Digital technologies and digitalisation have touched every bit of life and have enhanced human comfort significantly over time. Large volumes of digital data generation and acquisition, a quantum leap in computation power, reliable high-speed internet, young digital-savvy workforce, industry 4.0 technologies etc., are accelerating the digitalisation in the plants. Digitalisation is making its presence felt in plant engineering and operation too. It benefits the operators in optimised energy and utility consumption, preservation of the operational know-how and practices, improvement in safety, remote monitoring, maintenance optimisation, emission control and compliance and satisfaction of operation and maintenance (O&M) staff.
Digital Transformation is a challenge and an opportunity for the engineering community to become the leading partner in this technology led transition by offering reliable digital solutions that can better plant operation and maintenance.
Digitalisation- A must for Power Sector
The power industry is undergoing rapid digitalisation among the different sectors due to the ongoing clean energy drive. Decarbonisation has become necessary to offset global climate change, and digitalisation complements the transition by technologically enabling it. The curtailment of fossil fuel-based power generation, efficiency improvement of fossil fuel-based plants and rapid shifting to renewable power sources are happening in the industry to meet the climate targets.
Digitalisation in Process Plants- Aid in Real-Time Process Optimisation
There is a focused drive in the process plants of every sector to improve yield and minimise the energy & utility consumption to run the plant optimally. Digital tools are proven to be reliable means for Real-Time Analysis and Optimisation.
Most industrial plants are instrumented adequately and generate a large amount of digital data related to complex processes. Considering the complexity of the process, continuous attention is required from the operator to run the plant optimally. The advanced digital tools can continuously monitor and provide insights into the conditions of critical equipment/processes. They can detect anomalies and provide timely alerts to the operators. The digital tools analyse the data quickly and provide the operator with valuable insights and actionable information into the processes/equipment condition, which otherwise would not be available to the operator in the plant leading to increased efficiency of the plant.
The digital PoS run on open architecture and focus on issues of specific process or equipment which are of priority. Such point solutions can be implemented quickly and independently as per requirement in a plant to take advantage of time and cost.