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  • Specifying Severe Service Control Valves

    Justin Goodwin , Director of the Steam Conditioning Group at Emerson, recently published an article in the November 2022 issue of InTech Focus. It is titled “Specifying Severe Service Control Valves” and it describes techniques for correctly choosing control valves for severe service applications. The article is summarized below. Choosing valves for severe service applications can be particularly challenging. The process…
  • Remote Services Drive Business Performance Podcast

    The loss of experienced personnel is being widely felt by manufacturers and producers in many parts of the world. Reasons include the aging demographics, the pandemic-induced changes in work practices and culture, and the changing economics many businesses face. Suppliers providing remote services is an important way to address this challenge. In this Emerson Automation Experts podcast, Emerson’s Vladimir Nitu joins…
  • Building Your Process Control Knowledge and Expertise

    I caught up with process control legend Greg McMillan the other day. Over the past decades, he has tirelessly shared his process control and modeling expertise. You only have to do an Amazon Search on Gregory K. McMillan to see all the books he’s published over the years. And that doesn’t count all the articles, in-person presentations, webinars, and videos he created over the years. I mention all this because, in our…
  • Virtual Training Experience Lessons from During a Pandemic

    Emerson’s Michael Richard shared lessons on using virtual training to provide upskilling during the COVID pandemic at the 2022 Emerson Exchange conference. Here is his session’s abstract: In a matter of days, the in-person, hands-on training world was flipped upside down. With Covid-19 restrictions and closure of in-person gatherings, thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of training sessions globally were cancelled…
  • PACSystems: PLC, PACEdge and Movicon Lifecycle Services

    Emerson’s Sam Tanyous presented PACSystems: PLC, PACEdge and Movicon lifecycle services at the 2022 Emerson Exchange conference. Here is her presentation abstract: Are you tasked with minimizing unscheduled shutdown, operational cost, limiting risk while increasing safety and achieving greater plant profitability? Are you struggling with retiring workforce, fewer specialist and more complex processes? This session will…
  • Upskilling with MyEmerson’s MyTraining Tool

    To operate your plant as safely and efficiently as possible, your staff needs access to essential expertise and knowledge. The MyEmerson personalized digital experience provides digital tools that deliver measurable productivity gains through streamlined processes and elevated collaboration. Essential tools inside of MyEmerson to help simplify and accelerate tasks include MyTraining , MyWorkspace , MyAssets , and MyTransactions…
  • Digital Transformation for Shutdowns, Turnarounds, Outages

    Continuously operating plants such as refinery and petrochemical complexes require periodic turnarounds to perform necessary maintenance to restore optimum production. Also known as shutdowns and outages, these events can occur a few times per decade or more, depending on the process. In a Chemical Processing article, Maintenance: Turnarounds Get A New Spin , Emerson’s John Sanders joins a KBC senior leader to share…
  • Healthy Master Data Foundation for Digital Transformation

    Digital transformation initiatives rely on extensive and accurate data. Master Data is a foundational element in these initiatives and has a huge impact on day-to-day business operations. In this quick 2:40 YouTube video, Master Data Management and the Importance of Healthy Data , Emerson’s Curtis Thompson explains why having healthy data matters, and how to know if you have healthy data.  Curtis opens noting that…
  • MyEmerson Collaborative Engineering Environment

    Many tasks are needed for manufacturers and producers to advance their operations across their lifecycles from upfront planning, through design, installation, commissioning, ongoing operations and maintenance, and decommissioning. For plants with Emerson technologies and solutions, the MyEmerson personalized digital experience simplifies and streamlines many of these tasks to help plants operate more safely, efficiently…
  • PID Algorithm ISA Technical Reference

    Earlier this week, I shared a podcast with James Beall , who as a long-time Control Performance Consultant shared some of his thoughts on common control performance issues and ways to address them. James is quite generous in sharing his expertise at professional and industry events such as ISA and AIChE. Today, I’ll recap one of his AIChE Spring21+17 th GCPS presentations he co-presented with CMiD Solutions’ Mark Darby…
  • Podcast: Process Control Consulting Stories with James Beall

    When the plant is not running the way it should, with excessive variability, alarm conditions or sub-optimized performance, plant engineers often connect with the Emerson Production Performance consultants . I had the opportunity to sit down and record a podcast with Emerson’s James Beall who is a member of the team. You may remember James from an earlier podcast, 5 Questions for Principal Process Control Consultant…
  • Podcast: Using MyAssets Digital Tools for Faster Access to Device Information

    Plants have thousands, or even tens of thousands of assets to maintain – including measurement devices, analyzers, final control devices and more. So how can digital technologies be applied to better identify, size, procure, install and maintain them over their useful lives? In this podcast, Emerson’s Kristin Steiner and Adam Thompson joined me to discussed the MyAssets digital toolset, as one of the components of the…
  • Small Changes Add Up to Big Energy Savings

