Manage by exception saves thousands of hours yearly

Posted by Amy Thibault on Jan 17, 2022 3:40:39 PM


It's no secret that skilled internal resources are becoming more and more difficult to find, and keep. The first step on the road to creating more value from your current internal resources is to automate as much as possible so those skilled people can focus on more important tasks.

Starting the journey to autonomous operations or even the first step of starting to automate at all, is usually installing a SCADA system with a deep sensor reach, giving you extensive data on all the important points. That’s followed by creating a communications interface that sends the data to your office in real time.

Just with that step you’ve eliminated thousands of daily miles (for large operations) in mostly needless driving. You’re no longer sending a dozen people to check out sites that are rocking along just fine, and have been fine for weeks.

Conversely, they no longer drive up on a problem site several hours after a leak started or a pump gas-locked, during which time significant production was lost or damage was done.

But did you stop there? If so, your engineers may be ready to rebel—or go to the eye doctor, and no one wants that! That’s because they’re now poring for hours over a massive flood of data-points, looking for the outlier; looking for something that warns of a problem or an impending failure. At that rate, they still may not be able to find a problem until hours after it started. Your only savings as a company was that they didn’t drive out there to see it.

This is where Emerson's Zedi SaaS SCADA™ really shines by sending data to Zedi Access™ it can catapult your efficiency and cost-savings to the next level. Managing by exception—the fancy way of talking about setting alarms—lets the computer sort through all the thousands of normal and boring data-points, waiting for those outliers that signify an issue that needs attention.

Of course, you know that not all outliers are a problem. Transitory fluctuations in flow rates or pressures are normal. The only thing worse than no alarms is too many false alarms. We understand that and have fine-tuned our systems to hold off until the number or collection of outliers means there actually may be an actionable event.

Manage by exception with alarms for oil and gas productionNow, instead of collecting eyestrain sifting through screen after screen of normal data, your engineers can jump into deciding how to fix the issue. They’ll concentrate on who to send to which site with what tools and supplies to fix it quickly and in one trip.

Or, with automated control, you’re empowered to fix many issues remotely. This can include rerouting fluids to a void a leak or backup, restarting a pump or adjusting pressures or speeds on pumps and compressors.

When exceptions rule, you can save thousands of people-hours every year. You can boost production by instantly responding to shutdowns. You can help your ESG score by shutting off leaking equipment to minimize spills and cleanups.

Are you thinking, “This sounds great, but how do I get there?” We’re ready to help. We can tame that data flood into workable alarms, useful and enlightening reports for planning and for every other use you have. We have an array of pre-configured reports based on what hundreds of customers have asked for—or we can create one for you, or export into popular formats.

Let us show you how managing by exception can become the rule, and make you more efficient in the process!



Topics: Data, Analytics, Alarms, Alarm management, Cloud, actionable data, Manage by exception