EMERSON has agreed to acquire UK-based Permasense Limited, a leading provider of non-intrusive corrosion monitoring technologies for the offshore and onshore oil production, refining, chemical, power, pipelines, metals and mining and other industries.

Mike Train, president, Emerson Automation Solutions. said the acquisition represents another step forward in the company’s strategy to invest in its core business platforms and expand in markets that hold significant long-term growth opportunity.

Permasense monitoring systems use unique sensor technology, wireless data delivery and advanced analytics to continuously monitor for metal loss from corrosion or erosion in pipes, pipelines or vessels, and reliably deliver high-integrity data from even the harshest environments.

“Corrosion and erosion can significantly impact the safe and reliable operation of our industrial customers’ infrastructure, which can have dire consequences. Wireless non-intrusive corrosion monitoring is a transformational shift that helps customers immediately understand the health and integrity of their infrastructure in real-time and enable them to fully optimise their operations while maximizing safety,” Mr Train said.

“For example, with the increasing complexity of the types of crude oil coming into a refinery, corrosion is becoming a significant issue in the uptime and profitability of a refinery.  Now refinery infrastructure can be monitored and controlled using this non-intrusive technology.”

The Permasense product line will become part of Emerson’s Rosemount portfolio of measurement and analytical technologies. Mr Train said Permasense technologies complement Emerson’s Roxar intrusive corrosion monitoring and non-intrusive sand management systems and strengthen the company’s Pervasive Sensing applications that provide customers a more complete view of their operations and facilities.