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Podcast: How to Approach Energy Management Projects

Emerson's Sam Thiara joined me virtually from the UK for our continuing FIRSTHAND: Operational Certainty Consulting in a Pod podcast series. Sam, whom you may recall from earlier energy management-related posts, is a member of the Operational Certainty Consulting Group speaking with manufacturers about their energy management challenges. In this 10-minute podcast, we discuss the process of planning and executing an energy management project and the importance of getting the benchmarks and...


Driving Manufacturing Performance Gains with Cloud-based Optimization

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is: …an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." In 2006, the NSF funded a research project to create a step change in the performance of US manufacturing. The grant was won by professors from the University of Texas here in Austin and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Emerson's Pete Sharpe...


5 Questions for Operational Certainty Consultant Sam Thiara

Emerson's Sam Thiara joins our continuing podcast series, 5 questions for an Emerson Expert. Sam works with manufacturers across the process industries to improve operational performance and achieve top quartile performance. We'll have an in-depth podcast in the coming weeks with Sam's perspectives on how the Operational Certainty consultants on how they work with process manufacturers to achieve and sustain improved performance in safety, energy & emissions, production, and reliability....


Path to Resource Efficiency and Sustainability

In this 18-minute podcast, Emerson's Ana Gonzalez Hernandez and Chris Hamlin describe how research into manufacturing resource efficiency is translating into better solutions for optimizing material usage, reducing energy consumption, and operating more sustainably. The Operational Certainty consulting team can help your organization plan and execute a path to more efficient and sustainable manufacturing. Transcript Jim: Hi. This is Jim with another edition of the "Emerson Automation...


5 Questions for Resource Efficiency Consultant Ana Gonzalez Hernandez

Emerson's Ana Gonzalez Hernandez joins our continuing podcast series, 5 questions for an Emerson Expert. Ana received her PhD from the University of Cambridge and is a resource efficiency consultant within the Operational Certainty consulting team. We'll have an in-depth podcast in the coming weeks on how the Operational Certainty consultants are applying Ana's research to work with manufacturers on data-driven analytical approaches to materials usage and energy consumption to drive...


Podcast with Shutdowns, Turnarounds and Outages Services Leader John Sanders

Emerson's John Sanders joins our continuing series of podcasts to share his insights on the process of effectively planning and executing plant shutdowns, turnarounds and outages. He also shares a surprising passion about chasing tornadoes, so make sure to listen in! We hope you enjoy this podcast and please send me a note about other Emerson experts you'd like to hear from. Transcript Jim: Welcome to the Emerson Automation Expert's podcast series. I'm Jim Cahill and today I'm joined by John...


5 Questions for Senior Software Developer Colin Nelson

Emerson's Colin Nelson joins our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert podcast series. Meeting the global demand for energy requires efficient transportation and storage from oil and gas production all the way through the supply chain to the consumer and business users. Colin helps to develop the real-time scheduling and optimization tools to help companies across this supply chain operate more efficiently. Let me know if there are other Emerson Experts that you'd like to hear from and what...


Podcast with Global Lifecycle Services Operations Leader Johan Claassen

In this 15-minute podcast, I'm joined by Emerson's Johan Classen to discuss how enabling technologies that the Industrial Internet of Things brings is changing the way services can be delivered to process manufacturers and producers across the lifecycle of their operations. Transcript Jim: Hi, everyone. And welcome to another Emerson Process Experts Podcast. Today, I'm joined by Johan Claassen, who is Vice President of Global Lifecycle Service Operations for Emerson's Process Systems and...


5 Questions for Lifecycle Services Project Technical Leader Kris Lescinsky

Emerson's Kris Lescinsky joins our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert podcast series. Through her work as a project technical leader, Kris fosters collaboration via knowledge-sharing platforms among Lifecycle Services engineers across the Emerson business units and world areas to better serve our customers. Share any feedback or suggestions you have for other questions or experts you'd like to hear in future podcasts. Transcript Jim: Hi, and welcome to our Five Questions for an Emerson Expert...


5 Questions for Lifecycle Services Marketer Larissa Wechsler

Emerson's Larissa Wechsler joins our continuing podcast series on 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert. Our goal with this podcast series is to share the stories of the paths taken to a science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) education and career in the field of instrumentation and automation, as well as to learn more about the individuals behind our Emerson experts. Larissa leads out marketing efforts in the Lifecycle Services that Emerson provides its customers. We hope you...


