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September 29, 2009

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Headlines from Today's Activities

- Smart Wireless Innovators Make the Connection
- Full Redundancy Makes Smart Wireless Smarter
- Alternative Fuels Industry Requires Capital Investments in Control
- DeltaV Blockbuster Onstage at PlantWeb Theater
- Human–Centered Design Transforms User Interfaces for DeltaV
- Syncade Smart Operations Management Suite Tackles ISA 95,
  Level 3
- Roxar Acquisition Creates First Integrated Offshore Offering

 

Smart Wireless Innovators Make the Connection
To recognize creativity and business value from applications of its Smart Wireless solutions, Emerson Process Management announced the winners of its 2009 Smart Wireless Innovators Application Contest at the 2009 Emerson Global Users Exchange in Orlando, Fla. A cross–industry panel of end-user judges selected CalPortland’s rotating cement kiln monitoring as Most Innovative, and CHS and Severstal Wheeling as co–winners for Best Business Results.

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Full Redundancy Makes Smart Wireless Smarter
Emerson announced a unique approach to redundancy for Smart Wireless monitoring and control solutions at the Emerson Global Users Exchange this week in Orlando, Fla.

"Emerson Smart Wireless has been adopted at thousands of customer sites globally," said Bob Karschnia, Emerson vice president, wireless. "Using wireless is a big step. Now available with the DeltaV S–series digital automation system, full redundancy protects the wireless network from any single point of failure by allowing primary failover to ensure that data always is delivered even if there is a malfunction."

The enhancements include redundant wireless I/O, power and communications and a redundant Smart Wireless Remote Link. The Remote Link connects the wireless field network to a DeltaV system, which makes an optimized PID available for wireless control. The new full redundancy furthers the strength of Smart Wireless technology as a complement to wired and bus approaches on capital projects.

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Emerson’s Bob Karschnia explained how the company’s new Smart Wireless platform now facilitates the implementation of critical control applications.

 

Alternative Fuels Industry Requires Capital Investments in Control
The demand for reliable fuel sources beyond traditional fossil fuels continues to drive a burgeoning industry that is ramping up as quickly as the dot-com bubble of the 1990s.

"There are hundreds of start–ups," said Alan Novak, director of Emerson’s alternative fuels industry division. Novak facilitated an industry forum on alternative fuels at the 2009 Emerson Global Users Exchange this week in Orlando, Fla. "This isn’t funded entirely by venture capital. Oil companies are setting up joint ventures and see this as a potential growth area. This has the potential to survive as an unsubsidized industry."

Brian McWhorter, process control engineer lead at Virent Energy Systems in Madison, Wis., Jack Kenny, co–founder of Secure Energy in St. Louis, and Mike McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuel Assn., presented evidence for meeting growing fuel demand with alternative feedstocks and processes, as well as how controls technology can facilitate scale-up from pilot to commercial–scale production.

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"We’re working to prove that the conversion from sugar to gasoline is economically feasible." Virent Energy Systems’ Brian McWhorter explained how Emersonís DeltaV platform is helping to streamline scale-up from pilot to commercial phase production.

 

DeltaV Blockbuster Onstage at PlantWeb Theater
Not many movie sequels or remakes are better than the original. However, just like the snowballing Harry Potter franchise, DeltaV seems to get better, richer and more sophisticated with practice, use and understanding.

So even though PlantWeb Theater long has been famous for staging excellent shows about how Emerson Process Management’s technologies work together, those events were pretty much just rehearsals for this year’s premier event. The theater is located at the front of the exhibit hall during Emerson Global Users Exchange this week at the Gaylord Palms resort and convention center in Orlando, Fla.

The biggest headliner at PlantWeb Theater this week is undoubtedly the new DeltaV S–series. This latest and greatest version of DeltaV includes high–integrity, low–fail-rate controllers and cards in a distributed modular architecture with distributed logic solving.

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Emerson’s Doug Morris demonstrates the capabilities of the new DeltaV S–series at the PlantWeb Theater, front–and–center on the exhibition floor.

 

Human–Centered Design Transforms User Interfaces for DeltaV
At Tuesday’s "Conquering Complexity" press conference at this week’s 2009 Emerson Global Users Conference in Orlando, chief strategic officer Peter Zornio, along with sidekick Dale Perry, Rosemount Measurement product marketing manager, showcased a range of human–centered design changes in the DeltaV S-series release.

"Human–centered design," Zornio said, "can be the ingredient that enhances the effectiveness of human assets and ensures long–term plant safety."

The S–series release of DeltaV (release 11) has new color–scale graphics and a library of new pattern–recognition elements, such as trending graphs and chart elements that can be embedded in a DeltaV screen. In these elements, Zornio said, color and pattern use is enhanced for easier operator discernment. "We use color sparingly and only to emphasize issues and alarms," Zornio said.

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"Adding a focused discipline on customers’ work and workflow speeds automation ROI and increases plant productivity." Emerson’s Peter Zornio explained how the company’s Human–Centered Design emphasis has begun to reshape the company’s offering.

 

Syncade Smart Operations Management Suite Tackles ISA 95, Level 3
Emerson’s Syncade Smart Operations Management Suite is the subject of several breakout sessions at the 2009 Emerson Global Users Exchange. The suite, billed as an "innovative replacement for the traditional client–server, program–intense manufacturing execution systems software of the past decade," is targeted directly at the wide array of difficult–to-automate, paper–based procedures described in Level 3 of the ISA/ANSI95 standard for integrating enterprise and control systems.

Syncade Smart Operations Management suite is a family of software modules that provide flexible, integrated solutions in four functional areas: resource management, operations optimization, integrated information and quality and compliance. These areas all involve planning, coordination, execution and documentation of plant-floor work activities performed by people, not machines.

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Syncade Smart Operations Management Suite is targeted at the difficult–to–automate, paper–based procedures described in Level 3 of the ISA/ANSI95 standard for integrating enterprise and control systems.

 

Roxar Acquisition Creates First Integrated Offshore Offering
New to the Emerson Process Management fold since last year’s Exchange, Norway’s Roxar ASA, specialist in subsea modeling and instrumentation for the global oil and gas industry, fills in an important link in Emerson’s vertically integrated solutions offering.

In fact, the deal creates the world’s first integrated automation solutions company whose products span from subsea oil and gas reservoirs, to platform and floating production, to transmission, and ultimately through refining and production of goods, says David Newman, director global oil & gas sales & marketing, Plantweb Solutions Group, Emerson Process Management. "We believe subsea will be the largest oil and gas market for the next five to seven years, and this acquisition strengthens our position."

Headquartered in Stavanger, Norway, Roxar has annual revenues of $200 million USD. It has 28 offices in 19 countries, with a network of wholly owned offices around the world, and boasts all of the multinationals, major independents and the majority of national oil companies as its clients.

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In addition to software for modeling the performance of subsea oil and gas fields, Roxar’s downhole instrumentation for multiphase flow measurement complements Emerson’s top–side control and instrumentation offering; PlantWeb architecture and Asset Optimization methodologies promise to bring synergy to the union.