Improving Oil and Gas Exploration Performance

Emerson's Peter Wang

We often discuss aspects of the production side of the upstream oil & gas business, but less so with the exploration side. In December of last year, Emerson completed the acquisition of Paradigm. An array of software tools enables oil & gas producers to gain deeper insight into the subsurface, reduce uncertainty and support responsible asset management.

Emerson’s Peter Wang is a very active voice in the geophysical part of this industry. He recapped his 2017 public activities in a great LinkedIn post, 2017 Personal Year in Review – Talking about Geophysics. Let me recap a few items from some of his blog posts and invite you to subscribe to the blog.

In a post, The Robots Have Come to Seismic Interpretation, Peter describes the machine learning in applications such as Google Photos that can recognize the content within a picture and return the pictures in search results. This same machine learning technology has come to seismic interpretation software such as Paradigm Rock Type Classification. He notes how our brains have dimensional (3D) limitations. Machine learning: Continue Reading

Optimizing Media Flow in Biologics Manufacturing

Emerson's Emily Anderson

Author: Emily Anderson

Flexible facilities are a growing trend in the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Manufacturers increasingly look to produce multiple products and maximize production time. To meet these requirements, an automation strategy must maximize the flexibility of the process equipment.

The preparation, storage, and distribution of media often requires real-time flowpath selection and bumpless transfer between multiple sending tanks to supply a downstream user with a lengthy production cycle. To accommodate this flexibility, the transfer lines can be defined as unique DeltaV batch control units that manage the sending tank selection based on product expiry, sending tank availability, and operator input. Continue Reading

Flame and Gas Detection in Layers of Protection

For manufacturing processes with hazardous substances that are combustible or can cause harm to people and property, flame and gas detection systems are often used as part of the risk mitigation strategy.

This 11-minute video, Rosemount Flame and Gas Layers of Protection describes how these sensors are used in layers of protection for the process safety requirements.

The video opens explaining why flame and gas detectors are used—for personnel safety, property protection, regulatory monitoring and impact on the surrounding community. Continue Reading

Digital Transformations for Manufacturers across the Globe

Emerson's Jonas Berge

Interest in how the Industrial Internet of Things can improve manufacturing performance spans the globe. Emerson’s Jonas Berge recently presented at the 2nd China Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) summit 2018 in Shanghai.

His presentation, Harnessing the Power of Digital Transformation and Industrial IoT, explored the case for change in driving top quartile performance, the how’s of digital transformation in operations and maintenance, and deploying operational infrastructure.

Example of digital transformation in the reliability & maintenance practice are digital inspection of intelligent assets, digital collaboration across time and space, and the move from paper to findable, searchable and sharable digital documents.

From a safety and compliance perspective, Jonas described how the Industrial Internet of Things technologies enables digital transformation around digital mustering & rescue, digital asset safety checks and digital distress calls at eyewash and shower safety stations. Continue Reading

Reducing Complexity in Process Instrumentation

Emerson's Ingemar Serneby

Electronics technology continues to rapidly advance. For instrumentation and automation, this means that capabilities can continue to be added. But how do automation suppliers keep from adding complexity with added capabilities?

In an article, Advanced Instrumentation Design for the Next Generation of Users, Emerson’s Ingemar Serneby describes how taking a human-centered design approach and testing with users helps combat complexity.

Ingemar opens noting: Continue Reading