Emerson enhances Ovation Expert Control System

January 042007
Part of Ovation’s comprehensive suite of engineering tools, the new Control Builder offers more flexibility, ease of use, as well as collaborative engineering capabilities

PITTSBURGH (January 4, 2007) — Today Emerson Process Management announced that a new, enhanced Control Builder has been integrated into its Ovation expert control system. The Control Builder is used by Ovation customers to create and edit control logic. The new Control Builder, part of Ovation’s comprehensive suite of engineering tools, incorporates improved drawing and viewing features that offer users enhanced flexibility, ease of use, and collaborative engineering capabilities. The Ovation system is a key technology that powers Emerson’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture.

The new Control Builder supports the use of advanced algorithms and new smart control strategies that leverage technologies such as fuzzy logic, artificial intelligence and digital bus interfaces to help users maximize efficiency and lower operating costs. Unlike third-party packages, the drawing capabilities in the new Ovation Control Builder are tailored specifically for creating and editing control logic, simplifying and streamlining the logic development process. The Ovation Control Builder features a more comprehensive and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) for control building, as well as simplified navigation and reporting capabilities. The Control Builder presents information in an industry-supported SAMA format and also provides online/offline documentation of control strategies.

Another new feature, the Control Builder displays logic execution in a standard, editable PDF environment. Rendering the logic in this format opens the door to file sharing not only within the user’s organization, but also among EPC contractors, architect-engineering firms, and control system and equipment vendors. This type of engineering collaboration during the control design process allows all parties to stay informed while also maximizing productivity and efficiency.

“Integrating a more robust Control Builder into the Ovation system illustrates how Emerson product developers continuously enhance Ovation with tools, features and applications that allow our customers to take advantage of the latest technologies while still preserving their capital invesent in this industry-leading control system,” said Bob Yeager, president of the Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson. “It’s this philosophy that keeps Ovation at the forefront of power industry control solutions.”

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the power, water and wastewater treatment, chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division is a global supplier of advanced distributed process control and information systems. The Pittsburgh-based company is a recognized leader in developing plant-wide process control solutions for the power generation, water treatment and wastewater treatment industries. Power & Water Solutions plays a key role in the Emerson mission of combining superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include: PlantWeb; Ovation; SmartProcess; Fisher; MicroMotion; Rosemount; Mobrey; Daniel, Bristol, DeltaV; and AMS Suite.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, 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.