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  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Improving Logical Changeover Production Readiness in the Life Sciences

    Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturers have long felt the pressures of moving products from discovery to delivery as fast as they can—even given the highly regulated industry in which they operate. Technology has continued to advance and provide ways to assist these companies with production readiness. Improper set up and qualification of automation and information management production applications cause…
  • Improving Polymer Reactor Control Performance

    The chemical engineering professional organization, AIChE held their 2021 AIChE Spring Meeting & 17th Global Congress on Process Safety as a virtual conference in April. Emerson’s James Beall presented Novel Techniques to Improve Polymer Reactor Tuning based on a project he worked on. Reactor control is complex with many interactions between control loops. The way to tackle this challenge is to start by identifying…
  • Emerson Technologies Supporting Fast COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Rollout

    In a Pharmaceutical Processing World article, Emerson’s Ben Arriola and Zach Blum discuss technologies advancing vaccine development. It’s safe to say that there has never been a pharmaceutical effort so huge, fast, and successful as developing multiple vaccines for COVID-19. It is truly global in that countries all over the world are developing their own formulations. Making this possible and practical has depended…
  • Operator Control Moves—Too Many or Too Few?

    The Center for Operator Performance (COP) combines industry companies, suppliers, and academia: …to raise the performance level of our operators and improve Health, Safety, and Environmental effectiveness is accomplished through: Openly sharing knowledge and ideas, Including vendors in research decisions, Teaming with leading human factors researchers and universities, and Collaborating with a focus on HS&E…
  • Control System Strategy is Key to Meeting Long-Term Operational Goals

    Organizations have come to expect that their control systems will operate for many years and often anticipate using the same systems for decades. New improvements in cloud computing coupled with rapid advancement of control system technology has many people wondering if these control system trends will change. Sean Sims , vice president for Emerson’s DeltaV platform, recently spoke with Control Engineering Europe to…
  • INVISTA Improves Uptime with State Based Control

    Operators are the heart of any process. Experience, skill, and attentiveness give the best operators an intuitive feel for processes that helps ensure uptime, safety, repeatability, and quality—even in the most infrequent process situations. But with a major shortage of skilled personnel, plants find themselves needing to maintain exceptional performance and safety while simultaneously helping new operators gain experience…
  • 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 hydrocyclone…
  • Exploring the Future of the Control System

    Control systems have been a stable foundation for operational excellence and reliable, repeatable performance in manufacturing for decades. However, just as needs have changed across those decades, so too have control systems themselves, evolving to meet the ever-changing requirements of the modern plant and enterprise. In a recent article in Control Engineering magazine , Sean Sims , Emerson’s vice president for the…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • How Does PID Loop Dynamic Reset Limit Work?

    In the DeltaV discussion forum in the Emerson Exchange 365 community , there is a post, Question about Dynamic reset limit and “Use PV for bkcal” options . What caught my eye was a response by Emerson’s James Beall describing dynamic reset limiting and specifically how it is performed in the DeltaV distributed control system controller. Part of the question asked was: Also, how exactly does the dynamic reset limit work…
  • Unpredictable Mother Nature Drives New Sugar Production Process

    American Crystal Sugar produces a lot of sugar in its six factories. The first step in the process is to wash sugar beets, and this creates a great deal of waste mud that has to be properly disposed. Shifting weather conditions – rainier than average seasons – increased the amount of water in the process, which drove the company to increase use of aged polymer that aids in the flocculation process and helps prevent buildup…
  • Unpredictable Mother Nature Drives New Sugar Production Process

    American Crystal Sugar produces a lot of sugar in its six factories. The first step in the process is to wash sugar beets, and this creates a great deal of waste mud that has to be properly disposed. Shifting weather conditions – rainier than average seasons – increased the amount of water in the process, which drove the company to increase use of aged polymer that aids in the flocculation process and helps prevent buildup…