#Emrex18: Making project engineering & operations more intuitive, flexible, accessible and secure.

Emerson’s Latest Control System Transforms Projects and Helps Bridge IT/OT Divide for Operational Performance

DeltaV_InterfaceEmerson has expanded its Plantweb™ digital ecosystem with the launch of DeltaV version 14, a cybersecurity-certified control system designed to deliver new value in capital projects and make plant operations more connected and productive. The latest release provides significant innovations to the entire DeltaV architecture and was built with customers’ digital transformation initiatives in mind.

This major update to the DeltaV automation system includes several meaningful enhancements to eliminate costs and reduce complexity in capital projects, plus improve productivity during operations through enhanced access to production and equipment data, improved usability and greater security.

“More than ever, an integrated plant data environment is essential to achieve digital transformation. With DeltaV, we’re reducing the engineering effort required to securely connect plant, operational and information systems,” said Jamie Froedge, president of Process Systems and Solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Our customers will have more capabilities in their distributed control and safety systems to help them successfully execute capital projects and optimise operations.”

Capital Project Flexibility
Continuing to advance the impact of DeltaV Electronic Marshalling with CHARMs on capital project engineering, CHARM I/O Block takes CHARMs – which achieved more than one million deployments at more than 1100 sites in only five years – closer to the field. Small enclosures with up to 12 CHARMs can now be installed closer to field devices, significantly reducing wiring and overall installation costs by as much as 60 percent and providing more engineering flexibility.

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Smart Commissioning, launched in 2016, took one of most engineering-intensive operations off a project’s critical path. Traditionally, commissioning has been a manual task that requires more than two hours per device for thousands of devices. Smart Commissioning reduced commissioning time to 25 minutes. Emerson is now expanding these capabilities and reducing device commissioning time to as little as 10 minutes, a nearly 93 percent reduction in costly commissioning time that could save several hundred-thousand dollars in engineering costs.

Mobility and User Experience
DeltaV Live Operator Interface is a modern, built-for-purpose operations experience that is easy to understand and modify. The HMI comes pre-engineered with the industry’s best practices for user experience including ISA 101.01 and is based on research with the Centre for Operator Performance, a consortium of vendors and academia focused on human factors engineering. The HTML5 interface enables scalable graphics and gives operators the flexibility to adjust their displays to focus on process data that is most important for each situation. The new operator interface helps improve overall situational awareness and decision-making speed. Emerson is helping companies prepare for the shift to mobility with DeltaV Live by building a foundation for graphics to be transferrable across desktops, laptops, and mobile devices – all without additional engineering or custom scripting.

A Secure, Connected Plant
DeltaV will offer its users a new level of confidence and protection from cybersecurity threats by being one of the only systems to have a top-to-bottom cybersecurity certification. DeltaV v14 will be certified ISASecure SSA Level 1 by the International Society of Automation (ISA), signifying that Emerson developers are trained to write secure code and the system as a whole is hardened against cyber threats.

Emerson is making connecting a plant’s OT systems with IT systems seamless by expanding OPC UA access in its DeltaV hardware and software offerings. DeltaV is the pathway for most plant data and now using the IIoT’s most prevalent protocol, OPC UA, DeltaV applications and servers can securely share data to cloud analytics applications, remote monitoring solutions, and third-party technologies.

Emerson announced the first two additions of its new DeltaV system last year with the DeltaV PK Controller and DeltaV Mobile. The DeltaV PK Controller enables plants to control skids and applications typically managed by PLCs with a standalone DeltaV controller or connect into an integrated full-scale DCS automation architecture or the cloud via embedded OPC UA. The DeltaV Mobile platform natively connects into DeltaV – securely and without additional engineering – to enable managers, engineers, operators and subject matter experts to monitor operations and have critical data and alarms at their fingertips, whenever and wherever they need it.

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#Emrex18 Five new easy-to-deploy apps to deliver actionable asset alerts!

Emerson Extends Plantweb™ Insight Application Portfolio to Simplify Asset Health Monitoring and Maintenance

With the demand to implement the Internet of Things, the challenge is knowing where to start. Plants generate more data than ever before without meaningful analytics to guide expert decisions and actions. Plantweb enables customers a scalable, easy path into Industrial IoT benefits that will transform data into truly actionable information – information that plant personnel can use to dramatically improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of assets, people and processes.

