Automation

 

4 questions about an energy digital twin on real ways to improve business operation

Many companies are interested in the benefits a digital twin can bring to their business. The energy sector is no exception, as is the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. After all, it plays a pioneering role in the introduction of new technologies. That is why we have asked ourselves a few questions about digital twin technology in the energy sector. And precisely how its use can optimise costs and streamline your operations. Register with one click for the free live webinar “An Energy Digital Twin for the most efficient and cost-effective operation”, which will take place on Wednesday 16 September 2020 to see a live demonstration of Visual Mesa EMS and find out how it can work for you.

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Free release of the Covid-19 Icon for risk assessment to all Yokogawa RAP users

How do you ensure the safety of your employees in plants with high risk potential in times of Covid-19? We would like to thank our Yokogawa RAP customers.

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How to use Design Thinking for digitalisation processes

Clearly, a company has to be digital to be competitive and to maintain this state. However, some questions remain unanswered: To what extent should the digital transformation be implemented? Is it sufficient to take care of the internal infrastructure first? Or do we set ourselves equally ambitious goals, such as a smart factory? How do you realize the defined goals? Since most companies have little or no experience in this area, it often makes sense to get support from outside. One technique for finding a solution together is that of Design Thinking.

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Autonomous robot surveillance: How can we make operators’ lives better?

Frequent and thorough monitoring takes up valuable time from operators and management. Robotics is the right way to improve efficiency. ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 certified robots will be the new benchmark for inspection and monitoring of hazardous areas.

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The top ten articles of the first half of 2020

If the year 2020 were a football match, it would be halftime long ago. Reason enough to look back on the first half of 2020. Because a lot has happened in the first half of the year – including, of course, on the chemicals and pharmaceuticals blog. Since the beginning of the year, the team of authors and experts has again researched and written about some exciting topics related to automation. The following ten articles have aroused the greatest interest of the readers in the past six months.

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Smart Maintenance – Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies neatly streamline all areas of the value chain in companies

The ideal solution is achieved through the tactical combination of Smart Manufacturing and Smart Maintenance. Smart, innovative technologies such as smart sensors, edge computing, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) ensure that all assets in production operate at 100% efficiency.  For example, assets are now equipped with industrial smart sensors such as the Sushi Sensor for data acquisition. These IIoT sensors transmit the data to computer-aided maintenance management systems. These systems use advanced analysis options such as AI or cloud-based machine learning to determine the complete data pool in order to ultimately deliver results in real time that can be called up at any time from a smart device. In this way, anomalies can be quickly detected and immediately communicated to the appropriate employees. The tasks of Smart Maintenance include. monitoring and knowing the condition of the assets. In addition, there is the dedicated planning of maintenance and the improvement of the performance and effectiveness of the resources. 

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TDLS 8000/8100 – Optimum solutions for optimum combustion

What is the optimal strategy for combustion control and safe combustion process? Generate as little CO as possible and reduce O2 as much as possible within this framework. For safety’s sake: monitor fuel gas (methane) metrologically. And this is exactly where TDLS comes in!

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Single source of truth – the time’s come for Industry 4.0!

However, throughout the entire production process, from the purchase of raw materials to the sale of products, countless data are generated that are somehow interrelated. It is therefore not without reason that a central demand in the context of digitisation is the Single Soruce of Truth. This concept of data storage enables all departments to access a central data source which is constantly maintained and therefore only contains consistent and redundancy-free data. This data storage prevents errors due to the use of different data bases, but above all it makes certain evaluations possible. Only in this way can the profit of a company be consistently depicted over the entire value-added chain and across all levels. It is not without reason that it is considered indispensable to lead Industry 4.0 projects to success.

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Keep Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) up to date – secure implicit knowledge

SOP – Standard Operation Procedures – play an important role, especially in regulated companies such as the pharmaceutical or food industry. Due to the high relevance of the processes to the environment, health and safety, the share of SOPs in these industries is correspondingly high. But it is not only here that standardised procedures are documented. They also help employees in many other areas of industry to handle recurring process sequences with consistently high quality. No wonder, then, that SOP management is also becoming the focus of Industry 4.0.

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M+C sensors, M+O sensors and process analytics

NOA – NAMUR OPEN Architecture – is powerfully on the move. Two terms keep coming up: M+C sensors and M+O sensors. M+O stands for maintenance and optimization. These are the new ones. These are the ones that detect the properties of process components (not the process medium). The detection of vibrations of machine parts such as pumps or valves has already become a classic example of pure M+O sensors.

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