How-To Video on Coriolis and Magmeter Smart Meter Verification

Flow measurement is a key part of many processes—including those where the custody of the product changes ownership. For these fiscal measurements, accurate and repeatable flow measurement is imperative. Rosemount magnetic flow meters and Micro Motion Coriolis flow meters include Smart Meter Verification (SMV), a diagnostic tool which identify flow meter performance and integrity in-line, on a schedule and without interrupting the process flow or process measurement. These diagnostics help to maintain measurement accuracy and meter integrity, driving cost reduction through early detection of issues.

This 7-minute YouTube video, Micro Motion How to Run and Schedule the Basic Version of Smart Meter Verification, shows the process of running and scheduling this diagnostic test from both the Micro Motion 5700 transmitter and ProLink software. Continue Reading

5 Questions for Lifecycle Services Project Technical Leader Kris Lescinsky

Emerson’s Kris Lescinsky joins our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert podcast series. Through her work as a project technical leader, Kris fosters collaboration via knowledge-sharing platforms among Lifecycle Services engineers across the Emerson business units and world areas to better serve our customers.

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Emerson's Kris Lescinsky

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Reliable Control Valve Performance in Ethylene Production

Olefins, also known as alkenes, are unsaturated hydrocarbons, use to make many petrochemical products such as plastics. Olefin production, including ethylene, propylene and butadiene products, requires tight control for higher throughput, more energy efficient, and more reliable operations.

Emerson's Blake Coleman

In an article from The Chemical Engineer, Increasing Ethylene Conversion and Plant Reliability, Emerson’s Blake Coleman describes each of the key processing areas in olefin production and what are critical factors when selecting control valves for reliable and efficient performance.

Blake opens describing the production process as consisting of:

…three main areas: a hot section, where the reaction takes place; a compressor section, that provides the necessary pressure to move feedstock through the plant and provide refrigeration; and the recovery section, where product is distilled at low cryogenic temperatures can be found.

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Undertaking a Digital Transformation

The global market for natural gas has changed dramatically over the past several years. Some noteworthy changes include huge new supplies of natural gas from U.S. shale gas regions, more liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities both on the liquefaction and regassification side, and addition downstream petrochemical processing facilities that use natural gas as a feedstock.

Emerson's Jonas Berge

To cope with the changing economics, companies across the gas value chain been finding ways to improve their operations to remain profitable and operate safely, efficiently and reliably. Emerson’s Jonas Berge spoke at the Gas Asia Summit Conference this past October. His presentation, Digital Transformation of the Gas Value Chain, provided the whys, how’s and what’s on the path to more profitable operations.

Across this value chain, companies are challenged in improving safety & compliance, production levels, reliability & maintenance practices, and energy & emissions targets. Another challenge in many parts of the world is a loss of experience as members of the baby boomer generation retire.

Given these challenges, local experts at the plant level are harder to find and keep. The Industrial Internet of Things technologies are a component in a digital transformation to address these challenges. Additional easily-added sensors provide more diagnostic information from the plant equipment to be fed to analytics software overseen by centralized experts within the company—or to 3rd party instrumentation and automation suppliers. Continue Reading

Three Steps to Prescriptive Maintenance

Process manufacturers and producers practice many forms of maintenance as part of their efforts toward more reliable operations. These include reactive, preventive, predictive and most recently thanks the advancements in the Industrial Internet of Things technologies—prescriptive maintenance.

Emerson's Will Goetz

In a Plant Engineering article, The path to prescriptive maintenance: Three steps to drive reliability while preparing for IIoT, Emerson’s Will Goetz describes how to undertake this journey toward more reliable operations. He opens noting that many companies:

…worry about their readiness and feel overwhelmed thinking about the expense of preparations, particularly those organizations that are still moving from reactive and preventive to predictive maintenance (PdM). Now the topic is prescriptive maintenance, where analytics can show that a piece of equipment is headed for trouble and can prescribe prioritized, pre-determined, expert-driven mitigation or repair.

Will explains that this move to prescription maintenance does not need to happen all at once, but rather that: Continue Reading