Austin, Texas-based Emerson Process Management has added online courses to its educational curriculum. Using a leading education industry online platform, PlantWeb University, located at www., is designed to deliver objective, in-depth information for process industries.

The curriculum includes current automation technology and business topics. "PlantWeb University is for anyone, not just Emerson customers. The courses are objective and free of marketing spin, with the goal of making it easier to learn what technologies to consider and why," says Jane Lansing, vice president of marketing at Emerson.

Course titles include Project Engineering Standards, Field Level Networks, Fieldbus Communications, Choosing a Host System, Networking Options and Intrinsic Safety.

Participants can learn at their own pace from anywhere that is Internet accessible. Each course requires no more than 15 min to complete and includes a brief evaluation quiz.