Emerson Process Management is leveraging its position 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 US$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, non-intrusive, 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 optimising 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 percent beyond the base of traditional process measurements – in order 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 utilising technologies that make a profound, measureable 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 wireless bolt-on surface temperature probe.