Emerson Process Management

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Emerson Process Management has launched two global language versions of their PlantWeb University online educational program. Free training courses are now available in Chinese and Spanish. Both language versions offer a user-friendly interface and access to 46 courses and five white papers on the most current automation technology and business topics.

“Providing courses in multiple languages is part of our ongoing effort to make PlantWeb University a truly global learning center,” says Jane Lansing, vice president, Emerson Process Management. “Our goal is to provide manufacturing professionals worldwide with relevant educational information on the latest technology developments. We will include more content at the Chinese and Spanish sites this summer, and will be adding more languages in the future.”

The first Chinese language version of PlantWeb University went online in January 2004, and has attracted thousands of industry professionals. The 2006 version offers an improved user interface for easier participation and a more effective learning experience.

Courses are free, easy to understand and available to anyone. Each course takes about 15 minutes to complete, and participants can learn at their own pace from anywhere there is an Internet connection.

"Since its inception in 2002, PlantWeb University has provided practical, real-world information to over 30,000 industry users worldwide," says Lansing.  "As new technologies continue to emerge at a rapid rate, mystery and misinformation abound. Adding global languages can only strengthen and enhance a program already known for offering objective and useful tools for learning how to improve process and business performance." 

PlantWeb University offers two “schools” of instruction. The Business School focuses on improving plant profitability. It teaches users how to improve plant efficiency for higher output and lower costs, how to reduce costs and increase availability by streamlining maintenance strategies, and how to improve profitability using the structured metric of Overall Equipment Effectiveness.

The Engineering School explores leading automation technologies such as fieldbus and HART, how they deliver benefits, and practical pointers for putting them to work in the user’s plant. Course titles include:  Project Engineering Standards, Field Level Networks, Fieldbus Communications, Choosing a Host System, Interoperability, Reliability and Redundancy, Networking Options, and Intrinsic Safety. 

PlantWeb University is the first Internet website to offer in-depth training on fieldbus and to provide a sound education on the utilization of automation technologies to improve plant profitability. Emerson also offers in-depth training through its Educational Services group. Educational Services courses are available online, at regional training centers, and in locally delivered classes around the globe.

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