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    • 6 Nov 2019

    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...
    • 14 Oct 2019

    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...
    • 18 Jul 2019

    Globe Valve Basics

    If you’re new to the process industries and have responsibilities including a safe, reliable and efficient production process, then you likely need to understand how control valves work. And, one of the best sources for learning is the Control Valve Handbook . For instance, if you need to learn about globe valves, section 3.1.1 of the handbook includes information on single-port valve bodies, post- and port-guided...
    • 24 May 2019

    Share Your Expertise at Instrumentation and Automation Symposium

    James Beall One of the longstanding events for knowledge exchange among instrumentation and automation professionals and students is the Instrumentation and Automation Symposium for the Process Industries held annually at Texas A&M University. The next one, its 75 th anniversary, will be held January 21-23, 2020. This symposium’s beginning dates back to 1946 as a short course on instrumentation applied in the process...
    • 13 Mar 2019

    Digital Skills and the Workforce

    Organizational change involves managing change for people, processes and technologies. Emerson executive president, Mike Train , joined a CERAWeek 2019 panel, Digital Skills & the Workforce to look at the people part of this change management process. Panel moderator Susan Kish opened the panel describing the change in the workforce from the early 1900s through what it’s expected to be by 2030. The shift continues...
    • 13 Mar 2019

    Digital Skills and the Workforce

    Organizational change involves managing change for people, processes and technologies. Emerson executive president, Mike Train , joined a CERAWeek 2019 panel, Digital Skills & the Workforce to look at the people part of this change management process. Panel moderator Susan Kish opened the panel describing the change in the workforce from the early 1900s through what it’s expected to be by 2030. The shift continues...
    • 22 Jan 2019

    Knowledge Sharing with ISA Mentor Program

    I’m lucky enough to be on the email distribution list for the ISA Mentor Program where automation hall of fame legend, Greg McMillan , shares some of the work he continues to offer well into his golden years. Greg and Hunter Vegas started this program in 2011 with the intent to transfer knowledge between seasoned automation veterans and engineers newer in their careers. I bring all this up because there was a great...
    • 22 Jan 2019

    Knowledge Sharing with ISA Mentor Program

    I’m lucky enough to be on the email distribution list for the ISA Mentor Program where automation hall of fame legend, Greg McMillan , shares some of the work he continues to offer well into his golden years. Greg and Hunter Vegas started this program in 2011 with the intent to transfer knowledge between seasoned automation veterans and engineers newer in their careers. I bring all this up because there was a great...
    • 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...
    • 6 Sep 2018

    What are Valve I/P Transducers?

    As we continue to see a generational shift in the manufacturing industries, I like to highlight educational videos developed across the Emerson business groups. Our group managing Fisher Valves & Instruments products has recently posted a 2:51 YouTube video, What are I/P Transducers? This video, developed by the Valves, Actuators & Regulators educational services team, opens by defining the “I” and the “P”. The...
    • 6 Sep 2018

    What are Valve I/P Transducers?

    As we continue to see a generational shift in the manufacturing industries, I like to highlight educational videos developed across the Emerson business groups. Our group managing Fisher Valves & Instruments products has recently posted a 2:51 YouTube video, What are I/P Transducers? This video, developed by the Valves, Actuators & Regulators educational services team, opens by defining the “I” and the “P”. The...
    • 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...
    • 23 Feb 2018

    5 Steps in Developing Digital Transformation Strategy

    Rapid technological advancements and retiring waves of deep expertise are prompting many manufacturers to re-imagine their operations. A digital transformation comprised of cultural change, workflow and process changes and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) requires a clear strategy based on the manufacturer’s key business objectives. In a CIOReview article, Five Key Steps To Building A Successful Strategy For The...
    • 8 Sep 2017

    Gaining Experience in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries

    The work is ongoing along the Texas & Louisiana gulf coast to come back from the massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey. A MarketWatch article notes that more that 20% of the total U.S. refining capacity was shut down and only slowly now coming back online. And an RBN Energy post highlights the impact on the natural gas liquids (NGL) and petrochemical manufacturers in this region. As a key supplier to these industries...
    • 8 Sep 2017

