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Emerson's "Boundless Automation" Drives New Technologies for a Next-Generation Automation Platform

New solutions to deliver smarter, safer, optimized and sustainable industrial operations


Global technology and software leader Emerson (NYSE: EMR) announced the first of a series of new technology releases that build upon its Boundless Automation™ vision and serve as the foundation of its next-generation, software-centric industrial automation architecture. The new technology releases will transcend a traditional control system, creating a more advanced automation platform that contextualizes and democratizes data for both people and the artificial intelligence (AI) engines that shape the way the world operates.

Emerson is now delivering the first technologies to support its Boundless Automation vision, and they are already having an impact on projects that process manufacturers are developing and implementing today.


"Boundless Automation is a big vision, but also a real one grounded in exciting new technologies available today, and more coming in the next two to three years," said Nathan Pettus, president of Emerson's process systems and solutions business. "The solutions bringing our vision to life will have a tangible impact on projects our customers are developing right now. These innovations will break down silos of data in areas like sensing, analytics, reliability and control by creating a single ecosystem of seamlessly connected technologies that move contextualized data from the intelligent field, through the edge, and into the cloud."


Emerson technologies support new, boundless automation vision The company shared its new DeltaV™ Edge Environment at its Emerson Exchange Immerse event, convening industrial technology leaders from across the globe to collaborate on industry challenges, such as disparate software systems creating a barrier to connectivity across the value chain. Emerson's DeltaV Edge Environment will provide more secure ways to move data from the automation platform to wherever it is needed – data lakes, data scientists, analytics applications in the cloud, enterprise resource planning systems, etc. – without losing valuable operational context.


Emerson also announced the release of technologies supporting the increased bandwidth and intrinsically safe connectivity of Ethernet advanced physical layer (APL). By bringing technologies to market that enable APL across a broader spectrum of protocols, Emerson is making it easier for customers to integrate a wide array of intelligent field devices into the DeltaV™ automation platform, expanding visibility and empowering users and systems to manage a company's most complex problems and system interactions.


As Emerson shifts toward an increasingly software-defined platform and eliminates traditional server and storage silos, its new DeltaV PK Flex Controller allows users to leverage subscription-based services to use only the technologies they need, with the flexibility to add functionality at any time. Subscription options also enable teams to reduce capital costs and shift expenses to the operating expense budget. As a next phase, Emerson will add more than 16 services to its subscription portfolio to provide customers with more flexible business models, empowering them to drive innovation and growth with ease.


Emerson has also added new software-as-a-service, cloud-hosted solutions to bring data from the edge into the cloud, helping combine cloud data with AI tools to upskill personnel and offset experienced worker shortages. Those AI analytics tools, including AMS Optics and Aspen Mtell®, will help teams build models for predictive and prescriptive maintenance strategies that unlock the autonomous plant, while simultaneously creating a new paradigm of centralized operations where highly skilled personnel work in tandem with AI.


Empowering richer, real-time analytics As expanded connectivity brings more assets, devices and data into the fold, teams will need more powerful tools to help them manage and use the information coming in from many different sources. Emerson's Ovation Green™ solutions, including asset management and supervisory control and data acquisition software, represent a powerful suite of technologies to combine a utility's renewable energy assets into a single management tool, unifying data and setting the stage for holistic automation across the power grid. Similarly, tools like AMS Data Server unshackle reliability data, making it easier for users to get critical information out of the intelligent field and into cloud-based applications for use by cross-functional teams.


"These new technologies from Emerson are available for inclusion in capital project planning today and will help companies better prepare for the rapidly approaching future of automation, driven by a shift to more efficient, sustainable production," Pettus said.


Emerson's emerging automation technologies shared at Exchange Immerse will help optimize performance, sustainability, safety and production for key industries including specialty chemical, energy, life sciences, mining, power generation and more.


For more information on Emerson's Boundless Automation, please visit Emerson.com/BoundlessAutomation.


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About Emerson Emerson (NYSE: EMR) is a global technology and software company providing innovative solutions for the world's essential industries. Through its leading automation portfolio, including its majority stake in AspenTech, Emerson helps hybrid, process and discrete manufacturers optimize operations, protect personnel, reduce emissions and achieve their sustainability goals. For more information, visit Emerson.com.


SOURCE Emerson

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