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    • 5 Oct 2018

    Improving Control Performance

    Today is the final day of the 2018 Emerson Exchange conference. The last session I’m attending is on Control Performance with Emerson’s James Beall , Courtney (Eddie) Lane , Dirk Thiele and Aspentech’s Alex Kalafatis . After the panel introduced themselves, Dirk opened the panel with a poll question, “How would you rate the overall control performance in your plant?” More than 50% indicated that it needed improvements...
    • 4 Oct 2018

    Augmented Reality for Operators

    Augmented reality—a day in the life of operations is the intriguing title of a 2018 Emerson Exchange conference presentation. Emerson’s Aaron Crews , Mary Grace Francisco , and Mark Nixon joined University of Texas Center for Energy & Environmental Resources ‘ Robert Montgomery. Mark open the presentation introducing the panelists and noting how augmented reality (AR) is being actively incorporated into the overall...
    • 25 Sep 2018

    Future of Control Systems

    The pace of technological change is dizzying. Even in our world of automation where there’s a premium on proven, amazing changes have occurred over the past decade. In a Control Engineering Europe article, Looking into the future of control systems , Emerson’s Bob Halgren shares his thoughts on where process control systems are headed in this era of Industry 4.0 and digital transformations. Bob opens noting the changes...
    • 23 Jul 2018

    Planning Operator Workloads

    There’s a great question on planning operator workloads. This Emerson Exchange 365 community, DeltaV group member posted, Is there a standard, industry reference or best practice to determine operator workload and staff requirement for DCS consoles? In part, they ask: I’ve been dealing with a question from our management for some time: we fear that in some scenarios we have our console operators dealing with too...
    • 20 Jun 2018

    Mobile Control System Operational Experience

    One only has to do cursory “people-watching” to see how connected most all of us are to our mobile devices. Whether it’s social feeds, news, messaging or other activities much of our attention goes there. This technology is transforming the way we interact, learn and perform tasks. For manufacturers, these transformation is extending into their production processes. In a Control Engineering article, Five essential...
    • 11 Jun 2018

    Optimizing Media Flow in Biologics Manufacturing

    Author: Emily Anderson Flexible facilities are a growing trend in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Manufacturers increasingly look to produce multiple products and maximize production time. To meet these requirements, an automation strategy must maximize the flexibility of the process equipment. The preparation, storage, and distribution of media often requires real-time flowpath selection and bumpless...
    • 23 Apr 2018

    Cybersecurity Guidebook for Reducing Cyber Risks

    One only has to do a cybersecurity news search to see the increasing worries and incidents that manufacturers face. The ISA/IEC 62443 series of cybersecurity standards : …address the need to design cybersecurity robustness and resilience into industrial automation control systems (IACS). A new, comprehensive Cybersecurity Guidebook for Process Control is available to help you and your organization take the...
    • 22 Mar 2018

    Innovations in Control System Operator Interfaces

    Operators in plant and production facilities have relied on Operator Interfaces (OIs), also known as human-machine interfaces (HMIs), as their window into the process—to monitor, control and work through abnormal situations. In a ControlGlobal.com article, OI package empowers operations , Emerson’s Cindy Scott and Camilo Fadul , describe advancements in OI technology introduced in DeltaV Live to simplify both the...
    • 22 Mar 2018

    Innovations in Control System Operator Interfaces

    Operators in plant and production facilities have relied on Operator Interfaces (OIs), also known as human-machine interfaces (HMIs), as their window into the process—to monitor, control and work through abnormal situations. In a ControlGlobal.com article, OI package empowers operations , Emerson’s Cindy Scott and Camilo Fadul , describe advancements in OI technology introduced in DeltaV Live to simplify both the creation...
    • 15 Mar 2018

    Technology Advancements for Project and Operational Performance Improvements

    At the recent ARC Industry Forum , Emerson’s Dave Imming and Claudio Fayad sat down with ARC Advisory Group’s Craig Resnick to discuss ways that technology is helping manufacturers improve both project and ongoing operational performance. Specifically, the conversation centered around the announcement of DeltaV version 14 at the conference. I saw this tweet from @arc_advisory announcing the availability of the video...
    • 15 Mar 2018

    Technology Advancements for Project and Operational Performance Improvements

    At the recent ARC Industry Forum , Emerson’s Dave Imming and Claudio Fayad sat down with ARC Advisory Group’s Craig Resnick to discuss ways that technology is helping manufacturers improve both project and ongoing operational performance. Specifically, the conversation centered around the announcement of DeltaV version 14 at the conference. I saw this tweet from @arc_advisory announcing the availability of the video...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    Reducing System Migration Risk for Refinery Blend and Tank Farm Operations

    Regulatory bodies across the globe continue to impose stricter specifications for transportation fuels to reduce combustion byproducts. Emerson’s Murali Krishnan and Patrick Truesdale shared a story with me of an Asian refiner who needed to modernize its blend and tank farm operations to meet the sulfur-related regulations and other seasonal volatility specifications. For refiners, blending and their associated tank...
    • 24 Jan 2018

    Reducing System Migration Risk for Refinery Blend and Tank Farm Operations

    Regulatory bodies across the globe continue to impose stricter specifications for transportation fuels to reduce combustion byproducts. Emerson’s Murali Krishnan and Patrick Truesdale shared a story with me of an Asian refiner who needed to modernize its blend and tank farm operations to meet the sulfur-related regulations and other seasonal volatility specifications. For refiners, blending and their associated tank...
    • 7 Dec 2017

