December 2016

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Automation Strategies: Drive maximum asset capability with operational technologies

Owner-operators across the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) strive to gain maximum business value from their process plant assets. Here, automation assets and other operational technology (OT) typically play a major role.

Hill, D., ARC Advisory Group

Owner-operators across the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) strive to gain maximum business value from their process plant assets. Here, automation assets and other operational technology (OT) typically play a major role. While not always obvious, most process plants are designed with hidden or contingent processing capabilities. Chances are that, from the moment the plant is commissioned, opportunities exist to improve on the way OT drives production. Equally likely is that corporate management has little visibility into these potential performance improvements. If visibility exists, it is often expressed in terms of failure rates, off-spec production or other non-financial measures.

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