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    • 27 Apr 2017

    Women in STEM: Teachers say STEM is important, I say it's FUN!

    Hi my name is Aubrey, I am a 5th grader who has an interest in becoming a vet. Being a vet requires STEM. It involves science because you have to know the body of the particular animal and how it works, it involves technology because, for examp...
    • 27 Apr 2017

    Blog: Improving Project Performance with Dynamic Simulations and Operator Training Systems

    Dynamic process simulations can be used across the lifecycle of a capital project from early verification studies of process designs to training the operators to prepare to operate the running facility. For offshore oil & gas production facilities these simulations are even more important given the remoteness, space limitations and transportation requirements for the project and operating teams. In an Offshore...
    • 26 Apr 2017

    Blog: Improving Process Safety through Human Factors Analysis

    Wikipedia defines process safety as focusing on: …preventing fires , explosions and accidental chemical releases in chemical process facilities or other facilities dealing with hazardous materials such as refineries , and oil and gas ( onshore and offshore ) production installations. In a Valve magazine article, Human Factors Can Cause a Disaster—or Prevent One , Emerson’s Julian Annison and Travis Hesketh...
    • 17 Apr 2017

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: PID Tuning Rules

    The post PID Tuning Rules first appeared on the ISA Interchange blog site. This article was 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. (now Eastman Chemicals). Nearly every automation system supplier, consultant, control theory professor, and user has a favorite set of PID tuning rules...
    • 11 Apr 2017

    Women in STEM: We’re All On the Same Team

    I am a woman in STEM. On top of that, I am a woman in the oil and gas field. I wish I had a deep insight or electrifying revelation to share, but all I have are my experiences, so those will have to do. When I think back on these experiences, ...
    • 5 Apr 2017

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: When and How to use Pulse Width Modulation of Controller Outputs

    The post, When and How to use Pulse Width Modulation of Controller Outputs , first appeared on ControlGlobal.com's ControlTalk blog. In some applications, throttling of the manipulated flows is difficult or impossible. In the biochemical industry,...
    • 28 Mar 2017

    Women in STEM: You Don't Have to be a Woman to belong in Women in STEM

    In industries as mature as ours, many of our companies have been around long enough to see significant changes in the market, in user requirements, and in the economy generally. When big shifts like this occur, companies assess what their respo...
    • 27 Mar 2017

    Blog: Control Valve Condition Monitoring Connected Services

    As sensors and final control elements grow ever smarter with digital diagnostics and communications paths, the need to make sense of this data to improve safety, reliability and efficiency also grows. Not only is improved analytic software required to help spot trends and abnormalities, but also experts to help provide guidance to put this information into action. In this 5:07 video, Emerson Connected Services Valve...
    • 14 Mar 2017

    Women in STEM: How to Apply Your STEM Skills to Re-enter the Workforce

    Have you found yourself as the protagonist in a common story for parents in our generation: you ducked out of the workforce when you had a child and want to sneak back in, but how? You now have a PhD in poop but haven’t used Slack or even heard...
    • 7 Mar 2017

    Women in STEM: A Day on the Golf Course, and Why Women should Stop Apologizing.

    I recently spent a very pleasant afternoon on a local golf course with some good friends. Being a novice golfer, I missed many shots. I then apologized for missing shots and apologized for taking a longer time to complete my shots That is, until a co...
    • 1 Mar 2017

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Getting the Most Out of Valve Positioners

    The post, Getting the Most Out of Valve Positioners , first appeared on ControlGlobal.com's Control Talk blog. Today’s smart digital valve positioners have incredible capability and flexibility as to tuning, performance and diagnostics. Here...
    • 28 Feb 2017

    Blog: Security Concerns Driving IT and Operations Collaboration

    Yesterday, we shared thoughts from Emerson’s Peter Zornio about new types of services enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things . Today we’ll look at how these technologies continue to bring IT organizations and Operations staff closer together—whether they like the idea or not. In a ComputerWorld article, Why IT and Operations are on a collision course [free registration required to read full article...
    • 20 Feb 2017

