Emerson is committed to helping its customers integrate digital capabilities into their organization, enabling them to realize significant performance improvements in key domains such as reliability, production, energy and safety. The process of digital transformation involves leveraging Emerson’s broad portfolio of technologies, software, solutions and services to expand digital intelligence, augment workflows and processes, improve efficiencies and develop new competencies.
At Emerson Exchange Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) 2024, delegates have the chance to attend presentations delivered by some of our major process and manufacturing industry customers, explaining how they are digitally transforming their operations, and the benefits they are achieving.
A good example is provided by MOL Petrochemicals in Hungary. Tibor Poór, the company’s head of maintenance, will tell Exchange delegates about its ongoing ten-year digitalization program, and reveal details of the significant benefits that have been achieved six years into the project.
MOL is the largest chemical producer in Hungary, and accounts for 20% of petrochemical production in central eastern Europe. It has a number of plants that are more than 40 years old, and found that outdated assets and automation technology were leading to reduced reliability, increased energy consumption and productivity challenges. The company introduced its digitalization program with the aims of implementing new technologies, procedures and solutions to help optimize its processes and energy consumption, increase safety and reliability, and reduce maintenance costs. MOL’s goal was to achieve Top Quartile performance, and Poór will provide some examples of the digital solutions that have been implemented to help reach that target.
Another excellent real-world example of digital transformation will be provided by Mariana Brás, senior process automation engineer at Hovione, a contract development and manufacturing company that helps pharmaceutical customers bring new and off-patent drugs to market.
To ensure regulatory compliance, pharmaceutical manufacturers must document manual and automated procedures throughout the production process. When these procedures are documented manually, the process can be both time-consuming and prone to human error, potentially delaying batch release and impacting profitability. Brás will explain why electronic batch reporting provides an ideal solution to these challenges.
Electronic batch reports produce valuable data about a process executed in batch mode in Emerson’s DeltaV™ distributed control system. In 2017, Hovione went through a multi-year process of implementing an electronic batch reporting system. Brás will tell delegates about the significant benefits that have been achieved in terms of productivity, costs, compliance and sustainability since the company switched from a manual, paper-based system to a digital, electronic alternative.
Emerson Exchange EMEA 2024 takes place at the Congress Center Düsseldorf, Germany, from February 27-29. To assist the many delegates who will be attending from the host nation, some of the customer presentations will be delivered in German language.
Among those presenting in German will be the FieldComm Group – a global organization that develops standards for the communication and integration of devices and systems in the process industries. Its EMEA program manager Kurt Polzer will explain how the smart integration of the field level into higher-level systems is vital for digitalization and digital transformation in the process industries. And for any non-German speakers not wishing to miss out on the presentation, Polzer will also be delivering it in English earlier in the week.
To learn more about the broad range of exciting events taking place during the Exchange, please visit EmersonExchange.org/EMEA.