Emerson launches control system update for software-driven, data-centric automation platform

DeltaV version 15 support a faster and easier digital transformation to accelerate IT/OT convergence, enabling easy upgrades and modernisation.

Emerson has released a new version of its DeltaV distributed control system (DCS). Version 15 of the DeltaV DCS digitally transforms plant operations through improved production optimisation and enhanced operator performance. The new software, designed to reduce the burden of IT support and modernisation spend, coupled with expanded analytics, will help increase flexibility and speed-to-market, driving operational improvements.

Market forces and public expectation are putting more pressure than ever on manufacturers to drive improved performance and sustainability. Meeting these goals, especially in an era of personnel shortages, means making the most of available data. DeltaV version 15 expands access to critical data, providing every operator with actionable decision support. New infrastructure makes automation easier to set up and maintain, while real-time analytics and an improved human machine interface (HMI) improves situational awareness.

“As the Purdue Model of control system engineering continues to flatten and more manufacturers need visibility across the enterprise, the control system plays an increasingly important role in providing real-time access to highly-contextualised, democratised data,” said Claudio Fayad, vice-president of technology for Emerson’s process systems and solutions business. “Version 15 continues our focus on intuitive, software-defined architectures to help operators and engineers meet the more sustainable, efficient future of process manufacturing.”

Project and operations teams rely on virtualisation to reduce the hardware and energy footprint of the automation system while simultaneously increasing its availability. DeltaV supports a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) virtualisation option that can be deployed in half the time of a traditional virtualisation setup. DeltaV HCI is easy to scale and maintain and delivers improved performance. The HCI platform is expandable for future use, and is the foundation of the DeltaV evolution into a data-centric and software-defined system.

Users can increase their speed to market through the new DeltaV Spectral Process Analytical Technology (PAT). DeltaV Spectral PAT integrates two analytics solutions with the DeltaV DCS for real-time closed-loop control. This tighter control reduces human error and increases speed-to-market of quality therapies by moving plants closer to continuous manufacturing of drugs.

Enhancements to DeltaV Live, a modern HTML5-based, built for purpose HMI, empower operators with easy access to expert insights for more effective, efficient decisions that drive better performance and support personnel of any skill level. Teams can also unlock anytime, anywhere access to digital twin simulations from across the globe with the software-as-a-service DeltaV Simulation Cloud, saving time and money with subscription options and facilitating easier collaboration among experts.

With an easier, more flexible I/O integration, lower capital costs and improved modernisations, the DeltaV version 15 is also ISASecure SSA level one-certified, providing end-to-end cybersecurity across the whole system and at all levels.