Call for Presentations

Now Open! Submissions due by March 1st

We invite you to share your best practices, implementation successes, tips, and proven project solutions by presenting at this year’s conference!

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Reasons to Present

  • Showcase a process automation success that has been achieved at your company
  • Take your career to the next level by refining your formal presentation skills to large, technically advanced audiences
  • Win awards and recognition from peers; for you, your company, and your industry
  • Opportunity to network with other experts in your industry
  • Potential to attend Emerson Exchange for free if you are the primary presenter (*details below)

*A waiver of registration fees will be granted for the primary presenter (ONE person) for each accepted Workshop and the primary presenters (TWO people) for each accepted Short Course. The fee waiver is contingent upon initial submission of the PowerPoint presentation by June 22, 2018 and final approval by the track mentor.

Submission Instructions

Quality over Quantity
  • Take time to review your proposal before submission. Download a PDF form of the required abstract fields to prepare and save your abstract before entering it online. Abstracts must be entered via the Call for Presentations submission site by March 1st. Please do not submit the PDF document.
  • Abstract Submission Limit: Maximum of 3 abstracts per Presenter.
    • An individual can only list themselves as “Presenter” on a maximum of 3 abstracts.
    • No limits to the number of times an individual is listed as a “Co-Presenter” or “Owner/Author” (owner is the person who submitted the abstract).
Submission Confirmation
  • After submitting your abstract, a confirmation email will be sent to the owner/author. Please ensure that emails from are not considered as spam by your email provider.
  • If you do not receive this confirmation email, please send a request to to confirm your abstract was submitted.
Submissions are due by 11:59 pm CST Thursday, March 1st.

Abstract Requirements

It is highly recommended that you prepare and save the following information in a word-processing document before you actually enter it into the online submission application. The submission application will time-out after 60 minutes and you will lose anything you’ve entered unless you save each step in the path.

Download a PDF form of the required abstract fields to prepare and save your abstract before entering it online. Abstracts must be entered via the Call for Presentations submission site by March 1st. Please do not submit the PDF document.

  • Abstract/Session Title (100 character limit and must adequately describe content of abstract)
  • Session Type (Workshop or Short Course – see below for descriptions)
  • Technical Level (Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • Session Abstract (800 characters max – including spaces)
  • What Problems / Challenges Were Resolved? (400 character limit – including spaces)
  • Solution? (400 character limit – including spaces)
  • What Results / Benefits Were Realized? (400 character limit – including spaces)
  • Session Category (see below for Session Categories)
  • Sub Category (select one sub category, see below for Sub Categories)
  • Primary Keyword (select one keyword that best describes the topic of your abstract)
  • Secondary Keywords (option to select up to three)
  • Area of Improvement
  • What industry does your abstract apply to?
  • What job function does your abstract apply to?
  • Presenter / Co-Presenter(s) (name, email address, company, attendee type, Emerson Business Unit (if speaker is an Emerson employee) required)
  • Submissions in English only

Workshops – limited to 1 Presenter and 2 Co-Presenters
Short Course – limited to 2 Presenters and 1 Co-Presenter

Selection Criteria

The Emerson Exchange Board of Directors Presentations Committee will review all submitted abstracts and will select presentations that will be of high value to conference attendees.

  • Have an end user author and presenter with real world examples
  • Include financial impact – Quantifiable Business Results
  • Use technical “how to” explanations
  • Explain unique solutions to difficult problems, show innovation.
  • Indicate clearly what value your presentation will bring to this year’s attendees (i.e. “what makes this presentation unique and worthwhile to attend?”)
  • Don’t include proprietary information, trade secrets, etc. and please pursue corporate approval early. Do not wait until July 1 to start the legal / corporate review process.
  • Avoid negatively referring to other solutions, vendors, etc.
  • Refrain from “marketing/sales hype”
  • Ensure that your abstract accurately explains your proposed presentation, and vice versa. Nothing upsets attendees more than attending a session that’s not as advertised.
  • Ensure the session title adequately describes the presentation content.
  • Do not spam or submit the same abstract in multiple tracks. This causes more work for the track mentors and does not increase your odds of acceptance.


Example of a well-written abstract. The most outstanding presentation in each track will be awarded “Best in Conference”, with a formal presentation of the award at the conference.

Type of Sessions

When submitting your abstract(s), please note the following types of sessions:

Typically presents a case history, a project experience, and/or specific tips or techniques used (or learned) during a project implementation – for example, “how I used one or more Emerson products/services or a complementary vendors’ product/service (HyTork actuators, radar gauges, AMS, InTools, Syncade, Pepperl+Fuchs with DeltaV, Blending Package, Inspect, etc.) to solve a problem or improve my process”.
Limited to 1 Presenter, and up to 2 Co-Presenters.
Provides organized instruction on a particular technology, application, project tool, or methodology – for example: Fieldbus, Valve Sizing, SIS, System Life Planning. These are often taught by Emerson or process industry “experts” and/or Emerson’s Educational Services instructors.
Limited to 2 Presenters and 1 Co-Presenter.

