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    • 20 Feb 2017

    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...
    • 8 Feb 2017

    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

    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...
    • 30 Nov 2016

    Improving Capital Project Performance

    When large capital project teams consider the importance of optimizing ongoing operations and asset management in their designs, the results can impact which quartile the manufacturer and producer operates in compared with their industry peers. In a ControlGlobal.com article, Plantman Go: The future of asset lifecycle modeling , author Bob Sperber surveys automation suppliers for their views on ways to improve capital...
    • 29 Nov 2016

    Effective Compressor AntiSurge Control

    Centrifugal and axial compressors are at the heart of many production processes. Effective compressor automation and turbomachinery control not only impacts efficiency, but also safety, reliability, production throughput and energy usage. A complete turbomachinery control system consists of measurement devices, high speed controllers, control valves, guide vane drives, turbine governors and more. I spoke with Emerson’s...
    • 18 Nov 2016

    Planning and Executing Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages

    Turnarounds, also known as planned shutdowns and outages, are the intense window of time to optimize and fix all the issues to get the process running back to peak performance. According to an Asset Performance Networks study, Benchmarking and Optimizing Maintenance Work Scope for Turnarounds , refineries have had trouble executing these large, complex undertakings on time and on budget. Our data indicate that more...
    • 19 Oct 2016

    IIoT and Operational Improvements

    Traditionally, most of the sensors in industrial processes were wired into the control systems or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. Because of the expense of the sensors, junction boxes, cabling/conduit/cable trays/etc. and installation and commissioning time, sensors were usually limited to just what was required for control. But as process manufacturers and producers try to improve safe operations...
    • 7 Oct 2016

    Ways to Improve Planned Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages

    The latest edition of Emerson’s Innovations in Process Control magazine is out. The focus is around ways to improve the performance of shutdowns, turnarounds and scheduled outages. Roel Van Doren , president of Emerson Automation Solutions Europe, opens noting that: …74% of these [shutdowns, turnarounds & outages] fail to meet their performance goals. 40% of all turnarounds miss their schedule and or budget...
    • 30 Jun 2016

    Inputs for Developing Control System Migration Strategies

    Author: Scott Turner When considering replacing your existing control system with a new control system it is important to plan the project up front . At Emerson on a typical Greenfield project, we would write a Project Execution Strategy. This is pretty standard because the implementation method of Greenfield projects is well understood and reasonably consistent between projects. For a Brownfield project, this...
    • 17 Jun 2016

    Reducing Risks in Scheduled Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages

    It would be great if plants could run forever after starting them up, but unfortunately, they slowly degrade as they operate. Equipment and assets foul, corrode, erode, rattles and more. Some can be maintained while the process continues to run, but many require the plant to be shut down. These plant turnarounds require much upfront preparation and planning to be done to make sure the scope is clear, the execution...