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Emerson's Digital Automation Chosen to Modernize Nine Plants in Europe's Largest

Austin - Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson has been selected by Russian chemical giant Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNH), to modernize the largest petrochemical complex in Europe.

The nine-plant complex in Tatarstan in western Russia manufactures 60 percent of all the styrene and resins that are basic components of materials for thousands of everyday Russian products. The complex also manufacturers 100 percent of the country's polyether, which is used mostly for plastic auto parts. The polyether plant is a joint venture with BASF.

Emerson's PlantWeb® digital plant architecture already has been installed and activated in two of the plants, resulting in improvements of 12 percent in productivity and 5 percent in yield, in addition to overall greater reliability.

Because of the age of some of the facilities and the complexity of the processes, production must be continually monitored to ensure high-quality product. Prior to the PlantWeb installations, NKNH plants were controlled by a locally designed system.

"We had to have several very experienced technologists constantly watching over the process," said Damir Gizatullin, chief instrumentation engineer, NKNH. "Since the installation of PlantWeb, we have much better control. Our technologists are able to start up the plant and walk away to perform other duties."

PlantWeb digital plant architecture enables NKNH to run plants with reduced supervision by delivering more complete and intelligent digital automation, using the latest technologies in field devices and easy-to-use operations and maintenance stations. The architecture continuously monitors the processes and the instruments themselves, providing alerts and guidance when and where needed to enable highest efficiency of those running the plant.

Yield at the polyether plant, which had previously experienced quality issues that resulted in a nearly 5 percent rejection rate, has had no rejections or quality issues since installation of PlantWeb. Productivity of the styrene plant has improved 12 percent.

Emerson won the long-term preferred automation supplier project by providing a total solution, including an open and standards-based technology, quality of staff, overall size and capability, and local presence.

"We are pleased that our global organization and local Russian engineering support, combined with our innovative technology, are already assisting NKNH with significant operational improvements, and we look forward to even more in the upcoming projects," said John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management.

Lunes, 18 Julio, 2005 - 06:00
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