Emerson acquires APM Automation Solutions for solid improvement 20 December 2013

Emerson has acquired solids volume and level measurement instrumentation developer APM Automation Solutions for an undisclosed sum – expanding its portfolio into solids-based process and inventory control.

The company will become part of Emerson Process Management, bringing acoustic imaging and 3D mapping technologies to level, volume and mass measurement for bulk solids and powders stored in silos and open bins.

"The APM acquisition is an exciting step as we move further into the solids measurement market," comments Tom Moser, group vice president of Emerson Process Management's measurement and analytical businesses.

"Our customers want to be able to go to a single source for liquids, gases and solids measurement instrumentation [and] now we can better deliver on that request," he adds.

APM's technology is aimed at a wide spread of industries, including food and beverage, metals and mining, power, chemical, and pulp and paper.

Moser gives the example of ethanol production, where grain is used as a feedstock and stored in irregularly shaped and difficult to measure piles in large silos.

APM's dust-penetrating technology maps multiple measurement points and generates an accurate reading of the content, he explains.

This information helps operators to spot air pockets or clogging and measure solids volume for accurate process control, better inventory control, and early warning for maintenance and safety.

Brian Tinham

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