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Emerson's New SIS Courses Expand Free Online Training at PlantWeb University

January 312006
AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 31, 2006) – As part of an ongoing effort to provide manufacturing professionals with relevant educational information on the latest technology developments, Emerson Process Management now offers courses on safety instrumented systems (SIS) at their PlantWeb® University online learning center (www.PlantWebUniversity.com). The new user-friendly courses provide fundamentals and practical tips for SIS planning, selection and implementation. The courses include concise information on basic SIS concepts, design and installation, operation and maintenance, safety standard compliance, and new “smart” SIS technologies.

“Choosing and implementing a safety instrumented system is an important but often intimidating task for users,” says Jane Lansing, vice president of marketing for Emerson Process Management. “The SIS courses are designed to help users understand what goes into creating a reliable, affordable, standards-compliant safety instrumented system, so they have a head start on making the right decisions.”

For example, as the process industries move to an integrated-loop approach to safety management – spanning the entire loop from sensor to logic-solver to final control element – the PlantWeb University courses can help students evaluate smart SIS technology as a way to attain the right level of safety at the lowest cost throughout the life of the plant.

As with all course offerings at Emerson’s PlantWeb University, the 11 new SIS courses are free, easy to understand, and available to anyone. Each takes about 15 minutes, and participants can learn at their own pace from anywhere there is an Internet connection. Content is devoid of marketing hype and gives practical insights into the application of new technologies.

"Since its inception in 2002, PlantWeb University has provided practical, real-world information to over 20,000 industry users around the world," says Lansing. "We're gratified that so many people have found the courses to be an objective and useful tool for learning how to improve process and business performance."

Emerson also offers in-depth training on safety instrumented systems and other process-management topics through its Educational Services group (www.EmersonProcess.com/education). Educational Services courses are available online, at regional training centers, and in locally delivered classes around the globe.

About PlantWeb University
PlantWeb University (www.PlantWebUniversity.com) offers free online training in a user-friendly course format that makes it easy to understand and evaluate new ways to improve project, process and plant performance. The Business School focuses on improving plant profitability — including how to improve plant efficiency, reduce costs and increase availability. The Engineering School explores leading automation technologies such as FOUNDATION™ fieldbus and HART® communication as well as safety instrumented systems.

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. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb®, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Mobrey®, Daniel®, DeltaV™, Ovation®, 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 2005 were $17.3 billion. For more information, visit www.GoToEmerson.com.
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