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  • Ovation Blog: Looking Into the Future with Your Digital Twin

    Some of the most exciting advancements in automation software and analytics are happening in simulation. As Monil Malhotra recently shared in an interview with Jim Montague at Control magazine, data analytics are everywhere, and the information we pull from that data is driving incredible technology advancements that are changing the way plants operate. Perhaps one of the most exciting advancements is the predictive…
  • DeltaV Blog: Unlock the Full Capabilities of Your Automation with Advanced Process Control

    Many of today’s process manufacturers face an uphill battle as global competition continues to increase. Each performance improvement engineers squeeze out of their systems can mean significant gains in both competitive advantage and in meeting today’s most important goals—goals like sustainability benchmarks. One technology provides more process improvement than most. Advanced process control (APC) uses software logic…
  • DeltaV Blog: Forecasting the Future of Process Control

    Industry is moving away from the traditional model that locks the control system away from any internet connectivity. As Claudio Fayad , vice president of technology for Emerson’s process systems and solutions explains in his recent article in Process and Control magazine , “In recent years most organizations have come to realize that the connectivity of all OT systems to the internet, along with cloud connectivity…
  • PAC Systems & Industrial Computing Blog: Driving Business Improvements with Operational Analytics

    As the wave of retirements continues and expertise is lost across the manufacturing and production industries, operational analytics will assume a more significant and prominent role. These analytics applications help transform reams of data into act...
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Actuation Solutions for Constrained Spaces

    I recently had an article published in the August 2022 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing. It is titled “Why Compact Actuation Solutions are Ideal for Constrained Space Installations,” and it discusses how a vertical profile actuator is providing new opportunities for space-constrained applications. A summary of the article follows. Space constraints are common in the oil and gas industry. However floating production,…
  • PAC Systems & Industrial Computing Blog: Improved Reliability and Sustainability from a Foundation you Likely Already Have

    The global pandemic was, perhaps, the single greatest driver of digital transformation we will ever see. Nearly overnight process manufacturers needed to find ways to continue to operate when key personnel couldn’t be in the building. This led to an ...
  • PAC Systems & Industrial Computing Blog: Achieving Future-Ready Operations Through Digital Transformation

    Remote workforces, social distancing, reduced labor efficiency — these are just a few of the buzzwords surrounding the “new normal” manufacturers have faced since the global pandemic. Unfortunately, these are also challenges that are layered o...
  • DeltaV Blog: Automation Solutions Across Hydrogen Value Chain

    There continues to be much focus on the idea of growing hydrogen as an energy carrier and increasing its role in the global energy mix. Much work is being done across the hydrogen value chain from production through distribution to end consumers. In a Smart Industry article, Methods to implement hydrogen across the value chain , Emerson’s Loic Charbonneau shares solutions in hydrogen production, transportation and storage…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Streamlining Proof Testing Procedures

    Click to enlarge Safety instrumented systems (SISs) require periodic proof testing of all of their safety instrumented functions (safety loops) which include the sensor, logic solver, and final element. An out-of-the-box proof testing solution from Emerson, ProofCheck , is available to provide all the aspects of proper SIS testing in a single solution, including field devices, wiring, signal conditioners, safety logic…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Driving Safety Improvements Through Location Monitoring

    Location monitoring technology is part of some manufacturers’ and producers’ safety programs. In the event of a safety incident, this technology enables the safety management team to know which people are in the affected area and which are not. The Location Awareness system provides you with relevant-time, safety-focused monitoring of your most valued resource – your people. Enabled by WirelessHART Anchors and battery…
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    In today’s manufacturing environment, where fewer experienced people are running the plant, well-designed alarm strategies are more important than ever. A timely, clear, accurate alarm—one that is not buried in an alarm flood—can mean the difference between safe operation through a process aberration or a disaster that impacts safety or creates an environmental incident. Plant operators know the importance of good alarm…
  • DeltaV Blog: Avoid the Misconceptions Leading to Poor Alarm Management

    In today’s manufacturing environment, where fewer experienced people are running the plant, well-designed alarm strategies are more important than ever. A timely, clear, accurate alarm—one that is not buried in an alarm flood—can mean the difference between safe operation through a process aberration or a disaster that impacts safety or creates an environmental incident. Plant operators know the importance of good alarm…
  • PAC Systems & Industrial Computing Blog: Edge to Cloud-Liberating Stranded Data

    Automation systems and a huge number of smart sensors are producing vast amounts of data that can, ideally, be used to improve business outcomes. But only if the data can be accessed and analyzed. For a surprising number of reasons, both technical an...
  • DeltaV Blog: BioPhorum’s Roadmap for Speed to Market with In-Line Monitoring and Real-Time Release

