Emerson’s CHARMs Automation Technology Logs 1 Billion Operating Hours at
More Than 300 Customer Sites
Proven Digital Automation Technology Modernizes, Streamlines 35 Years of
AUSTIN, Texas -- September 16, 2013
Widely adopted by oil and gas, refining, and chemical industry customers,
Emerson Process Management’s next-generation DeltaV™ digital automation
system, featuring electronic marshalling with CHARMs technology, has provided
an engine for the business’ strong growth for the past two years. Emerson
Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), achieved $7.9 billion
in sales in fiscal 2012, an increase of 13 percent from fiscal 2011.
Thanks to electronic marshalling with CHARMs (characterization modules)
technology, the DeltaV system not only offers unprecedented flexibility and
cost savings for some of the world’s biggest and most complex projects, but
also transforms and streamlines automation practices that were developed based
on technology limitations that existed more than three decades ago.
CHARMs technology, the heart of electronic marshalling, has already logged 1
billion operating hours at more than 300 sites.
The now-proven technology was developed initially for offshore platforms,
which have space and weight limitations and where last-minute automation
design changes routinely result in high costs and expensive delays. Instead of
implementing the costly and complicated traditional approach of a
pre-engineered physical wiring scheme, CHARMs technology provides a flexible
approach that reduces the complexity of connecting automation systems with
thousands of temperature, pressure, level, flow, and other control and
measurement devices in a typical process operation.
“DeltaV’s CHARMs technology has overturned 35 years of industry thinking and
promised to forever change how automation projects are designed and
implemented,” said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management.
“Our customers are proving this true – our business has seen a tremendous
increase in demand for each of the past two years, and we anticipate
continuing this robust performance this year.”
The sophisticated technology provides an innovative solution to replace a
long-standing industry approach that did not provide the needed flexibility
for today’s highly complex and challenging projects. The simplicity and
enhanced flexibility accommodates late project changes, eliminates hardware,
and helps customers reduce field rework, minimizing costly schedule delays.
This new solution has since been proven to bring similar benefits to
automation projects in many process industries.
“We saw a 40 percent drop in installation costs over traditional approaches,”
said Bryan Beyer, operations manager, Southern States Chemical, the East
Coast’s largest sulfuric acid supplier. “The simplicity of CHARMs technology
also means fewer failure points, which translates into more reliability and
greater up-time for our plant.” Southern States Chemical was the first North
American facility to install CHARMs technology.
The technology has also proven popular among innovative engineering and
procurement contractors like WorleyParsons, which engineers, designs and
builds plants and platforms and works with Emerson to provide the automation
systems. Most recently, WorleyParsons has experienced significant cost, space
and weight savings from reduced wiring and cabling required for a
sophisticated Arctic offshore installation.
“As our customers ask us to take on increasingly large, complex projects –
often with fast-track schedules – changes late in the design process are
inevitable,” said Robert Armstrong, chief instruments and controls engineer,
WorleyParsons. “CHARMs technology streamlines how projects are designed and
engineered and as a result, has helped control the cost and schedule impact of
The innovative approach of the technology was driven by human centered design
principles, which examine total work processes for improvement – not just
incremental product features – to eliminate unnecessary work, reduce
complexity, and embed knowledge into Emerson’s technologies.
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, refining, pulp and paper, power,
water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life
sciences, and other industries. The company combines superior products and
technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management,
and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb™, Syncade™, DeltaV™,
Fisher^®, Micro Motion^®, Rosemount^®, Daniel™, Ovation™, and AMS Suite.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in
bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions
for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the
world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management,
Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial &
Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more
information, visit www.Emerson.com.
Denise Clarke, 512-899-0004
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