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Emerson's Technology to 'Maintain The Flame' at Olympic Games

February 082006
Emerson's Technology to 'Maintain The Flame' at Olympic Games
TURIN, ITALY (February 8, 2006) – Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business based in Austin, Texas, (NYSE:EMR), will be at the base of the 25-meter-high Olympic Flame when it ignites Friday, heralding the beginning of the 20th Winter Olympic Games. Emerson is providing the technology that will ignite and maintain the iconic flame as it burns until the close of the competition Feb. 26.

Emerson designed and manufactured the pressure-regulating system – equipped with piping for measuring, filtering, and regulating natural gas to six burners – that will ignite and keep the flame burning up to 25 meters high throughout the games.

Emerson developed the system for Azienda Energia e Servizi, the local Turin gas company supplying the natural gas. The system, which resembles a boiler for a large building, is about 18 feet long and 6 feet wide, and includes inlet and outlet headers, a filtering section, a measuring line, pressure regulators, and a safety relief valve. It also includes emergency backup capability to ensure the flame burns bright even if a problem arises with the main equipment.

“Emerson’s mission is to provide technology solutions to our customers, whether digital automation that allows manufacturing plants to run more smoothly, or solutions that enable the Olympic Flame to burn more brightly,” said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management.

Emerson engineers from Bologna, Italy, installed the system in the flame tower beside the new Olympic Stadium in downtown Turin. The Olympic Flame arrives Thursday in Turin, and will be used to light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony Friday. The Winter Games are expected to attract a combined television audience of more than 2 billion people worldwide.

The Winter Games, which include seven sports and 15 disciplines, will draw 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires, and more than 1 million spectators for the 17 days of competition and ceremonies.

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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