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Emerson to control Johnsonburg, PA, wastewater treatment plant

November 10, 2009 — Emerson Process Management will install its PlantWeb digital plant architecture with Ovation expert control system at the Johnsonburg Wastewater Treatment Facility. The facility is operated by the Johnsonburg Municipal Authority, located within Elk County, Pa.

The automation project calls for Emerson’s Ovation solution to monitor and control all major processes at the facility’s raw sewage pump station, pre-treatment building, equalization tank, aeration basins, clarifiers, aerobic digesters, chlorine contact tank and yard pump station.

Installation of the Ovation system is part of a larger project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to modernize the facility and expand its capacity by a factor of four. Quadrupling the facility’s wet weather permitted flow capacity will help preserve the Clarion River and surrounding area – a popular wildlife habitat and recreation spot situated roughly 120 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The entire upgrade project is scheduled to be completed and the expanded plant facilities fully operational by summer 2010. Emerson’s ability to complete the automation and controls project within the designated timeframe and without disruption of ongoing plant activities were important factors in the company’s selection by G.M. McCrossin, Inc., general contractor for the overall project.

Emerson’s comprehensive digital automation and control solution also includes AMS Suite predictive maintenance software and numerous Emerson field devices. These devices include Rosemount 3051 smart pressure transmitters and 3095 differential pressure transmitters; Daniel Venturi flowmeters; Mobrey ultrasonic level sensors; and Rosemount Analytical pH/ORP and dissolved oxygen sensors and analyzers, among others. With the capability to support fully integrated digital bus-based technologies, Ovation will provide Johnsonburg plant operators with valuable insight into the operation of the intelligent HART devices installed at the facility. With this insight, operators will be able to identify and troubleshoot potential problems before they impact plant operations.

Security is always an important consideration for municipalities. With that in mind, Emerson is providing Johnsonburg with solutions related to cyber security, including anti-virus services and remote viewing capabilities that enable designated personnel to observe plant processes offsite. Emerson is also involved in Johnsonburg’s physical security efforts, supplying video surveillance and intrusion detection equipment that will be used to monitor activities at the raw sewage pump station building.

”Maintaining the beauty and pristine condition of this area has always been our chief priority, and the stimulus funds we received to expand our facilities will help ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy the Clarion River and surrounding area,” said Hudnell Caldwell, chairman, Johnsonburg Municipal Authority. “Emerson’s digital automation technology is an important piece to the puzzle, as it provides our operators with the wealth of information they need to operate our facilities safely, reliably and efficiently.”

“We have a proven track record helping municipalities of all sizes manage the challenge of additional capacity requirements,” said Bob Yeager, president of the Power & Water Solutions division of Emerson. “We are pleased to be involved in this expansion project, which is necessary for safeguarding public health and the environment in Elk County.”

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the power, water and wastewater treatment, metals and mining, chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division is a global supplier of advanced distributed process control and information systems. The Pittsburgh-based company is a recognized leader in developing plant-wide process control solutions for the power generation, water treatment and wastewater treatment industries. Power & Water Solutions plays a key role in the Emerson mission of combining superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include: PlantWeb; Ovation; Scenario, SmartProcess; Syncade; Fisher; Micro Motion; Rosemount; Daniel, DeltaV, and AMS Suite.
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