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What is DeltaV and why you should train to use it

Tom Evans our consultant managing the role
Posted by Tom Evans
Published on 17 August 2021

DeltaV is a distributed control system (DCS) that helps to improve operational efficiencies. This automation system is built with process control applications in mind. Companies use DeltaV to reduce engineering costs and limit the time needed to shut down for maintenance, all the while increasing efficiency and throughput.

So why should you train to use it? Perhaps you come from an engineering background, and you’re looking to take your career down the automation route. You’ll find that a lot of companies – especially biotech and biopharmaceutical companies – use DeltaV. Alternatively, you might already work within automation engineering but want to take the next leap forward in your career.

The suite of products and services developed by Emerson has many useful features, and here they are:

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I/O on Demand

The engineering and management of I/O (input/output) subsystems is a time-consuming element of process automation. This is where I/O on Demand comes into play. According to Emerson, the automation system will deliver ‘what you want, when you want, where you want it’. What this means for users is DeltaV provides the I/O that you demand.

How will this impact a project? The benefits are threefold: it shortens the project timeline, minimises system footprint, and improves future flexibility. As a result, Claudio Fayad - MD at Emerson - states that “automation is no longer a project bottleneck and is off the critical path”.

Therefore, anyone who has experience using and maintaining DeltaV will play a key role in limiting project risk and prove to be a vital team member.


While DeltaV was developed to assist with some of the most complex automation projects, the system architecture can be scaled down to suit even those smaller projects. Not only that but the automation system can also be scaled as a business grows. And because of Emerson’s commitment to human-centred design (HCD), tasks like this can be executed by anyone with DeltaV knowledge, without the need to consult personnel outside of the business.

Where DeltaV really proves its worth is in its ability to fit a project’s operations, so users don’t need to alter a project to fit the system. Whether your goal is to become a DeltaV engineer or a software quality engineer with knowledge of the system, you’ll be able to help your company transform its operations at every stage of growth.

Embedded intelligent control

Using predictive technologies and embedded learning algorithms, DeltaV calculates process models and diagnostics. As a result, the system creates synergy between loop diagnostics and tuning. This removes the tedious tasks associated with plant engineering, freeing up time to test how you can run your operations at its full potential.

The removal of the more monotonous elements of plant engineering supports the argument that automation doesn't replace workers, it creates new and more exciting jobs. To land these jobs, you’ll need to illustrate that you’re an automation specialist.

If you do choose to learn the applications of DeltaV, you’ll be able to quickly pick up the knowledge of other DCSs. And with the DCS market now worth over $16.18 bn, learning about these computerised control systems will help you propel your career. For example, if you’re already an automation engineer, you might find that many senior automation engineer roles stipulate that you need excellent DeltaV knowledge.

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