Oil and Gas

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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Why Oil and Gas Companies are Driving Towards Convergence of Power and Process Management Systems

Two important pillars of Oil & Gas company operations, power management and process management have traditionally remained separate systems, without common architectural and communication standards. Because these systems share significant… Read more »

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So you have old switchgear installed: what next?

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact regularly scheduled maintenance,… Read more »

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Preseason Rally for US Gasoline Futures so far Muted

The wholesale US gasoline market is in the midst of its seasonal transition from winter-grade gasoline to the more costly to produce summer-grade product, and demand is expected to increase… Read more »

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The Digital Twin: Foundation for Fleet Socialization to Optimize Operations

The industry is buzzing right now about the “digital twin” – ARC, Gartner and LNS have all recognized the technology’s potential to transform asset design, construction, operations and maintenance. Applying the digital twin to… Read more »

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Don’t Let an Aging UPS Bring You Down: Assess Your Replacement Options

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is something like an airplane in that it must work all the time; if it fails some pretty awful things can happen. What’s more, if… 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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5 questions you need to ask when dealing with aging electrical distribution equipment

Aging electrical equipment and components are not only inefficient, they’re potentially dangerous. Overheating in electrical enclosures, usually caused by loose connections and friction (due to lack of or improper lubrication) can… 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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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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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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Embracing IIoT One Step at a Time

What stands in the way of progress is not technology – it’s us. It’s our desire to stay inside our comfort zone where we happily repeat familiar behaviors. If you… 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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Application needs in sectors including oil & gas set industrial UPS apart

Perhaps you’ve seen photos of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units meant for industrial environments, or have seen one up close in person. One of the first things that makes these… 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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Key Energy Stats – The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

Apparently the above phrase is from the translation of  ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose‘ by the French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Regardless, not only is it great,… Read more »

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Winning with a Straight Flush in Poker: Plant-Wide Scenario-Based Simulation Training

In the previous two blogs I discussed the fact that skilled plant operators ensure higher levels of plant safety, reliability and profitability.  I also mentioned that Operator Training Simulators (OTS) can… Read more »

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Is the High Cost of Doing Business in the MMM Industry Too Heavy a Load to Carry?

Would you, or could you, do more to help your company’s profitability if you were financially compensated? That is, would you purposely look for opportunities to save money, lower operating… 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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