#WWEM2018 Hydrology, meteorology & water quality demo.

The OTT Hydromet stand (No. 19) at WWEM 2018 (21-22 Nov 2018 Telford GB) will be focused on the latest technologies for monitoring hydrology, meteorology and water quality. With an emphasis on continuous monitoring, OTT will unveil: a new optical nitrate sensor, the ECO-N; new ion-selective electrodes for the Hydrolab multiparameter sondes; and the HydroCycle-PO4 continuous phosphate monitor.


Groundwater, rivers and lakes across Europe often contain excessive levels of both phosphates and nitrates, resulting in conditions that promote the development of harmful algal blooms. OTT’s latest monitoring technologies enable continuous monitoring which improves understanding of nutrient sources and loads, especially during episodic events such as storms and floods.

These new technologies will feature on the OTT stand and experts will be on hand to discuss visitors’ applications in catchment monitoring, research and enforcement, as well as intake and final effluent monitoring.

A workshop on Continuous Nutrient Monitoring will be given by Adam Dutton, a USA-based expert from the OTT Hydromet group, at 3pm on Wednesday 21st November in Room 5.

Some of the OTT Hydromet group’s latest weather sensors will also be on display, including the latest version of the OTT Pluvio2 raingauge, the new Lufft WS100 radar precipitation sensor and the new Lufft WS10 smart multiparameter weather sensor.

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#AQE2018 Particulate sensors.

The Alphasense stand at the AQE 2018 exhibition (21-22 Nov 2018 Telford GB) will focus on the company’s latest particulate sensors, including new optical particle counters; the OPC-R1 and the OPC-N3.

alphasenseHQMeasuring just over 7cm wide and 2cm high, the OPC-R1 sensor is extremely small in comparison with previous technologies. However, with outputs for PM1, PM2.5, PM10 and histograms for up to 16 ‘bins’ the sensor provides impressive monitoring capability.

The OPC-N3 offers automatic ranging for PM1, PM2.5, and PM10, and with a measuring range of 0.38 to 40 µm, it can measure from the finest fractions up to larger particles such as pollen.

In addition to particulate sensors, the Alphasense stand will also feature a full range of gas sensors, providing instrument developers and manufacturers with the opportunity to choose the best sensor for their market.

The accuracy of every Alphasense sensor is assured through the provision of a unique calibration for each individual sensor. This is important because most sensor manufacturers only provide average calibration data for a batch of sensors. Visit AQE stand 14 to learn more.

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#AQE2018 High demand for air monitoring equipment.

Visitors to AQE 2018  (22/22 Nov 2018 Telford GB) may be wondering how Air Monitors Ltd has managed to win so many contracts over the last year, but a trip to stands 51/52 will leave them in no doubt. The Air Monitors booth will be packed with the market’s leading air monitoring equipment, employing technologies that are in high demand.

AirMonitorsContactWins copyThe stars of the show will be AQMesh pods and FIDAS particulate monitors, both of which have featured prominently in recent major projects. FIDAS is rapidly becoming the instrument of choice for monitoring ambient particulates because it measures all fractions of interest simultaneously with high reliability, improved accuracy and lower operational costs. As a small, battery-powered, wireless, web-enabled air quality monitor, AQMesh is leading the field in low-cost monitoring; providing users with complete flexibility and ease of access to data.

Technologies for other key parameters will also be on display, including Black Carbon monitors and direct NO2 analysers from both Ecotech and 2BTech.

Reflecting growing understanding about the relationship between outdoor and indoor pollution, several of the latest technologies for indoor air quality monitoring will also be on the booth. These will include the Gasera One photoacoustic multi-gas analyser and the Ethera NEMo – a unique technology for sensitive and selective measurement of typical IAQ pollutants including formaldehyde.

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#AQE2018 Gas and particulate monitoring instruments on show.

