October 2020

Trends and Resources

Business Trends: Autonomous operations in process manufacturing—Part 2

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.

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. Part 1 of this article, published in the September issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, detailed a vision of the autonomous plant (AP), the benefits it can provide the process manufacturing industry, AP design principles and capabilities, and the construction of a cognitive enterprise. The following will provide the evolution of processes, technology and organizational ability, along with a roadmap to build an AP. The evolution of processes, technology and organizational ability The pat

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