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    • 8 Jul 2019

    Ovation Blog: 5 Questions for Cybersecurity Expert Jaime Foose

    Emerson’s Jaime Foose joins our continuing podcast series, 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert . Jaime is an ICS cyber security expert, Director of Security Solutions and Lifecycle Shared Services. She helps power producers and water & wastewater utilities with programs and processes to improve their cyber defenses and the ongoing health of their distributed control systems & operational technology (OT). https:/...
    • 8 Jul 2019

    Ovation Blog: 5 Questions for Cybersecurity Expert Jaime Foose

    Emerson’s Jaime Foose joins our continuing podcast series, 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert . Jaime is an ICS cyber security expert, Director of Security Solutions and Lifecycle Shared Services. She helps power producers and water & wastewater utilities with programs and processes to improve their cyber defenses and the ongoing health of their distributed control systems & operational technology (OT). https:/...
    • 19 Jun 2019

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Cybersecurity Considerations in Safety Instrumented System Architectures

    Sergio Diaz Alexandre Peixoto Safety instrumented systems (SIS), which are designed to take the process to a safe state in trip conditions, come in several architectures with the basic process control system (BPCS). The SIS and BPCS can be totally separate, interfaced or integrated, yet separate. While the debate on which approach is best has been going on for a long time, what are they cybersecurity considerations...
    • 19 Jun 2019

    DeltaV Blog: Cybersecurity Considerations in Safety Instrumented System Architectures

    Sergio Diaz Alexandre Peixoto Safety instrumented systems (SIS), which are designed to take the process to a safe state in trip conditions, come in several architectures with the basic process control system (BPCS). The SIS and BPCS can be totally separate, interfaced or integrated, yet separate. While the debate on which approach is best has been going on for a long time, what are they cybersecurity considerations...
    • 28 May 2019

    Ovation Blog: Improved Steam Temperature Control Strategies

    As electrical power producers and cogeneration facilities must handle the load swings produced on the supply and demand side. Optimizing steam temperature control is one key way to improve the reliability of on boilers and heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) caused by load swings. Jeffery Williams I caught up with Emerson’s Jeffery Williams who shared the details of a steam temperature optimization project with...
    • 15 May 2019

    DeltaV Blog: Controlling Surge in Centrifugal Compressors

    Centrifugal and axial compressors can experience a potentially destructive condition known as surge. Emerson’s Mikhail Ilchenko describes it for me. Mikhail Ilchenko Surge is a condition that occurs in compressors when the amount of gas they are trying to compress is insufficient for the size of the compressor and the blades lose their ability to transfer energy from the shaft to the fluid, causing a reverse...
    • 6 May 2019

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Storage Tank Overfill Protection

    Lydia Miller AnnCharlott Enberg Preventing overfill conditions in tanks and vessels is a job for safety instrumented systems across many industries. In a Flow Control article, A Systemic Approach to Storage Tank Overfill Protection , Emerson’s Lydia Miller and AnnCharlott Enberg describe the key components in a comprehensive tank management system to meet the safety requirements for the application. Lydia and AnnCharlott...
    • 29 Apr 2019

    DeltaV Blog: Optimizing Hydrocyclone Separation Processes

    Diagram of a hydrocyclone: 1. the liquid-solid mixture enters, 2. heavy solids leave, 3. cleaned liquid leaves. Photo credit: “hydrocyclone” by VanBuren is licensed under CC BY 3.0 In the mining industry, hydrocyclones are mineral processing equipment used in slurry pulps to separate coarse and fine particles according to their size and density. From Wikipedia : The mixture [slurry pulp] is injected into the...
    • 22 Apr 2019

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Remote Proof Testing Safety Level Switches

    One of the necessities in managing safety instrumented systems throughout the IEC 61511 safety lifecycle is to perform periodic proof tests on the components in a safety instrumented function to verify proper function. A short 2:44 YouTube video, How to Remotely Proof-Test the Rosemount 2140:SIS shows how this proof testing can be performed remotely for safety level switches to save time & costs and reduce risk. ...
    • 18 Apr 2019

    DeltaV Blog: Applying Embedded Model Predictive Control

    James Beall The history of model predictive control (MPC) dates back to the early 1970s invented at Shell Oil and was known as Dynamic Matrix Control . MPC was designed at that time to solve largescale control challenges. As technology advanced, this technology could be more widely applied on smaller-scale challenges. At this past 2019 AIChE Spring Meeting , Emerson’s James Beall presented Unique Applications for...
    • 13 Feb 2019

    Operations Management Blog: Manufacturing Execution Systems in Drug Research and Development

    The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) outlines the drug development process in five steps: Discovery and development Preclinical research Clinical trials FDA review FDA post-market safety monitoring Zuwei Jin I caught up with Emerson’s Zuwei Jin whom you may recall from earlier posts on the role of automation in the drug development process . Zuwei explained to me how manufacturing execution systems...
    • 13 Feb 2019

    Operations Management Blog: Manufacturing Execution Systems in Drug Research and Development

    The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) outlines the drug development process in five steps: Discovery and development Preclinical research Clinical trials FDA review FDA post-market safety monitoring Zuwei Jin I caught up with Emerson’s Zuwei Jin whom you may recall from earlier posts on the role of automation in the drug development process . Zuwei explained to me how manufacturing execution systems...
    • 6 Feb 2019

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Integrated versus Separate Control and Safety

