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    • 25 May 2017

    Understanding Servers, Converters and Gateways

    As instrumentation and control system, also known as Operational Technology (OT) incorporate wireless and other classic Informational Technology (IT) components, the worlds of OT and IT continue to merge. For control and automation specialists, it means things like servers, converters and gateways become part of the learning path. Emerson’s Craig Abbott had a great LinkedIn post, Servers, Converters and Gateways...
    • 19 May 2017

    Improving Refinery Corrosion Monitoring

    With the diversification of crude oil types brought about by U.S. shale production, refineries have increased risk for vessel and piping corrosion. Many of the aging refineries also are operating past the design life of some of their plant assets. In a Chemical Processing article, Refineries: Rethink Corrosion Monitoring , Emerson’s Jake Davies describes some of these challenges and ways that wireless corrosion...
    • 16 Mar 2017

    Planning and Justifying the Industrial Internet of Things

    One of the key ways to improve operational performance is to reduce unplanned downtime. An ARC Advisory Group blog post, Technology Trends to Watch for in 2017 , noted: One of the biggest end user challenges remains unscheduled downtime. IIoT-enabled solutions, such as remote monitoring and predictive maintenance, can help minimize, if not totally eliminate this, which would deliver a rapid ROI. At the recent...
    • 16 Feb 2017

    Real-Time Corrosion and Erosion Monitoring

    The biennial Petrotech conference in New Delhi, India is for oil & gas industry experts to exchange views and share knowledge, expertise and experiences. And given the pricing dynamics and changes in global supply levels and supply chains, there is much to discuss and share. At the last conference this past December, Emerson’s Rajesh Nogaja presented Online Real-time Corrosion/ Erosion Monitoring Systems...
    • 13 Feb 2017

    Non-Intrusive Corrosion and Erosion Monitoring

    The integrity of process piping is paramount to safe operations. Corrosion and erosion monitoring, especially for processes with challenging fluids, play an important role. This short 2:10 YouTube video, Permasense ET210 Integrity Monitoring System , shows how piping erosion and corrosion can be monitored with pipe wall thickness measurements with non-intrusive wireless sensors strapped to the pipe. These sensors are...
    • 27 Jan 2017

    Moving Towards Inherently Safer Plants

    In the early days of social networks and even for some process manufacturers and producers today, IT departments blocked these social networks including YouTube. I recommended that engineers point to sites such as the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (USCSB) YouTube channel as reasons why these networks should be available. The USCSB performs accident investigations and shows the root causes of the...
    • 16 Jan 2017

    Reducing Equipment Downtime and Energy Inefficiency via Wireless Power Monitoring

    Equipment failure is a large part of unplanned downtime, slowdowns and/or loss in quality of the product being produced. Monitoring temperatures, vibration, differential pressures across filters are often performed to identify problems before failure...
    • 3 Jan 2017

    Time to Move Beyond 1960s-Era Technologies?

    Happy New Year everyone! I hope your holidays were filled with joy, rest and time with family and friends. Let’s open 2017 with a look at a LinkedIn post by Emerson’s Jonas Berge asking if we are ready to stop building plants with 1960s-era automation technology . Jonas opens: You may be surprised to know many oil and gas production platforms, refineries, petrochemical complexes, chemical plants of all...
    • 20 Dec 2016

    Temperature Measurement and Wireless Device Instructional How-To Videos

    As we wind our way toward the holidays, I wanted to share a great series of “how to” videos on some of Emerson’s Rosemount brand of temperature measurement devices. This YouTube video series includes: How to Wire and Configure a Single Sensor for the Rosemount 648 Wireless Temperature Transmitter (runtime 3:19) How to Set Up a Dual Sensor for the Rosemount 3144P Temperature Transmitter (runtime...
    • 9 Dec 2016

    Industrial Internet of Things and Connected Services

    From the Fitbit, Apple Watch or other activity tracking device you may have to your smart thermostat which you can control from your smartphone, the Internet of Things is rapidly advancing all around us. Technology journalist, Stacey Higginbotham has covered these advancements on her IoT Podcast series for nearly two years. You can also find her work on her Howdy Y’all blog and Fortune magazine . Stacey just...
    • 22 Nov 2016

    IIoT Protocols and Comparisons

    In LinkedIn’s Industrial Internet of Things group was a discussion topic, IIoT Protocols, Overview and Comparison . The discussion thread referenced an rti blog post, 6 Industrial IoT Communication Solutions – Which One’s for You? [Comparison] . The post describes the acronym-dense, commercially available communications technologies: …AMQP, CoAP, DDS, RTI Connext DDS, MQTT, and ZeroMQ… It describes...
    • 26 Oct 2016

