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    • 27 Aug 2020

    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...
    • 26 Aug 2020

    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...
    • 25 Aug 2020

    Implement & Build 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

    Implement & Build 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...
    • 4 Aug 2020

    Emerson Automation Experts: Calibrating Flow Meters On-Site Saves Time, Reduces Costs and Minimises Process Downtime

    There are several reasons why it is vital to have confidence that your flow meters are performing reliably and to their required level of accuracy. These include achieving consistent product quality, reducing waste and rework, providing a safe working environment, and ensuring that the correct amount of material is delivered, especially in fiscal measurement applications such as custody transfer. Before flow meters...
    • 17 Jul 2020

    Emerson Automation Experts: Acceleration of Digital Engagement

    Given a vast majority of professionals are working from home during this COVID-19 pandemic, new ways to collaborate are rapidly being adopted to address the needs. For manufacturers and producers, this pandemic-has spurred a rapid movement towards greater digitalization to foster greater collaboration both within and beyond the traditional organizational boundaries. In a Process Industry Informer podcast, The acceleration...
    • 13 Jul 2020

    Implement & Build Blog: Digital Twin for Successful Product Startups

    Food & beverage manufacturers must be nimble in project execution to take advantage of frequent changes in market demands. A rapidly advancing technology to aid in successful project execution is Digital Twin. The Digital Twin is a representation of the physical plant assets (i.e. process equipment, instrumentation and controls) and the processes that take place within them (i.e. chemical reactions, separation processes...
    • 28 May 2020

    Implement & Build Blog: Improving Engineering Work Processes

    This COVID-19 Coronavirus era in which we find ourselves is causing some rethinking of how we accomplish our work. This is especially true for those working from home during this time of mandated lock downs. Efficient Plant had an interesting podcast, Digital Technology Changes Engineering Work . Emerson’s Lisa Nelson joins the podcast hosted by Gary Parr who is also joined by Wood ‘s Bridget Spencer. Gary opened the...
    • 26 May 2020

    Emerson Automation Experts: Digital Twins and Virtual Reality

    Over at the AspenTech blog, Emerson’s Ronnie Bains has guest-written a post, Explore New Possibilities With Digital Twins and Virtual Reality . Here’s the opening of the post to give you a flavor for it. Digital twin is a hot topic these days due to the increased demand for technology that provides some short-term benefits during this time of unprecedented restrictions on workers and industry. As we wait to see what...
    • 21 Apr 2020

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Residing on Residence Time

    The post, Residing on Residence Time , first appeared on ControlGlobal.com's Control Talk blog. The time spent residing on this column is time well spent if you want to become famous for improving process performance with the side benefit of becoming best buds with the process engineer. The implications are enormous in terms of process efficiency and capacity from the straightforward concept of how much time a fluid...
    • 17 Apr 2020

    Emerson Automation Experts: Online Methods for Honing Your Skills

    Jeff Hackney As much of the world remains in lockdown mode from the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis, a highly productive activity is to improve your skills. For instrumentation and automation professionals, there are many ways to hone your skills without leaving home. Emerson’s Jeff Hackney highlighted several ways that these professionals can improve their skills around Emerson technologies that they have deployed in...
    • 13 Apr 2020

    Emerson Automation Experts: Process Control Educational Recordings

    Greg McMillan One decade ago I collaborated with Process Automation Hall of Fame member, Greg McMillan to do a series of webinars on basics of process control. Actually, Greg did all the heavy lifting with the content and together with a former colleague, we provided to technical know how to do the recordings and get the content posted and made accessible. Recently, I had to move the recordings off the platform where...
    • 9 Apr 2020

    Emerson Automation Experts: Upskilling Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions

    Mike Brouse Digital transformation can’t happen without carefully planning the people side of the equation and the new skills and practices which will be required. Having the skills to effectively use the digital technology enablers is critical. In a Flow Control article, Q&A: Offering the latest training on automation technologies helps upskill the workforce , Emerson’s Mike Brouse about the these challenges and...
    • 18 Mar 2020

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: What Factors Affect Dead Time Identification for a PID Loop?

