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  • DeltaV 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…
  • DeltaV Blog: Anytime, Anywhere Simulation and Engineering via the Cloud

    In the last five years, simulation technologies have been a critical tool used to drive digital transformation of automated processes. In simulated environments, organizations can provide comprehensive training for personnel and test new control configurations without the safety and production risks of accessing real-world equipment. Many organizations are also turning to collaborative engineering tools to leverage…
  • DeltaV Blog: Solving Battery Production Growth Challenges

    Sung Heon Lee and I collaborated on the content in this post. Although Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have received a lot of media attention in the past couple of years, they were first commercialized by Sony in 1991. Since then, these batteries have enabled many technological advances. Without it, our lives would look very different today. Li-ion batteries have shaped how we communicate and work – through mobile devices…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Safety Loop Redundant Solenoids for Exercise and Testing

    Solenoid valves are often found in safety instrumented functions (SIFs) to release pneumatic pressure holding safety valves open or open depending on the application. Redundancy of these valves enables greater reliability and online proof testing. In a Process Industry Informer article, Redundant Solenoid Valve Architecture Improves Safety and Reliability , Emerson’s Mike Howells describes the importance of these valves…
  • DeltaV Blog: Mining Process Optimization

    Wouldn’t it be great if a production process kept the same performance over time? Unfortunately, the dynamics change as the assets wear and production rates vary. Production performance consultants work to adjust the tuning and control strategies to address these changes and maintain optimum performance. One of Emerson’s Principle Consultants, Lou Heavner , was recently asked a series of questions about process optimization…
  • PAC Systems & Industrial Computing Blog: Safety Components for Machine Automation

    In this video, Machine Safety | Fluid Control & Pneumatics Mobile Event , Emerson’s Wolf Gerecke explains how our cost-effective solutions keep workers safer, simplify safety systems, improve machine functionality, and maximize productivity....
  • DeltaV Blog: Process Alarm and Event Data in Non-Traditional Cloud-Based Applications

    Note from Jim Cahill : Our team at Emerson Impact Partner, Spartan Controls , recently worked with a major oil & gas client to implement this use case of bring DeltaV Alarms & Events data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud using Emerson’s Plantweb Optics platform —a holistic data management platform unifying Operational Technology (OT) data into actionable information. Background The data available in OT including…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Valve Reliability in Safety Instrumented Functions

    The three key components in a safety instrumented function (SIF)—sensor, logic solver and final element—each have their own probabilities of how they will perform, or not perform, when called upon to bring the process to a safe state. Of these three components, the final element is more like to fail on demand due to its role in touching the process and mechanically operating. In a Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Improving…
  • Operations Management Blog: Industrial Software Enables Performance Gains

    The 18 th edition of Innovations in Process Automation from the Emerson European team is now available. It’s also available in German , Spanish , French and Italian . This edition highlights some prime examples of Emerson’s industrial software capabilities and explains how these capabilities are helping manufacturers and producers to achieve significant performance gains. The articles in this edition include: Emerson…
  • DeltaV Blog: Improve Speed to Market with Closed-Loop Process Control using Spectral PAT

    We have witnessed an incredible change the last few years in how life sciences manufacturers deliver treatments . Today’s focus is on fast results, and that means products patients rely on cannot sit on shelves for weeks or months waiting on quality validation. In a recent article in Pharmaceutical Processing World , Emerson’s Bob Lenich and Bruce Greenwald explored a strategy plants are using to digitally transform…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: How Industrial Facilities Are Prioritizing Safety with Advanced Location Technology

    Safety has always been a top priority for industrial facilities, but varying safety regulations, personnel training obstacles, and high implementation costs have presented challenges in creating more encompassing safety programs. From housing complex process equipment to hazardous materials, industrial facilities present unique challenges and more barriers to implementation, preventing these facilities from advancing…
  • Ovation Blog: Driving Electrical Power Grid Sustainability

    Let’s wind down this week with a look at the growing complexity in electrical power generation and distribution networks. Advancing technology plays an important role in managing this complexity for grid resiliency and reliability. This 3-minute YouTube video, Emerson Sustainable Grid Solutions shares ways that grids with unpredictable renewable energy can be transformed into predictable, reliable power through real…
  • DeltaV Blog: Take Better Control of Security with Integrated Patch Management

    These days it seems as if we are hearing about new cybersecurity threats to industrial operations nearly every month. Whether it is a ransomware attack, an outage due to malware, or an attack via a new, unanticipated vector, the risks associated with a cyberattack can be immense. As I’ve written about in the past, there are steps you can take to better secure your control systems to prevent intrusion. One key step is…
  • DeltaV Blog: MTP Unlocks Faster Integration for Smoother Capital Projects

