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Chinese polymer plant to utilise fieldbus foundation

23 March 2009

Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific has been awarded a contract by MCC Advanced Polymers (Ningbo) to digitally automate an advanced polymers plant in Zhejiang Province, Peoples Republic of China. According to the contract, Emerson will provide engineering and project management, and supply PlantWeb digital architecture. Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, is the majority owner of MCC Advanced Polymers (MAP), which will produce PTMG fibres for use in China’s textiles industry.

Chinese polymer plant to utilise fieldbus foundation
Chinese polymer plant to utilise fieldbus foundation

MAP planners chose PlantWeb digital automation as they were very interested in using Foundation fieldbus instrumentation and communications technology in the plant, which is scheduled for startup in September, 2009. With an initial capacity of 22,700 tonnes per year, this highly automated, state-of-the-art facility is designed to be competitive, safe, and easy to expand.

Emerson was a natural choice to provide engineering and project management, as well as state-of-the-art automation and control products. Included will be Emerson’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture with its DeltaV digital automation system, fieldbus instrumentation, Safety Instrumented Systems, and the AMS Suite predictive maintenance software. Instrumentation includes Rosemount flow, temperature and pressure measurement devices, Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters, Rosemount Analytical analysers, and Fisher regulators and valves with Fieldvue digital valve controllers.

The main goals of this project are to provide MAP with the production flexibility to be able to offer quality products with competitive pricing to its customers in China. In this regard, MAP expects to benefit from the use of the fieldbus technology.

“MAP officials needed a digital automation supplier to work as a team with engineers in Japan and the construction contractor in China,” according to Sabee Mitra, president of Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific. “We emphasised our ability to implement large automation projects in China, and especially our track record of efficiency, teamwork, and competitiveness.”

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