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  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Podcast: Using MyAssets Digital Tools for Faster Access to Device Information

    Plants have thousands, or even tens of thousands of assets to maintain – including measurement devices, analyzers, final control devices and more. So how can digital technologies be applied to better identify, size, procure, install and maintain them over their useful lives? In this podcast, Emerson’s Kristin Steiner and Adam Thompson joined me to discussed the MyAssets digital toolset, as one of the components of the…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Small Changes Add Up to Big Energy Savings

    It is impossible to miss the shift toward more sustainable operations—driven by new social and consumer expectations—in nearly every industry across the globe. Chemical producers are no exception, as industry leaders take advantage of digital technologies and expanded access to data to drive performance improvements that simultaneously unlock more sustainable production. But not all improvements have to be big-ticket…
  • Tips for New Process Automation Folks: June 8th and 9th virtual keynotes to cyber security conferences – gaps between networking and engineering

    Given the virtual world we live in, I am able to support two important cyber security conferences – June 8th is the Cyber Observatory IOT and ICS Conference and June 8th and 9th is the New York State Cyber Security Conference. As control system-unique cyber issues are still misunderstood by many in the mainstream cyber security community, my presentations will be an engineer’s view of control system cyber security with…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Ways to Retain Expertise

    With the transition well underway of Boomer retirements and Gen-Z now entering the workforce, how do manufacturers and producers retain the accumulated expertise built over decades? In a Valve magazine article, Practical Steps for Retaining Expertise , Emerson’s John Molloy shares some ways to address this situation. John opens by noting that in addition to the demographic challenge, that: …teams across those various…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Implement & Build Blog: 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…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Latest Ovation Release Improves Performance, Simplifies Troubleshooting and Provides Added Protections

    Emerson’s industry-leading Ovation platform integrates digitally transformative software and technologies into a unified system that helps customers tackle their toughest challenges. Rick Kephart , Emerson’s vice president of technology for the power and water industries, describes how we continue to evolve the Ovation platform by developing and delivering the automation scalability and flexibility sought by our customers…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Capital Project Success: Your Roadmap

    The complexity of today’s capital projects is causing a widespread loss of value and confidence due to project overruns. Projects are larger, more technical, and running at a faster pace than ever before. Yet decades-old project methodologies can’t keep pace. And that means it is time to rethink capital projects and transform these outdated strategies with digital technologies, high-end expertise, and the power of automation…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Welcome to Emerson Automation Experts Podcasts

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  • Emerson Automation Experts: Welcome to Emerson Automation Experts Podcasts

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  • Emerson Automation Experts: Optimizing Combustion Processes

    Heating is a part of many production processes. Combustion units largely provide this heat. These units may include boilers, heater, ovens, furnaces, incinerators, kilns, dryers and more. I caught up with Emerson’s Bob Sabin who works with manufacturers and producers to improve how these units operate, since energy costs are typically a large part of the overall operational costs for these production processes. Bob…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Assessing Digital Transformation Maturity versus Peers

    This pandemic era in which we live has accelerated companies’ plans to implement digital transformation initiatives. Emerson’s Shirley Marquardt-Tynan shared with me that the Emerson Digital Transformation team has developed a Digital Maturity Model Quick Index online tool to help you assess where you are today in your digital transformation (DX) journey in comparison to others in your industry. The intent of this tool…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: How Digital Technologies Change Engineering Work

    At the Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series, Emerson’s Jennifer Andrews and Tony Foster shared how digital technologies are changing how engineering work is performed. Here is the abstract of their presentation and demonstration: Digital tools are transforming the way engineers do work. Whether researching new solutions, specifying and procuring equipment, or collaborating with experts, engineers are under pressure…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Virtual Collaboration Tool for Improved Instrumentation Projects

    At the Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series, Emerson’s Derek Csaszar describes the ability to collaborate on the design of their system more effectively, using virtual reality equipment to identify and eliminate surprises that are often not found until the system has been fully fabricated. Emerson places you “on” your project’s measurement system during the Design Review stage to confirm or request modification…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: MyEmerson Streamlines Collaboration and Work Processes

    Our Emerson Automation Solutions organization in Europe has released the 16 th edition of Innovations in Process Automation magazine . The magazine is also available in German , Spanish , French , and Italian . This edition highlights elements in the free MyEmerson personalized digital experience , which enables you to digitally interact and do business with Emerson much more easily. Your MyEmerson account enables you…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Four Strategies to a Stronger Data Foundation

    As part of the Emerson Exchange Americas virtual series of presentations and demonstrations, Emerson’s Stephen Park and Dapo Badmus shared ways to improve the data on which performance improvements are made. Here’s their presentation abstract: Digital transformation can propel operational performance to new levels, but to truly unlock its full potential and get tangible results, a strong foundation of operational data…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Where to Focus to Drive More ROI from a Digital Twin Simulation

    As manufacturing organizations embark upon their digital transformation journey, an essential starting point is to implement a digital twin. Digital twins deliver value in project execution with easier engineering and testing. When the project is over, the same digital twin enhances daily operations, improving safety and uptime by moving training and process change testing off physical equipment and on to a digital workspace…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Where to Focus to Drive More ROI from a Digital Twin Simulation

    As manufacturing organizations embark upon their digital transformation journey, an essential starting point is to implement a digital twin. Digital twins deliver value in project execution with easier engineering and testing. When the project is over, the same digital twin enhances daily operations, improving safety and uptime by moving training and process change testing off physical equipment and on to a digital workspace…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Changing Problem-Solving Ways

    Much of the problem solving that occurs in the manufacturing world involves face-to-face interactions between the facility engineering staff and experts from their suppliers. COVID-19 has disrupted this in a large way and forced a greater reliance on remote methods to tackle issues. In a Fluid Power Journal article, Keeping Customers Engaged in a Changing World , Emerson president for the Discrete & Industrial business…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Building More Defendable Control and Safety Systems

    A plant’s basic process control system (BPCS) and safety instrumented system (SIS) are critical infrastructure for the facility. Many decisions go into selecting these systems, and one of the most important is selecting the right architecture—a decision that will impact other elements of system selection as well as performance and efficiency across the lifecycle of the equipment. One key decision that will impact automation…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Three Things to Do, and Three to Avoid, When Assessing Your Cybersecurity Situation

    Any process manufacturing company that has not yet launched a cybersecurity program is probably frozen in a frequent difficult position: Where do we start? If your company is trying to break free and make some progress—and maybe you’re the one tasked with doing it—we have some suggestions for critical first steps. These suggestions are included in our article in the September issue of Control Engineering . The key point…
  • Implement & Build 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Advancing the Automation Engineering Profession

    I saw an email from Process Automation Hall of Fame member, Greg McMillan , welcoming a new ISA Mentor Program protégé and resource (a.k.a. mentor). The goal of this program is to connect: …early career professionals to more seasoned professionals who are willing to help coach, guide and share expertise. The program is conducted entirely online. Greg also attached a presentation he had given at the AIChE Spring Meeting…