Deployable via traditional workstation, tablet or smartphone, Emerson’s Plantweb Insight apps provide specific asset alerts which enables companies to see a quick return on investment in months by avoiding slowdowns and shutdowns. Instead of having to rely on an asset expert, these affordable, easy-to-use apps can be quickly deployed and easily accessed anytime, anywhere in real-time by maintenance staff to improve asset operations in chemical, oil and gas and refining. A user can begin with one or more assets, such as pumps or heat exchangers, and then expand as they achieve measurable benefits.

The built-in domain expertise of the analytics helps resolve asset issues that were formerly solved by periodic, time-consuming manual rounds or unexpected failures. Pre-built analytics require minimal configuration, and its flexible software is operating system-independent, easily installing and integrating with existing infrastructures.

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Heat Exchanger Insight

Using Plantweb Insight, users can improve asset reliability and energy usage by identifying abnormal situations and inefficiencies, recognising optimum maintenance times, and tracking asset health to identify and prevent failures before they occur. They also can avoid potential safety incidents and ensure regulatory compliance, reducing fines and environmental impact though the real-time identification of leaks and other hazards. Plantweb Insight is currently available with applications for steam trap monitoring, pump monitoring and pressure gauge monitoring. The newest apps in the suite include:

  • Heat Exchanger Insight – This Plantweb Insight app provides an overview of heat exchanger status and diagnostics from all the instruments on the network. Based on an algorithm, it provides directions to maintenance on where to focus action for issues, and provides a detail of the issue to guide them in efficient resolution, thereby avoiding slowdowns and shutdowns.

Future Plantweb Insight applications launching in the next year include:

  • Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger – This Plantweb Insight app recognises abnormal situations in the Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger pertaining to fan vibration, reduced cooling, louver defects and fouling. The app provides the user with instant visibility into asset status and alerts as well as guidance on how to resolve the issue.
  • Pressure Relief Device Insight –  Plantweb Insight for Pressure Relief Devices (PRDs) identifies failures in relief devices such as simmering and leaking and alerts staff on actions to take to guide resolution. The Insight app also logs all release events to assist with regulatory compliance, and tracks production and emission impact in relation to goals and regulations.
  • Network Management Insight – Plantweb Insight for network management manages up to 100 Wireless Gateways in one easy-to-use application that quickly identifies network status and any abnormal conditions, and recognises network issues pertaining to reliability, pinch points, network load, etc. then guides users to resolve any issues.
  • Corrosion Insight –  Plantweb Insight for corrosion gathers insight into pipe integrity and health, and identifies safety and reliability events before they cause shutdowns. The app tracks and trends corrosion rates to proactively address issues and provides guidance in how to correct any issues.
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#Emrex18 Improving enterprise-wide visibility.

Plantweb Optics helps companies visualise and take action on their most important plant assets with mobile-ready collaboration software that transforms business processes

Plantweb Optics is a new mobile-ready collaboration software platform announced by Emerson.  It provides an unprecedented view of plant reliability and operational performance. Connecting technicians, engineers and plant management through Plantweb Optics transforms decades-old work processes, providing cross-functional collaboration and decision-making to help plants operate safely and profitably.

plantwebopticsWith access to data across an organisation, Plantweb Optics translates equipment health data into a user-friendly format and instantly and securely delivers it to relevant personnel so they can make more informed decisions impacting production. The collaboration software improves the user experience with intuitive visualisation and customised alerts to reduce or eliminate irrelevant data. On mobile devices, personnel can quickly access equipment health scores any time, from anywhere, and can combine multiple views for easier monitoring of facilities across multiple locations.

“Getting the right data into the hands of the right people is paramount for our customers, and Plantweb Optics aggregates asset health information from various sources and not only prioritises the most important and relevant asset data, but easily targets actionable data to the people responsible for acting on it,” said Jim Nyquist, group president of Emerson’s Systems and Solutions business. “It transforms how companies have traditionally managed data and puts companies on the right path to digitally enable their workforce.” 

As a part of Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem, the industry’s most comprehensive Industrial IoT platform, Plantweb Optics delivers higher-level collaboration, better insights and priority decision-making, all behaviors of Top Quartile performance. Research shows Top Quartile performers spend two to four times less on maintenance costs than poorer performers—a potential savings of $24 to $80 million annually for a $1 billion plant.

Today, plant management is unable to see critical data from various siloed systems and its impact on broader operations. Solutions exist to connect plant data to other users through complicated mapping processes, but those solutions deliver only raw data, leaving behind the rich information available from asset management systems. Using industry-standard, embedded communications protocols, Plantweb Optics can share data with big data machine learning and analytics software to create new strategies for asset management and reliability. The software provides a platform to integrate more enterprise applications in the future for better reliability and operational performance. 