    Traditional manufacturing practices have served the biopharmaceutical industry well for years, but times are changing and a need for speed to market in life sciences while reducing manufacturing costs is putting a focus on enabling real-time release (RTR). Technologies such as advanced process control (APC), predictive analytics, in-line monitoring (ILM), and real-time release testing (RTRT) are critical to the new strategies…
  • Operations Management Blog: Operations and Business Management at Emerson Exchange

    With registration now open for the October 24-28, 2022 Emerson Exchange conference in the Dallas, Texas area, I wanted to make sure you were aware that the Session Catalog is available for viewing . I understand more is being added, but you can get a sense of some of the sessions that will be there. For instance, I searched by track and chose Operations & Business Management software. Here is one of the presentations…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Control Valves in Safety Instrumented Functions

    A reader of this blog came upon the post, When is a SIL Suitability Rating Required for Final Control Elements? The reader sent an email to the blog post author, Emerson’s Riyaz Ali , asking (of which I’ll paraphrase): When is it possible to use control valves like final elements for SIS [safety instrumented system] application? I am looking for other useful documents and technical requirements when it is possible to…
  • PAC Systems & Industrial Computing Blog: Smart Way for Mining Operations to Automate–Think at the Edge

    Like so many industries, mining and metals enterprises are going through huge changes. I recently connected with Emerson’s Thishen Naidoo , a heavy industries marketing leader for the machine automation solutions portfolio. Here is our exchange ...
  • DeltaV Blog: Advanced Process Control for Mining Comminution and Separation

    As commodity prices surge in these inflationary times, mining activity continues to increase. Miners can increase their throughput, efficiency, and sustainability by applying advanced process control in their operations. In a North American Mining article, Optimizing all the variables related to comminution and separation requires sophisticated control strategies , Emerson’s David Harrach teamed with Devin Marshman from…
  • DeltaV Blog: Faster Tech Transfer Unlocks Speed to Market

    The rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccine has created a dramatic shift in the way the public and life sciences organizations view the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. In a recent Q&A with Pharma Manufacturing , Nathan Pettus , president of Emerson’s process systems and solutions business, shared how a move toward more flexibility and modularity in the industry is cutting tech transfer times to drive improved speed…
  • DeltaV Blog: Improving Production, Safety and Reliability in Midstream Lithium Production

    In our continuing series on the lithium supply chain from mining through battery production , we look at the midstream process where the battery cathode, anode and electrolytes are produced. We explored ways to improve production quality in a post, Improving Quality in Midstream Lithium Production . Today, we’ll look at production optimization, safety, and reliability. One of the challenges expressed by lithium battery…
  • DeltaV Blog: Embedded Tools Drive Better Loop Tuning

    Properly tuned loops are critical to efficient, effective plant performance. However, constant changes in the plant environment mean that proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning cannot be a set-and-forget procedure. This poses a problem for many modern plants, as few have the deep bench of experienced personnel they used to. When loops need tuning, that often means other critical tasks must be put on hold. Today…
  • DeltaV Blog: Improving Quality in Midstream Lithium Production

    In an earlier post, Solving Battery Production Growth Challenges , we touched on the upstream, midstream, and downstream production from lithium mining to lithium battery production. Today, we’ll focus on the midstream production process. Again, Sung Heon Lee and I collaborated on the content of this post. The midstream part of the lithium value chain involves manufacturing the Cathode, Anode, Electrolyte, and Separator…
  • DeltaV Blog: Role of Automation in Achieving Environmental Sustainability

    When we think about new large-scale decarbonisation projects in the UK, the focus will be on the coastal manufacturing and power generation clusters. Carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) will be a critical element of decarbonisation, together with the transition to low carbon energy sources. Covering industries in Teesside and Humberside, the `East Coast Cluster’ is one of the first projects to be selected for…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: The Benefits of Continuous Corrosion Monitoring Over Periodic Manual Inspection

    Whilst manual inspection remains a valuable tool for measuring the plant health, this blog post explains the benefits of continuous monitoring over periodic inspection.  Turning corrosion and erosion data to into true process insights Uncontrolled corrosion and material degradation undeniably leads to hefty safety, environmental, reliability, and operational consequences. Standards, developed by the American Petroleum…
  • Operations Management Blog: Ready to Own your Virtualization Infrastructure?

    Over the last decade or so we’ve seen rack after rack of servers disappear as organizations have embraced virtualization technology. Not only does moving to a virtualized backbone reduce equipment footprint, but it also dramatically reduces energy usage to help plants improve their sustainability and efficiency. However, virtualized systems are often complex, making them difficult for operational technology (OT) teams…