Emerson Broadens Asset Optimization Leadership Through New Release of AMS Software | Automation.com

Emerson Broadens Asset Optimization Leadership Through New Release of AMS Software

May 202003
Release adds Web access to field device information, enhances valve
diagnostics and offers more capabilities to meet regulatory requirements of
FDA 21 CFR part 11

AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 19, 2003) - Emerson Process Management's version 6.1 of
AMS, a technology of Emerson's PlantWeb(R) digital plant architecture, is
the first software to add web browser-based access to instrument and valve
information. Web access enables users to easily monitor field devices,
view configuration and calibration information, and analyze the history of a
plant's field device assets. The AMS web option extends access to live and
historical AMS data by making it available at any time from any PC in the
plant's intranet. Diagnostic data from intelligent field devices is made
available for fast maintenance action.

As part of release 6.1, FIELDVUE(R) Performance Diagnostics, Emerson's
exclusive on-line, in-service predictive valve diagnostics, are now standard
in the AMS ValveLink(R) SNAP-ON(TM) application. Performance Diagnostics
identify faults, list possible causes, and recommend corrective actions for
users. Performance Diagnostics benefit users by identifying problems that
may be corrected prior to failure thus preventing unplanned shutdowns,
reducing the length of planned shutdowns, and extending the interval between

The enhanced security of AMS 6.1 enables users in regulated industries to
meet rigorous security requirements, specifically those specified in FDA 21
CFR part 11. Security improvements include new privileges and administrative capabilities. AMS 6.1's pharmaceutical package includes electronic signature for configuration changes, validation templates,
training manuals, and an additional system license for evaluation and check-out purposes.

Other new features of AMS version 6.1 include:

* Enhanced DeltaV(TM) System Interface to allow support of HART(R) devices
on PROVOX and RS3 I/O connected to DeltaV. * More tools to integrate AMS
data with that of other software applications. These tools further enhance
AMS integration capabilities which already include an interface to MAXIMO(R)
and various CMMS or ERP systems.
* A new Web Services option, allowing the use of web technologies for
integration of essential information.
* Support of the Microsoft XP Professional operating system as well as
Windows NT and Windows 2000.

AMS software benefits users by alerting them to potential problems in a device before that problem upsets the process, by reducing the time required for configuring and calibrating field devices, by eliminating many routine maintenance procedures, and by speeding up the troubleshooting of suspected
problems. Plant personnel rely on AMS to increase plant availability, improve maintenance cost effectiveness, and meet safety, health and environmental requirements.

The AMS software supports a growing number of multiplexers as well as numerous communication interfaces. By building on standard industry communication protocols, AMS accepts information from a broad field base and also allows easy integration of data into other business systems to maximize
plant efficiencies. Users save time and money on maintenance and optimize plant assets by taking full advantage of their intelligent field devices.

AMS 6.1 features expanded openness and compatibility with a larger number of
field devices and multiplexer interfaces than ever before, providing greater
access to field-based diagnostic data. When also used in conjunction with the DeltaV automation system, another key PlantWeb component, AMS gives users access to the diagnostics generated by 85 FOUNDATION fieldbus instruments from 22 manufacturers. AMS 6.1 now works with more than 223
HART devices from 39 manufacturers.

For further information regarding AMS and the enhancements provided by
Version 6.1, visit www.assetweb.com.

About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, pulp & paper, power, food and
beverage, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, and project management, and maintenance services.

Its brands include AMS, PlantWeb(R), Fisher(R), Micro Motion(R), Rosemount(R), DeltaV(TM), Ovation(R), MDC, and CSI.

About Emerson

St. Louis-based Emerson (www.gotoemerson.com) is a global leader in bringing
technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to
customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial
automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliances and
tools. Sales in fiscal 2002 were $13.8 billion.

Back to top
Posted in: