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  • Emerson Automation Experts: If it Weren’t for Deadtime…

    One of Greg McMillan ‘s favorite sayings in his illustrious process automation career was something to the effect of, “If it weren’t for deadtime, I wouldn’t have a job.” Just do a search on “Greg McMillan” “deadtime” , and you’ll see how much of his expertise he’s shared on this subject over the years. I mention this because his and Peter Morgan’s recent ControlGlobal.com article is titled Deadtime compensation opportunities…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Tuning and Control Loop Performance—Freely Available Educational Resource

    As promised, here is the third book of the three books Automation Hall of Fame member Greg McMillan , a renowned expert in the field, has generously made available to you. If you missed the earlier posts, check out Centrifugal and Axial Compressor Control and Process Control Case Histories . This book is Tuning and Control Loop Performance . In the abstract section, Greg describes this book. This book provides the…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Centrifugal and Axial Compressor Control – Freely Available Educational Resource

    We continue with our free educational book offerings today. The publication rights have been officially returned from Momentum Press to the author, Gregory K. McMillan , who has decided to make the book available for free to help advance knowledge and achievement in process control. The first post in our series of three, Freely Available Educational Resource—Process Control Case Histories , proved to be hugely popular…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Control Valve Repairing, Why?

    Welcome to our latest blog post. This time, we focus on common control valve repairing reasons businesses have and why successful ones have chosen to invest in proactive maintenance programs for control valves. As we dive deeper into the topic, we explore professional advice on the signs of a failing control valve, providing a helpful guide for those invested in and newbies curious about the mechanics and maintenance…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Enhancing the Competency of KIPIC Maintenance Engineers

    Whether your maintenance team need to configure and calibrate valves, predict machinery faults, or repair and replace problematic instrumentation, Emerson Educational Services can create suitable training to assist in attaining your specific goals. Emerson is a learning partner that can provide ongoing competency development to drive safe and efficient operations. To create a competency development program, Emerson follows…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Planning the Projects on Path to Net Zero

    The journey to Net Zero is a significant challenge for many manufacturers and producers. Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo and Pete Sharpe write in a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Planning a practical path to net-zero : Many companies around the world and across the size spectrum have committed to aggressive carbon-neutral targets and are now looking to their production sites for practical plans on how to achieve these goals…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Planning the Projects on Path to Net Zero

    The journey to Net Zero is a significant challenge for many manufacturers and producers. Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo and Pete Sharpe write in a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Planning a practical path to net-zero : Many companies around the world and across the size spectrum have committed to aggressive carbon-neutral targets and are now looking to their production sites for practical plans on how to achieve these goals…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Part V: Platform for Product Support and Lifecycle Management

    We conclude our series on the 5P’s of Control System Reliability and Performance with this final P – Platform for Product Support and Lifecycle Management . A platform that combines product knowledge base, technical support, software updates, and asset lifecycle information can help you keep your control system running smoothly and reduce risk in several ways: Information sharing enables risk mitigation. A vendor…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Mitigating Shutdown, Turnaround, and Outage Issues

    Plant shutdowns, turnarounds, and outages (STOs) have never been simple, but in recent years they have become even more challenging due to labor shortages and difficulties procuring parts. My article in Processing , titled “ Rethinking shutdown, turnaround, and outage planning ,” discusses the impacts of these challenges on STO planning and execution, and it offers strategies to minimize their effects. Increasingly…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 5Ps of Control System Reliability and Performance–Part 4: Parts & Extended Warranty

    The next P in our 5P’s series is Parts & Extended Warranty . This topic is often underestimated or even ignored, but effective Spare Parts management involves various factors that must inform your parts inventory decisions, as they can significantly affect your operating costs and uptime. We will examine these drivers and explore an integrated approach to optimize your spares. FACTORS TO CONSIDER Cost of Downtime…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Quality in Emerson Education Services Podcast

    Modern digital technologies are vital in driving manufacturing and production performance improvements. Getting the most out of these technologies requires the knowledge and skills specific to their use. Educational courses help in upskilling personnel. The quality of that education helps determine how successfully the learned skills will be applied. Emerson’s Sandra Schwarz joins me in this podcast to discuss how quality…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Ethernet-APL and Fieldbus Migration

    Emerson’s Klaus Erni and a staff member from a leading pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturer teamed up to present How Latest Ethernet Technology Helped in a Fieldbus Migration Project at the 2023 Emerson Exchange Immerse Conference. Here is their presentation abstract. Ever thought of upgrading your existing 2-wire Profibus PA Fieldbus Installation to the next level to be able to either expand the existing…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Ethernet-APL and Fieldbus Migration

