Activity
    • 8 Nov 2018

    Dynamic Simulations for Projects, Training and Ongoing Operations

    Learning in a simulated environment can improve both the capital project side and ongoing operations side of a manufacturing process. In an Arab News article, Faster start-up , Emerson’s Ronnie Bains : …explains how the use of dynamic simulations and operator training systems can support engineering and workforce training to help bring offshore assets online quicker. Bringing oil and gas processes online safely...
    • 31 Oct 2018

    Saving Time and Money on Plant Shutdowns with Intelligent Servicing

    Author: Scott Grunwald , Director of Shutdown, Turnaround and Outage (STO) Projects–Lifecycle Services When it comes to shutdown, turnaround and outage (STO) projects, maintenance best practices are a plant’s best friend. Shutdown work scopes are becoming smaller with greater emphasis on pre-turnaround and routine pit-stops. Economic uncertainty has led to plant operators looking to maximize efficiency and output...
    • 18 Oct 2018

    Digitally Transforming Turnaround Planning and Execution

    At the recent Emerson Exchange conference, a scenario-based exhibit demonstrated how technology, communications and enabled experts can fundamentally change the massive effort of planning and executing turnarounds, a.k.a. shutdowns and outages . In this 2:39 YouTube video, Digital Transformation Experience – Turnarounds , Emerson’s John Sanders describes scenes from this exhibit and how these projects could be better...
    • 4 Oct 2018

    Selling Value of Digitalization Projects

    Emerson’s Laurie Ben and James Beall presented How to Sell the Value of Digitalization with MPC at the 2018 Emerson Exchange conference. Laurie opened by describing different ways digitalization is described—Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and Digital Transformation to name a few. These technologies can help meet new regulation, keep up with the increasing pace of market changes and address disruptive...
    • 4 Oct 2018

    Justifying Your Automation Modernization Projects

    Emerson’s John Dolenc presented on how to justify your automation project at the 2018 Emerson Exchange conference. He shared justification methods to identify operational improvements and estimate the financial impact. He opened on where to look within operations, what data to analyze and how to estimate financial gains. The place to start is finding where the “money” is located in a process unit. An automation project...
    • 2 Oct 2018

    Better Project Planning with 5 Steps

    In a 2018 Emerson Exchange conference presentation, Five Steps to Better Project Planning, Emerson’s Stephen Bunge , Alan Harris and Som Sreedhar shared key steps they follow to help put projects on the path toward project execution success: reducing total installed cost and lowering project execution risk. The five steps are: Engage Early Vision Alignment Data-Driven Decision Making Bridge the Technology...
    • 19 Sep 2018

    Helping Engineered Solutions Providers Improve Performance

    Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) play an important role in capital projects by providing modular equipment and processes. They deliver engineered solutions to manufacturers to meet a variety of project requirements, and after commissioning their equipment, these OEMs often give ongoing support through the equipment lifecycle. In return, Emerson offers the measurement devices, final control elements, control and...
    • 23 Aug 2018

    Planning Turnarounds for more than Maintenance

    A Solomon Associates presenter on reliability benchmarking at the 2015 AFPM Reliability and Maintenance Conference noted that a turnaround is the planned shutdown opportunity to implement a capital improvement project. In an American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)’s CEP article, Turnarounds: Strategic Opportunities to Improve (article excerpt – AIChE membership required for full access), Emerson’s Tim Olsen...
    • 31 Jul 2018

    Design and Secure Network Communications

    At the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference, Emerson’s Craig McDaniel highlighted practices for effectively designing and securing communications between the Ovation distributed control system and field networks. Craig opened describing the function of a router and net masks as part of the Internet Protocol. The mask identifies what is local to the network and what most go through the router to other connected networks...
    • 7 Mar 2018

    The Cloud, the Edge and Innovations across the Energy Sector

    Huge amounts of data combined with powerful analytics applications running in cloud environments are beginning to help solve some of the toughest reliability, efficiency and productivity challenges that manufacturers and producers face. Emerson’s systems and solutions business technology vice president, Claudio Fayad shared his insights in a panel, The Cloud, the Edge and future of connectivity, moderated by IHS Markit...
    • 7 Mar 2018

    The Cloud, the Edge and Innovations across the Energy Sector

    Huge amounts of data combined with powerful analytics applications running in cloud environments are beginning to help solve some of the toughest reliability, efficiency and productivity challenges that manufacturers and producers face. Emerson’s systems and solutions business group president, Claudio Fayad shared his insights in a panel, The Cloud, the Edge and future of connectivity, moderated by IHS Markit’s Cliff...
    • 6 Mar 2018

    How to Restore Capital Project Confidence

    At CERAWeek 2018, Emerson’s systems and solutions business president Jim Nyquist shares ways to improve capital project performance The complexity of today’s capital projects for manufacturers and producers makes it more difficult to execute them on time and on budget. Projects are larger, more technical and have shorter project schedules than ever. At CERAWeek 2018 , Emerson’s systems & solutions group president, Jim...
    • 6 Mar 2018

