Agnihotri, R.

IBM Corp., Houston, Texas

Dr. Raj Agnihotri is a thought leader at IBM for chemicals, oil and gas, and LNG. He uses his extensive business and technical experience to visualize the future of process industries and their usefulness to society. His expertise covers program management, smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, plant operations, modeling, optimization, controls, capital projects, supply chain management, IT and entrepreneurship. He has worked for Texaco (Chevron), Honeywell and ABB, and has held C-level positions at Reliance and Yokogawa. For Chevron, Dr. Agnihotri was an advisor for the company’s “Refinery of the Future” project.

Business Trends: Autonomous operations in process manufacturing—Part 2

Agnihotri, R., IBM Corp.

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate an autonomous operations (AO) vision, along with its feasibility, by conceptualizing a roadmap where meaningful progress can be achieved in a horizon of 3 yr–20 yr.

Business Trends: Autonomous operations in process manufacturing—Part 1

Agnihotri, R., IBM Corp.

Progress in the driverless car segment has served to illuminate one of the major future goals in industrial and process manufacturing: autonomous operations in process plants—in other words, the autonomous plant. While AO for process plants has received interest from the process automation and control industry, limited serious discussion has taken place in the process operations and IT domains.

Digitalization for the refinery and plant of the future

Agnihotri, R., IBM Corp.

Hydrocarbon Processing Industry (HPI) companies are using digitalization in concert with improved processes and skills to squeeze more productivity from existing assets.