Real and virtual attendance at conference
I have never attended the Emerson User Group meetings in the United States, though I have attended them in Ireland and Britain, where they were called Manufacturing Excellence. In the past few years these have been superceded and maybe replaced by the US mammoth event.
In early September IPS North American Client Conference, “Achieving sustainable performance” was held in Houston. Then at the end of September over 1600 people at the 2009 Emerson GlobalUsers Exchange, entitled “Engaging Minds. Amazing Results”, descended on Florida’s Orlando and held a week long extravganza which by all accounts was superb. (Earlier in the year we also covered National Instruments events.
Read-out though not there in the flesh felt very much there. Why was this? In a word, or rather two words “Social Media.”
The Twitter Experience!
‘New to Twitter? Stop by the Twitter Station near Registration and the Cyber Café for help in setting up your Twitter account. The folks there can also assist you in making your mobile phone or PC “tweet-ready.” ‘
#EMRex top tweeters:
The long tail (bottom 80%) of twitter users accounted for more than 30% of the total volume.
According to Metcalfe’s law, the efforts of the twitter registration desk increased the value of the #EMRex twitter network by more than 650%!
What do you like most about the 2009 Global User
For all the folks giving Twitter a try from #EMRex , tag any future process automation-related tweets you have with #PAuto
Your tweet on the big screen!
Emerson embraced the the new technology with a heart and a half and not for the first time showed how their openmindedness fosters real loyalty not only among their employees but also among their customers. About 166 people were tweeting both at and from without the meeting. Indeed most of the information listed here was first learned about from the tweets of people who were attending the different streams of talks.
There was also a Emerson Global User Exchange LinkedIn site.
This report could not have been compiled at all without the use of twitter. It really has been a remarkable tool in bringing information before those who tweet. And it’s free.
“Poof!” they’re gone!!
Live on our PC, Emerson’s introduced significant new products for process control and maintenance, including an industry-changing approach to I/O engineering, project management and field device maintenance. Design process includes personas and stakeholder maps. Goal to eliminate or reduce steps in process to get tasks done. And a whole lot more. “Poof and they’re gone!”
The most spectacular event live on our PC, (see picture above taken from screen grab of event as we viewed it on the web) when Emerson’s Peter Zornio introduced significant new products for process control and maintenance, including an industry-changing approach to I/O engineering, project management and field device maintenance. Design process includes personas and stakeholder maps. The goal is to eliminate or reduce steps in process to get tasks done. And a whole lot more. “Poof and they’re gone!”
Jim Cahill is the marketing communications manager for the Process Systems and Solutions business of Emerson Process Management and self-proclaimed “Chief Blogger”. He produced a number of commentaries on some of the talks and delivered a provocative presentation himself on how to thrive in chaos, a timely intervention.
- Improved Distillation Column Recovery and Reduced Energy Usage
- Tips When Using DeltaV PID Control
- Gamechangers: How to Thrive in Chaos (Slide presentation with sound!)
- Getting a Handle on Plant Energy Usage
- The On-Line Data Analytics presentation
- Modular safety concept to FPSOs and offshore O&G production
- Applying Advanced Process Control to Distillation Processes
- Wireless versus Fieldbus Cost Comparison
- Flow Meter Verification
Jim has since assembled links to articles similar to this on his blog called Recapping Emerson Exchange 2009. There may be some we have missed so a quick perusal of his list might be advantageous!
He has created a SlideShare event page for #EMRex presentations!
Another blog ControlDoctors.com presented videos shots of “Dr Tim” visiting various exhibits at the associated exhibition, which featured many comapnys besides Emerson.
- Micromotion Launches an Online Community for Users
- A tour of Emerson Mobile Plantweb Solutions Centere
- A quick look at DeltaV SIS Safety Instrumented System Hardware
- I/O On Demand: An Up Close look at Electronic Marshalling
- Emerson Exchange Flow Measurement Goodness
- Multipoint Fieldbus and Wireless Temperature Solutions with the 848T
During the event Emerson also announced winners and recognized all finalists of 2009 Smart Wireless Innovators Contest.
Reports from the hacks!
Finally there are the reports of the Editors. As usual the ControlGlobal team were very active under the leadership of the inimitable and enthusiastic and incisive Walt Boyes. This team produced a daily resumé of proceedings and emailed this to their mail list. They are also available as html pages on the web and now as pdf issues downloadable from their website.
pdf copies of each of these daily newsletters may be downloaded here on their site.
Also on ControlGlobal is Peter Wellendar’s A new audience at Emerson’s User Exchange.
Subsequently they produced an algamated publication (pdf) of all the highlights.
Emerson Global Users Exchange – Engaging Minds. Amazing Results is a report by Bill Lydon on Automation.com. See also his article 13 Winning Qualities from 2009 Emerson Global Users Exchange published 18th November.
Other blogs have reports:
Greg Hale on “Emerson product development: All about ease of use.”
Andrew Bond in Eliminating the ’spaghetti wiring’ Industrial Automation Insider!
Gary Mintchel’s Fast Forward. Gary also conducted a podcast with Dave Deitz, product marketing manager for DeltaV. He then penned a more full report CatchingUp Emerson Exchange (20th Oct)
Emerson Exchange Brings New Products and Innovation in Tough Times is Larry O’Brien’s report from the ARC Advisory Group. (15/10/2009)
Hopefully there will one or two other reports from this important event and we hope to add those to this blog as they become available.
And next year?
They plan to do the whle thing again in the San Antonio Convention Center (TX US) from September 27 – October 1, 2010