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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...
    • 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...
    • 31 Mar 2016

    Fundamentally Transforming Capital Project Planning and Execution

    Executing capital projects grows increasingly difficult as their size and scope continues to expand. I caught up with Emerson’s Kevin Jackson who has witnessed this growth over time. Kevin notes that today 65% of projects over a billion dollars fail. Likewise, 35% of projects under $500 million have failed as well. By ‘failing’ he means that they are at least 25% over budget or late by at least 50...
    • 21 Mar 2016

    Industrial Internet of Things and Changing Automation Architectures

    The Purdue Enterprise Reference Architecture has been a defining architecture for instrumentation, automation, manufacturing operations and business planning and logistics systems since its introduction in the 1990s. In a Plant Services article, What a smart device ecosystem looks like , Emerson’s Mike Boudreaux shares ways that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is reshaping this model. Mike writes: ...
    • 22 Jan 2016

    Effective Control Philosophies for Your User Requirement Specification

    Author: Scott Turner This is the fourth part of my five part series on how to write an effective User Requirements Specification. The topic for this part is the ‘Control Philosophy’. The first three in the series include Considerations for Your User Requirement Specification , Process Overview for Your User Requirement Specification and Scoping Your User Requirement Specification . The fifth and final part...