The Ashtead Technology stand (No.84) at AQE 2018 (21/22 Nov’18, Telford G.B.) will feature the latest and most popular products among the company’s fleet of gas and particulate monitoring instruments for sale or hire.

AQE2018_AshteadTechnologyThe monitoring applications covered by the equipment on show will include environmental air quality, industrial emissions, occupational safety, heat stress and confined space, and experts will be on hand to discuss visitors’ monitoring needs.

Visitors will be able to handle a comprehensive range of TSI instruments including the new QUEST monitors for measuring toxic gases, heat stress and particulates in the workplace, in addition to the outdoor and indoor DustTraks, and the SidePak personal dust monitor.

MCERTS approved analysers will be on show for emissions monitoring (TESTO 350) of O2, CO, NO, NO2 & CO2, and ambient particulate monitoring (Environmental DustTrak) for PM2.5, PM10 and total PM.

Visitors to the Ashtead Technology stand will also be provided with a free copy of the recently updated Environmental Equipment Solutions brochure.

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#Emrex18: IIoT foundation for next generation digital workforce.

New mobility and decision-support technologies plus services for operations consulting and upskilling empower critical competencies for Top Quartile performance

As manufacturers accelerate digital transformation and workforce evolution, Emerson has unveiled significant enhancements to its Plantweb digital ecosystem, the industry’s most comprehensive Industrial IoT automation platform.


Peter Zornio

“Manufacturing jobs are rapidly becoming data-centric roles, requiring immediately actionable information for experts across the enterprise,” said Peter Zornio, chief technology officer for Emerson Automation Solutions. “Through a deep understanding of customers’ vision for organisational effectiveness and business performance improvement, Emerson is innovating breakthrough products and services to accelerate that organisational transformation.”


A 2017 Industry Week survey of manufacturing leaders revealed more than 60 percent of those surveyed indicated active pilot projects in IIoT, but only five percent identified clear business objectives at the heart of their programmes. Of the 205 industry executives responding, 34 percent stated that lack of clear technology strategy was a barrier while 61 percent confirmed that a scalable approach to investment is preferred.

“A clear message from the industry is that a one-size-fits-all, vendor-prescribed IIoT approach won’t work,” Zornio continued. “They want to identify specific business challenges, target technology to improve performance, then scale up their investment based on results achieved. That’s why we have architected Plantweb to enable companies to get started where they can gain the greatest near-term impact.”

Built on the foundation of best-in-class process control and safety systems, Plantweb expands on existing automation infrastructure to make the promise of Industrial IoT scalable and achievable, with a broad portfolio of Pervasive Sensing technologies, an extensive suite of analytical software tools, secure and robust data infrastructure devices and expert services.

During the 2017 Emerson Global Users Exchange event in Minneapolis, Emerson introduced extensive enhancements to the Plantweb digital ecosystem portfolio, including:

  • Pervasive Sensing™: Emerson’s Pervasive Sensing is the foundation of the Plantweb digital ecosystem, providing enhanced visibility into process performance and asset health, so experts have the information needed to drive operational improvements. This increasingly robust network of sensing, measuring and monitoring technologies features more than 50 wireless devices for temperature, pressure, corrosion, vibration, acoustic and more. The portfolio has been expanded to include the new wireless Rosemount 928 toxic gas and Therm-o-Disc Power Meter monitoring products.
  • Secure First Mile™: As global adoption of Industrial IoT increases demand for robust cybersecurity strategies, Emerson’s Secure First Mile provides secure transfer of actionable data from Operational Technology (OT) systems to authorised internet-based applications, services or mobile users. Emerson’s data-security portfolio has been enhanced through certification by ISA Secure, the industry standard for secure systems deployment. Additionally, to accelerate adoption of new service relationships like Emerson’s Connected Services, the Plantweb Secure First Mile works with a variety of standard security models to integrate with customer IT infrastructure to create a secure connection best suited to the existing technology architecture. This includes cloud-to-cloud or direct Edge connection to field level sensor and instruments via Azure IoT technology.
  • Plantweb Insight™: Emerson’s Plantweb Insight is a scalable and lightweight, web-based software platform that helps users instantly make sense of plant data by leveraging Pervasive Sensing technologies and pre-built analytics to provide relevant-time monitoring and identification of abnormal situations for specific asset classes.

