Improving Energy Efficiency with IIoT

Think about an “Internet of Things” (IoT) device that you may use in your home life. It’s typically an ordinary device, such a thermostat, and made into an IoT device with communications and a visual interface to remotely view date & control actions from the device. For instance, my Emerson Sensi thermostats communicate through my home network and Internet to a Sensi app on my smart phone where I can monitor & control the temperature and other functions from anywhere.

In a Flow Control article, Industrial Internet of Things In Energy Management, Emerson’s Mark Menezes contrasts commercial IoT and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). He then highlights examples of how IIoT devices and applications can improve energy efficiency and performance.

Unlike commercial IoT applications, IIoT must meet:  Continue Reading

Tips for Effective Ultrasonic Plastic Welding

Ultrasonic welding is:

…an industrial technique whereby high-frequency ultrasonic
acoustic vibrations are locally applied to workpieces being held together under pressure to create a solid-state weld. It is commonly used for plastics, and especially for joining dissimilar materials. In ultrasonic welding, there are no connective bolts, nails, soldering materials, or adhesives necessary to bind the materials together.

This technology goes back and was patented in the 1960s by two people, one of whom:

…was a lab manager at Branson Instruments where thin plastic films were welded into bags and tubes using ultrasonic probes.

Today, the Branson brand of material joining and cleaning solutions is part of Emerson.

In a Medical Design & Outsourcing article, 5 tips for ultrasonic plastic welding success, Emerson’s Tarick Walton and Mike Diker highlight considerations where ultrasonic welding technology is an effective solution.

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Minimizing Project Execution Risks for Complex Analytical Systems

Many manufacturers and producers require high-resolution analysis of liquid and process gas streams as an integral part of their production processes. A big challenge is in designing, engineering, installing, commissioning and supporting these complex analytical systems over their lifespans.

This 3-minute YouTube video, Rosemount Analytical Systems and Integration Services, highlights considerations to reduce project execution risks for the installation and commissioning of complex analytical systems.  Continue Reading

Edge and Cloud Computing Podcast

Control and Control Design magazine have a podcast series, Control Amplified, featuring thought leaders in the world of process control and automation.

Emerson's Peter ZornioIn their most recent podcast, Computing at the Edge, Executive Editor Jim Montague interview’s Emerson Chief Technology Officer, Peter Zornio, about the edge of process automation and control systems and how it’s changed from traditional distributed control. There is also a transcript of the interview in a post, Control Amplified: Computing on the edge.

Here are some of the points that Peter made in the interview. When asked if edge computing was just another name for distributed control, Peter explained:

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Overcoming Self-Imposed Barriers to Operational Performance

This FIRSTHAND: Operational Certainty in Pod podcast with Emerson’s Chris Hamlin is a follow up to our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert with Chris.

In this podcast, we explore Chris’ thoughts on a presentation he gave recently at a conference in the Netherlands. The presentation highlighted the massive technological shifts occurring that are affecting the very way we organize our businesses and drive performance improvements.

We hope you’ll enjoy this episode and will consider subscribing to the whole FIRSTHAND: Operational Certainty in Pod series on your iOS or Android mobile device.


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