5 Questions for Principal Process Control Consultant James Beall

Emerson's James Beall joins our continuing podcast series on 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert. The goal of these podcasts is to share some tidbits on how they got their start in a science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)-based career and more about their background, interests and advice for new folks joining our world of automation. James provides Control Performance Consulting and hands-on implementation for control improvement projects in the chemical, refining, upstream oil & gas...


5 Questions for Modernization Solutions Consultant Joel Galmor

Emerson's Joel Galmor joins our continuing podcast series on 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert. Joel is a member of our Modernization Solutions Consulting team. The team creates wiring and control solutions, develops engineering tools, and provides subject matter expertise to minimize cost and risk in control system and safety instrumented system modernization projects. Send me an email or LinkedIn message if there is an Emerson expert you'd like me to interview as well as the questions...


5 Questions for Digital Valve Controller and Safety Expert Riyaz Ali

Let's continue our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert podcast series with our guest, Riyaz Ali. You may recall Riyaz from numerous posts about digital valve controllers and final control elements in safety instrumented system applications. He has almost 40 years' experience in process control instrumentation and holds numerous patents related to use of digital valve controllers for process industries. Please leave me a comment or send me a LinkedIn message if there is an Emerson expert...


5 Questions for Control System Modernization Consultant MC Chow

Let's continue our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert podcast series with MC Chow. MC has more than two decades of experience in process automation and safety. He works with process manufacturers and producers to modernize their control and safety systems in order to improve safety, reliability and efficiency. If you have an Emerson expert you'd like me to interview and questions to ask, leave me a comment below… thanks! Transcript Jim: Hi, I'm Jim Cahill. And today, on the "5 Questions for...


5 Questions for Oil & Gas Industry Consultant Sudhir Jain

We continue our 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert podcast series with Sudhir Jain. Sudhir has vast experience in consulting with oil & gas upstream, midstream and downstream producers as well as many other process industries. He shares his path to where he's at today, a recent challenge he's faced working with an offshore oil & gas producer, what he enjoys outside of work, and advice for new control and automation folks entering our ranks. We've featured Sudhir and his expertise in many...


Prototyping Key in Manufacturing Execution System Projects

In an earlier post, Five Strategies for Mitigating Automation Project Risk, we highlighted the importance of prototyping: Risks in budget, schedule, changes, and project execution can be reduced with a prototyping strategy. Prototyping helps incorporate operational philosophies into the upfront engineering, helps ensure consistent look and feel, and provides a visual medium to communicate designs to the project team, manufacturing, maintenance, and other interested parties. The prototype...


Measuring Liquefied Natural Gas

The autumn season ramps up with several process automation and industry conferences, including our September 30-October 4 Emerson Exchange event to be held in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. I received word of another conference, the Metrology for LNG Conference, which will take place October 17-18 in De Lindenhof in Delft, The Netherlands. Emerson's Arjan Van Ginkel and Peter Syrnyk will be presenting at this conference. In case the word metrology is new to you, it is the science of...


Interfaces to Consider for Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Projects

Projects to connect your process operations to your business processes and workflows typically require connections with several specialized software platforms. For manufacturers in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, these electronic connections span the ISA-95 Enterprise-Control System (IEC 62264) hierarchy. I caught up with Emerson's Gary Mitchell, a member of the Life Sciences industry consulting team. Gary highlighted four major areas where these connections occur as well as...


Improving Boiler Emissions and Efficiency

As I ponder how to better control temperature on my BBQ pit smoker with minimal instrumentation & controls, I saw a great email on wood burning boiler control. Emerson's Barbara Hamilton, a Senior Industrial Energy Consultant, recently visited a paper manufacturer that was having issues with excessive stack particulate on their boiler. She visited the mill to validate the fuel and air setup as well as the control strategies to improve combustion in the boiler. The mill staff shared that...


Accelerating the Process Automation Learning Curve

We continue to hear stories of an increasing experience shortage in the process industries due to the retiring "baby boom" generation. This shortage manifests itself in numerous job openings for process manufacturers and automation suppliers including Emerson Process Management. I received a note from Control Talk blog's Greg McMillan. He shared with me a story of how some universities have recognized and acted on this need to get a new generation of instrumentation and automation...