EMERSON TO BUY GENERAL ELECTRIC’S INTELLIGENT PLATFORMS BUSINESS Acquisition increases Emerson’s capabilities as a complete automation solutions provider across process, hybrid and discrete end markets. Emerson today announced it has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric (NYSE: GE). Intelligent Platforms’ programmable logic controller (PLC) technologies will enable Emerson, a leader in automation for process and industrial applications, to provide its customers broader control and management of their operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition expands opportunities for Emerson in machine control and discrete applications across process industries and target hybrid markets, such as metals and mining, life sciences, food and beverage and packaging. By interfacing Intelligent Platforms’ PLC technology with Emerson’s leading distributed control systems, customers will be able to connect “islands of automation” within the plant to further enhance operational performance, safety and reliability. Both Emerson and Intelligent Platforms are focused on leveraging automation technologies to drive digital transformation in their end markets. Intelligent Platforms recently developed a new family of cloudconnected controllers and devices to enable smarter plants, a strong complement to Emerson’s focus on digital transformation and the Industrial Internet of Things through its Plantweb digital ecosystem. “Adding GE’s Intelligent Platforms business makes Emerson an even stronger player in the automation space and expands our capabilities to serve the needs across process, hybrid and discrete markets,” said Emerson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David N. Farr. “This is another important investment in our global portfolio of automation technologies, offering discrete and machine control capabilities that complement our process control expertise to provide better solutions to our customers.” Intelligent Platforms is based in Charlottesville, Va. with approximately 650 employees worldwide and 2017 sales of 0 million. The business has a 25-year track record as an industrial automation innovator for machine control, industrial computing, input/output (I/O) and networking devices, project and integration services and other hardware/software solutions. “This transaction enables Intelligent Platforms to be best positioned to pursue its growth strategy, while accelerating our reinvestment in GE Power to develop the energy technologies of the future and provide the world with reliable, affordable electricity,” said Russell Stokes, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Power. “Intelligent Platforms brings a solid product portfolio to serve our target markets, along with a significant installed base,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions. “We are extremely pleased to have this unique opportunity to add a recognized discrete control capability to our growing portfolio of products and software applications that help our customers operate more safely and efficiently.” The acquisition is expected to close in the first half of fiscal 2019, subject to regulatory approvals, GE’s consultation with employee representatives where required and other customary closing conditions. About Emerson Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit: Emerson.com. Further information is available from: Rob Smith, Sales Manager South & East Africa Emerson Automation Solutions Tel: 011 451 3700 Email: Rob.Smith@emerson.com Web: www.Emerson.com SCHROEDER SHP - A VALVE FOR HIGH PRESSURES AND ALL LOAD CONDITIONS Schroeder Valves presented their latest innovation at ACHEMA: the Schroeder High Pressure Valve SHP. This automatic re-circulation valve was developed for high and extremely high pressures and also works reliably under highly fluctuating load conditions and long periods of operation under partial load conditions. This is achieved using a special fully automatic minimum flow control system that ensures that flow never falls below the required minimum specified by the pump. With this innovation, the specialist in protective pump fittings is responding to the requirements of its customers, primarily from the field of power plant and plant construction and the offshore industry. The SHP builds on existing Schroeder Valve technology. The company already has years of operational experience with almost all of the effective principles and assemblies used. As such the SHP can be considered ‘Proven Equipment’. The individual system components have simply been modified and innovatively combined so that they enhance the dependable and low-wear area of application of the existing technology to meet the increased requirements. Thus, the new SHP-series automatic re-circulation valve enables and promotes the energy-efficient operation of modern power plant facilities. The SHP takes the general development of higher pressures and temperatures and the increased energy-efficiency requirements into account, the changing way in which plants work was also considered in the development of the SHP. Special load sequence power plants, such as modern combined cycle power plants and coal-fired power plants, are operated at partial load for a large proportion of their operating time, on account of the increasing high proportion of regenerative energy generation and highly fluctuating load conditions. Each Schroeder Valve undergoes a 100% pressure and functionality test prior to delivery. To ensure this with the SHP, the company is currently adding to their flow test centre a test stand for pressures up to 400 bar. For more information contact Desmond Delport, Valve & Automation Tel: +27 11 397 2833 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.valve.co.za 25
SMART, HANDS-FREE MINING SOLUTIONS FOR THE FUTURE How local miners can employ a new generation of smart wearables to improve productivity and safety. 26 Pressure. It’s the force that creates rare minerals like diamonds. But today, it’s the mining industry itself that is under pressure. For South African miners, commodity prices and global demand remains subdued, as they must venture into deeper and more dangerous locations to extract valuable materials. To deal with these forces, there’s a surging interest in digital solutions that improve the productivity and safety for mine employees. The humble helmet sits at the centre of such innovations. Helmets can become far more than merely a piece of safety equipment – with the likes of connected cameras, augmented reality apps, sensors to detect dangerous gases or record heat levels, accelerometers, voice-to-text microphones, and collision-detection to alert miners of any potential threats. Modern, smart helmets represent a handsfree way for miners to improve the way in which they work. This kind of technology play fits within a broader digitisation strategy for the mine: where the primary goals are gaining clear visibility over one’s resources and assets, optimising the flow of materials through the value-chain, and embedding greater automation into the mine. Safety Mining safety is an ever-present concern for mine operators, and we are seeing more of our clients with a strong appetite to adopt tools that can help to improve the safety of one’s staff. With sensors that alert mine managers to the early warning signs of heat exhaustion, rising gas levels or even seismic activity, the teams can take quick action to help avoid accidents or disasters. Looking beyond just the helmet, exciting innovations in mineworker bodysuits employ haptic technology, connected locally via beacons to other equipment in the mine. This can give miners a very tangible warning of potential collisions or accidents as early as possible. In the South African mines – where they are so hot and so deep – it is in those few seconds, that can mean the difference between disaster and a sign of relief. Connected technologies also allow mines to satisfy all the legal, compliance and governance obligations. Head Office gets automated reports that show the activity of their staff, and the various safety checks that are completed throughout the day, leaving no room for manual entry of information and no room for error. Productivity Advanced ‘hands-free’ technologies cannot be deployed in isolation: the true value of these innovations is unearthed when we pipe all of the data into the mine’s enterprise systems – such as ERP systems or mine operations scheduling platforms. With rich data flowing back to the nervecentre, mines can embrace analytics tools to crunch through data and derive valuable insights. This could be from a predictive maintenance perspective, to understand when a piece of equipment needs servicing, or it could be from a mineworker productivity perspective – helping the mine deploy their teams in the most productive way. The mines taking an early lead in digital transformation are automating the workflows, so that information from underground devices like sensor readings is ‘mashed up’ with images and voice notes from the teams and other data sources, to be ultimately fed into the company’s core operational systems. By connecting various different datasets, mine leadership can build a far richer perspective on how the mine is functioning and decide on the best operational strategies for the future. With relentless pressure on mining organisations to improve efficiencies and modernise their operations, the field of smart wearables will continue to gain traction in mining circles over the years to come.