With its abundance of remote assets, complex interconnectivity across SCADA devices, and focus on safe and efficient processes, today’s Energy Industry is well-positioned to take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
But despite the potential benefits, concerns with IIoT solutions' implementation, cost, and reliability still remain. In his new whitepaper, PTC’s Stephen Sponseller explores the challenges of the IIoT for the Energy Industry—and how edge computing solutions are helping fill in the gaps.
Read the excerpt below for a preview, and download the full whitepaper for an in-depth look at how edge devices are contributing to improved decision-making, increased safety, and lowered costs across the Energy Industry.
We have been talking about the shift in the industry health for oil and gas as the supply crosses under demand. It appears a few other unforeseen elements are weighing in as well. But one interesting shift is the change in mood of professional bloggers and writers. As of late, there has been an appearance of optimism and a general recognition of the profitability of $50-$60/BL oil.
As spring takes its sweet time entering the Northeast, we here at Kepware are trudging full-steam ahead to a busy tradeshow season. From Oil & Gas to Automation, Power, Wind, and the Internet of Things (IoT), there is no shortage of tradeshows in Q2. In fact, Kepware will be attending 16 industry events this spring.
What’s the saying? One of the keys to success is seeing challenges as opportunities? Practically overnight, the upstream Oil & Gas Industry has faced the challenge of having the value of their product roughly cut in half. Not only are they dealing with less revenue coming in, but their company valuation took a hit too.
In April 2013, Kepware released a case study featuring SIGIT Automation, a privately-owned Controls and Automation system integration company that serves the Petroleum and Energy industries. I came across it again the other day while perusing our library of case studies, and was reminded of what an interesting application story they had. Faced with challenges that ranged from data collection to interoperability, SIGIT was able to integrate KEPServerEX with their existing e-SCADA™ system to improve their real-time and EFM data monitoring. Read on for an overview of their challenges, solution, and results.
This year, we've been committed to providing our customers and partners with insights into our company, products, and industry trends through the Kepware Blog. With 24 blog posts spanning a myriad of topics, I thought it’d be interesting to look back on the year and recap our five most popular posts. Click the image below for the list and links to the blog posts in full.
Kepware’s products span multiple different industry verticals. While product growth at Kepware has been strong across the board, I wanted to highlight our top 5 fastest growing industry segments so that you can see the breadth of industries that are taking advantage of our software solutions. Our growing presence across these industries highlights both the increasing demand in many areas for the ability to connect disparate devices and applications (ranging from plant control systems to enterprise information systems) and Kepware’s commitment to delivering quality solutions to these markets.
Two and a half years ago, when Kepware was starting their development of gas EFM data collection from flow computers (like ABB Totalflow, Emerson's FloBoss and ROC800 series, and Schneider's SCADAPacks), I met with Flow-Cal's President and CEO, Mike Squyres, at the American School of Gas Measurement Technology. Just like Mr. McGuire advised Ben in the movie The Graduate that the future could be summarized in one word—"Plastics"—Mike advised me that the future of the Oil & Gas Measurement Industry was "Liquids." At that time, his company was working with midstream companies like DCP Midstream to develop and add liquid measurement support to Flow-Cal's industry-leading FLOWCAL Enterprise Gas measurement application.
Today’s post provides an in-depth look at the problems facing the Oil & Gas Industry with respect to data loss during remote data collection. What are the regulatory and financial implications? How do we start to solve this problem?
Optimizing communications between devices in the field and the centralized applications that need their data is a critical component to the success of a SCADA implementation. The networks that support these communications typically use radios, cellular networks, satellite links, or other types of wireless technology. Due to the bandwidth limitations of these networks, a non-streamlined and inefficient communications solution compromises the network’s ability to acquire and manage data as needed. This blog will discuss a new approach to a communications architecture that simplifies, enhances, and increases the reliability of data collection in a SCADA environment.