January 2017

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Automation Strategies: Rethinking automation: A stepwise approach to the IIoT

Energy producers are under tremendous pressure to reduce operational costs and maximize efficiency throughout the value chain. This is easier said than done.

Fryer, J., Stratus Technologies

Energy producers are under tremendous pressure to reduce operational costs and maximize efficiency throughout the value chain. This is easier said than done. The efforts of many hydrocarbon producers are hampered by the very operational technology (OT) infrastructure they rely on for critical operations—from supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and historians, to automation control systems at satellite facilities and remote pumping stations. Many of these automation and control systems were installed decades ago and run outdated hardware and software that is nearing or beyond the end of life. While these systems gather potentially valuable data, that data is not easily e

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