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    • 15 Jan 2019

    How Digital Transformation Initiatives Affect Existing Facilities

    This past fall, the AIChE organization for chemical engineering professionals held an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Applications and Industry 4.0 Forum as part of their 2018 Annual Meeting. Emerson’s Tim Olsen (center) moderated a video recorded session with Dow’s Leo Chiang (right) and MIT’s Richard Braatz (left). This 5:10 session, Predictions for “Industry 4.0” , explored how digital transformation initiatives...
    • 14 Jan 2019

    Shifting Toward Real-Time Predictive Manufacturing

    Last week we shared a post about the COP24 conference and the need for more sustainable manufacturing . Emerson’s Chris Hamlin also attended this conference held in Poland in early December. In an Energetyka 24 video interview , Chris explained how we are now undergoing a huge, transformative shift where data and information are available almost anywhere you want it, in whatever quantity you need, at almost zero cost...
    • 17 Dec 2018

    Creating a Digitally-Enabled Workforce

    Edition #14 of Innovations in Process Automation is now available. And it’s available not only in English, but also in German , Italian , Spanish and French . This latest edition includes articles about: Emerson’s commitment to training and education is closing the skills gap STEM initiatives inspire next generation of innovators The business case for gender balance is clear Training solutions help maximise...
    • 1 Oct 2018

    Emerson Lifecycle Services Roadmap

    Roadmap sessions at the Emerson Exchange conference are a chance to hear about not only what is available, but what is in the works and coming. I joined the roadmap session on Lifecycle Services to hear about new services that are being enabled by Industrial Internet of Things technology. Emerson’s Johan Claassen kicked of the session discussing some of the enabling technologies driving manufacturers to reexamine...
    • 31 Jul 2018

    Ovation Control System Lifecycle Planning

    At the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference, Emerson’ Nick Koonce and Mike Ames presented on some of the tools and data that Ovation control system users can use for lifecycle planning . It included a step-by-step demonstration along with an explanation of the data (format and content) focused on: Lifecycle planning tools & data such as System Gather & Registration Utility Considerations/limitations/things to...
    • 23 Apr 2018

    Cybersecurity Guidebook for Reducing Cyber Risks

    One only has to do a cybersecurity news search to see the increasing worries and incidents that manufacturers face. The ISA/IEC 62443 series of cybersecurity standards : …address the need to design cybersecurity robustness and resilience into industrial automation control systems (IACS). A new, comprehensive Cybersecurity Guidebook for Process Control is available to help you and your organization take the...
    • 16 Feb 2018

    Podcast with Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages Services Leader John Sanders

    Emerson’s John Sanders joins our continuing series of podcasts to share his insights on the process of effectively planning and executing plant shutdowns, turnarounds and outages . He also shares a surprising passion about chasing tornadoes, so make sure to listen in! We hope you enjoy this podcast and please send me a note about other Emerson experts you’d like to hear from. http://www.emersonprocessxperts...
    • 8 Jan 2018

    Podcast with Global Lifecycle Services Operations Leader Johan Claassen

    In this 15-minute podcast, I’m joined by Emerson’s Johan Classen to discuss how enabling technologies that the Industrial Internet of Things brings is changing the way services can be delivered to process manufacturers and producers across the lifecycle of their operations. http://www.emersonautomationexperts.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Podcast-Johan-Claassen-Lifecycle-Services.mp3   Transcript Jim...
    • 8 Jan 2018

    Podcast with Global Lifecycle Services Operations Leader Johan Claassen

    In this 15-minute podcast, I’m joined by Emerson’s Johan Classen to discuss how enabling technologies that the Industrial Internet of Things brings is changing the way services can be delivered to process manufacturers and producers across the lifecycle of their operations. http://www.emersonprocessxperts.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Podcast-Johan-Claassen-Lifecycle-Services.mp3   Transcript Jim:...
    • 13 Dec 2017

    5 Questions for Lifecycle Services Project Technical Leader Kris Lescinsky

    Emerson’s Kris Lescinsky joins our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert podcast series . Through her work as a project technical leader, Kris fosters collaboration via knowledge-sharing platforms among Lifecycle Services engineers across the Emerson business units and world areas to better serve our customers. Share any feedback or suggestions you have for other questions or experts you’d like to hear in future podcasts...
    • 13 Dec 2017

    5 Questions for Lifecycle Services Project Technical Leader Kris Lescinsky

    Emerson’s Kris Lescinsky joins our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert podcast series . Through her work as a project technical leader, Kris fosters collaboration via knowledge-sharing platforms among Lifecycle Services engineers across the Emerson business units and world areas to better serve our customers. Share any feedback or suggestions you have for other questions or experts you’d like to hear in future podcasts...
    • 20 Nov 2017

    5 Questions for Lifecycle Services Marketer Larissa Wechsler

    Emerson’s Larissa Wechsler joins our continuing podcast series on 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert . Our goal with this podcast series is to share the stories of the paths taken to a science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) education and career in the field of instrumentation and automation, as well as to learn more about the individuals behind our Emerson experts. Larissa leads out marketing efforts in...
    • 20 Nov 2017

