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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...

Duration: 00:09:15

5 Questions for Modernization Solutions and Consulting Group Director Aaron Crews

Emerson's Aaron Crews joins our continuing podcast series on 5 Questions for an Emerson Expert. Aaron leads the Modernization Solutions and 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. Leave a comment below, send me an email or LinkedIn message if there is an Emerson expert you'd like me to interview as well...

Duration: 00:07:27

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...

Duration: 00:04:57

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...

Duration: 00:08:03

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...

Duration: 00:05:21

5 Questions for Advanced Control Consultant Lou Heavner

One of the new things I want to try here on the blog is a podcast series asking many of our experts five questions. The questions will revolve around how they got started into the field that they're in, challenges faced, spare time activities, and guidance for younger folks in pursuing a similar career. Emerson's Lou Heavner, whom you may recall from numerous advanced process-control related posts, shared his thoughts with me. We hope you enjoy the series over time and if you have specific...

Duration: 00:05:33

Field Device Integration for Smart Field Devices

Smart field devices based on HART, Foundation fieldbus, and Profibus had standards-based files to integrate them with control and asset management systems. The file types, EDD and DTM were not compatible with one another causing process manufacturers and automation suppliers to grapple with both. Field Device Integration (FDI) provides a common approach for managing information within intelligent field devices for the tasks associated with them, from configuration, commissioning, and...

Duration: 00:05:29

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...

Duration: 00:06:02

Controlling Combustion of Hydrogen Fuel Mixtures

Hydrogen is a great, clean-burning fuel source. Just look at its combustion equation: 2H2 + O2 -> 2H2O + Heat Water and heat are created from the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen. I mention all this because Emerson's Andrew Verdouw had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the National Association of Power Engineers (NAPE) monthly meeting in Indianapolis. His presentation was on the combustion of hydrogen with hydrocarbon fuels using vibrating element technology. He opened noting...

Duration: 00:06:54

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...

Duration: 00:04:02

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...

Duration: 00:05:11

Getting the Power and Grounding Right

The finest instrumentation, final control, and control systems won't deliver the performance you require if the power and grounding are not right. I caught up with Emerson's Stephan Kerrebijn who highlighted its importance as the basis for a reliable and proper working system. This is particularly important with all the digital communication busses to get solid and reliable communication. He pointed me to a quick start guide specific to DeltaV systems, Quick Start Guide for DeltaV Power,...

Duration: 00:06:14

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...

Duration: 00:03:58

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...

Duration: 00:04:27

Processes for Sustainable Energy Efficiency Programs

In my "listening channels", I saw that Emerson's Sam Thiara, a member of the global Energy Solutions team, was in the Middle East region for an Energy Conservation forum. He noted that he had recently developed an article for a newsletter for a process manufacturer in the region. In his article, Sam highlighted the challenges in sustaining energy efficiency projects—benefits erosion is the norm. End users and automation suppliers report complete erosion of energy efficiency benefits within...

Duration: 00:04:04