Emerson’s Electronic Marshalling proven in over ten billion hours of operation

AUSTIN, TEXAS (June 30, 2016) — As projects grow larger and more complex, automation technologies need to improve capital efficiency and project schedules. More projects are turning to Electronic Marshalling​ with CHARacterization Module (CHARM) technology – an integral part of the DeltaV™ Distributed Control System (DCS) – to accommodate changes and deliver projects on time and within budget. From its first installation in 2010, Electronic Marshalling has now logged over ten billion hours of operation on its way to saving an estimated $500 million at over 1000 customer sites.

During design and construction, Electronic Marshalling condenses control room space requirements, eliminates multicore cables from field to control room, and reduces commissioning hours. This proven technology enables field wiring to be landed directly on the IO card, regardless of signal type or control strategy.  Electronic Marshalling with CHARMs technology is one of the cornerstone technologies of Emerson’s Project Certainty initiative targeted at improving capital project performance.

Field wires are terminated on CHARM terminal blocks, allowing any signal type to be landed on any channel, eliminating the need for cross-wiring and marshalling panels. Each I/O channel is mapped to its appropriate controller electronically through the DeltaV system software.

Electronic Marshalling with CHARMs allows hardware and software to be fully independent of each other from design to automatic loop commissioning. Electronic Marshalling replaces traditional marshalling and compresses project engineering schedules for greenfield plants, brownfield migrations, and every day changes. Commissioning time is also reduced with Electronic Marshalling.

Recently, the flexibility of Electronic Marshalling allowed one petrochemical team to design and install a new process automation system in 50% less time as compared with conventional I/O approaches. In that same project, Electronic Marshalling was credited with saving 19% in installation costs and 15% in design costs.

“Across all industries, the market is reacting positively to these advances because customers are seeing results: reduction in project complexity, accommodation of late changes, and reduced costs,” said Bruce Greenwald, DeltaV platform business development manager. “Our development takes advantage of the system and field intelligence to automate much of the previously manual and hazardous work.” 


About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management (www.EmersonProcess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include Bettis™, DeltaV™, Fisher™, Micro Motion™, Ovation™ and Rosemount™.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2015 were $22.3 billion. For more information, visit Emerson.com.

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