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    • 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...
    • 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....
    • 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...
    • 9 Feb 2018

    Increasing Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Efficiency and Reliability

    The electrical power generation mix continues to shift to increasing natural gas usage due to growing supplies from shale gas production. In a Power article, How to Increase Power Plant Asset Reliability Using Modern Digital Technology , Emerson’s Juan Panama describes how combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants are using digital technologies to increase levels of reliability and efficiency. He opens describing...
    • 22 Jan 2018

    Wireless Multi-Rate Model Predictive Control

    Communications networks have become pervasive at many levels in control system architectures. As wireless networks and the Industrial Internet of Things become more common, the complexity and security requirements for these networks grows. Emerson’s Felipe Fakir shared a new book on these communication networks with me. He co-authored one of the chapter. The book, Networked Control Systems: Research Challenges...
    • 19 Jan 2018

    Installing a WirelessHART Device Remote Antenna

    Let’s end the week with another great “how to” style video, How to Install a WirelessHART Remote Antenna . Remote antennas can be used with wireless devices and gateways to get out of the way of obstructions which may block the wireless signal from forming a mesh network with other devices in the area. Ideally, these high-gain remote antennas will be 4.6-7.6m (15-25 ft) above the ground or 2m (6 ft...
    • 16 Jan 2018

    IIoT in Steps for Monitoring Valve Health

    Manufacturers and producers can improve safety, reliability and efficiency by applying additional sensors, analytics and experts. Difficulties in installation have held back these improvements, but the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies have significantly reduced these barriers. One example of IIoT in action is featured in a Valve magazine article, Monitoring Valve Health via the Internet . Emerson’s...
    • 19 Dec 2017

    4 Steps in Improving Operational Performance with Wireless Instrumentation

    Standards-based wireless instrumentation for the process industries recently hit its 10-year anniversary . These devices are being used to fill in measurement gaps to improve safety, reliability and efficiency. In a Plant Engineering article, Implementing wireless process sensing , Emerson’s Brian Joe outlines 4 steps in justifying and installing a wireless sensing network. Brian opens describing the increasing...
    • 27 Nov 2017

    Digital Transformation in 2018?

    In a prior post , I mentioned that Emerson’s Jonas Berge is presenting at the Malaysian Tank & Terminal Tech Asia conference this week. It turns out that Jonas is a very busy person because he’ll also be presenting tomorrow at the ISA Malaysia Automation Conference and Exhibition (event hashtag: #ISAMalaysia ). Jonas will present, Digital Transformation: The Building Blocks of Industrial IoT (IIoT)...
    • 14 Nov 2017

    Bulk Liquids Terminal Digital Transformations

    Bulk liquids terminal operators have largely relied on a mix of automated and manual operations to perform their role in the liquids movement supply chain. This mixed mode of operations means there are holes or delays in data to aid in decision making, which makes the terminal operate less efficient, reliable, and more prone to operational risks. The 2 nd Tank & Terminal Tech Asia conference will be held November...
    • 7 Nov 2017

    Monitoring for Motor Reliability and Energy Efficiency with Wireless Power Meters

    Equipment monitoring plays a large role in a manufacturer’s reliability program. The health of this equipment can also affect energy consumption levels. For motor-driven pumps, fans, compressors, etc., monitoring the electrical energy usage provides an additional indication of equipment health beyond vibration, temperature and other traditional measurements. Emerson’s Matt Austin shared with me a new, downloadable...
    • 6 Nov 2017

    Industrial Internet of Things and Electric Utilities Fleet Management

    Electric utilities must carefully manage their fleet of power generation facilities to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions, meet regulatory requirements and operate safely. Enabling Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies provide an opportunity to more effectively manage these fleets than has been possible before. Jonas Berge accepts Best Paper Award – Digitalization track at 2017 PowerGen Asia...
    • 18 Oct 2017

    Simple Apps and Wireless Sensors for Effective Monitoring

    Effective monitoring requires good measurement, effective analytics to help understand the measurement, and clear guidance for action to resolve the issue. For manufacturing and production facilities already instrumented for process control, adding measurements can be difficult due to existing wiring infrastructure. In an Automation.com article, Apps Simplify Wireless Monitoring , Emerson’s Brian Joe describes...
    • 16 Oct 2017