    How to Restore Capital Project Confidence

    At CERAWeek 2018, Emerson’s systems and solutions business president Jim Nyquist shares ways to improve capital project performance The complexity of today’s capital projects for manufacturers and producers makes it more difficult to execute them on time and on budget. Projects are larger, more technical and have shorter project schedules than ever. At CERAWeek 2018 , Emerson’s systems & solutions group president, Jim...
    • 30 Jan 2018

    Reducing Project Execution Risks for Complex Analytical Systems

    Real-time analyzers play an important role in many process manufacturing operations. Some examples include natural gas custody transfer, combustion efficiency monitoring, combustion emissions component analysis, flowing fluid compositional analysis and more. Not only is the selection of the right analyzer for the right application important, but so is how it is installed and managed to assure accurate and reliable...
    • 30 Jan 2018

    Reducing Project Execution Risks for Complex Analytical Systems

    Real-time analyzers play an important role in many process manufacturing operations. Some examples include natural gas custody transfer, combustion efficiency monitoring, combustion emissions component analysis, flowing fluid compositional analysis and more. Not only is the selection of the right analyzer for the right application important, but so is how it is installed and managed to assure accurate and reliable...
    • 27 Jul 2017

    Network Architecture Considerations in Ovation Control Systems

    Emerson’s Craig McDaniel provided an overview on the Ovation control system network architecture at the 2017 Ovation Users Group conference. He provided a basic overview of Ovation’s network architecture showing standard configurations, connectivity, redundancy, IP addressing schemes, port assignments, network hardware, and connections to third party equipment will be provided in this session. He also discussed the traffic...
    • 24 May 2017

    Process Automation and Big Data

    I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the SyncSort team. Their enterprise software helps organizations collect, integrate, sort, and distribute these companies’ most important data. The interview, Expert Interview: Jim Cahill of Emerson Automation Solutions on Process Automation and Big Data is posted on the SyncSort blog. Here’s an excerpt from the interview when asked, “What are the most interesting...
    • 24 May 2017

    Process Automation and Big Data

    I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the SyncSort team. Their enterprise software helps organizations collect, integrate, sort, and distribute their most important data. The interview, Expert Interview: Jim Cahill of Emerson Automation Solutions on Process Automation and Big Data is posted on the SyncSort blog. Here’s an excerpt from the interview when asked, “What are the most interesting applications...
    • 27 Apr 2017

    Improving Project Performance with Dynamic Simulations and Operator Training Systems

    Dynamic process simulations can be used across the lifecycle of a capital project from early verification studies of process designs to training the operators to prepare to operate the running facility. For offshore oil & gas production facilities these simulations are even more important given the remoteness, space limitations and transportation requirements for the project and operating teams. In an Offshore Engineer...
    • 27 Apr 2017

    Improving Project Performance with Dynamic Simulations and Operator Training Systems

    Dynamic process simulations can be used across the lifecycle of a capital project from early verification studies of process designs to training the operators to prepare to operate the running facility. For offshore oil & gas production facilities these simulations are even more important given the remoteness, space limitations and transportation requirements for the project and operating teams. In an Offshore Engineer...
    • 20 Feb 2017

    Improving Turnaround Planning and Execution

    Continuously operating process plants need to plan outages, also known as turnarounds, from time to time to perform maintenance and improvements not possible while the process is online. Every day of downtime is lost revenue, so carefully planning the actions to be performed during the outage is critical. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Get more from your next turnaround , Emerson’s Nikki Bishop and Tim Olsen...
    • 20 Feb 2017

    Improving Turnaround Planning and Execution

    Continuously operating process plants need to plan outages, also known as turnarounds, from time to time to perform maintenance and improvements not possible while the process is online. Every day of downtime is lost revenue, so carefully planning the actions to be performed during the outage is critical. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Get more from your next turnaround , Emerson’s Nikki Bishop and Tim Olsen...
    • 8 Feb 2017

    Rethink Work Practices for Successful Project Execution

    Manufacturing capital projects grow ever larger and more complex. At the ARC Industry Forum, ARC’s Dick Hill led a panel, New Approaches to Automation Projects: Reducing Cost and Complexity . This panel included Emerson’s Deston Day who is the director of Perfect Execution. Here was the session description: New technologies and approaches to project management are making it possible to significantly reduce overall...
    • 8 Feb 2017

    Rethink Work Practices for Successful Project Execution

    Manufacturing capital projects grow ever larger and more complex. At the ARC Industry Forum, ARC’s Dick Hill led a panel, New Approaches to Automation Projects: Reducing Cost and Complexity . This panel included Emerson’s Deston Day who is the director of Perfect Execution. Here was the session description: New technologies and approaches to project management are making it possible to significantly reduce overall...
    • 2 Feb 2017

    Creating Automation Project Alignment and Success

    The Construction Industry Institute (CII) was established in the early 1980s to research ways to improve the performance of capital projects. CII is a consortium of more than 130 owners, engineering-contractors, and supplier firms focused on enhancing the business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital projects through CII research, related initiatives, and industry alliances. I mention this since I’m a member...