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    • 15 Jan 2020

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: How to Manage Control Valve Response Issues in the Field

    The post How to Manage Control Valve Response Issues in the Field first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc...
    • 14 Jan 2020

    Improve & Modernize Blog: Adding Experts in Valve Condition Monitoring

    Fabrice Hoenig Data available in manufacturing and production facilities is growing faster than people can process. In a Process Industry Informer article, How Valve Condition Monitoring Reduces Plant Downtime , Emerson’s Fabrice Hoenig highlights this challenge: The vast amount of data that is generated about equipment condition and performance offers a great opportunity to engineers, but it can be overwhelming...
    • 13 Jan 2020

    Emerson Automation Experts: Podcasts Popular in 2019 Posts

    As we enter this new decade of the 2020s, I wanted to do a quick look back at 2019 to share the 10 most popular posts in terms of total views. It’s quite interesting to see that half of the top 10 are posts with embedded podcasts. What’s interesting is that you can subscribe to these podcasts in the Apple podcasts , Google podcasts , Spotify , Stitcher , etc. without ever having to visit the blog post page. Looks like...
    • 10 Jan 2020

    Improve & Modernize Blog: Digital Valve Services for Improved Operational Performance

    For process manufacturers & producers, the performance of final control elements including valves, actuators and regulators has a major impact on their efficiency, reliability and variability. Knowing how these final control elements are performing and when they need attention can improve overall operational performance. This short 3-minute video, Digital Valve Services , highlights a portfolio of tools that provide...
    • 18 Dec 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: How to Use Industrial Simulation to Increase Learning and Innovation

    The post How to Use Industrial Simulation to Increase Learning and Innovation first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from...
    • 16 Dec 2019

    Emerson Automation Experts: Encouraging Greater STEM Career Participation

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers are common here at Emerson. Our company published a study this year that found : …that 6 out of 10 Americans are interested in pursuing STEM careers – but fewer than 4 in 10 (39%) have felt encouraged to do so. The disparity is even more pronounced among women: 2 out of 3 U.S. women say they were not encouraged to pursue a career in STEM. Sue Ooi Emerson...
    • 13 Dec 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: A Strategic Partnership Driving Valve Operational Performance Improvement

    Jaime Miller Manufacturer and producer reliability teams focus much of their efforts around the large plant assets including pumps, compressors, and control systems to maintain efficient and reliable operations. Valves, actuators and regulators often don’t get this same attention. Yet, these final control elements can have a major impact on the performance of the process. I caught up with Emerson’s Jaime Miller about...
    • 5 Dec 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Biggest Valve Sizing Mistake

    The post, Biggest Valve Sizing Mistake , appeared first on ControlGlobal.com's Control Talk blog. There is a common mistake made in the sizing of most control valves. The intentions that lead to this mistake may be good but the results are insidiously bad. While you would think that the proliferation of improvements in technology and communications would lead to better awareness, the problem appears to getting worse...
    • 18 Nov 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: How to Avoid Multi-Variable Flow Transmitters

    The post How to Avoid Multi-Variable Flow Transmitters first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc. (now Eastman...
    • 18 Nov 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: How to Avoid Using Multivariable Flow Transmitters

    The post How to Avoid Using Multivariable Flow Transmitters first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc. (now...
    • 12 Nov 2019

    Implement & Build Blog: Agile Project Methodology for the Right Types of Projects

    The concept of Agile for managing software projects began in the 1990 in software development under early forerunners such as “ …Scrum, DSDM, Application Development and Extreme Programming “. The waterfall project management method was causing growing lead times and lack of flexibility to make changes later in the project as more was learned along the way. Based on this early work: …seventeen developers met once again...
    • 6 Nov 2019

    Emerson Automation Experts: Upskilling for Increased Manufacturing Productivity

    How many times have you used a high technology device such as a smart phone or watch, only to discover a much easier/better way to do something after being shown how? This productivity improvement could have come from someone showing you, coming upon a write up or video, or formal training. Steve Tooley For those new to manufacturing and production or those more seasoned coming upon new automation technology, training...
    • 4 Nov 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: MyEmerson Personalized Digital Experience