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#HM18 Clever sensor cable.

This intelligent sensor cable with SmartCore Technology from Leuze electronic improves machine and system availability.

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With the new SmartCore cable, the company presents an interesting highlight at the Hannover Messe 2018 trade fair especially for applications with moving cables, e.g., in robots or with handling axes. The cable contains an additional, special sacrificial cable that fails at approximately 80% of the possible movement cycles.

To evaluate, the sacrificial cable is bridged with the supply voltage and, if the core breaks, gives early warning of the impending end of the cable’s service life. Unplanned system downtime caused by cable breakage can thus be effectively prevented, and the sensor cable at risk of breaking can be replaced during the next scheduled maintenance cycle. The SmartCore Technology thereby contributes to increased system availability.

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Open Secure Automation (OSA®)

As part of their participation at the ARC Conference, Bedrock Automation has announced the availability of Cybershield 3.0, a major firmware upgrade with advancements that make it easier for end users and developers to build control applications that are both open and secure.

Included capabilities

1. Secure Open SCADA with OPC UA. The cryptographic keys built into all the Bedrock system electronics, provide the root of trust for the Bedrock Certificate Authority that verifies the reliabili-ty of OPC UA-managed commun-ications between SCADA & PLCs or other industrial control systems.
2. Open Certificate Authority (CA) for SCADA. This advanced SaaS key & certificate management tool is not only FREE to our customers but is simple to deploy with our Secure SCADA Interface Specification. Leading SCADA providers, including Inductive Automation, ICONICS & Tatsoft, are committing to and releasing support to this interface specification.
3. Intrusion detection. Even though the Bedrock control system has protection built into its core, users still need to know when system security is challenged. Cybershield 3.0 comes standard with intrinsic Anomaly Detection (AD) functionality that continuous-ly monitors the controller’s net-work & system time to detect intrusions & anomalous behavior and report it to both SCADA and enterprise database applications for trending, alarming and historizing anomalous cyber activity.
4. Quickly Secure Legacy Automation with Secure SCADA. Companies can now use Bedrock security to help integrate open standard communications protocols with legacy PLC & DCS systems from other vendors. A Bedrock secure controller module acts as a gateway between SCADA platform workstation and the legacy controllers.
5. Cryptographic key locking. Cybershield 3.0 includes a cryptographic controller engineer-ing key lock that permits only users with the required credentials to change the mode of the controller.
6. Achilles and EMP compliance on power supplies. Bedrock Automation is certifying its stand-alone power supply & standalone uninterruptible lithium power supply to both MiL-STD-461-G, the military standard for advanced EMP hardening, and Achilles Level 2 certification, augmenting the EMP and Achilles certification achieved for its control system modules last year.

Among the six major innovations facilitated by the Cybershield 3.0 upgrade are the first public key infrastructure (PKI) built into an OPC UA server for SCADA applications; an industrial Certificate Authority (CA) for user key management; virtual crypto key locks for the controller; and a Secure Proxy server capability that can protect legacy controls systems of other vendors.

“Cybershield 3.0 is one of the most significant steps forward since the release of our Bedrock OSA platform. We now support leading SCADA companies in integrating their OPC UA client to our open security and key management tools. In addition, we start our march to converge IT cyber detection technologies into real-time OT automation with our integrated Anomaly Detection (AD) tools built into every controller. We are delivering secure SCADA and AD as intrinsic and zero-cost advancements, focused acutely on ease of use and reductions in lifecycle costs,” said Bedrock founder and CEO Albert Rooyakkers.

“Today’s increasingly connected environment drives the process industries to search for automation solutions that deliver the benefits of open communications with ‘baked in’ cybersecurity. By extending its secure automation technology to third-party software providers, Bedrock Automation addresses this key pain point of future automation requirements. ARC believes the intrinsic and no-cost approach of Bedrock’s cybersecurity strategy is the quintessential component missing in control systems, today,” writes ARC analyst Mark Sen Gupta in his recent report, Bedrock Automation’s Open Secure Automation a “Win” with End Users

Cybershield 3.0 will be standard on all Bedrock control systems starting in Q2 of 2018 and will also be made available to current Bedrock users as a free upgrade.

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#SPS17 Extreme environments require Extreme switchgear !

