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    • 5 Mar 2021

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: 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...
    • 3 Mar 2021

    PAC Systems & Industrial Computing Blog: Digital Transformation in Water and Wastewater Industry

    Access to fresh drinking water is paramount for life. The utilities that provide to the communities in which they operate are constantly challenges in performing this service. In a Water & Wastes digest article, Digital Transformation is the Path...
    • 1 Mar 2021

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Safety Instrumented System Useful Life

    Safety instrumented systems (SISs) are used to reduce risks and bring to process to a safe state in the event of an upset or abnormal condition. Assessing this risk over the lifecycle of the operations is part of the IEC 61511 global safety standard. In a LinkedIn article, The risks and the opportunities of running an obsolete Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) , Emerson’s Mohamed Salman shares his expertise on evaluating...
    • 1 Mar 2021

    DeltaV Blog: Safety Instrumented System Useful Life

    Safety instrumented systems (SISs) are used to reduce risks and bring to process to a safe state in the event of an upset or abnormal condition. Assessing this risk over the lifecycle of the operations is part of the IEC 61511 global safety standard. In a LinkedIn article, The risks and the opportunities of running an obsolete Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) , Emerson’s Mohamed Salman shares his expertise on evaluating...
    • 12 Feb 2021

    Ovation Blog: Implementing Strong Cybersecurity Best Practices Reduces Cyber Risks

    The importance of cybersecurity has escalated in response to remote work brought on by the global pandemic. Increased connectivity requires organizations to digitally transform operations to support a more sustainable, safer and healthier future. The recent intrusion at the City of Oldsmar water treatment system in Florida underscores the importance of having a strong cybersecurity posture. Periodic reviews of cyber...
    • 12 Feb 2021

    DeltaV Blog: Digital Transformation Helps Moderna Safely Deliver COVID-19 Vaccine in Record Time

    A common theme across the Emerson Exchange Virtual Series has been the way software and digital technologies have helped us all deal with an unexpected and unprecedented pandemic. Wherever there is adversity, there are also innovators who step up to the challenge of delivering solutions to critical problems. In the February keynote address, Speed to Market, Jim Nyquist , chairman of Emerson’s systems and software business...
    • 8 Feb 2021

    Operations Management Blog: OSI monarch and CHRONUS demonstration

    At the Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series, Emerson’s Kyle Goerz and Ben Kruse who joined Emerson from the recent Open Systems International (OSI) acquisition, shared an OSI monarch platform and CHRONUS Historian demonstration. Here is their session abstract: This session will feature Open Systems International (OSI)—a recent Emerson acquisition—its industry-leading software platform, monarch, and its data historian...
    • 4 Feb 2021

    Ovation Blog: Strategies for Remote Power Plant Operations

    In an Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series industry forum, Power: Strategies for Tomorrow’s Utility, Emerson’s Brett Benson and James Nyenhuis joined two professionals in the electric power industry to discuss how the power industry is: …looking to new digital technologies to improve reliability, reduce costs, and increase operational flexibility of their plants and fleets. One method utilities are exploring is...
    • 2 Feb 2021

    Ovation Blog: Ovation Digital Twin Technology

    At the Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series, Emerson’s Shen Zhang and James Thompson shared an update on Ovation Digital Twin technology . Here is their presentation abstract: This session will provide an introduction to Ovation embedded simulation then step through what’s needed to develop a plant-specific simulator. An overview of new advanced models and simulation tools will also be provided. James opened...
    • 1 Feb 2021

    Operations Management Blog: Building Cross-Cultural Awareness

    At a recent Emerson Exchange Americas virtual presentation session, Emerson’s Michalle Adkins and Alpana Desai presented on communicating with cross-cultural awareness. Michalle and Alpana opened by sharing their backgrounds from Pennsylvania and Zambia & UK respectively. They described culture as a system of behaviors acceptable to a particular grouping of people. These behaviors are influenced by history, religion...
    • 1 Feb 2021

    Ovation Blog: Latest Ovation Release Improves Performance, Simplifies Troubleshooting and Provides Added Protections

    Emerson’s industry-leading Ovation platform integrates digitally transformative software and technologies into a unified system that helps customers tackle their toughest challenges. Rick Kephart , Emerson’s vice president of technology for the power and water industries, describes how we continue to evolve the Ovation platform by developing and delivering the automation scalability and flexibility sought by our customers...
    • 26 Jan 2021

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Making the Most of Built-In Proof-Testing for Your Safety Lifecycle Management

    It’s not surprising that safety is a top priority for plant managers and operators, but minimizing risk in these environments is no simple task. Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) are failsafes built into critical processes to maintain maximum operational integrity. These systems consist of independent sensors and control equipment in series in order to detect abnormal operating conditions. Should an issue arise, the...
    • 12 Jan 2021