    Getting Alarms Right the First Time or Fixing Later

    As distributed control systems, human-machine interface (HMI)-based control systems and safety instrumented systems came along, adding alarms was easy and close to free. The problem they introduced was too many too often—whether immediate action was warranted or not. The ISA 18.2 alarm management standard was developed to help manufacturers and producers optimize the alarms to minimize alarm flooding conditions and provide...
    • 7 Dec 2017

    Getting Alarms Right the First Time or Fixing Later

    As distributed control systems, human-machine interface (HMI)-based control systems and safety instrumented systems came along, adding alarms was easy and close to free. The problem they introduced was too many too often—whether immediate action was warranted or not. The ISA 18.2 alarm management standard was developed to help manufacturers and producers optimize the alarms to minimize alarm flooding conditions and provide...
    • 1 Nov 2017

    5 Questions for DeltaV Product Marketing Manager Jessica Jordan

    Emerson’s Jessica Jordan joins our continuing podcast series on 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert . In these podcasts, we want to share the stories of the paths taken to a science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) education and career in the field of instrumentation and automation as well as to learn more about them as people. Jessica leads the product marketing efforts for the recently announced the powerful...
    • 1 Nov 2017

    5 Questions for DeltaV Product Marketing Manager Jessica Jordan

    Emerson’s Jessica Jordan joins our continuing podcast series on 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert . In these podcasts, we want to share the stories of the paths taken to a science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) education and career in the field of instrumentation and automation as well as to learn more about them as people. Jessica leads the product marketing efforts for the recently announced the powerful...
    • 26 Oct 2017

    Fuji Electric FCX-AIII Series Rev 1 DeltaV and AMS Interoperability Test

    In Emerson’s continuing commitment to open and interoperable standards, the Fuji Electric FCX-AIII Series Rev 1 has passed the rigorous and comprehensive testing of the DeltaV and AMS Stress Test labs. Using the Device Installation Kits for Emerson Products website at  http://www2.emersonprocess.com/en-US/documentation/deviceinstallkits/Pages/deviceinstallkitsearch.aspx , these fieldbus device files are now available...
    • 21 Aug 2017

    Integrating Ethernet-Based Devices in DeltaV Systems

    Let’s open the week with a video for DeltaV distributed control system users on ways to integrate devices with Ethernet-based protocols into the DeltaV system. Examples of these devices include motor control centers, variable speed drives, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and various types of online analyzers. In this 6:17 YouTube video , Emerson’s Rune Reppenhagen demonstrates the DeltaV Virtual I/O Module 2...
    • 21 Aug 2017

    Integrating Ethernet-Based Devices in DeltaV Systems

    Let’s open the week with a video for DeltaV distributed control system users on ways to integrate devices with Ethernet-based protocols into the DeltaV system. Examples of these devices include motor control centers, variable speed drives, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and various types of online analyzers. In this 6:17 YouTube video , Emerson’s Rune Reppenhagen demonstrates the DeltaV Virtual I/O Module 2...
    • 21 Jul 2017

    DeltaV Secure Passwords: The Do’s and Don’ts

    Author: Rick Gorskie Generally, we (carbon-based lifeforms) are terrible when it comes to selecting a secure password for our computers or software programs. This comes from not being prepared for the inevitable password question when installing new software or setting up new hardware. We panic and select something that often is way too common or easy to remember but that also means that it will be too easy...
    • 20 Jul 2017

    Keeping Control Systems Current for Secure and Reliable Operation

    As commercially available off-the-shelf operating systems and hardware came on the scene for control systems, they brought with them rapid performance improvements that translated into increase functionality and ease of use. They also brought with them the need to provide ongoing software and hardware updates to remain secure, reliable and available. In a Maintenance Technology article, Focus on Automation System...
    • 18 Jul 2017

    Bernard Controls Intelli+ Actuator Dev Rev 1 DeltaV and AMS Interoperability Test

    In Emerson’s continuing commitment to open and interoperable standards, the Bernard Controls Intelli+ Actuator Dev Rev 1 has passed the rigorous and comprehensive testing of the DeltaV and AMS Stress Test labs. Using the Device Installation Kits for Emerson Products website at  http://www2.emersonprocess.com/en-US/documentation/deviceinstallkits/Pages/deviceinstallkitsearch.aspx , these fieldbus device files are now...
    • 28 Jun 2017

    Petya Ransomware/Malware Recommended Considerations for DeltaV Users

    Over in the Emerson Exchange 365 global community’s DeltaV group , Emerson’s Rick Gorskie posted this update on the Petya Ramsomware / Malware cyber-attack occurring around the world. On the 27 th of June 2017, we became aware of the “ Petya ransomware/malware” (also called NotPetya) cyber-attack spreading throughout the world causing computers to be encrypted and victims to see a request for ransom on their computer...
    • 21 Jun 2017

    Magnetrol Model 706 Dev Rev 2 DeltaV and AMS Interoperability Test

    In Emerson’s continuing commitment to open and interoperable standards, the Magnetrol Model 706 Dev Rev 2 has passed the rigorous and comprehensive testing of the DeltaV and AMS Stress Test labs. Using the Device Installation Kits for Emerson Products website at  http://www2.emersonprocess.com/en-US/documentation/deviceinstallkits/Pages/deviceinstallkitsearch.aspx , these fieldbus device files are now available for use