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  • PAC Systems & Industrial Computing Blog: IIoT-Enabled Sensors Help Improve Colgate’s Sustainability Efforts

    Energy costs are a significant expense for companies. Over time even the best-designed systems can age and wear which can result in wasteful leaks. These leaks can impact companies’ bottom line and the environment. Considering this, a real-time...
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: When is a SIL Suitability Rating Required for Final Control Elements?

    Abstract Final Control Elements (Control valves or Safety Shut Down Valves) are the key components of any close loop control system, whether it is used for Basic Process Control Systems (BPCS) or for Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS). Financial constraints derive different constructions of valves suitable for throttling vs On-Off applications. However, due to past accidents, reliability has become a key criterion in…
  • DeltaV Blog: Episodio 30: Innovación en el mantenimiento preventivo de Sistemas de Control DeltaV

    Llegamos al episodio 30 de nuestro podcast. En este episodio especial, conversamos con el experto en Servicios del Ciclo de Vida – Carlos Huertas sobre las innovaciones en optimización del ciclo de vida de las plantas y los servicios que Emerson ofrece en el mantenimiento de Sistemas de Control, específicamente DeltaV. Escucha el episodio completo y suscríbete a nuestro canal para conocer más sobre las diferentes innovaciones…
  • DeltaV Blog: Integrated Control and Safety is More Valuable than Ever

    There can be little doubt that COVID-19 has significantly changed the way we all work, and a key example of that change is a massive increase in remote connectivity across industries. In a recent Control Design article examining how COVID has altered the manufacturing landscape, Emerson’s Sergio Diaz shared how the need for increased security has contributed to a rise in demand for integrated control and safety systems…
  • DeltaV Blog: Driving Sustainable Operations with Advanced Process Controls

    Today, at the Carbon Black World 2021 conference, Emerson’s Tiffany Tang presents with Tokai CB’s Roshan Ali, Mission Possible – Reaching Net-Zero Carbon Emissions with Advanced Process Control. Here is the abstract from their presentation: Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has received increased attentions by the Carbon Black Industry over the last decade to conserve energy consumptions and reduce carbon…
  • Operations Management Blog: Episodio22: Automatización en generación de energía - Ciclos combinados

    Nuestro especialista en Soluciones de automatización para generación de energía, Héctor Bucio, nos detalla ampliamente sobre la tecnología de automatización de nueva generación para Ciclos combinados, el impacto que la automatización tiene en estos procesos y la variedad de soluciones Emerson para ciclos combinados. ¿Te interesan los temas relacionados a tecnologías de automatización? No olvides suscribirte al podcast…
  • DeltaV Blog: Flare Control Strategies for Regulatory Compliance

    Emerson’s Dustin Beebe presented EPA Compliance for Flare Control at the 2021 4C Health, Safety & Environmental conference . Here is his presentation abstract: Environmental compliance for flare operations has been updated with changes to 40 CFR §63.670/1. The primary goal of the control algorithms on flare steam and supplemental gas is to maintain destruction efficiency of 98% by keeping the combustion zone net heating…
  • DeltaV Blog: Flare Event Predictive Analytics

    Emerson’s Richard Xu presented, Early Prediction of Flare – Big Data at the 2021 4C Health, Safety & Environmental conference . Here is the presentation abstract: A Data Analytics System able to predict 79% of the flare events. We present the successful application of a hierarchically distributed monitoring approach for flare event prediction in a refinery with a flare gas recovery system installed. We use various data…
  • DeltaV Blog: Avoiding Unplanned Downtime in Life Sciences Industry

    For manufacturers in the Life Sciences industry, production challenges often occur in these four areas—production readiness, equipment reliability, personnel effectiveness and facility/line efficiency. In this post, I’ll focus on equipment reliability, and specifically, unplanned downtime. Maintenance Scheduling Click to enlarge Equipment reliability spans several areas—asset performance, line and unit performance…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Safer Operations with Online Corrosion and Erosion Monitoring

    Emerson’s Kevin Thomas discussed corrosion and erosion monitoring at the 4C Health, Safety & Environmental conference. Kevin opened citing some statistics. 100 of the most expensive downstream accidents cost $50 million in damage. Chemical and electrochemical reactions create metal loss in piping and vessels in an industrial process. Manual inspection is typically performed infrequently and miss conditions that may…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Reducing Tank Venting Equipment Fugitive Emissions

    At the 4C Health, Safety & Environmental conference , Emerson’s Derek Kelly highlighted ways to reduce fugitive emissions from tank venting equipment. Here is the abstract of his presentation: Tank venting equipment such as blanketing regulators, thief hatches, pressure/vacuum relief valves and emergency vents are needed to safely operate AST’s. If these devices are not correctly sized and selected, excessive fugitive…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Driving Safer Operations

    At the 4C Health, Safety & Environmental conference in Austin, Emerson’s Ed Schodowski and Doug White presented on ways to address safety issues that relate to process , loss of containment and occupational trends, regulations and other factors that affect plants. Ed opened showing a Chemical Safety Board video showing an accident at a Philadelphia refinery caused by a pipe loss of containment issue at an elbow in the…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Meeting the measurement challenges presented by LNG

    Level and temperature measurement technology plays a key role in modern liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank gauging systems. In a Control Engineering Europe article, ‘ Increasing safety and optimizing tank usage at LNG terminals ’, Victoria Lund Mattsson, a solutions engineer with Emerson’s tank gauging business, explains how modern tank gauging systems not only provide accurate and reliable level and temperature measurements…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Emerson at August 18-20 4C Health, Safety, Environmental Conference

    A key conference for health, safety and environmental (HSE) is the 4C Health, Safety, and Environmental Conference . The 2021 conference will take place next week, August 18-20 here in Austin, Texas. The purpose is for HSE professionals to discover strategies for improving occupational and process safety procedures, minimizing containment risks, and understanding the latest emissions reduction and best management practices…
  • DeltaV Blog: Fast Tracking Adaptable Manufacturing in Life Sciences

    To inoculate people worldwide as soon as vaccines are proven requires the pharmaceutical industry to ramp up quickly to unprecedented volumes of supply. And technology transfer—moving the knowledge about and the ability to produce a vaccine from development to manufacturing—is a primary determinant of how fast it happens. In a presentation at the ACHEMA Pulse virtual conference this year, Emerson’s Alan Johnston shared…
  • Ovation Blog: Ovation Users’ Conference – It’s a Pleasure to be of Service

    In an Ovation Users’ Conference panel discussion between Glenn Heinl , vice president of Lifecycle Services; Mike Brown , manager of lifecycle proposals; Jaime Foose , director of security solutions and lifecycle shared services; and Hugo Ibarra , manager of west regional projects, participants looked at how the power and water industries  are changing to sustain the infrastructure of the globe, and at the upcoming technologies…
  • Ovation Blog: Ovation Users’ Conference – How Collaboration Leads to Success

    If there has been one constant topic of the 2021 Ovation Users’ Conference, it has been that change is everywhere, and the message from Monil Malhotra , vice president of North America projects and sales and Steve Graf , director of North America sales was no exception. Change is particularly striking in power because it has been a slow and stable industry for so long. Monil explained that change in the power industry…
  • Ovation Blog: Ovation Users’ Group – Balancing Change

    Emerson’s 2021 virtual Ovation Users’ Group Conference opened with Bob Yeager , president of power & water solutions, and Rick Kephart , vice president of technology, sharing a glimpse into the expanding needs of the changing power and water industries. Bob and Rick shared that modern automation systems are about more than just control. Today’s providers are looking for holistic software and technology that form a comprehensive…
  • Ovation Blog: Case Study: Modernization of Black Start Power Unit Drastically Increases Reliability

    Scientists have warned for decades that climate change can trigger more frequent and intense weather-related events, such as heatwaves and hurricanes which could cause disruptions to power generation and supply. One major U.S. utility digitally transformed a designated black start gas turbine generator to ensure reliable restoration of their electric system in the event of a widespread outage or full loss of power. …
  • DeltaV Blog: Digital Transformation Key to Vaccine Development and Rollout

    The first doses of a Covid-19 vaccine were administered on Dec 14, 2020, about a year after the disease was first detected. Tested, FDA-approved for emergency use, rapidly manufactured and safely delivered at sub-freezing temperatures, this was, by any measure, the fastest pathway to vaccination in human history. One of the latest examples of development from scratch was the mumps vaccine in the 1960s. It took four…
  • DeltaV Blog: Addressing Common Misconceptions in Safety System Configuration

    Traditional safety systems have a centralized architecture, meaning that a large processor unit runs hundreds of safety instrumented functions (SIF). Modern safety systems have a distributed architecture where multiple smaller processor units execute dozens of SIFs. Distributed safety systems offer many cost and maintenance benefits, but some users worry they’re harder to configure than a centralized safety system. I…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Addressing Common Misconceptions in Safety System Configuration

    Traditional safety systems have a centralized architecture, meaning that a large processor unit runs hundreds of safety instrumented functions (SIF). Modern safety systems have a distributed architecture where multiple smaller processor units execute dozens of SIFs. Distributed safety systems offer many cost and maintenance benefits, but some users worry they’re harder to configure than a centralized safety system. I…
  • DeltaV Blog: Digital Tools and Frameworks for Digital Transformation

    Manufacturers and producers are undertaking digital transformation initiatives across many areas of their businesses—energy & environmental sustainability, production management, people & culture, business insights & analytics, reliability & maintenance, safety & risk management, supply chain management, systems interoperability & governance, and IT security & operations. Their business objectives drive their strategies…
  • DeltaV Blog: PID Algorithm ISA Technical Reference

    Earlier this week, I shared a podcast with James Beall , who as a long-time Control Performance Consultant shared some of his thoughts on common control performance issues and ways to address them. James is quite generous in sharing his expertise at professional and industry events such as ISA and AIChE. Today, I’ll recap one of his AIChE Spring21+17 th GCPS presentations he co-presented with CMiD Solutions’ Mark Darby…
  • DeltaV Blog: Podcast: Process Control Consulting Stories with James Beall

    When the plant is not running the way it should, with excessive variability, alarm conditions or sub-optimized performance, plant engineers often connect with the Emerson Production Performance consultants . I had the opportunity to sit down and record a podcast with Emerson’s James Beall who is a member of the team. You may remember James from an earlier podcast, 5 Questions for Principal Process Control Consultant…