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Emerson acquires UK-based Permasense

03 October 2016

Permasense is a provider of non-intrusive corrosion monitoring technologies for the offshore and onshore oil production, refining, chemical, power, pipelines, metals and mining and other industries. Its monitoring systems use sensor technology, wireless data delivery and advanced analytics to continuously monitor for metal loss from corrosion or erosion in pipes, pipelines or vessels, and reliably deliver high-integrity data from even the harshest environments.

The acquisition represents another step forward in Emerson’s strategy to invest in its core business platforms and expand in markets that hold significant long-term growth opportunity.
 
“Corrosion and erosion can significantly impact the safe and reliable operation of our industrial customers’ infrastructure. Wireless non-intrusive corrosion monitoring is a transformational shift that helps customers immediately understand the health and integrity of their infrastructure in real-time and enables them to fully optimise their operations while maximising safety,” explained Mike Train, president, Emerson Automation Solutions. “With the increasing complexity of the types of crude oil coming into a refinery, corrosion is becoming a significant issue in uptime and profitability. Refinery infrastructure can be monitored and controlled using this non-intrusive technology.”
 
The Permasense product line will become part of Emerson’s Rosemount portfolio of measurement and analytical technologies. its technologies are said to complement Emerson’s Roxar intrusive corrosion monitoring and non-intrusive sand management systems and strengthen the company’s Pervasive Sensing applications. 

Central to Permasense corrosion monitoring systems are sensors that employ ultrasonic wall thickness measurement principles. The sensors are battery powered and communicate wirelessly, which minimises the cost of installation and enables use in remote areas and on a large scale. The sensors are also designed so they can be deployed in hazardous areas.


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