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    • 18 Oct 2017

    Blog: 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...
    • 13 Oct 2017

    Blog: Successfully Addressing NERC CIP Cybersecurity Standards

    The power industry is perhaps the furthest along in hardening their cybersecurity defenses due to the work of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) on the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) cybersecurity standards—now at version 6 . In a Power magazine article, Tackling NERC CIP and Cybersecurity at America’s Largest Gas-fired Cogeneration Plant , this electrical energy and steam energy...
    • 5 Sep 2017

    Blog: Simplifying and Improving Accuracy of Smart Instrumentation Data Management

    One of the promises in taking a human-centered design (HCD) approach to product development is to simplify the user experience. Better yet, when done well, entire tasks can be eliminated. That translates into greater productivity to get things done more quickly. I mention this because Emerson’s Nicholas Meyer shared an innovation with me in smart device handheld communicators. The latest release of the AMS Trex...
    • 22 Aug 2017

    Blog: Remote Pump Monitoring

    Given the costs associated with wired plant instrumentation and wiring infrastructure, most plants have just enough sensors and final control elements to perform basic control and safety system functions. While enough for control and process safety, it is often not enough for reliability, energy efficiency, and uptime. The Industrial Internet of Things , and more specifically, wireless sensors, open the opportunity...
    • 21 Aug 2017

    DeltaV Blog: Integrating Ethernet-Based Devices in DeltaV Systems

    Let’s open the week with a video for DeltaV distributed control system users on ways to integrate devices with Ethernet-based protocols into the DeltaV system. Examples of these devices include motor control centers, variable speed drives, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and various types of online analyzers. In this 6:17 YouTube video , Emerson’s Rune Reppenhagen demonstrates the DeltaV Virtual I...
    • 8 Aug 2017

    Blog: Proof Testing Level Measurement Devices

    Safety instrumented systems (SIS) include the sensor(s), final control element(s) and logic solver(s) for each of the safety instrumented functions (SIFs) in the SIS. To verify the SIFs are performing the amount of risk reduction intended for their application, they must be periodically proof tested. PCN Europe magazine interviewed Emerson’s Teddy Tzegazeab on how proof testing has changed for SIFs with liquid...
    • 27 Jul 2017

    Blog: Network Architecture Considerations in Ovation Control Systems

    Emerson’s Craig McDaniel provided an overview on the Ovation control system network architecture at the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference. He provided a basic overview of Ovation’s network architecture showing standard configurations, connectivity, redundancy, IP addressing schemes, port assignments, network hardware, and connections to third party equipment will be provided in this session. He also discussed...
    • 27 Jul 2017

    Blog: Reducing Control System Hardware Footprint

    Emerson’s Ben Skal presented on reducing the Ovation distributed control system hardware footprint at the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference. Virtualization technology is at the heart of this hardware footprint reduction and having less workstation and server hardware to maintain. Ben’s presentation focused on: What is virtualization & how it works Appropriate uses of virtual machines (VMs) ...
    • 26 Jul 2017

    Blog: Take Charge of Partial Discharge to Protect Plant Assets

    Emerson’s Jonathan Murray discussed partial discharge solutions at the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference. Unplanned electrical asset failures can halt production and amount to millions of dollars of associated costs. The IEEE and NFPA organiz...
    • 26 Jul 2017

    Blog: Model Predictive Control in Power Generation

    Model predictive control in power generation was the subject of a 2017 Ovation Users Group presentation by Emerson’s Ranjit Rao . Rajit opened comparing classical control with model-based control. In classical control, a proportional-derivative-integral loop is used with feedback. There is a setpoint, the actual process variable and the error or difference between the process variable and setpoint. Based on the...