At the Emerson Exchange conference in Austin, Emerson’s Doug White presented, Taking Advantage in “Smart Plant” Technology. His abstract:
Every day we see the continuing advances in sensor, automation, and communication technologies in our personal lives. Applying these technologies in the process industries can significantly improve operational safety, increase plant flexibility and improve operating margins. In combination they can lead to what is termed “The Smart Plant.” In this presentation, actual implementation case studies, recent advances in relevant technologies and probable trends are used to explore today’s “state of the art” and forecast likely future changes and their impact.
Doug opened noting his first car had 5 sensors. Today in a modern automobile there are 30-40 sensors including parking assistance, lane position assistance, collision avoidance. Networks and wireless networks are present such as tire pressure readings. There is on the order of 100 million lines of code.
Artificial intelligence recently won 4 out of 5 games against the best Go player in the world. Heart pacemakers have continued to shrink in size to now be smaller than a US nickel. Computing power, cheaper data storage and faster communications inexorably continues. Technology is advancing rapidly and it is influencing our world of process instrumentation and automation.
Doug noted how these advancements impact a plant. A big area is moving from reaction to events to prediction of expected events. And experts that can analyze, decide and recommend action can be located anywhere and easily collaborate with the local staff. Continue Reading ▶