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  • Joseph Fourier is Way More Cool than Louis Vuitton or Christian Dior

    I have always been very intrigued by the phenomena and science behind vibration condition monitoring. It is a branch of engineering study that intricately combines material science, motion & dynamics, instrumentations and advanced mathematics. When I finally understood how a plot of amplitudes versus frequencies can provide different insight than the usual amplitudes versus time, it was a major “Wow, Fourier was a genius…
  • Operational Analytics for Effective Pump Health Management

    As technology continues to advance, the capability to continuously monitor more assets in a manufacturing or production process grows. In this short 2:53 YouTube video, Ensuring Pump Health , Emerson’s Logan Woolery describes how to avoid downtime by extending condition monitoring beyond just critical pumps to a wide range of other pumps to get a better picture of their overall health and receive early notification of…
  • Driving Reliability Improvements by Monitoring Assets Plantwide

    Reliable plant operations begin with healthy assets used in the production process and monitoring their health levels over time as they slowly degrade. In this 4 ½ minute YouTube video, Ensuring Reliability Through Enterprise-wide Asset Monitoring , Emerson’s Alessea Lane describes how technologies in the Plantweb digital ecosystem help to improve the overall reliability of operations to meet production targets, ensure…
  • Prescriptive Maintenance-Prescriptive Analytics and Predictive Maintenance

    Maintenance programs come in many varieties—reactive maintenance, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, and reliability centered maintenance to name some major ones. But what about prescriptive maintenance (RxM)? In a Process Worldwide article, Prescriptive Maintenance: A Cure for Downtime , Emerson’s Jonas Berge describes the new term as, “…a mashup of prescriptive analytics and predictive maintenance.” …
  • Advanced Analytics for Detecting Anti-Friction Bearing Faults

    The PeakVue machinery health diagnostic technology filters out traditional vibration signals to focus on impacting signals, which provide a much better indicator of overall asset health on any type of rolling element bearing machine. In a new paper, Using PeakVue Plus Technology for Detecting Anti-Friction Bearing Faults , Emerson’s Stewart Bowers describes how PeakVue Plus analytics innovation to PeakVue automates…
  • Safe, Reliable and Efficient Crushing and Grinding in Mining Operations

    In mining operations, the comminution process reduces the mined solid materials through crushing, grinding and other means. SAG and Ball mills are one of the most critical pieces of equipment for the process. Mining operators need to optimize grinding mill performance, and reliability to ensure tight shutoff. This process equipment can have unexpected shutdowns and production loss, high reprocessing rates, high operating…
  • Pump Health Monitoring Interactive Virtual Webinar

    While processes have been monitored with sensors for many decades, advancements in technology, especially with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) , has made monitoring for improved safety, efficiency, and reliability much more achievable than in the past. For example, in many plants, pumps that are considered non-critical are not monitored. These are either infrequently manually inspected or run to failure. Today…
  • Seven ways to use WirelessHART for applications other than conventional process variable monitoring

    In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Emerson’s Andrew Cureton looks at a variety of ways Wireless HART can support asset management strategies. If we go back in time to Emerson’s introduction of its first Wireless HART enabled instruments, they were all process instruments, such as temperature and pressure transmitters. But it didn’t take long for users to recognize that there were many more ways to use Wireless HART…
  • Improving Mining Critical Asset Performance

    In an earlier post, Condition Monitoring of Critical Mining Conveyors , we discussed the importance of conveyor reliability in mining operations. But it’s not just conveyors. The most common cause of downtime in mining operations is critical equipment failure. These failures can cause safety risks to personnel, unplanned downtime, and reactive maintenance practices to try to quickly return to normal operations. To drive…
  • Future Proof Your Remote Asset Monitoring

    One of the many problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has been the even greater stress it has put on process manufacturing companies related to personnel. When things started shutting down in March last year, many companies were already struggling to maintain adequate plant staffing, and the pandemic made things worse. When we talk to customers and prospects, the situation has made the case for automating manual…
  • Augmented Reality Brings Real Benefits to Manufacturing

    Augmented reality (AR) has come a long way since it first made a worldwide splash in mobile video games. No longer considered just a toy or novelty, AR is being implemented for real-world applications that are changing the way we work and learn. One area where AR is taking off quickly is in manufacturing. In a recent article with Automation World entitled, How Augmented Reality Became a Serious Tool for Manufacturing…
  • Welcome to Emerson Automation Experts Podcasts

    Visit our podcast subscription page to subscribe with your favorite podcast player. The post Welcome to Emerson Automation Experts Podcasts appeared first on the Emerson Automation Experts blog.
  • Valve Monitoring: One Way to Realize Real Value from Digital Transformation

    New technologies that are truly different often depend on a “killer app” to convince users to take the leap. For the Internet early on, it was email. Suddenly being able to communicate near instantaneously in writing provided visible value people could latch on to, and the rest is history. For industrial users, digital transformation has been similar. How and why it has been adopted in many locations is the topic of my…
  • Continuous Condition Monitoring Cuts Costs

    In an article in the AFPM Summit Conference News, Emerson’s Jacob Swafford makes the case for continuous versus intermittent condition monitoring. I don’t think I have ever met a maintenance manager who said that condition monitoring is a waste of time. They agree it’s important but most shrug and say, “I wish we could do more, but we don’t have the resources.” Refineries and chemical plants that don’t monitor the…
  • Plantweb Optics Augmented Reality Helps Experts Prepare a New Generation of Plant Personnel

    Augmented reality (AR) is no longer science fiction. Organizations are using AR tools to transform the way they perform operations and maintenance, ultimately delivering better performance and greater reliability. Emerson’s Anna Velena and Vineesh Kapoor shared their thoughts in a Control Engineering article on how plants are utilizing AR as part of their digital transformation—upskilling the workforce to close the skills…
  • Building Digital Transformation, One Step at a Time

    In a Flow Control magazine article, Seven Digital Transformation Myths Exposed, Emerson’s Brian Joe offers advice on starting a digital transformation program. When we talk to companies about digital transformation, especially companies that have yet to launch a program, we frequently hear two kinds of responses representing two extremes. Either they don’t think the technologies work, or they have inflated expectations…
  • Improving Maintenance Program Effectiveness

    The mobile devices we use each day continue to advance in power and capabilities. This trend is also true for mobile devices used in manufacturing and production facilities. In an Efficient Plant article, Handhelds Enhance Field Functions , Emerson’s Alessea Lane & Jose Verdugo highlight these advancements in handheld devices monitoring equipment in the process. They open: Today’s handheld devices have advanced from…
  • Driving Improved Pump Performance

    Pumps do the heavy lifting of moving liquids through the production process. They consume more energy more than most types of plant assets and are subject to quite a bit of wear and tear. Online continuous monitoring enables operational performance improvements in terms of both reliability and energy consumption. A whitepaper, 3 Innovative Ways to Improve Pump Reliability , highlights value improvement practices your…
  • Improving Reliability with Impact Detection Analytics

    Operational analytics are used to help improve safety, reliability, energy & emissions, and production. From a reliability perspective, one example is PeakVue impact detection analytics which provides early warning for problems such as rotating equipment bearing failures. You may recall an announcement from last year about PeakVue Plus : …a technology enhancement that brings prescriptive analytics to the field to help…
  • Improving Reliability with Impact Detection Analytics

    Operational analytics are used to help improve safety, reliability, energy & emissions, and production. From a reliability perspective, one example is PeakVue impact detection analytics which provides early warning for problems such as rotating equipment bearing failures. You may recall an announcement from last year about PeakVue Plus : …a technology enhancement that brings prescriptive analytics to the field to help…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…