Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Stranded dignostic access extends predictive intelligence capabilities

AMS™ Suite: Intelligent Device Manager v10.5 continues Emerson’s focus on the user experience through usability enhancements, and further extends the predictive intelligence capabilities of PlantWeb® digital plant architecture. AMS Device Manager broadens the support for the WirelessHART™ standard by adding connectivity to the new Smart Wireless THUM™ Adapter, allowing users to extend their wireless networks to access stranded diagnostics in existing HART® devices. Developed from Human Centered Design practices and in conjunction with Emerson’s Human Centered Design Institute, intuitive device dashboards in AMS Device Manager v10.5 provide an easy-to-navigate interface with clear indication of device health and process variable status to simplify maintenance tasks. (see more on THUMS in Conquering Complexity).

AMS Device Manager v10.5 delivers a complete wireless diagnostics solution – from planning to maintaining networks – to ensure that users receive tangible benefits from their wireless solution. The Smart Wireless THUM Adapter allows users to add a wireless signal to any HART device, whether it is a new device that doesn’t offer a native wireless option or an existing device where the HART signal is not being used for predictive diagnostics. AMS Device Manager communicates with native wireless devices and HART devices connected to the THUM adapter and collects diagnostics and alerts in a single application. The AMS Wireless SNAP-ON™ provides planning and wireless network diagnostics for THUM adapters and their connected devices. In addition, the AMS ValveLink™ SNAP-ON application works with the THUM adapter when connected to Fisher® FIELDVUE™ digital valve controllers, enabling advanced performance diagnostics on valves in the field.

Using enhanced EDDL functionality, device dashboards deliver the most critical information about devices to users, including device health status and process variables. Easy visual indication of health and detailed troubleshooting suggestions allow users to spend more time fixing issues and less time deciphering diagnostic information to determine the problem. Benchmarking comparisons of common maintenance procedures like device configuration and troubleshooting show an 80% reduction in time spent on those tasks when using device dashboards in AMS Device Manager.

Expanded architecture options in AMS Device Manager v10.5 give users more flexibility and connectivity opportunities to streamline their asset management processes. With version 10.5, AMS Device Manager can be installed on DeltaV v10.3 or v9.3 automation systems to allow users to upgrade to the newest AMS Device Manager functionality without having to migrate their control system. AMS Device Manager can now also span multiple DeltaV networks for a more consolidated maintenance approach.
“With this release of AMS Device Manager, Emerson continues to exhibit our dedication to work force productivity and to helping users drive business performance,” said Craig Llewellyn, president of Emerson’s Asset Optimization business. “By providing predictive diagnostics in an intuitive, task-oriented way and extending diagnostics to other plant assets through wireless, we deliver significant competitive advantage to our users ".

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