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Emerson’s CHARMs Automation Technology Logs 1 Billion Operating Hours at More Than 300 Customer Sites

AUSTIN, Texas, Sep 16, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Widely adopted by oil and gas, refining, and chemical industry customers, Emerson Process Management’s next-generation DeltaV(TM) digital automation system, featuring electronic marshalling with CHARMs technology, has provided an engine for the business’ strong growth for the past two years. Emerson Process Management, a business of Emerson EMR +0.04% , achieved $7.9 billion in sales in fiscal 2012, an increase of 13 percent from fiscal 2011.

Thanks to electronic marshalling with CHARMs (characterization modules) technology, the DeltaV system not only offers unprecedented flexibility and cost savings for some of the world’s biggest and most complex projects, but also transforms and streamlines automation practices that were developed based on technology limitations that existed more than three decades ago.

CHARMs technology, the heart of electronic marshalling, has already logged 1 billion operating hours at more than 300 sites.

“We saw a 40 percent drop in installation costs over traditional approaches,” said Bryan Beyer, operations manager, Southern States Chemical, the East Coast’s largest sulfuric acid supplier. “The simplicity of CHARMs technology also means fewer failure points, which translates into more reliability and greater up-time for our plant.” Southern States Chemical was the first North American facility to install CHARMs technology.

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