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    • 2 Sep 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Multiple Systems Working Together Prevent Tank Overfill Disasters

    In Hydrocarbon Engineering’s Tanks & Terminals Supplement , Emerson’s Helena Hjortsberg looks at all the elements of a comprehensive overfill prevention system in her article, A Coordinated Strategy. Overfilling a tank storing hydrocarbons or other flammable chemicals can cause an environmental incident under the best circumstances, but also a high probability of an explosion and fire. Given the costs in lost product...
    • 31 Aug 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Hydrogen Sulfide in Paper Mills: Find it Before it Finds You

    In a Paper360 magazine article, Wireless Sensors Improve Toxic Gas Mitigation in P&P Mills, Emerson’s Bill Francis explains how workers can avoid nasty surprises. TV shows add drama saying their stories are “ripped from the headlines,” meaning they’re based on real-world people and events. Sometimes the same thing can happen with articles. The real-world story in this case was a report from Australia about two maintenance...
    • 27 Aug 2020

    DeltaV Blog: 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...
    • 27 Aug 2020

    Ovation Blog: Modern, Digital Technologies are Critical to Reliable, Clean Water

    A key topic on the mind of attendees at Emerson’s 2020 Ovation Users’ Group Conference water/wastewater industry panel was how technology can help with the influx of new challenges facing water management plants. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a glimpse of the many challenges organizations must overcome as they continue to reliably provide clean water no matter what is happening in the world. Using technology...
    • 25 Aug 2020

    Ovation Blog: Focus on Reliability and Performance to Drive Competitive Advantage

    A common power industry theme at the 2020 Ovation Users’ Group Conference has been the many challenges organizations experience in a shifting environment. The need for maintaining reliability and compliance and avoiding obsolescence remain, yet organizations also face new complexity. Power generators are juggling an additional set of requirements associated with high utilization, daily cycling operation, and the need...
    • 24 Aug 2020

    Ovation Blog: Ovation Users’ Group – Pandemic Challenges and Shift Toward Renewables Drives Digitalized Control and Centralization

    The challenges associated with a shift toward renewables and maintaining business continuity during a global pandemic have resulted in new opportunities that have been a constant topic among attendees at Emerson’s 2020 Ovation Users’ Group Conference . Customers are meeting these challenges with bold ideas and expansive projects focused on digital technologies, centralized operations, secure connectivity, and better...
    • 20 Aug 2020

    Ovation Blog: Ovation Users’ Group – Cybersecurity, Customer Service and Flexible Deployment Strategies Drive Improved Operations and Performance

    Day two of the Ovation Users’ Group Conference saw speakers focusing on the importance of cybersecurity in driving better operations across the power and water industries. Hyperconnectivity challenges cybersecurity Many organizations already maintain protection and prevention but haven’t focused on detection, which is critical to keeping protection up to date. Robert Lee , chief executive officer of Dragos shared...
    • 18 Aug 2020

    Ovation Blog: Ovation Users’ Group – Creating Opportunities Through Digital Transformation

    Emerson’s 2020 Ovation Users’ Group Conference opened with Bob Yeager , president of power & water solutions, providing an update on the power and water landscape in our rapidly changing world. Bob opened with a look at how interaction and routines have drastically shifted in ways beyond our control, both in life and in business. One of the primary ways this change has manifested has been through a shift toward digital...
    • 17 Jun 2020

    DeltaV Blog: 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...
    • 17 Jun 2020

    DeltaV Blog: 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...
    • 15 Jun 2020

    Ovation Blog: Improved Operations for Water and Wastewater Producers

    A vital business for every community is the water and wastewater utility. Providing safe, reliable water to consumers and businesses and safely treating wastewater is paramount for the health of the community. In a Water & Wastes Digest (WWD) video interview, The Benefits of Automation for Water & Wastewater Utilities , Emerson’s Pete Gabor highlights the role of automation in accomplishing this important mission....
    • 8 May 2020

    DeltaV Blog: Mobile Information Accessibility Benefits

    Mariana Dionisio One of the critical elements in Digital Transformation initiatives is mobile access to information. Mobility enables improvements, collaboration and issue resolution to improve overall operational performance. In a Control Engineering article, Seven benefits to using mobile software in your organization , Emerson’s Mariana Dionisio describes how this mobility helps organizations drive business performance...
    • 30 Apr 2020

