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.

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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.

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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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Digital Technologies for Improving Power Plant Operations

Emerson's Doug Morris

Author: Douglas Morris

There’s a lot of talk in the industry about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), digital transformation, and digital technologies. There is enough interest, though, among utility executives in the promise of digital technologies–which typically includes some combination of wired and wireless sensors for monitoring, sophisticated algorithms, machine learning and artificial intelligence–that it’s time to go beyond talking about the technology and focus on actual plant applications that give you more insight and help you improve unit operations.

One example is the use of wireless acoustic sensors to monitor for and detect heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) tube leaks. By detecting when a leak first starts, a plant can avoid tube bundle damage and can schedule an outage rather than having the leak force the unit off line.

Another example is to use sensors to trend differential pressure across tube bundles which can help detect ammonia salt buildup downstream of a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system.

During the upcoming POWER-GEN conference in Orlando (December 4-6), Emerson will showcase several plant applications using digital technologies. Whether you want to use wireless devices to solve a specific problem or you want to go bigger and eliminate manual operator rounds, we will have experts in our booth #2121 to discuss how you can make digital transformation real at your utility.

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