TRACK 3 – OPTIMIZATION, DIGITAL, MOBILITY, SAFETY

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Join this session to learn how current and emerging systems will accelerate and enhance the speed and quality of decision making through digital transformation. Speakers from four companies will each make 10 minute presentations followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.  The panel will also address preparing employees to manage the digital divide. It’s often a matter of encouraging workers to embrace new technological tools and discard outmoded ways of doing things. With the rapidly increasing availability of new technology in manufacturing applications, the change management associated with adoption is increasingly important.

Participating Panelists include:

  • Rockwell Automation –  The Connected Enterprise
    • Dave Stonehouse, Global Practice Leader
  • Hexagon – HxGN SDx: Accelerating Digital Transformation
    • Thomas Goff, Senior Industry Consultant,
  • Construct-X – Seeing Clearly: Making Better Decisions through Digital Transformation
    • Tedd Weitzmann, Director – Delivery Excellence
  • Symphony AzimaAI – Empowering People on the Plant Floor to Make Decisions
    • Jack Leahey, Chief Revenue Officer
  • Moderator: Chris Potts, Eastman Chemical company
Jim Risko, President, TLV Corporation
Steam process equipment is critical to optimized production, yet often the applications can be incorrectly installed. Issues can include suboptimal steam supply or ineffective condensate drainage with the effect of causing accelerated maintenance requirements, unscheduled shutdown events, or lowered production rates. Using principles that follow API 580/581 for risk mitigation, proven best practice installations can eliminate many of the problems caused by poor quality steam or condensate back-up. Presentation focus is based on TLV global site experiences, and provides recommendations to optimize steam turbine, heat exchanger, flare, and vacuum system installations.

What attendees will learn:

  • Importance to provide optimized heat quality (steam asset) to equipment
  • Mitigate issues with steam turbines
  • Optimize production from heat exchangers
  • Sustain reliable flare operation
  • Improve & sustain vacuum system optimal performance
Jonas Norinder, Process Automation Digitalization Manager, Siemens
Digital transformation is happening all around us. As an ever-increasing number of connected smart devices are installed in industrial manufacturing plants, the opportunity to safely and securely collect additional data pertaining to key assets and their operating environment has suddenly become a reality. Okay, but once this data is collected, what happens to it? Often, it’s left lying dormant in the plant’s historical database rather than being converted into information that can be transformed into knowledge from which actionable decisions can be made that positively impact the bottom line. This presentation will cover some of the best applications where the digital transformation is being realized “one app at a time”.

What attendees will learn:

  1. Data can be converted into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into actionable decisions.
  2. Tools are available today to address a variety of operations and maintenance use cases.
  3. Use case examples that will be discussed include…
    a. Process equipment (e.g. compressors, pumps) predictive maintenance
    b. Alarm management… Ongoing monitoring, assessment, and improvement
    c. Control valve monitoring and predictive maintenance
    d. Connected worker safety and performance improvement
Mart Berutti, VP Process Simulation, Emerson
As decision-makers in the process industry embrace Digital Transformation to improve visibility over their businesses, to increase their asset reliability and to optimize their operations, it is imperative to consider a Digital Twin as the first step of this transformation in support of top quartile operation performance. Technology enhancements have improved the scalability of dynamic simulation solutions, making Digital Twin a practical investment for any operations manager to make, regardless of the size of the plant or the industry. It allows plant operations to reduce the cost and risk of improving the operation and control of the plant and supports upskilling of the work force. Digital Twin is also proven to provide value to the execution of capital projects and control system modernization as well as the lifecycle operation performance of the plant. In this paper we will discuss advances in Digital Twin and dynamic simulation technology and highlight some proven use cases.

What attendees will learn:

In this paper we will discuss:

  • Advances in Digital Twin and dynamic simulation technology
  • Proven use cases for the Digital Twin
  • Practical application for Operational and Project Excellence
Chris Frail, Product Manager – Gas Detection, United Electric Controls
Various industries are seeing increased pressure to monitor and quantify leaks of various toxic and explosive gases driven by increased public awareness, government regulations, and investor demands. This is especially true for petrochemical plants and the oil and gas industry as a whole. This is requiring more instrumentation, and in particular, better coverage for gas detection throughout plants. Operators are pressed to manage budgets and try to limit capital expenditures and maximize productivity at the same time. Gas detection does not need to drain valuable capital expenditure or be difficult to integrate into the plant. Full wireless solutions can reduce overall installation costs by 50%, including the cost of equipment, and reduce the time to install instrumentation by more than 80%.

This paper will discuss the experience of two operators. One case is a natural gas company eager to detect gas inside containers for the safety of personnel and where current gateways already had all wired connections used by other process instrumentation. Running new power and communication lines would be time and cost prohibitive due to long permit process and cost of running conduit. The second case is a utility in California needing to meet safety regulations on a very short timeline due to findings during a site audit. Both were able to meet their gas detection needs on time and under budget by using a fully wireless gas detector.