    It is impossible to miss the shift toward more sustainable operations—driven by new social and consumer expectations—in nearly every industry across the globe. Chemical producers are no exception, as industry leaders take advantage of digital technologies and expanded access to data to drive performance improvements that simultaneously unlock more sustainable production. But not all improvements have to be big-ticket…
  • Ways to Retain Expertise

    With the transition well underway of Boomer retirements and Gen-Z now entering the workforce, how do manufacturers and producers retain the accumulated expertise built over decades? In a Valve magazine article, Practical Steps for Retaining Expertise , Emerson’s John Molloy shares some ways to address this situation. John opens by noting that in addition to the demographic challenge, that: …teams across those various…
  • Improving Polymer Reactor Control Performance

    The chemical engineering professional organization, AIChE held their 2021 AIChE Spring Meeting & 17th Global Congress on Process Safety as a virtual conference in April. Emerson’s James Beall presented Novel Techniques to Improve Polymer Reactor Tuning based on a project he worked on. Reactor control is complex with many interactions between control loops. The way to tackle this challenge is to start by identifying…
  • Welcome to Emerson Automation Experts Podcasts

    Visit our podcast subscription page to subscribe with your favorite podcast player. The post Welcome to Emerson Automation Experts Podcasts appeared first on the Emerson Automation Experts blog.
  • Optimizing Combustion Processes

    Heating is a part of many production processes. Combustion units largely provide this heat. These units may include boilers, heater, ovens, furnaces, incinerators, kilns, dryers and more. I caught up with Emerson’s Bob Sabin who works with manufacturers and producers to improve how these units operate, since energy costs are typically a large part of the overall operational costs for these production processes. Bob…
  • Assessing Digital Transformation Maturity versus Peers

    This pandemic era in which we live has accelerated companies’ plans to implement digital transformation initiatives. Emerson’s Shirley Marquardt-Tynan shared with me that the Emerson Digital Transformation team has developed a Digital Maturity Model Quick Index online tool to help you assess where you are today in your digital transformation (DX) journey in comparison to others in your industry. The intent of this tool…
  • How Digital Technologies Change Engineering Work

    At the Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series, Emerson’s Jennifer Andrews and Tony Foster shared how digital technologies are changing how engineering work is performed. Here is the abstract of their presentation and demonstration: Digital tools are transforming the way engineers do work. Whether researching new solutions, specifying and procuring equipment, or collaborating with experts, engineers are under pressure…
  • Virtual Collaboration Tool for Improved Instrumentation Projects

    At the Emerson Exchange Americas Virtual Series, Emerson’s Derek Csaszar describes the ability to collaborate on the design of their system more effectively, using virtual reality equipment to identify and eliminate surprises that are often not found until the system has been fully fabricated. Emerson places you “on” your project’s measurement system during the Design Review stage to confirm or request modification…
  • MyEmerson Streamlines Collaboration and Work Processes

    Our Emerson Automation Solutions organization in Europe has released the 16 th edition of Innovations in Process Automation magazine . The magazine is also available in German , Spanish , French , and Italian . This edition highlights elements in the free MyEmerson personalized digital experience , which enables you to digitally interact and do business with Emerson much more easily. Your MyEmerson account enables you…
  • Four Strategies to a Stronger Data Foundation

    As part of the Emerson Exchange Americas virtual series of presentations and demonstrations, Emerson’s Stephen Park and Dapo Badmus shared ways to improve the data on which performance improvements are made. Here’s their presentation abstract: Digital transformation can propel operational performance to new levels, but to truly unlock its full potential and get tangible results, a strong foundation of operational data…
  • Where to Focus to Drive More ROI from a Digital Twin Simulation

    As manufacturing organizations embark upon their digital transformation journey, an essential starting point is to implement a digital twin. Digital twins deliver value in project execution with easier engineering and testing. When the project is over, the same digital twin enhances daily operations, improving safety and uptime by moving training and process change testing off physical equipment and on to a digital workspace…
  • Changing Problem-Solving Ways

    Much of the problem solving that occurs in the manufacturing world involves face-to-face interactions between the facility engineering staff and experts from their suppliers. COVID-19 has disrupted this in a large way and forced a greater reliance on remote methods to tackle issues. In a Fluid Power Journal article, Keeping Customers Engaged in a Changing World , Emerson president for the Discrete & Industrial business…
  • Three Things to Do, and Three to Avoid, When Assessing Your Cybersecurity Situation

    Any process manufacturing company that has not yet launched a cybersecurity program is probably frozen in a frequent difficult position: Where do we start? If your company is trying to break free and make some progress—and maybe you’re the one tasked with doing it—we have some suggestions for critical first steps. These suggestions are included in our article in the September issue of Control Engineering . The key point…