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  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Implement & Build Blog: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Building More Defendable Control and Safety Systems

    A plant’s basic process control system (BPCS) and safety instrumented system (SIS) are critical infrastructure for the facility. Many decisions go into selecting these systems, and one of the most important is selecting the right architecture—a decision that will impact other elements of system selection as well as performance and efficiency across the lifecycle of the equipment. One key decision that will impact automation…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Modern, Digital Technologies are Critical to Reliable, Clean Water

    A key topic on the mind of attendees at Emerson’s 2020 Ovation Users’ Group Conference water/wastewater industry panel was how technology can help with the influx of new challenges facing water management plants. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a glimpse of the many challenges organizations must overcome as they continue to reliably provide clean water no matter what is happening in the world. Using technology…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Focus on Reliability and Performance to Drive Competitive Advantage

    A common power industry theme at the 2020 Ovation Users’ Group Conference has been the many challenges organizations experience in a shifting environment. The need for maintaining reliability and compliance and avoiding obsolescence remain, yet organizations also face new complexity. Power generators are juggling an additional set of requirements associated with high utilization, daily cycling operation, and the need…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Ovation Users’ Group – Pandemic Challenges and Shift Toward Renewables Drives Digitalized Control and Centralization

    The challenges associated with a shift toward renewables and maintaining business continuity during a global pandemic have resulted in new opportunities that have been a constant topic among attendees at Emerson’s 2020 Ovation Users’ Group Conference . Customers are meeting these challenges with bold ideas and expansive projects focused on digital technologies, centralized operations, secure connectivity, and better visibility…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Digital Twin for Successful Product Startups

    Food & beverage manufacturers must be nimble in project execution to take advantage of frequent changes in market demands. A rapidly advancing technology to aid in successful project execution is Digital Twin. The Digital Twin is a representation of the physical plant assets (i.e. process equipment, instrumentation and controls) and the processes that take place within them (i.e. chemical reactions, separation processes…
  • Implement & Build Blog: Improving Engineering Work Processes

    This COVID-19 Coronavirus era in which we find ourselves is causing some rethinking of how we accomplish our work. This is especially true for those working from home during this time of mandated lock downs. Efficient Plant had an interesting podcast, Digital Technology Changes Engineering Work . Emerson’s Lisa Nelson joins the podcast hosted by Gary Parr who is also joined by Wood ‘s Bridget Spencer. Gary opened the…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Residing on Residence Time

    The post, Residing on Residence Time , first appeared on ControlGlobal.com's Control Talk blog. The time spent residing on this column is time well spent if you want to become famous for improving process performance with the side benefit of becoming best buds with the process engineer. The implications are enormous in terms of process efficiency and capacity from the straightforward concept of how much time a fluid…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Emerson Automation Experts: 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…
  • Tips for New Process Automation Folks: What Factors Affect Dead Time Identification for a PID Loop?

    The post What Factors Affect Dead Time Identification for a PID Loop? first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program , authored by Greg McMillan , industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from Solutia Inc…