Emerson integrates with MTP for modular manufacturing

June 17, 2021

Emerson announced June 3 that it's integrating the emerging NAMUR's Module Type Package (MTP) process automation standard into its control systems to help users reduce time-to-market and project/operations costs. It added that Emerson is among the first automation vendors to support the User Association of Automation Technology in Process Industries’ (NAMUR) MTP standard for both distributed control systems (DCS) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

NAMUR has been developing MTP to create a common, open standard that requires less engineering and makes new equipment integration closer to plug-and-play. With MTP-enabled devices, Emerson estimates manufacturers and system integrators could save weeks in project time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in engineering costs compared to traditional integration without MTP.

“MTP is a significant step to help the manufacturing industries respond faster to changing markets. With our MTP implementation, Emerson is continuing a tradition of not only supporting but innovating on industry standards," says Sean Sims, vice president of marketing for the DeltaV platform at Emerson. "Integration between our DeltaV and PACSystems automation systems as well as third-party automation systems will help create more modular, flexible manufacturing that improves speed to market for our customers."

By incorporating MTP into DeltaV and PACSystems, Emerson reports that it's eliminated the requirement for end users or system integrators to invest in added engineering or special integration tools. Emerson’s MTP tools natively create a configuration file for its PACSystems PLCs and AMS machinery prediction devices that's automatically integrated into the DeltaV DCS. PACSystems and DeltaV systems both support integration with third-party components or orchestration layer systems that have also implemented support for MTP.

With MTP, users can reduce engineering time and risk for capital and operational performance projects, making it easier to quickly deliver critical products to market. In the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, MTP helps enable “ballroom-style” flexible manufacturing, where skids can be interchanged with minimal reengineering. More flexible manufacturing means production sites can switch skids faster to produce different therapies based on patient demand.

As part of the first MTP release, Emerson has also taken a significant step to make reliability data from its manufacturing units importable to the DeltaV system. Operators can use the asset health data from the AMS Asset Monitor edge analytics device to consider how the health of plant asset will impact operations and production.