One of the activities at the Schneider Electric Empowering the Mobile Workforce in Process Industries conference, held Dec. 5 to 7 in Houston, was to build bikes for 10 less-privileged students who are doing positive things in their schools and communities. Watch the video to learn more.
In their presentation “Mobile Work Order Execution,” Diego Izarra and Jack Craighton shared some telling benefits from the use of mobile work order systems. The talk was given as part of Schneider Electric’s Empowering the Mobile Workforce in Process Industries conference, held Dec. 5 to 7 in Houston.
According to the speakers, use a mobile work order solution and you could potential see
- safety incidents reduced to zero
- work capacity increased 10% to 20%
- labor productivity increase by more than 50%
- rework drop 15% to 20%
- downtime production delays reduced 20% to 30%
- preventable failures slashed by 90%.
They also stated that mobile a mobile system can improve wrench time, material coordination, planning, work flow, scheduling, field supervision, and travel.
Schneider Electric, has announced the availability of RefineryWise for the Oil & Gas industry.The manufacturer notes that this solution helps refiners transform their businesses to achieve greater operational excellence through improved visibility into contextualized, actionable data, from the process automation layer through the enterprise business system layer, and from crude feed planning to final product blending.
According to the company, RefineryWise addresses both internal and external pressures refineries face in maintaining a responsive, decisive and collaborative workforce amid industry challenges of dynamic demand, tightened regulations, and technology evolution. It does so by leveraging a portfolio of world-class applications from Schneider Electric Software and an Application Integration Framework that can be used with other legacy third-party content. Pulled together with a user-configurable unified data model, it then adds KPI Management and Decision Management with Workflows to enable the digital workforce.
Features and capabilities of RefineryWise include:
- Improved collaboration and operational visibility of the entire value chain.
- Improved collaboration and operational visibility of the entire value chain.
- Optimization of the entire value chain from actionable business insights with industry-leading applications in process optimization, unified planning and scheduling, asset performance management, offsite optimization and mobile workforce management.
- Reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) through a user-configurable, unified data model,
- Increased operational excellence through performance and asset benchmarking (including operating boundary thresholds) across the enterprise, i.e., a highly configurable user interface can generate any KPI or arithmetic expression(s).
- Capture of critical plant knowledge and provide a linkage between performance events, their root cause, and a list of potential actions depending on financial and scheduling parameters within a single system to avoid time consuming data gathering and analysis.
Included in the offering is Schneider Electric’s Customer FIRST Software Maintenance and Support Program that enables access to the latest software upgrades, expert technical assistance, and self-help tools to improve operational effectiveness.
To learn more about RefineryWise, CLICK HERE.
Good inspirational speakers are, well, inspirational, and Patrick Schwerdtfeger’s “Disrupting Technology” Dec. 5 talk at Schneider Electric’s Empowering the Mobile Workforce in Process Industries conference (Houston) certainly got the wheels turning. Inspirational speakers also give you some takeaways to ponder on the flight home and/or to post on the company bulletin board. Schwerdfeger’s takeaways were some thought-provoking questions:
- What is the biggest threat to your industry?
- Who is your worst supplier? Would you benefit by bringing that work in-house?
- What else do your customers want?
- How could your assets be used differently?
- How can you achieve your 10-yr. plan in six months?
He also pointed out that when it comes to disruption in any industry, most are looking in the wrong place. Disruption doesn’t come from within an industry but almost always come from adjacent markets. In other words, people with game-changing ideas usually start in a related arena and then have an impact on you as they look to expand their business/find new applications. Some get blind-sided and savvy people proactively look in adjacent industries for ideas/technologies/opportunities that give them a competitive advantage.—Gary L. Parr, editorial director
The business formerly known as Emerson Network Power has officially launched a campaign to rebrand the standalone company as Vertiv and announced the appointment of industry veteran Rob Johnson as CEO. Platinum Equity recently acquired the business from Emerson in a transaction valued in excess of $4 billion. (Emerson is also retaining a minority interest in the rebranded company.)
About Vertiv (vertivco.com)
Vertiv is a global provider of mission-critical infrastructure technologies for vital applications in data centers, communication networks, and commercial and industrial environments. Headquartered in Columbus, OH, the company has more than 20,000 employees and more than 25 manufacturing and assembly facilities worldwide.
Under the Vertiv banner, the business will build on the broad portfolio of product and service offerings for power, thermal, and IT management capabilities it previously offered as Emerson Network Power, including its flagship brands ASCO, Chloride, Liebert, NetSure, and Trellis
Rob Johnson, Vertiv’s newly announced CEO, comes to the position from that of an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture-capital firm based in Menlo Park, CA. Johnson previously spent 10 years at American Power Conversion (APC), a leader in data-center infrastructure, where, in 2007, he was serving as president and CEO when the company was sold to Schneider Electric. While at APC, he also served as general manager of the company’s Availability Enhancement Group.
