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Emerson bolts on AR solution for improved remote maintenance capabilities

Emerson has added augmented reality (AR) technology to its Plantweb™ Optics asset performance platform as it looks to deliver enhanced access to real-time diagnostics and analytics, as well as live remote assistance, to those responsible for maintaining and optimising plant equipment.

With AR technology integrated into Plantweb Optics, companies can improve productivity, collaboration and operational performance without being limited by shortages of skilled workers or travel restrictions, the company said.

Stuart Harris, Group President for Emerson’s Digital Transformation Business, said: “Successful digital transformation programs that lead to top quartile performance have people and work practices as a key focus. Adopting innovative technology like augmented reality and institutionalising best practices enable workers to add more value than ever to operational and business performance.

“With these new Plantweb Optics technologies, customers can experience significant improvements in equipment reliability and the safety of their facilities.”

Plantweb Optics leverages artificial intelligence, machine learning analytics and data contextualisation to provide real-time visibility into plant reliability and operational performance, according to the company.

“Unlike standalone AR solutions that require custom engineering, AR is integrated into Plantweb Optics, providing immediate access to a wealth of data and translating into easier, less costly implementation and a faster return on investment,” Emerson said.

In use at metals and mining operations, Plantweb Optics is part of Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem of technologies, software and services.

“Augmented reality for Plantweb Optics transforms the way field technicians accomplish complex tasks through enhanced situational awareness, live remote assistance and analytics delivered in context of the plant,” the company said. “As a field technician walks an industrial plant with a mobile device, Plantweb Optics uses spatial computing technology to map assets and provide technicians with critical maintenance information relevant to their location. Plantweb Optics overlays real-time analytics, equipment health status and technical support documentation on their field of view, so technicians can safely resolve issues sooner.”

With live remote assistance, field technicians can be virtually shadowed by experts, either on-site or off-site, from Emerson, their own company or another service provider. Experts can talk, type or augment the technician’s mobile display with graphics to guide the next action, according to the company.

“Live remote assistance enables technicians and experts to collaborate for safe troubleshooting and repairs, regardless of location and without travel costs,” Emerson said. “Live remote assistance sessions, best practices and notes from experienced engineers and step-by-step troubleshooting procedures can be logged into a knowledge library for use by all engineers at a site.”

Emerson cuts through the noise with new Slurry Magnetic Flow Meter

Global technology and engineering company, Emerson, has launched a new slurry magnetic flow meter specifically designed for high noise and slurry applications in industries including mining.

The Emerson Rosemount™ MS Slurry Sensor with the Rosemount 8782 Slurry Transmitter features robust coils and advanced signal processing, with a responsive yet stable flow signal possible even in high noise applications, according to the company.

“With over 25 years of experience delivering products for these challenging applications, the new Slurry Magnetic Flow Meter helps improve product quality, reduce raw material cost, and minimise waste and re-work,” Emerson said.

The Slurry Magnetic Flow Meter, or Slurry Mag, provides a flow measurement solution for customers with fluids that contain large solids, mining ore, pulp or sand, or that experience high process noise or signal instability. It uses the latest advanced signal processing to adapt to changing process conditions in real time and eliminates noise from the flow signal without using excessive damping. The latter gives operators confidence in their measurement calculations, according to the company.

The Slurry Mag Meter includes more standard diagnostics such as grounding and wiring fault detection to help ensure the meter is installed correctly the first time. Optional advanced process diagnostics, meanwhile, help provide insight into performance through a high process noise detection diagnostic, as well as enable proactive maintenance in applications where coating may be a concern.

Finally, the 8782 contains Emerson’s patented Smart Meter Verification capabilities providing a simplified means of troubleshooting or verifying the meter, “taking a process that used to take hours and simplifying it down to minutes”, Emerson said.

Designed to work with the MS sensor, the 8782 transmitter is it is also compatible with existing 8707 installations, “making the performance, signal processing and advanced diagnostic capabilities available to anyone who is already using Emerson’s solutions for these challenging applications”, the company said.

Laura Chemler, Product Manager with Emerson’s Automation Solutions business, said: “Through the utilisation of advanced features, the Rosemount Slurry Magnetic Flow Meter can help our customers better achieve their operational goals.

“The advanced signal processing is able to adapt to changing flow rates without getting bogged down by traditional damping practices, providing more accurate flow rate feedback when it’s needed most, which in turn helps to ensure an efficient overall process that minimises waste and optimises utilisation of precious resources.”