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Machine Safety Solutions

    At the Emerson Exchange America’s Virtual Series, Emerson’s Jeff Welker discussed products and solutions for machine safety. Here is his presentation abstract: Machine Safety is demanded by international machine directives, guidelines and human sense. Emerson provides a full range of products and solutions to fulfill the individual application needs. Furthermore, our technical experts are supporting customers to find...
    • 7 Jan 2021

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Safely Test Solenoid Valves without Process Disturbances

    At the Emerson Exchange Virtual Series, Emerson’s Joe McHugh and SIS-TECH Solutions ‘ Angela Summers presented on achieving increased safety and reliability through a redundant architecture. Here is their presentation’s abstract: In the context of production costs, something as small as a solenoid valve might not be at the top of your priority list. But the reality is that there are 100s, if not 1000s, of solenoid...
    • 5 Jan 2021

    PAC Systems & Industrial Computing Blog: Industrial Edge Control Technology

    At the Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series, Emerson’s Derek Thomas shared his thoughts on starting small when tackling Big Data challenges with Industrial Edge Control Technology. Here is his presentation’s abstract: Edge control is redefining...
    • 10 Dec 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Mitigating Loss of Containment Risks

    At the Emerson Exchange America Virtual Series, Emerson’s Ed Schodowski , David Macedonia , Christiane Lederer and Brian Ledeboer were on a panel to discuss innovations in process safety around loss of containment for refiners, chemical and petrochemical producers. Here is their panel abstract: Loss of containment is the largest cause of Tier 1 and Tier 2 safety incidents. Digital technologies can greatly reduce the...
    • 8 Dec 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Innovations in Personnel and Process Safety

    Safety—both personnel and process safety—are always top concerns for manufacturers and producers. At the Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series, Emerson’s Ed Schodowski , Meha Jha , Mike Hoyme and Marcelo Dultra shared a panel to discuss innovations in personnel and process safety for refiners and chemical producers. Here is their session’s abstract: Process Safety systems are complex combinations of measurement...
    • 3 Dec 2020

    Operations Management Blog: Digital Tools More Quickly Deliver Treatments to Patients

    Imagine driving the wrong direction for hundreds of miles after a wrong turn, simply because you didn’t notice missing the exit. Overlooked deviations can cause a lot of frustration, whether during a drive or while executing a batch of pharmaceuticals. Detecting and recognizing a deviation or other problem while in process is called review by exception (RBE) and it can be done live. This is the main point of my article...
    • 20 Nov 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: End of Life Expectancy for Final Control Elements in Safety and Control Systems

    Mechanical items, such as shut down valves, isolation valves, control valves, actuators and other pneumatic accessories, if selected and sized properly during the design stage to meet process parameters/conditions, fluid comparability, environmental conditions, etc., will typically follow a bathtub curve aging lifecycle. The bathtub curve consists of three periods: an infant mortality period with a decreasing failure...
    • 13 Nov 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Where to Focus to Drive More ROI from a Digital Twin Simulation

    As manufacturing organizations embark upon their digital transformation journey, an essential starting point is to implement a digital twin. Digital twins deliver value in project execution with easier engineering and testing. When the project is over, the same digital twin enhances daily operations, improving safety and uptime by moving training and process change testing off physical equipment and on to a digital workspace...
    • 27 Oct 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Building More Defendable Control and Safety Systems

    A plant’s basic process control system (BPCS) and safety instrumented system (SIS) are critical infrastructure for the facility. Many decisions go into selecting these systems, and one of the most important is selecting the right architecture—a decision that will impact other elements of system selection as well as performance and efficiency across the lifecycle of the equipment. One key decision that will impact automation...
    • 23 Oct 2020

    Operations Management Blog: Progressing with IIoT on the Cloud for Oil & Gas

    For many E&P companies considering field automation, it may seem that installing a SCADA system will provide all the information, alarms and control you need to reach your goals, including boosting production and reducing costs. And SCADA does help, but not nearly as much as installing automation through the cloud. In this ever-increasing digital world, people and companies rely more and more on the cloud for data...
    • 15 Oct 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Three Things to Do, and Three to Avoid, When Assessing Your Cybersecurity Situation

    Any process manufacturing company that has not yet launched a cybersecurity program is probably frozen in a frequent difficult position: Where do we start? If your company is trying to break free and make some progress—and maybe you’re the one tasked with doing it—we have some suggestions for critical first steps. These suggestions are included in our article in the September issue of Control Engineering . The key...
    • 13 Oct 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Selecting the Right Automation Architecture

    Creating a safe and secure automation process starts with implementing a well-designed basic process control system (BPCS) and safety instrumented system (SIS). Government agencies and industry associations offer guidelines and requirements for how these systems should be connected and separated—most importantly with the requirement that the SIS and BPCS should be logically independent regardless of the level of physical...
    • 6 Oct 2020

    PAC Systems & Industrial Computing Blog: Edge Controllers for Pipeline Resiliency

    Pipelines crisscross the continents bringing energy supplies to where they are needed. Pipeline operators must ensure their integrity by monitoring for leaks, corrosion and operating states such as surge conditions. In a Pipeline Oil & Gas News article...