Emerson Opens $30 Million Innovation Center

May 12, 2010
Mega-technology critical to reliability, safety in process and energy industries; testing high-performance valves 17 tons and two stories tall.

Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, announced the opening of the Emerson Innovation Center – Fisher Technology in Marshalltown, Iowa.

The 136,000-square-foot Emerson Innovation Center is designed to help companies deliver record volumes of natural gas and other forms of energy and consume less in the process, reducing costs and making plants run quieter and with reduced greenhouse emissions.

"No other facility in the world can do what our Marshalltown Emerson Innovation Center can do – from seismically qualifying a 35,000-pound control valve to testing a two-story-tall valve that controls the flow of feedstocks for a petrochemical plant," says Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management.  "This $30 million investment in innovation directly reflects Emerson's commitment to helping our customers run smarter plants that improve production quality, lower operations and maintenance costs, and enhance environmental performance and worker safety."

The center's flow lab has enough capacity to fill an Olympic-sized pool in just over eight minutes, or a Goodyear blimp in about 12 seconds.  Control valves can be tested at pressures up to 3,500 psi (pounds per square inch), the equivalent of providing enough force to support a sport utility vehicle on a postage stamp.  Meanwhile, the center also is home to a 26,000-square-foot sound chamber in which Emerson can develop and verify noise levels of new devices before a customer's plant is built.

For more information, visit: www.emersonprocess.com.

Photo Caption: Every Fisher control valve design undergoes thorough and extensive flow testing in the 2,500 square meter flow lab in the Emerson Innovation Center.

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