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    • 5 Feb 2018

    4 Critical Industrial Boiler Measurements

    Many industrial processes require thermal energy as part of the production process. Steam is often the heat carrier because it highly absorbs this thermal energy and transports easily via piping. Industrial boilers are used to convert the energy in fuel to the thermal energy in the steam. Boiler control strategies must be developed to operate the boiler safely, reliably and efficiently under varying loads, fuel costs...
    • 1 Feb 2018

    Planning and Tools for Successful Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages

    No matter what you call them—shutdowns, turnarounds & outages (STO)—they are a time that manufacturers and producers must race the clock to repair and restore their production equipment to minimize financial losses from lost production. Valves are some of the critical assets that need to be checked and serviced. They touch the process directly and face the wear and tear caused by the fluids flowing through them...
    • 17 Jan 2018

    Digital Twin for Increased Project and Operational Performance

    You may have been seeing the phrase “Digital Twin” more and more in the automation and industry press. Wikipedia defines the Digital twin concept as: …a digital replica of physical assets, processes and systems that can be used for various purposes. [1] The digital representation provides both the elements and the dynamics of how an Internet of Things device operates and lives throughout its life cycle...
    • 8 Jan 2018

    Podcast with Global Lifecycle Services Operations Leader Johan Claassen

    In this 15-minute podcast, I’m joined by Emerson’s Johan Classen to discuss how enabling technologies that the Industrial Internet of Things brings is changing the way services can be delivered to process manufacturers and producers across the lifecycle of their operations. http://www.emersonprocessxperts.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Podcast-Johan-Claassen-Lifecycle-Services.mp3   Transcript...
    • 13 Dec 2017

    5 Questions for Lifecycle Services Project Technical Leader Kris Lescinsky

    Emerson’s Kris Lescinsky joins our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert podcast series . Through her work as a project technical leader, Kris fosters collaboration via knowledge-sharing platforms among Lifecycle Services engineers across the Emerson business units and world areas to better serve our customers. Share any feedback or suggestions you have for other questions or experts you’d like to hear in future...
    • 21 Jul 2017

    DeltaV Secure Passwords: The Do’s and Don’ts

    Author: Rick Gorskie Generally, we (carbon-based lifeforms) are terrible when it comes to selecting a secure password for our computers or software programs. This comes from not being prepared for the inevitable password question when installing new software or setting up new hardware. We panic and select something that often is way too common or easy to remember but that also means that it will be too easy for...
    • 20 Jul 2017

    Keeping Control Systems Current for Secure and Reliable Operation

    As commercially available off-the-shelf operating systems and hardware came on the scene for control systems, they brought with them rapid performance improvements that translated into increase functionality and ease of use. They also brought with them the need to provide ongoing software and hardware updates to remain secure, reliable and available. In a Maintenance Technology article, Focus on Automation System Updates...
    • 19 Jun 2017

    Cybersecurity in the DeltaV Distributed Control System

    Cybersecurity remains high on the list of issues for process manufacturers and producers to grapple with. In this 4:38 video, DeltaV Cybersecurity , Emerson’s Alexandre Peixoto discusses ways that cyber defenses are incorporated into the DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) . He opens describing the defense in depth strategies which includes four major focus areas: plant-level security, integrated services...
    • 26 Apr 2017

    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...
    • 27 Mar 2017

    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...
    • 28 Feb 2017

    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...
    • 18 Jan 2017

    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...
    • 10 Oct 2016

    How to Form a Cybersecurity Strategy to Protect Your Investments

    Author: Jocelyn Sexton Without fail, cybersecurity continues to make headlines. News about data breaches, password protection, identify theft, hacks and viruses are so prevalent, it’s easy to feel security fatigue. It can also seem overwhelming to stand vigilant for cyber threats at all times. Have you made the appropriate software updates? Do you adhere to all security and privacy policies your company has...
    • 6 Oct 2016

    Wireless Continuous Pump Monitoring

    Many of the pumps in process manufacturing and production processes are essential and their failure results in reduced or lost production and increased maintenance costs. In an Upstream Pumping article, Wireless Monitoring Reduces Pump Failures & Maintenance Costs , Emerson’s Brian Atkinson describes way to make use of technology to avoid these failures. He opens citing some statistics on the economic...
    • 13 Jul 2016

