions Public perception of a company’s carbon footprint and overall environmental responsibility…
  • Giving More People Instant Access to Critical Tank Data via Mobile Devices

    Mobile software solutions are now enabling a broader range of job functions to gain immediate, secure access to up-to-date tank data. Being able to instantly access up-to-date critical tank data is vital for many stakeholders in the tank storage and terminals industry. This includes operations and maintenance workers, finance departments, management and corporate level personnel, as well as suppliers, customers, traders…
  • ISAConnect Members-Only Peer Communities

    The International Society of Automation (ISA) is growing nice online communities in their members-only ISAConnect section of the website . One of the active groups, Chemical and Petroleum Industries Division (ChemPID) , is led by Emerson’s David Lee . David is an Operator Performance Senior Consultant. ChemPID’s mission is: …to contribute to the professional involved in the processing of chemicals, petrochemicals, petroleum…
  • Solving Level Measurement Challenges in Tough Process Conditions in the Chemical Industry

    According to OSHA, the chemical industry has one of the most stringent safety regulations. Regular inspections, servicing, and maintenance work are required due to the intense stress that is often placed on the equipment due to exposure to very aggressive substances and extremely high temperatures and pressures. Depending on the size and type of plants and operations concerned, maintenance often involves a complete shutdown…
  • Five Things You Can Do, Starting Today, to Improve Your Cybersecurity Defenses

    Recent world events—from the expansion of remote access in response to COVID restrictions to high-profile industrial cyberattacks—have put a renewed focus on cybersecurity. While cybersecurity needs vary from organization to organization, there are common, critical steps every company can follow to improve their cybersecurity posture.   Alexandre Peixoto and Lee Neitzel explore five of these strategies in automation.com…
  • Deliver better control, reliability, and safety in today’s demanding steam operations with Rosemount 8800 MultiVariable Vortex Flow Meter

    Vortex flow measurement is uniquely adaptive when it comes to handling difficult applications. By virtue of its science, utilizing the von Kármán effect, these instruments are accurate across a wide operating range and effective at withstanding high process pressures and temperatures. In this post, we’re highlighting the latest in our 8800 Flow Meter product portfolio – the MultiVariable Vortex Flow Meter. Designed with…
  • INVISTA Improves Uptime with State Based Control

    Operators are the heart of any process. Experience, skill, and attentiveness give the best operators an intuitive feel for processes that helps ensure uptime, safety, repeatability, and quality—even in the most infrequent process situations. But with a major shortage of skilled personnel, plants find themselves needing to maintain exceptional performance and safety while simultaneously helping new operators gain experience…
  • Digital Transformation Impacting Chlor-Alkali Plants

    Seems that “digital transformation” is the buzzword in industry today. Almost everyone is digitally transforming something – for good reason, it turns out! By adding sensors and automating data collection and analysis, modernizing business practices to use new technologies and providing easy access to insightful data to all levels of the organization, companies are finding ways to unlock value never seen before in the…
  • Improving Chemical Manufacturing Process Efficiencies

    The good news for manufacturers in the chemical industry are that feedstock prices have been low, in part due to the global COVID pandemic. But with hydrocarbon and other feedstock prices climbing recently, the need to drive higher process efficiencies and cost savings throughout the chemical value chain grows in importance. Emerson’s Michael Machuca alerted me to a series of chemical industry webinars beginning later…
  • Understanding the Importance of Gas Detectors, Even When the Safety Standard Doesn’t Help

    In an Industrial Compliance article, Emerson’s Nick Pinto stresses the importance of gas detection for a safety system. Anyone designing or working with safety systems for refineries and chemical plants must be fluent in the language of standards created by ISA, ANSI, IEC, UL, NFPA and other alphabet-soup regulatory organizations. When it comes to fire detection and suppression systems in the U.S., the National Fire…
  • Wireless Protocols Vie for Industrial Markets, but Which is Best for Your Application?

    In a Flow Control article, Emerson’s Tom Bass looks at new wireless protocols, including 5G, and opines on the validity of each. Any company that has developed a new product for a specific market and purpose will eventually ask, “Where else can we sell this thing? What other industries have a similar use case where it could fit?” It’s a natural question since finding new markets means greater sales potential. Here…
  • How to Select the Right Sensors for Wastewater Monitoring

    In a Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Emerson’s Andrew Smith looks at the sensors used to measure effluents in refinery wastewater. For those people responsible for compliance with EPA and other environmental regulations, it can seem like there are many hoops to jump through, but the right instrumentation makes compliance easier. Monitoring water quality is the primary concern of my article in the November issue of…
  • Applying the Full Reach of Digital Transformation

