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Emerson Introduces Automated Calibration Verification for Micro Motion Coriolis Flowmeters

May 022005
AUSTIN, TEXAS (May 2, 2005) – Emerson Process Management has announced the automation of calibration verification for Micro Motion® Coriolis flowmeters using a new SNAP-ON™ application for the company’s AMS™ Suite: Intelligent Device Manager. Users can verify process stability and meter performance from their office using this new Calibration Verification SNAP-ON application, eliminating the use of external flow calibration laboratories or the purchase of costly standard reference devices.

Routine verification of field instrumentation is a common practice in many ISO 9001 manufacturing facilities. Additionally, in industries such as pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals, manufacturers are mandated by FDA regulations to demonstrate process consistency by routinely verifying their field instrumentation, including Coriolis meters. While vital, these verification practices result in added operations costs.

The new verification approach further adds to the contribution of Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters to the proven 2%-and-more operations efficiencies of PlantWeb® digital plant architecture. In contrast with traditional approaches, verifying calibration using the AMS Device Manager Calibration Verification SNAP-ON application provides demonstrated cost savings in a number of ways:

  • Minimizes production interruptions and outages
  • Extends intervals between routine verifications
  • Streamlines verification documentation procedures
  • Provides control charting of verification data.

    A major pharmaceutical customer of Emerson estimates an annual savings of over $350,000 per year in reduced verification costs using this AMS Device Manager solution for Micro Motion flowmeters.

    The Calibration Verification SNAP-ON application collects and analyzes flowmeter data to determine if a change has occurred to the physical structure of the Micro Motion sensing element. Changes can result from product build-up, corrosion or erosion, resulting in a corresponding change in the density measurement from the Micro Motion meter. For Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters, there is a correlation between density of a pure fluid (water or air) and its specific flow calibration factor. The Calibration Verification SNAP-ON application informs the user that the change to flow calibration has occurred, and includes recommendations for determining the specific conditions that may have caused the change.

    Utilizing innovative Micro Motion technology to verify flowmeter performance, AMS Device Manager has further increased the considerable opportunities for manufacturers to improve their process and reduce costs while ensuring regulatory compliance.

    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, refining, pulp and paper, power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. A division of Emerson, Micro Motion, (www.micromotion.com) is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Since inventing the first practical Coriolis flowmeter in 1977, Micro Motion has been the world's leading Coriolis flowmeter supplier, ranking #1 in both technology and customer support. Micro Motion technology and expertise play a key role in Emerson’s combining of superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include PlantWeb®, Micro Motion®, Fisher®, Rosemount®, Daniel®, DeltaV(TM), Ovation®, and AMS(TM) 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 2004 were $15.6 billion. For more information, visit www.GoToEmerson.com.
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