    Gaining Experience in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries

    The work is ongoing along the Texas & Louisiana gulf coast to come back from the massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey. A MarketWatch article notes that more that 20% of the total U.S. refining capacity was shut down and only slowly now coming back online. And an RBN Energy post highlights the impact on the natural gas liquids (NGL) and petrochemical manufacturers in this region. As a key supplier to these industries...
    • 8 Sep 2017

    Gaining Experience in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries

    The work is ongoing along the Texas & Louisiana gulf coast to come back from the massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey. A MarketWatch article notes that more that 20% of the total U.S. refining capacity was shut down and only slowly now coming back online. And an RBN Energy post highlights the impact on the natural gas liquids (NGL) and petrochemical manufacturers in this region. As a key supplier to these industries...
    • 24 May 2017

    Engineer’s Guide to Tank Gauging

    Tank gauging is the process of measuring liquids in storage tanks to determine the volume and mass of the liquid. Typically, these measurements include level, temperature and pressure. A new user guide, The Engineer’s Guide To Tank Gauging is available to request for download. This 104-page guide explores tank gauging technologies, engineering standards and approvals, volume and mass assessment, accuracies and uncertainties...
    • 24 May 2017

    Engineer’s Guide to Tank Gauging

    Tank gauging is the process of measuring liquids in storage tanks to determine the volume and mass of the liquid. Typically, these measurements include level, temperature and pressure. A new user guide, The Engineer’s Guide To Tank Gauging is available to request for download. This 104-page guide explores tank gauging technologies, engineering standards and approvals, volume and mass assessment, accuracies and uncertainties...
    • 24 May 2017

    Engineer’s Guide to Tank Gauging

    Tank gauging is the process of measuring liquids in storage tanks to determine the volume and mass of the liquid. Typically, these measurements include level, temperature and pressure. A new user guide, The Engineer’s Guide To Tank Gauging is available to request for download. This 104-page guide explores tank gauging technologies, engineering standards and approvals, volume and mass assessment, accuracies and uncertainties...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    Vortex Flow Meter Principles of Operation

    In yesterday’s post , we looked at three different flow measurement technologies used in fiscal metering applications—differential pressure (DP), Coriolis, and Ultrasonic. Today let’s look at flow measurement with vortex flow meters. There is a new, very educational video on the Rosemount YouTube channel, Introduction to Vortex Flow Meter Technology . This 4:49 video explains the basic principles of operation behind...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    Vortex Flow Meter Principles of Operation

    In yesterday’s post , we looked at three different flow measurement technologies used in fiscal metering applications—differential pressure (DP), Coriolis, and Ultrasonic. Today let’s look at flow measurement with vortex flow meters. There is a new, very educational video on the Rosemount YouTube channel, Introduction to Vortex Flow Meter Technology . This 4:49 video explains the basic principles of operation behind...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    Vortex Flow Meter Principles of Operation

    In yesterday’s post , we looked at three different flow measurement technologies used in fiscal metering applications—differential pressure (DP), Coriolis, and Ultrasonic. Today let’s look at flow measurement with vortex flow meters. There is a new, very educational video on the Rosemount YouTube channel, Introduction to Vortex Flow Meter Technology . This 4:49 video explains the basic principles of operation behind...
    • 6 Jan 2017

    Developing Next-Gen Process Control Leaders

    Anyone involved in process control knows the steep learning curve from what is taught in the universities to what is required to safely, reliably and efficiently control an industrial process. Many of the world’s foremost experts steeped in this knowledge have retired or are quickly approaching retirement age. Several years ago, Process Automation Hall of Fame member and ISA Lifetime Achievement award winner, Greg...
    • 6 Jan 2017

    Developing Next-Gen Process Control Leaders

    Anyone involved in process control knows the steep learning curve from what is taught in the universities to what is required to safely, reliably and efficiently control an industrial process. Many of the world’s foremost experts steeped in this knowledge have retired or are quickly approaching retirement age. Several years ago, Process Automation Hall of Fame member and ISA Lifetime Achievement award winner, Greg...
    • 6 Jan 2017

    Developing Next-Gen Process Control Leaders

    Anyone involved in process control knows the steep learning curve from what is taught in the universities to what is required to safely, reliably and efficiently control an industrial process. Many of the world’s foremost experts steeped in this knowledge have retired or are quickly approaching retirement age. Several years ago, Process Automation Hall of Fame member and ISA Lifetime Achievement award winner, Greg...