Emerson Enhances Deltav(TM) Digital Automation System with Integrated Machinery Protection and Prediction


The industry's most extensive integration of process and machinery health information enables plants to operate with confidence

AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 19, 2009) -- Emerson Process Management has integrated machinery protection and prediction of critical mechanical equipment with its DeltaV(TM) digital automation system. This new capability directly supports users' goals for improved availability and performance. As turbomachinery and mechanical equipment condition deteriorates, performance and throughput decrease and unplanned shutdowns become more probable. When plant operators have visibility to the performance of their high stakes assets, they can make process adjustments and reduce process disruptions.

In traditional control systems, integration is complex and expensive, requiring Modbus and system expertise as well as specific machinery knowledge. Typical machinery protection systems can require more than 2,000 steps and up to five days to complete the integration process. With this many steps, network issues, additional testing time and nuisance alarms are easily introduced. The barriers to undertaking integration are prohibitive, even though the payback from better information for operators is significant.

Emerson's integrated machinery protection and prediction solution, a key component of the PlantWeb® digital plant architecture, easily connects to the DeltaV system in three simple steps that take less than ten minutes. Asset parameters are scanned, selected and imported into the DeltaV system from AMS® Suite predictive maintenance software and the CSI 6500 Machinery Health® Monitor. After import, the DeltaV alarm banner is automatically populated and the system is fully configured with function blocks that can be further used in control strategies.

Integration in the operator interface also includes templates for vibration bar graphs, vibration values and auto highlighters to enable any DeltaV operator graphic to come alive with valuable operator machinery health information.

"The benefits of combining process information and machinery health have long been understood, but this is the first time the two have been integrated automatically and so extensively for engineering, operations, and reliability personnel," said Craig Llewellyn, president of Emerson's Asset Optimization division.

Emerson also provides PlantWeb Services to help users design, install, and implement machinery protection and prediction. With these new capabilities, the DeltaV system provides an integrated solution for process control, process safety, machinery protection and prediction.

For additional information on Machinery Protection and Prediction, see the brief videos at http://www.emersonprocess.com/videos/TechDemos_AssetReliability.asp

About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb®, Syncade(TM), Fisher®, Rosemount®, Micro Motion®, Daniel®, DeltaV(TM), Ovation®, and AMS® Suite.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE:EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2008 were $24.8 billion and Emerson is ranked 94th on the Fortune 500 list of America's largest companies. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

CONTACTS:

Kim Nichols, Emerson Process Management

(865) 675-2400 x2102,
Kim.Nichols@Emerson.com

Cindy Wheatley, Emerson Process Management

1 (952) 828-3180,
Cindy.Wheatley@Emerson.com

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