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    • 21 Jan 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Self-Contained Hydraulic Emergency Shutdown System

    Sergio Vaz Lopes A safety instrumented function (SIF) in a safety instrumented system (SIS) contains a sensor, logic solver and final element. All must function properly in the event of a safety demand to take the process into a safe state in coordination with other SIFs. The final element consists of several parts including the isolation valve, actuator, pressure pilots, test valves and other components as required...
    • 20 Jan 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Non-contacting Radar for Automatic Tank Gauging and Overfill Prevention Systems

    Bulk liquid storage tanks often contain fluids that are hazardous, flammable and/or explosive. These tanks require not only a control system to control levels but and overfill prevention system (OPS) as layer of protection beyond the control system. This basic process control system (BPCS) is commonly referred to as an automatic tank gauging (ATG) system and the OPS is the safety instrumented system (SIS). A Fluid...
    • 8 Jan 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Understanding Functional Safety Concepts and Final Element Suitability

    Riyaz Ali The world of functional safety has its own tribal language and acronyms, e.g. safety instrumented systems (SISs), safety instrumented functions (SIFs), logic solvers, final elements (FEs), safety integrity level (SIL), probability of failure on demand (PFD), etc. In a Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Keep in the Safety Loop , Emerson’s Riyaz Ali does an excellent job of defining and demystifying these phrases...
    • 22 Nov 2019

    DeltaV Blog: A Glimpse into Future Control Systems

    Let’s end this week before Thanksgiving here in the U.S. with a vision, “…on how plant managers, operators, and engineers may digitally transform the way plants and teams operate.”, with this 3-minute YouTube video, DeltaV Technology for Next-Generation Operations . Technologies shown in this vision include facial recognition for secure operator login, voice & gesture user interface for simplified operations, application...
    • 22 Nov 2019

    DeltaV Blog: A Glimpse into Future Control Systems

    Let’s end this week before Thanksgiving here in the U.S. with a vision, “…on how plant managers, operators, and engineers may digitally transform the way plants and teams operate.”, with this 3-minute YouTube video, DeltaV Technology for Next-Generation Operations . Technologies shown in this vision include facial recognition for secure operator login, voice & gesture user interface for simplified operations, application...
    • 7 Nov 2019

    DeltaV Blog: Migrating Legacy Control Systems and PLCs with FlexConnect Solutions

    Scott Ross Now, with these control systems being more than 30+ years old, most of these legacy systems have been placed in to end of life or retired lifecycle status which means no further factory support is available. I caught up with Emerson’s Scott Ross about the choices that must be considered moving forward. Manufacturers and producers face options whether to modernize to a newer family of distributed control...
    • 31 Oct 2019

    DeltaV Blog: Migrating Legacy PLC-5s to DeltaV

    Way back in the mid-1980’s, when I was a newly-minted engineer working oil & gas production projects offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, a new series of PLCs came on the scene to replace the Allen-Bradley PLC-2’s we had been using. They were the PLC-5 series. Javier DeLuna Now, more than 30 years old, the CPUs used in these PLCs were placed into end of life status which meant no further factory support for the CPUs as...
    • 23 Oct 2019

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Approaches to Partial Stroke Testing Safety Valves

    The safety valve within a safety instrumented function (SIF) must be tested regularly to help assure proper operation in the event of a safety demand. Operators usually perform an offline full stroke test during a scheduled shutdown because of the impact of this test on the process. But when a SIF (a.k.a. safety loop) requires more frequent testing, users can perform a partial stroke test (PST) , per the global IEC 61511...
    • 25 Sep 2019

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Safety Instrumented System Cybersecurity Best Practices

    Emerson’s Sergio Diaz and Alexandre Peixoto presented Best Practices for a Cybersecure SIS at the 2019 Emerson Exchange conference. Sergio opened that the goal of this presentation is to provide practical information to maintain a more defendable security posture for safety instrumented systems (SISs) . Like control systems, defense in depth is an important concept for an SIS. It starts at plant level security, work...
    • 30 Aug 2019

    DeltaV Blog: Security for Safety System Logic Solvers-Physical Key Switches and Software Locks

    Sergio Diaz Author: Sergio Diaz As a product marketing manager for DeltaV safety instrumented systems (SIS) , I have been asked a few times why the key switch on the CHARMs Smart Logic Solver (CSLS) does not control the lock state as is common with many safety controllers. DeltaV CHARMs Smart Logic Solver (CSLS) The next question is, “Why does the user still need to lock the CSLS via software?” The reason is...
    • 30 Aug 2019

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Security for Safety System Logic Solvers-Physical Key Switches and Software Locks

    Sergio Diaz Author: Sergio Diaz As a product marketing manager for DeltaV safety instrumented systems (SIS) , I have been asked a few times why the key switch on the CHARMs Smart Logic Solver (CSLS) does not control the lock state as is common with many safety controllers. DeltaV CHARMs Smart Logic Solver (CSLS) The next question is, “Why does the user still need to lock the CSLS via software?” The reason is...
    • 23 Aug 2019

