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EMERSON Process Management has released Smart Remote Automation, an extension of its PlantWeb digital architecture that will improve businesses comprised of processes that go well beyond the confines of the typical plant.

The Smart Remote technology enables continuous diagnostics to run at remote sites and connect in real-time to centralised operations centres where they allow predictive operations and maintenance, and enable staff to increase site availability and throughput.

The first industry to benefit from this extended architecture will be upstream oil and gas, where production, transportation and distribution operations can cover hundreds or even thousands of square miles. To maintain these sites has traditionally required many man-hours and miles of driving.

Smart Remote Automation includes an enhancement to traditional SCADA systems that only collects process data from remote sites and provides health of such equipment as pressure, temperature, flow, level transmitters and control valves. Centralised real-time access to this information produces a major impact on maintenance and repair budgets and improvement in uptime.

Smart Remote Automation relies on the innovative digital technology of Emerson's HART-based field devices that power PlantWeb with predictive intelligence and on the proven ROC800 Remote Operations Controller.

Extending the values of this technology to remote sites is made possible by the unique new technology of Emerson's ROC field server and AMS Suite with ROC Polling Service.

AMS Suite is the company's family of software products that convert health status from the intelligent devices into predictive information.

ROC Field Server is a unique new field device that manages communications as it merges low-bandwidth, low-speed field diagnostics communication with high-bandwidth, high-speed Ethernet host communications.

The technology of the field server overcomes the bandwidth problems by prioritising data packets, caching and bandwidth management and automatic directory generation.

AMS Suite is an industry-leading open family of software products that provides the real-time configuration, calibration, diagnostics, documentation and the user interface for the smart instrumentation.

The suite includes Intelligent Device Manager and Asset Portal software for managing smart instrumentation.

ROC Polling Service is software that resides on the AMS Suite and provides the communication and database interfacing between the suite and the ROC800 Remote Operations Controller located at each remote site.

ROC800 Remote Operations Controller is a field-proven measurement and control device that serves as the communication link between the smart instrumentation located at a remote site and the ROC Field Server or ROC Polling Service. It passes data between the smart instrumentation and AMS Suite.

The ROC800 communicates to smart instrumentation using HART protocol. The ROC800 supports a variety of communication and networking technologies including both low and high speed wired and wireless.

Smart Remote Automation will:

* Improve process availability by using predictive intelligence to help detect and avoid causes of equipment failure that can lead to unplanned downtime.

* Increase maintenance efficiency and effectiveness by detecting and diagnosing potential equipment problems before they become issues that detract from performance.

* Help regulatory compliance and reporting by enabling companies to provide device alert tracking and a detailed audit trail of operations.

* Increase throughput and yield by reducing downtime and by improving basic and advanced control, reducing variability.

* Improve quality by helping keep instruments and equipment maintained and performing at their best.

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