Emerson and Cisco to improve plant productivity, reliability and safety

Emerson has partnered with Cisco to introduce a “next-generation industrial wireless networking solution” that, the Missouri-based company says, can improve plant productivity, reliability and safety.

The combination of the Emerson Wireless 1410S Gateway with the Cisco Catalyst® IW6300 Heavy Duty Series Access Point results in the latest in wireless technology with advanced WirelessHART® sensor technology, it said. The solution, according to Emerson, delivers reliable and highly secure data, even in harsh industrial environments like mining.

Emerson said: “To help enable new digital transformation strategies, this industrial networking solution combines Emerson’s expertise in industrial automation and applications with Cisco’s innovations in networking, cybersecurity and IT infrastructure.

“Driven by the demand for greater productivity, lower maintenance costs and improved worker safety, industrial manufacturers are accelerating investment in robust IoT sensor networks combined with scalable operational analytics tools to improve organisational collaboration and decision making. In these environments, network performance and security are critical for success.”

The new wireless access point supports mobile applications that offer instant access to process control data, maintenance information and operation procedures, enabling improved plant productivity and worker safety.

Liz Centoni, Senior Vice President and General Manager of IoT at Cisco, said a secure connection that scales easily is the foundation for every successful IoT deployment. “By using the power of the intent-based network, Cisco provides a secure, automated, rock solid infrastructure helping IT and operational teams work together to reduce complexity and improve safety.”

This wireless access point provides enhanced Wi-Fi bandwidth necessary for real-time safety monitoring, including Emerson’s Location Awareness and wireless video. These applications enhance personnel safety practices, improve plant security and help ensure environmental compliance, according to Emerson.

“A reliable and fast connection between devices and people streamlines decision making by providing real-time analytics,” Emerson said. “It also enables a mobile workforce to virtually come together, collaborate and resolve critical issues in a timely manner.”

Bob Karschnia, Vice President of Wireless at Emerson, said the need for products installed in industrial plants to last for years – even decades – was a key criterion for this new networking solution.

“This kind of longevity was a critical design and engineering requirement to ensure this new wireless access point was future-proofed to meet a rapidly evolving technology landscape.”

Automation leader Emerson acquires GE’s Intelligent Platforms division

Emerson has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric, as it looks to expand its potential customer base in markets such as metals and mining.

“Intelligent Platforms’ programmable logic controller (PLC) technologies will enable Emerson, a leader in automation for process and industrial applications, to provide its customers broader control and management of their operations,” Emerson said.

“The acquisition expands opportunities for Emerson in machine control and discrete applications across process industries and target hybrid markets, such as metals and mining, life sciences, food and beverage and packaging.

“By interfacing Intelligent Platforms’ PLC technology with Emerson’s leading distributed control systems, customers will be able to connect ‘islands of automation’ within the plant to further enhance operational performance, safety and reliability,” the company said.

Both Emerson and Intelligent Platforms focus on leveraging automation technologies to drive digital transformation in their end markets. Intelligent Platforms recently developed new cloud-connected controllers and devices to enable smarter plants, a strong complement to Emerson’s focus on digital transformation and the Industrial Internet of Things through its Plantweb™ digital ecosystem, according to Emerson.

Emerson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David Farr said: “This is another important investment in our global portfolio of automation technologies, offering discrete and machine control capabilities that complement our process control expertise to provide better solutions to our customers.”

Intelligent Platforms is based in Charlottesville, Virginia, with approximately 650 employees worldwide. In 2017, it registered sales of $210 million.

Lal Karsanbhai, Executive President of Emerson Automation Solutions, said Intelligent Platforms brings a “solid product portfolio” to serve Emersons’ target markets, along with a significant installed base.

“We are extremely pleased to have this unique opportunity to add a recognised discrete control capability to our growing portfolio of products and software applications that help our customers operate more safely and efficiently.”

Should all go well, the acquisition will close in the first half of Emerson’s fiscal 2019 year.

Emerson’s Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximise production, protect personnel and the environment while optimising energy and operating costs, Emerson said.

Late last year, Emerson pulled a $29 billion bid for Rockwell Automation after facing several rejections from the company. At that point, it said it would then pursue bolt-on acquisitions to increase its market share in the automation business.

And, in February this year, Emerson and AspenTech teamed up to deliver asset optimisation software solutions along with global automation technologies and operational consulting services.