What Digital Transformation Could Mean for a Combined Cycle Plant

Emerson's Doug Morris


Author: Douglas Morris

The growth of renewables and distributed energy resources are challenging the traditional economic models of the utility industry. A growing school of thought in power generation is that embracing some form of digital transformation could very well provide an avenue for better economics. The problem is, though, that digital transformation has been ill defined and the focus is on “the technology” rather than “what it does for a user”. No one is going to deploy these technologies without a clear picture of the value.

Tangible value is available using targeted application of digital technologies and can help a utility spend less on O&M while helping its increasingly smaller workforce do more with less. The best approach that I’ve seen is to start by trying to solve a real problem at a plant. Let me give an example. At one site, the operations staff was stretched too thin and some rounds were late to be gathered and, as because of Murphy’s Law, the calibration gas for their continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS) ran out. Continue Reading

Proxy Digital Twin for Oil and Gas Subsurface and Surface Operations

Emerson's Hassane Kassouf


The Society of Exploration Geophysicists recently held their annual meeting. Emerson’s Hassane Kassouf shared his thoughts on how digital twin technology can transform operational efficiency in oil & gas production in a daily news article at this meeting, Connecting Subsurface Intelligence with Surface Operations.

Hassane opens the article citing this statistic on the digitalization trend: Continue Reading

Automating and Optimizing Copper Heap Leaching Processes

Emerson's Alena Johnson


Our world is dependent on all the copper wire distributing electricity and communications signals over great distances and throughout our homes and businesses. Mining and refining this copper into the purity required poses safety, efficiency and reliability challenges for global miners.

I learned quite a bit about the mining process and its challenges from Emerson’s Alena Johnson excellent Mining Engineering magazine article, Improved flow measurement and control are key to efficiency.

Alena opens describing the heap leaching process for copper: Continue Reading

Dynamic Simulations for Projects, Training and Ongoing Operations

Emerson's Ronnie Bains


Learning in a simulated environment can improve both the capital project side and ongoing operations side of a manufacturing process. In an Arab News article, Faster start-up, Emerson’s Ronnie Bains:

…explains how the use of dynamic simulations and operator training systems can support engineering and workforce training to help bring offshore assets online quicker.

Bringing oil and gas processes online safely and quickly is the goal of every project team. Dynamic simulations can:

…be used throughout the lifecycle of a project, from an initial standalone process model built to perform verification studies of process and control system design, to commissioning and operating procedure verification, or “virtual commissioning,” and training, the traditional use of dynamic simulation.

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Plastic Parts Assembly—Adhesives or Welding?

From sleek, curvy headlights on fancy automobiles to built-for-purpose designs such as earbuds, medical devices and consumer packaging, plastics are part of our daily lives. Adhesives have typically been used in assembling these plastic parts into their finished form.

Emerson's Tarick Walton


In an Appliance Design article, Adhesives or Welding for Plastic Part Assembly? [free site registration required], Emerson’s Tarick Walton contrasts the two approaches.

Tarick opens noting that the decision on assembly technology is based on two factors:

…business factors and part factors. Business factors involve your product lines and production needs, and the degree of speed, flexibility, and scalability that are needed in your assembly operations. Part-related factors go right to the part itself: its performance requirements, shape, and materials of construction.

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