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    • 25 Mar 2019

    IIoT for Equipment Condition Monitoring.

    Even back when I was a young engineer in the 1980s, we had condition monitoring solutions for our large turbine generators and compressors on the offshore oil & gas production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Mike Boudreaux Condition monitoring technology has advanced greatly since then. Now, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-based sensors can feed much of the data to enable more assets – not just rotating equipment...
    • 7 Dec 2018

    Actionable Information with Plantweb Insight

    Let’s end the week with a quick 1:48 YouTube video about Plantweb Insight to better analyze and use the data for safe, reliable and compliant operations. Plantweb Insight is enabled by wireless sensors and networks and gives users the knowledge to make effective and timely decisions The suite of Plantweb Insight applications provide instant access and visibility into plant assets in an intuitive way without the...
    • 7 Dec 2018

    Actionable Information with Plantweb Insight

    Let’s end the week with a quick 1:48 YouTube video about Plantweb Insight to better analyze and use the data for safe, reliable and compliant operations. Plantweb Insight is enabled by wireless sensors and networks and gives users the knowledge to make effective and timely decisions The suite of Plantweb Insight applications provide instant access and visibility into plant assets in an intuitive way without the...
    • 14 Sep 2018

    PeakVue Analytics for More Reliable Machinery Performance

    Yesterday, in a post, How to Prevent Bearing Failures , we described how PeakVue analytics technology can provide early warning for bearing problems. In this 6-minute YouTube video, PeakVue Signal Processing Demo , Emerson’s Robert Skeirik describes how these advanced analytics can spot bearing problems much earlier that traditional vibration measurements. This extra time allows the operations and maintenance teams...
    • 14 Sep 2018

    PeakVue Analytics for More Reliable Machinery Performance

    Yesterday, in a post, How to Prevent Bearing Failures , we described how PeakVue analytics technology can provide early warning for bearing problems. In this 6-minute YouTube video, PeakVue Signal Processing Demo , Emerson’s Robert Skeirik describes how these advanced analytics can spot bearing problems much earlier that traditional vibration measurements. This extra time allows the operations and maintenance teams...
    • 13 Sep 2018

    How to Prevent Bearing Failures

    Rotary bearings for industrial machinery reduce to friction between the moving parts. As with other mechanical parts, they wear over time. In a Plant Services article, 6 steps to preventing bearing failure , Emerson’s Brian Overton shares ways to extend bearing life and avoid unplanned shutdowns. He opens highlighting their importance. Without effective bearing motion, a machine shaft can fail, and the machine...
    • 13 Sep 2018

    How to Prevent Bearing Failures

    Rotary bearings for industrial machinery reduce to friction between the moving parts. As with other mechanical parts, they wear over time. In a Plant Services article, 6 steps to preventing bearing failure , Emerson’s Brian Overton shares ways to extend bearing life and avoid unplanned shutdowns. He opens highlighting their importance. Without effective bearing motion, a machine shaft can fail, and the machine...
    • 20 Aug 2018

    Avoiding Forced Outages from Rotating Equipment Issues

    The reality for manufacturers and producers is that their plant assets continually degrade over time. Valves wear over time, electrical assets may experience intermittent faults, and rotating equipment imbalances may lead quickly to forced outages. In this 3-minute YouTube video, Alert Plant Operations When Rotating Equipment Problems Pose a Threat , Emerson’s Kevin Rossi shares ways to equip plant operators with...
    • 20 Aug 2018

    Avoiding Forced Outages from Rotating Equipment Issues

    The reality for manufacturers and producers is that their plant assets continually degrade over time. Valves wear over time, electrical assets may experience intermittent faults, and rotating equipment imbalances may lead quickly to forced outages. In this 3-minute YouTube video, Alert Plant Operations When Rotating Equipment Problems Pose a Threat , Emerson’s Kevin Rossi shares ways to equip plant operators with...
    • 1 Aug 2018

    Optimizing Power Generation Maintenance Strategies

    Emerson’s Alex Flick presented Optimizing Power Generation Maintenance Strategies Using Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) Analysis at the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference. Alex opened by sharing a story of a North American generating station. The plant was commissioned in 2002 and producers over 500MW of power. The plant has a couple of gas turbines, a steam turbine and heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs...
    • 1 Aug 2018