    The post What Factors Affect Dead Time Identification for a PID Loop? 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...
    • 7 Mar 2020

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Variability Appearance and Disappearance

    The post, Variability Appearance and Disappearance originally appeared on the ControlGlobal.com Control Talk blog. Particularly confusing is variability that seems to come out of nowhere and then disappear. There are not presently good tools to track down the sources because it turns out most of them are self-inflicted involving automation system deficiencies, dynamics and transfer of variability. You need to understand...
    • 19 Feb 2020

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Alarm Management and DCS versus PLC/SCADA Systems

    The post Alarm Management and DCS versus PLC/SCADA Systems 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...
    • 14 Feb 2020

    Emerson Automation Experts: Helping Hands for Your Valves

    Imagine you have been tweaking and tuning one of your control loops and have the perfect PID [proportional-integral-derivative] settings. Everything is working great for several months until it isn’t. Chances are that it’s the part of that loop doing all the manual work to keep the process running smoothly—the control valve. A poorly performing control loop can cause increased variability, increased probabilities for...
    • 4 Feb 2020

    Emerson Automation Experts: 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...
    • 3 Feb 2020

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Lowdown on Turndown

    The post, Lowdown on Turndown , appeared first on the ControlGlobal.com Control Talk blog . There are a lot of misconceptions on what is the turndown capability of measurements and final control elements (e.g., control valves and variable frequency drives). Here is a very frank concise discussion of what really determines turndown and things to watch for in terms of limiting factors. For flow measurements and final...
    • 30 Jan 2020

    Improve & Modernize Blog: Modern Process Control Imperative for Digitalization

    John Dolenc For chemical manufacturers, what business performance improvements are possible by executing a digitalization strategy? In a Chemical Engineering article, Digitalization Founded in Modern Process Control Strengthens Chemical Operations , Emerson’s John Dolenc shares the technology components in executing this strategy. John opens describing the performance improvement opportunities, such as: …improvements...
    • 30 Jan 2020

    Emerson Automation Experts: Modern Process Control Imperative for Digitalization

    John Dolenc For chemical manufacturers, what business performance improvements are possible by executing a digitalization strategy? In a Chemical Engineering article, Digitalization Founded in Modern Process Control Strengthens Chemical Operations , Emerson’s John Dolenc shares the technology components in executing this strategy. John opens describing the performance improvement opportunities, such as: …improvements...
    • 23 Jan 2020

    Emerson Automation Experts: Ethylene Furnace Automation, Control & Optimization

    Pete Sharpe Author: Pete Sharpe Cracking furnaces are one of the most crucial parts of an ethylene complex. They set the production and yield for the entire plant. For furnace-limited plants, when a furnace is down, whether for maintenance or decoking, production is lost. Poor control and sub-optimal furnace operations lead to lower yields, more frequent decoke cycles, increased energy costs, and higher health...
    • 22 Jan 2020

    Implement & Build Blog: Successful Project Management Leadership Skills

    Sal Zafar The best laid plans do not always guarantee a successful project. But strong project management leadership can help identify the issues and help the project team address these issues earlier before they might lead to delays and additional costs. In a ProjectManagement.com article, Vision, Vigilance, and Intuitive Judgment in Project Management Processes , Emerson’s Sal Zafar highlights skills in what makes...
    • 22 Jan 2020

    Implement & Build Blog: Successful Project Management Leadership Skills

    Sal Zafar The best laid plans do not always guarantee a successful project. But strong project management leadership can help identify the issues and help the project team address these issues earlier before they might lead to delays and additional costs. In a ProjectManagement.com article, Vision, Vigilance, and Intuitive Judgment in Project Management Processes , Emerson’s Sal Zafar highlights skills in what makes...
    • 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...