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First Born Digital Twins

The ongoing digital transformation has changed the way businesses operate from tracking data to using data to make decisions. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is pervasive across most industries…. Read more »

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Gasoline’s Bull Charge into 2017

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices The average price for regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the United States reached a six-month high of… Read more »

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2017 Outlook: Doing More With Less in the Downstream Market

2016 Year in Review 2016 was a difficult year for the oil and gas industry.  It saw prices plummet to a 12-year low of nearly $26 per barrel, with the… Read more »

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Taking a Holistic Approach to Cyber Security for Pipeline Management Systems

As explained in my previous post about Cyber Security for pipeline management solutions,  security measures should always span an entire organization to be fully effective. OT, IT and physical assets… Read more »

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The Year Ahead in Enterprise APM

In 2016 we saw the Enterprise APM market continue to evolve. In a tough economic year, more and more organizations leveraged the IIoT to maximize their economic return on assets,… Read more »

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Cyber Security for Pipeline Management Solutions in the Digital Era

Safety and reliability of Pipeline Management Systems are paramount and have to be the top priority of all hours, every day. However, as the Oil and Gas sector develops with… Read more »

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The market was gloomy in 2016, but OPEC cut provides some hope in 2017

AS DEMONSTRATED with Brexit, the Columbian peoples’ rejection of a peace accord with FARC and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States along with… 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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Trump and the US Biodiesel Market in 2017

The surprise election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has sparked concern that the 10-year old Renewable Fuel Standard might come under attack by his… Read more »

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Gasoline Futures Surge 12% in December to New High

The gasoline futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange surged 12% in December, with reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending futures establishing a new calendar year high for 2016… Read more »

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SF6 in Medium Voltage and High Voltage switchgear unaffected by new EU F-gas regulation

On 9 June 2014 EU F‑Gas Regulation No. 517/2014 came into force. It strengthens measures to contain emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases: hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and – what I’d like to talk about –… Read more »

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The Ability to Look Ahead is Key in Pipeline Energy Management

If demand charges didn’t continuously alter energy rates, it would be simpler to optimize hydrocarbon pipeline energy consumption. But, demand charges are a fact of life, and they can significantly… Read more »

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An e-House Substation that Ushers in New Technology and Rethinks Standards

Prefabricated E-house (HV/LV) substations are a booming, fiercely competitive business. I’m talking about applications that range from PV or wind farm boxes to shore connections and data centres. I’m also… 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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LNG Exports and All That Gubbins (Part 1)

This post is more of an appetizer compared to a more hearty meal which is to follow. The main course served later delves into a study on LNG exports and… Read more »

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Leveraging IIoT and Analytics to Reduce Equipment Failure

It’s no secret that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has led to an ever-expanding explosion of big data. Most assets today are equipped with data-transmitting sensors that communicate with… 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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Reduce Maintenance Costs with the IIoT and Predictive Asset Analytics

Industrial organizations across multiple sectors are under pressure from shareholders, regulators and customers to increase performance and reliability while keeping costs low. These conditions mean it’s more important than ever… Read more »

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Trying to understand (SIS) Safety Instrumented Systems?

As automation process engineers, we know about safety instrumented systems in process industry, but safety systems are in multiple industries and applications with their own safety standards and their own… Read more »

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Empower Mobile Workforce to be Active Participants in Real-Time Operations

Technology, enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is empowering organizations to shift to a holistic and operations-centric view where proactive and predictive maintenance (PdM) enables front line personnel… Read more »

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Reduce Maintenance Costs with the IIoT and Predictive Asset Analytics

Industrial organizations across multiple sectors are under pressure from shareholders, regulators and customers to increase performance and reliability while keeping costs low. These conditions mean it’s more important than ever… 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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Energy Trends in Africa

While I have written posts on Nigeria and regularly referenced Libya in the last half decade on the burrito, I know very little about most of Africa when it comes to energy. So… Read more »

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Low Oil Prices and US Gasoline Demand Elasticity

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices A more than 30% drop in the US retail gasoline price average from the end of June to mid-December has… Read more »

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US Gasoline Demand Trends Higher in October

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices  Sliding retail gasoline prices continue to bolster gasoline consumption in the United States, with preliminary data showing gasoline supplied to… Read more »

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A 2020 View of Micro Data Centers

We have already discussed that Micro data centers are breakthrough solutions, but we are still in the early adoption phase and the market potential is untold. Where are they already… Read more »

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2017 Outlook: Doing More With Less in the Downstream Market

2016 Year in Review 2016 was a difficult year for the oil and gas industry.  It saw prices plummet to a 12-year low of nearly $26 per barrel, with the… Read more »

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The Best Defense is a Good Offense: strategies in preventing a commodity release By: Lars Larsson

Pipeline integrity is a term that encompasses many things today: a process of prevention, detection and mitigation of failures. At Schneider Electric, we believe the industry needs to continue to… Read more »

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Sustainability Embedded in Electrical Equipment

Our planet’s population growth is accelerating.  Its inhabitants are hungry for resources—and electricity is high on the list. Sustainability will be one of the major challenges of our future, and… Read more »

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What I Think About When I Think About Crude Oil

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami was so consumed by running he combined two of his loves to write a book called ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running‘. Although… Read more »

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