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    • 26 Aug 2020

    Advancing the Automation Engineering Profession

    I saw an email from Process Automation Hall of Fame member, Greg McMillan , welcoming a new ISA Mentor Program protégé and resource (a.k.a. mentor). The goal of this program is to connect: …early career professionals to more seasoned professionals who are willing to help coach, guide and share expertise. The program is conducted entirely online. Greg also attached a presentation he had given at the AIChE Spring Meeting...
    • 4 Aug 2020

    Calibrating Flow Meters On-Site Saves Time, Reduces Costs and Minimises Process Downtime

    There are several reasons why it is vital to have confidence that your flow meters are performing reliably and to their required level of accuracy. These include achieving consistent product quality, reducing waste and rework, providing a safe working environment, and ensuring that the correct amount of material is delivered, especially in fiscal measurement applications such as custody transfer. Before flow meters...
    • 17 Jul 2020

    Acceleration of Digital Engagement

    Given a vast majority of professionals are working from home during this COVID-19 pandemic, new ways to collaborate are rapidly being adopted to address the needs. For manufacturers and producers, this pandemic-has spurred a rapid movement towards greater digitalization to foster greater collaboration both within and beyond the traditional organizational boundaries. In a Process Industry Informer podcast, The acceleration...
    • 26 May 2020

    Digital Twins and Virtual Reality

    Over at the AspenTech blog, Emerson’s Ronnie Bains has guest-written a post, Explore New Possibilities With Digital Twins and Virtual Reality . Here’s the opening of the post to give you a flavor for it. Digital twin is a hot topic these days due to the increased demand for technology that provides some short-term benefits during this time of unprecedented restrictions on workers and industry. As we wait to see what...
    • 17 Apr 2020

    Online Methods for Honing Your Skills

    Jeff Hackney As much of the world remains in lockdown mode from the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis, a highly productive activity is to improve your skills. For instrumentation and automation professionals, there are many ways to hone your skills without leaving home. Emerson’s Jeff Hackney highlighted several ways that these professionals can improve their skills around Emerson technologies that they have deployed in...
    • 13 Apr 2020

    Process Control Educational Recordings

    Greg McMillan One decade ago I collaborated with Process Automation Hall of Fame member, Greg McMillan to do a series of webinars on basics of process control. Actually, Greg did all the heavy lifting with the content and together with a former colleague, we provided to technical know how to do the recordings and get the content posted and made accessible. Recently, I had to move the recordings off the platform where...
    • 9 Apr 2020

    Upskilling Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions

    Mike Brouse Digital transformation can’t happen without carefully planning the people side of the equation and the new skills and practices which will be required. Having the skills to effectively use the digital technology enablers is critical. In a Flow Control article, Q&A: Offering the latest training on automation technologies helps upskill the workforce , Emerson’s Mike Brouse about the these challenges and...
    • 14 Feb 2020

    Helping Hands for Your Valves

    Imagine you have been tweaking and tuning one of your control loops and have the perfect PID [proportional-integral-derivative] settings. Everything is working great for several months until it isn’t. Chances are that it’s the part of that loop doing all the manual work to keep the process running smoothly—the control valve. A poorly performing control loop can cause increased variability, increased probabilities for...
    • 4 Feb 2020

    Modernization of DCS and PLC with Electronic Marshalling

    Scott Ross Now, with many control systems being 30+ years old, most of these legacy systems have been placed in to end of life or retired lifecycle status. This means no further factory support is available. I caught up with Emerson’s Scott Ross about some of the choices that must be considered moving forward. Manufacturers and producers face options whether to modernize to a newer family of distributed control systems...
    • 30 Jan 2020

    Modern Process Control Imperative for Digitalization

    John Dolenc For chemical manufacturers, what business performance improvements are possible by executing a digitalization strategy? In a Chemical Engineering article, Digitalization Founded in Modern Process Control Strengthens Chemical Operations , Emerson’s John Dolenc shares the technology components in executing this strategy. John opens describing the performance improvement opportunities, such as: …improvements...
    • 23 Jan 2020

    Ethylene Furnace Automation, Control & Optimization

    Pete Sharpe Author: Pete Sharpe Cracking furnaces are one of the most crucial parts of an ethylene complex. They set the production and yield for the entire plant. For furnace-limited plants, when a furnace is down, whether for maintenance or decoking, production is lost. Poor control and sub-optimal furnace operations lead to lower yields, more frequent decoke cycles, increased energy costs, and higher health...
    • 13 Jan 2020

    Podcasts Popular in 2019 Posts

    As we enter this new decade of the 2020s, I wanted to do a quick look back at 2019 to share the 10 most popular posts in terms of total views. It’s quite interesting to see that half of the top 10 are posts with embedded podcasts. What’s interesting is that you can subscribe to these podcasts in the Apple podcasts , Google podcasts , Spotify , Stitcher , etc. without ever having to visit the blog post page. Looks like...
    • 16 Dec 2019

    Encouraging Greater STEM Career Participation

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers are common here at Emerson. Our company published a study this year that found : …that 6 out of 10 Americans are interested in pursuing STEM careers – but fewer than 4 in 10 (39%) have felt encouraged to do so. The disparity is even more pronounced among women: 2 out of 3 U.S. women say they were not encouraged to pursue a career in STEM. Sue Ooi Emerson...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...