Emerson helps StatoilHydro win 2007 HART Plant of the Year award
NEW ORLEANS (December 12, 2007) - The HART Communication Foundation announced at the 2007 PowerGen Show in New Orleans that Emerson Process Management's user, StatoilHydro, has won the 2007 HART Plant of the Year award for its project at the Ormen Lange gas field in Norway. Emerson's AMS Suite and field devices are cited as key enablers in StatoilHydro's effective use of predictive diagnostics for the Ormen Lange Project, including the subsea installations, onshore terminal and the world's longest sub sea gas pipeline project.
The prestigious award from the HART Communication Foundation recognizes StatoilHydro's innovative use of HART Communication with a Profibus DP network to deliver diagnostics to plant personnel. StatoilHydro's commitment to predictive diagnostics, along with the number and the extensive range of various HART instruments and valves from multiple vendors, made them an ideal recipient for the recognition.
At this difficult-to-access North Sea location, online diagnostics from more than 350 continuously monitored valves supply critical information to operations, maintenance and reliability personnel, as well as to experts around the world. The valves are equipped with Emerson's FIELDVUE DVC6000 digital valve controllers. Through AMS Device Manager with the ValveLink SNAP-ON application, a component of Emerson's PlantWeb digital plant architecture, online diagnostics warn of pending valve problems, save troubleshooting time, and minimize unnecessary personnel trips into potentially hazardous areas to check status. AMS Device Manager provides an interface that allows online communication with HART field devices over a Profibus DPV1 network, an essential capability for leveraging and maximizing StatoilHydro's investment in HART-enabled devices.
The Ormen Lange gas field is Norway's largest gas field and is situated in the Northern sector of the Norwegian Sea. It is being operated during the development phase by StatoilHydro. Norske Shell will take over full operation of the facility at the end of 2007.
"We are delighted that our user has won this prestigious award and achieved recognition for their technical innovation," said Craig Llewellyn, president of Emerson's Asset Optimization division. "StatoilHydro worked creatively with Emerson to execute their vision for predictive maintenance in an open architecture to maximize asset availability and performance."
The Plant of the Year Award is given annually by the HART Communication Foundation to recognize people, companies and sites that are using the full capabilities of HART technology to achieve improved operations, lower costs and increased availability. The HART Communication Foundation is an independent organization providing a standard for smart process instrumentation and worldwide support for the application of HART technology.
AMS Suite is an integrated family of diagnostic software applications for predictive maintenance, performance monitoring and economic optimization.
AMS Suite enables companies to dramatically improve plant availability, throughput and product quality while reducing operations, maintenance and utility costs. Emerson complements AMS Suite with PlantWeb services to ensure successful implementation of the applications and maximize the value delivered to manufacturers.
About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb, DeltaV, Fisher, Micro Motion, Rosemount, Mobrey, Bristol, Daniel, Ovation, and AMS Suite.
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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