Emerson introduces SmartProcess LoopMetrics software

December 182007
PITTSBURGH (December 18, 2007) — Emerson Process Management today introduced SmartProcess LoopMetrics technology, an engineered solution that helps utilities improve the performance of their power generating facilities.

SmartProcess LoopMetrics automatically monitors and analyzes unit performance around the clock at the control loop level. It tracks equipment performance against economic factors and quickly identifies and prioritizes process problems and degrading performance, such as sluggish response to process load changes, persistent oscillations or controller output saturation. More than 80 standard process measures continuously analyze each control loop within a unit through real-time moving window analysis and condition-based assessments. The end result is an intelligent assessment of each control loop in the unit.

Key plant personnel are notified in real-time via e-mail of any deviation from pre-defined Key Performance Indicators (KPI) so that they become aware of problems before they impact unit performance. In addition, this intelligent tuning technology automatically recommends new PID parameters and enables personnel to simulate unit response before downloading these new parameters to the controller.

“This is not a shrink-wrapped, off-the-shelf solution,” emphasized Bob Yeager, president of the Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson. “With decades of power experience, we know that no two units are alike. That’s why we work closely with our customers to engineer a customized, model-based tuning solution based on plant operating conditions, KPIs and other variables unique to their facilities.”

A key benefit of the technology is its ability to identify minor system deviations before they escalate. This translates into higher levels of unit efficiency while simultaneously decreasing operating and maintenance costs, according to Yeager.

“Problems that initially appear minor often develop into issues that can negatively impact plant performance,” explained Yeager. “In today’s competitive environment, power generators have little margin for error. Emerson’s SmartProcess LoopMetrics technology offers a cost-effective way to ensure our customers are getting the most out of their valuable power generating assets.”

Emerson’s LoopMetrics provides users with easy-to-read reports at the plant, unit, process or individual loop level. The reports, which can be generated on demand, periodically, or based on an event, are customizable. For example, they can be configured so that engineers receive data and statistics reports, operators and maintenance personnel receive problem loop reports, and managers receive bottom-line economic and cost reports. For ultimate flexibility, the LoopMetrics’ Web-based report manager enables personnel to view current unit performance from any location … at any time.

Emerson’s suite of SmartProcess engineered optimization technologies, which utilize fuzzy logic, advanced analytics and model predictive control, offer adaptive improvement solutions that help utilities achieve optimized equipment performance for emissions compliance, temperature control, efficiency and overall continuous operational improvement. It’s worth noting that SmartProcess technologies can be utilized to optimize operations across an entire generating fleet, offering power generators opportunities to realize significant improvements beyond what would be possible by only looking at each unit or plant individually. SmartProcess engineered solutions are seamlessly integrated within Emerson’s Ovation expert control system, but can also be easily implemented with other control platforms, as well.

SmartProcess and Ovation technologies, along with Emerson’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture and AMS Suite asset management solutions, are part of the company’s portfolio of comprehensive offerings that meet the unique needs of the power generation industry.

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, life sciences, 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; Micro Motion; 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. Sales in fiscal 2007 were $22.6 billion.

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