    Emerson’s Klaus Erni and a staff member from a leading pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturer teamed up to present How Latest Ethernet Technology Helped in a Fieldbus Migration Project at the 2023 Emerson Exchange Immerse Conference. Here is their presentation abstract. Ever thought of upgrading your existing 2-wire Profibus PA Fieldbus Installation to the next level to be able to either expand the existing…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Maximizing Workforce Performance Podcast

    Getting the most out of your instrumentation and automation technologies requires a skilled workforce. Emerson Education Services has developed MyTraining , which provides courses that hone critical thinking skills and help ensure your staff keeps pace with industry innovations. The training is geared toward specific teams within your workforce and founded on rigorous IACET (International Accreditation for Continuing…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 5Ps of Control System Reliability and Performance–Part 3: Predictive Maintenance

    In Part 2 of this series, we briefly mentioned the concept of Predictive Maintenance . We continue here with a deeper examination of its benefits, components, and considerations for its implementation. Monitoring the health of your industrial control system is vital to ensure its reliability and performance. Continuous, or at least frequent, periodic monitoring leads to early detection of potential failure points and…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Improving Control System Reliability

    Emerson’s Venkat Sekar and Emerson Impact Partner Puffer-Sweiven ’s Gary Rhodes presented Increasing System Reliability Through Consistent System Management via Guardian at the 2023 Emerson Exchange Immerse Conference. Here is their session abstract: Reliability is one of the main goals of every enterprise with production control systems. In order to reach that goal, one must identify the possible risks that can affect…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Training for New Employees and Upskilling Existing People Calls for Classroom and Hands-On Experience. Here’s How Emerson Provides It.

    I suspect that when many parents are teaching teenagers to drive, they wish for an environment where the novice can drive an actual car but without other traffic. Simulators are great, but they aren’t real cars, so what’s needed is a safe driving area where accidents can’t happen. Many process plant managers want the same thing: a training environment where classroom instruction is supplemented with actual pumps,…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Workforce Development as a Strategic Lever

    In case you missed the earlier post, Emerson Education Services Overview Podcast , here is the YouTube version of my discussion with Emerson’s Adelina Decean . We focused our discussion on the benefits of improving the skills and knowledge of your workforce to take full advantage of the automation technologies and solutions you have deployed. Give the podcast a listen and visit the Education Services section on Emerson…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Careful Valve Material Selection Prevents Premature Failures

    In refineries and petrochemical plants, frequent contact with process media can result in premature corrosion of valves and related components. To help prevent this, vendors can provide expert advice and, in some cases, lab testing to verify compatibility between wetted parts and process media. Below is a summary of our article in the August 2023 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, titled “Select the Appropriate Construction…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Advice for Choosing a Valve Repair Company for Your Next Outage

    Choosing a valve maintenance company that you can trust is difficult. During a shutdown or outage, you want your plant back up and running as quickly and safely as possible , while staying within budget and completing reliable repairs. Here are some tips from an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) on what kind of provider you should choose to protect your assets. Tip 1 – Investigate their “valve service expertise…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Emerson Education Services Overview Podcast

    Technology advances at a breathtaking pace. This advancement includes our world of automation and instrumentation. To take full advantage of the capabilities introduced by these technologies, upskilling personnel is paramount. In this Emerson Automation Experts podcast, Adelina Decean joins me to discuss the importance of this workforce development and the benefits it can deliver in improving operational performance…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Spare Parts Ordering Made Easy

    MyEmerson is a personalized digital experience that allows customers instant access to dedicated digital content and resources for their organization. Learn more about how to use order spare parts with MyAssets to efficiently manage your plant. Visit www.emerson.com/myemerson for more information or to register for an account. Here is a quick 1:12 YouTube video, Ordering Spare Parts with MyEmerson , demonstrating the…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 5Ps of Control System Reliability and Performance–Part 2: Preventive Maintenance

    We began exploring the key elements (5P’s) of Control System reliability and performance by looking at the considerations and recommendations around Protection with Cybersecurity . Here, we continue our examination of the 5P’s with: Part II – Preventive Maintenance Preventive Maintenance sets the foundation for the availability and peak performance of industrial control systems. Establishing processes and a regular…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Designing & Specifying Process Automation Parameters to Drive Performance

    A plant’s performance can be optimized at the intersection of capital equipment, production processes, and people.  Done correctly from the start through the selection of technologies and how they are deployed can lead to higher levels of productivity, reliability, safety, and sustainability. The Industrial Impact of Process Automation Process automation has become more and more important as the bar is getting progressively…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: Three Steps to Maximize Your Next Outage with a Data-Driven Valve Maintenance Strategy

    Are you asking yourself why we prioritize the same valve list over and over again for every outage? When you started as a reliability or maintenance engineer, your manager handed you a list of valves to service during each outage. You’ve been using that list repeatedly at this point and you may occasionally discover that certain valves don’t require maintenance during the outage. If you are creating your own valve list…