Asset performance management reduces complexity, helps improve business results

Enhanced AMS Suite from Emerson Process Management adds real-time analytics and reporting features. The software, introduced at Emerson Global Users Exchange, combines predictive intelligence with asset reliability information and decision support, for smarter business decisions. It enables new levels of insight into asset performance for continuous improvement, Emerson said.

September 28, 2010

Emerson Process Management has extended its asset management offering by adding a new platform that it says will reduce the complexity of today’s plant environment through tools that help plant management make better business decisions. AMS Suite: Asset Performance Management (APM) now combines predictive intelligence with asset reliability information and decision support, for smarter business decisions. It adds real-time analytics and reporting that enable new levels of insight into asset performance for continuous improvement.

The company contends that as plants become more complex, the role of plant management becomes more challenging. While plants have benefitted significantly from predictive technologies, maintenance management systems, and documentation of work processes, managers have lacked easy and immediate access to ever-increasing volumes of data in ways that enable strategies for additional improvements to reliability and overall plant performance.

With the newly enhanced AMS Suite, Emerson adds a key component to the PlantWeb digital plant architecture, enabling plant managers to quickly access integrated information from multiple data sources, view real-time analyses and reports of asset health and availability, and devise management strategies for reaching new levels of performance.

“What our customers want to do is make fact-based decisions that impact the bottom line,” said Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer, “and they need to do this in facilities with thousands of pieces of equipment that run 24/7. That’s what these enhancements to AMS Suite enable.”

Emerson announced a unique partnership with Meridium, a leader in asset performance management solutions, in October 2009. The AMS Suite enhancements, built on Meridium’s APM framework, streamline identification of bad actors, eliminate repetitive tasks, and highlight opportunities for new operating practices. Maintenance and reliability managers receive more integrated, real-time information to determine that maintenance dollars are being spent in the most critical areas for the greatest business return. Emerson says this extension to AMS Suite easily accesses the predictive information customers are utilizing today and combines this with CMMS/ERP data to deliver an integrated view. The result is that the islands of asset information from across the plant or the enterprise are integrated in a proven solution that helps them make the best decisions for improved asset performance and plant reliability.

“Emerson’s AMS Suite and predictive diagnostic technologies have provided plants with new insights into asset health, enabling them to operate more reliably and safely,” said Stuart Harris, vice president and general manager of Emerson’s Asset Optimization business. “Now, the addition of asset performance management capabilities enables our users to achieve more strategic focus, clarity, and vision. In addition to reducing the complexity faced by management, this enhancement to AMS Suite helps our users move from reactive states to proactive, strategic, and more holistic asset management.”

– Edited by Peter Welander, Control Engineering, CFE Media,

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