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Emerson’s CHARMs Automation Technology Logs 1 Billion Operating Hours At More Than 300 Customer Sites

Widely adopted by oil and gas, refining, and chemical industry customers, Emerson Process Management’s next-generation DeltaV™ digital automation system, featuring electronic marshalling with CHARMs technology, has provided an engine for the business’ strong growth for the past two years. Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), achieved $7.9 billion in sales in fiscal 2012, an increase of 13 percent from fiscal 2011.

Thanks to electronic marshalling with CHARMs (characterization modules) technology, the DeltaV system not only offers unprecedented flexibility and cost savings for some of the world’s biggest and most complex projects, but also transforms and streamlines automation practices that were developed based on technology limitations that existed more than three decades ago.

CHARMs technology, the heart of electronic marshalling, has already logged 1 billion operating hours at more than 300 sites.

The now-proven technology was developed initially for offshore platforms, which have space and weight limitations and where last-minute automation design changes routinely result in high costs and expensive delays. Instead of implementing the costly and complicated traditional approach of a pre-engineered physical wiring scheme, CHARMs technology provides a flexible approach that reduces the complexity of connecting automation systems with thousands of temperature, pressure, level, flow, and other control and measurement devices in a typical process operation.

“DeltaV’s CHARMs technology has overturned 35 years of industry thinking and promised to forever change how automation projects are designed and implemented,” said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. “Our customers are proving this true – our business has seen a tremendous increase in demand for each of the past two years, and we anticipate continuing this robust performance this year.”

The sophisticated technology provides an innovative solution to replace a long-standing industry approach that did not provide the needed flexibility for today’s highly complex and challenging projects. The simplicity and enhanced flexibility accommodates late project changes, eliminates hardware, and helps customers reduce field rework, minimizing costly schedule delays. This new solution has since been proven to bring similar benefits to automation projects in many process industries.

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