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Human-machine interfaces are the future of petrochemical refining

01.01.2014  |  Foster, C.,  Valin Corp., 

Keywords: [robots] [cyborgs] [human-machine] [petrochemicals] [refining] [HMI] [trace] [accountability] [authorization]


Corey Foster represents Valin Corp. in the Northern California automation market. Valin is a technical solutions provider for the technology, energy, life sciences, natural resources and transportation industries. The company offers personalized order management, onsite field support, training and applied engineering services utilizing automation, fluid management, precision measurement, process heating, filtration and fluid power products. Mr. Foster, who has 15 years of experience in automation specializing in electromechanical motion control, recently corresponded with the Hydrocarbon Processing editorial team to share his thoughts on automation market innovations and the future of the refining industry. 

What specific advances or innovations do you think will be the driving force behind the future of the petrochemical refining industry?

The future of the petrochemical refining industry will be driven by human-machine interfaces (HMIs) pushing information to where it is needed. An HMI that pushes production, quality and alarm information to the right level of user or management anywhere in the world has the ability to increase the visibility and reaction time to problems as they arise. This type of innovation will help with plant coordination and troubleshooting recovery.

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