    One of the things companies often struggle with when exploring digital transformation initially is where to begin efforts. Digital transformation is a forest, in the sense that it covers many, if not all areas in a manufacturing organization. But the forest is made up of individual trees, meaning it is composed of many applications, and choosing which ones to prioritize is where companies can get stuck. I discuss this…
  • Welcome to Emerson Automation Experts Podcasts

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  • Adopting Digital Strategies and Tools Now Will Continue to Pay Dividends after the Pandemic

    The last few decades have seen major shake-ups in the oil and gas industry, and many are noticing the pattern repeating itself today. We’re weathering the downturn related to COVID-19, while at the same time looking at a world economy prioritizing reduced carbon use. While we can’t predict the future, we can see some indications of what is likely down the road as new vaccines slow the pandemic in 2021. Oil and gas producers…
  • Solving Chemical and Petrochemical Level Measurement Challenges

    At the Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series, Emerson Phil Lever and Linda Hagerskans shared ways to solve level measurement challenges for chemical and petrochemical producers. Their presentation covered: …three common Level measurement challenges within the Chemical industry, including remote proof-testing of switches, early detection of interface level and reliable level measurement in reactors. We will walk through…
  • Should 5G Be Your Protocol to Handle Backhaul for WirelessHART Networks?

    In a Control Engineering article, Emerson’s Andrew Cureton looks at several wireless protocols vying for greater adoption with industrial users. There is immense hype around 5G these days. It will change our lives, we hear – but will it be an improved solution for industrial applications? It’s just one of the various wireless protocols trying to gain a foothold with process manufacturers, so how do they all relate,…
  • Better Ways to Design and Organize Product Selection Efforts for Future Reference

    Emerson’s Seth Natala and Dan Cychosz show how to apply new engineering design tools when selecting a DP flow meter and other instrumentation. Anyone who has tried to troubleshoot an equipment problem might have wondered how a specific piece was selected in the first place. This happens because few companies have a useful mechanism for gathering and organizing such information. The selection process information might…
  • Extending Existing WirelessHART Networks to Improve Worker and Plant Safety

    In a Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Emerson’s Amanda Alexander describes two ways to extend existing wireless networks for worker location and toxic gas monitoring. Emerson colleagues who were around back at the dawn of Wireless HART tell me the earliest deployments were usually limited to monitoring applications. At that time there wasn’t a long enough track record of reliability for us to suggest this still-new…
  • Multiple Systems Working Together Prevent Tank Overfill Disasters

    In Hydrocarbon Engineering’s Tanks & Terminals Supplement , Emerson’s Helena Hjortsberg looks at all the elements of a comprehensive overfill prevention system in her article, A Coordinated Strategy. Overfilling a tank storing hydrocarbons or other flammable chemicals can cause an environmental incident under the best circumstances, but also a high probability of an explosion and fire. Given the costs in lost product…
  • Building Digital Transformation, One Step at a Time

    In a Flow Control magazine article, Seven Digital Transformation Myths Exposed, Emerson’s Brian Joe offers advice on starting a digital transformation program. When we talk to companies about digital transformation, especially companies that have yet to launch a program, we frequently hear two kinds of responses representing two extremes. Either they don’t think the technologies work, or they have inflated expectations…
  • Building Lines of Defense Against Hydrocarbon Releases and Fires

    In a Chemical Engineering article, Emerson’s Nick Pinto offers strategies for improving tank farm safety with more effective gas release and flame detection In countless war movies, the heroes, whether in trenches or spaceships, have to stop the enemy advance at some particular point, providing the last line of defense to avoid disaster. This may be overly dramatic, but designing an overall safety strategy for large…
  • Choosing the Right Gas Analyzer for Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) Emissions Monitoring

    NO x is probably the most ubiquitous combustion-created air pollutant since it can be generated by any process burning any fossil fuel, and it is tightly regulated by the U.S. EPA and other regulatory bodies around the world. Plants with relevant combustion processes, including most refineries and chemical processing plants, must monitor NO x output continuously any time fuel is burning. How plants choose to do this is…
  • Compressor Anti-Surge Control Value Improvement Practice

    Pete Sharpe Author: Pete Sharpe An ethylene plant has a number of very large, very critical compressors which will cause the entire plant to shutdown if they ever trip. The cracked gas compressor increases the entire cold-side feed from around 3 psig to ~475 psig, typically through 5 stages. The two refrigeration compressors are the next biggest compressors that can also shut down the entire plant if they trip.…
  • Driving Safer and More Secure Refining and Chemical Operations

    According to the United States Energy Information Administration , the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast refiners and petrochemical producers accounted for 50.5% of the U.S. total finished petroleum products as of October 2019. So with over half of America’s refining and petrochemical production, running these facilities as safely, efficiently and reliably as possible is critical. For refiners and chemical producers in…