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    • 23 Feb 2018

    5 Steps in Developing Digital Transformation Strategy

    Rapid technological advancements and retiring waves of deep expertise are prompting many manufacturers to re-imagine their operations. A digital transformation comprised of cultural change, workflow and process changes and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) requires a clear strategy based on the manufacturer’s key business objectives. In a CIOReview article, Five Key Steps To Building A Successful Strategy...
    • 6 Feb 2018

    Saving Project Timelines and Costs by Avoiding Control Valve Over-specification

    Control valves are a critical part of process manufacturing processes and require great care in selection and specification. But what if the specifications are too stringent impacting both cost and lead times? The costs and delays can have an impact on the overall performance of a capital project. In a Processing magazine article, How To Avoid Over-Specifying Control Valves , Emerson’s Janelle Prusha shares valuable...
    • 19 Jul 2017

    3D Immersive Dynamic Simulations

    You may have seen the recent announcement that Google Glass is back as Google Glass Enterprise Edition (EE) designed for workplace environments like ours in the manufacturing space. This technology joins others well established technologies such as Daqri and Gilgamesh in providing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solutions to support operators, technicians and other plant personnel in safely, efficiently...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 17 May 2016

    Hardware Considerations in Effective User Requirement Specifications

    Author: Scott Turner This is the final part in the five part series on how to write an effective User Requirement Specification (URS). The topic of this final post is ‘Hardware’. As before, I am really interested in seeing your comments on this. I think understanding other people’s views is really important to people who may be reading this. My other posts in this series are: General Considerations...