Reliable Digital Upstream Comes of Age
The urgency in the industry is to control costs and increase efficiency, without jeopardizing safety. As Oil and Gas companies venture into digitalization and IIoT to improve production and processing operations, Edge Computing is the cornerstone to a successful transformation effort.
By maximizing uptime and providing real-time access to mission-critical data, Edge Computing helps oil and gas companies improve bottom-line profits, enhance worker and asset safety while decreasing impact on the environment.
Edge Computing for Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas companies are investing in applications to analyze data in real-time and improve the business performance. That investment involves computing platforms that are reliable in harsh environments where oil and gas assets exist. Combining best practices from both IT and OT, Stratus Edge Computing Platforms provide organizations best in class uptime and availability for upstream applications.
Industrial Grade, Class I Division 2 Certified, and Edge Ready
Traditional servers and computers installed with upstream solutions require ongoing maintenance and often need frequent replacement. Stratus Edge Computing Platforms engineered to last up to 10 years include options that are Class I Division 2 certified, rated at –40 to 60 °C, 10 to 95 % humidity, and withstand 5-500 Hz vibration.
Integrated Redundancy and Virtualization
Stratus edge computing platforms have redundancy and virtualization pre-integrated and configured out of the box. This allows organizations to combine multiple upstream applications in a single platform. In a typical solution, it is easy to combine the traditional monitoring and control software with additional applications like PLC/DCS programming, data historians, OEE, APM, AI, and analytics in a single device.
The built-in redundancy prevents unplanned downtime, simplifies solution design, and eliminates the need to use multiple computers/servers and clusters. In addition, thin clients enable operators to run machines remotely using cellphones, tablets, and laptops.
Eliminate single point of failure
Stratus system maintenance and support is simple. Edge options are available with hot swappable subsystems, eliminating single points of failure. Subsystems can easily be replaced without shutting the system down and broken components are automatically taken offline with zero performance impact. Replaced equipment is reconfigured by the intuitive operating system, creating a true plug and play environment at the edge.
Stratus solutions offer an option that simplifies the centralized monitoring and management of multiple edge computing platforms. Through a secure web-based portal, customers can quickly and easily view the health and utilization of their entire Edge resources, helping them remotely triage issues, improve productivity, and mitigate risk. In addition to local drive storage, Stratus solutions enables organizations to store system settings and user preferences to the cloud for simplified system backup and restoration.
On the Cutting Edge, Streamline Innovations Explained
Peter Photos, CTO with Streamline Innovations, presented, ‘On the Cutting Edge’ about their automation initiatives that resulted in increased efficiency, safety, and profitability.