    Blog: Improving Turnaround Planning and Execution

    Continuously operating process plants need to plan outages, also known as turnarounds, from time to time to perform maintenance and improvements not possible while the process is online. Every day of downtime is lost revenue, so carefully planning the actions to be performed during the outage is critical. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Get more from your next turnaround , Emerson’s Nikki Bishop and Tim...
    • 20 Feb 2017

    Blog: Improving Turnaround Planning and Execution

    Continuously operating process plants need to plan outages, also known as turnarounds, from time to time to perform maintenance and improvements not possible while the process is online. Every day of downtime is lost revenue, so carefully planning the actions to be performed during the outage is critical. In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, Get more from your next turnaround , Emerson’s Nikki Bishop and Tim...
    • 14 Feb 2017

    Women in STEM: How I Fell in Love with College Recruiting

    Target’s Valentine’s Day card section is, in a word, robust. There are cards for Moms, Dads, sisters, spouses, grandparents and friends. But not one card for your job. And why would there be?!? My job has given me gray hairs. ...
    • 8 Feb 2017

    Blog: Rethink Work Practices for Successful Project Execution

    Manufacturing capital projects grow ever larger and more complex. At the ARC Industry Forum, ARC’s Dick Hill led a panel, New Approaches to Automation Projects: Reducing Cost and Complexity . This panel included Emerson’s Deston Day who is the director of Perfect Execution. Here was the session description: New technologies and approaches to project management are making it possible to significantly reduce...
    • 8 Feb 2017

    Blog: Rethink Work Practices for Successful Project Execution

    Manufacturing capital projects grow ever larger and more complex. At the ARC Industry Forum, ARC’s Dick Hill led a panel, New Approaches to Automation Projects: Reducing Cost and Complexity . This panel included Emerson’s Deston Day who is the director of Perfect Execution. Here was the session description: New technologies and approaches to project management are making it possible to significantly reduce...
    • 2 Feb 2017

    Blog: Creating Automation Project Alignment and Success

    The Construction Industry Institute (CII) was established in the early 1980s to research ways to improve the performance of capital projects. CII is a consortium of more than 130 owners, engineering-contractors, and supplier firms focused on enhancing the business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital projects through CII research, related initiatives, and industry alliances. I mention this since I’m...
    • 2 Feb 2017

    Blog: Creating Automation Project Alignment and Success

    The Construction Industry Institute (CII) was established in the early 1980s to research ways to improve the performance of capital projects. CII is a consortium of more than 130 owners, engineering-contractors, and supplier firms focused on enhancing the business effectiveness and sustainability of the capital projects through CII research, related initiatives, and industry alliances. I mention this since I’m...
    • 31 Jan 2017

    Tips for New Process Automation Folks: Uncommon Knowledge for Achieving Best Feedforward and Ratio Control

    The post, Uncommon Knowledge for Achieving Best Feedforward and Ratio Control , first appeared on ControlGlobal.com's Control Talk blog . Here are key relatively straightforward principles and practices not commonly known that can make a world of d...
    • 31 Jan 2017

    Women in STEM: Why Find your Career fit, when you can Create it?

    I am always the person at every networking event who is incredibly intrigued at the career path of other attendees. Whose career path was linear? Marketing major or MBA? Grad school or life experience? Who started out in fine art and ende...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    Emerson Process Experts: 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...
    • 18 Jan 2017

    Blog: Addressing Operational Performance Challenges

    There are many reasons for manufacturers and producers not meeting their operational performance goals. Unplanned downtime, production slowdowns, regulatory sanctions and quality excursions are but a few. In the most recent edition of innovations in Process Control , Emerson’s Roel Van Doren highlights the cumulative cost of this underperformance: Through close cooperation with benchmarking companies and talking...
    • 17 Jan 2017

    Women in STEM: 8 Tips for Relaunching your Career after a Sabbatical

    I feel like my career adventures could be an episode of the “Back in Time” series. If you are considering a sabbatical for family, travel or any number of reasons or if you're in the process your planning your relaunch, here is one jo...
    • 6 Jan 2017

    Emerson Process Experts: 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...