Collaborating on downstream digital solutions

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In the last few weeks, news of new digital solutions has risen as research and development (R&D) focuses more on the digitization of the industry. Also increasing are the number of HPI companies collaborating with technologically savvy companies to develop specific digital solutions for the HPI industry.

Last week, the Dow Chemical Company announced they were collaborating with 1QB Information Technologies to develop quantum computing tools for the chemicals and materials sectors. They hope to accelertate the deployment of quantum computing across a range of applications.

A.N. Sreeram, senior V.P., R&D, and chief technology officer for Dow, explained how the two companies have achieved “proof of concept” for the application of quantum computing in areas relevant to Dow. The two companies hope that the combination of next-generation computational methodologies with experimental design will drive new acceleration of product and process development.

Wood Group announced this week that they have extended their collaboration with Librestream Technologies on digital solutions for the oil and gas sector.

The agreement, initially signed in November 2015, has been extended for another full year, with the two companies combining Wood Group’s industry domain knowledge with Librestream’s real-time mobile video collaboration digital technology. Through the agreement, the two companies have developed a suite of solutions for delivery from desktop to worksite.

Honeywell Process Solutions announced during its Honeywell Users Group symposium the launch of its new real-time process supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solution. The newest member of its cloud-enabled solutions for operations technology and information technology, provides a scalable, integrated multi-service system with human-machine interface.

The company hopes the new solution can meet business needs with operational efficiency and easy integration, whether the customer chooses a traditional on-premise solution, an off-premise solution or a combination of the two.

GE’s digital solutions will be implemented at RWE Generation’s Great Yarmouth power station in Norfolk, UK. Upgrades to the plant include an advanced gas path solution, asset performance management advanced digital solution, integrated control system and associated gas and steam turbine generator maintenance.

The company said the digital solutions will increase efficiency by up to 2%.

These recent news items only represent a few of what is becoming a regular occurrence, and as advancements in digital solutions continue, the HPI will continue to embrace and implement them.

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