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 Automation.com 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

Improving Level Control in Combined-Cycle and Coal-Fired Power Plants

Emerson's Matthew Brummer

Levels of intermittent, renewable sources of energy for the electrical grids around the globe continue to grow. Power plants designed for more consistent, base load operation are under greater stress.

In this recorded Power magazine webcast, Optimizing Level Control for Maximum Reliability and Efficiency in Combined Cycle and Coal Plants, Emerson’s Matthew Brummer joins moderator and Power magazine executive editor, Aaron Larson.

Here’s the overview of this 42-minute webcast:

The operational realities of power generating units today are vastly different than they were year’s ago. Most units were designed for baseload operation, whereas today they’re being cycled to account for an increased renewable portfolio and low natural gas prices.

We’re seeing more equipment failures because of these operating profiles. In year’s past, plants were well staffed, which made it easy to maintain operations. Today, however, staff and expertise are depleted and maintaining plant assets is much more challenging. Having a plan to lead your utility into the future will be more critical than ever to stay up and running. A key component in planning needs to be choosing the right technology for boiler drum and feedwater heater levels.

Matthew gives answers to these considerations, practices and questions facing power producers: Continue Reading