    Because automation is typically on the critical path of any capital project, delays in integration can have significant impacts on project timelines and costs. One of the most common areas where integrating equipment can delay project completion and startup is with intelligent devices (IDs). In a recent article in Chemical Processing , Emerson’s Juan Carlos Bravo addressed this issue and explained how Module Type Package…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Chemical Industry Solutions for Safety Performance Improvements

    We often highlight how advancements in technology enable digital transformation initiatives to drive improvements in production, reliability and sustainability. But what about safety? In an AIChE recorded webinar, Digital Innovations for Improving Safety in Chemical Plants , Emerson’s Michael Machuca and Marty McDonough highlight was to drive safety improvements for this important industry. Michael and Marty discussed…
  • DeltaV Blog: Defense-in-depth Approach Helps Prevent Unauthorized Changes in Safety Logic

    One of the main concerns from users of process safety systems is how to effectively protect the SIS against unauthorized changes of the safety logic. The traditional protection approach is based on a key switch on the safety PLC; before somebody can alter the safety logic, the key switch must be placed in the proper position. While the key switch approach enforces physical presence before the safety logic can be modified…
  • Ovation Blog: Microgrid Control Solution for Resilient Performance

    As the northern hemisphere closes in on the winter months, the resiliency of our electrical power grids is a concern, especially here in Texas which experienced significant outages due to extreme cold last winter. In an Electric Energy Online (EET&D) article, Maximizing Microgrid Resilience Through Integrated Automation Strategies, Emerson’s Rick Kephart shares ways for businesses and other facilities to develop contingencies…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Understanding API 2350 for Storage Tank Overfill Prevention

    Storage tanks are critical assets in the hydrocarbon supply chain and require great care in operating safely and reliably. In a Tank Storage article, Overfill Prevention , Emerson’s Richard Ireland shares updates about the API 2350 standard 5 th edition (published September 1, 2000) which addresses overfill prevention in these storage tanks. Rich opens describing the API 2350 standard . API 2350 is the standard (of…
  • DeltaV Blog: Episodio 33: Protección Cibernética en Sistemas Instrumentados de Seguridad

    En este episodio el experto en Sistemas de Control y Sistemas Instrumentados de Seguridad, Sergio Díaz, nos comenta sobre las consideraciones más importantes en términos de ciberseguridad en los sistemas de las plantas. Hablamos sobre arquitecturas recomendables, tendencias actuales y mejores prácticas para proteger los sistemas de control y sistemas instrumentados de seguridad de ataques cibernéticos. Escucha el…
  • DeltaV Blog: Episodio 33: Protección Cibernética en Sistemas Instrumentados de Seguridad

    En este episodio el experto en Sistemas de Control y Sistemas Instrumentados de Seguridad, Sergio Díaz, nos comenta sobre las consideraciones más importantes en términos de ciberseguridad en los sistemas de las plantas. Hablamos sobre arquitecturas recomendables, tendencias actuales y mejores prácticas para proteger los sistemas de control y sistemas instrumentados de seguridad de ataques cibernéticos. Escucha el…
  • Ovation Blog: Making Sense of Cybersecurity

    Identifying the right cybersecurity solutions can be overwhelming. It seems as though every week we’re alerted to a new cybersecurity breach impacting another industry. Unsurprisingly, organizations across the globe—particularly those in critical infrastructure such as power and water providers—are responding by quickly acting to better secure their operations and assets against external intrusion. However, there are…
  • DeltaV Blog: Increasing Life Sciences Manufacturing Capacity

    Supply chain disruptions have forced manufacturers and producers across the globe to reexamine how they source raw materials, inventory, produce, and disseminate what they produce. In an Australasian BioTechnology article, Facilities for a Strong Future , Emerson’s Michalle Adkins and Makarand Mujumdar share how pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers can improve local capacity to meet the needs of the regions in which…
  • DeltaV Blog: A Step Closer to Plug-and-Play Engineering with Module Type Package

    In the chemical industry, manufacturers often need to change operations or accommodate new products to meet customer demand. However, the extensive integration efforts required to connect manufacturing equipment and automation systems often complicate engineering, slowing projects and impeding speed to market. Emerson’s MTP-capable products like the DeltaV Distributed Control System seamlessly integrate to further reduce…
  • Safety Instrumented Systems Blog: Advanced Sensor Technology in Safety Instrumented Functions

    The safety instrumented function, or safety loop, is comprised of a sensor, logic solver and final element. Sensing the shutdown condition requires highly reliable sensors. In a Process Engineering article, Improve the reliability of safety instrumented systems with advanced measurement technologies , Emerson’s Julie Valentine and Meha Jha share how technology advancements combined with best practices helps drive process…
  • PAC Systems & Industrial Computing Blog: IIoT-Enabled Sensors Help Improve Colgate’s Sustainability Efforts

    Energy costs are a significant expense for companies. Over time even the best-designed systems can age and wear which can result in wasteful leaks. These leaks can impact companies’ bottom line and the environment. Considering this, a real-time...