Actionable Information with Plantweb Insight

Let’s end the week with a quick 1:48 YouTube video about Plantweb Insight to better analyze and use the data for safe, reliable and compliant operations. Plantweb Insight is enabled by wireless sensors and networks and gives users the knowledge to make effective and timely decisions

The suite of Plantweb Insight applications provide instant access and visibility into plant assets in an intuitive way without the need for training. Analytics built into the software turn vast streams of data into actionable information.

Learn more in the Plantweb Insight area of or connect and interact with other digital transformation experts in the IIoT/Digital Transformation group in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.

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Digital Twin Technology for Projects and Ongoing Operations

Emerson's Ronnie Bains

Simulation technology continues to advance to improve manufacturing performance in both the capital project and ongoing operations phases. We’ve highlighted examples of how these performance gains are achieved in earlier posts with Emerson’s Ronnie Bains.

Today at 10:00 AM EST / 4:00 PM CET, Ronnie will join a webinar hosted by simulation experts from Aspen Technology, Bring Facilities Online Faster and Manage Unexpected Shutdowns Confidently With Digital Twin Technology.

Here’s the webinar’s description:

As the process industries face the challenge of digitally transforming their plants and assets, they need tools and technology to support this change. Integrating the use of process simulation, operator training systems (OTS) and digital twin technology is an essential first step on this journey. Learn from Emerson and AspenTech experts how you can leverage an integrated technology solution to bring plants online faster and manage unexpected shutdowns with confidence.

Register her for the webinar and learn more about how simulation technology and changing work practices can help improve both project and ongoing operational performance.

You can also connect and interact with other simulation and digital transformation consultants in the IIoT & Digital Transformation group in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.

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Sharing Expertise in Communities and Social Networks

It’s a light posting week as I travel to Emerson facilities in Switzerland and The Netherlands to interact with our subject matter experts and share skills and tips to build their confidence and abilities to share their expertise in our Emerson Exchange 365 community, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Here’s the team that joined together in our Baar, Switzerland office:

Emerson Subject Matter Experts assembled in Baar, Switzerland

And here’s the team that joined together in our Rijswijk office:

Emerson Subject Matter Experts assembled in Rijswijk, The Netherlands

Connect and interact with them as you see them in the Emerson Exchange 365 community, LinkedIn and Twitter!

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Machine Learning in Root Cause Analysis

It’s hard to keep up with the news in the manufacturing industries and not find articles on how artificial intelligence will bring improvements. Machine learning is one area that can help spot patterns to improve reliability, quality, and throughput.

Emerson's Mark Nixon

Emerson's Noel Bell

At this past Emerson Exchange conference in San Antonio, Emerson’s Mark Nixon and Noel Bell teamed with senior leaders from Integration Objects to present, Learning and Root Cause Analysis Application.

They opened describing the traditional control room where operators observe alarm conditions, identify the scenario that is causing these alarms and compare it with their earlier experiences, find an appropriate solution and react accordingly to address the situation.

The operator must digest all the information coming from printer logs, HMI alarm interfaces, operator screens and trends to decide on the best course of action. This is where artificial intelligence can help. From additional data provided by Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sensors and other suppliers of big data, software for smart decision support and prescriptive analytics can be applied. Continue Reading

What to Look for in Control Valve Technology to Positively Impact Your Bottom Line

Emerson's Vincenzo Sipala

Author: Vincenzo Sipala

How Plant Downtime Effects Your Bottom Line

Due to improper control valve selection, the valve trim pictured above was damaged by solids from the fluid, which was originally specified as clean.

Keeping an intricate process plant at maximum productivity for multiple decades is no easy feat. Operations downtime caused by unscheduled maintenance issues continues to be a major cause of concern for companies, as it can have expensive consequences. According to Solomon Associates, companies reach the Top Quartile performance when they have less than three percent unplanned downtime and maintenance costs less than two percent of plant replacement value (PRV). For 24/7 industries, users have the potential to cut maintenance spend by 50 percent or more simply by reducing downtime.

An unexpected loss of plant uptime means a reduction in revenue, throughput, and capacity utilisation. Restarts and shutdowns also consume additional energy and increase energy intensity with the potential for unwanted emissions and safety incidents. These adverse side effects impact the bottom line. But selecting the right measurement and control products for each application can be the key to significant savings. Continue Reading