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    • 5 Apr 2018

    Fostering Collaborative Maintenance Practices

    Tools that advance collaborative efforts among co-workers, especially for maintenance teams in manufacturing operations, help increase reliable and efficient operations. Here’s an under 3-minute YouTube video example, Managing Device Configurations with AMS Trex , demonstrated by Emerson’s Stephen West . In it, he shows how the AMS Trex Device Communicator helps maintenance teams efficiently manage the...
    • 16 Mar 2018

    Designing for High Performance Reliability during Project Phase

    Manufacturing capital projects have followed a similar path for many decades. The project team designs, executes and commissions the project, provides training for the operations staff, and hands it over to them to run. What is often lacking in this approach is the opportunity to design work practices at the design phase to improve overall reliability over the life of the manufacturing process. In a Plant Services...
    • 8 Dec 2017

    Three Steps to Prescriptive Maintenance

    Process manufacturers and producers practice many forms of maintenance as part of their efforts toward more reliable operations. These include reactive, preventive, predictive and most recently thanks the advancements in the Industrial Internet of Things technologies—prescriptive maintenance. In a Plant Engineering article, The path to prescriptive maintenance: Three steps to drive reliability while preparing for IIoT...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 13 Jan 2017

    Streamlining and Simplifying Maintenance Tech Actions

    Process manufacturing plants with thousands or tens of thousands of measurement devices must keep these operating reliably and accurately for the process control strategies to perform effectively. Maintenance technicians have the responsibility to configure, troubleshoot and repair measurement instrumentation as problems develop. Traditionally, these technicians needed to remove the device from service, bring to the...
    • 19 Dec 2016

    The Path to Reliable Performance

    Whether it’s your car or an asset in your production facility, running it to failure can be costly, unsafe and inconvenient. In terms of maintenance reliability, the U.S. National Response center noted that “ …it costs 50% more to repair a broken component than one that was addressed prior to its failure. ” And that statistic does not consider the cost of lost production, overtime and other costs. ...
    • 14 Dec 2016

    Culturally Shifting to Top Quartile Reliability Performance

    Whether driving down the road in your car or operating your manufacturing facility, the safest times are when operating at steady-state conditions. It’s the times in transient states, such as startups, shutdowns, turning at intersections, etc. where the probability of incidents increases. In an Uptime magazine article, The Cultural Shift That Can Save Lives , Emerson’s Nathan Pettus describes the importance...
    • 8 Nov 2016

    Maximizing Plant Asset Performance

    In the face of scarce capital for manufacturers and producers across many industries, optimizing the performance of existing assets often increases in priority. In an ARC Advisory Group whitepaper, Driving Maximum Asset Capability (summary), author D...
    • 2 Nov 2016

    Reliability Radio Interview with Mike Train

    If your responsible for reliability and maintenance practices at your facility, I’m sure you’re very aware of Uptime magazine and the Reliabilityweb.com site. Last week at the Emerson Exchange conference in Austin, CEO and Publisher Terrence O’Hanlon recorded a 9:11 podcast interview with Emerson Automation Solutions Executive President, Mike Train . Terrence opened the interview asking Mike about...
    • 26 Oct 2016

    Driving Maintenance Workflows with Condition Monitoring

    At the Emerson Exchange conference in Austin, Emerson’s Will Goetz presented, Best Practices for Using Condition Monitoring to Drive Maintenance Workflows. His abstract: A well designed condition monitoring system can find the early warning signs of failures but what happens next is equally important. This session will explore real world failures to develop the best practice model for using condition information...
    • 6 Oct 2016

    Wireless Continuous Pump Monitoring

    Many of the pumps in process manufacturing and production processes are essential and their failure results in reduced or lost production and increased maintenance costs. In an Upstream Pumping article, Wireless Monitoring Reduces Pump Failures & Maintenance Costs , Emerson’s Brian Atkinson describes way to make use of technology to avoid these failures. He opens citing some statistics on the economic...
    • 5 Oct 2016

    Simplifying Local Smart Field Device Communications

    The Industrial Internet of Things has opened great possibilities for remote experts with advanced analytical tools to diagnose issues before they lead to greater problems. However, there is still nothing like being there locally by the asset with an issue with powerful tools to diagnose it. News came out yesterday of a new smart field device communicator, built on human-centered design principles, for: …delivering...
    • 23 Sep 2016

    Improving Pump Continuous Monitoring

    Unless you are lucky enough to have a process that flows downhill, you likely have pumps moving liquids through the process. And if these liquids come in large volumes such as hydrocarbon movement and storage facilities, these pumps can be very large and dangerous should failures occur. In a World Pipelines article, Flow management starts with pumps , Emerson’s Wally Baker describes how to improve reliability...
    • 2 Aug 2016

    Condition Monitoring and Workflow Best Practices

    Enjoy the late October outdoors in Austin, Texas This year’s Emerson Exchange conference for the Americas will take place on my home turf of Austin, Texas during the week of October 24 through 28. Registration is open and you can save $400 through the end of August on the registration fee. Knowing that getting approval to attend can be a challenge for some, the Emerson Exchange Board of Directors has a justification...
    • 14 Dec 2015

    Compressor Station Machinery Monitoring

    In the continuing era of lower oil and gas prices, the focus remains on optimizing current production assets. In a World Pipelines article, Keeping compressor stations online , Emerson’s Stuart Raynor describes ways to reduce downtime and avoid ...