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    • 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...
    • 5 Sep 2017

    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

    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...
    • 15 May 2017

    Organizational Readiness for Top Quartile Reliability Performance

    As the technology and work practices have progressed, so has reliability practices from reactive to preventive to predictive maintenance (PdM). In a Plant Engineering article, The path to prescriptive maintenance , Emerson’s Will Goetz describes prescriptive maintenance: …where analytics can show that a piece of equipment is headed for trouble and can prescribe prioritized, pre-determined, expert-driven...
    • 5 May 2017

    Shot Putting and Ruggedness Testing

    Let’s end the week with a short video showing the durability of a smart field device communicator. In this 1:47 YouTube video, AMS Trex Durability Tests , the AMS Trex device communicator is given some abuse to demonstrate its ruggedness. Emerson’s Nicholas Meyer and Stephen Mozia team up to see if the AMS Trex unit can handle being tossed down a set of stairs and still perform (spoiler alert—it does)....
    • 6 Apr 2017

    Plant Reliability and the Industrial Internet of Things

    Tools and methodologies to improve plant reliability have existed for many years. Examples include criticality analysis , reliability-centered maintenance analysis (RCMA) , failure modes, effects, and diagnostic analysis (FMEDA) and root cause failure analysis (RCFA) to name a few. In a Plant Services article, Seize the IIoT in just 3 steps , Emerson’s Bruce Hawkins and Scott Bruni describe how process manufacturers...
    • 15 Feb 2017

    Increasing Maintenance Efficiency with Handheld Instrumentation Communicators

    Those with smart instrumentation know that installation, configuration and maintenance activities often require the plant technicians to carry multiple tools such as external power supplies or loop simulators in addition to the handheld instrumentation communicator device. Properly functioning instrumentation helps the operations staff and automation system control strategies manage the process more safely, reliably and...
    • 8 Feb 2017

    Overcoming Obstacles in Reducing Unplanned Downtime

    Unplanned downtime remains the top issue for most process manufacturers and producers. At the ARC Industry Forum, ARC’s Craig Resnick led a panel, Strategies to Reduce Downtime and Increase Plant KPIs . Emerson’s Will Goetz participated in the panel to discuss the importance of comprehensive reliability program planning and execution. Here was the session description: This session will discuss manufacturers’...
    • 17 Jan 2017

    Non-Intrusive Wireless Corrosion and Erosion Monitoring

    A Joint Research Centre (JRC) Scientific and Policy Report, Corrosion‐Related Accidents in Petroleum Refineries , found [emphasis and hyperlink mine]: Notably, of the 137 major refinery accidents reported by EU countries to the EU’s eMARS [ Major Accident Reporting System ] database since 1984, around 20% indicated corrosion failure as an important contributing factor. Many other industries including oil...
    • 16 Jan 2017

    Reducing Equipment Downtime and Improving Energy Efficiency 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 occurs. Another important set of measurements that can provide early warning are the voltage, current and other electrical parameters on the motors driving equipment such...