December 2019

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Digital: Better maintenance through better data

When I talk to professionals in the refining and petrochemical businesses, they are always interested in how new technologies can improve operational efficiency, make plants safer and increase profitability.

When I talk to professionals in the refining and petrochemical businesses, they are always interested in how new technologies can improve operational efficiency, make plants safer and increase profitability. One fascinating area is how the unglamorous world of plant maintenance is being transformed by better data—recording data, analyzing and putting it at the fingertips of workers in the plant. Whether it is historical asset data, information on past maintenance activities or the most up-to-date engineering specifications, putting this information in the hands of the workers responsible for keeping plants in operational running order is having a transformational effect. On-demand asset da

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