Emerson [NYSE:EMR] : A Proactive Approach To Corrosion Resistance

Emerson [NYSE:EMR] : A Proactive Approach To Corrosion Resistance

Lal Karsanbhai,  President and CEO, Emerson [NYSE:EMR]Lal Karsanbhai, President and CEO
Do machines age as humans do?

Yes, it does, but not in a way we would usually think of aging. Let’s explain.

Machines don’t have to fight diseases and maladies like humans; nevertheless, corrosion and erosion are two pernicious, multi-industry phenomena that make machines suffer like humans. With a ‘Grim Reaper’-esque kind of reputation, both corrosion and erosion eat away the metallic components of a machine and lead it to lose its luster and functionality.

Now, one may rightly point out the new types of anti-corrosion paints and materials that are helping industrial plants to minimize the chances of corrosion. But truth be told, the use of these innovative materials never entirely rules out the possibility of wear and tear of the equipment. At best, these materials delay the inevitable aging of the plant equipment. So, the only probable step left for industrial plant owners and managers is to routinely inspect their pieces of machinery. This serves a purpose similar to periodic health checkups, i.e., shedding light on any potential health problem. But in this case, it is the machine health that gets revealed to the plant owners and managers.

That being said, a thorough, routine inspection of an industrial plant is a feat easier said than done. Why? Due to their compact and modular structures, the modern industrial plants come with many humanly inaccessible nooks and corners (like underground or overhead ducts, pipelines, etc.) that can’t be checked manually.

A timely solution to this situation is IoT-enabled non-intrusive corrosion monitoring system. Such wireless non-intrusive corrosion monitoring solutions can bring a transformational shift in how machine health is monitored. It can help industrial plant owners immediately understand the health of their infrastructure in real-time and enable them to fully optimize their operations. And the company that is now actively extending machine lifespans with its intelligent corrosion monitoring solution is Emerson [NYSE: EMR]. “We serve as strategic partners for some of the world’s leading companies, helping them implement advanced solutions to optimize their operations and protect personnel while achieving vital sustainability goals,” avers Lal Karsanbhai, president and CEO of Emerson.

New Era in Corrosion Monitoring

Emerson is a well-regarded name in the anti-corrosion industry for its stride toward helping industrial businesses maintain safety, increase plant uptime, and reduce their maintenance costs through its anti-corrosion solutions and services. The company helps its clients with an already-established digital ecosystem, called Plantweb Insights, which covers more than just corrosion monitoring. Plantweb Insights offers steam traps and air-cooled heat exchangers, which work in conjunction with various Emerson sensors designed for industrial processes.

Going a step forward, Emerson has recently introduced a new industrial application system—Plantweb Insight Inline Corrosion application—within the Plantweb ecosystem. As an extension of Plantweb’s existing ecosystem, the Plantweb Insight Inline Corrosion application allows engineers and plant owners to monitor live data from sensors as well as perform real-time interpretation and analysis of critical data.

Under the Hood of Plantweb Insight Inline Corrosion Application

Central to Emerson’s Inline corrosion monitoring systems are a variety of WirelessHART-enabled corrosion transmitters and remote field sensors that employ proven ultrasonic wall thickness measurement principles. The sensors are battery-powered and communicate wirelessly, which minimizes the cost of installation and enables use in remote areas and on a large scale.


We serve as strategic partners for some of the world’s leading companies, helping them implement advanced solutions to optimize their operations and protect personnel while achieving vital sustainability goals

The sensors are also designed so they can be deployed in hazardous areas. The Inline corrosion monitoring systems can thus gather equipment health data against preset thresholds for severe corrosivity, probe lifespan for electric resistance (ER) probes, low battery levels, and more. These corrosion monitoring systems also combine continuous, real-time data harvested from Emerson’s Pervasive Sensing™ technologies with predictive analytics to give maintenance and operations personnel actionable, up-to-date process information in any location, improving reliability, safety, production, and energy management. All these collated data are then displayed on an easy-to-read dashboard with an intuitive heatmap and corrosivity of fluid levels based on the NACE standard. By keeping operators updated on changing conditions remotely, the application allows personnel to make fewer manual inspections in the field, thereby minimizing their exposure to hazardous areas.

“The addition of Inline corrosion monitoring system to our existing solution suite enables Emerson to provide customers with a more complete corrosion monitoring solution and a clearer picture into the performance of their infrastructure based on what they’re demanding of it and the strategies needed to optimize production,” says Karsanbhai.

A Gift that Never Stops Giving

Emerson’s comprehensive portfolio of best-in-class solutions combined with its advanced expertise brings industrial plants the additional opportunity to implement a tailored, custom solution and help clients achieve operational certainty. In this regard, Emerson offers wireless UT corrosion and monitoring solutions, a PIG detection system, sand detection, and monitoring solutions, and full area corrosion monitoring (FSM) devices. Besides, Emerson also combines its expertise in the anti-corrosion industry and puts forth the largest portfolio of wetted materials and corrosion monitoring solutions that are suited to handle corrosive fluids, like acids and bases. Without proper measures in place, inefficient handling of these can result in millions of dollars of operating expenses due to lost production and maintenance spend associated with repairing or replacing damaged equipment. In order to counter some of these toughest production challenges, Emerson arms industrial plant owners with vortex flow meters and spare parts along with a host of other measurement instrumentation that can bring in more operational efficiency.

Creating a Safer and Better Tomorrow

As Emerson continues to cement its position as a champion of innovative anti-corrosion solutions and services, the company is also pushing the envelope for environmental sustainability. Emerson has demonstrated the strength of its commitment to environmental sustainability by becoming a member of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (ECHA). In joining the ECHA, Emerson is at the forefront of hydrogen developments in Europe, thereby actively supporting the goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, as outlined in the European Union’s European Green Deal. Emerson is committed to providing solutions to the challenges faced throughout the entire hydrogen fuel supply chain, including the need for expanded production, safe and lower-cost distribution, and reliable fuel cell operation. Emerson’s experience with key industry enablers such as electrolyzer original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will help to drive down costs and improve the scalability of hydrogen production, distribution, and utilization. Through these forward-thinking initiatives, Emerson is now poised to assume a leadership position in the anti-corrosion market and, at the same time, emerge as a true champion of sustainable manufacturing.

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Company
Emerson [NYSE:EMR]

Headquarters
St. Louis, MO

Management
Lal Karsanbhai, President and CEO

Description
Emerson has recently introduced a new industrial application system—Plantweb Insight Inline Corrosion application—within the Plantweb ecosystem. The Plantweb Insight Inline Corrosion Application is a critical piece to Emerson’s scalable and secure portfolio of transformational technologies, software, and services that provide relevant personnel with enhanced insight to drive operational excellence. As an extension of the Plantweb existing ecosystem, the Plantweb Insight Inline Corrosion application allows engineers and plant owners to monitor live data from sensors as well as perform real-time interpretation and analysis of critical data.