New Capabilities Take Supervisory Controls to the Next Level
|Sam Smith | Product Manager
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions
The Emerson Supervisory Controls platform can help to improve operational efficiency, drive greater cost savings and enhance environmental conditions for customers and staff alike. Our latest E360 Product Spotlight highlights how Emerson has re-engineered the industry-leading, total-facility controls platform to streamline performance and simplify management tasks.
There is no shortage of pressing concerns for operators of small- and large-format grocers, restaurants and convenience stores. Yet in recent years, multiple factors have pushed operational and energy performance to the top of the list.
Tight margins and sustainability goals increasingly call for smarter energy use. A growing shortage of qualified technicians and ever-evolving consumer expectations for convenience further complicate the issue. As a result, the abilities to streamline site performance and simplify facility management are no longer luxuries; they are fundamental to long-term profitability.
In response, Emerson has re-engineered its Supervisory Controls platform to help facility operators achieve a higher level of performance.
Total-facility control made smarter
Supervisory Controls provides building and system management, control, power and simplified operation for refrigeration, HVAC, lighting and other critical equipment and systems. Operations of all sizes rely on the platform for real-time insights into issues that influence operating costs, food safety and customer experiences.
To keep pace with today’s demanding marketplace, we’ve updated our suite of robust, easy-to-use features with capabilities that provide improved visibility and insights into systems and equipment:
Smart Alarms: Alarms are a critical component to maintaining equipment and minimizing system downtime. But a constant stream of unprioritized alerts can degrade productivity. Smart Alarms prioritizes issues using simple language to help operators recognize when immediate action is required. In addition, it generates a list of possible causes and potential resolutions to help operators diagnose the root causes of issues and potentially prevent costly truck rolls.
Site Aggregator: Site Aggregator provides a consolidated view of equipment and systems in facilities that use multiple Supervisory Controllers and/or the E2 Facility Management Controller. Operators can navigate easily and conveniently between controllers from a single location.
Performance Meter: Enterprise-level visibility is essential to fine-tune operations, reduce energy waste and maintenance costs and avoid food safety issues. Performance Meter enables operators to keep a finger on the pulse of their systems by providing access to real-time performance data.
Floor Plans: Floor Plans makes it easy to identify and monitor active alarms in each key facility system by providing 2D and 3D visualizations of the facility’s layout and equipment. The Floor Plans also integrates with Emerson’s Connect+ Enterprise Management software.
These new capabilities build on Supervisory Controls’ existing feature-rich toolset to provide operators with:
- Powerful control to manage alerts, alarms, energy use, scheduling, maintenance information, advanced reporting and more
- Rapid response to immediate and potential issues
- Intuitive navigation that requires no special training for day-to-day operation
- Simplified setup to accelerate performance management
- A user-friendly interface that makes scheduling, report viewing and screen organization easier
- A mobile-optimized solution to provide anywhere/anytime access to data from a mobile device
The food retail and service industry is undergoing a dynamic transformation, and its operators are under tremendous pressure to adjust quickly to changing conditions. Versatility will be key to carving out a competitive space in both the near- and long-term future. That’s why Emerson designed flexibility into the Supervisory Controls platform. It is as equally effective in greenfield applications as selective retrofits and complete remodels. In addition, it can be integrated seamlessly with existing systems to provide operators with the insights they need, where they need them.
Emerson understands the multifaceted challenges that you are up against. Our solutions incorporate emerging technologies with proven expertise to deliver capabilities that support data-driven decision making. Learn more about our latest innovations by reading the full E360 article.