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Verification of Request- The Guardian of NOA(h)’s Ark

This is not the first post on this blog dealing with change in the process industry and its automation. The changes not only affect individual technologies but also their interaction with each other. At the same time, they open up

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Digital Transformation – more than just a technological change

According to a Deloitte study, only about a quarter of the 100 companies surveyed in Germany have implemented a company-wide AI strategy. In an international comparison, this is a rather low figure – here the share is already 35 percent – although the use of artificial intelligence cannot be equated with digital transformation. However, it is of great and important importance, so that the conclusions of the study are also representative for the digital transformation.

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5G is on its way – all you need to know about tomorrow’s cellular network

Around 60 years after Germany’s first cellular network was launched, 5G (5th generation) is all set to follow 4G (or LTE) in the near future as the market’s next mobile standard. 5G represents a new stage in the evolution of mobile communications. But what can it actually do? And what conditions must you fulfill in order to take advantage of the new high-speed cellular technology’s breathtaking data transfer rates?
You can find answers to these and other questions linked to this exciting topic in the article.

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Safety needs friends… (Part 2/2)

As we have seen in part 1 of this article, there are processes that cause a system’s performance to (prematurely) deteriorate or that the system can no longer fulfil its purpose. As we will see, these processes are not so different for cars (part 1) and safety systems in the process industry. However, there is a big difference in the rules and regulations during operation. We drivers have a bit of the “main inspection” and perhaps the “inspection booklet” of the manufacturer on our backs. Otherwise the legislator more or less leaves it to us to admonish to be on the road with a “safe” vehicle. This is quite different with regard to safety in the process industry. There is a multitude of laws, rules etc. that must be observed.

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When music streaming meets crude oil

The digitalization of music has forced an entire industry to make a drastic change, which with new business models, especially streaming, has again developed into a growth market in recent years. Let’s remember a little backwards: Filesharing services were initially very popular. Wouldn’t it have a certain charm to get the music directly from the artist and pay him and all those involved quickly and fairly? But how can the integrity of such a software system be guaranteed? The blockchain can make an important contribution to this – also in all areas of the economy, where numerous ideas for new business models are developed and tested against this background.

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Digital Transformation: Can there only be one?

Although the digital transformation in the process industry is facing a significant change, there is still the view in some places that the change in technology, processes and business methods can be carried out using tried and tested methods. Some defend the respective historically grown areas and solutions. However, the implementation of digitization projects is a highly interdisciplinary task, and it affects all areas of the company.

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Safety needs friends… (Part 1)

Security needs friends, because it has enemies! Also in the process industry. The example “Car” in part 1 of our new #Series tells you which enemies safety has!

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What’s new with NAMUR MTP?

The NAMUR Journey Standardised data models, Service-based orchestration, new associations and companies on board, pilot projects and lots of new ideas to go further. The NAMUR MTP working groups have been busy the last year and an update is long

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Assistance systems – 4. Retain knowledge and “drive” safely

Today’s assistance systems are like an “electronic driving instructor” who – not only in tricky situations – always supports the user with his experience. With a view to the systems, they are driving assistance systems in the truest sense of the word.

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Assistance systems 3 – The “signpost” & the “predictor”

Can you do that? Is there? Surely both production managers and plant operators have already asked themselves these questions. To become more concrete: You, as a production manager, have experienced plant operators and you know that you have taken good care of your control and alarm strategy. Functional safety is also up to date. You won’t burn anything. Nevertheless, something is bothering you: No matter how stable and safe your system is, you don’t really know how efficiently it drives. Isn’t there the famous “grain” left in it?
Or let’s put ourselves in your place as a plant operator: you have been operating your plant for years and know it well. From time to time she does her “talking tricks” and you don’t know why. Although you keep to the allowed temperature step in the reactor, it is about to go through or it is going through. Such an “early warning system” would be very practical. This runs in real time and warns you in advance that something is going to go wrong. Then you still have enough time to react accordingly. Something like a “process crystal ball” would be good. But is there such a thing?

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