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Migrating Legacy Control Systems and PLCs with FlexConnect Solutions

Posted in Modernization on Thursday, November 7th, 2019. No comments yet
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Now, with these control systems being more than 30+ years old, most of these legacy systems have been placed in to end of life or retired lifecycle status which means no further factory support is available. I caught up with Emerson’s Scott Ross about the choices that must be considered moving forward. Manufacturers and producers […]

Migrating Legacy PLC-5s to DeltaV

Posted in Modernization on Thursday, October 31st, 2019. No comments yet
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Way back in the mid-1980’s, when I was a newly-minted engineer working oil & gas production projects offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, a new series of PLCs came on the scene to replace the Allen-Bradley PLC-2’s we had been using. They were the PLC-5 series. Now, more than 30 years old, the CPUs used […]

Cost of DCS Modernization?

Posted in Modernization on Thursday, September 26th, 2019. No comments yet
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Emerson’s Laurie Ben and Aaron Crews presented DCS Modernization—What Does it Cost?, at the 2019 Emerson Exchange conference. Laurie opened sharing the facts that over 5800 modernization projects have been performed since the 21st century began. Emerson provides pre-Front End Engineering Design (FEED) through commissioning and startup services for these projects. The earlier planning begins, […]

Justifying Your Automation Modernization Projects

Posted in Modernization, Project Services on Thursday, October 4th, 2018. No comments yet
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Emerson’s John Dolenc presented on how to justify your automation project at the 2018 Emerson Exchange conference. He shared justification methods to identify operational improvements and estimate the financial impact. He opened on where to look within operations, what data to analyze and how to estimate financial gains. The place to start is finding where […]

Dynamic Simulation for Successful Modernization Project

Posted in Modernization on Thursday, July 19th, 2018. No comments yet
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Switching from a legacy control system to a modern one requires careful planning and execution, especially if done as a hot cutover–the switch happening while the process continues to run. One element that must be carefully planned should be the training of the operators on the new system. By including dynamic simulation development for testing […]