The steute business unit “Extreme” develops and manufactures switchgear for ambient conditions in which conventional switches and sensors would quickly malfunction or never be suitable in the first place. Such conditions include subzero temperatures and explosive atmospheres.

PR04_Ex Schwefel 45339PR02.jpg_ico500For the combination of these two areas, each of which has its own specific set of requirements, steute has developed new position switches and magnetic sensors which it will be presenting at the SPS IPC Drives.

The new Ex 97 and Ex 99 series of position switches, with standard dimensions to DIN EN50047 and DIN EN 50041, will complement the existing Extreme range. They can be used in Ex zones 1 and 2 (gas-Ex), as well as 21 and 22 (dust-Ex), and also in safety-related applications – as approved position switches with an added safety function. Different actuators are available for optimal adjustment to individual applications.

The temperature range for these Ex position switches extends down as far as -60oC. The appropriate tests, e.g. impact tests in extreme subzero temperatures, have of course all been passed. The two new series are sealed against dust and are anti-corrosive. In the development of these new switches, steute had in mind applications such as the position monitoring of valves in oil and gas exploration.

As an alternative to these electromechanical switching devices, steute has also developed an Ex RC M20 KST range of cylindrical magnetic sensors for Ex zones and subzero temperatures. Their characteristics are equally extreme and they also work reliably in temperatures down to -60oC. Because they are so well sealed, they are extremely durable, even in very dusty environments.

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#SPS17 Intelligent diagnostic and communication system.

With BAUDIS IoT, Baumüller presents a system for predictive maintenance.  But BAUDIS IoT can do much more than that. It is an IoT-capable diagnostic and communication system that allows for a simple networking of machines and systems via the Internet and the intelligent analysis of data. The networked version benefits from the long-standing expertise of a successful system.

BMN_Motek17_BaudisIoT_v2_1500x1500.inddBAUDIS IoT is the consistent enhancement of the BAUDIS diagnostic system developed by Baumüller, which has successfully been in use for more than 20 years. BAUDIS increases the process reliability and availability of production and is successfully used worldwide in machines and plants.

The system can be used independently of the manufacturer of the automation components and the sensors and therefore can easily be retrofitted and upgraded. It is therefore equally suitable for greenfield and brownfield plants, i.e. for the digitization of new and existing production facilities.

Intelligent Diagnostic and Communication System
With brownfield plants, the networked system consists of sensors, a BAUDIS IoT box and an easy-to-use software with smart data algorithms. Data is recorded by local sensors on the drive or also on other electrical or mechanical components. For example these record the engine state, such as reporting resulting bearing damage or creating a vibration measurement, in order to detect wear on mechanical components at an early stage. The recorded data is collected in the BAUDIS IoT box with the Baumüller solution and is passed on to an evaluation unit. Subsequent recommendations for action are derived from this. With greenfield plants, the required data is read directly from the control system.

BAUDIS IoT from Baumüller allows for the continuous monitoring of automation components and machine states, data recording and analysis and the generation and output of a recommendation for action. The evaluation always occurs with the latest available algorithms. The system is thus continuously made more intelligent and uses algorithms to develop independent solutions (machine learning). By avoiding production errors, productivity increases and does so automatically through a self-regulating process.

Two versions for data archiving and evaluation 
In principle, two versions for linking machines and systems are available. If the decision favors the local version, the data recorded on the drive will be evaluated directly by the operator on site. If the remote option is preferred, the data is uploaded to the cloud and is archived and analyzed either centrally at the customer’s location or externally at a service provider’s location for example. The benefits of the second version: The networking of plants and locations in the cloud or via a central server, i.e. an evaluation unit, allows for additional comparisons and evaluations. In addition, the updates can occur centrally. Externally, the evaluation always occurs with the latest available algorithms.

Smart data analysis saves time and money
Industry 4.0 applications create countless opportunities to improve machines, optimize drives, increase availability and make service more efficient. BAUDIS IoT is an industry 4.0 technology solution and provides for an intelligent networking of systems. With BAUDIS IoT, machine operators have an ideal system available to them in order to monitor their production and, in the event of a looming failure, to be able to act or react quickly or in a timely manner, thus increasing the running times of the machines and systems by means of scheduled maintenance measures. This saves time and money and improves the machine availability as well as the productivity. For the machine manufacturer, BAUDIS IoT is a good way to offer the system as an option and thus to create added value for his customers. Baumüller can completely take over the installation, monitoring and maintenance of the BAUDIS IoT system if desired.

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