PlantWeb enhanced by new DeltaV capabilities

Austin, TX—To expand its integration of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices and provide faster trending, Emerson Process Management reports that it has enhanced its PlantWeb digital plant architecture by releasing its DeltaV, version 7.4, software.


Austin, TX— To expand its integration of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices and provide faster trending, Emerson Process Management reports that it has enhanced its PlantWeb digital plant architecture by releasing its DeltaV, version 7.4, software, which includes integration of INtools instrument application, new Chart Builder, increased fieldbus capacity, enhanced AMSInside software functionality, and a new embedded data historian.

“Our PlantWeb architecture is designed to make our customers’ jobs easier, faster and more productive. This release of our DeltaV system makes significant strides in that direction,” says Tom Snead, president of Emerson’s Process Systems and Solutions business. “The enhancements included in this release enable customers to get projects on-line faster, with more choices for fieldbus implementation, and makes day-to-day operations simpler. We are continuing to invest in our DeltaV technology to expand our innovation leadership in the digital plant automation marketplace.”

DeltaV 7.4 adds a new engineering productivity tool by integrating INtools instrument design software, version 6.0, from Intergraph Corp. DeltaV 7.4 and INtools 6.0 reportedly share common data structures, and can seamlessly exchange data using XML and Microsoft .NET technology. This enables reuse of instrumentation information during instrumentation design, which reduces engineering effort and speeds up project execution.

Emerson adds that a unique aspect of its INtools application is that its information integration spans both conventional I/O and digital bus I/O systems. INtools reportedly has been enhanced to be “DeltaV-aware,” and is embedded directly into the DeltaV system. Intergraph has also been in-cluded as a partner in the Emerson Process Management Alliance Program, which is a global, business-to-business network connecting third party suppliers and their off-the-shelf process control-related products directly to the Emerson sales and project execution channel for use with DeltaV projects.

In addition, DeltaV 7.4 increases to 50 its Virtual Communications Relationships among FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. This increases communication power for users, who gain the ability to address more complicated devices, and expand possibilities for more intricate control relationships. Other enhancements to DeltaV’s operations software now permit faster access to FOUNDATION fieldbus parameters, enabling AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager diagnostic screens to populate data much faster. This reduces time required for customers to commission or troubleshoot fieldbus devices.

Similarly, DeltaV’s Continuous Historian stores information available in intelligent field devices. The status of a parameter that has been configured for history collection, and is automatically stored along with its value, allowing users to make better decisions in controlling their process. It is possible to access the status and value through a new Excel based analysis and reporting tool.

This release includes an OPC Historical Data Access (OPC HDA) server for use with the DeltaV Continuous Historian. OPC HDA is an industry standard for connectivity to historical data. This enables integration of a variety of third party analysis tools with the Historian.

Also, DeltaV 7.4 incorporates an improved registration utility that documents components making up the user’s system. Completing the registration utility is a necessary first step to enable a pending enhanced Foundation Support service, named Guardian, to give users automated, up-to-date, and context-specific access to knowledgebase articles. Users will be able to access documents relevant and applicable to their system. Emerson’s Service Management System (SMS), the comprehensive services registration database, has been updated with new tables, views, and reports to take full advantage of the new registration utility.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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