Oil and Gas

Discover the Future of Digital Transformation

No matter the vertical market, industrial companies today operate under multiple constraints – an aging workforce, increasing regulatory burdens and tighter margins. In order to maintain profitability under these circumstances,… Read more »

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Best practices for preventing pipeline leaks

“Pipeline integrity” refers to a comprehensive program that ensures hazardous commodities are not inadvertently released from a pipeline and minimizes the impact if a release does occur. There are three… Read more »

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IIoT: Turn Real-Time Data Collection into Increased Efficiency and Profitability for Your Refinery

By Rachel K. Carson, MarCom Intern for Process Industries Have you ever contemplated where all your refinery’s data goes? Is your plant capitalizing on all data collection opportunities? As stated… Read more »

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Building smarter pumping systems with automation

A case study on improving efficiencies and saving energy Growing concern for the environment is driving increased regulatory and consumer focus on energy and water efficiency – and pump manufacturers… Read more »

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Defining 5 Terms to Demystify Digital Transformation

Regardless of the industry you are in, the digital transformation is upon us. While this content references market factors directly affecting the global Oil & Gas industry, the digital transformation… Read more »

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How Digital Operations Management Improves Profitability in this Challenging Oil and Gas Environment

Oil prices have dropped below $50/barrel recently, a level not seen since November 2016.  The decline in oil prices is likely due to the imbalance between supply and demand, slower… Read more »

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IIoT: Acting on All Big Data

By Rachel K. Carson, MarCom Intern for Process Industries When data comes to mind, what do you think of? It might be definitional, such as facts and statistics. For others,… Read more »

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5 questions to ask about generic pipeline operator qualification (OQ)

Pipeline operators are living in interesting times. With the fluctuations in the market they are forced to “do more with less”. Pair this with an aging and changing workforce and… Read more »

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Why Closing the Gap Between Scheduling and Operations is a Value Booster

By: Rachel K. Carson, MarCom Intern for Process Industries Albert Einstein once said, “Strive not to be of success, but rather to be of value.” Value is incredibly important because it… Read more »

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Are you Seizing all the Digital Opportunities in your Oil and Gas Downstream Operations to Improve Profits?

Oil prices have been declining since reaching a record of almost $150/barrel nearly a decade ago (2008). The price volatility has caused, and continues to cause, a lot of distress across… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Industrial UPS vs. Standard UPS: Fundamental Differences Determine Investment Strategy

Poor power quality can wreak havoc on business systems uptime impacting both safety and driving up operational costs. From a safety perspective, imagine a mine that experiences an outage and… 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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#Demystified – 8760 the magic number for energy efficiency!

8760 is the magic number, absolutely fundamental to your energy efficiency. If you haven’t heard about it, then not to worry, it is explained below. It is clearly evident that… Read more »

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