Wireless Applications

Emerson Launches Wireless Operations Controller

July 16, 2007

The enhanced communications of the ROC800-Series extends PlantWeb's intelligence to remote oil and gas equipment, preventing unplanned downtime, linking maintenance to asset performance, and extending equipment lifecycles through proactive management.


WATERTOWN, CT -- Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, has expanded its smart wireless solutions family with the addition of native communications capability for integration of wireless field networks to the ROC800-Series Remote Operations Controller. Extending the ROC800-series to include wireless field networks enables oil and gas operators to improve asset predictability, manage remote assets more profitably, improve maintenance efficiency and effectiveness, and deliver cost reductions in asset construction time.

Wireless technology has long been used in the oil and gas industry, where production and distribution systems can span hundreds of kilometers. In this industry, Emerson's remote operations controllers communicate with instrumentation at wellheads, pipelines, and other remote sites. Secure and robust wireless technology centralizes access, helping users improve safety and minimize risk of dangerous environments. Furthering these benefits, Emerson's enhancement of the ROC800 adds wireless functionality to the company's smart remote automation solutions, which further extends the predictive intelligence of PlantWeb digital architecture into remote oil and gas locations.

The new smart wireless communications capability allows the ROC800-Series Remote Operations Controller to communicate directly with any mix of up to 30 wireless temperature transmitters or wireless pressure transmitters over the self-organizing mesh field network. This has significant cost benefits when used for monitoring process variables that may be located up to 200 meters away from the remote terminal unit. Wiring of instrumentation has significant costs in these environments because land is often leased and surfaces may be rocky and difficult for wiring. The remoteness of such locations also makes manual monitoring expensive.

Because smart wireless monitoring points enable up to 90% installed cost reduction as compared with wired installations, the technology opens significant opportunities for operations improvement. Field instruments that use the wireless self-organizing network approach can be installed to bring in diagnostic information from points that could not be monitored earlier because of cost constraints. There are a number of applications in these patches that can benefit from low cost incremental monitoring.

The predictive intelligence provided by the ROC800 with smart wireless communications increases process availability and eliminates unnecessary field trips for data retrieval, configuration changes, and asset profiling.

Through enabling online monitoring with deep-dive diagnostics and notification of potential problems, smart wireless helps users prevent unplanned downtime. Further, it extends asset lifecycles through proactive asset management. Scheduled maintenance is now linked to actual asset performance to target the highest value equipment.

You can learn more about the ROC800 and other remote automation solutions from Emerson Process Management's Web site.

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing, and distribution in the water and wastewater, chemical, oil and gas, refining, power, pulp and paper, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries. Remote Automation Solutions, a division of Emerson, is a worldwide leader in the supply and commissioning of products, services, and engineered systems to the oil, gas, water, wastewater, and process industries. Smart remote automation systems and solutions are an example of Emerson's combining of superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management, and maintenance services. Emerson brands include PlantWeb, Bristol, ControlWave, ROC, FloBoss, Daniel, Brooks, Fisher, Micro Motion, Rosemount, Mobrey, DeltaV, Ovation, and AMS Suite.

About Emerson
Emerson, based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2006 were $20.1 billion. For more information, visit the company's Web site.

PlantWeb, Bristol, Daniel, Brooks, Fisher, Micro Motion, Rosemount, Mobrey, DeltaV, Ovation, and AMS are trademarks of Emerson Process Management. Other marks are property of their respective owners.


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