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MyEmerson Personalized Digital Experience

Last month at the Emerson Exchange conference in Nashville, I shared notes in a real-time blog post about the MyEmerson personalized digital experience for our customers.

Here is a quick, less than 2-minute YouTube video, MyEmerson: A Personalized Digital Experience. It is an interconnected digital experience that includes everything from software to documentation, engineering tools, and commerce. Connect people and technology through streamlined work processes and better collaboration. Continue Reading

WirelessHART—Digital Transformation-Enabling Technology

Emerson's Marcio DonnangeloThe FieldComm Group:

…is a global standards-based non-profit member organization consisting of leading process end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations that work together to direct the development, incorporation and implementation of communication technologies for the process industries… In addition to HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus communication technologies, FieldComm Group is responsible for ongoing development of Field Device Integration (FDI) Technology.

The FieldComm Group conducts Technology Day seminars across the globe to connect end users with the suppliers of these standards-based technologies on the value they deliver. Next Wednesday, November 6 will be the FieldComm Group UAE Technology Day in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Emerson’s Marcio Donnangelo will present WirelessHART as a Key Enabler for Digital Transformation. He will discuss manufacturer’s and producer’s drive toward digitization and explore:

  • Why WirelessHART is suitable for this
  • Examples of WirelessHART digitalization solutions
  • Connecting to existing infrastructure
  • Looking to the future
  • WirelessHART to supplement 5G connectivity

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Migrating Legacy PLC-5s to DeltaV

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 in these PLCs were placed into end of life status which meant no further factory support for the CPUs as well as a recommendation to migrate 1771 I/O cards. I caught up with Emerson’s Javier DeLuna about the choices that have to be considered moving forward.

Manufacturers and producers face options whether to modernize to a newer family of PLC or move the I/O and logic to a distributed control system (DCS), such as the DeltaV system. For many users with PLCs and DCSs, the ongoing challenge has been to maintain two databases, keep expertise and skills to manage the systems, and stock sets of spares for each system.

Modernizing the PLC to the next generation with a conversion rack solution has some issues. The swing arms for the I/O is covered by a metal plate which prevents access from maintenance person and create a loss of around 250 I/O. There is a possibility of damaging field wiring since this wiring must be pushed inward 3 inches and be repositioned to work properly. Increase equipment depth and additional migration cables also may mean the equipment and cabinet could require modification and moved cable trays—creating additional expense.

Emerson’s DeltaV team developed a quick switchover solution with the swing-arms in the same position as the legacy 1771 I/O chassis. This solution fits in the same space as this chassis with six DeltaV mounting kits also available. Continue Reading

Optimizing Energy Consumption and Overall Reliability

I heard a great story from Emerson’s Sam Thiara of a polymer producer in the Middle East region that was looking to improve energy efficiency across the facility’s steam system. They wanted to reduce energy costs and their carbon footprint, while also improving the stability and reliability of the process.

The plant staff worked with Emerson industrial energy consultants to benchmark existing operations. The process included staff interviews, data collection and observations. This input gathering process was followed by data analysis, rigorous simulations, and generation of a report.

For the petrochemical products produced at this plant, large quantities of energy are consumed in the forms of mechanical power needed to drive the pumps, blowers, and compressors, and steam needed for heating the various process streams. Continue Reading

Scalable Approaches to Refinery Digitalization

Refineries are not the first to jump on new technology trends given their need for stable and predictable operations for such a complex process. But as technology continues to advance, scalable ways to try, prove and grow solutions that create value are possible.

In a Hydrocarbon Processing article, An evolving approach to digitalization, Emerson’s Tonya Wyatt and Ron Fleissman share ways for refineries to incorporate Industrial Internet of Things technologies in a scalable way to prove the value they can deliver.

They open highlighting some common concerns, which:

…include the security of the data gathered and where it might be stored, along with the cost of retrofitting existing equipment and legacy systems, and the importance of the reliable functioning of software within critical business processes.

A key objective on the road to digitalization should be to eliminate silos.

Separate silos of information and manual-based processes that only track one set of data have few parts to play in the digital refinery of the future. Simultaneously, data collection and analysis need to be made easier, while there is also still ongoing pressure on refinery managers to get more done with fewer resources (financial and personnel).

Collecting data alone is not sufficient. It needs:

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