What attendees will learn:

  • Learn from the experience of two end users on how they were able to increase coverage in measuring for leaks using a wireless gas detection system, simplifying engineering and deployment costs and timing.
  • Understand some of the considerations for wireless detectors and any potential limitations of the approach.
Arijeet Majumar, Senior Solution Architect, AVEVA
Mobile devices and wireless connectivity offers opportunities for new ways of working and for digital team collaboration across functional domains and applications when connecting people and systems in the enterprise with a mobile and workflow extension platform. Capturing existing best practices as digital workflows offers correct and consistent execution of tasks anywhere and anytime supported by mobile devices and procedural enforcement. Mobile connectivity enables teamwork and collaboration opportunities among central functions and process stakeholders working in the field. Digital work task management additionally allows to empower and guide a new generation workforce with a digital user experience on workstations and mobile devices. Finally historical data and a digital audit trail record of work task execution helps to reduce the cost of regulatory compliance and allows to monitor and continuous improve work processes and standard operating procedures.

What attendees will learn:

  • Why Mobile devices are a platform for effective social networking and new ways of working
  • Understand the power of digital forms and digital workflow management beyond replacing paper documents.
  • Transform work and enforce standard operating procedures with a digital user experience.
  • How to link people to their work and each other in new and unexpected ways.
  • Why cloud computing enables delivery of information and functionality to users and systems
Edward Beardshaw, VP Sales and Marketing, Exloc Instruments Inc.
Put down your clipboards and stop wasting time entering information twice. Join the digital transformation and use intrinsically safe mobile devices connected seamlessly to your companies network to improve your mobile workforce productivity and reduce chance of human error. From remote mentor utilizing the IS mobile device’s high resolution cameras to utilizing the high speed Wi-fi connectivity to control batch production using a tablet as a mobile HMI, there are many many different use cases for IS mobile devices in the process industry!

What attendees will learn:

  • The specifications of our multiple different types of mobile devices certified for hazardous areas including smartphones, tablets and wearables
  • Some common use cases which demonstrate a very quick ROI for IS mobile device deployments
  • Practical wireless connectivity solutions in hazardous areas for mobile devices
  • Other use cases for wireless networks in hazardous areas
Stephen Reynolds, Industry Principal – Chemicals, OSIsoft, LLC. & Danaca Jordan, Digital Mfg Center of Excellence Engineer, Eastman Chemical Company
In this session, we will demonstrate how manufacturing, technology, and reliability groups are using PI Analytics, PI Asset Framework, and PI Vision for faster real-time data visualization and advanced analysis in continuous, batch, and equipment monitoring applications.

What attendees will learn:

The of capabilities of the suite of OSI PI tools that many Eastman sites have access to. We show users how to access and work with real-time process data, SAP records, quality information, and analytics using OSI PI’s browser-based visualization software. We will also briefly discuss the resources required to start using these tools in your area, and what OSIsoft and corporate resources are available to help.

Jack Leahey, Chief Revenue Officer, Symphony AzimaAI
Symphony’s IIoT platform consolidates operational data from multiple sources like OSI PI, SAP PM, Bently Nevada System 1, and many CBM techniques. AI and Machine Learning is then used to produce improved plant availability, savings in maintenance spend, optimized turnarounds, improvements in safety and environmental compliance and throughput and yield optimization. During this session we will discuss petrochemical uses cases and examples demonstrating decision support for better manufacturing decisions and margin improvement.

What attendees will learn:

  • How you don’t have to be a data scientist to use AI for better decisions
  • How to tune AI asset models with vibration faults to increase alert lead time and reduce false positives to achieve 99% fault detection accuracy
  • How to use AI to optimize complex manufacturing processes
  • How to leverage existing process and asset data sources to produce operational digital twins
Michael Heiber, Scientific Software Developer, Enthought
Digital transformation initiatives at many large chemical companies have been slow to penetrate the R&D laboratories that drive innovation and business growth. Traditional software platforms lack the domain context to address the varied and complex R&D challenges found in the lab. At Enthought, we pair deep domain expertise and software craftsmanship experience to meet the technical needs of the R&D lab using tools for data ingestion and machine learning, physics-based simulation, and laboratory automation systems. This seminar discusses how we combine our experience with our technical leaders training program to build integrated multi-disciplinary teams for tackling challenging R&D problems. These beachhead projects serve to decentralize digital innovation and empower R&D workers to be leaders in finding creative solutions that drive business value.

What attendees will learn:

  • A real world example of how digital transformation is impacting R&D scientists and their work
  • How digital training can increase productivity, creativity, and innovation
  • How decentralized digital innovation and decision-making can transform R&D labs
  • How custom laboratory automation hardware is transforming experimental workflows
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