Plantweb Insight now includes applications for air-cooled heat exchangers, corrosion, heat exchangers, network management and pressure relief devices.

  • Plantweb Advisor™: Emerson’s Plantweb Advisor Suite is a scalable set of software applications that utilise deeper analytics to provide reliability and energy specialists with critical information about equipment health and efficiency as well as energy consumption and emissions. Originally introduced as the Energy Advisor, Health Advisor and Performance Advisor applications, the Plantweb Advisor suite has been expanded to provide analytics applications for metrology and mining.
  • Always Aware™: Formerly known as Always Mobile, Emerson’s new Always Aware suite of solutions builds on previous mobility capabilities, expanding them to focus on delivering role-based, relevant-time information and alerts to plant personnel, regardless of locations, enabling more effective collaboration and driving actions to improve asset and process performance. Updates include RFID asset management tags and AMS ARES™ integration with various interfaces such as AMS Device Manager, AMS Machinery Manager, Plantweb Insight and Plantweb Advisor to streamline workflows, enhance collaboration and enable more effective response.
  • Services: Emerson is expanding its role as a trusted industry partner with consulting and service offerings that complement its leading portfolio of automation and IIoT-based technologies. These services provide companies with access to the information and engineering expertise needed to establish a successful path to Top Quartile performance as well as empower their personnel with the competencies and skillsets needed to become invaluable assets to their organisations. Services include:
    • Connected Services – offering remote assessment of a plant’s equipment and processes by Emerson experts to empower customers with the information needed to improve efficiency and avoid unplanned downtime. Updates include new capabilities for subscription-based services that require limited to no capital cost. These include industrial Wi-Fi network management for system health monitoring of Cisco Wi-Fi networks, and engineered Plantweb solutions such as management of Plantweb Insight and Advisor applications by Emerson personnel.
    • Software as a Service (SaaS) – leveraging the cloud to transform project engineering and a plant’s long-term operations by enabling engineering configuration and virtual testing online as well as virtualisation of a plant’s control systems for simulation, testing and operator training.
    • Operational Certainty Consulting – combining the business justification for investment with a scalable roadmap governed by business impact achieved is the mission of Emerson’s new Operational Consulting team…more than 100 industry experts helping deliver digitally enabled infrastructures with optimal organisational process approaches that generate significant financial returns.
    • Workforce Skills Development – focusing on enriching the skills of today’s workforce through the Control Performance Academy, the industry’s first comprehensive competency development programme, capable of equipping inexperienced engineers with the equivalent of 5-10 years’ worth of training in as little as 18 months; and Interactive Plant Environment, a fully-immersive, hands-on training experience for control systems personnel.
  • Foundational Solutions: The underpinning of modern plant automation, these technologies provide the core process control and safety systems critical to plant operations. Enhancements to Plantweb include the DeltaV Live Operator interface, which utilises Human Centered Design principles to integrate thousands of data points in the plant and improve control system functionality with a more efficient, intuitive interface that can be used in project design as well as daily operations.

To help customers understand the impact these new technologies can have on personnel productivity and organisational effectiveness, Emerson brought the next-generation digital workforce to life with the ‘Digital Workforce Experience’ during Emerson Exchange. The immersive, role-based simulation demonstrated first-hand how various manufacturing roles are evolving and the impact they have on business performance.

“The industry’s technology evolution over the past 30 years has delivered tremendous improvements in efficiency,” concluded Zornio . “Now it’s time to fuel the next-generation workforce with the actionable insights they need to become even more strategic assets in their companies.”

