Emerson to automate Jotun manufacturing plants

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Emerson, a global provider of industrial automation technology and software, has announced a framework agreement with paint manufacturer Jotun to automate and digitalise its global manufacturing facilities.

The five-year agreement will enable Jotun, which manufactures decorative paints and marine, protective and powder coatings, to implement Emerson’s digital technologies to enhance all aspects of manufacturing automation in new factories, and for selected upgrades in some of its 39 existing factories around the world.

Through its agreement with Emerson, Jotun will increase process automation and create a standardised digital technology solution for new factory projects, which will reportedly help the company achieve increased throughput, uptime and product quality, while reducing operating costs.

“In securing a long-term automation partner with the expertise required to support our journey, we will have access to systems, competence and support serving our needs when constructing and operating technically advanced and efficient paint factories around the world,” said Fredrik Urdahl, Jotun’s group technical director – operations.

“Emerson’s advanced automation technologies and focus on providing standardised project methodologies, as well as global and local support, were critical factors in our selection for collaboration.”

Jotun will initially focus on standardising on Emerson’s DeltaV distributed control system in new factory projects. According to Emerson, the intelligent control will ensure consistent, integrated batch processes, minimising risk to product quality and enhancing productivity.

The agreement also enables Emerson to deliver a wide range of automation solutions to improve Jotun’s manufacturing operations. These could include advanced sensor technologies, data management and analytics platforms, software applications, predictive maintenance and remote monitoring techniques and asset management tools.

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