Activity
    • 25 Sep 2019

    Closing the Loop Driving Reliability, Safety and Energy Improvements

    Emerson’s Brian Joe and Ben Skal presented on Plantweb technologies and how they help facilitate digital transformation initiatives. Brian opened noting that process control is all based on the See-Decide-Act closed-loop model. Typically it is an open-loop process for managing reliability, safety and energy efficiency. By closing the loop improvements can be made in these areas to improve operational performance. One...
    • 6 Aug 2019

    Ovation Advanced Condition Monitoring

    Jason King Emerson’s Jason King shares an update on advanced condition monitoring in the Ovation distributed control system at last week’s 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference. This integrated machinery protection and condition monitoring module built directly into the Ovation system. It is capable of typical equipment protection functions, but also has condition monitoring technology built in, so no separate software...
    • 30 Jul 2019

    Cooling Tower Solutions

    At the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference, Emerson Jason King provided an update on Ovation DCS solutions for cooling towers. Jason opened explaining that $450,000 USD can be saved using automated cooling tower monitoring and optimization solutions. Several challenges exist for cooling towers in the power generation industry. Cooling towers are used to condense the steam exiting the steam turbine. This helps complete...
    • 25 Jul 2019

    IIoT-Based Condition Monitoring

    Shane Hale Justifying projects to improve reliable operations can be difficult. Projects driving increased revenue are often prioritized over those that reduce costs. In a Chemical Processing article, Build An Effective Condition-Monitoring Program , Emerson’s Shane Hale shares his thoughts on the economics of increased reliability, where to look for improvements, specifics on how to apply Industrial Internet of...
    • 15 Jul 2019

    Avoiding Low Voltage Electrical Asset Outages

    Early in my career as a freshly-minted electrical engineer in the mid-1980s, I worked on projects on offshore oil & gas production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. These platforms required turbine or reciprocating engine gas generators with diesel engine backup for when gas was not available from the production stream. Low voltage (LV) distribution systems, typically at 480VAC were used to power the pumps, compressors...
    • 11 Jul 2019

    Diagnosing Gearbox Defects

    Robert Skeirik In earlier posts , Emerson’s Robert Skeirik highlighted how PeakVue impact detection analytics technology can provide early warning of bearing failure in time to plan and schedule maintenance before unplanned downtime occurs. These analytics help drive overall reliability improvement key performance indicators (KPIs). I came across a recently published whitepaper, Confirming Gearbox Defect Using Waveform...
    • 22 May 2019

    Transforming Reliability Work Practices

    Every day, our lives continue to be digitally transformed in how we communicate and engage with each other. It’s not just the technologies in smart phones, smart watches and applications; it’s how we use these technologies to change the way we accomplish things. The same is true for manufacturers and producers in their digital transformation initiatives. Technologies play a key role, but it’s the changes toward more...
    • 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...