Emerson Process Management released an expert control system that is used to control power generation and water/wastewater treatment facilities.

Emerson Process Management, Austin, Texas, has released the latest version of its Ovation expert control system that is used to control power generation and water/wastewater treatment facilities.

The enhanced system features an improved operator interface, field device configuration/troubleshooting environment and graphics building tools. These enhancements translate into greater operator efficiency and productivity, and minimize the risk of human error. This is particularly relevant today, as older workers retire, leaving fewer and less-experienced operators running complex power generation and water/wastewater facilities.

Factoring in how people actually work with technology during the design stage of a product optimizes the user’s experience and interaction with it. From a control systems perspective, Emerson has identified the information operators need most and redesigned the Ovation interface accordingly, so that information is delivered in a more intuitive, customizable and easy-to-use format.

The interface features task-based ribbon toolbars that offer functionality based on the context in which the user is working. Key functions are front and center; they no longer need to be accessed via separate properties selection windows.

Operators can customize and save individual workspace settings, so they can view, for example, point information and alarms according to their individual preferences. Giving operators the opportunity to work in a familiar environment allows them to focus on the most important data, streamlining the decision-making process. Additionally, the enhanced Ovation Graphics Builder tools now incorporate new color management features, shape animation and application program wizards, among other improvements.

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