    DeltaV Blog: Cybersecurity Considerations for Automation Architectures

    Sergio Diaz Alexandre Peixoto Automation architectures extend beyond the instrumentation and control systems to safety instrumented systems, asset management systems, manufacturing execution systems, and more. All these systems and devices must be considered in managing strong cyber defenses. In an Industrial Safety and Security Source article, Considerations in Choosing a Defendable Safety System Architecture...
    • 30 Apr 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Cybersecurity Considerations for Automation Architectures

    Sergio Diaz Alexandre Peixoto Automation architectures extend beyond the instrumentation and control systems to safety instrumented systems, asset management systems, manufacturing execution systems, and more. All these systems and devices must be considered in managing strong cyber defenses. In an Industrial Safety and Security Source article, Considerations in Choosing a Defendable Safety System Architecture...
    • 16 Apr 2020

    DeltaV Blog: Driving a Mobile Human Machine Interface Strategy

    Danny Strinden Mariana Dionisio In a recent post, Key Criteria for Mobile HMIs , I shared a recap of an article of things to consider in mobile device displays of control system human machine interfaces (HMIs). Having a strategy for deploying this technology is also key. Changing and streamlining work practices is at the heart of digital transformation initiatives. In a Control Engineering article, A mobile HMI...
    • 9 Apr 2020

    DeltaV Blog: Key Criteria for Mobile HMIs

    Mariana Dionisio Camilo Fadul Cindy Scott Smart phones and tablets have been a revolution for connecting us to other people and information more quickly, efficiently, and effectively than was possible prior to their arrival. For manufacturers and producers, one example is the control system human machine interfaces (HMIs) that have arrived in this mobile environment. In a Control Engineering article, Five essential...
    • 2 Apr 2020

    DeltaV Blog: Upgrading Boiler Burner Management and Combustion Control Systems

    Bob Sabin Peter Kline Authors: Bob Sabin , Peter Kline The Emerson Industrial Energy consulting team assisted a Northeastern U.S. specialty chemical manufacturer with modernizing the controls on two 1960’s vintage Combustion Engineering “D” Type process steam boilers. These units are critical to site operation as they supply steam to a common header that feeds processes throughout the production facility. For...
    • 2 Apr 2020

    DeltaV Blog: Upgrading Boiler Burner Management and Combustion Control Systems

    Bob Sabin Peter Kline Authors: Bob Sabin , Peter Kline The Emerson Industrial Energy consulting team assisted a Northeastern U.S. specialty chemical manufacturer with modernizing the controls on two 1960’s vintage Combustion Engineering “D” Type process steam boilers. These units are critical to site operation as they supply steam to a common header that feeds processes throughout the production facility. For...
    • 10 Mar 2020

    Operations Management Blog: Real-Time Adaptive Scheduling in Life Science Manufacturing

    Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical manufacturers face the continued challenge of how to achieve maximum capacity in their facilities. Often a facility does not achieve maximum design capacity due to hidden operational bottlenecks. One way to drive performance gains is to identify the causes behind this situation and operate as close to design specifications as is possible. At the Biomanufacturing World Summit, Emerson...
    • 21 Feb 2020

    Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Safety Shower and Location Awareness Wireless Monitoring

    Marcio Donnangelo In an earlier post, How Digital Transformation Can Impact Compliance for Environmental and Safety Regulation , I shared some safety examples. Emerson’s Marcio Donnangelo explored specific examples more deeply in his 2020 4C HSE conference presentation, Safety Showers and Location Awareness – Improving Safety with Wireless Monitoring. Marcio opened describing three ways to help create a safe environment...
    • 11 Feb 2020

    DeltaV Blog: ISASecure Family of Certifications Builds Foundation for Automation Cybersecurity

    Alexandre Peixoto Andre Ristaino Authors: Emerson’s Alexandre Peixoto , International Society of Automation (ISA)’s Andre Ristaino Selecting, engineering, implementing, and operating a control system is a significant, long-term investment. Applying a defense-in-depth strategy to protect the process from cybersecurity risks is another significant, long-term investment that can be made more complicated if the inherent...
    • 6 Feb 2020

    DeltaV Blog: Compressor Anti-Surge Control Value Improvement Practice

    Pete Sharpe Author: Pete Sharpe An ethylene plant has a number of very large, very critical compressors which will cause the entire plant to shutdown if they ever trip. The cracked gas compressor increases the entire cold-side feed from around 3 psig to ~475 psig, typically through 5 stages. The two refrigeration compressors are the next biggest compressors that can also shut down the entire plant if they trip...
    • 4 Feb 2020

    DeltaV Blog: Modernization of DCS and PLC with Electronic Marshalling

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