Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management launched its in-plant Smart Wireless solutions that enable manufacturers to boost mainstream applications to the next level of reliability and operational performance. Extending Emerson's PlantWeb digital plant architecture, the field-proven Smart Wireless solutions deliver actionable information from assets previously out of physical or economic reach, expanding predictive process and asset management in existing and new facilities.

Emerson says its smart wireless solutions combine innovative self-organizing wireless network technology and gateways with wireless-enabled Rosemount measurement transmitters and wireless AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager predictive maintenance software, integrated with DeltaV and Ovation automation systems, or legacy hosts.

Emerson's global SmartStart wireless service experts help customers with first startup, including full network health assessment to ensure robust communications plus verification of device functionality through the chosen output (Modbus, OPC, Ethernet, etc).

Incremental information gained from use of Smart Wireless solutions can enhance customer understanding of their process, and identify opportunities for improvement. It can improve response time to safety incidents, minimize emissions and help protect the environment. It can help expand proactive maintenance, and extend the life of assets.

Overall, Emerson wireless trial customers have experienced 99.9 percent network reliability, easy deployment, industrial strength security, long battery life, and as much as 90 percent less installed cost.

Emerson is actively collaborating in the standards development process and is bringing the company's field trial experience and use case learning's to the standards bodies. Emerson is guaranteeing complete support and investment in industrial wireless standards, plus an easy upgrade path for compliance to the industry standard when it is completed.

Additionally, Emerson is introducing the Smart Pack starter kit, consisting of Smart Start services; from 5 to 100 wireless Rosemount flow, pressure, level, or temperature transmitters; wireless gateway; and a 25-tag AMS Intelligent Device Manager software application for predictive information access with a native wireless gateway.

A complete set of technical documentation, online tools and information about the newest additions to the Smart Wireless portfolio is available at www.emersonprocess.com/SmartWireless. In November, Emerson's unique on-line PlantWeb University will add more than 25 15-minute courses that present a practical introduction to the technology and applications of in-plant wireless for operators, engineers and management.

The in-plant Smart Wireless solutions for 900-MHz applications can be ordered now in North America, and will be available in Latin America in early 2007. The 2.4-GHz solutions will launch in Europe and Asia in early 2007, and will also be available then in Latin America.

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