Prior to his time at APC, Johnson worked in executive positions at Consolidated Container Corp. In 1989, he founded Systems Enhancement Corp. (SEC), a company that created innovative software and hardware solutions for the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) industry. He sold SEC to APC in 1997.
For more information about Vertiv, CLICK HERE.
FS-Elliott Co., LLC, Export, PA, a manufacturer of oil-free, centrifugal compressors, has reached new distribution agreements with Dynamic Compressor Services, Rockwood, MI, CDA Systems, Livermore, CA, Power Equipment Co., Memphis, TN, and Rasmussen Air & Gas Energy, Waterloo, NE.
Joining a network of more than 75 distributors and representatives worldwide, the four new distributors are staffed with factory-trained sales representatives and service technicians, providing full support for local FS-Elliott customers. Services include installation and startup assistance, maintenance training, operator training, and remote or on-site technical support. These distributors maintain extensive inventories, providing immediate access to quality OEM parts for emergency or planned repairs.
“The caliber of distributors that we have added this year will allow us to reinforce our commitment to delivering quality products and services to our valued customers,” stated Will Collett, Director of Global Industrial Sales. “Delivering this level of quality to customers is something we are known for, and we are thrilled to bring our newest distributors on board to continue that strong reputation together.”
To locate your nearest FS-Elliott distributor, please visit www.fs-elliott.com/locate-distributor.
Siemens Corp. (Washington, DC) has announced that Eric Spiegel, CEO of Siemens in the U.S., will be leaving the company at the end of the year. Lisa Davis has been appointed chair and CEO of the corporation, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Judith Marks has been appointed Siemens CEO U.S., effective the same date.
“Eric has grown Siemens’ business and furthered our reputation in the U.S. as a critical contributor to the country’s economic, manufacturing, and innovation engines, and we thank him for his leadership,” said Davis, who heads the company’s global energy operations from its oil and gas headquarters in Houston. “Judy has a deep knowledge of Siemens’ entire portfolio that will serve us well during this time of transition and into the future.”
Marks began her career at Siemens in 2011 as president and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies Inc., where she led the company’s approach to the federal market. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with Lockheed Martin and its predecessor companies. Marks will be taking on her new responsibilities as CEO U.S. in addition to her duties as the executive vice president of Siemens’ Dresser-Rand business.
Siemens has had a presence in the United States for more than 160 years, and has invested $35 billion in America just in the last 15 years alone. Today, the company has 50,000 employees and approximately 75 manufacturing sites in the U.S.
For more information, CLICK HERE.
ARC Advisory Group recently released a new market research study on smart control and monitoring solutions for legacy turbines, and, surprise, there’s “low-hanging” fruit for companies. Slight kidding aside, turbines have been around for some time and so have their legacy control platforms — mostly proprietary.
The research study from ARC suggests that power plants and self-powered factories could keep their turbines but upgrade their control (and monitoring) platforms solutions to achieve better uptime. As an industry analyst recently said to me, “It’s hard to calculate an ROI for turbine projects, but a legacy control system will eventually fail and, due to missing spare parts, cause extended downtime.
Due to so many open industrial networking protocols, a new control and monitoring platform can integrate pretty easily into current turbine equipment. And, more importantly, it allows for better visibility into a turbine’s compressors and pumps, for example. The ability to monitor 18 different sensors in the combustion chamber and see it clearly on a computer screen in the control room is hugely valuable and hard to put into dollar terms.
However, many companies are starting too.
Back in September, Maintenance Technology’s IIoT section reported on Mitsubishi’s HiTec Paper mill IIoT program. The company added 26 smartcheck vibration sensors to better monitor a cooling system for its four-story coated thermo-sensitive paper system. After installing the vibration sensors at the cost of €25,500, the paper manufacturer reported a €10,500 ROI due to the avoidance of three failures, service-loss, and machine damage.
Plus, Tim Shea reported in a recent blog post that this might kick-in a service component for automation suppliers:
In addition, IIoT offers opportunities to apply new kinds of business models that will promote growth. Turbine monitoring & controls suppliers may start selling energy or mechanical drive for compression services if they also offer turbines or they could partner with turbine manufacturers to offer remote monitoring and control services for a monthly or yearly fee.
The ARC market research study is for 2017 and reports a sluggish year for this market, but this could change as the political winds have shifted towards the oil and gas market (via this overview link).