IIoT

Capture Immediate Business Value with Incremental Investments in IIoT

By Blog / Post, IIoT, IIoT Specific Page

Hydrocarbon producers face extreme pressures to reduce operational costs and boost efficiency. This is easier said than done. Standing in the way are outdated operational technology (OT) infrastructures that run supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, historians, and automation control systems at satellite facilities and remote pumping stations. Often installed decades ago, these systems gather potentially valuable data, but it’s painful or even impossible to extract it for high-level analysis.

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Virtualized Applications

Major Gas Pipeline Company Boosts Safety, Reduces Costs

By Blog / Post, Fault Tolerance, Industrial Automation, Oil & Gas Select

When it comes to utilities, we as consumers find interruptions to electricity, heat, water, and phone service as extremely disruptive and even dangerous. For utility providers, the impact of such outages also is severe when it comes to lost revenue, customer dissatisfaction, and liability risks. In the natural gas industry, downtime incidents can present even more dire consequences.

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Virtualization

Peace of Mind for Pinellas County Utilities with Always-On Industrial Control Systems

By Blog / Post, Industrial Automation, Water and Wastewater

Lately, people have been asking more questions about the safety and reliability of their water supply. That’s because recent incidents of system contamination such as the crisis in Flint, Michigan and storm damage from hurricanes Matthew and Sandy have thrust water and wastewater issues into the public eye. And that’s put increased pressure on municipalities and counties to get a better handle on their water and wastewater operations.

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Reducing Unplanned Downtime

A Modernized ICS Holds the Key to Reducing Unplanned Downtime

By Blog / Post, Fault Tolerance, Industrial Automation, Manufacturing

Unplanned downtime has long been the nemesis of industrial operations. In recent years, we’ve seen tolerance for unplanned downtime get even lower. In fact, a recent survey by Stratus and the ARC Group reports that almost 40% of respondents said they could handle no more than 10 minutes of downtime per incident. More than 20% said they could not tolerate downtime at all.

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IT/OT Divide

3 Approaches to Bridging the IT/OT Divide

By Blog / Post, IIoT, IIoT Specific Page, Industrial Automation

As companies across the energy value chain look for ways to become more efficient and agile, the Industrial “Internet of Things” (IIoT) offers attractive opportunities. Harnessing sensor data, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and Big Data analytics enables oil and gas companies to take automation and efficiency to new heights, while creating the foundation for new business models.

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Fault-Tolerant HMI/SCADA

Putting Fault-Tolerant HMI/SCADA to the Test: 3 Industrial Examples

By Blog / Post, Fault Tolerance, Fault Tolerant, Industrial Automation, Manufacturing

More and more, we’re seeing operations organizations virtualizing critical industrial automation (IA) applications such as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and human machine interface (HMI) historians. And whether virtualizing these systems or not, many companies choose to run their applications on fault-tolerant systems.

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high availability

Modernizing Your Automation System: Columbia Pipeline Group

By Blog / Post, Fault Tolerance, Industrial Automation

It’s often difficult to fully understand the impact of modernizing an automation system and how an investment in fault-tolerant platforms from Stratus, along with updated Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) can deliver rapid results. For Columbia Pipeline Group (recently purchased by TransCanada) the answer is approximately $2.3 million in 2014 alone, even with a partial pipeline upgrade.

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