Emerson Process Management forms alliance with Lubrizol

Lubrizol Corp. has formed an alliance with Emerson Process Management to further optimize Lubrizol plants around the globe with PlantWeb services and technologies.


Lubrizol Corp . has formed an alliance with Emerson Process Management to further optimize Lubrizol plants around the globe with PlantWeb services and technologies. Lubrizol’s goal is to further reduce process and product variation, provide customers with more consistent, higher quality products, and to drive more costs out of the manufacturing processes.

As part of the agreement, Emerson and several of its local business partners participate with Lubrizol’s Operations Management Systems (OMS) teams to help identify mutual business opportunities, develop standards, perform system life planning to transition older legacy control systems, and identify technologies that will help Lubrizol further improve its processes. Similarly, the companies say, Lubrizol is contributing knowledge and information that is benefiting Emerson.

"Lubrizol is currently in the process of defining an overall migration and modernization strategy which is consistent across our primary facilities,” said Bob Wojewodka, team leader of Lubrizol’s OMS Steering team. “Our path forward includes leveraging our business systems, manufacturing systems, and process analysis/improvement systems. Our assessment showed that PlantWeb technology is a good fit to dovetail with our vision and path forward.”

Emerson and Lubrizol are working to establish objectives for automation improvements on a site-by-site basis, coordinating this initiative across sites to leverage methodology and systems. Goals are to provide capability to analyze and reduce process variation, further improve product quality, and optimize manufacturing processes.

—David Greenfield, editorial director, Control Engineering, dgreenfield@reedbusiness.com

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