Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), announced today that more customers than ever have confidence in and have adopted wireless technologies for not only hard-to-reach, extreme applications, but also for critical, day-to-day process control and monitoring requirements. Clocking more than 1 billion total hours of wireless operations across 10,000 systems, Emerson Smart Wireless technology has proven its reliability, costs savings and significantly reduced installation time.
Emerson Smart Wireless technology, based on the internationally recognized IEC 62591 WirelessHART standard approved in 2010, is now widely implemented in refineries, oil fields, offshore platforms, chemical plants and other industrial facilities around the world to obtain real-time plant data to optimize operations, improve worker and plant safety, and reduce emissions and other environmental impacts.
A technology first adopted for use in harsh, remote environments where wired instrumentation was not feasible, Smart Wireless technology has proven its reliability and performance in traditionally wired applications. Just last year, JX Nippon Oil & Energy’s (formerly Nippon Oil) Sendai refinery and adjacent tank farm were badly damaged by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, with raging fires followed by hours of immersion in sea water. While much of the cabled instrumentation was destroyed, Emerson’s wireless network was still operating after the waters receded, including a fire damaged wireless transmitter.
Since its release five years ago, Emerson estimates put the total installed savings resulting from Smart Wireless field devices at more than $350 million and reductions in commissioning and installation time totaling 16 man-years. The adoption of this technology has now spread to more than 120 countries and more than 10,000 separate wireless systems.“We knew wireless technology offered substantial savings and it is gratifying to see its rapid and widespread adoption,” said Bob Karschnia, Emerson Process Management vice president, wireless. “Many companies started out with small installations to prove the concept in their operating facilities. Today, those starter systems are rapidly expanding to site-wide facilities.” Among the industries benefiting the most from wireless technology are upstream oil & gas producers, refineries, and chemical facilities.