    Last month at the Emerson Exchange conference in Nashville, I shared notes in a real-time blog post about the MyEmerson personalized digital experience for our customers. Here is a quick, less than 2-minute YouTube video, MyEmerson: A Personalized Digital Experience . It is an interconnected digital experience that includes everything from software to documentation, engineering tools, and commerce. Connect people and...
    • 14 Oct 2019

    Emerson Automation Experts: Navigating your Career with the 5 V’s

    The transition continues across many industries as Baby Boomers retire and new professionals come into the manufacturing & production industries. That’s true for refiners and petrochemical producers. Here in San Antonio, Texas, at the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit , an Emerging Leaders panel explored the issues surrounding this transition. Emerson’s Meha Jha joined this panel with other young leaders...
    • 2 Oct 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Webinar Recording: Lessons Learned During the Migration to a New DCS

    The post Webinar Recording: Lessons Learned During the Migration to a New DCS first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. This educational ISA webinar was presented by  Greg McMillan . Greg is an industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc. (now  Eastman Chemical ). ...
    • 24 Sep 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: MyEmerson Digital Tools

    Emerson’s Brad Budde , Lisa Nelson and Allison Sterling presented on the topic of MyEmerson Digital Tools. Digital technology is widely affecting the way we live. US Adults spent 6.3 hours/day on average consuming digital media. Engineers work with CAD drawings, engineering tools, procurement tools and asset information that they get online to do their jobs more productively. Recently announced is the MyEmerson Personalized...
    • 1 Aug 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Missed Opportunities in Process Control - Part 6

    The post, Missed Opportunities in Process Control - Part 6 , first appeared on the ControlGlobal.com Control Talk blog. Here is the Sixth part of a point blank decisive comprehensive list of what we really need to know in a detailed attempt to reduce the disparity between theory and practice. Please read, think and take to heart the opportunities to increase the performance and recognized value of our profession. The...
    • 18 Jul 2019

    Emerson Automation Experts: Globe Valve Basics

    If you’re new to the process industries and have responsibilities including a safe, reliable and efficient production process, then you likely need to understand how control valves work. And, one of the best sources for learning is the Control Valve Handbook . For instance, if you need to learn about globe valves, section 3.1.1 of the handbook includes information on single-port valve bodies, post- and port-guided...
    • 17 Jul 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: How Often Do Measurements Need to Be Calibrated?

    The post How Often Do Measurements Need to Be Calibrated? first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc. (now...
    • 17 Jul 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: How Often Do Measurements Need to Be Calibrated?

    The post How Often Do Measurements Need to Be Calibrated? first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc. (now...
    • 25 Jun 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Missed Opportunities in Process Control - Part 5

    Here is the Fifth part of a point blank decisive comprehensive list of what we really need to know in a detailed attempt to reduce the disparity between theory and practice. Please read, think and take to heart the opportunities to increase the performance and recognized value of our profession. The list is necessarily concise in detail. If you want more information on these opportunities, please join the ISA Mentor...
    • 12 Jun 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Basic Guidelines for Control Valve Selection and Sizing

    The post Basic Guidelines for Control Valve Selection and Sizing first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc...
    • 29 May 2019

    Improve & Modernize Blog: Effectively Managing Alarms through Lifecycle

    One unfortunate side effect of instrumentation becoming smarter and being able to communicate more data back to the control system, was the increased chance of flooding the operators with too much information in abnormal conditions. Work on the ANSI/ISA 18.2-2016 Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries standard began in 2003 to identify and codify solutions to this alarm flood challenge. The IEC 62682...
    • 24 May 2019

    Emerson Automation Experts: Share Your Expertise at Instrumentation and Automation Symposium

    James Beall One of the longstanding events for knowledge exchange among instrumentation and automation professionals and students is the Instrumentation and Automation Symposium for the Process Industries held annually at Texas A&M University. The next one, its 75 th anniversary, will be held January 21-23, 2020. This symposium’s beginning dates back to 1946 as a short course on instrumentation applied in the process...
    • 15 May 2019

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: What Are the Opportunities for Nonlinear Control in Process Industry Applications?

    The post What Are the Opportunities for Nonlinear Control in Process Industry Applications? first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior...