Making Emerson’s iCenter Part of Your Project Team

by | Oct 2, 2013 | Event, Services, Consulting & Training

20131002-095956.jpgEmerson’s Mike Knittel shared how cabinets and field enclosures design and build for DeltaV and Ovation systems have been integrated at centers across the globe. His abstract:

Emerson’s integration centers across the world have been reorganized as a single network of regionally focused cabinet solution providers known as the iCenter. Through the iCenter locations, Emerson can provide system integration services for both DeltaV and Ovation projects, leveraging the most recent technology advancements in the PlantWeb hardware platforms. This workshop will focus on the services offered including optimized cabinet design and engineering tools to provide hardware solutions at a much lower cost than what is realized in a typical project scenario.

Mike opened explaining how all the cabinet assembly locations for Emerson had been integrated and dubbed iCenter. The goal is to focus on project cost and speed, customer satifaction, quality, accountability, and risk mitigation.

Locations include St. Louis and Pittsburgh in the US, Nove Mesto in Slovakia, Chelyabinsk in Russia, Singapore, and Xian in China. Cabinet offerings include configured to order (CTO), CTO+ which includes minor change to standard), designed to order (DTO) which includes much more flexibility for specific project requirements, and traditional design build (TDB).

CTO/CTO+ are pre-engineered and have many options around DeltaV CHARM field enclosures, freestanding indoor enclosures, controller and conventional/bus I/O cabinets, and hybrid cabinets with a mix and match of CHARMS and traditional & bus I/O. The CHARMs field enclosures come in 48 and 96 IO sizes and include options for European (CE) and North American (FM) design/certification. AC and DC power options are available for the enclosues. They are rated for hazardous locations up to Class I, Div 2.

For the indoor cabinets, DC and AC powered cabinets are available per European and North American designs. Recent additions include power supply cabinets for power supplies, controllers, and network switches.

For DTO, engineered hardware solutions are created specific to user needs. It takes advantage of the existing engineering tools optimized subassemblies. Mark noted you can mix and match CTO/CTO+ cabinets and enclosures where you can and use DTO for more specific project needs.

For TDB, the iCenter has the build scope only but uses the same project management and single point of responsibility for the process manufacturer.

A web-based enclosure specification tool is available to configure, track, and release CTO enclosures. It outputs to spreadsheet bill of materials, summary sheet per enclosure, and AutoCad DWG package of configured enclosure. For DTO, you can take advantage of the existing CAD block subassemblies to avoid reinventing the wheel.

Mike closed pointing to how process manufacturers can work with their local business partner or Emerson sales office to quote, design, build and manage the cabinet assembly part of an automation project.

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