• See also: Five new easy-to-deploy apps to deliver actionable asset alerts!
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#Emrex18: Operations consulting group.

Emerson’s Operational Certainty consulting service helps manufacturers justify, design, execute and quantify value achieved by combining Industrial IoT technologies, proven methodologies and industry expertise

Reinforcing its commitment to help industry recover an estimated $1 trillion in lost operational performance annually, Emerson has announced a new Operational Certainty consulting business that helps manufacturers integrate Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and updated organisational work practices to achieve Top Quartile performance.

Operational-Certainty“Operational losses are the result of production downtime, increased safety incidents as well as excessive energy consumption, emissions and production costs,” said Thomas Waun, general manager, Operational Certainty Consulting, Emerson Automation Solutions. “We have quantified the opportunity in each industry and it is Emerson’s mission to help customers target these losses with scalable plans to recover what some call ‘dead money’ in their plants.”

In a recent Emerson and Industry Week survey of manufacturing executives, 60 percent acknowledged having active IoT pilot projects under way, yet only 5 percent had clear business case justification. Additionally, 61 percent stated a scalable approach based on business impact achieved was an important strategy to adopt. Respondents identified several barriers to progress, including:  47 percent cited company culture, 41 percent noted a lack of clear business case, while 34 percent pointed to a lack of clarity on which technology path to take. In response to this need, Emerson has developed the Operational Certainty consulting organisation.

“Virtually all manufacturers are focused on some form of digital enablement, but very few have a clear plan to drive the culture change necessary to capitalise on the opportunity that digital transformation represents,” said Waun. “Automation is the highest impact lever to both accelerate and sustain behaviour change and deliver results. Emerson is marshalling the right resources, expertise and methodologies to help customers build a business case for investment, then make their vision a reality.”

With consulting experts specialising in disciplines including reliability, safety, energy and emissions, production and Industrial IoT architectures, Emerson’s new Operational Consulting practice includes more than 100 industry consultants with deep expertise in helping manufacturers achieve digital transformation. Through proven, flexible, yet repeatable methodologies, Emerson helps manufacturers quantify their business improvement opportunity and create a scalable, achievable roadmap. Emerson’s new consulting organisation is supported by more than 5,000 project and applications engineers to help customers execute plans. Emerson then helps manufacturers monitor progress with performance benchmarking in targeted operations areas.

“For years, customers have followed operational excellence programmes to drive incremental efficiencies, and those have been successful…to a point,” said Waun. “Diminishing returns in these programmes are driving industry leaders to look for bigger impact on their bottom line.”

Many organisations invest in systems to improve their operations. But they often fail to realise the expected return on those investments by not connecting their systems together, not effectively embedding them within their standard operating procedures, or underutilising the systems’ true capabilities because of a lack of expertise. Existing management consulting firms understand the broad opportunities the implementation of advanced technologies represents; however, they often lack the application and industry-specific expertise to develop a pragmatic solution architecture that leverages existing infrastructure and accelerates returns. Moreover, traditional consulting firms lack the specialisation and resources for end-to-end execution required to fully realise a successful digital transformation, frequently providing guidance without the ability to deliver.

Operational Certainty consultants understand the industry’s people and processes, putting them in a unique position to combine intuitive technologies and automated workflows to reduce complexity and empower more productive digital workers. Emerson will engage customers through proven methodologies that bridge visioning, change management, IT/OT convergence, and system architecture. This collaboration will result in a digital infrastructure that empowers workers with higher quality, faster decision-making capabilities to accelerate value creation.  Beyond the enabling infrastructure, Operational Certainty consultants will also develop a thorough assessment of the organisational changes that are required for full realisation of the benefits, ensuring best-in-class behaviours are adopted.

