Digitally Transforming Subsurface and Surface Oil and Gas Production

Big data is not just a phenomenon on the surface of oil & gas production producing areas. It’s growing rapidly below the surface as well.

Emerson's Hassane Kassouf

In an article from the 2018 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) show daily, Facing the Digital Deluge (p19), Emerson’s Hassane Kassouf describes how this reservoir data and analytics-driven intelligence is driving a new, digital operations model.

He opens noting that IT programs and digital processes on existing approaches leads to “digital sugarcoating” rather than a digital transformation towards safer, more reliable and more efficient operations.

Well completions and artificial lift inefficiencies are sources of financial improvement opportunities that a digital transformation strategy can unlock. Continue Reading

Integrated Control and Machinery Health Monitoring for Power Producers

The power industry is facing many challenges today with cycling demands from a growing renewable energy mix on the grid, employee retirements, and cost cutting. Despite these challenges, consumers expect a reliable supply of electricity.

Emerson's Jason King

At the July 29 – August 2, 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference in Pittsburgh, Emerson’s Jason King and an Ovation customer will present, Ovation Machinery Health Monitor Update & Case Presentation: Modernizing Peaker Controls.

Integrated machinery health monitoring can help keep the plant operating reliably by helping to avoid forced outages and runbacks, and limiting outage durations if they occur.

Plant staff is also being challenged to start up as quickly as possible, which means overstressing the equipment trying to shave a few minutes or seconds off the startup time. Forced outages are becoming more common every year. Continue Reading

Reduce Boiler Tube Leaks with Better Steam Temperature Control

As the contribution of renewable energy sources grow on electrical power grids, so does the cycling its intermittency creates for power producers. This cycling affects steam used to drive the generators.

For power stations where the electric generators are steam-driven, this steam is created by coal, nuclear, geothermal, solar thermal, waste incineration and sometimes natural gas. Boiler tube leaks caused by frequent cycling affect reliable operations.

In this 2:46 YouTube video, Overcome Tube Leak Problems with Better Steam Temperature Control, Emerson’s Mike Painter describes how boiler tube leaks and temperature excursions can be minimized with a better approach to controlling attemperation and steam temperature. Continue Reading

Liquidtight and Vibration-Proof Electrical Cable Connectors and Fittings

This is one for those electrical engineers out there. When I was interning on offshore oil & gas platforms in my college years back in the 1980s, I learned there was a lot more than just making an electrical connection between electrical devices (motors, sensors, etc.) and the remote terminal unit or PLC.

There were lots of considerations like the hazardous location rating of the connection points, the types of cables to carry the signals and the connectors to make sure the moist & salty air of the Gulf of Mexico did not corrode the wires and create intermittent or bad connections.

Emerson's Jim Tehan

I was reminded of the importance of these connectors in a new 3:11 YouTube video, Appleton and O-Z/Gedney for Liquidtight Flexible Metal Conduit.

In this video, Emerson’s Jim Tehan shows a wide range of liquidtight and vibration-proof connectors and fittings for wet, challenging & hazardous locations like what I experienced in my offshore days.

Jim opens noting that 18 lines of Appleton and O-Z/Gedney connectors are available to fit the specifics of your application. These can range from hooking up air conditioners in commercial and residential applications to motors and sensors in industrial process applications. Continue Reading

Components in a Butterfly Valve

The team managing education services for the Fisher brand of valves and instrumentation has a lot of really good videos on valve basics. You’ll find these on Emerson’s Fisher Valves & Instruments YouTube channel.

For example, a recently posted video, What are the Components of a Butterfly Valve?, provides an under 2-minute look at what makes up a butterfly valve and differences in types of valve.

It opens describing a butterfly valve‘s three basic components—a disk, shaft and valve body. A simple swing through design has a centered shaft on which the disk swings open or closed to control the flow of fluids through it. Continue Reading