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Executive Viewpoint: How digital transformation improves safety and reduces emissions

Digital transformation is a strategy for improving performance by applying technologies for measurement, connectivity, data storage, analytics and visualization

Carugo, M., Global Refining and Chemical Programs

Digital transformation is a strategy for improving performance by applying technologies for measurement, connectivity, data storage, analytics and visualization. All five of these activities have been ongoing in the refining and petrochemical industries for decades, but technology advancements are now lowering costs and easing implementation. Measurement technology continues to improve, primarily with smart wired and wireless digital instruments transmitting not only primary process variable data, but also secondary variables, along with a host of calibration, diagnostic and other information. Connectivity has evolved from basic 4-20mA hardwiring to digital wired and wireless networks. Dat

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