    5 Questions for Lifecycle Services Marketer Larissa Wechsler

    Emerson’s Larissa Wechsler joins our continuing podcast series on 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert . Our goal with this podcast series is to share the stories of the paths taken to a science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) education and career in the field of instrumentation and automation, as well as to learn more about the individuals behind our Emerson experts. Larissa leads out marketing efforts in...
    • 20 Jul 2017

    Keeping Control Systems Current for Secure and Reliable Operation

    As commercially available off-the-shelf operating systems and hardware came on the scene for control systems, they brought with them rapid performance improvements that translated into increase functionality and ease of use. They also brought with them the need to provide ongoing software and hardware updates to remain secure, reliable and available. In a Maintenance Technology article, Focus on Automation System...
    • 20 Jul 2017

    Keeping Control Systems Current for Secure and Reliable Operation

    As commercially available off-the-shelf operating systems and hardware came on the scene for control systems, they brought with them rapid performance improvements that translated into increase functionality and ease of use. They also brought with them the need to provide ongoing software and hardware updates to remain secure, reliable and available. In a Maintenance Technology article, Focus on Automation System...
    • 1 Dec 2016

    Maintaining Secure and Reliable Control System Performance

    Control systems are the heart of manufacturing and production processes. Keeping them operating at peak efficiency while also keeping them secure requires time, energy and focus. Automation suppliers can play a large role in these efforts. News came out today of Guardian Support improvements and simplifications in how DeltaV distributed control system users can better monitor the security and health risks associated...
    • 1 Dec 2016

    Maintaining Secure and Reliable Control System Performance

    Control systems are the heart of manufacturing and production processes. Keeping them operating at peak efficiency while also keeping them secure requires time, energy and focus. Automation suppliers can play a large role in these efforts. News came out today of Guardian Support improvements and simplifications in how DeltaV distributed control system users can better monitor the security and health risks associated...
    • 15 Nov 2016

    Looking Beyond Total Cost of Ownership to Return on Investment

    Automation fundamentally impacts the costs and returns on a production process. When evaluating capital investments for instrumentation and automation, many manufacturers and producers look beyond the initial purchase, installation and commissioning costs to assess the costs throughout the lifecycle of this investment. While this total cost of ownership (TCO) approach improves upon initial purchase costs, it doesn’t...
    • 15 Nov 2016

    Looking Beyond Total Cost of Ownership to Return on Investment

    Automation fundamentally impacts the costs and returns on a production process. When evaluating capital investments for instrumentation and automation, many manufacturers and producers look beyond the initial purchase, installation and commissioning costs to assess the costs throughout the lifecycle of this investment. While this total cost of ownership (TCO) approach improves upon initial purchase costs, it doesn’t...
    • 24 Oct 2016

    Reliability Consulting and Lifecycle Services

    At the Emerson Exchange conference in Austin, Emerson’s Sean Sims and Will Goetz teamed up to give an update on the reliability consulting process and the host of lifecycle services to improve operational performance for process manufacturers and producers. Sean opened describing the see-decide-act and how today’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) follow this model. Sensors measuring the process are no longer just...
    • 24 Oct 2016

    Reliability Consulting and Lifecycle Services

    At the Emerson Exchange conference in Austin, Emerson’s Sean Sims and Will Goetz teamed up to give an update on the reliability consulting process and the host of lifecycle services to improve operational performance for process manufacturers and producers. Sean opened describing the see-decide-act and how today’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) follow this model. Sensors measuring the process are no longer just...
    • 10 Oct 2016

    How to Form a Cybersecurity Strategy to Protect Your Investments

    Author: Jocelyn Sexton Without fail, cybersecurity continues to make headlines. News about data breaches, password protection, identify theft, hacks and viruses are so prevalent, it’s easy to feel security fatigue. It can also seem overwhelming to stand vigilant for cyber threats at all times. Have you made the appropriate software updates? Do you adhere to all security and privacy policies your company has in...
    • 10 Oct 2016

    How to Form a Cybersecurity Strategy to Protect Your Investments

    Author: Jocelyn Sexton Without fail, cybersecurity continues to make headlines. News about data breaches, password protection, identify theft, hacks and viruses are so prevalent, it’s easy to feel security fatigue. It can also seem overwhelming to stand vigilant for cyber threats at all times. Have you made the appropriate software updates? Do you adhere to all security and privacy policies your company has in...
    • 1 Oct 2016

    What is Operational Certainty?

    Author: Scott Turner A lot of businesses benchmark themselves against other companies in the same industry and against themselves over time using various metrics and key performance indicators (KPI’s). One example of this is Solomon Associates Benchmarking which is widely used, especially in the refining and petrochemicals industry. This benchmarking process is often used to identify your competitive position, optimize...
    • 26 Sep 2016

    Optimizing Distillation for Increased Methanol Capacity

    James Gremillion Author: James Gremillion When the process licensor designed your methanol plant, everything fit together to exactly produce the nameplate amount of methanol yearly. In the design there were necessary tradeoffs made because of costs, physical size, availability of materials, etc. In designing the distillation section, for example, the licensor did a calculation of how many theoretical trays were needed...