    DeltaV Blog: Dynamic Simulations Create Value across Lifecycle

    Simulations can add value across the lifecycle of a manufacturing or production process—from the upfront design work for the capital project portion of the lifecycle to the ongoing operations and maintenance. In a Processing magazine article, Using Life Cycle Dynamic Simulation to Drive Projects And Performance , Emerson’s Sean Sullivan teamed with a third-party consultant working at chemical manufacturing facility...
    • 6 Aug 2019

    Ovation Blog: 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...
    • 1 Aug 2019

    Ovation Blog: Ovation Intelligence Framework

    Alvin Faustino Azime Can-Cimino Emerson’s Alvin Faustino and Azime Can-Cimino discussed plant prognostics with the Ovation Intelligence Framework at the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference. Here’s a visual of the framework: Azime opened explaining that prognostic maintenance requires starting with data—sensor data and generated data. This data is pre-processed and used to develop a detection or prediction...
    • 1 Aug 2019

    Ovation Blog: Electrical Generator Excitation Control

    Emerson’s Matt Musko shared the basics and installation best practices for generator excitation controls at the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference. Matt opened describing the fundamentals of generator excitation. Three things are necessary to generate electricity: current carrying conductors in the generator armature windings, a magnetic field created by DC current supplied to the field windings, and relative motion...
    • 1 Aug 2019

    Ovation Blog: Ovation System Forward View

    Rick Kephart rounds out the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference with a look into the future around architectures and algorithms. Rick opened with a discussion of Ovation Droplets. It is a lightweight controller that’s part of the 3.7 release. Any Compact Controller can be configured as a Droplet in the Dev Studio configuration software. These compact controllers, configured as standalone, can be adopted as Droplets...
    • 31 Jul 2019

    Ovation Blog: Suppressing Plant Alarms

    Ben Poskie Since the early days of distributed control systems, much work has been done to improve alarm management and prevent alarms from flooding operators to prevent them from properly diagnosing and correcting abnormal situations. The ANSI/ISA 18.2 alarm management standard began development back in 2003 and built off of the work of other alarm management initiatives. It published as ANSI/ISA-18.2-2009 Management...
    • 31 Jul 2019

    Ovation Blog: Ovation Compact Controller Update

    Tom Snowdon As renewable energy supplied to electrical grids continues to grow, the need for more scalable options to control these additional sources of energy. In a 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference presentation on the Ovation Compact Controller (OCC) , Emerson’s Tom Snowdon shared an update on the OCC, the use of 3 rd party I/O and engineering tool options. Tom opened defining a standalone as one controller...
    • 31 Jul 2019

    Ovation Blog: Gas Turbine Control Enhancements

    Emerson’s Laurence O’Toole and Felipe Londono were joined by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS)’s Michael Glover to present on gas turbine control enhancements at the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference. MHPS and Emerson formed an alliance in 2008 to provide state of the art turbine and controls solutions. The solutions include balance of plant (BOP) controls, generator excitation, process control devices and...
    • 31 Jul 2019

    Ovation Blog: Ovation Turbine Overspeed Protection

    At the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference, Emerson’s Sam Onuska and Greg Lieb provided an update on turbine overspeed protection in Ovation distributed control systems. Sam opened discussing the purpose of turbine overspeed protection. It’s required for personnel safety and machinery protection against overspeed condition. Overspeed protection is applied to steam turbines, boiler feed pump turbines, combustion turbines...
    • 30 Jul 2019

    Ovation Blog: Ovation Lifecycle Planning

    Emerson’s Mike Ames and Nick Koonce teamed up to discuss Ovation Lifecycle Planning and the need to think beyond periodic upgrades at the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference. Nick opened by defining lifecycle planning for the Ovation system: Ovation Lifecycle Planning provides a broader or more holistic approach to best align Ovation products and services to customers’ business drivers (KPI’s) and problem-solving...
    • 30 Jul 2019

    Ovation Blog: Air Management and Emissions Control

    Emerson’s James Bare shared how effective process control and tuning improves combustion air management and improves overall emissions control at the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference. James opened describing different types of boilers and their operation in different regions. The focus of the presentation was on coal-fired boilers. Combustion of coal with air creates steam from water which drives a steam turbine...
    • 30 Jul 2019

    Ovation Blog: 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...
    • 30 Jul 2019

    Ovation Blog: Ovation Digital Twin Technology-Embedded Simulation Update

    Some key ways simulation technology is used by manufacturers and producers for training, optimizing operating procedures and engineering to evaluate ways to improve overall performance. In a 2019 Ovation Users’ Group Conference presentation, Ovation Digital Twin Technology – Embedded Simulation Update & New Applications, Emerson’s James Thompson and Shen Zhang provides an overview of Digital Twin technology, how it integrates...
    • 30 Jul 2019

    Ovation Blog: The Industrial Cyber Threat Landscape

    At the 2019 Ovation Users’ Group conference, Dragos CEO Robert M. Lee provided an update on the cyber threats facing manufacturers and producers. Emerson and Dragos yesterday announced an agreement, Emerson Selects Dragos to Collaborate on Cybersecurity Protection for Power and Water Industries . The news: Emerson and Dragos, Inc., developer of the Dragos Platform for industrial cybersecurity asset detection, threat...