Emerson’s Innovation & Technology Center

On May 11, 2010, Emerson Process Management opened their new of the state-of-the-art Emerson Innovation Center – Fisher Technology in Marshalltown, Iowa. This $30 million, 136,000-square-foot investment is designed to help customers tackle the toughest engineering challenges facing today’s process manufacturing and energy industries.

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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. The center’s flow lab has enough capacity to fill an Olympic-sized pool in just over 8 minutes, or a Goodyear blimp in about 12 seconds.

Control valves can be tested at pressures up to 3,500 psi, the equivalent of providing enough force to support a sport utility vehicle on a postage stamp. Meanwhile, the center also is home to a 26,000-square-foot sound chamber in which Emerson can develop and verify noise levels of new devices before a customer’s plant is built.

Flow Lab

  • Typical reasons for testing: New design, Research, Product audits, Customer Orders, Field Problems.

  • Size of flow lines: 2 inch through 16 inch.
  • Lines are configurable for all valve sizes from 1/2″ through 24″ depending upon test conditions and valve configuration.
  • Capacity of flow system: 14,000,000 scfh of air flow and 17,500 gpm of water flow.
  • Flow rate accuracy is +/- 2% of reading.
  • High pressure flow test system consisting of a 2″ and 4″ test line capable of air or water flow up to 2200 psig.
  • Automated data reduction system allows rapid data presentation and analysis.
  • Lab equipment and processes are ISO 9000 certified and all equipment is calibrated and traceable to N.I.S.T.
  • The sound box is an anechoic box that has the ability to measure internal and external sound levels.
    • Aerodynamic sound – quiet trims in the inlet and outlet valves, silencers upstream and downstream of test valve (to isolate the test valve from any other noise source).
    • Hydrodynamic sound – quiet trims if dedicated sound line is used, test other lines for noise before testing in them.
  • Bench Testing is used to measure break out torque, initial leakage, and hot air cycle testing.

Hydrostic & Stress Testing

  • “Proof of design” hydrostatic tests determine the maximum allowable cold working pressure for pressure retaining parts.
  • Two types of tests:
    • Based on yielding for ductile materials.
    • Based on bursting for brittle materials.
  • Brittle lacquer tests to show high stress areas and locations for strain gauge mounting.
  • Data acquisition system can scan at a rate of 10 times/second with 60 available channels.
  • Hydrostatic tests can go up to 100,000 psig.

Vibration Testing

  • Typical tests
    • Vibration induced fatigue and wear.
    • Positioner vibration performance.
    • Seismic vibration testing.
    • Testing is done to typical industry test standards SAMA PMC 31.1 – ISA §75.13
  • Equipment
    • Two electrodynamics shaker tables.
    • Capable of 1500 and 4500 pound shaking force.
    • Two PC based digital vibration controllers capable of sine, random, shock, and SRS vibration, as well as replicating actual field vibration data.

Machine Shop

  • The purpose of the machine shop is the creation and modification of prototype parts and modification of production parts for test purposes.
  • Parts are produced from drawings or clear, detailed sketches.
  • Capabilities:
    • General milling and turning of most materials.
    • Most general fabrication operations such as cutting, grinding, & drilling.
  • Typical sheet metal fabrication operations such as bending, punching, and shearing equipment:
    • 16″ Summit Engine Lathe (14″ Max work piece diameter), 9″ Hardinge Precision Lathe, (2) Bridgeport Manual Milling Machines, (2) Clausing Drill Presses, Powermatic Band Saw 19″ Throat, Rotex Turret Punch, 5/32″ to 2″ diameter Punches, 24″ Hand Shear, 12″ Hand Box/Pan Brake, 24″ Hand Box/Pan Brake, 6″ Hand Notcher.