Remote Automation Solutions Roadmap

One of the key areas in Emerson Exchange conferences are the roadmap sessions to look at the technologies and services that have come along and a peek the future.

Emerson’s Stuart Miller led the roadmap session on remote automation solutions. He opened with an architecture looks from field devices through remote terminal units and flow computers to applications and then on to SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and PC-based tools.

Stuart described the family of gas flow computers that provide API-compliant gas measurement for single or dual meter runs. These flow computers include alarming, reporting, and event log capabilities, which provide operators with the required data to for measurement certainty and production efficiency.

He next discussed the SmartProcess Oil & Gas application suite. These include a production management suite and a transmission management suite. Much work has been done in taking a human centered design approach to simplify the use of the software applications. Continue Reading

Early Planning for Ongoing Support

It’s been a crazy week as we approach next week’s Emerson Exchange conference in Denver. I hope if you’re going, we have the chance to cross paths and talk.

Catch-ReleaseIf you’ll be there, I wanted to share a presentation that I am co-presenting with eog resources‘ Rene Beck. The title of our presentation, in the spirit of the great fly-fishing around Colorado, is Catch and Release Your Support Organizations. Here is the abstract for our workshop:

Many companies are efficient at managing projects or outsourcing that management. One thing often under planned is how the organization will support the results of a project and the staffing/resource impact long term. You need to build the team to support the tools and technologies the organization is deploying and recognize, up front, the costs for that long term support. We’ll look at best practices and share a case study in a process to identify the resources, training, social networks and procedures that guide their work, and launch that group independent from original project structure.

Our workshops will be on Wednesday, October 14 at 11am in room 604 and repeated on Thursday, October 15 at 10am in room 608.

If the subject interests you, use the myExchange Tool to add it to your schedule. If you are not able to join us, I’ll see if I can post the final presentation in SlideShare after the conference.

Make sure to follow next week’s action on the Live page and throughout the Emerson Exchange 365 community.

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Planning and Integrating Reliability for Top Performance

Innovations-Process-Control-Fall-2015The autumn edition of Innovations in Process Control is now published. It is also available in German, Italian, Spanish and French.

This edition contains articles on:

  • Reliability management consulting
  • Reliability value chain
  • Improved engineering efficiency drives reliability
  • Process reliability starts in the basement
  • Keeping a close eye on corrosion
  • Innovative technologies

Emerson Process Management Europe president, Roel Van Doren opens noting:

In an in-depth study Solomon Associates, a leading benchmarking company, quantifies the significance of top-quartile performance versus lower performers. The key to lifting performance into the top-quartile is a planned, integrated approach to all activities and technologies monitoring plant assets and workflows in order to standardise reliability practices.

The first four articles address aspects of this planned, integrated approach to reliability. Robert DiStefano notes that downtime in the oil & gas, chemical, refining and power industry routinely suffers around 5 to 7% downtime due to poor maintenance practices. He cites Solomon research: Continue Reading

Final Preparations for the Denver Emerson Exchange Conference

Emerson-Exchange-SchedulerIt’s a busy week as we ready for next week’s Emerson Exchange conference in Denver. If you’re going, are you working on your schedule yet of the workshops, short courses, educational courses and other activities? Here is the myExchange Tool to help you plan your week. Plan now and use your Emerson Exchange Mobile App to guide you around next week.

I’m still early in the week in my planning and need to fill out Wednesday through Friday. So much to see and so little time!

Look for the blog posts to come fast and furious as I try to capture as many Emerson experts as I can during the week.

We’ll also have a Live page in the Emerson Exchange 365 community where you can see the news, tweets and pictures as events unfold.

The questions are starting to come in for the Friday Meet the Experts panel on process control and optimization. Get your questions addressed by submitting them here.

Here is where to sign up for a daily summary of news from the Emerson Exchange conference.

Here is also where you can watch the keynote sessions on Monday, October 12 streamed live from 10am-12:40 EDT.

Hopefully, this gives you a flavor for some of the ways to experience the conference if you can’t be with us in person.

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Position Feedback for Refinery Manually Operated Valves

Sometimes a good discussion occurs among experts in a collaboration application within the Emerson firewall. Today’s post is an example.

Emerson’s Jonas Berge was asking the global community of consultants and interested parties in refining about the manually operated valves in tank farms. He was seeking information on which ones operators would like to see valve position feedback where they may not have it today.

Michael Calaway responded:

Emerson's Michael Calaway

Based on my experience one of the biggest problems in tank farms are the line-ups. There are valves that must be opened and closed to get product into different tanks. The worst is when a finished product goes into the wrong tank and must be reprocessed. Many refineries try to make these valves automatic but there are still a number of sites that are still fully manual which opens up the problem of operator error. So, when you ask which valves we want position feedback on I would say any valve that is critical in a tank line up.

Tim Olsen added: Continue Reading