Wireless Applications

Emerson and RCS Announce Wireless Corrosion Transmitter

October 8, 2007

The new device integrates with Emerson's smart wireless offerings and enables a predictive approach that reduces maintenance costs, prevents unexpected shutdowns, and optimizes plant assets.

ARCwire -- Emerson Process Management and Rohrback Cosasco Systems (RCS) of Santa Fe Springs, CA, are jointly introducing the new RCS Microcor Wireless Transmitter for high-speed communication of corrosion rate data. The new transmitter is the culmination of more than a year of cooperative development and testing between Emerson, a global leader in wireless solutions for the process industries, and RCS, a market leader in corrosion monitoring products and services for the process industries.

The new RCS wireless corrosion transmitter integrates with Emerson's smart wireless offerings. Corrosion information from the Microcor device is available for use in the automation system, where it can be logged, trended, and analyzed with other process information. Corrosion data is also available in the AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager software, widely used in the process industries for device configuration, calibration, and documentation and predictive diagnostics. This extends the predictive diagnostics coverage of the AMS Suite to corrosion, enabling a predictive approach by users that reduces maintenance costs, prevents unexpected shutdowns, and optimizes plant assets.

The wireless corrosion device is based on RCS's Microcor technology and will provide corrosion rates in any process media at speeds approaching real time. Real-time corrosion rates can be used by operators to detect a spike in corrosion, control inhibitor injection, and correlate with other process data for root cause analysis to reduce operating costs, extend asset life, and extend the time between shutdowns.

The RCS wireless transmitter will work as a node in a self-organizing network with other Emerson smart wireless devices, or it can be configured as a part of an independent network of corrosion monitors.

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