US$30m process manufacturing centre launched

Emerson Process Management will launch a USD$30 million, state-of-the-art Emerson Innovation Center – Fisher Technology in the United States.

Emerson Process Management will launch a USD$30 million, state-of-the-art Emerson Innovation Center – Fisher Technology in the United States.

The centre, based in Iowa, is designed to help customers tackle tough engineering challenges facing today’s process manufacturing and energy industries.

The world’s appetite for energy is driving the development of next-generation nuclear plants, mega-train liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants, and large oil and gas refineries, which require larger capacities and highly engineered control valves and instrumentation, says Emerson.

The 136,000-square-foot Emerson Innovation Center is designed to help companies deliver record volumes of natural gas and other forms of energy and consume less in the process, reducing costs and making plants run quieter and with reduced greenhouse emissions.

The center is home to the world’s largest “flow lab” that, for the first time, enables large valves to be tested in real-world plant conditions to ensure production reliability, efficiency, environmental compliance, and safety before being installed at a customer site.

“No other facility in the world can do what our Marshalltown Emerson Innovation Center can do – from seismically qualifying a 35,000-pound control valve to testing a two-story-tall valve that controls the flow of feedstocks for a petrochemical plant,” said Emerson Process Management president, Steve Sonnenberg.

“This $30 million investment in innovation directly reflects Emerson’s commitment to helping our customers run smarter plants that improve production quality, lower operations and maintenance costs, and enhance environmental performance and worker safety.”

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