July 2019

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Digital: Reliability and safety—two sides of the same coin

Digitalization is pervasive in today’s hydrocarbon processing industry.

Madsen, K., Petasense

Digitalization is pervasive in today’s hydrocarbon processing industry. Companies are coming out with offers ranging from point solutions to platforms. They take the forms of sensors, software, wearables, robots and mobile phone applications. Many technologies are available, but to be effective they must solve a problem. One of the earliest applications is predictive maintenance (PdM). According to a survey by Tech Pro Research in January 2019, 79% of respondents use or plan to use IoT for predictive maintenance.1 This is the highest of any application. Predictive maintenance is attractive to many companies because it has a fast return on investment. Refineries can immediately see the cond

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