Emerson Process Management is introducing an expanded product portfolio to address an untapped market for intelligent sensors in process manufacturing and production operations. This expanded `pervasive sensing’ market extends the company’s focus beyond traditional process control and safety systems to address customers’ need for improved visibility to conditions outside of process control. Emerson estimates that over the next 10 years this additional served market will more than double the $16 billion traditional measurement market.
Pervasive sensing can help enhance site safety, security, equipment reliability, and energy efficiency in industries such as oil & gas production, refining, chemical, power, and mining, where installing additional sensors to monitor non-process parameters has traditionally been physically difficult, expensive or technically challenging. For example, the risks associated with equipment degradation or failure, were historically dealt with by periodic manual inspections and reactive maintenance, or energy losses were simply unidentified.
With the advent of Smart Wireless technologies and advances in sensor technology and installation techniques, Emerson has overcome the cost/value barrier by providing lower cost of deployment, reliable non-intrusive installation and low lifecycle costs, combined with unparalleled ease-of-use in sensor applications. New software applications and embedded sensor intelligence is also becoming available to interpret the data from these sensors and convert it into actionable information, enabling prompt response to potential problems and better insight for improved decision-making.
“A great analogy we are all familiar with is the ongoing evolution of automobile sensors,” said Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer at Emerson Process Management. “They have evolved from managing engine performance and simple ‘check engine’ alerts to providing actionable information about all aspects of car performance such as precise tyre pressure and fuel economy to help maintain safety, economy and provide failure prevention diagnostics.”
Emerson is already seeing customers move aggressively to take advantage of pervasive sensing. An Eastern European oil processing plant is currently deploying a full wireless infrastructure to allow the addition of 12 000 pervasive sensing instruments in order to detect energy losses, equipment corrosion and safety releases.
Examples of Emerson Process Management products that address the pervasive sensing market include ultrasonic and point sensors in the recently acquired NetSafety and Groveley product lines, corrosion and erosion detection technology from the Roxar acquisition, vibration sensing of rotating equipment from CSI, and the Rosemount wireless steam trap monitor and wireless bolt-on surface temperature probe.
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