“Emerson’s Operational Certainty consulting team takes a total lifecycle approach to implementing digital transformation strategy,” said Waun. “Our consultants will methodically assess current operations and use the collected data to develop a future-state vision. Together, Emerson and its customers develop a digital blueprint that ensures the path from vision to measurable success is clear.”

• See also Jim Cahill’s “What is Operational Certainty?” (2016)
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#Emrex18 Five essential competencies of digital transformation.

Following a period of what the company sees as the ‘efficiency era’ of manufacturing, Emerson opened its annual Emerson Global Users Exchange (#EmrEx) event with a focus on the resources that will enable manufacturers to drive greater business performance in the future:  people. Specifically, the ‘digital workforce.’


Mike Train explains the five essential competencies of digital transformation at EmrEx

“The past 30 years have brought us fantastic advances in the manufacturing sector, including greater operating efficiencies enabled by automation,” said Mike Train, executive president, Emerson Automation Solutions. “But the incremental benefits gained are diminishing. The pressure is on industry leaders to take the next step to the game-changing performance made possible by digitally empowering the workforce.”

By analysing the organisational behaviours of Top Quartile industry performers – those in the top 25 percent of performance among their peers – Emerson has identified five essential competencies as critical to realise the value of ‘digital transformation’:

  • Automated Workflow: Eliminate repetitive tasks and streamline standard operations to focus personnel on exceptions and other opportunities that require human intervention
  • Decision Support: Leverage analytics and embedded expertise to provide actionable insights that reduce complexity and enable higher quality, faster decision-making
  • Workforce Upskilling: Identify approaches that empower workers to acquire knowledge or experience faster and more effectively, to support higher-level and collaborative decision-making
  • Mobility: Provide secure, on-demand access to information and expertise regardless of location, enabling collaborative workflows
  • Change Management: Combine strategies, processes, tools and expertise that, in the right combination, simplify and accelerate the institutionalisation of operational best practices.

While these themes are not necessarily new, Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) innovations are bringing unprecedented opportunities to evolve performance in each area of organisational transformations. To make these opportunities attainable, Emerson will expand its Plantweb™ digital ecosystem with a wide range of new digital technologies and services, including a consulting practice with the expertise, methodologies and personnel to bring predictable success to digital transformation.

“By mastering these competencies, manufacturing organisations can fully leverage the digital technologies of today and those just around the corner,” continued Train. “Emerson uses the organisational insights we gain through customer collaboration to focus our product and service portfolio development in areas that create bottom-line impact.”

In a 2017 study conducted by Industry Week and Emerson, manufacturing leaders from a variety of industries confirmed the Industrial IoT will bring new possibilities fuelled by increased real-time information, a more tightly connected enterprise and improved analytical tools. However, the group consistently pointed to personnel as the most important factor for success. Namely, the need for companies to adopt effective change management methodologies to drive an increased focus on education and upskilling along with improved organisational workflows to effectively leverage their technology investments.

“There is an increasing number of reports suggesting that technology is displacing manufacturing jobs, yet they routinely miss the big picture,” said Train. “History has taught us time and again that, while technology can unsettle the current or traditional nature of work, disruption consistently brings new opportunities and net employment growth, not loss.”

During the 2017 Emerson Global Users Exchange event, held in Minneapolis, Emerson introduced significant enhancements to its Plantweb digital ecosystem portfolio, with new technologies and services targeting workforce productivity and organisational effectiveness. To bring the ideas to life, Emerson will help industry leaders see the near-future of how a digitally enhanced workforce behaves differently through its ‘Digital Workforce Experience’, an immersive experiential environment demonstrating how new and emerging technologies are fundamentally transforming organisations by helping them accelerate, institutionalise, and sustain Top Quartile behaviours.

“Companies and employees who embrace the rapidly transforming digital landscape stand to achieve the greatest success,” said Train. “But everyone has skin in the game. Employers need to provide education and upskilling opportunities, and employees need the confidence and commitment to learn new skills and competencies to manage their careers into the information age.”

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