Emerson chosen by BASF to upgrade automation at its chemical plant

By William Smith
US multinational Emerson has been awarded a contract by German chemical company BASF to modernize automation in its Lampertheim, Germany facility. The...

US multinational Emerson has been awarded a contract by German chemical company BASF to modernize automation in its Lampertheim, Germany facility.

The multi-million dollar project will consist of both new software and hardware, and is part of BASF’s efforts to remain competitive and sustain its market leadership through increased capacity and efficiency.

“To maximize operational efficiency and production flexibility, we will continue to implement the latest automation technology and systems,” said Jens Grimm, automation manager at BASF Lampertheim. “Emerson is a trusted business partner with the proven expertise to help ensure a seamless system migration as we partner to modernize Lampertheim for successful, long-term production.”

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Specifics of the contract include the installation of a new solution for controlling 20 reactors, replacing existing programmable logic controllers with Emerson’s DeltaV PK Controller. Crucially, the new technology integrates with BASF’s existing DeltaV automation systems, bringing attendant benefits such as a reduction in the cost, time and complexity of the upgrade.

Jim Nyquist, group president of Systems and Solutions for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business, said: “Embracing digital transformation technologies and strategies is critical to achieving top performance levels. Through the implementation of Emerson automation technologies, BASF is well-positioned to drive business performance and remain the market leader.”

The deal also focuses on shoring up the plant against cybersecurity threats to automation systems, as BASF have already done with Emerson’s technology at other manufacturing plants.

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