Strategic Relationships, Lifecycle Services and the Cloud

If you’ll be presenting at the October 12-16 Emerson Exchange conference, the July 1 deadline for submitting your first presentation draft is rapidly approaching. If you’re not presenting and planning to join us in Denver, you have until August 15 to get the Early Bird registration rate. Here are some justifications if you need to convince the right folks in your organization.

I wanted to highlight a few more Emerson experts presenting and co-presenting at the conference to give you a flavor.

Emerson’s Julian Annison


Emerson’s Julian Annison will team with Petroineos’ Neil King to present, Managing us, managing them – putting the Strategic into the Supplier Relationship. Their abstract:

Petroineos a joint venture between PetroChina and Ineos has operated the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland since 2011. A shift in product balance, prices, demand and operating on a 90 year old site, required a business strategy to move from Solomon 3rd to 1st Quartile performance. Petroineos had to rethink how they worked with their core suppliers to maximize their impact on the business. Emerson was the first supplier that they chose to collaborate with more strategically, and developed a novel approach to strategy development and subsequent improvement initiatives that have been pioneered.

Emerson’s Natalie Grothause


Emerson’s Natalie Grothause will present, PSS Lifecycle Services Update – SureService Program. Her abstract:

Selecting the correct lifecycle approach for your DeltaV control system doesn’t have to be a daunting task! Attend this session to learn how we reformulated our Lifecycle Services offerings into user defined SureService packages. Each of the four packaged-services offerings provide you with the flexibility to decide to what degree you want Emerson involved in taking care of your system maintenance, reliability and performance needs. Come to learn which tier best matches your needs and how easy it can be to ensure your systems are maintained for reliability and performance.

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Data Integrity for Compliance, Audit Readiness and Performance

Pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers have stringent regulatory compliance requirements. These requirements must balance with the need for improvement and optimization to run safely, efficiently, profitably and in line with the business and quality objectives.

Emerson's Michalle Adkins


Compliance-Audit-Data-IntegIn a Pharma Bio World article, The Crossroads of Compliance, Audit Readiness, Profitability, and Data Integrity, Emerson’s Michalle Adkins opens:

True compliance and audit readiness starts with a well thought out, holistic, structured approach that aligns with an organization’s business and quality objectives. Profitably and safely managing a batch production facility while maintaining the compliance and quality of the product and production facility is a challenge that every pharmaceutical and biotech company faces.

Michalle notes that the integrity of the data from the manufacturing process and associated business processes are key to understanding and detecting sources of variability to:

…prevent deviations…essential to running an operationally excellent facility. There are several ways to reduce variability. Mistakeproofing processes, eliminating sources of controllable variability, and knowing how to respond to the remaining sources of variability are all important methods to consider.

Michalle describes several ways to attack variability. Near the top: Continue Reading

Narrated Wireless and Event-Based Control Advancements Presentations

Emerson's Terry Blevins


Emerson's Willy Wojsznis


Emerson's Mark Nixon


Yesterday, we highlighted presentations on wireless and event-based control technology advancements by Emerson’s Terry Blevins, Willy Wojsznis and Mark Nixon.

Terry and Willy presented these advancements at the First International Conference on Event-Based Control, Communication, and Signal Processing in Krakow, Poland.

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Event-Based Control in a Wireless World

The First International Conference on Event-Based Control, Communication, and Signal Processing was held June 17-19, 2015 in Krakow, Poland and took place on the campus of AGH University of Science and Technology. Some of the world leaders in Event-Based Control attended and talked in the conference. From the US, Professor Cassandras, Boston University, Professor Tsividis, University of Minnesota, Professor Antsaklis, University of Notre Dame, and Professor Baras, University of Maryland, were keynote and plenary speakers.

Emerson’s Terry Blevins presented two industry talks. He presented the first, Industrial Advances in Wireless and Event Driven Control, to the entire conference. His presentation addressed:

Emerson's Terry Blevins


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…how the traditional PID positional and velocity algorithms may be restructured as PIDPlus to use the slow, non-periodic measurement updates of a wireless transmitter. A combination of event triggered and periodic execution is used to address control of faster processes such as liquid and gas flow using wireless transmitters and wireless valves. Examples are used to demonstrate how this capability has been incorporated into commercial control systems.

Terry shared how control performance was achieved in field applications using wireless transmitters and/or wireless throttling valves. He also provided future areas of event driven control in the process industry, in particular model predictive control (MPC) using wireless measurements.

Terry teamed with Emerson’s Willy Wojsznis on two papers that they along with Emerson’s Mark Nixon coauthored. Terry presented, Event Based Control Applied to Wireless Throttling Valves. Here’s the abstract from this presentation: Continue Reading

Butterfly Valve for Diverse Throttling and On-Off Applications

References to the use of butterfly valves date back to James Watt, who:

…made use of a butterfly valve in his steam engine, and the first Mercedes car built around 1901 introduced a butterfly valve in the fuel intake linked to the accelerator pedal.

Wikipedia describes butterfly valves as from:

…a family of valves called quarter-turn valves. In operation, the valve is fully open or closed when the disc is rotated a quarter turn. The “butterfly” is a metal disc mounted on a rod. When the valve is closed, the disc is turned so that it completely blocks off the passageway. When the valve is fully open, the disc is rotated a quarter turn so that it allows an almost unrestricted passage of the fluid. The valve may also be opened incrementally to throttle flow.

The technologies and applications for these valves have not stood still. Recently the Fisher 8590 butterfly valve was announced to combine a single valve platform to a diverse range of throttling and on-off applications. These applications range from severe service and cryogenic applications to temperatures up to 538°C (1000°F).

Emerson’s Ben Fletcher described the Fisher 8590 valve as a new Class 600 (CL600) high-performance butterfly valve designed to combine the best attributes of the Fisher A11 valve with other Fisher valves such as the Fisher 8580 valve. ANSI Class 600 defines maximum allowable non-shock pressure (psig) and temperature ratings for steel pipe flanges and flanged fittings. Continue Reading