TRACK 8 – OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE, SAFETY, CYBER-SECURITY

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David Dollar, j5 Global Go To Market Lead, Hexagon
Companies often rely on a mix of different technologies to manage Plant Operations including commercial software, home-grown applications, spreadsheets and even paper. Managing and maintaining these technologies in a cohesive work process is difficult. Companies need their technologies integrated and different roles need to work seamlessly and collaboratively.

In this session attendees will be introduced to the Hexagon j5 Operations Management System (OMS) which allows companies to combine numerous previously separate business process such as Operations Logbook, Shift Handover, Acknowledgements, Escalations, Permit to Work, and Mobile Operator Rounds into a single, integrated application suite that is as easily to configure as a spreadsheet.

What attendees will learn:

  • Why the j5 OMS provides quick-time-to-value using out-of-box features
  • How easy it is to modify the system using an intuitive spreadsheet-like configuration tool
  • How the j5 OMS facilitates the digitization of numerous, typically stand-alone business processes usually managed today using spreadsheets
  • Mobility can mean near real-time collaboration between inside desktop and outside mobile users

Michael Rothschild, Senior Director – OT Solutions, Tenable
Whether you are in the IT or OT side of the house and whether your organization is well down the convergence patch or have just started, the seemingly separate worlds are coming together. In this session we’ll be sure you are prepared. Join us for this exciting session that will review the top 5 things you need to know to keep your organization secured and protected against cyber exposure and risk.

What attendees will learn:

  • The top challenges you are likely to see
  • The potential threats/vulnerabilities that often happen
  • Actionable intelligence that can help your organization stay safe.

Chatanya (Chatty) Sakhalkar, National Sales Manager, Teikoku USA Inc.
With increasing requirements for operator safety, process monitoring and owner risk management, liquid cooled canned motor pumps are being considered to upgrade older, maintenance intensive pump installations as part of Process Safety Management (PSM) upgrade projects. As canned motor pumps are liquid cooled, their application in upgrading projects require consideration of certain process and fluid variables that may not have been considered in the specification of the original pumps being operated and maintained. This seminar will detail a list of mechanical, electrical, pump performance, liquid and process elements that should be considered in such upgrade projects.

What attendees will learn:

Attendees will learn the reasons behind application considerations for upgrading rooted in canned motor pump technology in hydraulic and electrical designs that are specific to canned motor pumps enabling an upgrade project scope that maximizes the technology benefits of such projects.

Amanda Thompson, DCS Product Marketing Manager, Siemens Industry, Inc.
The process industry is a highly complex environment that faces always evolving challenges. Engineering resources are spread across the country or globe but still need to work together efficiently. A new generation is entering the workforce and needs training on plant operation. Increasingly competitive environments require optimized engineering workflows to reduce a product’s time to market. The list goes on… This presentation will discuss the impacts these market trends are having on control system requirements and will explain the latest innovations being implemented in distributed control systems to help engineers and operators keep up with the changing demands. Find out how distributed control systems will be equipped to help users in the chemical industry address the plant requirements of today and also of the future.

What attendees will learn:

  • How web technology is leveraged in the distributed control system (DCS) to provide better flexibility and mobility in plant operation
  • Why central data management streamlines engineering workflows to reduce the time and cost of implementing a DCS solution
  • What role the DCS plays in creating the digital twin of a plant
  • How cyber security measures are evolving to keep up with the latest innovations in automation

Isaac Boven, Enterprise Application Development and Automation Manager, Eastman Chemical Company
This seminar slot provided courtesy of Automation Anywhere

Eastman Chemical Company started its robotic process automation (RPA) journey in 2018. Since then we have taken the capability of RPA from a niche toolset to a full scale enterprise wide digital solutions platform. Along the way there have been changes in strategy and in expectations around what RPA can and cannot do and should and should not do. Managing those expectations and using them to build realistic short and long term strategic goals is a key component of building and sustaining a scalable and long lived RPA program in an enterprise. During this session we’ll discuss the general past, present, and future of Eastman’s RPA journey, as well as tips and lessons learned to help other organizations overcome challenges similar to ones we have faced in our journey.

What attendees will learn:

  •  Past and Present RPA Journey and Strategy of Eastman Chemical Company
  • Tips for Making RPA a Success in Your Organization
  • Challenges to RPA Success and How to Approach Them
  • Future RPA Strategy of Eastman Chemical Company
Amanda Thompson, DCS Product Marketing Manager, Siemens Industry, Inc.
The process industry is a highly complex environment that faces always evolving challenges. Engineering resources are spread across the country or globe but still need to work together efficiently. A new generation is entering the workforce and needs training on plant operation. Increasingly competitive environments require optimized engineering workflows to reduce a product’s time to market. The list goes on… This presentation will discuss the impacts these market trends are having on control system requirements and will explain the latest innovations being implemented in distributed control systems to help engineers and operators keep up with the changing demands. Find out how distributed control systems will be equipped to help users in the chemical industry address the plant requirements of today and also of the future.

What attendees will learn:

  • How web technology is leveraged in the distributed control system (DCS) to provide better flexibility and mobility in plant operation
  • Why central data management streamlines engineering workflows to reduce the time and cost of implementing a DCS solution
  • What role the DCS plays in creating the digital twin of a plant
  • How cyber security measures are evolving to keep up with the latest innovations in automation

Gordon Bordelon, Global Technical Consultants Manager, Rockwell Automation
As plants age and consolidation across the industry brings together a variety of control systems and technology under one organization, chemical companies are forced to look at the safety and efficiency of their operations in terms of unit performance and a challenging workforce environment. The adoption of technology can have a big impact improving asset utilization, solving human capital challenges and reducing safety risks. This seminar will provide insights into the specific technologies that currently exist to help chemical producers, as well as share examples of how other industries are solving similar problems through the adoption of a solid digital foundation.

What attendees will learn:

  • A unified, comprehensive digital foundation is a must
  • The importance of designing for scalability.
  • How predictive and prescriptive analytics are improving asset utilization
  • Insights into how companies are successfully deploying technology

James Hoffman, Regional Business Manager, Teikoku USA Inc.
Liquid-cooled, centrifugal canned motor pumps offer a unique set of design operating variables that are specific to this pumping technology’s design redundancies for layered containment of the liquids being pumped. Operating variables in either the primary or secondary containment elements of these dual containment, leakproof pumps offer users a myriad of monitoring capabilities that can serve in dual functions of both immediate alarms regarding process upsets that might damage the pumps if not immediately addressed as well as collecting data in normal operations that can be used to establish preventative maintenance schedules based on actual operating experience. Such data can also be utilized to feed broader user process improvement projects for lower cost of operations, enhanced safety and mitigation of risk, especially for treatment of volatile liquids.

What attendees will learn:

Attendees will learn about numerous variables that can be instrumented, alarmed and / or monitored in sealless, canned motor pumps against third party industry standards governing same.

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:

  • SAP – Driving Transformation Across the Chemical Value Chain
    • Darcy MacClaren, SVP Digital Supply Chain SAP America
  • OSIsoft – Improving Situational Awareness
    • Stephen Reynolds, Industry Principal – Chemicals
  • PSE – How an integrated end-to-end modeling framework accelerates decision making and improves quality
    • Simon Leyland, Head of Consulting and Technology Services, Energy & Chemicals
  • AVEVA – Connecting APEX & OPEX Information to Supercharge Decision Making
    • Quentin Smith, Senior Account Manager for Strategic Accounts
  • Moderator:  Chris Potts, Eastman Chemical Company
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