2018 Conference Session Categories

Sessions highlight the robust array of process automation and asset optimization services, asset management achieved by developing and using metrics to manage asset performance, engineering tools, project management, migration of existing systems, sustainability solutions and/or development of plant and technical personnel.

Consulting Services
Project Services
Lifecycle Services
Educational Services

• Migrations of existing systems (Emerson & non-Emerson) to latest Emerson systems & platforms
• Installation methods that reduce overall conversion/configuration time
• Control room ergonomics
• Project workflow optimization/ improvements
• Engineering tool solutions (SPI)
• Planning and executing turnarounds

Sessions are designed to illustrate applications of precision instruments for measuring pressure, level, temperature, flow and analytical composition of gases and liquids. Other sensing applications included are safety and reliability, machinery health and monitoring instrumentation. Additional topics may include more complicated device strategies and capabilities such as advanced communication protocols, onboard analytics, diagnostics and wireless technology implementation.

Analysis Methods
Communication Protocols
Reliability Monitoring
Safety Monitoring, SIS / SIL

• Best practices in selection, installation, commissioning and operation of process instrumentation
• New technology developments in instrumentation
• Wireless instrument installations
• Calibration, maintenance and reliability practices
• Safety related instrumentation qualifications and applications

Sessions highlight best practices In plant performance optimization, cost reductions and HSE regulation compliance using process control systems, safety instrumented systems, asset management systems and reliability systems.

Process Control
Plant Operations Management
Safety, Health & Environmental Compliance
Asset Management & Protection
Remote Control & Monitoring
Decision Support & Data Management

• Successful integrations of Emerson systems and Safety Instrumented Systems
• DeltaV and Ovation applications and control strategies
• Lifecycle Dynamic Simulation
• Operator Training Solutions
• Alarm Philosophy and Rationalization
• Advanced Operator Displays
• Advanced Process Control technologies, including loop/plant performance audits
• Procedural Automation
• Justifying, designing, implementing and/or optimizing an asset management program
• Virtualization of DeltaV and Ovation hardware for online and offline systems applications

Sessions are designed to illustrate solving both the common and the most challenging process control problems with the application of control valves, regulators, actuation systems, safety relief devices and systems, isolation valves, digital valve controllers and/or other valve mounted instruments.  Sessions also highlight the application of fluid power and control technologies, such as solenoid valves, high pressure controls, valve manifolds, cylinders and linear actuators within OEM/skid applications for maximizing control and efficiency of equipment.

Control Valves
Pressure Regulators
Safety Relief Devices and Systems
Actuation Systems
Isolation Valves
Valve Instrumentation
Fluid Power & Control Systems

• Best practices in selection, installation, commissioning and operation of control valves, safety relief devices, actuators, isolation valves and pressure regulator offerings
• Use of new or existing Emerson mechanical products to solve severe service applications, meet environmental regulations, implement SIF Loops or support unique process control applications
• Applications illustrating the use of digital valve positioners or wireless valve control technologies to improve process performance, reliability and safety
• Valve, regulator and actuator diagnostic and maintenance activities including use of predictive technologies, outage planning and day-to-day repair activities
• Best practices for selecting, designing and installing mechanical and fluid control systems using pneumatics (or other fluids)

Multi-disciplinary projects and practices addressing operational improvement that lead to increased organizational and business performance.

Business Processes & Operations
Continuous Improvement
Career Development
Personal Productivity
Managerial Skills

• Improvements in business operations
• Business Intelligence
• Manufacturing Execution System (MES) integration
• Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) integration
• Cost accounting and the fundamentals of project justification
• Career development and team building
• Development of plant and technical personnel
• World class manufacturing: driving culture change through proven processes (Six Sigma, TPM, etc.)

Sessions highlight the applications and challenges associated with designing reliable power distribution, control power and lighting systems for hazardous environments and industrial applications.

Soft Starters, Microprocessor Based (smart) Protective Relays, Motors
Power Factor Improvement
Transformers and Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems
Variable Speed Drives and with Control System Integration
Load Shedding Systems
Hazard Area Requirements and Enclosures
Substations, Switchgear, Reclosers
Power monitoring systems

• Best practices for selecting, designing and installing electrical transmission, distribution and generation systems in an operating environment
• New technology developments (electrical systems, lighting (LED), etc.)
• Understanding electrical code requirements in various world areas
• Use of configured panels and the latest technology to reduce installation and maintenance outages
• Incorporation of load flow, short circuit, motor starting, stability, load shed, protective devices with software and integration into control systems
• Real time system modeling for Arc Flash calculations, failure prediction, data analytics for mechanical equipment optimization, predictive maintenance, system performance optimization

Emerson experts will present on a featured product, service or recent enhancement. Presentations will typically provide an in-depth technical discussion of the product or service, highlight what challenges are addressed and describe what benefits can be realized from deploying the product or service. See tips, tricks and examples of how products and services can be further utilized to help you achieve more value out of your investment. These sessions also provide an opportunity to provide direct feedback to the Emerson product team.

Product Update
Service Update

Suggested Topics for 2018

Based on feedback from users at the 2017 conference, these topics are of particular interest in the coming year:

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