July 2007

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HP Integration Strategies: Better visibility of activities 'inside the fence'

Hydrocarbon processing manufacturers need more visibility into the field work activities that occur within their plants but outside of the control room (and often outside of the view of their process ..

Forbes, H., ARC Advisory Group

Hydrocarbon processing manufacturers need more visibility into the field work activities that occur within their plants but outside of the control room (and often outside of the view of their process automation systems). Many manufacturers expect to sharply improve this in-plant visibility in the near future and have begun to experiment with new technologies and business processes to achieve it. In many cases, these initiatives affect practices and procedures that are deeply established in their corporate culture. Very few manufacturers have a solid plan to reach the high degree of in-plant visibility they desire for the future. To understand these efforts and to capture best practices, AR

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