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How to ensure continuously optimised performance of the process control system

26.jan.2021 09:41:00 / by Dani Espevik

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There are many ways a plant’s process control system can be optimised, but regardless of the method used, as time goes by, the parameters that once worked so well might not be working anymore. This happens because of constant changes in the production facility, with some changes impacting the process’ ability to meet its objective. This creates a need for the process control systems parameters to be verified or updated on a regular basis.

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What is the cost of process optimisation?

12.jan.2021 09:25:40 / by Ida Eldor posted in Lifetime extension, Process optimisation

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Understanding why we should invest in proper process control starts with understanding the costs of not having an optimised process control system. Process control is currently underused in most industries, potentially because the benefits of optimising the process is unknown, or we are unaware of the potential added costs an unoptimised process can lead to.

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How to take full advantage of your control system

08.des.2020 08:57:00 / by Dani Espevik posted in Safety systems, Process optimisation

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The objectives of an automatic control system are to regulate the process to meet the final product specifications and minimise waste production and energy consumption, hence lowering the environmental impact of the process and maximising the production rate, while ensuring safe operation. Because operating as close as possible to these maximum or minimum objectives are most profitable.

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Do I have a problem with my control system?

24.nov.2020 08:53:00 / by Dani Espevik posted in Process optimisation

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We all know how a small, trivial thing can escalate and turn into a big problem. A tiny decimal point can make all the difference. Consequently, it’s important to know what can go wrong if even a small variable is set incorrectly, and of course how to detect if there are any potential problems that can develop within our control system.

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What are the difficulties with using channel partners for control and safety systems?

06.aug.2020 14:45:00 / by Bernt Eldor posted in Channel partner, System integration

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Before engaging in a strategy of using channel partners for control and safety systems, it is vital to understand possible difficulties and hurdles in order to find ways of mitigating these difficulties.

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Which warranties apply when buying from a channel partner?

23.jun.2020 09:02:29 / by Ian Bowden posted in Lifetime extension, Channel partner

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Industry leaders in the Oil & Gas business sector may have a global network providing products and services to their customers. The local presence is often provided in part by a channel partner. A channel partner is a person or organisation that provides services or sells products on behalf of a software or hardware vendor. 

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How to support control and safety systems throughout their lifetime

09.jun.2020 09:23:35 / by Bernt Eldor posted in Lifetime extension, Channel partner

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We know from experience that within the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical (OGP) business, control and safety systems play a vital part of the safe and effective operation of a plant. Over the years, this has resulted in a situation where OEMs almost have a monopoly for the sourcing of hardware and support services for supporting these vital and complex systems. However, there are alternative sourcing options for these control and safety systems.

Channel partners versus Original Equipment manufacturers - control and safety systems support
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How can we ensure support and expertise on legacy systems?

26.mai.2020 09:07:00 / by Ola Guldbrandsen posted in Lifetime extension, Channel partner, System integration

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Some of today’s advanced factories have technical equipment that was installed several decades ago, and the systems in the factory have been subject to radical changes. Technology has also been changing radically. Where equipment used to be manually operated, mechanical devices are now automated devices with more computer power than the largest computers used to have.

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How can we define autonomous levels of operation in the O&G industry?

09.jul.2019 10:03:44 / by Ove Heitmann Hansen posted in Human Factors, Remote Operation

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The vision for the future in the oil and gas industry is to develop installations that are unmanned, digitalised, fully automated, remotely overseen and monitored by humans. In this context, both topside and subsea infrastructure, including operation, drilling and well services, will support autonomous operations by using artificial intelligence, digitalisation, drones, and robots. All logistics on sea and interfaces to the field will cater to autonomous vessels, overseen and monitored remotely in centralised centres, which handles multiple assets and fields, in different locations.

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Is it difficult to go from local to remote operation?

11.jun.2019 07:41:00 / by Grethe Tausvik posted in Control Room, Remote Operation

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Many operators are looking into moving control from local facilities to more centralised operation centres, either as part of restructuring their operational strategy, as a result of a strategy, a change program or a drive to make their operation more efficient. When you are preparing the move from local to remote operation, there are plans and preparations needed to be made. These are related to organisation, technical solutions, the current state of the site, and the strategy that lies at the bottom.

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