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Hazardous Area Automation Equipment Susan Perkins Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:56
Naresh Kumar Surepelly
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The growing focus on increasing industrial safety measures and standards is creating a significant demand for intrinsic safe, flame, and explosion-proof hazardous area equipment.

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Aug
21
2018
Inderpreet Shoker — Industry Trends

Three Major Components of a Successful Asset Integrity Management Program

The main objective of asset management initiatives is to ensure that assets perform their required functions throughout their life-time. Asset integrity management (AIM) has the same objective but with an emphasis on health, safety, and environment. AIM helps ensure that the appropriate people, systems, processes, and resources are in place, in use, and will perform when required. When assets are managed and maintained properly, not only it helps drive their sustainable performance, but also lowers inspection, maintenance and repair costs while improving plant reliability and operational safety.
Aug
14
2018
Tim Shea — Industry Trends

Machine learning enables Equinor to optimize production operations in North Dakota

ARC takes every opportunity to highlight owner-operators and independent E&P firms that are taking the journey of digital transformation by deploying advanced analytics and machine learning to improve their operational performance and by lowering costs, increasing production and/or EUR, or im

Aug
13
2018
Guest Blogger: Floyd Miller — Industry Trends

Danger, danger Will Robinson! That does not compute!

Are you experiencing a tsunami of data? Smart, connected devices are transforming virtually every function in manufacturing. And, while the change feels massive right now, we are only connecting a small percentage of what potentially can be connected, with expectations of billions of additional smart objects being included in the future.
Aug
09
2018
Bob Gill — Industry Trends

User Stories from the Industry of Things (Part Two)

Part Two of this article features more stories of end user Industrial IoT adoptions and digital transformation journeys from the recent Industry of Things World Asia conference in Singapore, which this year was chaired by ARC Advisory Group. As mentioned in Part One, hearing from other end users on their motivations, experiences and challenges can be a powerful learning step for companies looking to initiate and move forward with projects in these areas.
Aug
07
2018
Jyoti Prakash — Industry Trends

Digital Twins Define Oil & Gas 4.0

According to the US Department of Energy, pumping systems account for almost 20 percent of the world’s energy consumed by electric motors and approximately 25 to 50 percent of the total electric energy usage in certain industrial facilities. Among other applications, pumps move crude oil through vast pipeline networks, which in turn play an indispensable role in transporting hydrocarbons to key markets. Suppliers are already developing solutions such as digital twins that can leverage data analytics to optimize the performance of pump stations for crude oil and other pipelines.
Aug
21
2018
Janice Abel — Industry Trends

Advanced Analytics Improves Operations Decisions

Real-time operations and business operations have different data requirements. SCADA data users need real-time data to make decisions. According to Don Morrison, Real Time Data Engineer at Devon Energy, the company’s SCADA system was designed to support operations. However, SCADA data often has abnormalities. For example, when a sensor fails or is brought off line for maintenance, data averages can become inaccurate. In cases such as these, the data must be cleansed by removing abnormalities. Devon Energy has found that advanced analytics improves operations data. They achieve this by combining the real-time system and Seeq metrics to remove some of the abnormalities and improve data quality. Once this is done, the company incorporates the cleansed data into real-time operational dashboards to support drilling and production users as well as business users. For operations users, these dashboards typically provide both basic monitoring information and higher level operational status.
Aug
16
2018
Himanshu Shah — Industry Trends

Energy-Efficient AC Drives Reduce Power Consumption and Help Extend Motor Life Across Many Industrial Applications

While debate continues about both renewable energy versus fossil fuel-based generation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the correlation between GHGs and global warming, there’s no argument about the importance of reducing plant operating costs and extending the life of industrial assets. This is where energy-efficient AC drives can help.
Aug
14
2018
Paul Miller — Industry Trends

New world-scale Dangote Refinery in Nigeria will boast advanced technology for feedstock and product flexibility and environmentally responsible operations

In recent decades, we’ve seen some of the most advanced refineries and petrochemicals plants globally coming on line in India, China, and Saudi Arabia. These include really impressive, world-scale projects utilizing advanced technologies for more environmentally responsible operations such as Reliance Industry’s Jamnagar Refinery in India; the Zhanjiang refinery in China (a JV between Sinopec and Kuwait Petroleum); the Yanbu Refinery in Saudi Arabia (a JV between Saudi Aramco and Sinopec); and the Sadara chemical complex, also in Saudi Arabia (a JV between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical); to name just a few.
Aug
09
2018
Rick Rys — Industry Trends

What is the future of base load power and spinning reserves?

Most people take electric power for granted and few understand the complexities involved to keep the power flowing without interruptions. There is great public demand for clean renewable power, but utilities fear that these non-dispatchable renewables will disrupt our electric grids. We’ve all witnessed the impact of occasional power failures. Thankfully, according to FERC, outages caused by failed protection system equipment, AC substation failures, or human error, have decreased over the past five years. This, despite the fact that solar and wind are the major new source of generation and older base load power from coal and nuclear plants have been closing. So, what happened? How can grid stability be improving?
Aug
07
2018
Larry O'Brien — Industry Trends

DHS Sheds Light on Recent Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

DHS recently held several webinars in the wake of its March announcement regarding Russian state-sponsored hacking group Energetic Bear/Dragonfly on utilities and critical infrastructure installations in the US.  The webinar focused on some of the more interesting and unique aspects of these recent attacks plus some countermeasures that end users can implement right now that can greatly reduce the likelihood of future attacks. 
Aug
09
2018
Eric Cosman — ARC Report Abstract

Five Stages of Cybersecurity Awareness

Standards committees and other industry groups have developed and promoted several conceptual models that describe a stepwise approach to cybersecurity for industrial control systems (ICS).  These models address the people, process, and technology elements of the cybersecurity response.
Aug
07
2018
Larry O'Brien — Industry Trends

DHS Sheds Light on Recent Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

DHS recently held several webinars in the wake of its March announcement regarding Russian state-sponsored hacking group Energetic Bear/Dragonfly on utilities and critical infrastructure installations in the US.  The webinar focused on some of the more interesting and unique aspects of these recent attacks plus some countermeasures that end users can implement right now that can greatly reduce the likelihood of future attacks. 
Aug
03
2018
Larry O'Brien — Acquisition or Partnership

Cisco to Acquire Duo Security for $2.35 Billion

Cisco is planning to buy Duo Security, a company that provides enterprises with secure multi-factor authentication services, for $2.35 billion, the two companies announced.

Aug
02
2018
Bob Gill — Industry Trends

User Stories from the Industry of Things

After its inaugural outing last year, the Industry of Things World Asia event, organized by Berlin based we.CONECT, and a companion conference to the company’s Industry of Things World shows in Germany (Berlin) and the US (Orlando and San Diego), made a return to Singapore this July. As the name implies, Industry of Things World focuses firmly on the industrial strand of IoT, differentiating it from other more general IoT events and making it more than a little relevant for ARC Advisory Group, which this year was the chair for the two-day main conference session.

Logistics Viewpoints

Aug
17
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — ARCView

Computing Megatrends Impact Business Models

At ARC Advisory Group’s sixteenth India Forum for the process and discrete industries, Digitizing and Securing Industry, Infrastructure, and Cities, July 5-6, 2018, Wind River participated as a global sponsor.

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