Emerson Expands Partial Discharge Testing & Monitoring to Deliver Critical Electrical Health Diagnostics for Switchgear

Expanded scope of testing will help companies eliminate unplanned outages due to electrical failures, reduce maintenance costs, increase system reliability, and improve worker safety

AUSTIN, TEXAS (June 22, 2009) - Emerson announces that it is increasing the scope of its Electrical Reliability Services partial discharge (PD) testing for electrical cables to include switchgear and other electrical assets commonly found in commercial and industrial facilities, including manufacturing and process industries. PD testing identifies signs of insulation deterioration caused by small electrical sparks (partial discharges). This insulation breakdown is the leading cause of electrical failures. An expanded Partial Discharge Testing & Monitoring solution will help companies eliminate unplanned outages due to electrical failures, reduce maintenance costs, increase system reliability, and improve worker safety.

The Partial Discharge Testing & Monitoring solution encompasses both online (while equipment is energized) and offline testing, as well as periodic monitoring of selected electrical assets, to identify potential trouble spots and prevent unexpected, costly outages. Users can also choose permanent installation of sensors inside switchgear, so that energized equipment can be tested easily and safely without exposing personnel to the equipment.

Online continuous monitoring is an emerging technology for critical assets that are aging or have demonstrated high levels of partial discharge. Online partial discharge testing is conducted under actual operating conditions, temperatures, voltage stresses, and vibration levels. For critical round-the-clock operations, this type of non-destructive testing is the best way to identify PD activity that can result in insulation breakdown.

Advanced software captures the waveforms of PD pulses and other electrical activity using high speed data acquisition technologies and differentiates between types of PD activity, such as Cable PD, Switchgear PD and electrical Noise. On-the-spot assessment of the insulation condition also includes magnitude of PD activity. This allows Electrical Reliability Services engineers to evaluate the condition of the equipment and recommend a cost-effective plan focused on monitoring a plant's most at-risk assets.

"Extensive experience with electrical systems of all kinds enables our engineers to determine the most effective PD test and monitoring program for our users' unique needs," said Craig Llewellyn, president of Emerson's Asset Optimization division. "Emerson continues to stretch the application of technology to create more value for users. Our unique combination of innovative technology and service expertise enables companies to achieve key business and operational goals, including improved safety, reduced costs, and increased availability."

Emerson also has expertise in other diagnostic capabilities for electrical equipment, including ultrasonics, offline PD testing, Tan-Delta testing, and very low frequency (VLF) testing.

For more information on Emerson's new Partial Discharge Testing & Monitoring solutions, visit www.assetweb.com and select the Electrical Reliability Services organization.

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®, 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.


Mitzi Amon,

Emerson Process Management,

Electrical Reliability Services

1 (614) 410-8451,


Jerry Moon,

Emerson Process Management

1 (512) 832-3089,


Emerson Process Management,

12301 Research Blvd,

Bldg III,

Austin, TX 78759

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