    Optimizing Power Generation Maintenance Strategies

    Emerson’s Alex Flick presented Optimizing Power Generation Maintenance Strategies Using Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) Analysis at the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference. Alex opened by sharing a story of a North American generating station. The plant was commissioned in 2002 and producers over 500MW of power. The plant has a couple of gas turbines, a steam turbine and heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs...
    • 1 Aug 2018

    Electronic Turbine Overspeed Protection

    At the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference, Emerson’s Sam Onuska and Greg Lieb presented improvements in advanced overspeed protection and online, real time testing of overspeed systems. Greg opened describing where overspeed protection systems can be applied including steam turbines, gas turbines, boiler feed pump turbines (BFPTs) and hydro turbines. These systems measure the shaft rotational speed and decide &...
    • 1 Aug 2018

    Electronic Turbine Overspeed Protection

    At the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference, Emerson’s Sam Onuska and Greg Lieb presented improvements in advanced overspeed protection and online, real time testing of overspeed systems. Greg opened describing where overspeed protection systems can be applied including steam turbines, gas turbines, boiler feed pump turbines (BFPTs) and hydro turbines. These systems measure the shaft rotational speed and decide &...
    • 1 Aug 2018

    Integrated Machinery Health Monitoring

    At the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference, Emerson’s Jason King and John Reidelbach provided an update on Ovation Machinery Health Monitor and a case study of its application. Jason opened describing some of the challenges of traditional machinery protection systems. Plants today have more operational issues due to cycling stresses, loss of expertise, and maintenance issues from growing reactive work practices....
    • 1 Aug 2018

    Integrated Machinery Health Monitoring

    At the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference, Emerson’s Jason King and John Reidelbach provided an update on Ovation Machinery Health Monitor and a case study of its application. Jason opened describing some of the challenges of traditional machinery protection systems. Plants today have more operational issues due to cycling stresses, loss of expertise, and maintenance issues from growing reactive work practices....
    • 26 Jul 2018

    Digital Transformation Steps Through Continuous Remote Monitoring

    Many of us are experiencing digital transformations in our homes in small steps. Devices like Emerson’s Sensi wi-fi thermostat that can be controlled via a smart phone app, digital voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home and Apply Siri, and smart locks to lock down the house are a few examples. These change the way we interact with technology and how we get things done. Similarly for manufacturers, digital...
    • 26 Jul 2018

    Digital Transformation Steps Through Continuous Remote Monitoring

    Many of us are experiencing digital transformations in our homes in small steps. Devices like Emerson’s Sensi wi-fi thermostat that can be controlled via a smart phone app, digital voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home and Apply Siri, and smart locks to lock down the house are a few examples. These change the way we interact with technology and how we get things done. Similarly for manufacturers, digital...
    • 15 May 2018

    Early Project Planning of Asset Data Standards

    Capital project team members are under constant pressure to meet project deadlines and get the manufacturing or production process up and running. But how do they ensure that the capital assets installed will run reliably over time? In an Efficient Plant article, Data Standards Lead to Project Success , Emerson’s Scott Janzen describes the critical need for early planning to develop and execute a data acquisition...
    • 15 May 2018

    Early Project Planning of Asset Data Standards

    Capital project team members are under constant pressure to meet project deadlines and get the manufacturing or production process up and running. But how do they ensure that the capital assets installed will run reliably over time? In an Efficient Plant article, Data Standards Lead to Project Success , Emerson’s Scott Janzen describes the critical need for early planning to develop and execute a data acquisition...
    • 9 Apr 2018

    Manufacturing Asset Health Prioritization and Notification

    View the Plantweb Optics mobile application and demonstration by downloading from the App Store or Google Play Manufacturing processes create a huge stream of data during the production process as well as with the assets involved in this process. Effective asset management for reliable operations requires getting the early warning signals among this vast sea of data to right person or people for action. At the recent...
    • 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 configurations...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...