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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...