    How to Disassemble a Daniel Digital Control Valve

    Let’s continue our series of practical “ How-to videos ” with a closer look at disassembling a Daniel V788 digital control valve . The valves are used effectively in loading and offloading applications that require precise flow rate control and batch delivery of fluid products. In this 7:36 video , Emerson’s Jerome Lopez demonstrates the disassembly process that may be done during service repair...
    • 5 Apr 2016

    Integrated Operations Continue to Deliver Benefits in Today’s Oil Market

    Authors: Jeff Dymond and Mike Boudreaux The reality of lower oil and gas prices is driving energy companies to operate differently. The lower price per barrel is squeezing profitability and pushing companies to contain costs, increase reliability, and respond quickly to revenue opportunities. Some are reducing workforce to decrease costs. Others are running full bore to protect market share. Industry-wide, they are...
    • 8 Mar 2016

    From Operators to Cross-Functional iOps Teams

    Control rooms where operators monitor and control the process have changed over the years as technologies have advanced. Today with advances in communications technologies, this “room” can extend globally. In a Process Engineering article, Remote Controller , Emerson’s Jeff Dymond describes this change in thinking to accommodate knowledge workers located remotely. He notes how this thinking has changed...
    • 2 Feb 2016

    Monitoring Control Valves with Remote Expertise

    An ARC Advisory group study highlighted that “The global process industry loses $20 billion, or five percent of annual production, due to unscheduled downtime and poor quality. ARC estimates that almost 80 percent of these losses are preventable…” Key components in controlling a process are the control valves, which directly touch the process. As such, they can be subject to corrosive, erosive and other...
    • 1 Feb 2016

    Optimize Energy Consumption with Additional Monitoring

    In a quick Emerson Exchange 365 Operate & Maintain group discussion post, Plant modernization for energy efficiency and loss control , Emerson’s Barbara Hamilton alerted the community to a nice article in Control Engineering Asia magazine. The article with the same title describes how additional measurements in older process manufacturing and production plants are being added to make them more energy efficient...
    • 5 Jan 2016

    SureService is a Sure Bet to Improve Your Control System

    Author: Jocelyn Sexton SureService is an old name with a new meaning at Emerson. SureService now refers to a new offering from Emerson’s Lifecycle Services for DeltaV systems . It includes four tiers of packaged services that make it easier to fill the gaps between where you are now, and where you want to be in the future in terms of more efficiently managing and maintaining your system. In this quick 2...
    • 2 Dec 2015

    Secure Out of the Box Myth-Part 2

    In Secure Out of the Box Myth-Part 1 we highlighted some of the challenges and misconceptions around effective cybersecurity efforts. We’ll recap some of the additional key points from Emerson’s Neil Peterson ‘s presentation at the AFPM (American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers) 2015 Q&A and Technology Forum . Separating the distributed control system from the plant network should be a...
    • 12 Nov 2015

    Secure Out of the Box Myth-Part 1

    Last month, a full day was devoted to the issues and practices around cybersecurity at the AFPM (American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers) 2015 Q&A and Technology Forum . Emerson’s Neil Peterson was one of the presenters. His presentation, The Myth of “Secure Out of the Box”, explored the expectation of process manufacturers and producers to have their automation vendors: …supply their...
    • 20 Oct 2015

    Managing Pressure and Flow Loops on Acid Gas Absorber

    At the request of a reader who commented on the last post, here is another of the 11 examples that Emerson’s Mark Coughran shared in his Emerson Exchange Denver presentation, Solving Pressure Control Loop Problems in Hydrocarbon Processing Plants. The commenter wrote: Could you please write up a post about Acid Gas Removal Unit, Absorber Pressure and Flow? I’ve done some process safety assessment on...
    • 6 Aug 2015

    Protecting Control Systems with Comprehensive Cybersecurity Programs

    Author: Jocelyn Sexton At this year’s Offshore Technology Conference , Asset Strategy & Management Program Manager Rick Gorskie talked to oil and gas customers about their concerns regarding cybersecurity. As you can imagine, it’s a hot topic. Many of our customers realize that even if they are not a target now, they could be in the future. Incidents in the past with Stuxnet , a worm that attacked...
    • 10 Feb 2015

    Does Flow Loop Make Valve Positioner Unnecessary?

    The post Does Flow Loop Make Valve Positioner Unnecessary? appeared first on the Emerson Process Experts blog. In the Process Control LinkedIn group, a question was asked : Positioners seem very popular now, but most lines with valves have flow meters attached. Won’t a flow loop make the positioner redundant? When asked for clarification, the original poster explained: As far as I understand them, a...