    Panelists at a session at the 2019 ARC Industry Forum , Safety Systems: Integrated versus Not? Does It Really Matter?, set out to discuss the pros and cons of the approaches and how they accommodate different risk factors. ARC Advisory Group’s Mark Sen Gupta moderated this panel which included executives from Air Products & Chemicals, Dow Chemical, Chevron Energy Technology, and exida. Mark covers the process safety...
    • 6 Feb 2019

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Integrated versus Separate Control and Safety

    Panelists at a session at the 2019 ARC Industry Forum , Safety Systems: Integrated versus Not? Does It Really Matter?, set out to discuss the pros and cons of the approaches and how they accommodate different risk factors. ARC Advisory Group’s Mark Sen Gupta moderated this panel which included executives from Air Products & Chemicals, Dow Chemical, Chevron Energy Technology, and exida. Mark covers the process safety...
    • 20 Dec 2018

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Simplifying Safety Instrumented System Modernization Projects

    One of my first assignments as a newly minted Electrical Engineer was to tend to a triple modular redundant (TMR) safety instrumented system (SIS) on an offshore Gulf of Mexico oil & gas gathering facility. This was back in the 1980s when these systems were introduced. Many manufacturers and producers have these older safety systems that have been in operation for decades. I mention this since I received a note from...
    • 20 Dec 2018

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Simplifying Safety Instrumented System Modernization Projects

    One of my first assignments as a newly minted Electrical Engineer was to tend to a triple modular redundant (TMR) safety instrumented system (SIS) on an offshore Gulf of Mexico oil & gas gathering facility. This was back in the 1980s when these systems were introduced. Many manufacturers and producers have these older safety systems that have been in operation for decades. I mention this since I received a note from...
    • 19 Dec 2018

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Simplifying Safety Valve Proof Testing

    A safety instrumented function (SIF) within a safety instrumented system (SIS) consists of a sensor, logic solver, and final element. As part of the IEC 61511 global safety standard, these elements within the SIF must be tested during the operational phase of the safety lifecycle. Of the 3 elements, the final control element, typically a safety valve, has mechanical movement which must be tested. In a Processing magazine...
    • 19 Dec 2018

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Simplifying Safety Valve Proof Testing

    A safety instrumented function (SIF) within a safety instrumented system (SIS) consists of a sensor, logic solver, and final element. As part of the IEC 61511 global safety standard, these elements within the SIF must be tested during the operational phase of the safety lifecycle. Of the 3 elements, the final control element, typically a safety valve, has mechanical movement which must be tested. In a Processing magazine...
    • 17 Dec 2018

    DeltaV Blog: Creating a Digitally-Enabled Workforce

    Edition #14 of Innovations in Process Automation is now available. And it’s available not only in English, but also in German , Italian , Spanish and French . This latest edition includes articles about: Emerson’s commitment to training and education is closing the skills gap STEM initiatives inspire next generation of innovators The business case for gender balance is clear Training solutions help maximise...
    • 17 Dec 2018

    DeltaV Blog: Creating a Digitally-Enabled Workforce

    Edition #14 of Innovations in Process Automation is now available. And it’s available not only in English, but also in German , Italian , Spanish and French . This latest edition includes articles about: Emerson’s commitment to training and education is closing the skills gap STEM initiatives inspire next generation of innovators The business case for gender balance is clear Training solutions help maximise...
    • 13 Dec 2018

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Partial Stroke Test for Final Elements—Diagnostic Coverage Factors

    Author: Riyaz Ali Partial stroke test is one of the viable means to check mechanical integrity of Final Element of Safety Instrumented Function (SIF) loop. Generally, end users struggle on question of credit of PST for improvement in SIL (Safety Integrity Level). IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 define diagnostic coverage factors (DCF), but do not provide a prescriptive way to estimate the number applied in real process...
    • 13 Dec 2018

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Partial Stroke Test for Final Elements—Diagnostic Coverage Factors

    Author: Riyaz Ali Partial stroke test is one of the viable means to check mechanical integrity of Final Element of Safety Instrumented Function (SIF) loop. Generally, end users struggle on question of credit of PST for improvement in SIL (Safety Integrity Level). IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 define diagnostic coverage factors (DCF), but do not provide a prescriptive way to estimate the number applied in real process...
    • 5 Nov 2018

    Operations Management Blog: Tracking Cell Therapy Chain of Identity

    Cell therapy is when: …cellular material is injected into a patient; [1] this generally means intact, living cells . For example, T cells capable of fighting cancer cells via cell-mediated immunity may be injected in the course of immunotherapy . For manufacturers in the Life Sciences industry, making these therapies poses challenges since each batch is specific to a given patient. In this 2:25 YouTube video...
    • 5 Nov 2018

    Operations Management Blog: Tracking Cell Therapy Chain of Identity

    Cell therapy is when: …cellular material is injected into a patient; [1] this generally means intact, living cells . For example, T cells capable of fighting cancer cells via cell-mediated immunity may be injected in the course of immunotherapy . For manufacturers in the Life Sciences industry, making these therapies poses challenges since each batch is specific to a given patient. In this 2:25 YouTube video...
    • 2 Nov 2018

    DeltaV Blog: Better Decisions with Intelligent Mobile Access

    The rise of smart phone and tablets has enabled businesses to completely rethink workflows and access to information. Within the world of manufacturing, this is even true for supervising and managing the process. In a Chemical Engineering article, Engineering Challenges? There’s a Mobile Application for That , Emerson’s Mariana Dionisio describes how the DeltaV Mobile application: …allows users, such as operations...