Oil and Gas

Industry 4.0: Three Trends Impacting Upstream Producers

As of June 1st, 2017, the current price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil is $48.36USD a barrel. This is the world that the Oil & Gas industry appears to… Read more »

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Value Realized by Closing the Gap Between Scheduling and Operations

Have you ever thought about how gasoline gets from the well to the pump? We often fill up our cars without considering what it takes to do so. To get… Read more »

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From Natural Gas to Plastic Wrap

Plastic Wrap and Why You Should Care Where It Comes From The other night I was getting steak out of the fridge to season and grill when my daughter asked… Read more »

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Digitizing the Mobile Workforce

Gone are the days of flip phones and Palm Pilots. We’re on to bigger and better things. Automation, control, optimization. Today, we walk around with mini-computers in our back pocket…. Read more »

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Empower People with the IIoT to Improve Asset Performance and Reliability

The majority of conversation on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has focused on machine-machine interactions and the growing intelligence of machine systems, but that is only part of the… Read more »

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How Pipeline Operators Can Reduce Unscheduled Downtime

Given current market conditions, the oil and gas pipeline industry is looking at many different strategies to effectively manage operations. The focus is often on operational efficiency to drive profitability… Read more »

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How Convergence of Power & Process Management Systems Benefits the Oil & Gas Industry

Oil & Gas enterprises to bear a significant amount of avoidable and unnecessary expense by operating power & process management systems as separate silos. Working with multiple vendors across wide domains… Read more »

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Methods that Facilitate Oil & Gas Power & Process Management Systems Convergence

In our previous post Why Oil & Gas Companies are Driving Towards Convergence of Power & Process Management Systems, we mentioned that recent Oil & Gas industry initiatives that integrate process &… Read more »

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Static or Rotary UPS: Which is Best for Your Application?

As trends such as digitization, Internet of Things (IoT), and Big Data have a major impact on the flow of global business, the role of power protection devices such as… Read more »

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Worried about the reliability of your ageing LV or MV networks – read on to discover your options

Do you have a strategy for modernising or replacing your aging LV and MV electrical switchgear? A reliable, safe, easily maintainable power network is more crucial than ever because downtime… Read more »

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Secure Power services: why a smooth “handover” is vital to a lifecycle approach

Commercial and industrial assets such as ships, airports, manufacturing plants, oil rigs, or hospitals involve highly specialized systems that need power protection and cooling to keep these mission-critical applications secure… Read more »

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“Arc Flash” vs. “Internal Arc Resistance” – A tale of two terms

I work for an electrical equipment manufacturer. So, when customers ask for the arc flash characteristics of our medium-voltage switchgear, I scratch my head. Because it doesn’t have any. Similarly,… Read more »

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Achieve Operational Excellence with Enterprise Asset Performance Management

Organizations today are focused on improving efficiency throughout every area of the business. From an asset management perspective, they’re leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things and analytics to keep equipment… Read more »

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How to Provide Power Protection in an Industrial Internet of Things Environment

When we look at the Internet of Things as it relates to industrial environments we are, in most cases, making use of the same types of devices and controllers –… Read more »

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Hot or Cold; Humid or Dry; Dust or Salt; Prefabricated Data Centers Can Handle Harsh Environments

In Part I of this blog series, I laid out the issues around the urgent need in the oil and gas industry to modernize IT infrastructures to maximize performance and… Read more »

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With Invensys Acquisition, Energy Meets Automation

When most people think of “the future” they invariably gravitate toward consumer devices: Google Glass, privatized space travel and wristwatches with voice and video. The future once promised on Saturday… Read more »

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Winterizing Your Energy Management Strategy

Mark Twain is often credited with the familiar quote, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” He might be right, but it doesn’t mean that’s the… Read more »

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Smart Control Harnesses the Industrial Internet of Things

In the last blog, we described how the second transformation pillar – Augmented Operator – enhances knowledge automation by deploying mobile HMI operator panels to empower operator autonomy with the… Read more »

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5 Keys to Selecting a UPS that Will Ensure Business Continuity for Critical Industrial Applications

While UPSs in data centers are critical for business continuity and protecting the bottom line, in other instances loss of power can be even more catastrophic. Consider a petrochemical station… Read more »

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Playing DICE with Dr. Diesel’s Moteur to reduce CO2 Intensity

When you look at causality between Carbon in the atmosphere climbing rapidly since the industrial revolution and seemingly going over the top of the ‘carbon budget’ (the point at which… Read more »

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What does Operational Excellence mean to you?

Over the last few years, I have heard the term “operational excellence” become more frequently used. I always thought I knew exactly what it meant: “making your operations run at… Read more »

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Why Falling Oil May Not Hurt Renewable Power or Climate Change

The recent sharp drop in oil prices has sparked much debate on the cause, and also the profound effects for both consuming and producing countries.   Relatively little attention has been… Read more »

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Commodity Excess across the Energy Complex

Whilst watching a commercial for the new bacon crust pizza, I suddenly found myself equally torn between being really hungry, and considering the thin gray line of overindulgence. So while… Read more »

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Smart Control Harnesses the Industrial Internet of Things

In the last blog, we described how the second transformation pillar – Augmented Operator – enhances knowledge automation by deploying mobile HMI operator panels to empower operator autonomy with the… Read more »

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Secure Power services: why a smooth “handover” is vital to a lifecycle approach

Commercial and industrial assets such as ships, airports, manufacturing plants, oil rigs, or hospitals involve highly specialized systems that need power protection and cooling to keep these mission-critical applications secure… Read more »

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Building a company greater than the sum of its parts

No doubt you have heard that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. There has been much speculation about the details of this deal among our customers, partners and suppliers, in the… Read more »

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Five Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in your Process

It’s easy to understand why Industrial Energy Management often starts with the building utilities, such as HVAC adjustments, boiler tuning, lighting upgrades, and air compressors: 1. The role of the Energy… Read more »

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Could Solar be the Largest Electricity Source by 2050?

Schneider Electric’s CMO, Chris Hummel, pondered recently on Twitter whether the IEA’s claim that solar energy could be the leading source of electricity by 2050 was achievable. My initial reaction was… Read more »

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Strategic Implementation of IIoT in Refineries

Delivering Closed Loop Business Operations for the Refinery Enterprise The industrial Internet of things (IIoT)—the growing network of devices that connect, communicate, and transfer data between one another—is poised to… Read more »

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Gasoline futures to hit seasonal high in May

Where’s crude oil headed? After a 61 percent surge in five weeks from a nearly 13-year low to more than $40 per barrel in March, will U.S. crude prices trend… Read more »

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