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Special Report: Editor's Comment: Transformation in instrumentation, process control and automation business

by Martin Menachery on May 17, 2018


Martin Menachery, editor, Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East.
Martin Menachery, editor, Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East.

Instrumentation, process control and automation systems drive productivity and makes refining and petrochemicals manufacturing plants safer. By default, these systems are required to commission a downstream plant. The prevailing opportunities and the potential for future growth for intelligent instrumentation, process control and automation systems for the refineries and petrochemicals manufacturing facilities are enormous.

The focal point being enterprise performance, the latest instrumentation, process control and automation solutions provide the downstream industry with a competitive advantage. The process automation and control solution providers, who are active in the downstream industry, are starting to implement their own platforms and analytics capabilities to meet the need for asset performance management and operations optimisation.

The role of these intelligent systems will only increase in the years to come as these are the source of information for running the plants with operational excellence. The influencing factors in the development of these systems will be the technological advances, the scope of the refining and petrochemicals manufacturing industry, and the impact of the industry on the well-being of the society.

Innovations happening in process automation industry follow technology business. As of now, most of the technology industry innovations like virtualisation, cloud computing, mobility, etc. are already inculcated by automation sector. Every mega trend that happens in technology business also gets deployed in the automation industry. Automation is a very sophisticated and complicated field, and technology adopts very quickly. A major issue faced by automation industry now is on skill front as there are not enough number of skilled engineers available.

It is worth mentioning here a statement of Vimal Kapur, president and CEO of Honeywell Process Solutions. In an interview given to Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East, Kapur said: “The pace of technology adoption and availability of skilled engineers are two main challenges in the automation industry. These issues really do not bother us because our work is always very exciting. Technology in automation keeps changing always. These changes keep everybody working in the automation industry very excited because it empowers us to do new and different things very frequently.”

As commented by Peter Terwiesch, president, Industrial Automation Division, and member, Group Executive Committee, ABB, automation done in the right way will further improve the uptime, productivity, energy efficiency and safety in downstream industry.  “I foresee a massive impact of automation and digitalisation in the refineries and petrochemical facilities by 2025. We will reach much further down the road in our technology development in terms of not just connecting systems but running them in a collaborative way with an increasing degree of autonomy. In this automation landscape, I do not foresee a scenario where humans are not needed any more to run a refinery. I think there still will be the human element in any refinery and petrochemical unit of the future but augmented with better systems and machine intelligence,” Terwiesch remarked in an interview given to Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East.

Instrumentation, process control and automation solutions used by the refining and petrochemicals manufacturing industry are going through a pivotal transformation. The manufacturers are empowering their plant systems to contribute to the overall accomplishments of the strategic objectives of their organisations. The instrumentation, process control and automation landscape will definitely go through further transformation in the years to come as it responds to the ever-changing requirements of the manufacturing industry and adapts the emerging technologies. There will be demand for game-changing systems from the manufacturing industry.  The future of instrumentation, process control and automation industry related to the downstream sector will offer challenges as well as opportunities. The players who are equipped to fulfil these challenges will march ahead with success and can look forward with confidence to the future.


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