Emerson Opens $30 Million Global Innovation Center
May 13, 2010
Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, announced in a press release statement the opening of the state-of-the-art Emerson Innovation Center, Fisher® Technology in Marshalltown, Iowa. This $30 million investment is designed to help customers tackle the toughest engineering challenges facing today''s process manufacturing and energy industries. The 136,000-square-foot Emerson Innovation Center is designed to help companies deliver record volumes of natural gas and other forms of energy and consume less in the process, reducing costs and making plants run quieter and with reduced greenhouse emissions. The center is home to the world''s largest "flow lab" that, for the first time, enables large valves to be tested in real-world plant conditions to ensure production reliability, efficiency, environmental compliance, and safety before being installed at a customer site. The center''s flow lab has enough capacity to fill an Olympic-sized pool in just over eight minutes, or a Goodyear "blimp" in about 12 seconds. Control valves can be tested at pressures up to 3,500 psi, the equivalent of providing enough force to support a sport utility vehicle on a postage stamp. Meanwhile, the center also is home to a 26,000-square-foot sound chamber in which Emerson can develop and verify noise levels of new devices before a customer''s plant is built.