    Energy Harvesting for Wireless Device Power

    At the Emerson Exchange conference in Austin, Emerson’s Josh Hernandez and Perpetua’s Andy Zaremba presented, Energy Harvesting Application- Anything is Possible. Their abstract: Wireless instrumentation allows companies to add points of...
    • 25 Oct 2016

    Taking Advantage of Smart Plant Technology

    At the Emerson Exchange conference in Austin, Emerson’s Doug White presented, Taking Advantage in “Smart Plant” Technology. His abstract: Every day we see the continuing advances in sensor, automation, and communication technologies in our personal lives. Applying these technologies in the process industries can significantly improve operational safety, increase plant flexibility and improve operating...
    • 19 Oct 2016

    IIoT and Operational Improvements

    Traditionally, most of the sensors in industrial processes were wired into the control systems or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. Because of the expense of the sensors, junction boxes, cabling/conduit/cable trays/etc. and installation and commissioning time, sensors were usually limited to just what was required for control. But as process manufacturers and producers try to improve safe operations...
    • 6 Sep 2016

    Benefitting from IIoT at Your Own Pace

    The Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are getting quite a bit of focus in the press and analyst community within our world of process manufacturing. The promise to be able to improve reliability, efficiency, safety and overall performance is compelling with the addition of sensors, analytical tools and work processes that can span the globe. The promise and the ideas are big, but how do...
    • 1 Sep 2016

    Improve Costs and Operational Performance in Oil and Gas Production

    Emerson’s Sudhir Jain shared an interest McKinsey & Company article, The next frontier for digital technologies in oil and gas , describing how this industry historically and today, embraces technologies to improve business performance. This was true even 30 years ago when I started in the Gulf of Mexico offshore oil & gas industry. Hurricane mode operations were already well established with production...
    • 25 Aug 2016

    Adding Wireless Sensors for Health, Safety and Environment

    Wireless communications have changed everything from the way we listen to music to the way information is collected and disseminated. For process manufacturing and production plants, it means more the process can be sensed beyond traditional monitoring and control applications. In a Control Engineering Asia article, Plant Modernization for Health, Safety and Environment , Emerson’s Jonas Berge shares examples...
    • 31 May 2016

    Improving Power Plant Operations with Second-Level Automation

    When many plants were built years ago, they were instrumented to provide what was required for safely manage the process. As time has passed, the requirements are far greater for efficiency, reliability and regulatory demands. In a Power Engineering International article, Modernizing old plants to meet new demands , Emerson’s Jonas Berge describes how power plants are being modernized with a second layer of automation...
    • 9 May 2016

    Improving Refinery Operations with Wireless Measurements

    The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers annual meeting took place this past March in San Francisco. In a Hydrocarbon Processing magazine recap of day 3 from the conference, Emerson’s Ed Schodowski shared ways to improve refinery per...
    • 6 Apr 2016

    Putting IIoT into Operation for Business Results

    I did a quick Google search on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and it yield about 588,000 search results. You can see quite a bit about on the web and across the social networks that discuss process automation-related topics. But what is future and what can be done today? Emerson’s Jonas Berge provided attendees of the IoT Asia 2016 conference in Singapore with some practical ideas of what they could...
    • 22 Mar 2016

    Modernizing Plants with Pervasive Sensing

    We opened this week with a look at how the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing the traditional view of information flow through the process manufacturing and production enterprise as defined by the Purdue Enterprise Reference Architecture developed in the 1990s. Continuing on this theme is a presentation given last year at the Regional IoT Forum in Singapore by Emerson’s Jonas Berge . The one-hour...
    • 21 Mar 2016

    Industrial Internet of Things and Changing Automation Architectures

    The Purdue Enterprise Reference Architecture has been a defining architecture for instrumentation, automation, manufacturing operations and business planning and logistics systems since its introduction in the 1990s. In a Plant Services article, What...
    • 14 Mar 2016

    IIoT in the Process Industries

    For many of us, purchasing or receiving the gift of a fitness tracker ushered us into the Internet of Things era. These devices not only collect and report on the number of steps we take each day, but also depending on their sophistication, the quality of our sleep, resting heart rates and much more. For the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) , it means moving beyond descriptive analytics that aim to answer the question...
    • 16 Feb 2016

    Sense More and Solve More with Pervasive Sensing

    Author: Danny Vandeput Let’s face it, the world has changed in a dramatic way. 10 years ago, people barely knew what “The Cloud” was (except for looking up in the sky and trying to imagine of seeing a sheep, a horse or something else exotic). Today many of us have their documents, pictures, videos up “in the cloud” and it is almost unthinkable to not have somewhere a wireless internet...
    • 8 Feb 2016

    WirelessHART Security Update

    In recent weeks, there have been third party reports regarding security vulnerabilities of WirelessHART® systems. Emerson’s security experts have investigated and evaluated these claims. There are no known instances of successful security b...