• Awards will be given for the most creative use of wireless technologies and most significant business impact achieved
AUSTIN, TX, July 19, 2007 -- Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, is announcing the "Smart Wireless Innovators Contest" to recognize customers for innovative applications of the company's Smart Wireless solutions that deliver high business impact in process industry production, manufacturing, and distribution facilities. Global introduction of Smart Wireless solutions began in North America last fall, and Emerson's wireless products began shipping to users in December 2006. The realization of easy, fast commissioning and up to 90% reduction of sensor and transmitter installed cost has stirred the enthusiasm of engineers toward capturing new data to improve plant performance.
"We frequently have customers trialing our Smart Wireless technologies for one reason, then finding many other good uses once they get it up and running," said Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer for Emerson Process Management. "We are introducing this contest and award to celebrate the innovative spirit of those finding new and exciting ways to experience the value of reliable, secure and easy-to-use wireless."
Open globally to all manufacturing customers, Emerson's "Smart Wireless Innovators Contest" will run until March 31, 2008. A panel of customer peers will judge the entries, and award prizes in two categories: Most innovative use of wireless technologies; and Greatest business impact from using wireless.
To qualify for the contest, applications must include at least five of Emerson's Smart Wireless instruments with a 1420 Smart wireless gateway or a ROC800-series Remote Operations Controller with on-board wireless gateway, and AMS Device Manager software with wireless Plantweb interface. This application can be conveniently purchased and implemented as a Smart Wireless solution instrumentation order, or by using Emerson's offering of Wireless SmartPack™ Starter Kits.
Contest winners will receive free admission to the 2008 Emerson Global Users Exchange in Washington DC USA where they will be formally honored with a crystal Smart Wireless Innovators Award and a $2500 cash prize. Winners will also have an opportunity to present to industry peers at the Users Exchange, sharing details of their application which makes unique use of Smart Wireless products and services.
Contest submittals must include a description of the actual Smart Wireless application, business objectives, Emerson technologies involved, an assessment of performance and results achieved. Entry forms are available at www.emersonprocess.com/smartwireless/InnovatorsContest.asp.
Smart Wireless Solutions
Emerson's Smart Wireless Solutions deliver control and monitoring functionality of new wireless field networks, expanded mobile operations of control networks, and plant functionality like asset tracking and physical security. The field networks feature the world's first intrinsically safe, high reliability devices to capture valuable measurement and diagnostic information from a wide range of field locations in the harsh environments our customers deal with every day.
The Smart Wireless field devices are built on industry leading instrument platforms from Emerson, such as the Rosemount® 3051S pressure transmitter, and incorporate built-in power and highly reliable self organizing networks communications capability. The wireless networks can retrieve data from parts of a plant that were previously unreachable due to fiscal and/or physical constraints. The new expanded data can be used for a wide range of purposes, including: monitoring, troubleshooting, or predictive maintenance, to name a few.
Smart Wireless solutions are fully compatible with all Emerson automation systems and applications, and are fully scalable, so customers can expand their wireless networks as their needs dictate.
Emerson's Wireless SmartPack Starter kit includes: 5 to 25 Rosemount Smart Wireless devices, industry leading Asset Management software, and SmartStart™ installation and commissioning services performed by an on site wireless technician, and is ready "out of the box" to form a secure, highly reliable, self-organizing wireless network. The kit is designed, to prove the limitless potential of wireless to solve the most difficult process data needs in our customer's plants and to give potential users a risk-free way to gain practical experience with this technology in their own facilities
From the development of communications protocols like HART® and Foundation™ Fieldbus, Emerson has a long history of leading the development of industry standards, and the company will help protect customer investments in wireless by guaranteeing an upgrade path of current Smart Wireless products to future wireless standards which are currently under development.
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp & paper, power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, and project management, and maintenance services to help customers achieve the potential of their operations. Emerson brands include: PlantWeb®; Rosemount®; AMS™ Suite; Fisher®; Micro Motion®; Mobrey®; Daniel®; Bristol®; DeltaV™; and Ovation®.
Emerson, based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2006 were $20.1 billion.