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Reducing Manual Valve Lineup Mistakes Podcast

November 04, 2020

For safer and more reliable terminal operations, it is important to know location of all products and their needed movements. Without clear visibility into the real-time health and operational status of the assets required for movements through the facility, problems can occur. One operational risk is in the lineup of the manual and automatic valves. Improper positions can result in unsafe conditions, unintended movements, or other operational issues.

In this storage terminal safety podcast, we are joined by Emerson's Kurtis Jensen to discuss specific technologies that provide the highest level of reliability and safety. These technologies enable technicians, users and operators to detect issues and monitor for correct valve positions with and reduce the number of times they need to send staff into hazardous locations.

Visit the Terminal Safety, Wireless Pressure Relief Valve (PRV) Monitoring and Wireless Valve Position Monitoring sections on Emerson.com for more on some of the technologies discussed. Also, links have been added in the transcript below for specific products and technologies discussed.
Jim: Hi, everybody. I'm Jim Cahill from the Emerson Automation Experts blog. And today we're going to have another in our continuing podcast series on Enabling Storage Terminal Safety. And for today, I'm joined by Kurtis Jensen and we'll be discussing Reducing Manual Valve Lineup Mistakes. Kurt, why don't we start out by letting you introduce yourself and give us a little bit of your educational background and path to where you are today with Emerson?

Kurtis: Okay, Jim, for everybody, I started long ago, in 1981, with an associate degree in electronics. And my first assignment was performing on-site field service work for both analog and digital process control, both valves and instrument measurement. I then moved from there into more of a product engineering role for electronics and software. I started doing more and more software and utility things with troubleshooting and supporting customers. I next went into SCADA and RTU development doing both firmware and software that's used in our North American pipeline markets. And during that time, I became heavily involved in telecommunication and telecommunication designs from local area networks to wide area networks. And I became involved with several of the communication giants in pioneering what's now known as internet-based networks to improve speed and reduce costs.

And at that point, I became more heavily involved with Emerson and expanding their wide area network globally. I then obtained my bachelor's and master's degree during that time. From there, I went back into the product development side and worked with WirelessHART, our internal WirelessHART team, and the external FieldComm WirelessHART group. And we developed Fisher instruments to target valve solutions that will help users with critical reliability needs. And today,