By Billy Thinnes
AUSTIN, Texas -- Emerson Process Management today held the
grand opening of its Emerson Innovation Center for Process
Systems and Solutions in Round Rock, Texas.
Dignitaries on hand for the event
included Emerson Chairman and CEO David Farr, Dell
Chairman and CEO Michael Dell and Texas Governor Rick Perry.
This 282,000-square-foot, nearly $70 million facility will be
the global headquarters for Emersons automation systems
and project services business, which
helps customers operate facilities in industries such as oil
and gas, refining, chemicals, power, life
sciences, food and beverages and metals and mining.
Our goal is not just to react but to innovate and execute
solutions to help our customers into the future by creating
substantial value, said Emerson's Mr. Farr.
Texas is a place where collaboration and innovation are
working at scale, Mr. Dell added. Dell is thrilled
to be working with Emerson. Welcome to the
Mr. Dells neighborly welcome was a friendly
reminder that Dells headquarters are a mile away from the
Emerson Innovation Center in Round Rock, a suburb of Austin.
Dell and Emerson have long been strategic partners, a
relationship that is expected to continue into the future.
The center itself is comprised of
several disciplines under one roof:
Texas Governor Rick Perry was also keen to
celebrate Emersons grand opening, expressing his
appreciation for the companys presence while also
engaging in a bit of home state booster-ism.
- A technology and product design and
support center, providing engineering and development
for the DeltaV digital automation system and DeltaV SIS
- An Integrated Operations (iOps) Center where customers
can explore new ways of managing remote operations and of
enabling easier collaboration by experts located anywhere in
- The Emerson Process Management Human Centered Design
Institute, a consulting and engineering practice that drives
usability based design into all products Emerson Process
Management designs and manufacturers, is also based in
Austin. By designing products that are easier to use,
customers gain improved worker effectiveness and lower the
requirements for specialized knowledge in their
- An interoperability and testing lab in which Emerson
tests both its own products as well as competitors to
ensure safe, reliable and robust operation.
- The Life Sciences Industry Center provides consulting,
engineering and project management expertise to
support pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers.
- Educational Services where more than 2,500 customer
personnel gain product, technology and operational skills
on the latest technologies.
- Lastly, the companys Project Management Office
(PMO) aligns and integrates the companys best
practices, processes, systems and metrics for global project
The growth of Emerson only bolsters Texas reputation as a
state where people can dream big and those dreams can become a
reality, Governor Perry said. Texas is the
epicenter for job creation in the nation. Three out of
every 10 jobs in the US in the last decade were created in
The governor, who had just returned from the World Economic
Forum in Davos, Switzerland, concluded his remarks with a
phrase he has probably uttered a time or two
Texas has been blessed with natural resources, but no
resource is more valuable than Texans, he said.
Boom times come and go, bout the irrepressible Texas
spirit isnt going anywhere.
This new innovation center is the companys third
globally. The center in Marshalltown, Iowa, develops and
tests flow control applications and technologies, replicating
real-world conditions. The innovation center in Pune, India, focuses on software
Emersons automation systems are widely used in process
operations around the world. The company was awarded over
30 large customer projects valued at more than $600
million in 2013. Its new Innovation Center is a showcase
for how customers can leverage capabilities to re-engineer
their businesses to become safe, reliable and profitable.