Emerson's DeltaV S-series platform eliminates work, reduces project costs and increases operational flexibility

Emerson Process Management announces the S-series platform featuring “I/O on demand” and Electronic Marshalling. The S-series headlines the company’s technologies in the v11 release of the DeltaV digital automation system.

The DeltaV release includes enhancements to all of the systems’ I/O processing, operator displays, asset management, batch capability and system security. These combined capabilities reduce customer project complexity, eliminate needless work and speed system commissioning.

With I/O on demand, users decide what type of I/O they want — Wireless, FF, HART, AI, AO, DI, DO, DP, T/C or RTD. They decide when they want the I/O, whether for late project changes, during start-up, during operation or temporary installations; and where they want the I/O, whether in a rack room, remote locations, hazardous areas, safety systems or harsh environments.

Further advantages are realized with Electronic Marshalling, a technology that streamlines design and installation for users. This marshalling approach eliminates two-thirds of the wiring and connections needed by today’s conventional marshalling cabinets. A new technology invented with the S-series — single channel CHARacterization ModuleS (CHARMS) — make this possible. CHARMS relay I/O information to any DeltaV controller via Ethernet backbone. This electronic communications method eliminates the need for users to wire I/O to specific controller I/O cards.

Beyond making the normal project tasks easier, another benefit of Electronic Marshalling is dealing with change. Whereas traditional project engineering requires major time and cost in changing rack-room I/O wiring and terminations as process design is refined during project execution and construction, the DeltaV S-series hardware with Electronic Marshalling makes changes easy and eliminates rewiring. Simply land the field wires, pop in the CHARM and electronically marshal it wherever needed. By adapting to change easily, Electronic Marshalling allows process manufacturers to shorten project schedules, accommodate late project changes, and simplify the I/O and marshalling design process.

In addition to the existing native wireless integration, the DeltaV S-series now has fully redundant communications, which together with the mesh wireless networks, provide the highest uptime possible. With these capabilities, users can apply wireless technology to more monitoring and control applications.

The S-series also features a new Foundation fieldbus I/O card that includes an integrated power supply. This approach eliminates the cost and expense of purchasing, engineering, mounting and maintaining separate bulk power supplies and fieldbus power conditioning modules.

Although the S-series hardware and I/O on demand are the headliners for the DeltaV system, there are a number of other new capabilities in this release. These capabilities include a new set of visually-focused operator displays that improve operator performance by clear and quick recognition of alerts, and rapid access to the information needed to understand the alert and act in a timely fashion. AMS Suite predictive maintenance software is now installed on every DeltaV system, which enables a smooth progression of integrated asset capabilities. Users can start with the AMS Device Configurator and activate AMS Intelligent Device Manager at any time.

The DeltaV S-series with I/O on demand, together with other components of the v11 software release, offers a solution set for process automation users and is backward compatible with existing DeltaV installations.

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