Emerson Wins $4 Million Contract to Automate Mineral Extraction Process at New Boliden Plant in Norway

  • October 20, 2004
  • Emerson Automation Solutions
  • News
As main automation contractor, Emerson will apply PlantWeb with FOUNDATION fieldbus to deliver expected plant efficiency improvements and environmental performanceAUSTIN, TEXAS. (October 19, 2004) -- Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), announced today that it has won a $4 million contract to automate the modernization and expansion of the zinc extraction process for Boliden Odda AS, a major zinc producer and refiner in Norway.Engineering is under way, and start-up is complete in the first phase of the project.As main automation contractor, Emerson is planning, designing, and engineering the automation aspects of the project, including installation of its PlantWebR digital plant architecture to optimize the new extractionprocess in Odda, Norway. Boliden Odda will benefit from advanced control and improved process uptime and maintenance efficiency, while maintaining its excellent environmental performance."We are pleased to help Boliden Odda AS by augmenting the production efficiency of their new process with the efficiency improvements delivered by PlantWeb," commented John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management."PlantWeb has delivered dramatic reduction in project engineering costs, and significant improvement in operations efficiency in thousands ofinstallations around the world."The new direct leaching process of zinc concentrates was designed to improve the cost efficiency and versatility of production. It will enable the use of a wider quality range of zinc concentrates, increasing the volume to the plant by about 10 percent. The modernization will lay the foundation for cost efficient technology in any future expansion.The Boliden Odda installation of PlantWeb architecture will use the DeltaVT digital automation system with embedded advanced control that includes auto-tuning, fuzzy logic, neural networks and model-based predictive control. Process and equipment health will be continuously monitored as intelligent field devices perform diagnostics and communicate status via FOUNDATION fieldbus networks. AMST Suite: Intelligent Device Manager within the DeltaV system provides easy access for operations and maintenance personnel to maximize operational performance.Approximately 55 FOUNDATION fieldbus segments provide communications for more than 400 instruments. Also, 25 Profibus DP segments provide control interface to 400 motors. The DeltaV system will include 9 operator and maintenance workstations with 18 controllers, and connect with an OSIsoft Real-Time Performance Management System. A second phase of the project will add further controllers, doubling the system capacity to 10,000 DST tags.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, pulp & paper, power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management, and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWebR, FisherR, Micro MotionR, RosemountR, DanielR, DeltaVT, OvationR, AMST Suite and CSI.About Emerson St. Louis-based Emerson (www.gotoemerson.com) is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliances and tools. Sales in fiscal 2003 were $14 billion.PlantWeb, Fisher, Micro Motion, Rosemount, Daniel, DeltaV, Ovation and AMS are marks of Emerson Process Management. Other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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