    Improving Plant Staff Effectiveness

    Manufacturers across many industries continued to be pressured to be able to do more with fewer staff in their plants. Technologies have advanced to provide more measurements added more easily to be able to optimize the efforts of plant staff. In a Control Engineering Asia article, Plant operations – from good to great , Emerson’s Jonas Berge highlights specific examples of how pervasive digital sensors and networks...
    • 26 Sep 2017

    Connectivity from Wireless Transmitters to Controllers via EthernetIP

    For manufacturers in the discrete and hybrid manufacturing industries, packaging is an important part of their processes. For reliable and flexible operations connecting the information from the various packaging lines is important. Sensors with online diagnostics play a key role and wireless sensors has enabled easier availability to measurements to increase reliability and operational performance. At the PACK EXPO...
    • 7 Sep 2017

    Monitoring Pressure Relief Devices

    Effectively managing pressure in hydrocarbon-based production processes is critical from a safety, environmental and efficiency standpoint. Pressure relief devices (PRDs) are found throughout the production processing equipment. At last spring’s 115th American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Emerson’s Marcio Donnangelo and Marcos Peluso wrote an article...
    • 23 Aug 2017

    Pharmaceutical Wireless Instrumentation Retrofits

    Many industries have benefitted from the use of wireless instrumentation, but how about the pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturing industries? Are there applications which might improve the performance of their operations? In a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing article, Retrofitting Pharmaceutical Processes with WirelessHART Instrumentation , Emerson’s Michalle Adkins and Dan Carlson describe ways that these additional...
    • 14 Aug 2017

    Digital Transformation of the Gas Value Chain

    As liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant come online across the globe, the fundamental nature of the gas market is changing with supply finding demand and pricing variability decreasing. The October 25-27 Gas Asia Summit , as part of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), brings together business leaders and technical experts in the natural gas and LNG industries to discuss trends, innovations and collaboration opportunities...
    • 10 Aug 2017

    Improving Petrochemical Plant Operational Performance

    Top performing petrochemical producers operate safely and securely, reliably, use energy efficiently, and achieve operational efficiently. The difference between top and average performance can be and has been measured across these four areas. In fact, it is estimated that across the global industrial sector, annually as much as $1 trillion is lost as a result of subpar performance. I connected with Emerson’s...
    • 9 Aug 2017

    Monitoring Your Medium Voltage Switchgear

    When I worked in the offshore oil & gas business many years ago, production platforms typically had low-voltage electrical systems running motors no larger than 480VAC. Over the years as the process sophistication grew and motors with variable speed drives replaced engine-driven compressors and other assets, the need for medium voltage systems (between 1KV and 35KV) grew. For most other industries with access to an...
    • 2 Aug 2017

    Moving Beyond Local Pressure Gauge Readings

    Walk around most any industrial process manufacturing or production process and you’ll likely see pressure gauges providing feedback to operators who walk by. According to the Pressure Gauge entry in Encyclopedia.com , this technology: …was invented by French industrialist Eugene Bourdon in 1849. It utilizes a curved tube design as the pressure sensing element. A less common pressure element design is the diaphragm...
    • 1 Aug 2017

    Flowing Process Data to Decision Makers

    One of the byproducts of control and safety systems is the accumulation of Big Data. By itself, this data is not useful, unless as ControlGlobal.com editor Jim Montague explains in an article, Alternate paths from the field to cloud , you are: …moving production data faster and more efficiently from process applications, field equipment and plant-floors up to decision-makers and enterprise levels. In this article...
    • 14 Jul 2017

    Advancing Industrial Internet of Things Projects

    If you keep up with news in the world of automation, you’ve likely heard about IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology) coming ever closer together due to the potential value of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. For many manufacturers, this process of coming together brings separate organizations together with different objectives and cultures. Solutions that bridge this divide...
    • 12 Jul 2017

    Continuously Monitoring Critical Electrical Assets

    One common thread with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-based sensors is that they typically will replace periodic, manual measurements. We shared IIoT application examples in past posts of how business performance—in safety, reliability and efficiency—can be improved. The common thread is that continuous data streams from these IIoT sensors feed analytics applications, which can help spot & notify personnel of...
    • 6 Jul 2017

    Wireless and Continuous Corrosion Monitoring

    Piping and vessel corrosion and erosion typically occur from the inside out, making it difficult to spot problems without some type of ongoing material thickness measurement program. A piping or vessel breach can lead to disastrous consequences, especially in processes with toxic or flammable materials. Traditionally, the maintenance staff has performed periodic manual measurements with wall thickness measurement tools...