Process Industries

Emerson Targets Pervasive Sensing Market

October 3, 2013

The move extends the company’s focus beyond traditional process control and safety systems to address business-critical applications such as site safety, security, reliability, and energy efficiency.

DALLAS /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, announced it is leveraging its leadership in wireless technology and measurement instrumentation to tap what it calls the "pervasive sensing" market. Pervasive sensing enables refineries, chemical plants and other industrial facilities to get more and deeper data in ways they could not before about all aspects of the enterprise, giving them even greater visibility to operate more safely, reliably, and profitably.

Emerson estimates over the next 10 years, the pervasive sensing market will more than double the existing $16 billion traditional measurement market.

Pervasive sensing extends the company's focus beyond traditional process control and safety systems to address business-critical applications such as site safety, security, reliability, and energy efficiency in oil and gas, refining, chemical, power, mining and other industries, where installing additional sensors has traditionally been physically difficult, expensive, or technically challenging.

With the advent of wireless technologies and advances in sensor technology and installation techniques, companies can install wireless, nonintrusive, affordable, and easy-to-use sensors that can continuously monitor and detect operations. New software applications and embedded sensor intelligence are 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.

"Our customers are like anyone else—they want actionable information that can make their lives safer, more predictable while reducing costs, risk, and time," said Peter Zornio, Chief Strategic Officer at Emerson Process Management. "This goes beyond the control room and optimizing process performance. They want clarity and certainty of conditions for business-critical decision making across all aspects of their operations. To achieve this, a more comprehensive network of sensors is needed, and that's what pervasive sensing delivers."

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—60% beyond the base of traditional process measurements—to better detect energy losses, equipment corrosion, and safety releases.

"The pervasive sensing market offers a significant new business opportunity for Emerson," said Steve Sonnenberg, President Emerson Process Management. "While the industry has widespread adoption of process-related automation, the opportunities for utilizing technologies that make a profound, measurable business impact outside of the process have been elusive. Not any more. The combination of pervasive sensing with software and algorithms for interpretation and decision making is empowering customers with actionable insights in places they never dreamed of previously."

Examples of Emerson Process Management products that address the pervasive sensing market include ultrasonic and point gas leak sensors in the NetSafety and Groveley product lines, corrosion and erosion detection technology from Roxar, vibration sensing of rotating equipment from CSI Technologies, Rosemount wireless steam trap monitor, and a wireless bolt-on surface temperature probe.

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, 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.

About Emerson
Emerson, based in St. Louis, MO, 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 and residential solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion.

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