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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 27 May 2015

    Loop Tuning Expertise in Your Pocket

    Some of the more popular posts here on the blog involve loop tuning. Our Process Optimization category is filled with more than 150 posts featuring the wisdom of many experienced practitioners. One extremely proficient practitioner and prolific author , Greg McMillan has an updated work on loop tuning, Good Tuning: A Pocket Guide, 4 th edition ( ISA member price ). Greg wrote it for those that get their hands on...
    • 27 May 2015

    Loop Tuning Expertise in Your Pocket

    Some of the more popular posts here on the blog involve loop tuning. Our Process Optimization category is filled with more than 150 posts featuring the wisdom of many experienced practitioners. One extremely proficient practitioner and prolific author , Greg McMillan has an updated work on loop tuning, Good Tuning: A Pocket Guide, 4 th edition ( ISA member price ). Greg wrote it for those that get their hands on...
    • 19 May 2015

    Gain a Competitive Advantage–While Wearing Pajamas

    Author: Jocelyn Sexton Across a variety of industries, manufacturing plants must meet rigorous production goals in order for companies to remain competitive. Especially in today’s economic climate, everyone is looking for the best cost options to make improvements without sacrificing quality. However, endless technology changes and complex processes make it challenging to keep up. Do your engineers know how to...
    • 19 May 2015

    Gain a Competitive Advantage–While Wearing Pajamas

    Author: Jocelyn Sexton Across a variety of industries, manufacturing plants must meet rigorous production goals in order for companies to remain competitive. Especially in today’s economic climate, everyone is looking for the best cost options to make improvements without sacrificing quality. However, endless technology changes and complex processes make it challenging to keep up. Do your engineers know how to...
    • 30 Mar 2015

    Contrasting Advance Regulatory and Advanced Process Control

    I wanted to bring additional visibility to a great thread in the LinkedIn Process Control group on advanced regulatory control versus advanced process control. The post, So, ARC Can “Replace” APC? is based on a blog post, Advanced regulatory versus model-predictive control . The LinkedIn post’s author draws two points from the blog post: ARC is implemented at the Process Control System level while APC (or MPC...
    • 30 Mar 2015

    Contrasting Advance Regulatory and Advanced Process Control

    I wanted to bring additional visibility to a great thread in the LinkedIn Process Control group on advanced regulatory control versus advanced process control. The post, So, ARC Can “Replace” APC? is based on a blog post, Advanced regulatory versus model-predictive control . The LinkedIn post’s author draws two points from the blog post: ARC is implemented at the Process Control System level while APC (or MPC [model...
    • 13 Oct 2014

    Process Automation Knowledge Transfer

    I wanted to share a recap a presentation Eastman Chemical Company’s Danaca Jordan and I did last week at the Emerson Exchange conference. Our collaboration, New Kids on the I/O Block: Transferring Knowledge to Millennials proved to generate quite a bit of discussion and even some raised emotions in the two session in which we presented. Our abstract: As retirement rates accelerate in Western nations, efficiently...
    • 1 Oct 2014

    Accurate and Reliable Temperature Measurement Webinar

    Temperature measurements can be some of the most critical measurements in many production processes. Inaccuracies can impact safety, quality, efficiency, and reliability. David Anderson Senior Temperature Measurement Engineer Emerson’s David Anderson is holding a webinar on October 14 at 9:00 am US/Central time to offer insight for gaining higher accuracy and reliability in your temperature measurements. He’ll discuss...
    • 8 Sep 2014

    Educational Reactor Measurement and Control Book

    Last week I highlighted an updated book for process control engineers , Tuning and Control Loop Performance, by Greg McMillan. It’s amazing how prolific Greg is, even in his “retirement” over these past several years. I can only aspire to be so active when my golden years arrive! Process Automation Hall of Fame member, Greg McMillan I mention this because Greg has another book he’s finishing, Advances in Reactor Measurement...
    • 8 Sep 2014

    Educational Reactor Measurement and Control Book

    Last week I highlighted an updated book for process control engineers , Tuning and Control Loop Performance, by Greg McMillan. It’s amazing how prolific Greg is, even in his “retirement” over these past several years. I can only aspire to be so active when my golden years arrive! Process Automation Hall of Fame member, Greg McMillan I mention this because Greg has another book he’s finishing, Advances in Reactor Measurement...
    • 8 Sep 2014

    Educational Reactor Measurement and Control Book

    Last week I highlighted an updated book for process control engineers , Tuning and Control Loop Performance, by Greg McMillan. It’s amazing how prolific Greg is, even in his “retirement” over these past several years. I can only aspire to be so active...
    • 2 Sep 2014

    Educational Resource for Tuning and Control Loop Performance

    Greg McMillan ISA Fellow Process automation hall of fame member Greg McMillan has nearly completed an updated version of the book, Tuning and Control Loop Performance: A Practitioner’s Guide. It had last been updated back in 1994. You may be familiar...
    • 9 Jun 2014

    Combined Reliability-Centered Course for Instrumentation Technicians

    At a meeting last week with our global consultants, I caught up with Emerson’s Tinh Phan. He shared with me a new course that has been created by the Emerson Educational Services team dealing with how to manage Foundation Fieldbus, HART, and Profibus...